Tuesday 10 December 2019

Film Highlights Saturday

The Guard (2011)

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Channel 4, 9pm

John Michael McDonagh's hit comic drama stars Brendan Gleeson (above) as Gerry Boyle, a cynical Garda sergeant stationed in Connemara.

Gerry has seen it all and has long since lost interest in the petty crimes he deals with. He's devoted to his ailing mother, Eileen (Fionnula Flanagan), and likes to spend his free time in the company of high-class prostitutes. So he's not impressed nor best pleased when an FBI man called Wendell Everett (Don Cheadle) turns up in the locality to investigate an international drug-smuggling ring.

Sergeant Boyle gets most of the best lines, and Brendan Gleeson certainly makes the most of them. His Boyle is a complex and very Irish anti-hero who turns out to be far less of a country bumpkin than both the hoodlums and the FBI expected.

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)

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RTE One, 2.15pm

Terry Gilliam's sprawling epic fantasy stars John Neville as Baron von Munchausen, an inventive and resourceful 18th century German aristocrat and storyteller who sets out to save a town from an impending attack.

Colombiana (2011)

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Channel 4, 9pm

Sloppy revenge thriller starring Zoe Saldana as Cataleya Restrepo, a woman who saw her parents murdered by drug dealers in her native Colombia when she was just 10-years-old. Now she's grown up, is a trained assassin, and decides to return to Bogota to settle some old family business.

Welcome to Collinwood (2002)

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BBC2, 11.30pm

George Clooney heads the cast of this likeable, low key comedy from Joe and Anthony Russo about a gang of incompetent criminals who come up with a masterplan for the perfect heist and proceed to make a mess of executing it. William H Macy, Isaiah Washington and Sam Rockwell co-star.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

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Sky Atlantic, 12.35am

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.

Hard Eight (1996)

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Channel 4, 1.05am

In Paul Thomas Anderson's dark crime thriller, Philip Baker Hall plays Sydney, a seasoned gambler who befriends a penniless young man called John and brings him to Las Vegas to teach him how to play the odds. But Sydney is hiding a secret that will come back to haunt him. With John C Reilly.

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