Sunday 17 December 2017

Film Highlights Monday

Garage (2007)

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RTE One, 9.30pm

Larry Abrahamson and Mark O'Halloran's moving rural drama 'Garage' is one of the best Irish films ever made, and features a superb central performance from Pat Shortt (above). He is Josie, a gormless and slightly simple-minded man who lives on the edge of a small midlands town, tending to, and sleeping in, a tiny petrol station.

He does his job and lives alone and spends most of his free time propping up the bar at his local pub. He's a harmless loner, but when his boss's teenage son David comes to the garage to help out for the summer, an innocent misunderstanding leads to tragedy.

Abrahamson and O'Halloran's sombre tale is beautifully photographed, and a fine supporting cast includes Anne-Marie Duff, Conor Ryan, Andrew Bennett, Tommy Fitzgerald and Denis Conway. Against the Wind (1948) HHH

Film Four, 1pm

Likeable Dreamworks' animation set in a small Viking town that's beset by constant dragon attacks. When an ostracised young boy called Hiccup shoots down a dragon he finds he cannot kill the creature and forms a secret bond with it. With Jay Baruchel. Get Smart (2008)

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TV3, 4.20pm

Steve Carell stars in this entertaining spy spoof based on the 1960s Mel Brooks TV show. Bumbling agent Maxwell Smart gets out of his depth when he and the glamorous Agent 99 are sent to Moscow to infiltrate a secret nuclear arms factory. With Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson, Alan Arkin and Terence Stamp.

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

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Sky Movies Drama, 9pm

Meryl Streep is on sparkling form as a dictatorial New York fashion magazine editor in this sharp and glamorous satire, based on the true story of legendary American Vogue supremo Anna 'Nuclear' Wintour. Anne Hathaway co-stars as the latest in a long line of harried assistants who struggles to keep up with her boss's endless demands.

Gran Torino (2008) HHH

TG4, 9.30pm

Thoughtful drama directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, who plays Walt Kowalski, an elderly veteran and ingrained racist who's none too happy when a Vietnamese family moves in next door. But when one of them becomes mixed up in crime, old Walt proves a surprisingly resourceful ally.

Role Models (2008) HHHH

TV3, 11.35pm

Likeable comedy starring Paul Rudd and Sean William Scott as a pair of idiots who are sentenced to community service after getting into a fight with a truck driver and end up becoming unlikely mentors to two shy and marginalised high school kids.

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