Saturday 20 January 2018

TV film highlights

SPANISH SENOR: Antonio Banderas reprises his role as the masked hero in the sequel The Legend of Zorro, Friday, 6.20pm, Film4.SPIRITUAL: Romola Garai and Ioan Gruffudd in the emotive biographical film Amazing Grace, Saturday, 2.40pm, RTE 1.SHAKEN NOT STIRRED: Goldfinger, Sunday, 3.40pm, UTV.LOVE AND TRAGEDY: I Am Love, Sunday, 10.30pm, RTE2.OPPOSITES ATTRACT: Mickey Blue Eyes, Monday, 11.40pm, UTV.JOB FROM HELL: Horrible... Wednesday, 9.35pm, RTE1.mother knows best: Angelina Jolie delivers an Oscar-nominated performance in serious drama Changeling, Saturday, 11.30pm, RTE1.CRANK UP THE SPEED: Eva Mendes stars alongside Paul Walker and Vin Diesel in 2 Fast 2 Furious, Thursday, 9pm, TV3.


BBC2, 1.20pm

The Oscar-winning romantic musical that first introduced Barbra Streisand to our screens. Loosely based on the Broadway and film career of comedienne Fanny Brice, this co-stars Omar Sharif. "Hello, gorgeous," are the first words uttered by Streisand in the film.

UTV, 3.40pm

One of the most popular of the entire series, this has Sean Connery's Bond tackling Auric Goldfinger and his assistant Oddjob, he of the deadly bowler hat. Bond has to try and stop Fort Knox being cleared of all its gold bullion. Stunning credit sequence and torch song theme sung magnificently by Shirley Bassey.

RTE2, 10.30pm

Tragic love story set at the turn of the last century in Milan. Tilda Swinton stars as well as producing, and is joined in the cast by Flavio Parenti. The lavish on-screen meals were inspired by the legendary Cracco Peck restaurant in Milan.


More4, 11.40am

Richard Attenborough is cast against type as Pinkie, a razor-wielding, self-serving criminal gang-leader in this Brighton-set thriller. Based on the novel by Graham Greene, it was remade in 2010 with Sam Riley.

TG4, 9.30pm

Colin Farrell stars in this adaptation of Michael Cunningham's story of two teenage friends from Cleveland who reunite in New York's Greenwich Village in the 1980s. Sissy Spacek, Dallas Roberts and Robyn Wright also star.

UTV, 11.40pm

Hugh Grant is charming and funny in this comedy about a bumbling Brit who hooks up with the daughter of a Italian-American crime boss. What it lacks in originality is more than made up for in wit. Co-stars Jeanne Tripplehorn and James Caan.


TCM, 6.25pm

Classic Sherlock, this. Basil Rathbone is the detective from Baker Street and Nigel Bruce is Dr Watson in the third film in the series of adaptations. The Voice itself loosely parallels the wartime activities of Irishman William Joyce, dubbed 'Lord Haw Haw'.

Film4, 9pm

Movie version of the '80s TV action series about a group of Vietnam vets – imprisoned for a crime they didn't commit – who travel round the States righting wrongs and helping pretty girls who get into trouble. Liam Neeson plays Hannibal while Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson takes on the BA Baracus role.

Film4, 11.15pm

Semi-biographical martial arts drama about Yip Man, a grandmaster of the Wing Chun martial art and Bruce Lee's teacher. Set in the Chinese city of Foshan during the Sino-Japanese war.


RTE1, 9.35pm

Black comedy about three friends, played by Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis, planning to murder their respective bosses, played by Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston and Colin Farrell. Not an intellectual stretch, but some funny moments. Directed by Seth Gordon.

Film4, 11.05pm

If you liked Ip Man, here's the sequel – this follows martial arts grandmaster Ip Yen's movements in British-controlled Hong Kong. He tries to spread his discipline of Wing Chun, but faces rivalry from the local master of the Hung Ga martial arts style.

Channel4, 12.35am

Biopic of the lead singer of Joy Division, Ian Curtis, directed in stylish monochrome by photographer Anton Corbijn. Good performances from Sam Riley as the troubled singer and Samantha Morton as his wife, Debbie. Bleak, but compelling. Especially, but not exclusively, for fans.


TV3, 9pm

The recently-deceased Paul Walker stars in the second film of the successful franchise. This time, he teams up with some other drivers to try and stop a Miami-based drug lord.

One of the co-stars is the rapper Ludacris.

TCM, 9pm

Action comedy starring Jamie Foxx and David Morse. Foxx's character is used as bait to catch a major criminal and has an electronic bug fitted into his jaw so his every move can be monitored. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, who went on to direct Training Day, which starred Denzel Washington.

RTE1, 12.50am

Theatrical comedy based on the long-running Michael Frayn play of the same name. Michael Caine plays a theatre director trying to put on a farce with an incompetent cast. Christopher Reeve, Denholm Elliott, Carol Burnett and John Ritter co-star. Shows its theatrical origins, but in a good way.


Film4, 6.20pm

Slightly disappointing sequel to The Mask of Zorro. Antonio Banderas is Zorro in this action comedy set in Mexico. Rufus Sewell is his nemesis and Catherine Zeta Jones is his beautiful senora, reprising what was her breakout role. Directed by Martin Campbell.

RTE2, 9.35pm

Comedy about a pizza delivery boy who is kidnapped, has a bomb strapped to him and is then blackmailed into robbing a bank. He ropes his best friend into trying to help him. Things don't go according to plan. Stars Jesse Eisenberg and Danny McBride.

TG4, 11.45pm

Heavy French drama about a 60-year-old crime writer who falls in love with an estate agent in Venice. They marry and things take a darker turn. Starring Andre Dussollier and Carole Bouquet.


RTE1 2.40pm

Romola Garai, Albert Finney and the impossible-to-avoid (and why would you want to?) Benedict Cumberbatch star in this emotive biographical film about William Wilberforce, who led the legislative campaign to outlaw slavery in the UK. The title is taken from the hymn, originally written by John Newton. Winner of the 2008 Best Spiritual Film in the Beliefnet Film Awards.

RTE1, 11.30pm

Angelina Jolie proves she doesn't just do sexy in this tense, sometimes uncomfortable, film set in the 1920s, about a woman whose child is snatched, then returned a while later, only for her to insist it is the wrong boy. The authorities dismiss her as hysterical and unfit, but she refuses to give up the search.

RTE2, 1.05am

Entertaining Western comedy written by William Goldman (All The President's Men, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) with Mel Gibson as Bret Maverick, card-playing con artist trying to make the big game. Jodie Foster falls in with his plans, while James Coburn and Alfred Molina take cameos.

Irish Independent

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