Thursday 21 November 2019

Flm Highlights Saturday

City of God (2002)

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Sky Atlantic, 10.20pm

Fernando Meirelles and Katia Lund's explosive 2002 crime drama tells the story of two street kids from a Rio slum who take very different paths when they grow up, but remain fatally connected.

The film is narrated by Buscape, the frail son of a black fisherman who is terrified of the violence and gang war that surrounds him in the grim Cidade de Deus, which he dreams of excaping.

Meanwhile, he watches the rise to power of a ruthless young thug called Li'l Ze, who by the 80s has murdered his way to the top of the drugs and crime empire.

By this stage Buscape has become a keen photographer, and as Ze spirals out of control he begins exposing his crimes in pictures. With Leandro Firmino and Alexandre Rodrigues.

Spellbound (1945)

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BBC2, 1.35pm

This classic Alfred Hitchcock thriller stars Gregory Peck as Anthony, a nervous young psychiatrist who arrives to take up his post at a Vermont mental hospital. But his colleague, Constance (Ingrid Bergman) soon notices that all is not well with him, and discovers he's a seriously ill imposter.

Executive Decision (1996)

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TV3, 9.25pm

Action thriller starring Kurt Russell as a US intelligence agent called Lt Col Austin Travis who's aboard a 747 passenger flight when the plane is hijacked by Islamic terrorists who plan to unleash a deadly nerve gas in the middle of Washington DC.

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)

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UTV, 10.35pm

In this sequel to the hugely successful 2001 romantic comedy, Bridget is happily involved with dashing lawyer Mark Darcy until she becomes paranoid about a glamorous work colleague of his and starts spying on him. With Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant and Gemma Jones.

Mulholland Falls (1996)

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RTE One, 11.35pm

Thriller set in 1950s Los Angeles and starring Nick Nolte as the leader of a covert four-man hit squad within the LAPD that murders mobsters by throwing them off the heights of Mulholland Drive. But their operation is compromised when an aspiring actress is found dead with every bone in her body broken. Melanie Griffith co-stars.

Election (1999)

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Channel 4, 12.40am

In Alexander Payne's sparkling high school satire, Matthew Broderick plays Jim McAllister, a harried teacher who sets out to stop a monomaniacal female student with a chequered past from being elected student body president. With Reese Witherspoon.

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