Friday 15 December 2017

Film Highlights Tuesday

Hyde Park on Hudson (2013)

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Sky Movies Premiere, 9.45pm

Though crippled by childhood polio, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was of an amorous disposition and enjoyed a complex private life. His relationship with his wife Eleanor was more of a political partnership than a marriage, and left FDR free to vigorously pursue other interests.

This comic drama from Roger Michell is based on the letters of Margaret 'Daisy' Suckley, a distant cousin of Roosevelt's with whom he may have had an affair.

Bill Murray (above with Laura Linney) plays the President, who's busy chasing after Daisy when King George VI and his wife Queen Elizabeth come to America for a visit that proves more important than anyone could have supposed.

Hyde Park on Hudson is watchable enough, but more of a pantomime than a serious drama, and Bill Murray is badly miscast in the lead role.

The Electric Horseman (1979)

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Film4, 4.20pm

Sydney Pollack's clunkily metaphorical drama stars Robert Redford as Sonny Steele, a former rodeo star who's about to do a breakfast cereal ad with a champion horse when he balks at the indignity of it all and takes off for the open country, hotly pursued by a female reporter. With Jane Fonda.

Harper (1966)

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TCM, 6.40pm

LA private eye Lew Harper ends up uncovering a human trafficking ring after a glamorous woman hires him to look for her missing husband. Paul Newman stars in this stylish thriler inspired by the films of the 1940s. With Lauren Bacall and Janet Leigh.

Transporter 3 (2008)

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Film4, 9.00pm

In the third instalment of the brainless but watchable 'Transporter' franchise, ace driver Frank Martin (Jason Statham) is employed against his express wishes by a gang of terrorists to drive across Europe with the kidnapped daughter of a Ukranian minister.

Knocked Up (2007)

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ITV2, 10.00pm

In this clever comedy from Judd Apatow, a career-minded TV presenter (Katherine Heigl) celebrates a promotion by getting drunk, and ends up in bed with a chubby slacker she met in a bar. When she comes to she just wants to forget about the whole thing, but that may prove difficult, as she's pregnant. With Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen.

Tyrannosaur (2011)

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Channel 4, 11.10pm

In Paddy Considine's dark but impressive directorial debut, Peter Mullan plays Joseph, a bitter and heartbroken man who lives alone on a rough estate and eases his pain with gambling and alcohol. But he's forced to face his own shortcomings when he meets the deeply Christian manager of a charity shop. With Olivia Colman.

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