Wednesday 24 January 2018

Film Highlights Sunday

The Daisy Chain (2008)

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BBC2, 11.30pm

Aisling Walsh (above) brings her sure touch and haunting visual style to bear on this Irish-based horror film that's pretty effective despite a fairly thin storyline.

Steven Mackintosh and Samantha Morton play a couple called Tomas and Martina who move to the west of Ireland in advance of the birth of their baby. He is from the area (although his accent does not stand up to much inspection), but she's from London, and she soon begins to feel every bit the outsider.

Martina is anxious about her pregnancy because the couple lost a child to cot death a few years previously. And things get weird when she becomes preoccupied by the fate of a strange young girl called Daisy (Mhairi Anderson) who plays wild along the cliffs and seems to have no home.

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)

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Channel 4, 5.35pm

In the third instalment of the hugely successful animated franchise, Sid is kidnapped by a Tyrannosaurus and carried to a lost jungle world beneath the ice from which his friends must save him. With the voices of Denis Leary and John Leguizamo.

The A-Team (2010)

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Film4, 9.00pm

Liam Neeson heads the cast of this bright and breezy action comedy based on the hit 1980s TV show. Neeson is Hannibal Smith, the leader of a group of former Special Forces commandoes who go on the run after being double-crossed by a corrupt superior in Iraq. Bradley Cooper co-stars.

Conspiracy Theory (1997)

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TV3, 10.00pm

Mel Gibson heads up this overheated but enjoyable thriller as a New York taxi driver who sees conspiracies everywhere. For instance he believes that NASA are trying to kill the president, and it seems he might be on to something when he's abducted and tortured by the CIA. Julia Roberts co-stars, and Richard Donner directs.

The Exorcist (1973)

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Sky Atlantic, 10.15pm

Among the most effective and innovative horror films ever made, William Friedkin's 'The Exorcist' is set in Washington D.C. in the early 1970s and tells the story of a priest and a policeman who take differing views when a 12-year-old girl becomes the victim of an apparent demonic possession.

Soul Men (2008)

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BBC1, 11.25pm

Comedy starring Samuel L Jackson and Bernic Mac as Louis Hinds and Floyd Henderson, two soul stars who haven't spoken since an argument 30 years ago, but are forced to reunite for a tribute concert in honour of their former band leader.

Irish Independent

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