Wednesday 20 November 2019

Film Highlights Tuesday

The Great Gatsby (2013)

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Sky Movies Premiere, 8.00pm

Loud and long, messy and spectacular, Baz Luhrmann's sumptuous adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald's delicately ambivalent novel is far from subtle, and gets a good deal wrong. But it does manage to convey a sense of the essence of Fitzgerald's story and Leonardo DiCaprio (above) is wonderful as the enigmatic protagonist.

It's New York in the 1920s, and Tobey Maguire plays a war veteran called Nick Carraway who enters the orbit of a mysterious millionaire called Jay Gatsby when he moves to Long Island. Nick's only friend in the area is his beautiful, dreamy cousin Daisy, and when he introduces her to Gatsby, their mutual attraction is instant.

Luhrmann's film is as visually spectacular as you'd expect, and Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke and Joel Edgerton co-star. Laughter in Paradise (1951)

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Film Four, 3.00pm

When a millionaire with a fondness for practical jokes dies, he divides his fortune between four heirs who can only inherit if they carry out a series of tasks that are certain to annoy them. Mario Zampi's charming British comedy stars Alastair Sim, and look out for a young Audrey Hepburn making her screen debut as a cigarette girl.

Young Man with a Horn (1950)

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TCM, 6.40pm

Michael Curtiz's unfortunately titled drama stars Kirk Douglas as Rick Martin, a gifted young musician whose obsession with jazz leads to fame and fortune but also unleashes all sorts of personal unpleasantness. Lauren Bacall plays his long-suffering wife.

Marley and Me (2008)

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Film Four, 6.45pm

Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson head the cast of this mushy family comedy based on a true story. When newlywed journalists John and Jenny Grogan relocate to Florida to take on new jobs, they buy a puppy who becomes a special influence on their lives.

Billy Elliot (2000)

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BBC4, 9.00pm

Stephen Daltry's heartwarming drama is set in northern England during the miner's strike, and stars a young Jamie Bell as Billy, an 11 year old from a mining background who faces the derision of his friends and family when he announces that he wants to be a ballet dancer. With Julie Walters.

The Oranges (2012)

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Sky Movies Drama, 12.30am

Julian Farino's amusing indie drama stars Catherine Keener and Hugh Laurie as David and Paige Wallings, an affluent New Jersey couple whose idyllic life is turned on its head when David begins an affair with the beautiful daughter of their next-door neighbours. With Leighton Meester, Allison Janney, Alia Shawkat and Oliver Platt.

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