Saturday 24 February 2018

Film Highlights Monday

Public Enemies (2009)

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UTV, 11.40pm

The Prohibition era is brought vividly to life by Michael Mann in this gripping gangster thriller. Johnny Depp (above) plays John Dillinger, a dapper hoodlum who robbed banks with guns and gusto but generally drew the line at plugging civilians. As a consequence, the American public loved him, and as the film opens J Edgar Hoover gives FBI agent Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale) the unenviable job of tracking him down.

Dillinger is caught but escapes again, and falls in love with a Chicago cloakroom girl (Marion Cotillard) before going on another robbing spree that brings him into contact with the murderous Baby Face Nelson. Mann handles all of this with his customary style in a film that feels much shorter than its two hours 20 minutes, and Depp gives one of his best ever performances as Dillinger.

Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965)

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Film4, 1.40pm

Jolly 1960s comedy in which an intrepid group of early aviators face off in a race across the English Channel after a newspaper magnate offers a prize of £10,000 to the first pilot to fly from London to Paris. With Sarah Miles, James Fox and Robert Morley.

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

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Sky Movies Comedy, 3.00pm

Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Juliette Lewis and Randy Quaid star in this 'National Lampoon' take on the festive season, as the Griswolds' best attempts to create a happy family Christmas predictably ends in disaster, and Clark Griswold's bad luck continues.

The Mouse on the Moon (1963)

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TCM, 7.20pm

Charming British comic sequel to the 1959 film 'The Mouse That Roared', in which the tiny, cash-strapped middle-European state of Grand Fenwick discovers that their rough local wine makes ideal rocket fuel, and begins an ambitious space programme. With Margaret Rutherford and Terry Thomas.

Music and Lyrics (2007)

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TG4, 9.30pm

Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore don't quite cut it as a dream pairing in this nontheless enjoyable romantic comedy about a washed up former boyband member who sees a chance to redeem his fortunes when a pop diva asks him to write her a new song.

Monsieur Lazhar (2011)

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Channel 4, 1.00am

Philippe Falardeau's moving and insightful drama is set in a Montreal school that's traumatised by the recent suicide of a teacher until a fastidious replacement called Bachir Lazhar arrives to lift everyone's spirits. But there's a lot more to Monsieur Lazhar than initally meets the eye. With Mohamed Fellag and Sophie Nelisse.

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