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    Film4 Listings for Thursday 27th February

    Listings: all day morning afternoon evening late night

    11:00


    Throne of Blood (Film) Film icon 4 star rating PG certificate
    Akira Kurosawa's classic drama is an atmospheric, pared-down reworking of Shakespeare's Macbeth, set in the feudal Japan of the Middle Ages. Toshiro Mifune stars as Taketoki Washizu, a distinguished warrior who, in an encounter with a mysterious woman in a woodland glade, learns that he is fated for glory and power, but his rise to the top will be fleeting. He's subsequently goaded by his ambitious wife Lady Asaji Washizu into fulfilling the prophecy by becoming lord of the lofty, cloud-shrouded castle that dominates the landscape. It's a tale of ruthless assassination, and not only for those who block his path. In addition to being another example of Kurosawa's innovation and mastery of the medium, Throne of Blood was also said to have been American poet TS Eliot's favourite film. First play on Film4.
    Director: Akira Kurosawa
    Starring: Isuzu Yamada
    (Black and White, Premiere, Subtitles, Subtitled, In Japanese with English Subtitles, 1957, PG, 4 Star)

    13:15


    They Might be Giants (Film) Film icon U certificate
    George C Scott and Joanne Woodward star in this curious comedy-drama, directed by Anthony Harvey and written by James Goldman. Justin Playfair is a New Yorker who made a fortune as a lawyer but, following his wife's death, has started to believe that he is Sherlock Holmes. His brother Blevins realises that if he can get power of attorney he can help himself to Justin's wealth - and attempts to get the delusional man committed. But, unfortunately for Blevins, the psychiatrist assigned to the case is Dr Meredith Watson. Not only does her name fit the bill, but she finds herself being caught up in her violin-playing, deerstalker-wearing patient's world, and sets off with him on a series of surreal, peril-imbued adventures around Manhattan.
    Starring: Lester Rawlins
    (Widescreen, Subtitles, U)

    15:00


    They Rode West (Film) Film icon 3 star rating U certificate
    When Allen Seward, the new medical officer at a remote cavalry fort, discovers a Native American tribe infected with malaria and in danger of dying, he decides to help them. But he faces a battle of wills with his less-enlightened captain, Peter Blake, in Phil Karlson's exciting western.
    Director: Phil Karlson
    Starring: Robert Francis, Donna Reed, May Wynn, Philip Carey, Onslow Stevens, Peggy Converse
    (Subtitles, 1954, U, 3 Star)

    16:45


    Please Sir! (Film) Film icon 3 star rating PG certificate
    Hilarious movie spin-off from the popular TV sitcom in which teacher Bernard Hedges takes troublesome class 5C to a holiday camp with inevitably comic and disastrous results. Scripted by sitcom experts John Esmonde and Bob Larbey.
    Director: Mark Stuart
    Starring: John Alderton, Deryck Guyler, Noel Howlett, Joan Sanderson, Richard Davies, Erik Chitty
    (Subtitles, 1971, PG, 3 Star)

    18:50


    The Golden Compass (Film) Film icon 3 star rating PG certificate
    Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig and Dakota Blue Richards star in Chris Weitz's family fantasy-adventure, based on the first book in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. Twelve-year-old orphan Lyra Belacqua lives in an Oxford college, where the academic and domestic staff do their best to push her enquiring mind down conventional educational routes and quell her tomboy tendencies; it's a losing battle. One day, having sneaked into a private meeting of the college's dons, Lyra learns of mysterious events taking place in the Arctic. Soon after, amid news of mysterious child abductors called the 'Gobblers', her best friend Roger vanishes.
    Director: Chris Weitz
    Starring: Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Dakota Blue Richards, Ben Walker, Freddie Highmore, Ian McKellen
    (Widescreen, Subtitles, Audio Described, 2007, PG, 3 Star)



    21:00


    Terminator 2: Judgement Day (Film) Film icon 5 star rating 18 certificate
    Sci-fi sequel unfolding a life-and-death battle to avert a nuclear holocaust. A supercomputer that sought to destroy humankind sends a virtually indestructible, shape-shifting cyborg back to our time to kill the human resistance leader in his youth. Aided by another cyborg, the boy and his mother try to alter the events that led to the computer's creation and the nuclear war it triggered.
    Director: James Cameron
    Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick, Earl Boen, Joe Morton
    (Widescreen, Subtitles, 1991, 18, 5 Star)

    23:40


    Harsh Times (Film) Film icon 4 star rating 15 certificate
    Christian Bale plays Jim Luther Davis, a disturbed Iraq veteran back on Civvy Street and looking for easy money. He and his childhood buddy, the easily led Mike Alonzo, are out on the streets, juiced up on beer and dope, but when they find a gun, things take a darker turn as they get involved with the Mexican drugs dealers who owned the piece. David Ayer's stark drama also contains an intriguing subplot as agents from the Department of Homeland Security approach Davis, hoping to use his skills for their own purposes.
    Director: David Ayer
    Starring: Christian Bale, Freddy Rodríguez, Eva Longoria Parker, Chaka Forman, Tammy Trull, J.K. Simmons
    (Widescreen, Subtitles, 2005, 15, 4 Star)

    01:55


    Trees Lounge (Film) Film icon 3 star rating 15 certificate
    Steve Buscemi stars in, and makes his directorial debut with, this comedy-drama about a Long Island bum whose life is a complete mess. Tommy has been sacked from his engineering job by his boss Rob for 'borrowing' some money from the till; his girlfriend Theresa has taken up with Rob; and Tommy's relatives have him firmly marked down as the black sheep of the family. So it's little wonder that he spends his time in the Trees Lounge bar getting legless with his pal Mike. But, quite unexpectedly, a family tragedy gives Tommy the opportunity to turn his life around... Also starring Chlo? Sevigny, Samuel L Jackson and John Ventimiglia.
    Director: Steve Buscemi
    Starring: Carol Kane, Mark Boone Junior, Steve Buscemi, Bronson Dudley, Anthony LaPaglia, Michael Buscemi
    (Subtitles, 1996, 15, 3 Star)

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    Film4 Listings for Tuesday 4th March

    Listings: all day morning afternoon evening late night

    11:00


    Comanche Station (Film) Film icon 4 star rating 15 certificate
    Budd Boetticher's tough western follows Jefferson Cody's quest to find the wife of a settler who has been held captive by the Comanches. He frees her, but they're soon ambushed by gunslingers intent on receiving a reward for her return, dead or alive.
    Director: Budd Boetticher
    Starring: Randolph Scott, Nancy Gates, Claude Akins, Skip Homeier, Richard Rust, Rand Brooks
    (Subtitles, 1960, 15, 4 Star)

    12:35


    Winning (Film) Film icon 3 star rating PG certificate
    Motor-racing drama about a driver who is single-minded enough to let nothing come between him and the Indy 500 championships - not even his wife. Some exciting racing sequences pile on the thrills.
    Director: James Goldstone
    Starring: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Robert Wagner, Richard Thomas, David Sheiner, Clu Gulager
    (Widescreen, Subtitles, 1969, PG, 3 Star)

    15:00


    Laughter in Paradise (Film) Film icon U certificate
    British comedy directed by Mario Zampi and written by Michael Pertwee and Jack Davies. Ernest Thesiger plays the eccentric Endicot, who dies leaving £50,000 to each of his four surviving relatives. But there are strings attached: the inheritors must carry out various tasks, unsuited to their natures, in order to inherit.
    Starring: Fay Compton, George Cole, Guy Middleton, Alastair Sim
    (Black and White, Premiere, Subtitles, 1951, U)

