Sunday 17 December 2017

Film Highlights Wednesday

Lakeview Terrace (2008)

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RTE One, 9.35pm

Neil LaBute's intelligent thriller stars Samuel L Jackson as a tough LAPD veteran Abel Turner, a controlling widower who lives with his two teenage kids in a lush Los Angeles suburb which he patrols in vigilante style.

A firm believer in rules, Abel is not pleased when a young couple called Lisa and Chris move in next door. The rule they've broken is Abel's biggest – she's black and he's white.

Though Chris and Lisa do their best to make nice with him, Abel becomes obsessed with forcing them to move out. And when he's suspended from his job for using excessive force, he devotes all his energies to solving his ongoing domestic problem.

Patrick Wilson, Kerry Washington, Ron Glass and Justin Chambers co-star in this thought-provoking and well paced thriller.

Carry on Spying (1964)

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Channel 4, 12.25pm

Sid James was absent for this clumsy 'Carry On' assault on the Bond franchise, and is sadly missed. Kenneth Williams plays British agent Desmond Simpkins, who sets out to track down a secret formula stolen by a sinister organisation called STENCH.

Ocean's Thirteen (2007)

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ITV2, 8.00pm

Danny Ocean and his team of ne'er-do-wells reunite in a good cause when Reuben has a near fatal heart attack after being swindled by a ruthless hotelier. So Danny and Rusty plot the usual elaborate revenge scheme, which includes the trashing of Bank's latest hotel. George Clooney and Brad Pitt star.

American Beauty (1999)

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BBC1, 11.35pm

Sam Mendes' Oscar-winning satire on American family values stars Kevin Spacey as Lester Burnham, an unhappily married suburban man who experiences a midlife crisis when he becomes infatuated with his teenage daughter's flirty friend. Annette Bening plays his wife, and Chris Cooper is excellent as a sinister neighbour.

The Lives of Others (2006)

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RTE Two, 12.00am

In Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's drama set in the last days of the German Democratic Republic, Ulrich Muhe delivers an exceptional performance as a lonely Stasi man who has an attack of conscience while spying on a couple suspected of having western sympathies.

Harsh Times (2005)

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Channel 4, 1.50am

This well-made thriller stars Christian Bale as Jim Luther Davis, an ex-Army Ranger who is haunted by horrific combat experiences. When Jim returns to Los Angeles to marry his Mexican girlfriend and start a new life as a downtown cop, his violent past follows him. With Freddy Rodriguez.

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