Sunday 19 November 2017

Film Highlights Saturday

Unknown (2011)


Channel 4, 9.00pm

This daft but very engaging thriller from Jaume Collet-Serra stars Liam Neeson (above with January Jones who plays his wife) as Dr Martin Harris, an American biologist who arrives in Berlin for a conference with his glamorous wife Liz.

While she's checking into their hotel he realises one of their bags has been left at the airport and flags down a taxi to go get it. But when the taxi crashes into the River Spree, Harris wakes up four days later and he has trouble remembering his name.

When Martin returns to the hotel to find Liz and tell her he's alright, she claims she's never seen him before in her life, and is now swanning around in the company of another man (Aidan Quinn) who claims to be Dr Harris. What's going on? Nothing very credible, but don't let that deter you.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)


UTV, 3.25pm

When a chatty elf warns Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) not to return to Hogwarts because of a series of attacks, he goes back anyway but soon regrets it as he's plagued by strange voices and apparitions, and a message in blood about the deadly Chamber of Secrets.

Finian's Rainbow (1968)


RTE Two, 4.00pm

Fred Astaire heads the cast of this musical directed by, of all people, Francis Ford Coppola, and plays a lovable rogue called Finian McLonergan who absconds from Ireland with a pot of gold and is followed to America by a vengeful leprechaun.

A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2002)


BBC2, 10.45pm

In Steven Spielberg's studious realisation of an unfilmed Stanley Kubrick project, Haley Joel Osment stars as a robotic child in a dystopian near future who sets out to find the 'Blue Fairy' he remembers from the story of Pinocchio and whom he believes will be able to turn him into a real boy.

Neds (2010)


Channel 4, 11.20pm

Peter Mullan's unflinching social drama is set in 1970s Glasgow and stars Conor McCarron as John McGill, an academically gifted working class boy whose high hopes are dashed when he encounters vicious snobbery and drifts into a local street gang. With Peter Mullan and Marianna Palka.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)


TV3, 12.15am

Robert Downey Jr gives it socks in this enjoyable black comedy as a wise-cracking petty criminal called Harry Lockhart who breaks into the movie world by accident when on the run from a botched bank robbery, and becomes an unlikely star. With Val Kilmer and Michelle Monaghan.

Irish Independent

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