    16:55


    Silent Running (Film) Film icon 3 star rating PG certificate
    Bruce Dern stars in this ecological sci-fi drama as Freeman Lowell, the lone human crew member on the Valley Forge, a vast spacecraft carrying the remnants of post-apocalypse Earth's plant life. But when he's ordered to destroy his precious cargo, and his robot crewmates are ready to comply, Lowell must take drastic action. It's unsurprising that the film is visually impressive, given that it was the directorial debut of special effects maestro Douglas Trumbull, but Silent Running's greatest strength is perhaps its poignant pathos, and its environmental message is as relevant now as it was when the film was released.
    Director: Douglas Trumbull
    Starring: Bruce Dern, Cliff Potts, Ron Rifkin, Jesse Vint, Steve Brown, Mark Persons
    (Widescreen, Subtitles, 1971, PG, 3 Star)

    18:45


    Marley and Me (Film) Film icon 4 star rating PG certificate
    The Devil Wears Prada director David Frankel's light comedy-drama - based on a best-selling autobiography - stars Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston as two journalists who welcome an unruly dog into their lives. Relocating to Florida, newly-weds John and Jenny Grogan end up working for rival newspapers, with Jenny landing the more high-profile job. When she starts to get broody, one of John's colleagues suggests they see how they cope with a puppy before trying for a baby, so John picks a cute yellow Labrador retriever, Marley, as a gift for Jenny. Marley is a double-edged sword: he's an untrainably anarchic source of destruction; but he also gives John the material for a wry newspaper column, which improves his standing and the paper's circulation figures.
    Director: David Frankel
    Starring: Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Eric Dane, Kathleen Turner, Alan Arkin, Ann Dowd
    (Widescreen, Subtitles, Audio Described, 2008, PG, 4 Star)



    21:00


    Along Came a Spider (Film) Film icon 3 star rating 15 certificate
    World-weary criminal profiler Alex Cross is challenged to a nasty game when a senator's daughter is kidnapped whilst under Secret Service protection. Cross is still bruised from his last assignment and the loss of his partner, but he needs his wits about him ... as this new case is not as it seems.
    Director: Lee Tamahori
    Starring: Morgan Freeman, Monica Potter, Michael Wincott, Dylan Baker, Mika Boorem, Anton Yelchin
    (Subtitles, Audio Described, 2001, 15, 3 Star)

    23:00


    Road to Perdition (Film) Film icon 3 star rating 15 certificate
    Sam Mendes's thriller stars Tom Hanks as killer Michael Sullivan, who is in the employ of crime boss John Rooney. But Newman's son is jealous of the closeness the two share and kills Sullivan's family, apart from his oldest child. The remaining Sullivans go on the road seeking revenge and then a new life. But Rooney knows the only way to save his son is to eliminate Sullivan, and sets another hit man on their trail.
    Director: Sam Mendes
    Starring: Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Jude Law, Jennifer Jason-Leigh, Stanley Tucci, Daniel Craig, Tyler Hoechlin
    (Subtitles, 2002, 15, 3 Star)

    01:15


    This Boy's Life (Film) Film icon 4 star rating 15 certificate
    Leonardo DiCaprio makes his major feature debut in Michael Caton-Jones's drama, which is based on the autobiography of university professor Tobias Wolff. Teenager Tobias's divorced mother Caroline is looking for a new start after yet another failed relationship. They head west, ending up in the town of Concrete, Utah, where she hooks up with Dwight Hansen, a smooth-talking character with children of his own. But when Tobias spends time alone with his future stepfather he experiences the man's dark side, and learns to both assert himself and search for a more positive future. Screened to tie in with this year's Academy Awards ceremony. Leonardo DiCaprio has been nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his role in Wolf of Wall Street.
    Director: Michael Caton-Jones
    Starring: Robert de Niro, Ellen Barkin, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Blechman, Eliza Dushku, Chris Cooper
    (Subtitles, 1993, 15, 4 Star)

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    • #3
      Film4 Listings for Wednesday 5th March

      Listings: all day morning afternoon evening late night

      11:00


      They Rode West (Film) Film icon 3 star rating U certificate
      Western directed by Phil Karlson. When Allen Seward, the new medical officer at a remote cavalry fort, discovers a Native American tribe infected with malaria and in danger of dying, he decides to help them. But he faces a battle of wills with his less-enlightened captain, Peter Blake.
      Director: Phil Karlson
      Starring: Robert Francis, Donna Reed, May Wynn, Philip Carey, Onslow Stevens, Peggy Converse
      (Subtitles, 1954, U, 3 Star)

      12:45


      Please Sir! (Film) Film icon 3 star rating PG certificate
      Hilarious movie spin-off from the popular TV sitcom in which teacher Bernard Hedges takes troublesome class 5C to a holiday camp with inevitably comic and disastrous results. Scripted by sitcom experts John Esmonde and Bob Larbey.
      Director: Mark Stuart
      Starring: John Alderton, Deryck Guyler, Noel Howlett, Joan Sanderson, Richard Davies, Erik Chitty
      (Subtitles, 1971, PG, 3 Star)

      14:50


      Crooks Anonymous (Film) Film icon U certificate
      Leslie Phillips and Julie Christie star in this comedy from director Ken Annakin. When petty thief Dandy Forsdyke is coerced into going straight by his stripper girlfriend, he joins an unofficial organisation for reforming criminals called Crooks Anonymous. After resisting the urge to steal, he's declared 'cured', but the group is proffered great temptation when circumstances conspire to leave Dandy alone with £250,000.
      Starring: Stanley Baxter, Wilfrid Hyde-White, James Robertson Justice, Julie Christie
      (Black and White, Premiere, Subtitles, 1962, U)

      16:35


      Edge of Darkness (Film) Film icon 4 star rating U certificate
      Wartime drama following the fortunes of a group of Norwegian townspeople gradually galvanising their resistance to the occupying Nazis. Starring Errol Flynn as Gunnar Brogge, the leader of the Trollness underground, and Anne Sheridan as Karen Stensgard, his love interest, with Walter Huston as her father, Dr Martin Stensgard, the village doctor.
      Director: Lewis Milestone
      Starring: Errol Flynn, Ann Sheridan, Walter Huston, Nancy Coleman, Helmut Dantine, Judith Anderson
      (Black and White, Subtitles, Audio Described, 1943, U, 4 Star)

      18:55


      Imagine That (Film) Film icon 3 star rating PG certificate
      Eddie Murphy stars in this family comedy from Over the Hedge director Karey Kirkpatrick. Evan Danielson is a divorced workaholic financial advisor, whose young daughter Olivia has come to stay with him for a week. Initially he makes little time for her, worrying instead about his own future at a company that seems about to go under. But when Olivia's imaginary friends begin to offer remarkably prescient financial advice of their own, Danielson finds himself drawn into her world of make-believe.
      Director: Karey Kirkpatrick
      Starring: Eddie Murphy, Thomas Haden-Church, Yara Shahidi, Ronny Cox, Stephen Rannazzisi, Nicole Ari Parker
      (Widescreen, Subtitles, 2009, PG, 3 Star)



      21:00


      The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (Film) Film icon 3 star rating 15 certificate
      John Travolta and Denzel Washington star in Tony Scott's remake of the 1974 thriller. It's a day the passengers on a New York subway train are unlikely to forget. And it's one that could rescue the professional life of subway employee Walter Garber, whose glittering career has been derailed by allegations of corruption. Garber is languishing on duty as a train dispatcher when all hell breaks loose after one of the Lexington Avenue line trains is hijacked by a gang led by the supremely self-assured, dispassionately ruthless Ryder. Ryder issues a demand for $10m and makes it clear that he won't hesitate to kill anyone who gets in his way. Garber and NYPD hostage negotiator Lieutenant Camonetti attempt to get to grips with the crisis but, as events progress, suspicions arise as to whether there's more to the hijacking than first meets the eye. Also starring James Gandolfini as New York's mayor and Luis Guzman as a disgruntled subway worker who has joined Ryder's gang.
      Director: Tony Scott
      Starring: Denzel Washington, John Travolta, Luis Guzmán, Victor Gojcaj, John Turturro, Michael Rispoli
      (Widescreen, Subtitles, Audio Described, 2009, 15, 3 Star)

