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The Way Way Back (2013) FILM4, 7.00PM ★★★★

This com­ing-of-age story feels like fa­mil­iar terrain, but it’s agree­ably done. Dun­can (Liam James) learns about life, love and self-es­teem from a gang of wa­ter-park em­ploy­ees, in­clud­ing the ex­cel­lent Sam Rock­well, when forced to go on hol­i­day with his mother (Toni Col­lette) and her boyfriend (Steve Car­rell). The script flows and there’s enough melan­choly and edge to the over­all comic tone for its charm to pre­vail.

The Is­land (2005) 5STAR, 9.00PM ★★

Michael Bay’s sci-fi flop hum­bled Steven Spiel­berg’s Dreamworks. Not only was the orig­i­nal script scrapped, the film only just re­couped the $126mil­lion it cost to make, though it’s still a stylish of­fer­ing. It stars Ewan Mcgre­gor as a hu­man clone who lives in a con­trolled fa­cil­ity and dreams of go­ing to “The Is­land”, the last un­con­tam­i­nated place on Earth. Scar­lett Jo­hans­son and Sean Bean buoy up the cast.

Cliffhanger (1993) ITV4, 12.40AM★★★

Liv­ing up to its ti­tle, Cliffhanger is a rol­lick­ing roller­coaster of a film. It stars Sylvester Stal­lone as a hot­shot moun­tain climber, who be­comes em­broiled in a heist, along with Ja­nine Turner. Set in the Rocky Moun­tains and fea­tur­ing some stu­pen­dous stunts, it may be big-bud­get non­sense – but it’s en­ter­tain­ing big-bud­get non­sense with zesty lines and ex­hil­a­rat­ing cin­e­matog­ra­phy. Renny Har­lin di­rects.

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