Monday 11 December 2017

Film Highlights Monday

The Oranges (2012)

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Sky Movies Drama, 12.40am

Julian Farino's amusing indie drama stars Catherine Keener and Hugh Laurie (above) as David and Paige Wallings, an affluent New Jersey couple who live right across the street from their best friends Terry and Carol Ostroff (Oliver Platt, Allison Janney).

David and Terry go running every day, and share their innermost thoughts, and the families gather regularly for intimate dinners. David and Paige's daughter Vanessa (Alia Shawkat) still lives with them but dreams of moving to New York City.

She's not best pleased when Carol and Terry's beautiful daughter Nina (Leighton Meester) returns home after a broken relationship, because the two girls no longer get on. And the trouble really starts when Nina takes a shine to Vanessa's hapless dad. A fine cast do their best with a script that sometimes falters.

The Nutty Professor (1963)

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Film Four, 2.50pm

Jerry Lewis wrote, directed and stars in this slapstick comedy about a shy and socially awkward college professor called Julius Kelp who creates a love potion that turns him into a cocky and suave ladies' man called Buddy Love -- but only temporarily.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)

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Sky Movies Comedy, 4.05pm

When a disparate group of 60-something Brits arrive in India to start a new life at a supposedly fancy retirement hotel, they find a shabby old dump that trades on former glories and is run on a wing and a prayer by a charming but not entirely competent young man called Sonny. With Judi Dench.

Whiteout (2010)

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TG4, 9.30pm

Hack 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 discovers a series of bodies and realises that a serial killer is on the loose. With Tom Skerritt.

Amistad (1997)

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Sky Movies Drama, 10.00pm

Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins, Matthew McConaughey and Djimon Hounsou head the cast of this worthy Steven Spielberg drama based on the true story of a shipload of slaves who overcame their captors and landed in US waters, where their presence led to a legal battle that called the entire slave trade into question.

Accepted (2006)

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UTV, 11.40pm

Misfiring frat comedy starring Justin Long and Jonah Hill as the leaders of a group of misfit students who decide to set up their own college after being rejected or ejected from every university they attend. Steve Pink directs, while Blake Lively, Columbus Short and Lewis Black co-star.

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