Sunday 19 November 2017

Film Higlight Saturday

The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009)

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Channel 4, 9.00pm

Tony Scott directed this surprisingly entertaining remake of a 1970s disaster thriller. John Travolta plays an eye-rolling villain called Ryder who, together with some heavily armed colleagues, hijacks a New York subway train and tells the transit authority he's going to shoot a passenger every minute if $10million isn't delivered to him within the hour.

While the city prevaricates, Ryder strikes up a joshing rapport with a subway dispatcher called Walter Garber (Denzel Washington, above). But as the pair conduct their verbal joust, armed cops are sneaking into the tunnel around the train.

John Turturro plays a jealous FBI negotiator who attempts to interpose himself into the situation, James Gandolfini plays a shifty New York mayor, and the chemistry between Travolta and Washington is excellent.

Dial M for Murder (1954)

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RTE One, 8.35am

Ray Milland is the creepy London husband who thinks he's come up with a foolproof way of killing his rich wife in Alfred Hitchcock's thriller, but he reckons without the doughty police work of one Chief Inspector Hubbard. With Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings, John Williams and Anthony Dawson.

10,000 BC (2008)

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UTV, 11.05pm

In this preposterous CGI extravaganza, Roland Emmerich gives us his learned assessment of what it was like to be alive some 12,000 years ago. A hunter called D'Leh has just become a hero to his tribe for felling a mammoth when their settlement is invaded by warriors. With Steven Strait.

Hitman (2007)

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Channel 4, 11.10pm

Timothy Olyphant stars in this violent action thriller based on a computer game. Agent 47 is an assassin with a barcode on his neck who kills without pity until he develops an attachment to a Russian woman. With Dougray Scott and Olga Kurylenko.

Wonder Boys (2000)

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BBC2, 11.10pm

Michael Douglas gives perhaps his finest performance ever in Curtis Hanson's delightful comic drama, playing a worldweary college professor and novelist whose complicated private life comes unstuck during a chaotic and eventful week. Co-starring Tobey Maguire, Francis McDormand, Katie Holmes and Robert Downey Jr.

Night Falls on Manhattan (1997)

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RTE One, 12.15am

Tense conspiracy thriller written and directed by Sidney Lumet, starring Andy Garcia as an Irish-American district attorney who finds himself in an invidious position when he investigates a case of police corruption. Co-starring James Galdolfini.

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