Tuesday 23 July 2019

Film Highlights Thursday

Gangster Squad (2013)


Sky Movies Premiere, 8.00pm

Ruben Fleischer's unsophisticated crime thriller starts as it means to go on – gorily. It's 1949, mobster Mickey Cohen has the city of Los Angeles in the palm of his hands, and when he catches a Chicago hood trying to muscle in on his territory, he attaches his head and feet to the bumpers of two cars and pulls him in two.

Charming behaviour, and Cohen (Sean Penn, above) gets away with this and many other heinous crimes because at least half of the Los Angeles Police Department is on his payroll and simply look the other way.

One man who isn't is Sergeant John O'Mara (Josh Brolin), who's chosen by his gritty boss (Nick Nolte) to head up a team of all-licenced agents to go after Cohen's operations and bring him down. Cue a city-wide bloodbath. With Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.

The Bravados (1958)


Channel 4, 1.20pm

Gregory Peck stars in this handsomely shot Henry King western as a stranger who arrives in a small town to watch the execution of four men he believes murdered his wife. And when they escape he tracks them down and begins to kill them one by one.

in and out (1997)


Film4, 5.30pm

Kevin Kline stars in this enjoyable enough Frank Oz comedy as a midwestern high school teacher called Howard Brackett whose smalltown life is suddenly disrupted when a former pupil who's now a film star 'outs' him as a gay man in an Oscar speech. With Joan Cusack, Tom Selleck, Debbie Reynolds and Matt Dillon.

The Island (2005)


Sky Movies Action, 10.45pm

Stilted science fiction thriller from Michael Bay, starring Ewan McGregor as a young man living in what he thinks is a utopian futuristic city who goes on the run when he finds out he's really a clone and that his body parts will soon be harvested. With Scarlett Johansson and Steve Buscemi.

The Human Stain (2003)


RTE One, 11.55pm

Intense drama based on a Philip Roth novel, starring Gary Sinese as Nathan Zuckerman, a successful novelist who sets out to rescue the reputation of his old college professor and mentor after he's accused of making racist remarks during a class. With Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman.

The Eye (2008)


RTE Two, 12.25am

In this workmanlike remake of the Pang Brothers' acclaimed Hong Kong thriller, Jessica Alba plays Sydney Wells, a concert violinist who's been blind since the age of five until she receives a successful eye transplant. She's delighted, until she begins having disturbing and violent visions.

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