Monday 18 December 2017

Film Highlights Wednesday

It's Complicated (2009)

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RTE One, 9.35pm

Meryl Streep (above with Alec Baldwin) heads the sparkling cast of this undemanding but likeable romantic comedy written and directed by Nancy Meyers.

Streep is Jane Adler, a Santa Barbara businesswoman with three grown-up kids who's only now getting over a rather messy divorce. That was 10 years ago, but when her likeable but over-excitable ex-husband Jake (Baldwin) turns up in New York for their son's graduation, they reminisce over old times and have a fling.

The only problem is Jake's re-married and Jane is interested in another man and doesn't think getting back with Jake would be the brightest idea in the world anyway.

Steve Martin co-stars, but Baldwin steals most of the laughs, and Meryl Streep is as excellent as always. With Rita Wilson, John Krasinski, Lake Bell and Alexander Wentworth.

Larry Crowne (2011)

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ITV3, 8.00pm

Tom Hanks directs and stars in this romantic drama about an affable company man who has a midlife crisis after losing his job and enrols at the local university, where he joins a colourful community of outcasts and falls in love with one of his teachers.

The Grey (2011)

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Sky Movies Action, 10.00pm

In this clever and exceedingly violent thriller written and directed by Joe Carnahan, Liam Neeson leads a team of oil workers who must fight for their lives when their light aircraft crashes in the frozen wastes of Alaska and they're hunted by a ravenous pack of grey wolves.

In Cold Blood (1967)

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TCM, 11.20pm

Richard Brooks' film is based on Truman Capote's 'non-fiction novel' of the same name and tells the grim story of Perry Smith and Dick Hickok, two criminals who in November, 1959 decided to rob a family called the Cutters but ended up killing Herbert Cutter, his wife and their two children.

Mimic (1997)

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BBC1, 11.50pm

Guillermo del Toro's inventive horror film stars Mira Sorvino as an entomologist who develops a genetically engineered predator insect to attack Manhattan cockroaches that carry a deadly disease. The cockroaches are killed but the man-made insects thrive and become a much bigger problem.

Serpico (1973)

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Channel 4, 12.30am

Al Pacino stars in Sidney Lumet's gritty thriller based on the true story of New York cop Frank Serpico. Frank joins the NYPD in the late 1950s full of good intentions, but after he's promoted to detective he makes lots of enemies when he sets out to expose a ring of corruption and bribery.

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