      23:05


      Copycat (Film) Film icon 3 star rating 18 certificate
      Sigourney Weaver stars in Jon Amiel's lauded thriller as Helen Hudson, an agoraphobic psychologist working with cop MJ Monahan and her partner Reuben Goetz. The trio are on the trail of a zerial-killer with a difference: each of his murders is based on the modus operandi of famous zerial killers from the past. And in order to track him down, they must call upon the opinions and insights of convicted killer Daryll Lee Cullum, with whom Hudson shares an unsettling past.
      Director: Jon Amiel
      Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Holly Hunter, Dermot Mulroney, William McNamara, Harry Connick Jr., J.E. Freeman
      (Subtitles, 1995, 18, 3 Star)

      01:25


      The Darjeeling Limited (Film) Film icon 3 star rating 15 certificate
      Wes Anderson's comedy stars Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman as brothers Francis, Peter and Jack Whitman, who used to be close but haven't spoken to each other since their father's funeral. But when Francis survives a bad motorcycle crash, he is inspired to ask his siblings to join him on a train journey across India on The Darjeeling Limited train to visit their mother, who lives in a convent in the Himalayan foothills. However, the trio are thrown off the train after a misunderstanding involving pepper spray, and then encounter cobras, crocodiles and a village funeral. But in the course of their adventures, they learn to shed their emotional luggage as they attempt to re-establish a family bond. This screening is introduced by the director and is scheduled to tie-in with the release of Anderson's new film Grand Budapest Hotel on Friday 7 March. Film4 viewers can also catch Anderson's Rushmore on Friday night.
      Director: Wes Anderson
      Starring: Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, Amara Karan, Wallace Wolodarsky, Waris Ahluwalia
      (Widescreen, Subtitles, 2007, 15, 3 Star)

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      • #4
        Film4 Listings for Thursday 6th March

        Listings: all day morning afternoon evening late night

        11:00


        Ikiru (Film) Film icon 4 star rating PG certificate
        Akira Kurosawa took a break from his samurai jidaigeki films to craft this moving piece of contemporary drama. Takashi Shimura stars as Kanji Watanabe, a middle-aged, widowed bureaucrat who discovers that he has terminal cancer. Lacking emotional support from his children, Watanabe at first struggles to cope with the news, but he quickly realises that it's no use trying to drown his sorrows in Tokyo's nightlife. Instead he takes inspiration from one of his colleagues, Toyo Odagiri, a younger woman who is initially suspicious of his sudden attention. But, accepting his friendship is platonic, she reveals to him why she's so happy and positive, and in so doing gives Watanabe the sense of purpose he needs to make the most of his final months of life. Film4 premiere.
        Director: Akira Kurosawa
        Starring: Takashi Shimura, Shinichi Himori, Haruo Tanaka, Minoru Chiaki, Miki Odagiri, Bokuzen Hidari
        (Black and White, Premiere, Subtitles, Subtitled, In Japanese with English Subtitles, 1952, PG, 4 Star)

        13:50


        The Moonraker (Film) Film icon 3 star rating PG certificate
        This romantic thriller is essentially the Scarlet Pimpernel relocated in place and time across the Channel to the English Civil War. George Baker plays the eponymous Cavalier hero, fighting off the Roundhead foe as he single-handedly saves the country's aristocracy, smuggling them to safety in France. But when Charles II decides to take the trip, Cromwell's cronies are waiting in the wings. Marius Goring and John Le Mesurier beef up the supporting cast, while Sylvia Syms provides the romantic interest in a dashing yarn of love, courage and betrayal.
        Director: David MacDonald
        Starring: George Baker, Sylvia Syms, Peter Arne, Marius Goring, Richard Leech, Clive Morton
        (Subtitles, 1958, PG, 3 Star)

        15:30


        The Bravados (Film) Film icon 3 star rating PG certificate
        Henry King's brooding western stars Gregory Peck as a stranger who arrives in a small town to witness the execution of the four bank robbers he believes raped and murdered his wife. When the criminals break out of prison, taking Emma Steimmetz hostage, he tracks them down, determined to kill them one by one. But then he discovers a truth that makes him reconsider both his purpose and his beliefs.
        Director: Henry King
        Starring: Gregory Peck, Joan Collins, Stephen Boyd, Albert Salmi, Henry Silva, Kathleen Gallant
        (Widescreen, Subtitles, Audio Described, 1958, PG, 3 Star)

        17:25


        The Ladykillers (Film) Film icon 4 star rating U certificate
        Alexander Mackendrick's classic Ealing comedy stars Alec Guinness as the sinister, eccentric leader of a gang of crooks whose perfect crime meets its nemesis at the unwitting hands of Guinness's elderly landlady, played by Bafta-award-winner Katie Johnson.
        Director: Alexander Mackendrick
        Starring: Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom, Peter Sellers, Danny Green, Jack Warner
        (Subtitles, 1955, U, 4 Star)

        19:15


        Fantastic Mr. Fox (Film) Film icon 4 star rating PG certificate
        A witty stop-motion animated version of the Roald Dahl children's classic from offbeat comedy writer-director Wes Anderson. Now that Mr Fox has become the proud father of a cub, he declares to his wife that he will finally grow up and stop his chicken-pilfering ways. But when some wicked farmers move in to Mr Fox's neck of the woods, it starts to look as though temptation will prove too hard to resist for our hero... Also featuring the voices of Bill Murray, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe, Owen Wilson and Jarvis Cocker. This screening is introduced by the director and is scheduled to tie-in with the release of Anderson's new film Grand Budapest Hotel on Friday 7 March. Film4 viewers can also catch Anderson's Rushmore on Friday night.
        Director: Wes Anderson
        Starring: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Wallace Wolodarsky, Eric Chase Anderson
        (Widescreen, Subtitles, Audio Described, 2009, PG, 4 Star)



        21:00


        Die Hard 4.0 (Film) Film icon 4 star rating 15 certificate
        Bruce Willis returns once again as John McClane, the wisecracking, old-school New York cop whose impressive CV includes rescuing hostages captured in a swanky LA plaza and saving passengers on a hijacked plane circling Washington. In this violent thriller, he's up against a group of terrorists threatening to hack into the US computer infrastructure. When they crash the stock market, sending the economy into meltdown and causing panic on Wall Street, McClane turns to young hacker Matt Farrell. Farrell's wanted by the FBI, but he's also potentially the only man who can help figure out the cyber criminals' next move. When the terrorists respond by kidnapping McClane's daughter Lucy, it's time for the anxious father to load up his ammo clips and go get the bad guys - just as the country's descending into chaos. Directed by Len Wiseman. In English, with some French and Italian with English subtitles.
        Director: Len Wiseman
        Starring: Bruce Willis, Timothy Olyphant, Justin Long, Maggie Q, Cliff Curtis, Jonathan Sadowski
        (Widescreen, Subtitles, Audio Described, 2007, 15, 4 Star)

        23:30


        Shallow Grave (Film) Film icon 5 star rating 18 certificate
        Danny Boyle's award-winning directorial debut tells the tale of three flatmates, one corpse and a suitcase full of money. David, Alex and Juliet are looking for someone to share their trendy Edinburgh flat, and Hugo seems ideal. But shortly after he moves in, they find him dead in bed beside a large suitcase full of cash. Should they inform the police or dispose of the body and keep the loot? They choose the latter, but there are other parties after the money who have little to do with the forces of law and order... So begins a dark and sometimes hilarious journey through death, dismemberment and dementia.
        Director: Danny Boyle
        Starring: Christopher Eccleston, Ewan McGregor, Kerry Fox, Ken Stott, Keith Allen
        (Subtitles, 1994, 18, 5 Star)

