Tuesday 16 January 2018

Film Highlights Saturday

Man on a Ledge (2012)

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Channel 4, 9pm

Asger Leth's flaky but watchable action thriller stars Sam Worthington (above, with Elizabeth Banks) as a grim-faced man who walks into a swish Manhattan hotel one fine morning, books a suite on the upper floors, leaves a curt note and steps out the window onto a narrow ledge that plunges 100 floors to the street.

When the cops arrive to find out what his problem is, he tells them he will only deal with a cop called Lydia Mercer (Banks). Mercer specialises in dissuading the suicidal from jumping, and at first she thinks this is a simple case of personal despair, but when she starts engaging with the man on the ledge she begins to realise that something funny's going on.

With Ed Harris, Jamie Bell, Genesis Rodriguez and Edward Burns.

Bolt (2008)

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BBC1, 4.30pm

In this hilarious high-concept animation, a dog who stars in a TV show about a superhero and is convinced he actually is one finds the going tough when he escapes from the studio and discovers he's an ordinary mutt. With the voices of John Travolta, Miley Cyrus and Malcolm McDowell.

The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

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Channel 4, 7.05pm

In this rather plodding remake of the Robert Wise sci-fi classic, Keanu Reeves plays a po-faced alien called Klaatu who arrives on Earth to lecture us about the damage we're doing to our environment. Scott Derrickson directs, and Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates and Jon Hamm co-star.

Donnie Brasco (1997)

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TG4, 10.25pm

Mike Newell's tough crime drama is based on a true story and stars Johnny Depp as Joe Pistone, an FBI agent who goes deep undercover to infiltrate the Italian mob posing as a thief called Donnie Brasco. He gains the confidence of a veteran called Lefty Ruggiero (Al Pacino), but their friendship threatens Pistone's mission.

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

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Channel 4, 11pm

Hugely popular 80s action comedy starring Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley, a Detroit cop who tracks his best friend's killer to Los Angeles and forms an uneasy alliance with the local police as they endeavour to track the murderer down.

Once (2006)

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BBC1, 12.45am

John Carney's slender but charming drama stars Glen Hansard as a Dublin singer/songwriter and Grafton Street busker whose life changes when he runs into a pretty Czech flower-seller who's something of a musician herself. With Marketa Irglova.

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