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9:00pm Wednesday, April 27 on F4

Part of the Films for Life season. Matthew Broderick plays Ferris Bueller who, with his best friend (Alan Ruck), bunk off school in a classic red Ferrari, pursued by irate principal Jeffrey Jones in this comedy classic from John Hughes, king of the 80s teen genre. Edited for language.

11:10pm Tuesday, April 26 on F4

Part of the Films for Life season. Quentin Tarantino’s slick and fast-paced third film, based on an Elmore Leonard novel, is a tight thriller centred around blaxploitation star Pam Grier, who plays Jackie Brown, a strong woman approaching the end of her career as an air hostess. She’s been trafficking ‘hot’ money for gangster Ordell Robbie (Samuel L Jackson), but when she finds she’s carrying enough for retirement she decides to fly solo, so long as she can keep him, the local cops and the feds convinced of her honesty.

9:00pm Monday, April 25 on F4

Part of the Films for Life season. Tony Scott’s action drama stars Tom Cruise as Maverick, Val Kilmer as Iceman and Kelly McGillis as Charlie. Maverick and Iceman are ‘Top Gun’ pilots with the Navy, both aiming for the number one title, while Charlie is the base psychiatrist trying the get inside their heads (although both men have their designs on her). Adding to Maverick’s air of mystery is the riddle of what happened to his father, missing in action over Vietnam. Besides this and the love triangle come combat missions against an un-named enemy over the Indian Ocean, giving rise to some of the most spectacular flying sequences ever filmed.


9:00pm Sunday, April 24 on F4

Part of the Films for Life season. Bethany Sloane (Linda Fiorentino) works at an abortion clinic where she is approached by the angel Metatron (Alan Rickman). He tells her that, as the last living descendent of Christ, she’s the only one who can stop the fallen angels Bartleby (Ben Affleck) and Loki (Matt Damon) from ending all life on Earth. Accompanied by heavenly assistants Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Kevin Smith), she sets out on a mission to stop them. Kevin Smith’s controversial film, a fascinating mix of themes and characters from his earlier films, offers an interesting theological look at his normal New Jersey-set-and-peopled milieu.

9:00pm Saturday, April 23 on F4

Part of the Films for Life season. Ethan and Joel Coen’s Oscar-laden thriller stars Josh Brolin as Llewelyn Moss, a trailer-dwelling welder and hunter. Hunting deer in the desert, he comes across a drugs exchange which has gone bloodily wrong, and among the detritus is a case containing $2m. He decides to appropriate the money but ends up with the deadly assassin Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem) on his trail, as well as Sheriff Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones), and smiling bounty hunter Carson Wells (Woody Harrelson). As Moss tries to keep hold of the money, and preserve both his own life and that of his wife Carla (Kelly Macdonald), a deadly game of cat-and-mouse is played out across the Tex-Mex border as pursuers and the pursued try to gain the upper hand. In English and Spanish with English subtitles.


10:50pm Friday, March 25 on F4

Clark Gregg’s black comedy – based on Chuck Palahniuk’s novel (he also wrote Fight Club ) – stars Sam Rockwell as a man taking stock of his frayed life. Victor Mancini’s (Rockwell) mother Ida (Anjelica Houston) suffers from dementia, but his job at an 18th-century theme park doesn’t bring in enough cash to cover her care costs. To supplement his income, he pretends to choke on food in expensive restaurants, hoping his ‘rescuers’ will give him money once they hear his woes.

9:00pm Thursday, March 24 on F4

Kevin Macdonald’s Film4-funded drama stars Oscar and BAFTA-winning Forest Whitaker as Idi Amin, the murderous Ugandan dictator of the late 70s, with James McAvoy as Dr Nicholas Garrigan, a young Scottish doctor. While travelling through Africa, Garrigan becomes enlisted as Amin’s doctor and confidante after a chance roadside meeting. But as Amin becomes more deranged, Garrigan’s close relationship with him endangers not just his own life but those around him. The film features superb central performances, with Whitaker in particular scarily realistic as the crazed Amin.

11:00pm Wednesday, March 23 on F4

Eric Barbier’s tense thriller stars Yvan Attal as Mandel, a photographer in the process of divorcing his wife. Into his life comes former classmate Plender (Clovis Cornillac), who is now psychopathically obsessed with avenging a childhood slight. Framing Mandel for the murder of a model, he also begins to inveigle his way into Mandel’s family to inflict further damage – can Mandel stop him and prove his innocence? In French with English subtitles.

9:00pm Tuesday, March 22 on F4

Gil Junger’s feel-good teen comedy is loosely based on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew , with Heath Ledger as Patrick Verona and Julia Stiles as Katarina Stratford. He accepts a bribe to take her to the prom so that her sister can take the beau of her choice. But when Katarina finds out, she’s furious – just as Patrick realises her true character and falls for her… Cue many hysterical misunderstandings, including a wonderful set piece on an athletics field involving a marching band.

9:00pm Monday, March 21 on F4

Ed Harris directs and stars in this western as Virgil Cole, who, with his lifelong buddy Everett Hitch (Viggo Mortensen), plays a lawman for hire, cleaning up towns beset by bad guys before moving on. The duo’s latest job is in the town of Appaloosa, which is terrorised by evil rancher Randall Bragg (Jeremy Irons). But matters get complicated when Virgil falls for widow Allison French (Ren�e Zellweger). Everett, worried his distracted friend will lose his edge when Bragg makes his move, must decide on the best course of action as, between the shoot-outs, a delicate balance between romance and friendship must be struck.

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