Wednesday 21 February 2018

Film Highlights Tuesday

Coraline (2009)

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RTE Two, 12.30pm

Based on an acclaimed children's story by Neil Gaiman, and created and realised by animator Henry Selick, 'Coraline' is a daring, dark and utterly enchanting little film that creates and sustains its own unique, unsettling world.

Coraline (voiced by Dakota Fanning) is the only child of permanently busy parents who moves with them to an apartment in a strange old building in Oregon. When Coraline stumbles across a secret passageway in the bowels of the old house, it leads her to a seemingly perfect alternate version of her life. She wants to stay there until she discovers that behind the glittering façade lurks darkness, and a potentially deadly trap.

A painstaking exercise in stop-motion animation, Coraline is a beautifully designed and realised film, with all the dark power of an ancient fairytale.

Tron Legacy (2010)

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RTE One, 3.35pm

This tardy sequel to 1982's 'Tron' stars Garret Hedlund as Sam Flynn, a young tearaway whose computer whiz father Kevin disappeared without a trace 20 years ago. When Sam goes to an old arcade he's transported to a virtual world, where he joins the battle against a dictator. With Jeff Bridges.

How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

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BBC1, 4.00pm

Likeable Dreamworks animation set in a small Viking town that's beset by constant dragon attacks. When an ostracised young boy, Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), shoots down a dragon, he finds he cannot kill the creature and forms a secret bond with it.

Mamma Mia! (2008)

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UTV, 8.00pm

Big screen version of the musical based on the songs of ABBA starring Meryl Streep as a former hippie who runs a hotel on a Greek island with her daughter, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried). On the eve of her wedding, Sophie invites three of her mother's old boyfriends to find out which one is her dad.

Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

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BBC4, 8.00pm

Classic Ealing Studios black comedy starring Dennis Price as the son of a noble woman who was ostracised by the D'Ascoyne family after she ran off with an Italian singer. After her death he plots to succeed to the family money, but in his way stand eight extant D'Ascoynes -- all played by Alec Guinness. With Joan Greenwood.

Hot Fuzz (2007)

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ITV2, 9.00pm

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost make a very funny double act in this comedy about a London policeman who's so conscientious in his duties that his irritated colleagues conspire to get him transferred to a sleepy village where he soon unearths plenty of trouble.

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