Monday 18 December 2017

Film Highlights Friday

Inception (2010)


RTE Two, 9pm Flashy, clever and beautifully made, Christopher Nolan's science-fiction thriller 'Inception' boasts jaw-dropping special effects and a plot so complex it would give Albert Einstein a headache.

Leonardo DiCaprio (above) is Dom Cobb, a futuristic thief who performs corporate espionage by entering people's dreams and stealing valuable information. Dom is the best at what he does, but his work has lost him everything he loves, including his wife, who appears to haunt him whenever he enters a dream. And she appears again when he's hired by a sinister Japanese businessman to try and plant an idea in a rival magnate's head.

It's a mind-blowing, spectacular-looking film, and a fine cast includes Marion Cotillard, Ken Watanabe, Cillian Murphy, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The Longest Day (1962)


Film Four, 2.55pm

Handsome, three-hour-long historical drama that painstakingly recreates the events surrounding the D-Day landings in Normandy on June 6th, 1944 that helped turn the tide of the Second World War. A strong cast includes John Wayne. The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009)


More 4, 9pm

In the late Tony Scott's entertaining remake of the classic 1970s thriller, John Travolta hams it up as a villain called Ryder who hijacks a New York subway train and tells the city he's going to shoot a passenger every minute if they don't give him $10 million.

The Long Riders (1980)


TG4, 9.35pm

The 80s was a lean time for the western genre, but this was one of the decade's better efforts. A star cast of brothers including Stacy and James Keach, Dennis and Randy Quaid and David, Keith and Robert Carradine re-enact the glory days of the James gang, whose daring bank raids made them famous all over the world.

Cape Fear (1991)


UTV, 10.35pm

Martin Scorsese makes a rare misstep in this clumsy and unsubtle remake of J Lee Thompson's classic 1962 thriller. Robert De Niro plays Max Cady, a career sociopath who emerges from prison determined to get his own back on the lawyer who put him away. With Nick Nolte, Juliette Lewis, Joe Don Baker and Robert Mitchum.

Junkhearts (2011)


BBC2, 11.05pm

Gritty English drama starring the excellent Eddie Marsan as Frank, an ex-soldier who's haunted by his combat experiences and drowns out his memories with alcohol. But things change forever when he offers a homeless young woman called Lynette a place to stay. With Tom Sturridge.

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