Tuesday 16 January 2018

Film Highlights Sunday

Berberian Sound Studio (2012)

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Channel 4, 12.25am

A knowing tribute to the splendid unpleasantness of 1970s Italian horror films, Peter Strickland's chiller stars Toby Jones (above) as Mr Gilderoy, a mild-mannered English sound engineer who arrives in Rome to start work on a film called 'The Equestrian Vortex'.

Gilderoy was under the impression it might be a gentle romance involving young ladies and horses, but he's soon rudely disabused of this notion.

It is in fact a vile slasher movie set during the inquisition and following the various misfortunes of a group of winsome females misidentified as witches.

Peter Strickland builds his tension wonderfully, and while 'Berberian Sound Studio' ultimately gets lost in its own cleverness, there's much to enjoy, from Jones' performance to an underlying mordant wit. With Cosimo Fusco and Layla Amir. X-Men 2 (2003)

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TV3, 4.25pm

Bryan Singer's superhero sequel stars Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier, the mutants' charismatic leader who sparks panic among his brethren when he's kidnapped in an anti-mutant black-ops strike. In response, the fugitive X-Men join forces with Magento to prevent an all-out slaughter.

Flight (2012)

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Sky Movies Drama, 8pm

Robert Zemeckis' engrossing psychological drama stars Denzel Washington as William 'Whip' Whitaker, a skilled and experienced pilot who becomes a hero when he saves over 100 lives by managing to crash-land a malfunctioning plane. But when it transpires that he was drunk while flying, his life starts to fall apart. With Kelly Reilly.

Kick-Ass (2010)

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Channel 4, 10.05pm

Aaron Johnson and Nicolas Cage star in this unconventional action comedy about a geeky New York teenager called Dave Lizewksi who becomes an internet sensation overnight when he poses as a superhero and starts confronting muggers.

Mesrine: Public Enemy No 1 (2008)

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BBC2, 10.55pm

In the second part of Jean-Francois Richet's outstanding thriller, Jacques Mesrine returns to France with his new girlfriend and resumes his life of crime, and when the authorities finally catch and imprison him, Mesrine soon proves he can escape from just about anywhere. With Vincent Cassel and Ludivine Sagnier.

Here Comes the Boom (2012)

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Sky Movies Comedy, 11.55pm

Harmless comedy starring Kevin James as Scott Voss, a mild-mannered high school teacher who discovers inner reserves of toughness when he takes up mixed martial arts fighting in order to save his cash-strapped school. With Salma Hayek.

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