Friday 15 December 2017

Film Highlights Monday

The Company Men (2010)

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Channel 4, 12.35am

This tense drama from John Wells attempts to put a human face on the global economic crash of 2008.

Ben Affleck (above) stars as Bobby Walker, a cocky executive who's about to get a nasty shock. Bobby works at a Boston shipping company and has a loving wife, kids, a six-figure salary and a vast McMansion. Life is good, but on Wall Street the guano is about to hit the fan, and when Bobby sashays into work one morning he's told he's surplus to requirements.

John Wells' film is about character, resilience and what's really valuable in life. Sometimes it's a bit too obvious in its intentions, but there are good performances from Affleck, Kevin Costner and particularly Tommy Lee Jones, who's excellent as a worldweary executive.

The Mark of Zorro (1974)

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Channel 4, 12.15pm

This version of the adventure story stars Tyrone Power as Don Diego de La Vega, the son of a wealthy rancher who becomes exercised by the hardship of peasants and adopts a secret identity to fight injustice.

Passenger 57 (1993)

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TCM, 9.00pm

In Kevin Hook's unimaginative thriller, a criminal mastermind is being transported on a passenger jet to Los Angeles to stand trial when his gang sneak their way on board and try to spring him. But they have not reckoned on the interference of a dogged FBI man called John Cutter. With Wesley Snipes and Tom Sizemore.

Elizabethtown (2005)

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Sky Movies Drama, 9.00pm

Clever comic drama starring Orlando Bloom as a man who loses his job, is dumped by his girlfriend, hears that his dad has died and then decides to kill himself. But on the flight to the funeral he meets a jolly flight attendant (Kirsten Dunst) who will be the key to his journey towards self-realisation. With Susan Sarandon.

Heartbreak Ridge (1986)

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TG4, 9.30pm

Solid if rather formulaic drama starring a mid-career Clint Eastwood as Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Highway, the grizzled veteran of several wars who resorts to unconventional tactics in order to whip a group of reluctant Marine Corps rookies into shape. Marsha Mason and Moses Gunn co-star.

Commando (1985)

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Sky Movies Action, 10.20pm

The makers of this clunky action drama had the bright idea of giving Arnie a few jokes to keep him and us going, and humour would subsequently become a key part of his huge appeal. He plays a retired soldier who is blackmailed into agreeing to assassinate the President of a Latin American country.

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