Friday 19 January 2018

Film Highlights Tuesday

Beautiful Creatures (2013)


Sky Movies Premiere, 9.45pm

Although its premise sounds suspiciously 'Twilight'-like, Richard LaGravenese's 'Beautiful Creatures' is actually a surprisingly entertaining if overlong fantasy romance.

Based on a novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, LaGravenese's film stars Alden Ehrenreich (above, with Alice Englert) as Ethan Lawson Wate, a well-read teenage resident of a narrow-minded southern Bible-belt town called Gatlin.

Ethan feels oppressed by Gatlin's banality, and dreams of travelling the world in search of adventure. But adventure comes to him in the shapely form of Lena Duchannes (Englert), a beautiful young stranger who joins his class at school.

They start to fall in love, but Lena is actually a Caster, or sorceress, and soon the couple are besieged on all sides by enemies both supernatural and human.

Ten Tall Man (1951)


Channel 4, 1.20pm

Burt Lancaster had quite a flair for comedy, as he proves in this likeable spoof action film about a sergeant in the French Foreign Legion who leads a small group of men on a daring mission to stop a tribal leader from overrunning their fort. With Jody Lawrance.

Remember the Titans (2000)


Sky Movies Action, 3.25pm

Boaz Yakin's thoughtful drama is based on a true story and stars Denzel Washington as Herman Boone, a football coach given the tricky task of managing the football team of one of Virginia's first radially integrated high schools. With Will Patton and Ryan Hurst.

Barefoot in the Park (1967)


Film4, 4.55pm

Robert Redford and Jane Fonda are the impossibly handsome newlyweds at the centre of this charming comedy based on a Neil Simon play. He's a straight-laced lawyer, she's a free spirit, and when they move to a bohemian loft in Greenwich Village their contrasting approaches to life become a problem. With Charles Boyer.

The Campaign (2012)


Sky Movies Comedy, 8.00pm

In this broad comedy from Jay Roach, Will Ferrell plays four-term congressman Cam Brady whose intemperate outburts have made him a liability, so a group of devious businessmen search for a clueless dupe to oust him in a forthcoming election. With Zach Galifianakis and Dylan McDermott.

Attack the Block (2011)


Film4, 9.00pm

Trashy, low-budget British horror in which an invading force of slimy aliens have the misfortune to land in the middle of a tough south London estate, where their attempts to subdue the locals are subverted by a resourceful gang of teenage hooligans. With Jodie Whittaker, Luke Treadaway, John Boyega, Joey Ansah and Nick Frost.

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