Monday 18 February 2019

Film Highlights Wednesday

Flight (2012)

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Sky Movies Drama, 9.00pm

After a long sojourn in the strange world of motion capture filmmaking, Robert Zemeckis returned to live action with this entertaining psychological drama that stars Denzel Washington (above) as an airline pilot with a secret problem.

William 'Whip' Whitaker is a skilled and experienced pilot, and becomes a hero when he successfully crash-lands a malfunctioning plane and saves 102 lives. But when a blood sample taken at the crash site reveals that Whip was drunk while flying, we find out that he's a hopeless alcoholic who hasn't flown sober in years.

Washington is excellent as the morally compromised captain, and the actual plane crash is handled unforgettably, but 'Flight' gets bogged down a little when Whip Whitaker starts baring his soul at AA meetings. Don Cheadle and John Goodman co-star.

The Indian Fighter (1955)

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TCM, 3.00pm

Kirk Douglas stars in this not-so politically correct western as Johnny Hawks, a man who made his dubious name during the Indian Wars and must now guide an Oregon-bound wagon train through hostile Sioux territory. With Walter Matthau.

Eagle Eye (2008)

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RTE One, 9.35pm

Shia LaBeouf stars in this preposterous hi-tech thriller about a university dropout caleld Jerry Shaw, who becomes the unwilling focus of a police manhunt when he finds $750,000 dollars in his account and returns to find his apartment filled with illegally imported weapons.

The Devil's Own (1997)

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3E, 10.00pm

Ropey but entertaining thriller starring Brad Pitt as a dashing IRA man called Rory Devaney who escapes to New York and finds a home in the house of a friendly Irish-American cop who has no idea who he really is. But his past soon catches up with him. Harrison Ford and Ruben Blades co-star.

Beginners (2011)

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Channel 4, 12.05am

Mike Mills' wistful comic drama stars Ewan McGregor as Oliver, a Los Angeles graphic artist who's just fallen in love with a glamorous French woman when his 75-year-old father, Hal, announces out of the blue that he's gay. Christopher Plummer stars.

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)

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Film Four, 1.20am

Brilliant, disturbing Romanian drama from Cristian Mungiu starring Anamaria Marinca as a young woman in the last days of Nikolai Ceaucescu's dreadful and corrupt regime who endures a nightmare when she finds out she's pregnant and decides to pay for a clandestine abortion. With Laura Vasiliu and Vlad Ivanov.

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