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Film choice


The Duel at Silver Creek (1952) Film4, 3pm ★★★

Don Siegel’s early Western shows little of his Dirty Harry flair. The plot pivots on a gang of murderous outlaws in a small mining town, where they end up crossing the wrong man – the father of Luke Cromwell (Audie Murphy). Local marshal “Lightning” Tyrone (Stephen Mcnally) is also tracking the gang. The two take on the murderers together, while trying to resist the charms of Opal (Faith Domergue).

The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) BBC Three, 10.30pm ★★★★

Joe Talbot won Best Director at Sundance for this debut. It springs off the turbulent real-life story of its lead, newcomer Jimmie Fails, who spent his childhood ricochetin­g between homelessne­ss and squatting in the house his grandfathe­r (played here by Danny Glover) built, before the family were priced out. A yearning, lyrical gem that rewards repeat viewings.

The Two Faces of January (2014) BBC Two, 11.15pm; not NI ★★★★

The directoria­l debut of the Iranianbor­n film-maker Hossein Amini, an adaptation of the 1964 Patricia Highsmith novel of the same name. Amini delivers a taut thriller centred around a trio attempting to escape Greece after one of them is implicated in a murder. This is well worth catching for the cast alone: Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac all bring great performanc­es.

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