Saturday 24 February 2018

Film Highlights Sunday

Babel (2006)

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Channel 4, 11.45pm

One of those six-degrees-of-separation dramas reminiscent of films like 'Crash' but if anything, even more ambitious. 'Babel' was critically praised back in 2007 and nominated for a raft of Oscars. It didn't win many, but is well worth a look all the same.

Brad Pitt (above) and Cate Blanchett play a troubled American couple who are trying to repair their marriage on a Moroccan holiday when a high-velocity rifle shot in innocence by a goat herder several miles away shoots and fatally wounds the woman. This event, and the various interpretations of it, lead to repurcussions that ring around the world, as the international media mistake the shooting for a terrorist act and put pressure on the Moroccan government to round up the usual suspects.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu directs, and Harriet Walter and Mohamed Akhzam co-star. Licence to Kill (1989)

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UTV, 3.50pm

In Timothy Dalton's second and last outing as 007, James Bond goes on the usual bloody global hunt for a flashy drug lord called Frank Sanchez, who escaped from custody, killed the wife of Bond's CIA buddy Felix Leiter and fed poor old Felix to the sharks – which seems excessive.

In Which We Serve (1942)

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BBC4, 7.10pm

Lyrical wartime propaganda film directed by Noel Coward and a young David Lean that tells the story of a Royal Navy vessel and its crew as they take part in the Dunkirk evacuation and the Battle of Crete. With Noel Coward, John Mills, Bernard Miles, Celia Johnson and Daniel Massey.

Hannibal (2001)

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TV3, 9pm

Hannibal Lecter is hiding out in Italy and working as a museum curator when one of his victims finds out where he is and decides to use FBI Special Agent Clarice Starling as bait to lure the opera-loving serial killer out. Anthony Hopkins and Julianne Moore star in this solid sequel.

Underworld: Awakening (2003)

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Channel 4, 10pm

In this indifferent horror sequel, Kate Beckinsale returns as Selene, the leather-clad vampire warrior who wakes from a decade-long cryogenic sleep to discover that she now has a daughter and that mankind has declared war on her entire species. Stephen Rea and Michael Ealy co-star.

The Big White (2005)

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BBC2, 1.15am

Robin Williams stars in this charming black comedy that has shades of the Coen brothers' Fargo. Williams plays a struggling Alaskan travel agent who finds a frozen body in a dumpster and stages an animal attack to claim the insurance on his missing brother. With Holly Hunter.

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