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Top films to watch on TV this week


The Adventures of Tintin, E4, Sunday, 6.50pm

The Adventures of Tintin, E4, Sunday, 6.50pm

The Adventures of Tintin, E4, Sunday, 6.50pm

Saturday - Apocalypse Now: Final Cut (1979) BBC2, 9.30pm. Director Francis Ford Coppola added 30 extra minutes to his Vietnam war epic, and now there's a chance to see it in all its glory.

Martin Sheen plays Captain Willard, an assassin assigned to find and kill the renegade Colonel Kurtz (Brando), who is believed to have descended into insanity. Winner of two Oscars, including Best Cinematography, and two Baftas, it has gone on to influence countless movies, from Tropic Thunder and Avatar, to the more recent Ad Astra.

Dennis Hopper, Harrison Ford and Laurence Fishburne also star, while Robert Duvall has a memorable turn as the surf-obsessed Colonel Kilgore.


The Adventures of Tintin (2011) E4, 6.50pm

Gung-ho reporter Tintin (Jamie Bell) buys a model ship and is plunged into a centuries-old mystery involving Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine (Daniel Craig). Ivan asks Tintin to name his price for the boat but the reporter refuses to sell, sensing the wooden vessel is far more valuable than it first appears. Sure enough, a cryptic conundrum lies within, revealing that "only a true Haddock will discover the secret of The Unicorn". Blistering barnacles!

Assisted by trusty pooch Snowy, Tintin searches for more clues, meeting booze-sodden Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis), whose family history holds the key to the mystery of a cursed shipwreck.

Steven Spielberg's animated film is a breathlessly entertaining spectacle, littered with eye-popping action set pieces that would simply be unthinkable as live action. Just a shame the sequel, directed by Peter Jackson, is on indefinite hold.


Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) Channel 5, 10pm

Thirtysomething Bridget Jones struggles with her age, weight, job and lack of a serious relationship. Deciding to turn things around, she makes a New Year's resolution to take control of her life, and starts by keeping a diary in which she will always tell the complete truth. However, she soon finds herself torn between her charming though disreputable boss and a disagreeable, but handsome, acquaintance who she just can't stop running into.

Helen Fielding's phenomenally successful novel achieved even greater heights with this Oscar-nominated film adaptation.

Renee Zellweger gives what is perhaps a career-defining performance as frustrated singleton Bridget. And Hugh Grant proves that he can play more than his typical bumbling and foppish roles when he gets the chance. Colin Firth, Jim Broadbent and Gemma Jones also star.

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