Tuesday 20 March 2018

Film Highlight 2209

Groundhog Day (1993)


Sky Movies Comedy, 8.00pm

When a film's title ends up becoming part of the vernacular, you know you've done something right. And from the moment Harold Ramis' 1993 comedy was released, it had the feel of an instant classic. A film worthy of comparison with the work of Frank Capra, it combines sharp humour with a supernatural element and the kind of moral lesson central to films like 'It's a Wonderful Life'.

Bill Murray (above) is Phil Connors, a cynical and self-centred TV weatherman who gets stuck in the hick town of Punxsutawney while reporting on an annual ritual involving a weather-predicting groundhog. He sneers at the locals and goes to bed, but when he wakes up and finds he's living the same day all over again, he has a metaphysical problem on his hands. Co-starring Andie McDowell and Chris Elliott.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)


Channel 4, 12.40pm

Kirk Douglas and Peter Lorre star in this Disney adventure loosely based on the classic story by Jules Verne. A sea monster causing chaos outside San Francisco turns out to be a futuristic submarine invented by a madman intent on global domination.

The Return of Frank James (1940)


TCM, 3.00pm

Interesting Fritz Lang western that takes up the story of the James brothers after the shooting of Jesse by Robert and Bob Ford. Frank James is now a law-abiding farmer, but when his brother's killers are pardoned he vows revenge, and tracks the Ford brothers down. With Henry Fonda.

Shadowlands (1993)


Sky Movies Drama, 3.45pm

Richard Attenborough directs this moving drama based on the life of CS Lewis, the Northern Irish writer who created Narnia. A shy bachelor in comfortable middle age, he falls in love with an outspoken American poet and divorcee, played by Debra Winger.

Pride and Glory (2008)


Film4, 11.35pm

Edward Norton and Colin Farrell head the cast of this crime drama about a cop who comes into conflict with his family when his investigation into the murder of four policemen begins to point towards intrigue and corruption. Jon Voight and Noah Emmerich.

Make it Happen (2008)


RTE Two, 12.35am

Daft dance movie starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Lauryn, a girl from rural Indiana who moves to Chicago with dreams of becoming a dancer. She auditions at a dance school and is dismissed as unoriginal, but when she gets a job at a burlesque club she discovers a new kind of dance. Starring Riley Smith and Tessa Thompson.

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