Saturday 24 February 2018

Film Highlight Wednesday

Flight (2012)

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Sky Movies Premiere, 8.00pm

After a long sojourn in the strange world of motion capture filmmaking, Robert Zemeckis returned to live action last year with this entertaining if overlong psychological drama that stars Denzel Washington (above) as an airline pilot with a secret problem.

William 'Whip' Whitaker is a skilled and experienced pilot, and becomes a hero when he successfully crash-lands a malfunctioning plane and saves 102 lives. But when a blood sample taken at the crash site reveals that Whip was drunk while flying, we find out that he's a hopeless alcoholic who hasn't flown sober in years.

Washington is excellent as the morally compromised captain, and the actual plane crash is handled unforgettably, but Flight gets bogged down a little when Whip Whitaker starts baring his soul at AA meetings. Don Cheadle and John Goodman co-star.

Bugles in the Afternoon (1952)

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Channel 4, 1.30pm

Ray Milland stars in this western as Kern Shafter, a cavalry officer reduced to the ranks after a punch-up with a rival officer. Years later he comes across his enemy again in the Dakota badlands on the eve of the Battle of Little Big Horn. With Helena Carter and Forrest Tucker.

The Adventures of Tintin: the secret of the unicorn (2011)

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Sky Movies Action, 3.15pm

In Steven Spielberg's impressive 3D motion capture, Tintin teams up with a drunken ship's captain to track down the whereabouts of a sunken treasure ship. With Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis and Daniel Craig.

Dreamgirls (2006)

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Film4, 6.25pm

Fine musical drama based on the history of the Supremes and Motown Records. Jamie Foxx plays a ruthless record producer who thinks he's struck gold when he finds three young female singers. Bill Condon directs, and Beyonce Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Hudson and Danny Glover co-star.

Bandslam (2009)

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E4, 8.00pm

Likeable musical comedy starring Gaelan Connell as a lonely teenager called Will who moves to a new school in New Jersey and makes friends with a former cheerleader called Charlotte, who asks him to help her and her band win a forthcoming bandslam competition. With Vanessa Hudgens, Aly Michalka.

Arthur (2011)

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RTE One, 9.35pm

In this feeble remake of the 1981 Dudley Moore comedy, Russell Brand plays Arthur Bach, the spoilt and lonely layabout heir to a multimillion dollar business empire who's roused from his self-indulgent torpor when he falls in love with a penniless girl from Queens. With Helen Mirren.

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