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Film Highlights Saturday

Inglorious Basterds (2009)


Channel 4, 10.00pm

A pastiche war film inspired by classic Second World War dramas like 'The Dirty Dozen' and 'Where Eagles Dare', Quentin Tarantino's 'Inglorious Basterds' marked a glorious return to form for the director after a pretty lean decade or so.

Brad Pitt (above, with Eli Roth) stars as a murderous Tennessee lieutenant who leads a group of Jewish soldiers into occupied France to cause chaos behind the German lines.

Clever, quick and very funny, Tarantino's film plays fast and loose with historical fact but is great fun from start to finish. Christoph Waltz won a well deserved Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of comically verbose SS man Colonel Hans Landa, and the opening scene in which he converses with a French farmer while Jewish refugees shiver beneath the floorboards is sublime. With Michael Fassbender and Melanie Laurent.

True Grit (2010)


BBC2, 9.00pm

A spirited 14-year-old girl teams up with a half-cut US marshal to hunt down the man who killed her father in this excellent remake of the 1960s John Wayne western. Jeff Bridges is great fun as the boastful Rooster Cogburn, Hailee Steinfeld plays Mattie Ross, and Matt Damon co-stars.

Meet the Parents (2000)


TV3, 9.00pm

Robert De Niro revealed a hidden flair for farce in this hit 2000 comedy. Ben Stiller is a good-hearted but clumsy male nurse called Greg Focker who gets a shock when he meets his girlfriend's father – a paranoid and controlling ex-CIA man who'll go to any lengths to separate the happy couple.

The Client (1994)


More4, 10.00pm

In one of the more entertaining adaptations of John Grisham's legal novels, a young boy who witnesses the suicide of a mob lawyer is marked for death by gangsters and bullied by an ambitious prosecutor who wants him to testify no matter what the consequences. Tommy Lee Jones stars.

The Notorious Bettie Page (2005)


BBC2, 11.30pm

Gretchen Mol stars in this thoughtful, humorous and almost nostalgic film from Mary Harron based on the true story of Bettie Page, a naïve and devoutly religious girl from Tennessee who moved to New York in the late 1940s and became an unlikely soft porn pin-up star. With Lili Taylor.

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)


Channel 4, 12.55am

In Sidney Lumet's gripping, tortuous drama, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke play two brothers who decide to solve their mounting financial problems by raiding their parents' jewellery store.

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