        01:15


        Confessions (Film) Film icon 4 star rating 15 certificate
        In this complex, compelling thriller Tetsuya Nakashima takes a typically bravura approach to filmmaking to tell the story of a schoolteacher who believes some of her pupils are responsible for the murder of her four-year-old daughter. Teacher Moriguchi opens the film with an address to her unruly class, explaining that she is retiring from her profession. Her speech has absolutely no impact on her chaos-creating charges, until she reveals that she has already taken quite vicious, if slow-acting, revenge on the students she thinks responsible for drowning her child. Nakamisha's thriller then traces the repercussions of Moriguchi's actions, both as they unfold and via the recollections, from some point in the future, of those involved.
        Director: Tetsuya Nakashima
        Starring: Takako Matsu, Yoshino Kimura, Masaki Okada, Yukito Nishii, Kaoru Fujiwara, Ai Hashimoto
        (Widescreen, Subtitles, Subtitled, In Japanese with English Subtitles, 2010, 15, 4 Star)

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        • #5
          Film4 Listings for Friday 7th March

          Listings: all day morning afternoon evening late night

          11:00


          Gaslight (Film) Film icon 4 star rating PG certificate
          Thorold Dickinson's classic thriller stars Anton Walbrook as Paul Mallen, who moves into a London townhouse with his new bride Bella. Her family has a history of mental instability so, when objects go missing without reason and when she claims the gaslight dims of its own accord, he suggests she is beginning to lose her mind. But ex-policeman BG Rough, who now works as an ostler, recognises Mallen as the nephew of a woman brutally murdered in the very house in which he and his wife now live and, what's more, a house that still harbours a fortune in rubies that the killer never found. Could Mallen be somehow connected to the crime and is the parlour maid Nancy, a conspirator in her master's plans?
          Director: Thorold Dickinson
          Starring: Anton Walbrook, Diana Wynyard, Frank Pettingell, Cathleen Cordell, Robert Newton, Minnie Rayner
          (Black and White, Subtitles, 1940, PG, 4 Star)

          12:40


          Air Force (Film) Film icon 4 star rating PG certificate
          Howard Hawks' wartime propaganda film tells the story of the Mary Ann, an American B-17 bomber commanded by Captain 'Irish' Quincannon and co-pilot Lt Bill Williams. A motley crew from all walks of American life, their first taste of action comes as they arrive at Pearl Harbor just as the Japanese attack. Surviving the experience, the crew begin to form a bond as they take the fight to the Japanese in Manila, and on to the Battle of the Coral Sea.
          Director: Howard Hawks
          Starring: John Ridgely, Gig Young, Arthur Kennedy, Charles Drake, Harry Carey Jr., George Tobias
          (Black and White, Subtitles, 1943, PG, 4 Star)

          15:05


          Heavens Above! (Film) Film icon PG certificate
          Peter Sellers stars in this charming comedy from director John Boulting. An innocent but socially progressive vicar is appointed by mistake to a wealthy, moribund parish. But his forward-thinking ideas about Christianity soon begin to upset the conservative parishioners. With Ian Carmichael, Eric Sykes, Irene Handl, Malcolm Muggeridge and Ludovic Kennedy.
          (Black and White, Premiere, Subtitles, 1963, PG)

          17:25


          The Desperadoes (Film) Film icon 3 star rating U certificate
          Charles Vidor's western stars Randolph Scott as Steve Upton, the sheriff of a small Utah town, and Glenn Ford as Cheyenne Rogers, his friend and a reformed outlaw. But the bank is robbed when Rogers is in town and he's arrested. Convinced of his pal's innocence, Upton springs him from jail and the pair set out to find the guilty parties, who may be closer to home than they thought.
          Director: Charles Vidor
          Starring: Randolph Scott, Claire Trevor, Glenn Ford, Evelyn k€yes, Edgar Buchanan, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams
          (Subtitles, 1943, U, 3 Star)

          19:10


          Bedazzled (Film) Film icon 3 star rating 12 certificate
          Faustian comedy about the mishaps that occur when the devil grants seven wishes to a lovesick divorcee in return for his soul. The Princess of Darkness approaches an office worker harbouring a crush on a colleague with an offer to help in his failing advances. But as the young man is transformed into a plethora of characters, including a rock star and the US president, not one of his personas is able to get the girl.
          Director: Harold Ramis
          Starring: Brendan Fraser, Elizabeth Hurley, Frances O'Connor, Miriam Shor, Orlando Jones
          (Widescreen, Subtitles, 2000, 12, 3 Star)



          21:00


          Bad Teacher (Film) Film icon 3 star rating 15 certificate
          Cameron Diaz stars in Jake Kasdan's comedy as reluctant and irresponsible teacher Elizabeth Halsey. When she's dumped by her rich fiancé, she sets her sights on wealthy supply teacher Scott Delacorte, but when he gets close to Elizabeth's nemesis, Amy Squirrel, she decides to win her man by getting certain surgical enhancements. Elizabeth's intended path to true love doesn't come cheap, but then she finds out about a teaching competition with a big money prize... The film plays to Diaz's strengths and provides plenty of laughs, wisely casting Timberlake against type, and also starring Phyllis Smith and Jason Segal, who's as reliably funny as ever, as the laid-back PE teacher carrying a torch for the un-enhanced Elizabeth. To mark its debut on Film4, Bad Teacher kicks off a brace of double-bills featuring Cameron Diaz. Tonight's companion piece is There's Something About Mary, and there will be a second double-bill tomorrow night.
          Director: Jake Kasdan
          Starring: Cameron Diaz, Lucy Punch, Jason Segel, Justin Timberlake, Phyllis Smith, John Michael Higgins
          (Premiere, Widescreen, Subtitles, Audio Described, 2011, 15, 3 Star)

          22:55


          There's Something About Mary (Film) Film icon 4 star rating 15 certificate
          Hilarious slapstick comedy about a man so tormented by memories of a missed high school date with a beautiful girl that he hires a detective to trace her several years later. He is convinced that he missed out on his only chance for love, but when the detective locates her, he himself is smitten and soon proves to be a ruthless and unscrupulous rival in love.
          Director: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
          Starring: Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon, Ben Stiller, Lee Evans
          (Widescreen, Subtitles, Audio Described, 1998, 15, 4 Star)

          01:15


          Rushmore (Film) Film icon 4 star rating 15 certificate
          Wes Anderson's quirky comedy-drama, scripted by Anderson and Owen Wilson, stars Jason Schwartzman as Max Fischer, a scholarship student at the exclusive Rushmore Academy who compensates for his feelings of inadequacy by organising a host of school societies. But when he falls for his teacher, Rosemary Cross, things get messy, and are further complicated when he finds out that she is having an affair with a rich parent, Herman Blume, who happens to be Max's hero and mentor. So begins a battle of wills between Max and Herman... This screening is introduced by the director. This screening is introduced by the director and is scheduled to tie-in with the release of Anderson's new film Grand Budapest Hotel on Friday 7 March.
          Director: Wes Anderson
          Starring: Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Olivia Williams, Seymour Cassel, Brian Cox, Mason Gamble
          (Widescreen, Subtitles, 1998, 15, 4 Star)

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          • #6
            Film4 Listings for Saturday 8th March

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            11:00


            Laughter in Paradise (Film) Film icon U certificate
            British comedy. Ernest Thesiger plays the wealthy eccentric Endicot, who dies leaving £50,000 to each of his four surviving relatives. But there are strings attached: the inheritors must carry out various tasks, unsuited to their natures, in order to inherit. With Fay Compton, George Cole, Guy Middleton and Alastair Sim. The screenplay was written by Michael Pertwee and Jack Davies.
            Starring: Fay Compton, George Cole, Guy Middleton, Alastair Sim
            (Black and White, Subtitles, 1951, U)

