FILMS OF THE WEEK

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The Gen­eral

Satur­day, RTÉ2, 9.30pm

You can al­ways rely on Bren­dan Gleeson. No mat­ter the project, he al­ways gives a bril­liant per­for­mance and your eye is au­to­mat­i­cally drawn to him. He’s typ­i­cally bril­liant as Martin Cahill in this fic­tion­alised look at the Dublin crimelord’s life, di­rected with style by John Boor­man ( whose home was once bur­gled by Cahill; be­lieve it or not he stole the gold record Boor­man re­ceived for the De­liv­er­ence sound­track). The film charts Cahill’s rise to promi­nence, from his child­hood in Holy­field, through to his life of crime and as­sas­si­na­tion in 1994.

Hail, Cae­sar!

Satur­day, Chan­nel 4, 11.35pm

The Coen broth­ers’ de­light­ful com­edy is set in 1950s Hol­ly­wood and stars Josh Brolin ( above) as a stu­dio “fixer” – the man the stars go to when they land them­selves in trou­ble. He has plenty of prob­lems to deal with here, in­clud­ing the kid­nap­ping of a lead­ing man from the set of a ma­jor pe­riod epic. Ge­orge Clooney, Chan­ning Ta­tum, Tilda Swin­ton, Scar­lett Jo­hans­son and Ralph Fi­ennes are su­perb in sup­port­ing roles.

Anchorman 2:

The Leg­end Con­tin­ues

Mon­day, TG4, 9.30pm

It took nine years for a se­quel to the hi­lar­i­ous hit com­edy to emerge, but it was well worth the wait. Will Fer­rell ( be­low cen­tre) is back as news­reader Ron Bur­gundy, and he’s joined by orig­i­nal cast mem­bers Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koech­ner and Christina Ap­ple­gate, as well as new­com­ers Har­ri­son Ford, Kris­ten Wiig and James Mars­den. This time, Bur­gundy has swapped San Diego for New York, but his ca­reer is about to un­dergo nu­mer­ous twists and turns be­fore suc­cess beck­ons once again for him­self and his fear­less team of re­porters.

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