Sunday 17 November 2019

Film Highlights Tuesday

Blue Valentine (2010)

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TG4, 9.30pm

This ambitious drama from Derek Cianfrance starts at the bitter end of a relationship before working backwards to find out what went wrong.

Ryan Gosling (above) and Michelle Williams are Dean and Cindy, a couple with a young child who are driving each other mad. He's drinking too much, she despises his lack of ambition, and all they ever do is fight. We then drift back six years to find out how they met.

Cindy is tending to her sick grandmother at a retirement home when she first meets Dean, who's helping an old man move in. He's instantly smitten, despite the fact that she has a bullying boyfriend and a family who don't approve.

Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams are both excellent in a film that takes a rigorously unsentimental look at love.

The Black Knight (1954)

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Film Four, 2.25pm

Historically muddled British costume drama starring a rather lost-looking Alan Ladd as a humble blacksmith who adopts a secret alter ego as the Black Knight to win the hand of the Earl of Yeoniland's daughter and defeat plotters hoping to overthrow the court of King Arthur. With Harry Andrews.

The Remains of the Day (1993)

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Sky Movies Drama, 4.20pm

In this stylishly restrained Merchant/Ivory drama, Anthony Hopkins plays an emotionally repressed and scrupulously moral 1930s butler who realises too late that he missed the chance to be with the only woman he ever loved. With Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant and Christopher Reeve.

50 First Dates (2004)

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Sky Movies Comedy, 8.00pm

Adam Sandler tones down the obnoxiousness in this relatively sweet romantic comedy in which he plays a rich Hawaiian waster whose playboy existence is transformed when he meets a woman he might just be able to spend the rest of his life with. Then he finds out she suffers from chronic short term memory loss. With Drew Barrymore.

A Time to Kill (1996)

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More4, 9.00pm

In this thriller based on a John Grisham novel, Matthew McConaughey plays a young southern lawyer who sets out to defend a black factory worker accused of murdering two racist thugs who raped and murdered his daughter. A fine cast includes Sandra Bullock and Samuel L Jackson.

Kill Bill: Vol 1 (2004)

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Sky Movies Action, 10.15pm

Quentin Tarantino's revenge saga stars Uma Thurman as 'The Bride', a former assassin who's about to get married when her former lover, Bill, storms the chapel, kills everyone and leaves her for dead. But she survives and is set to find Bill and kill him.

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