Staying in this weekend? Sure you are. Here's our picks of the movies on the telly for this weekend.


Friday - TV3

21.00 - Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Tom Cruise is back as IMF Agent Ethan Hunt, who is framed for the bombing of the Kremlin by a twisted mastermind out to start World War III. Disavowed by the US government, Cruise and his merry band of super agents - including newcomers Paula Patton and Jeremy Renner and franchise mainstay Simon Pegg - have to fight to survive and stop nuclear armageddon. Splashy, stylish and lots of fun. Worth a watch if you've never seen it.



Saturday - Channel 4

21.00 - Carol

Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara star in this drama set in '50s America about a bored and wealthy housewife who strikes up a relationship with a timid photographer. Beautifully shot and with stunning, career-best performances from Blanchett and Mara, Carol is an exquisitely staged romantic drama that's every bit as good as you heard.



Sunday - RTE 2

14.45 - A League Of Their Own

"There's no crying in baseball!" Tom Hanks, Geena Davis and Madonna star in this cult comedy about the first professional baseball team in US history. Loaded with great comedic moments from Hanks' unhinged coach and some surprisingly emotional moments, it's a great little film for a Sunday afternoon. Make time for it.


Monday - TG4

21.05 - Once Upon A Time In America

Let's get the obvious stuff out of the way. Yes, this is a long film. It's three hours and forty-nine minutes long. But, what you get in those three hours and forty-nine minutes is one of the best crime films ever made by a director who was at the top of his powers. Sergio Leone, best known for the Spaghetti Westerns with Clint Eastwood and Eli Wallach, directs an all-star cast that includes Robert DeNiro, James Woods, Tuesday Weld, a young Jennifer Conelly and Elizabeth McGovern. It's not for the faint-hearted and yes, most people would balk at the length, but it's without doubt one of the most important films in the genre. Attempt it if you dare.