Sunday 25 February 2018

Film Highlights Thursday

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)


Sky Movies Drama, 9.45pm

David O Russell's sparkling comic drama was one of the best films of 2012 and featured 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 called Tiffany (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.

Cheyenne Autumn (1964)


TCM, 3.00pm

In his last western, John Ford turned his attention to the plight of Native Americans pushed off their land by settlers. When a group of Cheyenne tires of life on a barren reservation, they strike out for their ancestral lands with the US Cavalry in hot pursuit. With Richard Widmark and James Stewart.

The Producers (1968)


Film4, 5.25pm

In Mel Brooks' first and best film, Zero Mostel plays Max Bialystock, a washed-up Broadway producer who schemes with his accountant to make a fortune by creating a show so bad it will close on opening night. They concoct a musical about the Third Reich, but to their horror it turns out to be a hit.

The Grey (2011)


Sky Movies Action, 10.45pm

In Joe Carnahan's clever action thriller, Liam Neeson leads a team of oil workers who must fight for their lives when their light aircraft crashes in the frozen wastes of Alaska and they're hunted by a ravenous pack of grey wolves. With Dermot Mulroney.

J. Edgar (2011)


Sky Movies Drama, 11.50pm

Clint Eastwood's ambitious and absorbing biopic stars Leonardo DiCaprio as J Edgar Hoover, an ambitious young lawyer at the US Justice Department who revolutionised law enforcement and criminal investigation, established the FBI and became a malign and unelected power broker at the heart of Washington. With Naomi Watts.

One Good Cop (1991)


RTE One, 12.15am

This odd and dated 90s thriller stars Michael Keaton as Artie Lewis, who offers to adopt his partner's three children after she's killed in the line of duty. But as he doesn't earn enough to look after them properly, he decides to steal money from a drug-dealing mobster. Rene Russo co-stars.

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