Friday 22 September 2017

Film Highlights Thursday

The King's Speech (2010)

5 STARS

Film4, 9.00pm

Tom Hooper's Oscar-winning drama examines the 1936 abdication crisis from the point of view of Edward VII's brother, Bertie. Albert Frederick Arthur George Windsor was Edward VII's younger brother, and father of the present Queen.

Afflicted from childhood with a speech impediment, Bertie (Colin Firth, above) is chronically shy and has a dread of public engagements. But his wife, Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter) is determined to help him, and engages the services of an Australian speech therapist called Logue (Geoffrey Rush). And as the two men embark on a long and arduous treatment, the new king (Guy Pearce) has become fascinated by an American divorcee.

Handsomely made and very entertaining, The King's Speech is full of fine performances, not least from Colin Firth who's excellent as the modest, tortured Bertie.

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane (1962)

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TG4, 12.55pm

Apparently Bette Davis and Joan Crawford were not the best of friends off screen, and they used their enmity to memorable effect in this chiller about a former child star who blames her invalid sister for her fall from fame. But when the star tries to mount a comeback, nasty secrets emerge.

Where Eagles Dare (1969)

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RTE One, 1.30pm

Based on a story by Alistair McLean, 'Where Eagles Dare' pits Clint Eastwood, Richard Burton and a very pretty blonde girl against what looks like most of Hitler's western armies as they endeavour to rescue a captured general from a mountain fortress.

Kick-Ass (2010)

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RTE Two, 10.00pm

Aaron Johnson and Nicholas Cage star in this unconventional action comedy about a geeky New York teenager called Dave who becomes an internet sensation overnight when he poses as a superhero and starts confronting muggers. Matthew Vaughn directs, and Chloe-Grace Moretz, Mark Strong and Christopher Mintz-Plasse co-star.

Pretty Woman (1990)

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BBC1, 10.35pm

Prostitution never looked a more attractive career choice than it does in this idealised but very enjoyable romantic comedy from Garry Marshall that made Julia Roberts a star. She's wonderful as an effervescent LA hooker who warms the heart of Richard Gere's cynical billionaire businessman.

Aliens (1986)

5 STARS

Channel 4, 10.50pm

Ripley is discovered in deep space and is just recovering from 57 years in hypersleep when she's told that the planet where she and her colleagues discovered the aliens has been colonised, but that all contact has been recently lost. Sigourney Weaver stars.

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