Thursday 19 April 2018

Film Highlights Wednesday

Nowhere Boy (2009)

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Film Four, 11pm

John Lennon was a bit chippy, and in 'Nowhere Boy' we find out why.

A debut feature film from English conceptual artist Sam Taylor-Wood, 'Nowhere Boy' concentrates on a crucial year or so in Lennon's life when he discovered the complex reality behind his supposedly normal suburban upbringing, met Paul McCartney and formed a rock 'n' roll band.

Aaron Johnson does a fine job of playing the young Lennon, who at 16 is a wild, rebellious but vulnerable young man. He has been raised since the age of five by his Aunt Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas), and has formed a strong bond with her and her husband George Smith, but when Smith dies suddenly John is emotionally destabilised. And he goes off the rails altogether when he finds out his mother lives just around the corner. Assassins (1995)

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TCM, 9pm

Sylvester Stallone stars in this action thriller as a morose hitman (one hopes there aren't too many chirpy ones) who is haunted by his sins and is forced to confront a young rival when he realises they've been hired to eliminate the same target.

The Lake House (2006)

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RTE One, 9.35pm

Reunited for the first time since 'Speed' in 1994, Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves star in this mystical love story. Bullock is Kate Forster, a busy Chicago doctor who's about to reluctantly leave the beautiful suburban lake house she's been renting when she begins a correspondence with a previous tenant who appears to be writing to her from the past.

True Lies (1994)

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3e, 10pm

Overblown and vaguely unpleasant action comedy from James Cameron, starring Jamie Lee Curtis as a suburban housewife who believes her husband Harry (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a computer salesman, but finds out he's actually a spy when she's dragged into an international conspiracy. Conception (2011)

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Sky Movies Comedy, 12.55am

In Josh Stolberg's messy comedy, nine very different couples face difficulties when they decide to have children. With Jonathan Silverman, Jennifer Finnigan, Alan Tudyk, Jennifer Jostyn, Connie Britton, Sarah Hyland, Julie Bowen and Moon Bloodgoo.d

Dragonfly (2002)

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BBC1, 12.10am

Kevin Costner stars in this ill-advised psychological thriller about a Chicago doctor who is stricken with grief after his wife dies while working with the Red Cross in Colombia, and then begins seeing patterns in the sketches of children at the hospital that convince him she is trying to contact him.

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