Film Four & Film Four +1 29-01-09

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Johnny Come Lately (PG) 1943 A travelling journalist turns up in a small town riddled with political corruption, and agrees to help the elderly editor of the local newspaper to expose the crooks behind it. All of his investigations lead nowhere, until a wealthy widow with a shady past reveals the secret behind a phoney orphans' fund. Crime drama, starring James Cagney, Grace George and Marjorie Main (888)

Malta Story (U) 1953 Drama paying tribute to the defenders and the people of the besieged isle of Malta during World War Two, focusing on the crucial role played by a reconnaissance pilot in the island's defence. Starring Alec Guinness, Anthony Steel, Jack Hawkins, Muriel Pavlow and Flora Robson (888)

The Last Command (PG) 1955 Legendary adventurer Jim Bowie returns to Texas during the 1830s and tries to quell the simmering antagonism of the white settlers against the Mexican government. But as the Mexican army's aggression intensifies, he is forced to take up arms and join the famous battle at the Alamo. Western, starring Sterling Hayden, with Anna Maria Alberghetti and Richard Carlson (888)

Simply Irresistible (PG) 1999 A beautiful girl inherits her mother's failing restaurant, if not her culinary talents, but with the help of a magic crab, she turns the business's fortunes around and wins the heart of a department store executive who's trying to resist her charms. Romantic comedy, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Sean Patrick Flanery and Patricia Clarkson

Men of Honor (15) 2000 A US Navy recruit resolves to beat racism and become the force's first black diver. However, his superior officers are determined to see him fail, and when he loses a leg, his goal seems impossible until he receives help from an unexpected source. Fact-based drama, starring Cuba Gooding Jr, Robert De Niro, Charlize Theron and Hal Holbrook (888)

Rita, Sue and Bob Too (18) 1987 A bored married man decides the only way to get around his wife's indifferent attitude to sex is to have a fling with the teenage girls who babysit for them. However, it proves to be a risky manoeuvre, and his other half soon gets wind of the trio's saucy liaisons through local gossip. Stark social comedy, starring Siobhan Finneran, Michelle Holmes, George Costigan, Lesley Sharp and Willie Ross (888)

The Puffy Chair (15) 2004 A would-be rock star who abandoned his small town roots to seek fame and fortune in New York with little success returns home for his father's birthday. Having found the perfect present, he sets out on an eventful journey across America to deliver it, with his demanding girlfriend and laidback brother along for the ride. Comic road movie, starring Mark Duplass and Kathryn Aselton

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