Saturday 14 December 2019

Film Highlights Tuesday

The Dictator (2012)


Sky Movies Comedy, 9.40pm

Since making his big breakthrough in Hollywood, Sacha Baron Cohen has struggled to match the excellence of 'Borat'. His 2009 film, 'Bruno', was a big disappointment, and 'The Dictator' isn't a whole lot better.

Baron Cohen plays Admiral General Aladeen, the mad and capricious ruler of an oil-rich country on the tip of North Africa. When it's discovered that Aladeen is building a nuclear bomb, he's summoned to New York to address the United Nations, but is then kidnapped and must survive in the Big Apple alone.

Though there is the odd funny moment, Baron Cohen's feeble plot drowns in a sea of unpleasantness, and the film suffers a bit from having a caricature rather than a character at its core. Anna Faris, Ben Kingsley and John C Reilly co-star.

Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942)


TCM, 3.00pm

Sherlock Holmes takes on the Nazis in the third of the Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce adaptations. Holmes and Watson have been recruited by the British government to combat German spies when a man turns up at 221B Baker Street with a knife in his chest.

Amistad (1997)


Sky Movies Drama, 8.00pm

Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins, Matthew McConaughey and Djimon Hounsou head the cast of this Steven Spielberg drama based on the true story of slaves who overcame their captors and landed in US waters, where their presence led to a legal dispute that challenged the slave trade.

The Grudge 2 (2006)


UTV, 11.05pm

After travelling to Tokyo to bring home her sister who has suffered a mysterious mental breakdown, a young woman finds herself haunted by the same malevolent spirit that had tormented her sibling. Sarah Michelle Gellar stars in this sequel based on an acclaimed Japanese horror film.

30 Days of Night (2007)


Film4, 11.40pm

Stylish horror film from David Slade in which a group of enterprising vampires target a small Alaskan town that's so far north it experiences 30 days of complete darkness each winter. Professional baddie Danny Huston leads the bloodsuckers, and Josh Hartnett and Mark Boone co-star.

Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)


Sky Movies Action, 1.05am

In Jean-Francois Richet's competent remake of John Carpenter's classic 70s thriller, Ethan Hawke plays a young police sergeant who must somehow hold out against a heavily armed gang who've besieged his Precinct where a major druglord is being held until trial.

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