Wednesday 13 December 2017

Film Highlights Monday

Gran Torino (2008)

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TG4, 9.20pm

In this moving drama, Clint Eastwood (above) gives the performance of his career as Walt Kowalski, a misanthrophic Korean War veteran who has just buried his wife. He has hung on in the family home as his once quiet Detroit neighbourhood changes around him, and is not best pleased when a Vietnamese family moves in next door.

Walt is a man of his time, and a casual racist: he sits on his porch drinking beer and muttering to his dog about the "gooks" next door. He's even less impressed when he catches their teenage son trying to steal his 1972 Ford Gran Torino.

But Walt then discovers the boy was put up to it by a street gang, and as he finds out more about his neighbours, he becomes their protector in a spiralling confrontation with the gang. Bee Vang and Christopher Carley co-star.

The Prince and the Showgirl (1957)

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TG4, 1.00pm

Laurence Olivier and Marilyn Monroe are the unlikely pairing in this slight but enjoyable 1950s romantic comedy. He is Charles, the stiff and straightlaced Prince Regent of a middle European kingdom who falls in love with a beautiful American showgirl who isn't as dumb as she seems.

WALL-E (2008)

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BBC1, 2.45pm

A small but industrious waste-collecting robot is the hero of this charming and surprisingly philosophical Pixar adventure set in a grim future where humans have abandoned a disastrously polluted Earth. With the voices of Sigourney Weaver and Ben Burtt.

Mary Poppins (1964)

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BBC1, 4.15pm

Julie Andrews stars in the Disney children's classic based on the stories of Pamela Travers about a magical nanny who descends from the skies with a magical carpet bag and a no-nonsense attitude to put manners on the unruly children of a neglectful suffragette. With Dick Van Dyke.

Shrek Forever After (2009)

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BBC1, 7.30pm

In this modestly amusing animated sequel, Shrek is tiring of the rigours of domestic life and yearning for the days when he was a real ogre when an old enemy emerges from the past to trick him into making a disastrous mistake. With the voices of Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and Eddie Murphy.

Apocalypse Now (1979)

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RTE Two, 11.30pm

In Francis Coppola's epic based on a novella by Joseph Conrad and set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, Martin Sheen plays a tightly wound commando who's sent deep into the jungle to find a much decorated colonel called Kurtz and "terminate his command". With Marlon Brando.

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