FILMS OF THE WEEK

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You’ve Got Mail

Satur­day, RTÉ One, 1.30pm

The chem­istry be­tween Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks ( both above) was pal­pa­ble in Sleep­less In Seat­tle

( their sec­ond film to­gether af­ter Joe Ver­sus the Vol­cano), so there’s no won­der that movie’s wri­ter­di­rec­tor, Nora Ephron, wanted to team them in this loose re­work­ing of The Shop Around the Cor­ner. Greg Kin­n­ear, Parker Posey and Dab­ney Cole­man also star in a tale con­cern­ing two ri­val book­store own­ers who fall in love via email mes­sages, lit­tle real­is­ing they know but dis­like each other in real life.

Dr No

Sun­day, RTÉ2, 5.15pm

The first James Bond movie is still one of the best, set­ting the tem­plate for much of what was to come. Sean Con­nery ( be­low) is suit­ably at­trac­tive and ruth­less as Ian Flem­ing’s su­per­spy who trav­els to the Caribbean to in­ves­ti­gate the mur­der of a fel­low agent, un­earthing a crim­i­nal mas­ter­mind’s plot to wreck the Amer­i­can space pro­gramme. Ur­sula An­dress makes a mem­o­rable love in­ter­est.

Cow­boys & Aliens

Mon­day, TG4, 9.30pm

There’s a dis­tinct chance that who­ever dreamed up this movie thought of the ti­tle first. Per­haps dur­ing a brain­storm­ing ses­sion they had a “eu­reka” mo­ment, dur­ing which they shouted out, “Hey! That would be a great ti­tle,” and then wrote a screen­play to fit it. Not that that mat­ters – Cow­boys & Aliens is an en­joy­able romp fea­tur­ing a great cast headed by Daniel Craig and Har­ri­son Ford. Set in a Wild West town, it fol­lows the for­tunes of a mys­te­ri­ous stranger suffering from am­ne­sia who tries to help the lo­cal folk, a gang of out­laws and an Apache tribe fight back against alien in­vaders. Olivia Wilde and Sam Rock­well of­fer able sup­port.

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