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Film Highlights Friday

Watchmen (2009)


Film4, 11.15pm

Zach Snyder's big budget adaptation of Alan Moore's acclaimed graphic novel certainly has its spectacular moments, but its storyline is fairly confused and at over two-and-a-half-hours, its length may test your patience.

It's 1985, but a nightmarish alternative one, in which Richard Nixon has won a third term and is still President, and tensions with the Soviet Union have reached an all-time high. Back in the 1940s, superheroes protected the citizens of this alternate America, but Nixon has outlawed most of them, though he secretly uses a few for government purposes.

When one of these, a grizzled veteran known as The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan, above) is brutally murdered, a lone vigilante superhero called Rorschach (Jackie Eale Haley) becomes convinced that someone is trying to kill off all the superheroes.

The Roommate (2011)


RTE Two, 9.00pm

Lazy thriller starring Minka Kelly as Sara, a wholesome young woman from Des Moines who arrives in Los Angles to start university and is roomed with a quiet and sweet-looking girl called Rebecca. At first they get along fine, but Rebecca is not the full shilling and soon grows obsessed with Sara.

The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)


TV3, 9pm

In Judd Apatow's very enjoyable romantic comedy, Steve Carell plays Andy Stilzer, a neurotic and nerdy 40-year-old who embarks on a rocky sexual education after drunkenly revealing to his friends that's he's never been with a woman. With Catherine Keener, Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen.

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)


E4, 9.00pm

This quintessentially 80s action comedy stars Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley, a Detroit cop who tracks his best friend's killer to Los Angeles and forms an uneasy alliance with the local police as they endeavour to track the murderer down. Judge Reinhold, Steven Berkoff and Lisa Eilbacher co-star.

2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)


3e, 10.00pm

In the second of the flashy, vapid chase movies, street driver Brian O'Conner has moved to Miami when he's picked up by the cops and told that his criminal record will be erased if he helps them bring down a drug lord called Carter Verone. With Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson and Eva Mendes.

Keeping Mum (2005)


RTE One, 11.55pm

Black comedy from Niall Johnson starring Rowan Atkinson as the ineffectual and mild-mannered vicar of a small country town whose life changes when he and his wife hire a new housekeeper who turns out to be a loyal and devoted serial killer. With Kristin Scott Thomas and Maggie Smith.

Irish Independent