Monday 18 February 2019

Film Highlights Sunday

No Country for Old Men (2007)

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Channel 4, 11.15pm

The Coen brothers' gripping adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel stars the excellent Josh Brolin as Llewelyn Moss, a Texas Vietnam War veteran who's out hunting one day when he finds $2million in the middle of the desert.

As he also finds abandoned jeeps and several corpses at the scene, he realises it's a drug bust gone wrong, but thinks it's his lucky day and decides to take the money anyway.

It's the worst decision of his life, as the drug lords hire a remorseless psychopath who chases him into Mexico.

Javier Bardem (above) won a best supporting Oscar for playing the killer, and Tommy Lee Jones is a world-weary sheriff in this disturbing and visually spectacular film.

With Kelly Macdonald, Woody Harrelson, Garret Dillahunt and Stephen Root.

Ben-Hur (1959)

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RTE Two, 12.50pm

Ancient Rome is given the William Wyler treatment in this sometimes risible but always entertaining epic starring Charlton Heston as Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish nobleman who enters a life of slavery after being falsely accused of a crime only to rise again when he saves the life of a Roman general.

Stormbreaker (2006)

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Channel 4, 2.35pm

In this action thriller based on the novels of Anthony Horowitz, a 14-year-old schoolboy called Alex Rider is devastated when his uncle and guardian dies in an apparent car crash. But he was really a spy, and soon Alex must continue what his uncle started. Ewan McGregor and Alex Pettyfer star.

The Three Musketeers (2011)

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Channel 4, 9.00pm

Paul WS Anderson's flashy but charmless version of Alexandre Dumas' classic tale stars Logan Lerman as D'Artagnan, a talented young country swordsman who goes to Paris and joins forces with the once famous but now discredited royal guardsmen the Three Musketeers. With Luke Evans.

Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

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TV3, 9.00pm

In this trashy, violent and totally implausible thriller, Gerard Butler plays Clyde Shelton, a once law-abiding man who sets out to prove that the law's an ass when the man who murdered his wife and child gets off on a technicality. Jamie Foxx plays a state prosecutor who tries to catch him.

Outrageous Fortune (1987)

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BBC1, 12.10am

Apparently Shelley Long and Bette Midler battled hard over top billing in this 80s comedy from Arthur Hiller, but they needn't have bothered. They play a pair of actresses who discover they are dating the same cad, who's also a KGB agent, and proceed to pursue him across America.

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