Wednesday 21 March 2018

Film Highlights Wednesday

Hitchcock (2012)


Sky Movies Premiere, 8.00pm

Oddly pitched between farce and drama, Sacha Gervasi's uneven but surprisingly enjoyable film is based on the making of 'Psycho', Alfred Hitchcock's most famous movie, but a project considered so controversial in its day that Paramount Studios refused to back it.

Anthony Hopkins (above, with Toni Collette) plays Hitch, whose quest for cinematic perfection is matched only by his obsession with blonde leading ladies. He's kept in line by his talented and formidable wife Alma (Helen Mirren), and when he decides to fund 'Psycho' with his own money, she backs him to succeed.

The casting of Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh is problematic, and a series of fantasy sequences in which Hitch engages with serial killer Ed Gein don't work at all. But 'Hitchcock' is fun, and Mirren is fantastic as his long-suffering and redoubtable guardian.

Red River (1948)


TCM, 4.40pm

In one of his best performances, John Wayne plays Thomas Dunson, a brutal and hard-driving cattle rancher who's moving his herd north from Texas to the Missouri railhead when his adopted son turns against him and steals the cattle away.

Double Indemnity (1944)


Film4, 4.40pm

Billy Wilder's magnificent film noir stars Fred McMurray as Walter Neff, a smooth-talking insurance salesman whose head is turned by a glamorous femme fatale called Phyllis Dietrichson who persuades him to help murder her husband. Edward G Robinson plays Neff's suspicious boss, and Barbara Stanwyck and Porter Hall co-star.

Body of Lies (2008)


TCM, 9.00pm

This Ridley Scott thriller stars Leonardo DiCaprio as an Arab-speaking CIA operative who risks life and limb in his pursuit of an elusive terrorist leader called Al Salim in Jordan and Iraq. Russell Crowe plays his cynical Washington handler, and Mark Strong and Ali Suliman also star.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)


RTE One, 9.35pm

David Fincher's stylish but overlong remake of the hit Swedish crime film stars Daniel Craig as Mikael Blomkvist, a campaigning political journalist who teams up with a brilliant but psychologically disturbed young hacker called Lisbeth Salander to solve a 40-year-old mystery. With Rooney Mara.

Now is Good (2012)


Sky Movies Drama, 10.10pm

Moving British drama starring Dakota Fanning as Tessa, a terminally-ill teenage girl whose determination to tick off a hedonistic list of experiences before she dies dissapates somewhat when she meets her handsome new next-door neighbour. Olivia Williams and Paddy Considine co-star.

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