Sunday 18 March 2018

Film Highlight Tuesday

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)


Sky Movies Premiere, 8.00pm

David O Russell's sparkling comic drama was one of last year's best mainstream films and features a wonderful performance from Bradley Cooper (above, with Jennifer Lawrence). He plays Pat Solitano, a young man recovering from a mental breakdown and a broken marriage.

Pat lives with his parents (Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver) and is obsessed with getting back with his estranged wife. He thinks an unstable young woman (Lawrence) is going to help him, but she has problems of her own. Her husband was recently killed in a horrific car crash, she's volatile, chippy and has, as Pat rather richly tells her, "poor social skills".

When Pat asks Tiffany to deliver a love letter to his wife, she agrees, but only if he'll train with her to take part in a forthcoming ballroom dancing contest.

The Devil at 4 O'Clock (1961)


Channel 4, 12.40pm

Mervyn LeRoy's melodrama stars Spencer Tracy as a whiskey priest on a volcanic South Pacific island who's ostracised by the locals after he stumbles on a colony of leprous children. But he and three American convicts work together to save them when the volcano erupts. With Frank Sinatra.

To Rome with Love (2012)


Sky Movies Drama, 6.00pm

The Italian capital gets the Woody Allen treatment in this very likable ensemble comedy. Woody himself plays an anxious New Yorker who finds the going tough when he comes to Italy to attend his daughter's marriage. Judy Davis, Ellen Page, Greta Gerwig and Jesse Eisenberg star.

The Mummy (1999)


Sky Movies Action, 8.00pm

likable action adventure inspired by the Indiana Jones films and starring Brendan Fraser as Rick O'Connell, an American mercenary who stumbles on a map leading to buried treasure. Stephen Sommers directs, while Rache Weisz and John Hannah star.

Whiteout (2010)


Film4, 9.00pm

Thriller starring Kate Beckinsale as Carrie Stetko, a US Marshal who's just about to finish her last tour of duty at a remote Antarctic station when she realises that a serial killer is on the loose. With Tom Skerritt and Alex O'Loughlin.

Hart's War (2002)


BBC1, 12.00am

Bruce Willis stars in this prisoner-of-war drama that has echoes of Billy Wilder's Stalag 17, if not quite its depth. Willis is a lieutenant in a German PoW camp who comes up against the viciousness and racism of his fellow Americans when he's asked to defend a black pilot accused of murdering a sergeant. With Colin Farrell, Terrence Howard.

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