Friday 24 November 2017

Film Highlights Saturday

Identity Thief (2013)

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Sky Movies Comedy, 8.00pm

Seth Gordon's misfiring but intermittently very funny comedy stars Jason Bateman as Sandy Patterson, a hard-working Denver financial executive who's filling his car with petrol one morning when his credit card is refused.

He subsequently discovers his identity has been stolen by someone who's roaring through the state of Florida spending his money like a drunken sailor. Sandy goes to the Denver police, but they're not especially sympathetic, and it becomes clear that if he wants to clear his good name he'll have to find the culprit himself.

When Sandy arrives in Florida it doesn't take him long to track down Diana, but she soon draws him into her vortex of chaos. Melissa McCarthy (above) is good fun as the manic Diana, and Amanda Peet and Jon Favreau co-star.

Stardust (2007)

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RTE One, 4.40pm

Charming fairy story starring Charlie Cox as Tristan, a dashing peasant from a village that abuts a mysterious wall which must never be crossed. But when a star falls and Tristan gamely offers to leap the wall and find it for his sweetheart, he enters a magical, dangerous kingdom. With Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert De Niro.

Despicable Me (2010)

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UTV, 5.10pm

In this witty and likeable Franco-American animation, Steve Carell provides the voice of Gru, a dastardly international villain who realises he has a serious rival when someone steals the Great Pyramid of Giza and replaces it with an inflatable copy.

Knowing (2009)

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Channel 4, 10.00pm

This outlandish sci-fi thriller stars Nicolas Cage as an astrophysicist at MIT who is baffled when he is sent a note buried in a school time capsule in 1959 that appears to predict the 9/11 attacks and an impending global disaster. With Rose Byrne, Lara Robinson and Ben Mendelsohn.

Howl (2010)

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BBC2, 11.15pm

James Franco stars in this stylish but inevitably pretentious biopic of Allen Ginsberg, the New Jersey-born beat writer who revolutionised American poetry with his non-linear poems and highly dramatic performed readings. John Hamm, Jeff Daniels, Aaron Tveit and Treat Williams co-star.

Prizzi's Honor (1985)

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RTE One, 12.15am

Jack Nicholson stars in John Huston's comic drama as mumbling mob enforcer Charley Partanna, who falls in love with a beautiful hitwoman called Irene Walker (Kathleen Turner) and is faced with a dilemma when he finds out she's betrayed the Prizzis, the family for whom he works.

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