FILMS OF THE WEEK

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Dead­pool

Satur­day, Chan­nel 4, 9pm

Ryan Reynolds ( above) failed to make much of an im­pact in Green Lantern but he def­i­nitely found his su­per­hero niche with this more satir­i­cal ( and vi­o­lent) take on the genre. He stars as Wade Wil­son, an as­sas­sin who dis­cov­ers he has ter­mi­nal can­cer and un­der­goes an ex­per­i­men­tal treat­ment that he hopes will cure him. Un­for­tu­nately, the side ef­fects in­clude se­vere dis­fig­ure­ment – and su­per­hu­man pow­ers. Wade adopts the guise of Dead­pool and goes in search of the man he holds re­spon­si­ble for his hideous ap­pear­ance.

The Grad­u­ate

Satur­day, RTÉ One, 1.30am

At one point, Robert Red­ford was in the run­ning to play the ti­tle role in this clas­sic com­edy drama, but it’s now im­pos­si­ble to think of any­one else but Dustin Hoff­man as Ben­jamin Brad­dock. He’s a col­lege grad­u­ate who is strug­gling to de­cide what to do with his life when he’s se­duced by the older Mrs Robin­son ( Anne Ban­croft, be­low with Hoff­man) – and then to make life more com­pli­cated, he finds him­self fall­ing for her daugh­ter ( Katharine Ross). Si­mon and Gar­funkel pro­vide the sound­track.

Prizzi’s Honor

Fri­day, RTÉ One, 12.05am

For­get Brad Pitt and An­gelina Jolie in Mr & Mrs Smith – leg­endary di­rec­tor John Hus­ton’s 1985 black com­edy drama is the de­fin­i­tive take on as­sas­sins in love. Jack Ni­chol­son stars as Charley, a hit- man for the Prizzi fam­ily who falls for the beau­ti­ful Irene ( Kath­leen Turner), ini­tially un­aware that she is also a “con­trac­tor” for the Mob. But can their re­la­tion­ship sur­vive their lat­est as­sign­ment? Hus­ton’s daugh­ter An­jel­ica won an Os­car for her role as Charley’s ex- girl­friend Maerose, who is still car­ry­ing a torch for him.

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