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Saturday 12 July 2014

Film Highlights Monday

Published 14/09/2013|04:00

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Pitch Perfect (2012)

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Sky Movies Premiere, 8.00pm

A college comedy directed by Jason Moore and co-produced by Elizabeth Banks, who also appears in a minor role, 'Pitch Perfect' feels a bit like an unholy marriage between 'Bridesmaids' and 'Glee.' It doesn't get everything right but is very funny at times, and Anna Kendrick is excellent in the lead role.

She plays Beca Mitchell, a misanthropic young woman who's been forced to enrol at Barden University by her father, who lectures there, but would rather run away to make music in LA. At a loose end, she enrols in the Bellas, an all-female a capella group whose overbearing leader Aubrey (Anna Camp) has ambitions to win the national college finals. Beca makes friends and falls in love, as the Bellas hone their ropey act for competition.

With Rebel Wilson, Skylar Astin, Ben Platt, Alexis Knapp and Brittany Snow.

Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)

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Channel 4, 1.05pm

John Wayne is on top form in this stirring war film, playing Marine Sergeant John Stryker, an angry man and a stern taskmaster who's hated by his men until they land on Iwo Jima to take part in the battle for the island and they realise he's an inspired leader. With Forrest Tucker and Adela Mara.

Black Narcissus (1947)

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Film4, 3.10pm

In Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's spectacular tearjerker, a community of Anglican nuns in a remote monastery in the high Himalayas is rocked by a young sister's sexual obsession with a local landowner. With Deborah Kerr and Flora Robson.

Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution (2007)

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TG4, 9.30pm

A British comedy with a great plot that goes nowhere, Bille Eltringham's film is based on a true story and stars Catherine Tate and Iain Glen as the Ratcliffes, an idealistic left-wing 1960s couple who move from Yorkshire to East Germany with their children but soon realise they've made a big mistake.

I, Robot (2004)

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Sky1, 10.00pm

Glossy science-fiction drama based on the stories of Issac Asimov. In Chicago, in the year 2035, humanoid computers have taken over most menial jobs. They're supposed to be ultra-reliable and compliant, but when a noted robotics scientist is found dead, homicide detective Del Spooner (Will Smith) suspects a robot was behind it.

Confetti (2006)

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BBC1, 11.35pm

Jimmy Carr and Martin Freeman head the cast of this giddy British mockumentary about a bridal magazine owner who offers a new house to the couple who host the most original themed wedding. With Stephen Mangan, Olivia Colman and Robert Webb.

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