Saturday 20 January 2018

Film Highlights Wednesday

The Internship (2013)

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Sky Movies Premiere, 9pm

Shawn Levy and Vince Vaughn's formulaic but just about watchable comedy is a sort of love letter to one of the hippest multi-national corporations in the world.

In fact so blatantly does 'The Internship' sing Google's praises that the internet giants might as well have paid for it as a 119-minute extended advertisement. Mr. Vaughn and Owen Wilson play Billy McMahon and Nick Campbell, two Midwestern luxury wristwatch salesmen who become redundant when their company closes down.

Cast adrift into a dire job market, Billy and Nick feel like unemployable dinosaurs until Billy persuades his friend that they should apply for an internship at Google. His plans works, but it soon becomes apparent that neither of them have a clue about computers, or the internet. With Rose Byrne. Working Girl (1988)

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More 4, 9pm

Melanie Griffith stars in this well-made romantic comedy as a clever secretary at a New York stock brokerage whose big hair and squeaky voice prove barriers to her advancement until she hatches a plan to get ahead by impersonating her absent boss.

The History Boys (2006)

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BBC4, 9pm

Fine adaptation of Alan Bennett's stage play set in the north of England in the 1980s. An ambitious headmaster is determined to break his school's record for pupils admitted to Oxford and Cambridge, and drives his most promising students hard to get accepted. With Richard Griffiths.

Dear John (2010)

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RTE One, 10.10pm

Lush and slushy Lasse Hallstrom melodrama based on a book by Nicholas Sparks and starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried as young lovers whose fledgling romance is rudely interrupted by the 9/11 attacks. And when he rejoins the army and is stationed abroad, they begin a romantic correspondence. With Richard Jenkins.

Total Recall (1990)

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UTV, 11.40pm

Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in this witty Paul Verhoeven sci-fi drama based on a short story by Philip K. Dick. Arnie is Douglas Quaid, a construction worker in the year 2084 who gets more than he bargained for when he buys a 'memory holiday' that implants recollections of a space trip in his head. With Sharon Stone.

Beginners (2011)

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Film Four, 11.35pm

Mike Mills' wistful comic drama stars Ewan McGregor as Oliver Fields, a Los Angeles graphic artist who's just fallen in love with a glamorous French woman when his 75-year-old father, Hal, announces out of the blue that he's gay.

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