Sunday 22 April 2018

Film Highlights Saturday

The Eagle (2011)

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Channel 4, 9.00pm

Directed by Kevin Macdonald and based on a 1950s historical novel by Rosemary Sutcliff, 'The Eagle' stars Channing Tatum as Marcus Flavius Aquila, an ambitious young Roman centurion who arrives in Britain in the year 140AD to take command of a garrison.

When the garrison is attacked Marcus proves himself a bold and brave commander, but he's badly wounded in the process and is sent to his uncle's house to recuperate.

As he recovers, Marcus reveals his true intentions: he's come to Britain to restore his family's honour.

Twenty years before, Marcus's father commanded the ill-fated Ninth Legion that disappeared in the far north of Britain. Marcus wants to recover the legion's lost eagle standard and prove that his father was no coward. With Donald Sutherland and Mark Strong.

Sense and Sensibility (1995)

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RTE One, 1.40pm

Emma Thompson stars in Ang Lee's excellent adaptation of Jane Austin's novel about the empoverished Dashwood sisters, who are forced from their home after their father's death and move to Devon with their marriage-obsessed mother. Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman co-star.

Bitter Victory (1958)

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BBC2, 3.50pm

War drama directed by Nicholas Ray, starring Richard Burton as a Welsh army captain who is chosen for a dangerous mission behind German lines during the desert campaign, and is not best pleased when he's paired with a South African who was once involved with his wife. With Curt Jurgens.

The Dead Pool (1988)

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TG4, 10.50pm

In his last outing as 'Dirty' Harry Callaghan, Clint Eastwood tracks a mysterious killer who is bumping off some of San Francisco's most prominent citizens. Liam Neeson plays a shifty film director, Patricia Clarkson is a glamorous reporter, and watch out for an early appearance from Jim Carrey.

Smart People (2008)

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RTE Two, 11.55pm

This watchable indie comedy stars Dennis Quaid as a jaded, middle-aged academic who has reached a crossroads in his life. He's unhappy at work, and at home, but things change when his layabout brother shows up. With Ellen Page.

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011)

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Channel 4, 1.20am

In Nuri Bilge Ceylan's slow-moving but fascinating drama, a misanthropic doctor and world-weary state prosecutor wax philosophical while leading the search for the buried body of a murder victim on the plains of central Turkey. Taner Birsel, Muhammet Uzuner, Firat Tanis and Yimaz Erdogan star.

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