Finnegan On Film: Comedy And Drama On The Box This Weekend

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Our movie guy, James Finnegan, says there’s a strong historical and nostalgic view to this weekend’s films…

There might be some readers who can wax nostalgically about the Flinstones, a television cartoon series about prehistoric families who lived in a world similar to our own, but with dinosaur themes and approaches.

The Croods (Saturday 6.35 RTE1) also covers the adventures of an animated prehistoric family.

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The family dynamics are familiar with Grug (Nicolas Cage), his wife Ugga (Catherine Keener), his mother in law Gran (Cloris Leachman) and teenagers Thunk (Clark Duke), Eep (Emma Stone) and Baby.

The family that slays together eats together. Otherwise they stay in a cave, because outside the cave is Danger and Grug does not like change or chance.  However, the teenagers don’t agree and want to see what is out there.

Among the new ideas are shoes, tools and “baby suns” (fire) from a stranger called Guy (Ryan Reynolds).

When their cave is destroyed, the family must head out into the unknown and learn that new is not necessarily bad, and that it is important to help and protect each other.

Ghostbusters (Saturday 9.00pm RTE2) is a remake/reboot of the popular series of films with an all female cast.

When a series of unexplained supernatural events happen in New York City, a team of experts combine to get to the bottom of the reasons.

Dr Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) and Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) are estranged friends and paranormal experts.

Dr Jillian “Holtz” Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon) has designed a number of ghost hunting gadgets and Patty Nolan (Leslie Jones) is a public transport worker whose knowledge of the City, protective equipment and the iconic hearse transport form the aptly named Ghostbusters team.

With cameo appearances from the stars of the original film such as Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Chris Hemsworth as the eye candy receptionist Kevin, this is a film that has a bad reputation as a financial flop, but will raise a great big grin on your face – I hope they show the end credits pieces.

Perhaps the film most associated with Kerry film making is Ryan’s Daughter (Saturday 9.50 TG4), filmed in various locations notably the Dingle Peninsula, Banna and South Africa.

Based on Madam Bovary, and set during the First World War, a woman married to an Irish village schoolmaster, has an affair with a British Army Officer.

When discovered, she is falsely accused of informing on local Republican activists. This prompts the villagers to inflict their own punishment on the woman.

Staring Sarah Miles, Robert Mitchim, John Mills (in an Oscar winning performance), Trevor Howard, Leo McKern and Christopher Jones, directed by David Lean, a screenplay by Robert Bolt and simply wonderful Oscar winning cinematography by Freddie Young, the stories behind the filming are almost as dramatic as the story in front of the camera. Enjoy and stay safe.

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