FILMS OF THE WEEK

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Ter­mi­na­tor 2: Judg­ment Day Fri­day, TV3, 11.25pm He told us he’d be back in the first film, and sure enough, Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger did re­turn as the cy­borg seven years later in this hi- tech se­quel. This time, he’s no longer a vil­lain. In­stead, the killing ma­chine has been re­pro­grammed to pro­tect the fu­ture saviour of the hu­man race – the now teenaged John Con­nor ( Ed­ward Fur­long, above, with Sch­warzeneg­ger) – from a shape- shift­ing as­sas­sin. There’s also a nu­clear war to avert, pro­vid­ing Con­nor, his trou­bled mother and their body­guard have the time. Linda Hamil­ton also re­turns as Sarah Con­nor. How­ever, it’s Robert Patrick who al­most steals the show as the vil­lain of the piece. An­gela’s Ashes Fri­day, RTÉ One, 11.55pm It’s far from be­ing the cheeri­est film of the week but this drama is cer­tainly the most pow­er­ful. Based on Frank McCourt’s best­selling mem­oir, the screen­play was co- writ­ten by Alan Parker, who also di­rected. The story be­gins in Amer­ica, as the McCourt fam­ily pre­pare to re­turn to their na­tive Ire­land thanks to prob­lems caused by fa­ther Malachy’s al­co­holism. They set­tle in Lim­er­ick, where young Frank dreams of re­turn­ing to the land of his birth. Joe Breen, Ciaran Owens and Michael Legge play Frank at dif­fer­ent stages of his life. Robert Car­lyle and Emily Wat­son ( be­low) por­tray his par­ents. Al­most Fa­mous Fri­day, RTÉ2, 1.05am In­spired by writer- di­rec­tor Cameron Crowe’s ex­pe­ri­ences as a teenage jour­nal­ist for Rolling Stone in the 1970s, this com­edy drama charts the cross- coun­try lifechang­ing ad­ven­tures of young re­porter Wil­liam ( Patrick Fugit) as he fol­lows a trou­bled rock band on its lat­est tour. Kate Hud­son shines brightly as groupie Penny Lane.

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