FILMS OF THE WEEK
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.
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.
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.