            13:00


            Inkheart (Film) Film icon 3 star rating PG certificate
            Brendan Fraser, Paul Bettany and Andy Serkis star in Iain Softley's CGI fantasy adventure about a man with an extraordinary talent, and the consequences of using it. Mo Folchart is a 'silvertongue': someone who can bring characters from the pages of novels into physical being in the real world. But it's a gift he does his best to hide, because each time he brings a fictional character to life, the vacuum created within the written work must be filled by a real person, which is how his wife Resa vanished, after he manifested three ne'er-do-wells from a story. At first he refuses to help one of them, Dustfinger. But then Dustfinger teams up with Capricorn, who plans to force Mo to use his talents to provide him with gargantuan wealth and power. So Mo and his daughter Meggie must set out to thwart the villains and rescue their loved ones from literary purgatory.
            Director: Iain Softley
            Starring: Brendan Fraser, Sienna Guillory, Eliza Bennett, Richard Strange, Paul Bettany, Helen Mirren
            (Widescreen, Subtitles, Audio Described, 2008, PG, 3 Star)

            15:05


            August Rush (Film) Film icon 4 star rating PG certificate
            Kirsten Sheridan's family drama stars Freddie Highmore as Evan Taylor, a musical prodigy searching for his parents. When pregnant cellist Lyla Novacek was hit by a car, her controlling father and manager told her she'd lost the baby; in reality she gave birth prematurely and her father sent the infant to an orphanage. Eleven years later, when Evan finds out that his parents are alive, he sets out to find them, taking inspiration from the music around him. The heart of the film is Evan's almost mystical ability to 'feel' music, a challenging concept that is rendered believable thanks to inventive work from the composer of the main score, Mark Mancina.
            Director: Kirsten Sheridan
            Starring: Freddie Highmore, Robin Williams, Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Terrence Howard, William Sadler
            (Widescreen, Subtitles, 2007, PG, 4 Star)

            17:15


            The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud (Film) Film icon 3 star rating 12 certificate
            Zac Efron takes the title role in this supernatural romantic fantasy from director Burr Steers. Life is looking good for teenager Charlie St Cloud: in spite of his relatively humble origins, his competitive yachting career is progressing nicely and he has just gained acceptance to an Ivy League university. But all this good stuff is destroyed in an instant when his brother Sam is killed in a car crash. Charlie turns his back on the world and takes a job in the cemetery where Sam is buried. It's here that the supernatural element kicks in, as Charlie can see and interact with the spirits of the dead, which means he can continue to spend time with his beloved sibling. But Charlie's world isn't entirely ethereal and, when he falls for his former classmate - and sailing equal - Tess Carroll, he finds himself forced to choose between his love for her and that for Sam, between the living and the dead.
            Director: Burr Steers
            Starring: Zac Efron, Charlie Tahan, Amanda Crew, Augustus Prew, Donal Logue, Kim Basinger
            (Widescreen, Subtitles, 2010, 12, 3 Star)

            19:05


            St. Trinian's (Film) Film icon 3 star rating 12 certificate
            Directors Oliver Parker and Barnaby Thompson's overhaul of the comedy franchise about the rebellious pupils of a girls' boarding school stars Talulah Riley, Rupert Everett and Gemma Arterton. Annabelle Fritton, daughter of dodgy art dealer Carnaby, enrols at the shabby country boarding school, St Trinian's, run by her aunt Camilla. Head Girl Kelly introduces Annabelle to the school's various factions. And when Annabelle discovers the crazy, raucous 'curriculum', she realises that this is a school like no other. However, once she's past a cruel initiation prank, she settles down and enjoys being part of the chaos. But then disaster strikes: the school lacks the funds to continue. The institution's finest brains come up with a rescue plan... which involves the theft of a world-famous artwork. Also starring in the madness are Colin Firth, as a beleaguered school inspector, and Russell Brand, as Flash Harry, who helps the girls in their myriad nefarious deeds.
            Director: Oliver Parker, Barnaby Thompson
            Starring: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Jodie Whittaker, Gemma Arterton, Jonathan Bailey, Mischa Barton
            (Widescreen, Subtitles, 2007, 12, 3 Star)



            21:00


            Knight and Day (Film) Film icon 3 star rating 12 certificate
            James Mangold's action-comedy is a jet-setting caper that opens with June Havens crossing paths with Roy Miller at an airport. He's a CIA assassin whose colleagues think has turned rogue agent and are now out to put him permanently out of the game. He realises that, now she's met him, June's life is also in danger from those chasing him, so he kidnaps her to keep her safe. Forced to flee with him, the duo dash around the globe - with locations sweeping from the South Pacific to Seville - and must survive chase after chase in the fight to clear his name and return June to her 'regular' life in Wichita, Kansas. Also starring Peter Sarsgaard and Viola Davis. The second of Film4's Cameron Diaz double-bills, the first was yesterday evening, kicks off with Knight and Day, and is followed by Vanilla Sky.
            Director: James Mangold
            Starring: Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgaard, Jordi Mollà, Viola Davis, Paul Dano
            (Widescreen, Subtitles, 2010, 12, 3 Star)

            23:10


            Vanilla Sky (Film) Film icon 4 star rating 15 certificate
            In Cameron Crowe's re-make of Open Your Eyes, Cruise plays a playboy who finds true love with Sofia Serrano but vengeful ex-girlfriend Julie Gianni lures him into a suicidal car ride which only he survives, disfigured. Nursed back to health, strange events force him to question his existence in this brilliant, moody thriller.
            Director: Cameron Crowe
            Starring: Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Kurt Russell, Jason Lee, Noah Taylor
            (Subtitles, 2001, 15, 4 Star)

            01:50


            To be Announced (Film) Film icon PG certificate
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            • #7
              Film4 Listings for Sunday 9th March

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              11:00


              The Bravados (Film) Film icon 3 star rating PG certificate
              Henry King's brooding western stars Gregory Peck as a stranger who arrives in a small town to witness the execution of the four bank robbers he believes raped and murdered his wife. When the criminals break out of prison, taking Emma Steimmetz hostage, he tracks them down, determined to kill them one by one. But then he discovers a truth that makes him reconsider both his purpose and his beliefs.
              Director: Henry King
              Starring: Gregory Peck, Joan Collins, Stephen Boyd, Albert Salmi, Henry Silva, Kathleen Gallant
              (Widescreen, Subtitles, Audio Described, 1958, PG, 3 Star)

              13:00


              Chalet Girl (Film) Film icon 12 certificate
              Felicity Jones and Ed Westwick star in this bright and breezy British romcom. There was a time when working-class Kim reigned supreme as a skateboarding champion; but that was before her mother's death changed everything for her and her dad Bill. Now she's decided to give up her fast-food job and chance her arm with a new career as a chalet girl in an Alpine ski resort, where she hopes to win a life-changing sum of money in a snowboarding competition. As well learning how to transfer her skateboarding skills to the slopes, she'll also have to acquire the knack of deflecting unwanted attention from the resort's predominantly posh, testosterone-fuelled young male clientele. But among the predictable zerial gropers there's one lad who catches her eye: the rather narcissistic Jonny. Can Kim gain the confidence to hold her own among the relocated Chelsea set?
              Director: Tom Williams
              Starring: Felicity Jones, Ed Westwick, Bill Nighy, Brooke Shields, Tamsin Egerton, Bill Bailey
              (Widescreen, Subtitles, Audio Described, 2011, 12)

