Tuesday 20 March 2018

Film Highlights Saturday

Harry Brown (2009)


RTE Two, 12.40am

Michael Caine (above) is the best thing by far in this well made, but rather depressing, British thriller set on a rundown London council estate.

A violent gang of youths have been terrorising elderly locals, and retired Royal Marine Harry Brown has been doing his best to ignore them. But when his best friend is victimised and murdered, Harry decides he's had enough and embarks on a vigilante spree that ultimately pits him against the local drug boss.

There are shades of both 'Dirty Harry' and 'Deathwish' to Daniel Barber's gritty and gloomy-looking film. It's entertaining enough, though pretty violent at times, and a decent cast includes Emily Mortimer, Iain Glen and Liam Cunningham. However, this is Caine's film, and he's very convincing as the vengeful pensioner.

Funny Girl (1968)


RTE One, 2.00pm

In William Wyler's musical drama based on Isobel Lennart's stage show, a young Barbra Streisand stars as Fanny Brice, a starstruck teenager who runs away from school to join a Vaudeville review and eventually becomes a star. With Omar Sharif.

Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang (2010)


UTV, 4.10pm

Likeable fantasy sequel starring Emma Thompson as the fearsome but lovable Nanny McPhee who, during the Second World War, arrives to help a harried young mother who's trying to run a farm and control her wayward children while her husband's away at war. With Asa Butterfield.

Air Force One (1997)


BBC1, 10.50pm

Wolfgang Petersen's 90s thriller stars Harrison Ford as James Marshall, America's no-nonsense president who's on his way to Moscow to announce a new anti-terrorism initiative when his plane is hijacked by Kazakstani terrorists who soon realise they've taken on the wrong politician. Glenn Close and Gary Oldman co-star.

West is West (2010)


BBC2, 10.15pm

This drama based on the writings of Ayub Khan-Din is a kind of sequel to 'East is East'. It's Salford in 1976, and when teenage tearaway Sajid gets caught stealing and calls his dad a "Paki", George decides it's time to bring the boy on a trip to the old country so he can learn some manners.

30 Days of Night (2007)


Channel 4, 11.45pm

In this horror film from David Slade, a group of vampires target a small Alaskan town that's so far north it experiences 30 days of darkness each winter. Professional baddie Danny Huston leads the bloodsuckers, and Josh Hartnett co-stars.

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