Saturday 20 July 2019

Film Highlights Wednesday

Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)

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Sky Movies Action, 8.00pm

Bryan Singer's $200million blockbuster mixes live action and CGI effects to retell the ancient English fairytale of 'Jack and the Beanstalk'.

Nicholas Hoult stars as Jack, a humble farm boy in the kingdom of Cloister who's always been fascinated by stories of giants. When he's duped at the market and offered a bag of magic beans for his horse, he curses his luck and throws the beans away.

But of course they are magic, and when one of them takes root beneath his house a giant stalk shoots Jack through the clouds to the realm of the giants. The big fellows are planning an invasion of Cloister, so Jack must race to save his land and win the heart of a passing princess.

Singer's film is slow-going at times, but perfectly watchable.

The War Lord (1965)

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Channel 4, 12.20pm

Enjoyable period drama starring Charlton Heston as Chrysagon, an 11th-century Norman knight who's sent to defend a coastal village that's plagued by Frisian attacks, but sets the cat among the pigeons when he takes a shine to a soon-to-be-wed local girl. With Rosemary Forsyth and Guy Stockwell.

The Odessa File (1974)

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TCM, 3.00pm

Daft thriller starring Jon Voight as Peter Miller, a young West German newspaper reporter who's investigating the whereabouts of missing war criminals when a Holocaust survivor's suicide leads him to a sinister association that protects former Nazis.

We Bought a Zoo (2011)

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Sky Movies Drama, 5.45pm

Comic drama based on a true story and starring Matt Damon as Benjamin Mee, a recently widowed father of two teenage children who decides to make a new start by selling the family home and buying a small urban zoo. Scarlett Johansson, Elle Fanning and Thomas Haden Church co-star.

Fracture (2007)

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More4, 9.00pm

Modestly ingenious thriller from Gregory Hoblit starring Anthony Hopkins as a man accused of shooting his wife in the face after discovering that she'd been unfaithful. Ryan Gosling plays an ambitious young prosecutor who thinks he's taking on an open-and-shut case until the defendant cleverly turns the tables.

The Holiday (2006)

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UTV, 11.05pm

Pleasant enough romantic comedy starring Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet as two successful but romantically unhappy women who meet online at a home exchange website and agree to swap their homes in London and Los Angeles during the Christmas break. With Jude Law and Jack Black.

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