Thursday 21 November 2019

Film Highlights Saturday

The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)

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Channel 4, 10.00pm

This thriller based on a novel by Michael Connelly stars Matthew McConaughey (above) as Mickey Haller, a lawyer whose office is a black Lincoln Town Car and who has devoted his life to defending wrongly accused criminals.

Up until now he's mainly dealt in petty crime, but Haller lands the case of his career when he agrees to take on Louis Roulet as a client. Roulet, a Beverly Hills playboy, has been accused of brutally beating a prostitute called Regina Campo, but Haller quickly becomes convinced he's innocent, and was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. His subsequent investigations uncover a link to a serious miscarriage of justice.

McConaughey is supported by an impressive cast that includes Ryan Philippe, Marisa Tomei, William H Macy, Josh Lucas and Bryan Cranston.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)

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RTE One, 4.55pm

Jake Gyllenhaal and Gemma Arterton star in this Disney action film based on a bestselling video game. When Distan, the adopted son of a Persian king is unfairly blamed for the monarch's death, he sets out to clear his name with the help of a truculent princess. Ben Kingsley also stars.

The Producers (2005)

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BBC2, 10.30pm

Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane star in this remake of the Mel Brooks classic in which an accountant and a shady Broadway producer hit on a brilliant scheme to make a fortune by putting on the most disastrous show in Broadway history.

Grown Ups (2010)

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3e, 12.00am

When five old high school basketball team-mates reunite at a summer lakehouse to mourn the passing of their coach, old friendships and rivalries are revived. Adam Sandler heads the cast of this unsubtle ensemble comedy, and Kevin James, Chris Rock and Salma Hayek co-star.

Transsiberian (2008)

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RTE One, 12.05am

Refreshingly unusual thriller starring Woody Harrelson and Emily Mortimer as Roy and Jessie, an American couple who decide to take the Trans-Siberian Express from Beijing to Moscow at the end of a Chinese trip and land themselves in a world of trouble after befriending a passenger.

A History of Violence (2005)

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Channel 4, 12.15am

Viggo Mortensen stars in David Cronenberg's stylish thriller as Tom Stall, the mild-mannered owner of a small-town diner who reveals a hidden past as a tough criminal when he tackles and kills two armed men who threaten the customers in his restaurant. With Ed Harris and Maria Bello.

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