              14:50


              Silent Running (Film) Film icon 3 star rating PG certificate
              Bruce Dern stars in this ecological sci-fi drama as Freeman Lowell, the lone human crew member on the Valley Forge, a vast spacecraft carrying the remnants of post-apocalypse Earth's plant life. But when he's ordered to destroy his precious cargo, and his robot crewmates are ready to comply, Lowell must take drastic action. It's unsurprising that the film is visually impressive, given that it was the directorial debut of special effects maestro Douglas Trumbull, but Silent Running's greatest strength is perhaps its poignant pathos, and its environmental message is as relevant now as it was when the film was released.
              Director: Douglas Trumbull
              Starring: Bruce Dern, Cliff Potts, Ron Rifkin, Jesse Vint, Steve Brown, Mark Persons
              (Widescreen, Subtitles, 1971, PG, 3 Star)

              16:40


              To be Announced (Film) Film icon PG certificate
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              (PG)

              18:40


              Chocolat (Film) Film icon 5 star rating 12 certificate
              When a single mother and her six-year-old daughter move to rural France and open a chocolate shop - with Sunday hours - across the street from the local church, they are met with scepticism and some loathing. But as soon as they coax the townspeople into enjoying their delicious products, they are warmly welcomed.
              Director: Lasse Hallström
              Starring: Juliette Binoche, Johnny Depp, Alfred Molina, Carrie-Anne Moss, Judi Dench
              (Widescreen, Subtitles, 2000, 12, 5 Star)



              21:00


              Along Came a Spider (Film) Film icon 3 star rating 15 certificate
              World-weary criminal profiler Alex Cross is challenged to a nasty game when a senator's daughter is kidnapped whilst under Secret Service protection. Cross is still bruised from his last assignment and the loss of his partner, but he needs his wits about him ... as this new case is not as it seems.
              Director: Lee Tamahori
              Starring: Morgan Freeman, Monica Potter, Michael Wincott, Dylan Baker, Mika Boorem, Anton Yelchin
              (Subtitles, Audio Described, 2001, 15, 3 Star)

              23:00


              The Hills Have Eyes II (Film) Film icon 18 certificate
              Martin Weisz's sequel to Wes Craven's remake of his 1977 original is just as satisfyingly horrific and gory. A group of National Guardsmen and Guardswomen out on exercise, led by Napoleon and Amber, find themselves lost in the desert and soon become the prey of the deformed mutants who live in the hills.
              Director: Martin Weisz
              Starring: Cécile Breccia, Michael Bailey Smith, Archie Kao, Jay Acovone, Jeff Kober, Philip Pavel
              (Widescreen, Subtitles, 2007, 18, 2 Star)

              00:45


              To be Announced (Film) Film icon PG certificate
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              (PG)

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              • #8
                Film4 Listings for Monday 10th March

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                11:00


                Crooks Anonymous (Film) Film icon U certificate
                Leslie Phillips and Julie Christie star in this comedy from director Ken Annakin. When petty thief Dandy Forsdyke is coerced into going straight by his stripper girlfriend, he joins an unofficial organisation for reforming criminals called Crooks Anonymous. After resisting the urge to steal, he's declared 'cured', but the group is proffered great temptation when circumstances conspire to leave Dandy alone with £250,000.
                Starring: Stanley Baxter, Wilfrid Hyde-White, James Robertson Justice, Julie Christie
                (Black and White, 1962, U)

                12:45


                To be Announced (Film) Film icon PG certificate
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                (PG)

                14:55


                Funny Face (Film) Film icon 4 star rating U certificate
                Classic, stylish musical starring Fred Astaire as a fashion photographer who turns a Greenwich Village bookshop assistant into a top model, and falls in love with her in Paris.
                Director: Stanley Donen
                Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Kay Thompson, Michel Auclair, Robert Flemyng, Dovima
                (Widescreen, 1957, U, 4 Star)

                17:00


                An Elephant Called Slowly (Film) Film icon U certificate
                Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers star in this family wildlife drama about African elephants from director James Hill. The gentle narrative focuses on Ginny and Bill's attempts to look after three young elephants, which turn up on the Kenyan property the couple are house-sitting for friends. But, as with many wildlife features of the period, narrative aside, one of the main draws for the film's younger target audience is the captivating shots of exotic fauna in its natural setting. James Hill directed Born Free, another African wildlife adventure starring McKenna and Travers, and would follow up...Slowly with that much-loved equine drama Black Beauty. First screening on Film4.
                (Premiere, 1970, U)

                18:55


                Dear John (Film) Film icon 3 star rating 12 certificate
                Two weeks' military leave is all it takes for US Army Staff Sergeant John Tyree and college student Savannah Curtis to fall in love in this Lasse Hallstrom-directed adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' novel. Having depended on letters to keep their romance alive, their relationship falters when John unexpectedly decides to re-enlist in the army following the September 11 attacks in New York. Then it arrives - the Dear John letter informing him that Savannah is engaged to someone else. With no hope of being together, John rededicates himself to the military, surviving injury and only seeing Savannah when family events force him to return home. Months later, John receives another letter from Savannah with their sign-off of old, 'I'll see you soon, then'. Could there be hope for the couple yet?
                Director: Lasse Hallström
                Starring: Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried, Richard Jenkins, Henry Thomas, D.J. Cotrona, Cullen Moss
                (Widescreen, Subtitles, Audio Described, 2010, 12, 3 Star)



                21:00


                Never Let Me Go (Film) Film icon 4 star rating 12 certificate
                Mark Romanek directs the cream of young British acting talent in this adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's Booker Prize-nominated dystopian fable. With a screenplay by Alex Garland, the film follows teens Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy as they leave the confines of their uniquely regimented boarding school and take their first steps into the wider world. As the trio form a convincing love triangle and test the boundaries of their post-school existence, the realisation that they have been raised for a specific and deadly purpose hits home with subtle but inescapable force. The story wears its sci-fi trappings lightly, and it's the closeness of the film's world to reality that makes the powerlessness of the protagonists all the more heartbreaking. The three leads give fine performances, particularly a pre-Spiderman Garfield, who imbues naive Tommy with a tragic blend of frustration and hopefulness. First play on Film4.
                Director: Mark Romanek
                Starring: Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, Charlotte Rampling, Sally Hawkins, Kate Bowes Renna
                (Premiere, Widescreen, Subtitles, Audio Described, 2010, 12, 4 Star)

                23:00


                Blue Valentine (Film) Film icon 4 star rating 15 certificate
                Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams star in Derek Cianfrance's drama that lays bare the final throws of a dying relationship. Cindy holds down a career in nursing, with all its attendant pressures, while her husband Dean has taken on the role of looking after their young daughter Frankie, as well as picking up house-moving or painting jobs when they crop up. When they met, he was an enthusiastic believer in romantic love, she - in addition to being won over by his devotion to her - was keen to avoid the manipulative and chauvinistic influences of her father and her then boyfriend. But now they've been together six years and an everyday event is set to have dramatic consequences, which initially upsets their daughter but quickly lights the touchpaper that finally explodes their marriage.
                Director: Derek Cianfrance
                Starring: Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, Faith Wladyka, John Doman, Mike Vogel, Marshall Johnson
                (Widescreen, Subtitles, 2010, 15, 4 Star)

                01:10


                To be Announced (Film) Film icon PG certificate
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                • #9
                  Film4 Listings for Tuesday 11th March

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                  11:00


                  The Desperadoes (Film) Film icon 3 star rating U certificate
                  Charles Vidor's western stars Randolph Scott as Steve Upton, the sheriff of a small Utah town, and Glenn Ford as Cheyenne Rogers, his friend and a reformed outlaw. But the bank is robbed when Rogers is in town and he's arrested. Convinced of his pal's innocence, Upton springs him from jail and the pair set out to find the guilty parties, who may be closer to home than they thought.
                  Director: Charles Vidor
                  Starring: Randolph Scott, Claire Trevor, Glenn Ford, Evelyn k€yes, Edgar Buchanan, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams
                  (1943, U, 3 Star)

