Saturday 21 April 2018

Film Highlights Sunday

The Artist (2011)

5 STARS

BBC2, 9pm

The idea that a silent, black and white movie could be released in this day and age and targeted at a mainstream audience might seem farfetched, but French filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius managed this feat quite brilliantly.

'The Artist' is an unabashed love letter to the charm and invention of the silent era, but also a remarkably entertaining comic drama in its own right. Jean Dujardin (above) is George Valentin, a dashing and rather conceited 1920s movie actor whose career hits the skids following the arrival of sound. Berenice Bejo plays a rising starlet who becomes George's guardian angel, and the cast also includes a scene-stealing Jack Russell.

It's great fun, full of wit and steeped in the lore of cinema's golden early years. John Goodman, James Cromwell and Penelope Ann Miller co-star. Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2011)

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Sky Movies Comedy, 4.40pm

Zachary Gordon reprises the role of Greg Heffley, an angst-ridden 12 year old who returns from the summer holidays, falls in love with a glamorous new classmate and is ordered by his parents to bond with his odious older brother Rodrick.

Ghostbusters (1984)

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TV3, 5.10pm

This daft but cunning comedy created by Dan Ackroyd and the late Harold Ramis came from nowhere in the mid-1980s to become far and away the biggest comedy of that decade. Ramis, Ackroyd, Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson play four brave ghostbusters who race around New York ridding it of troublesome spooks.

The Boys and Girl from County Clare (2003)

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TV3, 9pm

There's nothing good to be said about this twee comedy starring Colm Meaney and Bernard Hill as estranged brothers who lock horns when they enter a traditional music competition in Clare. Andrea Corr plays the local beauty, while Stephen Brennan and Charlotte Bradley co-star.

The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)

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Channel 4, 10.10pm

When a couple who are caring for their seriously ill teenage son move in to an old house that will be nearer to the hospital, the boy's health quickly deteriorates as he's plagued by ghostly visions and visitations. Virginia Madsen stars in this hackneyed and derivative chiller.

Sunshine (2007)

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Channel 4, 12.10am

Danny Boyle's nice-looking but flimsily plotted sci-fi drama stars Cillian Murphy as a physicist who's part of a futuristic mission to save mankind from extinction by using a huge bomb to reignite the flagging sun.

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