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Film Highlights Tuesday

Bernie (2011)


Sky Movies Premiere, 9.45pm

Richard Linklater's wryly comical but quietly unsettling film is set in the town of Carthage, Texas, and based on the true story of Bernie Tiede, an effete but charming Louisiana mortician who became a beloved Carthage fixture after moving there in the 1990s.

Solicitous, generous and eminently capable, Bernie (Jack Black, above) has a special way with the dead and the grieving, and his warm manner and unflappable good spirits soon make him the most popular man in town.

Bernie even manages to charm a wealthy but notoriously sour local widow called Marjorie Nugent (Shirley MacLaine), and the pair become inseparable. But when the old crone starts treating Bernie like a slave something goes badly wrong, and soon the town has a scandal on its hands. Matthew McConaughey co-stars.

From Here to Eternity (1953)


TCM, 6.45pm

Fred Zinnemann's Oscar-winning drama is set on the Hawaiian army base in 1941, and as the Japanese prepare to attack, the US soldiers bicker while their hard-driving sergeant falls in love with the captain's unhappy and beautiful wife. Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift and Deborah Kerr star.

Enter the Dragon (1973)


Sky Movies Action, 11.40pm

This unsophisticated but influential Hong Kong/Hollywood collaboration was the catalyst for a kung fu craze that swept the Western world in the 1970s. Sadly, though, its charismatic star Bruce Lee didn't get to enjoy his newfound popularity for very long, as he died suddenly shortly after its release.

Sunshine (2007)


Film4, 11.45pm

Danny Boyle's nice-looking but insubstantial science-fiction drama stars Cillian Murphy as a physicist who's part of a futuristic mission to save mankind from extinction by using a huge bomb to reignite the flagging sun. Rose Byrne and Chris Evans co-star.

K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)


Sky Movies Action, 1.30am

Liam Neeson and Harrison Ford star in this fine drama based on the true story of a Soviet nuclear sub that developed a fatal flaw during its maiden mission. Neeson and Ford play officers who clash over how to handle a failure in the reactor's cooling system that can only be repaired by men prepared to expose themselves to fatal levels of radiation.

Black Gold (2011)


Sky Movies Drama, 1.40am

Jean-Jacques Annaud's sweeping epic is set in the 1930s on the Arabian Gulf, a region that would soon be transformed forever by the arrival of westerners and the discovery of oil. Antonio Banderas and Mark Strong play rival chieftains with very different views about what oil will bring.

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