Sunday 26 January 2020

Film Highlights Thursday

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008)

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RTE Two, 12.40am

Likeable teen comedy starring Michael Cera (above) as Nick, a drippy, lovelorn New Jersey student and would-be musician who's just been dumped by his heartless girlfriend Tris.

Nick mopes in his bedroom and sends wistful compilation CDs to his former girlfriend. These Tris merrily dumps in the bin, but when Norah (Kat Dennings) retrieves one, she's impressed at their compiler's musical knowledge and taste.

When rumours break that an enigmatic underground band called Where's Fluffy will be playing at an as yet unspecified location in New York City that weekend, Nick's friends persuade him to accompany them on the search for the gig. And during a hectic and eventful night, Nick and Norah meet up and begin to see the potential in each other, despite various obstacles in their path.

Damn the Defiant! (1962)

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Channel 4, 1.10pm

Alec Guinness and Dirk Bogarde star in this seafaring yarn set during the Napoleonic wars. Guinness is a fairminded warship skipper called Crawford who comes into confilct with his sadistic, aristocratic first officer (Bogarde) who does all in his power to undermime his captain's command.

The Vow (2012)

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Sky Movies Drama, 3.15pm

Sloppy melodrama based on a true story, starring Channing Tatum as Leo Collins, a Chicago music producer who's happily married to a sculptress called Paige until she sustains a serious injury in a car crash and loses all memory of him and their relationship. Rachel McAdams co-stars.

Evita (1996)

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Sky Movies Drama, 10.00pm

Madonna is surprisingly good in Alan Parker's film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical about Eva Duarte, a poor girl from a country village who rises to become the wife of the ruthless Argentine dictator Juan Peron and develops a kind of Virgin Mary complex. With Antonio Banderas.

Premium Rush (2012)

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Sky Movies Action, 10.45pm

Clever thriller starring Joesph Gordon-Levitt as Wilee, a daredevil New York bicycle messenger who picks up a seemingly innocuous package that contains a very valuable item and finds himself pursued by a demented cop who'll do anything to get it. With Michael Shannon and Dania Ramirez.

River of Death (1989)

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TCM, 11.00pm

Whimsical adventure film based on a novel by Alistair MacLean, starring Michael Dudikoff as an explorer who stumbles on a settlement of Nazi war criminals while searching the Amazonian jungles for a legendary lost city. With Robert Vaughn, Donald Pleasence, Herbert Lom and LQ Jones.

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