Monday 18 December 2017

Film Highlights Saturday

Carnage (2011)

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BBC2, 10.15pm

In Roman Polanski's entertaining film based on Yasmina Reza's hit play 'Gods of Carnage', the civilized pretentions of two prosperous New York couples are exposed by their response to a simple playground fight.

Nancy (Kate Winslet, above with Jodie Foster) and Alan Cowan (Christopher Waltz) visit the home of Penelope and Michael Longstreet (Jodie Foster and John C. Reilly) to discuss an incident involving their sons. After a row over schoolyard allegiances, the Cowans' son hit the Longstreets' son in the face with a stick. Regrettable behaviour, and the Longstreets have invited the Cowans over to prove that these things can be settled amicably.

At least that's the plan, but as they settle down for coffee and apple pie it's clear that neither couple is as evolved or forgiving as they think.

The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

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RTE One, 2.15pm

Some of the Roger Moore Bond films were surely the silliest in the series, and in this outing 007 comes up against the grandiloquently named Francisco Scaramanga, whose plan to use solar energy for foul means doesn't sound that scary at all.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)

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UTV, 3.15pm

In the first of the films based on J.K. Rowling's novels, Daniel Radcliffe plays young Harry, who is a seemingly ordinary 11-year-old boy living with negligent relatives until a giant stranger called Hagrid tells him that he is actually a wizard. With Richard Harris.

The Mask (1994)

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Sky One, 9.00pm

Jim Carrey established himself as an A-list star with an extraordinary performance in this hit 90s comedy, playing Stanley Ipkiss, a meek and downtrodden bank clerk who discovers a magic wooden mask that transforms him into a zoot-suited agent of chaos.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)

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E4, 9.00pm

In the second instalment of the franchise based on the novels of Stephenie Meyer, Edward decides it would be safer for Bella if he left town for a while, but in his absence two rogue vampires turn up looking to kill her and Jacob and the werewolves must step into the breach. With Kristen Stewart.

Massacre in Rome (1973)

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TG4, 12.20am

Richard Burton heads the cast of this Italian war film based on the Ardeatine Caves massacre in Rome in March of 1944. Burton is Herbert Kappler, a ruthless and cruel Gestapo chief who grows tired of partisan attacks around the city and decides to teach the locals a lesson they'll never forget.

Irish Independent

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