                  12:45


                  Edge of Darkness (Film) Film icon 4 star rating U certificate
                  Wartime drama following the fortunes of a group of Norwegian townspeople gradually galvanising their resistance to the occupying Nazis. Starring Errol Flynn as Gunnar Brogge, the leader of the Trollness underground, and Anne Sheridan as Karen Stensgard, his love interest, with Walter Huston as her father, Dr Martin Stensgard, the village doctor.
                  Director: Lewis Milestone
                  Starring: Errol Flynn, Ann Sheridan, Walter Huston, Nancy Coleman, Helmut Dantine, Judith Anderson
                  (Black and White, 1943, U, 4 Star)

                  15:05


                  The Ladykillers (Film) Film icon 4 star rating U certificate
                  Alexander Mackendrick's classic Ealing comedy stars Alec Guinness as the sinister, eccentric leader of a gang of crooks whose perfect crime meets its nemesis at the unwitting hands of Guinness's elderly landlady, played by Bafta-award-winner Katie Johnson.
                  Director: Alexander Mackendrick
                  Starring: Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom, Peter Sellers, Danny Green, Jack Warner
                  (1955, U, 4 Star)

                  16:55


                  To be Announced (Film) Film icon PG certificate
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                  (PG)

                  18:55


                  Mad Money (Film) Film icon 3 star rating 12 certificate
                  Callie Khouri's comedy crime caper stars Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah and Katie Holmes as three women employed as janitors at the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank. Bridget has only taken the job because her high-earning husband Don has been downsized and somebody has to earn the money to keep up their lifestyle. It breaks her heart to see the old banknotes being sent for shredding - surely nobody will miss a few? Enlisting two of her colleagues, they find a 'foolproof' way of helping themselves to just a little. And when they go undiscovered, it's tempting for a little to become a lot - but only if no one suspects three such lowly female workers.
                  Director: Callie Khouri
                  Starring: Diane Keaton, Ted Danson, Katie Holmes, Adam Rothenberg, Queen Latifah, Peyton 'Alex' Smith
                  (Widescreen, 2008, 12, 3 Star)



                  21:00


                  Predators (Film) Film icon 3 star rating 15 certificate
                  Adrien Brody, Alice Braga and Topher Grace star in this well-received addition to the Predator sci-fi action-adventure franchise, this time with Hungarian director Nimrod Antal at the helm. The action opens with Royce waking in a parachute that's drifting down towards a jungle. On landing he discovers he's one of a small group of people, all of whom have been similarly mysteriously delivered to their current location. With the exception of Edwin, a doctor, their only common trait is that all are expert killers, whether from the military or the wrong side of the law.
                  Director: Nimród Antal
                  Starring: Adrien Brody, Topher Grace, Alice Braga, Walton Goggins, Oleg Taktarov, Laurence Fishburne
                  (Widescreen, 2010, 15, 3 Star)

                  23:10


                  The Burning Plain (Film) Film icon 3 star rating 15 certificate
                  The writer of Amores Perros, 21 Grams and Babel, Guillermo Arriaga, makes his feature directorial debut with this romantic crime drama starring Charlize Theron, Kim Basinger and Jennifer Lawrence. Told with Arriaga's trademark disregard for linear time, the film weaves together the lives of three women in a dark tale that speaks of guilt, loss and revenge. Oregon resident Sylvia is a successful restaurateur who conceals her emotional frailties behind a series of one-night stands and icy personal relationships with those around her.
                  Director: Guillermo Arriaga
                  Starring: Charlize Theron, Kim Basinger, Jennifer Lawrence, José María Yazpik, Joaquim de Almeida, Tessa Ia
                  (Widescreen, Subtitles, 2008, 15, 3 Star)

                  01:10


                  To be Announced (Film) Film icon PG certificate
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                  • #10
                    Film4 Listings for Wednesday 12th March

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                    11:00


                    Heavens Above! (Film) Film icon PG certificate
                    Peter Sellers stars in this charming comedy from director John Boulting. An innocent but socially progressive vicar is appointed by mistake to a wealthy, moribund parish. But his forward-thinking ideas about Christianity soon begin to upset the conservative parishioners. With Ian Carmichael, Eric Sykes, Irene Handl, Malcolm Muggeridge and Ludovic Kennedy.
                    (Black and White, Subtitles, 1963, PG)

                    13:20


                    Gaslight (Film) Film icon 4 star rating PG certificate
                    Thorold Dickinson's classic thriller stars Anton Walbrook as Paul Mallen, who moves into a London townhouse with his new bride Bella. Her family has a history of mental instability so, when objects go missing without reason and when she claims the gaslight dims of its own accord, he suggests she is beginning to lose her mind. But ex-policeman BG Rough, who now works as an ostler, recognises Mallen as the nephew of a woman brutally murdered in the very house in which he and his wife now live and, what's more, a house that still harbours a fortune in rubies that the killer never found. Could Mallen be somehow connected to the crime and is the parlour maid Nancy, a conspirator in her master's plans?
                    Director: Thorold Dickinson
                    Starring: Anton Walbrook, Diana Wynyard, Frank Pettingell, Cathleen Cordell, Robert Newton, Minnie Rayner
                    (Black and White, Subtitles, 1940, PG, 4 Star)

                    15:00


                    Bless This House (Film) Film icon 3 star rating PG certificate
                    Movie spin-off from the popular 1970s TV series, starring Sid James as Sid Abbott, the middle-class, middle-aged father who doesn't understand the youth of the day; in particular his own children, Mike and Sally, who both seem keener to attend demos than get a job. Plus, he's also having problems with his new neighbour Ronald Baines. So when Baines's daughter Kate falls for Mike, comic confusions ensue.
                    Director: Gerald Thomas
                    Starring: Sid James, Diana Coupland, Sally Geeson, Peter Butterworth, Terry Scott, June Whitfield
                    (Subtitles, Audio Described, 1972, PG, 3 Star)

                    16:50


                    Funny Face (Film) Film icon 4 star rating U certificate
                    Classic, stylish musical starring Fred Astaire as a fashion photographer who turns a Greenwich Village bookshop assistant into a top model, and falls in love with her in Paris.
                    Director: Stanley Donen
                    Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Kay Thompson, Michel Auclair, Robert Flemyng, Dovima
                    (Widescreen, Subtitles, 1957, U, 4 Star)

                    18:55


                    Clueless (Film) Film icon 3 star rating 12 certificate
                    Amy Heckerling's high school take on Jane Austen's novel Emma. Alicia Silverstone plays Cher Horowitz who, thanks to her rich lawyer daddy, has it all. She and her school friend Dionne decide to take new girl Tai under their wing and make sure she finds a date. They succeed, only to find that they've created a monster... Edited for content.
                    Director: Amy Heckerling
                    Starring: Alicia Silverstone, Paul Rudd, Brittany Murphy, Stacey Dash, Donald Faison, Dan Hedaya
                    (Widescreen, Subtitles, 1995, 12, 3 Star)


                    21:00


                    Die Hard 4.0 (Film) Film icon 4 star rating 15 certificate
                    Bruce Willis returns once again as John McClane, the wisecracking, old-school New York cop whose impressive CV includes rescuing hostages captured in a swanky LA plaza and saving passengers on a hijacked plane circling Washington. In this violent thriller, he's up against a group of terrorists threatening to hack into the US computer infrastructure. When they crash the stock market, sending the economy into meltdown and causing panic on Wall Street, McClane turns to young hacker Matt Farrell. Farrell's wanted by the FBI, but he's also potentially the only man who can help figure out the cyber criminals' next move. When the terrorists respond by kidnapping McClane's daughter Lucy, it's time for the anxious father to load up his ammo clips and go get the bad guys - just as the country's descending into chaos. Directed by Len Wiseman. In English, with some French and Italian with English subtitles.
                    Director: Len Wiseman
                    Starring: Bruce Willis, Timothy Olyphant, Justin Long, Maggie Q, Cliff Curtis, Jonathan Sadowski
                    (Widescreen, Subtitles, Audio Described, 2007, 15, 4 Star)

