Friday 24 November 2017

Film Highlights Tuesday

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)

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Film4, 6.25pm

With his Brooks Brothers shirts and garish braces, Gordon Gekko embodied the hedonistic 80s and one of the truly great screen villains. And in 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps' Oliver Stone resuscitates him just as the biggest crash since 1929 grips the financial world.

Gekko has done hard time for insider trading, and seems to have emerged from prison a chastened and wiser man. His daughter, Winnie (Carey Mulligan) still won't talk to him, but when her trader boyfriend Jake approaches the old fox about getting revenge on an unscrupulous banker, Gordon is infected once again with the thrill of the high stakes financial game.

Overlong and badly plotted, this sequel is made watchable and entertaining by Michael Douglas' (above, with Shia LeBeouf) brilliant revival of his most famous screen role.

Footsteps in the Fog (1955)

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Channel 4, 12.20pm

Stewart Granger stars in this nicely gothic Victorian melodrama as a sinister aristocrat called Stephen Lowry who secretly poisons his wife. His maid Lily Watkins knows what he's done and tries to turn the situation to her advantage, but soon finds out she's playing a dangerous game.

Gone With the Wind (1939)

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TCM, 3.00pm

The original Hollywood blockbuster, David O Selznick's three-and-a-half-hour Civil War epic stars Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara, a spoilt and petulant Southern heroine whose tempestuous on-off love affair with dashing adventurer Rhett Butler is doomed from the get-go. With Clark Gable.

Lethal Weapon (1987)

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TV3, 9.00pm

In Richard Donner's entertaining but dated 80s action comedy, Mel Gibson is Martin Riggs, a depressive, hard-drinking, homicidal undercover cop who causes all sorts of problems when he's teamed with amiable family man Danny Glover. Gary Busey plays the villain, and Tom Atkins co-stars.

Money Train (1995)

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Sky Movies Drama, 9.45pm

Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson star in this noisy 1990s action thriller about a couple of New York transit cops who decide to rob the subway network's money train, which collects millions of dollars every night, after one of them loses their job. With Jennifer Lopez and Chris Cooper.

The American President (1995)

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UTV, 12.05am

In Rob Reiner's clever and warmhearted romantic comedy, Michael Douglas plays a recently widowed American President who jeopardises his re-election campaign when he falls in love with a glamorous lobbyist. Annette Bening and Martin Sheen co-star, and Aaron Sorkin wrote the screenplay.

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