Wednesday 22 November 2017

Film Highlights Sunday

The Blind Side (2009)

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TV3, 9.30pm

Sandra Bullock (above) delivers an Oscar-winning performance in this entertaining if sometimes overly sentimental drama based on an extraordinary true story.

She is Leigh Ann Tuohy, a whirlwind of a wealthy Memphis mother and businesswoman who shocks her conservative friends when she decides to welcome a homeless black boy into her opulent suburban home.

'Big Mike' (Quinton Aaron) is a huge but gentle black teenager who's arrived at her son's school on a sports scholarship. He's known unimaginable hardship and suffering in his short life, and seems angry and withdrawn, but Leigh Ann sees the good in him, and football offers him a chance to change his life. Kathy Bates, Lily Collins, Ray McKinnon and Kim Dickens co-star, while John Lee Hancock directs. The Victors (1963) HHH

BBC2, 1.45pm

Carl Foreman wrote and directed this worthy drama that follows a platoon of American soldiers from the Sicily landings of 1942 through D-Day, the Ardennes offensive and the advance on Berlin. A fine cast includes George Peppard, Romy Schneider, Jeanne Moreau, Elke Sommer and Eli Wallach. Chalet Girl (2011)

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Channel 4, 3.50pm

Felicity Jones stars in this feeble British romantic comedy about a poor young woman who was once a champion skateboarder but is now reduced to cleaning rich Alpine skiing chalets for a living. But romance blooms when she meets a wealthy employer.

The Quantum of Solace (2008)

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UTV, 9.30pm

In his second film as Bond, Daniel Craig is on the trail of a sinister villain who has hatched a ridiculously elaborate plot to siphon off all of Bolivia's drinking water and create a monopoly. Mathieu Amalric plays the bad guy, and Gemma Arterton and Olga Kurylenko provide the glamour.

The Change-Up (2011) HH

Channel 4, 10.05pm

Crude and tasteless comedy starring Jason Bateman as a weary family man called Dave Lockwood who thinks it would be great fun to swap places with his vacuous and promiscuous friend Mitch (Ryan Reynolds). But when the two men awake to find they've traded bodies and situations, both are equally horrified. With Olivia Wilde.

Ghost Town (2008) HHHH

BBC1, 11.25pm

David Koepp's inventive romantic comedy stars Ricky Gervais as a misanthropic New York dentist called Bertram Pinkus who begins to see ghosts after a near death experience during a routine surgery, in particular one Frank Herlihy, who wants Pinkus to

save his wife from a disastrous marriage.

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