                    23:30


                    The Deep Blue Sea (Film) Film icon 3 star rating 12 certificate
                    Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston and Simon Russell Beale star in Terence Davies's moving adaptation of Terence Rattigan's 1952 play about emotional dissatisfaction. Hester Collyer is married to the perfectly nice but dull Sir William. He's a judge by profession but timid by nature and is easily domineered by his mother, but Hester's main concern is the lack of passion within their marriage. So, when she meets Freddie Page, a dashing ex-RAF pilot, she's easily won over. But Page's self-regard and his affection for alcohol mean Hester's unlikely to find what she's looking for in this illicit relationship either, leaving her in the predicament suggested by the film's title.
                    Director: Terence Davies
                    Starring: Ann Mitchell, Jolyon Coy, Karl Johnson, Rachel Weisz, Simon Russell Beale, Tom Hiddleston
                    (Black and White, Premiere, Widescreen, Subtitles, Audio Described, 2011, 12, 3 Star)

                    01:25


                    Good Luck Chuck (Film) Film icon 3 star rating 15 certificate
                    In Mark Helfrich's comedy, Charlie has a gift which becomes a curse. Every woman who sleeps with him immediately meets her perfect Mr Right after their encounter - which means a lot of women make a beeline for him, making for an enjoyable, if lonely, life for Chuck. Then he meets Cam Wexler, the perfect girl for him. But if he sleeps with her, he'll lose her. It's up to Charlie and his best friend Stu to come up with a plan.
                    Director: Mark Helfrich
                    Starring: Dane ****, Jessica Alba, Dan Fogler, Annie Wood, Chelan Simmons, Jodie Stewart
                    (Widescreen, Subtitles, 2007, 15, 3 Star)

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                    • #11
                      Film4 Listings for Thursday 13th March

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                      11:00


                      O'Horten (Film) Film icon 3 star rating 12 certificate
                      Train engineer Horten has been forced to retire after 40 years of travelling a very stable rail, and the platform does not feel like a safe place anymore. His orderly, solitary existence is about to give way to a future of unlikely adventures and puzzling dilemmas: will Horten ever travel by plane? Will he finally sell his prized boat? How does Horten end up in a pair of women's red high-heeled shoes?
                      Director: Bent Hamer
                      Starring: Baard Owe, Espen Skjønberg, Ghita Nørby, Henny Moan, Bjørn Floberg, Kai Remlow
                      (2007, 12, 3 Star)

                      12:50


                      Dragoon Wells Massacre (Film) Film icon 12 certificate
                      This intriguing western from Harold D Schuster stars Dennis O'Keefe as cavalry officer Matt Riordan, assigned to lead marshall Bill Haney and his prisoner Link Ferris through Apache territory. But when they reach Dragoon Wells, they're ambushed and Riordan must lead a disparate band of survivors to safety while trying to prevent Ferris's escape.
                      Director: Harold D. Schuster
                      Starring: Dennis O'Keefe, Barry Sullivan, Mona Freeman, Katy Jurado, Sebastian Cabot, Max Showalter
                      (Subtitles, Audio Described, 1957, 12)

                      14:35


                      Air Force (Film) Film icon 4 star rating PG certificate
                      Howard Hawks' wartime propaganda film tells the story of the Mary Ann, an American B-17 bomber commanded by Captain 'Irish' Quincannon and co-pilot Lt Bill Williams. A motley crew from all walks of American life, their first taste of action comes as they arrive at Pearl Harbor just as the Japanese attack. Surviving the experience, the crew begin to form a bond as they take the fight to the Japanese in Manila, and on to the Battle of the Coral Sea.
                      Director: Howard Hawks
                      Starring: John Ridgely, Gig Young, Arthur Kennedy, Charles Drake, Harry Carey Jr., George Tobias
                      (Black and White, Subtitles, 1943, PG, 4 Star)

                      17:00


                      Bad Day at Black Rock (Film) Film icon 4 star rating PG certificate
                      John Sturges's suspenseful western stars Spencer Tracy as John J Macreedy, a one-armed stranger whose arrival in a small desert town, while looking for a Japanese farmer, arouses hostility and violence among the locals.
                      Director: John Sturges
                      Starring: Spencer Tracy, Robert Ryan, Anne Francis, Dean Jagger, Walter Brennan, John Ericson
                      (Subtitles, 1955, PG, 4 Star)

                      18:40


                      Chocolat (Film) Film icon 5 star rating 12 certificate
                      When a single mother and her six-year-old daughter move to rural France and open a chocolate shop - with Sunday hours - across the street from the local church, they are met with scepticism and some loathing. But as soon as they coax the townspeople into enjoying their delicious products, they are warmly welcomed.
                      Director: Lasse Hallström
                      Starring: Juliette Binoche, Johnny Depp, Alfred Molina, Carrie-Anne Moss, Judi Dench
                      (Widescreen, Subtitles, 2000, 12, 5 Star)



                      21:00


                      Bad Teacher (Film) Film icon 3 star rating 15 certificate
                      Cameron Diaz stars in Jake Kasdan's comedy as reluctant and irresponsible teacher Elizabeth Halsey. When she's dumped by her rich fiancé, she sets her sights on wealthy supply teacher Scott Delacorte, but when he gets close to Elizabeth's nemesis, Amy Squirrel, she decides to win her man by getting certain surgical enhancements. Elizabeth's intended path to true love doesn't come cheap, but then she finds out about a teaching competition with a big money prize... The film plays to Diaz's strengths and provides plenty of laughs, wisely casting Timberlake against type, and also starring Phyllis Smith and Jason Segal, who's as reliably funny as ever, as the laid-back PE teacher carrying a torch for the un-enhanced Elizabeth.
                      Director: Jake Kasdan
                      Starring: Cameron Diaz, Lucy Punch, Jason Segel, Justin Timberlake, Phyllis Smith, John Michael Higgins
                      (Widescreen, Subtitles, Audio Described, 2011, 15, 3 Star)

                      22:50


                      Bullhead (Film) Film icon 15 certificate
                      Michael R Roskam's Oscar-nominated Belgian crime thriller starring Matthias Schoenaerts. It was always going to end up this way for Jacky Vanmarsenille - pumped up on drugs and deeply embroiled in the murky side of the Belgian cattle industry. An appalling, shockingly violent incident in young Jacky's life ensured his life-long dependency on steroids, which also guaranteed his muscle-bound physique and a hair-trigger predisposition to rage.
                      Starring: Matthias Schoenaerts
                      (Premiere, Widescreen, Subtitles, 2011, 15)

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                      Breathless (Film) Film icon 4 star rating PG certificate
                      South Korea's Yang Ik-Joon makes his directorial debut with this crime drama which delves into the psychology of gang violence, and in which he stars alongside Kot-bi Kim and Man-shik Jeong. Sang-hoon has risen to the dubious heights of debt collector for a criminal gang. Perhaps driven by the brutality visited upon him by his father, Sang-hoon is a tense ball of restless aggression; punches and slaps emanate from him as easily as the stream of expletives with which he peppers his conversation. Then he meets a schoolgirl whose life has been equally damaged by physical abuse and suddenly there's a glimmer of a possibility that his life, and hers, could change for the better. There are moments of pitch black humour here and there within the drama, but for the most part it's a bruisingly brutal watch from the very start.
                      Director: Jean-Luc Godard
                      Starring: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, Daniel Boulanger, Jean-Pierre Melville, Henri-Jacques Huet, Van Doude
                      (Subtitles, Subtitled, In Korean with English Subtitles, Widescreen, Black and White, 1960, PG, 4 Star)

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