Thursday 22 February 2018

Film Highlights Monday

True Grit (2010)


RTE One, 9.30pm

The Coen brothers' handsome and witty Western is based on the famous 1969 John Wayne movie of the same name, and the novel by Charles Portis that inspired it.

Hailee Steinfeld (above) plays Mattie Ross, a spirited 14-year-old girl who hires a crooked but notoriously violent US marshal called Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) to find the scoundrel who killed her father, but complicates matters by insisting on accompanying him.

Bridges is great as the swaggering, boozy Cogburn, Matt Damon plays a rather fastidious Texas Ranger called LaBoeuf, and Josh Brolin is the odious but rather pathetic baddie. Beautifully photographed by Roger Deakins, this brooding but very funny Western culminates in a marvellous set piece action sequence, and Domhnall Gleeson, Barry Pepper and Elizabeth Marvel co-star. The Desert Rats (1953)


TCM, 3pm

Richard Burton and Robert Newton lead the cast in this fine war film that dramatises the siege of Tobruk, when a British and Australian force held off Erwin Rommel's marauding armies and ultimately helped change the course of the war. James Mason plays the dashing Rommel.

National Treasure (2004)


BBC1, 3.45pm

In this rather derivative action film that spawned a fitful franchise, Nicholas Cage plays Benjamin Franklin Gates, an engineer and amateur cryptologist who sets out to prove that a family story about a fantastic trove of gold and artifacts hidden by the founding fathers of the United States is true. With Diane Kruger and Jon Voight.

The Pink Panther (2006)


RTE One, 4.10pm

Not the moderately amusing Peter Sellers/David Niven original, but a grim revival starring Steve Martin as the bumpling Surete detective, who causes international chaos when he heads the investigation into the theft of the famous Pink Panther jewel.

Dead Poets Society (1989)


Sky Movies Drama, 11.50pm

Peter Weir's elegiac drama stars Robin Williams as John Keating, an inspiring and unconventional English teacher who sets the cat among the pigeons when he takes up a post at a stuffy 1950s private school for the sons of the very wealthy.

The Talented Mr Ripley (1999)


TG4, 9.15pm

Matt Damon stars in Anthony Minghella's stylish thriller based on the novels of Patricia Highsmith. Damon is Tom Ripley, a seemingly mild-mannered but profoundly unstable sociopath who becomes so obsessed with the privileged life of wealthy American playboy Dickie Greenleaf that he'll go to any lengths to steal it.

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