Tuesday 21 November 2017

Film Highlights Wednesday

Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)

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RTE One, 9.35pm This inventive and original comedy from Glenn Ficarra and John Requa stars Steve Carell as Cal Weaver, an easy-going middle-aged family man with a bad fashion sense and a pudding bowl haircut.

He thinks his life is going swimmingly until his wife of 20-something years, Emily (Julianne Moore) abruptly tells him she wants a divorce. Devastated, Cal retreats to a soulless apartment where he's visited by his bemused children on weekends. He spends most of his free time loitering in a singles bar bemoaning his fate. There, a suave young ladies' man called Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling) takes pity on the gormless Cal, and decides to take him under his wing and teach him how to score with women.

Analeigh Tipton, Emma Stone and Jonah Bobo make up the ensemble cast.

The Flintstones (1994)

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RTE Two, 12.25pm

Bizarre and regrettable attempt to adapt the classic 1960s children's animation into a live action film. Still, at least they got the casting right – John Goodman is perfect in the role of Fred Flintstone, Rick Moranis is Barney, while Elizabeth Perkins and Rosie O'Donnell play their rather severe wives.

Cellular (2004)

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Sky Movies Action, 3.15pm

Kim Basinger stars in this rather unlikely thriller as a high school biology teacher who's kidnapped by a vicious gang who appear to be blackmailing her husband. They smash her mobile phone but she manages to put it together again and makes a call for help to a random stranger.

Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)

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BBC4, 9pm

Based on a bestselling novel by Tracy Chevalier that imagined a back story to one of Johannes Vermeer's most famous paintings, this solid drama stars Colin Firth as the celebrated Dutch master, who becomes obsessed with a young maid who arrives to work in his household.

My Cousin Vinny (1992)

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3e, 10pm

Cult comedy from Jonathan Lynn about a pair of New Yorkers who get falsely accused of murdering a shop owner in Alabama, and only their cousin, an eccentric rookie lawyer called Vincent Gambini, can save them. Starring Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei.

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009)

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BBC1, 11.45pm

In this rather tortuous drama from Rebecca Miller, Robin Wright Penn plays Pippa, a saintly woman who is caught between an abusive, selfish mother and her self-absorbed older husband until she meets a man her own age and begins to dream of a different life. With Alan Arkin.

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