Tuesday 25 June 2019

Film Highlights Monday

Les Miserables (2012)


Sky Movies Premiere, 8.00pm

Tom Hooper's sprawling adaptation of the hit West End show very loosely based on Victor Hugo's classic novel stars Hugh Jackman (above) as Jean Valjean, who serves 19 years on a Napoleonic chain gang for stealing bread, but rebuilds his life after being befriended by a kindly priest, and adopts a starving orphan called Cosette.

Valjean has changed his name and become a small town mayor and pillar of the community when he comes across his former jailer and remorseless nemesis, Javert (Russell Crowe), who's now a police chief and is sure he's seen the mayor somewhere before.

At almost two hours and 40 minutes, Hooper's film is bound to test the patience of some, but overall it's surprisingly enjoyable. A fine cast includes Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne, Amanda Seyfried and Helena Bonham Carter.

The Violent Men (1955)


Channel 4, 1.20pm

Rudolph Mate's handsome western stars Glenn Ford as a Civil War veteran who's about to sell his farm and move east with his fiancee when the bully boy tactics of the local rancher make him change his mind and stand and fight. Dianne Foster co-stars.

Rocky (1976)


TCM, 3.00pm

In the film that made him a Hollywood superstar, Sylvester Stallone plays Rocky Balboa, a washed-up Philadelphia boxer who sees a chance for redemption when world champion Apollo Creed chooses him as an easy opponent for a bicentennial exhibition fight. With Carl Weathers and Talia Shire.

The Last Samurai (2003)


Sky Movies Action, 5.25pm

Tom Cruise stars in this solid historical drama as a former United States army captain who travels to Japan in the mid-19th century to train that country's new modern army. Algren is haunted by memories of his part in Native American massacres, but finds himself when he makes common cause with a traditionalist Samurai rebel.

Haywire (2011)


Sky Movies Action, 8.00pm

Steven Soderbergh's clever action thriller stars martial arts champion Gina Carano as a government hitwoman called Mallory Kane who goes on the run after a hostage rescue in Barcelona goes disastrously wrong. Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum and Michael Fassbender co-star.

The Island (2005)


Sky Living, 10.00pm

Stilted science-fiction thriller from Michael Bay, starring Ewan McGregor as a young man living in what he thinks is a utopian city who goes on the run when he finds out he's really a clone and that his body parts will soon be harvested. With Scarlett Johansson, Steve Buscemi and Djimon Hounsou.

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