Friday 17 January 2020

Film Highlights Tuesday

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)

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Sky Movies Comedy, 8.00pm

Sentimental but very entertaining British comic drama starring Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith, Ronald Pickup, Penelope Wilton and Celia Imrie as a disparate group of 60-something Brits who arrive in northern India to start a new life at a retirement hotel.

All of them, for separate reasons, have decided they can't face a slow decline in a country they feel has lost all respect for the elderly. So they come to India, and the promise of a new life at the luxurious Marigold Hotel.

But the Marigold's luxury turns out to be aspirational rather than actual: it's really 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 (Dev Patel, above).

40 Guns to Apache Pass (1967)

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Channel 4, 1.20pm

When legendary Apache leader Cochise leads an uprising against the US Army, cavalry captain Bruce Coburn must escort a wagon train of settlers to safety before stopping the Apache from getting their hands on a shipment of rifles. Audie Murphy, Laraine Stephens and Mike Burns star.

Tootsie (1984)

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Sky Movies Comedy, 2.30pm

Dustin Hoffman is perfectly cast in this classic 80s comedy as a notoriously difficult New York character actor who disguises himself as a woman in order to land a lucrative part on a daytime soap opera. Jessica Lange, Teri Garr and Bill Murray co-star.

The Prince and the Pauper (1977)

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Film Four, 4.55pm

Adventure based on a story by Mark Twain and set in the court of King Henry VIII. When young Prince Edward meets a peasant boy who bears a striking resemblance to him, they decide to swap places to play a trick on his royal minders. But both their lives are threatened when the prank goes horribly wrong. With Oliver Reed.

Trouble with the Curve (2012)

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Sky Movies Drama, 10.00pm

Mawkish baseball movie directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, who plays Guy Lobel, an ornery old talent scout who discovers that his eyesight is failing and is forced to rely on the help of his estranged daughter, Mickey (Amy Adams), with whom he just doesn't get along. With John Goodman.

Idiocracy (2006)

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Film4, 11.00pm

Luke Wilson and Maya Rudolph star in this sci-fi comedy about a not very bright army private who is chosen as a guinea pig in a top secret experiment. When he wakes up 500 years later he discovers that society is so dumbed down that he's the brightest person in America. With Stephen Root.

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