Friday 20 April 2018

Film Highlights Tuesday

Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

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Sky Movies Drama, 10.00pm

Sean Durkin's vivid and powerful debut feature stars Elizabeth Olsen (above) as Martha, a beautiful but clearly troubled young woman who flees from a ramshackle farmhouse in the Catskill Mountains and makes a stilted phone call to her older sister, Lucy.

Catatonic and obtuse, Martha refuses to tell her sister what she's been up to for the past two years, but in a series of fluid and brilliantly executed flashbacks we find out what's been going on.

Vulnerable and lost after the death of her mother when she was a teenager, Martha got mixed up with a small community of hippies led by a charismatic older man called Patrick (brilliantly played by John Hawkes). And while their rural retreat seems idyllic at first, the commune hides a dark secret. With Sarah Paulson and Hugh Dancy.

Gunman's Walk (1958)

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Channel 4, 12.20pm

Van Heflin stars in this moody western about a veteran gunslinger called Lee Hackett who has failed to adapt to the changing times and has tried to mould his two sons in his own image. But his plans backfire when one of them turns into a murderous outlaw. With Tab Hunter and Mickey Shaughnessy.

The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

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Film4, 4.45pm

The wealthy patrons of a new cruise ship are living it up on a luxury voyage when the boat is struck by a massive rogue wave in this classic 1970s disaster movie. The half-drowned cast includes Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine and Roddy McDowell.

My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)

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Sky Movies Drama, 8.00pm

In this frothy but very funny 90s romantic comedy, Julia Roberts plays Julianne Potter, a New York food writer who realises she's in love with her best friend Michael and sets out to sabotage his impending wedding to a seemingly perfect woman. With Cameron Diaz and Rupert Everett.

When a Man Loves a Woman (1994)

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BBC1, 12.05am

Meg Ryan and Andy Garcia star in this rather turgid drama about an airline pilot and his loving but mercurial wife whose drinking spirals out of control. And when she is admitted to an addiction clinic her husband begins to realise how he has enabled her past behaviour.

Escape from LA (1996)

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Sky Movies Action, 12.30am

In John Carpenter's sci-fi sequel Kurt Russell reprises his role as Snake Plissken, an outlaw in a dystopian near future where law and order has broken down. Snake is blackmailed into infiltrating a dangerous prison island in order to find a vital energy source that the city of LA desperately needs.

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