Tuesday 23 January 2018

Film Highlights Monday

Men in Black III (2012)

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Sky Movies Action, 9.30pm

Released 10 years after 'Men in Black II' and an astonishing 15 years after the 1997 original, this sequel might be tardy but is actually a lot of fun, and a vast improvement on MIB2.

Barry Sonnenfeld's comic drama is set mainly in the 1960s, to which Agent J (Will Smith, above with Tommy Lee Jones) returns by time travel to find the younger and slightly less grumpy version of Agent K (Josh Brolin) and help prevent the extinction of humankind.

A singularly unpleasant interplanetary thug called Brois has escaped from prison, and now intends to spearhead an alien invasion, and only Agents J and K stand any chance of stopping him.

Sounds complicated, but it's pretty easy to follow, and there are some clever jokes and well-executed action scenes along the way. With Tommy Lee Jones and Alice Eve.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

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Sky Movies Comedy, 4.10pm

The playful anarchy of the original series is not quite recaptured by this competent film based on Douglas Adams' story and starring Martin Freeman as Arthur Dent who embarks on a pan-galactic odyssey after his planet is destroyed by the Vogons.

Detective Story (1951)

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Film4, 4.40pm

Kirk Douglas is outstanding in William Wyler's hard-bitten film noir, playing a vengeful New York police detective called Jim McLeod who opens a whole can of worms when he decides to go after a backstreet abortionist believed to be responsible for the deaths of several women.

Cassandra's Dream (2007)

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TG4, 9.30pm

Heavyhanded drama from Woody Allen starring Ewan McGregor and Colin Farrell as south London brothers who become mortal enemies after falling under the spell of their charming but villainous uncle, played by Tom Wilkinson.

The Fan (1996)

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TCM, 11.25pm

In Tony Scott's rather leaden thriller, Wesley Snipes plays a star baseball batter who's enduring the worst season of his life when he becomes the unhealthy focus of a divorced and angry hunting knife salesman. With Robert DeNiro, Ellen Barkin, Benicio del Toro, Chris Mulkey, Patti D'Arbanville and John Leguizamo.

The American Friend (1977)

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Film4, 1.30am

Wim Wenders' stylish thriller stars Dennis Hopper as an American art forger called Tom Ripley who's hiding out in Hamburg when an associate asks him to turn hitman. Tom doesn't fancy it, but reckons a terminally ill and desperate gallery owner might just be up for the job. With Bruno Ganz.

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