Film Highlights Monday
Sky Movies Action, 9.00pm
Peter Berg's noisy $200million action film stars Taylor Kitsch (above) as Alex Hopper, a cocky young US naval lieutenant who's assigned to the battleship Sampson for a series of major international naval exercises off the coast of Hawaii.
Things are a little tense between he and the US fleet's commander, Vice Admiral Shane (Liam Neeson), because Alex has been pursuing Shane's beautiful daughter Samantha (Brooklyn Decker).
But all of that must be put aside when a series of huge metallic objects come crashing out of the sky into the Pacific. They're warships manned by a race of extremely aggressive extraterrestrials intent on colonising our planet, and the navies face a terrible battle against vastly superior forces. Rihanna, Alexander Skarsgard and Peter MacNicol co-star.
Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
Spectacular, Oscar-winning wartime epic that reimagines the crucial attack on Pearl Harbor from the point of view of the naval crews on the ground and the Japanese pilots that led the daring but ultimately ill-advised assault. With Joseph Cotten.
The Big Country (1958)
This classic William Wyler western has one of the best scores in Hollywood history and a pretty good cast to boot. Gregory Peck plays a retired sea captain who gets embroiled in a nasty local feud when he travels west to take over the massive ranch owned by his fiancee's father. With Burl Ives.
Moody drama from Mike Nichols starring Natalie Portman as a 20-year-old New Yorker who comes to London to escape an unpleasant stint in the sex industry and begins a relationship with a glibly witty journalist (Jude Law), who is quietly obsessed with another woman.
Sylvester Stallone revived his flagging career with this silly but solid and surprisingly entertaining caper about a famous mountain climber who is blackmailed by villians into scaling a Rocky Mountain peak to retrieve a stash of loot. John Lithgow has great fun as the 'British' villain, and some of the scenic shots are spectacular.
This Means War (2012)
Sky Movies Action, 11.15pm
Misguided action comedy starring Chris Pine and Tom Hardy as Tuck and Frank, CIA agents who've been friends for years until they both fall in love with the same beautiful woman and promptly go to war over her. Reese Witherspoon, Til Schweiger and Chelsea Handler co-star.