Finnegan On Films: A Selection For All Tastes On The Box

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Our movie guy, James Finnegan, says there is a good selection of movies on TV this weekend…

There is a nice variety of film styles and genres in this Saturdays’s film selection to take our mind off the sad and desperate events happening elsewhere.

Not for the first time, but perhaps the best of its type, Sing (Saturday 6.35pm RTE1) is an animal animated version of a talent show format that is a lot of fun.

Buster Moon (voiced by Matthew McConaughey) is a Koala Bear theatre owner who is under pressure from the banks.

He has one last chance – a talent show – that captures the imagination of the anthropomorphic citizens of Calatonia.  What can possibly go wrong? Well, that’s the plot.

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As in the real life versions, all the contestants are “on a journey” and are facing their own challenges.

This can be watched by all the family, with an inspiring story of fighting against the odds for the smallies, and a lot of quite delightful sight gags for the adults.

The animation is universally wonderful, and with a voice cast including Scarlett Johansson, Reese Whiterspoon, Seth McFarlane, Taron Egerton and Jennifer Hudson among other, this is well worth sitting down to watch.

The Da Vinci Code (Saturday 9.30pm RTE2) is based on the best selling Dan Brown novel.  It is a rattling good yarn, beloved by the public, hated by the critics so naturally was bound to come to the cinema screen.

Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) is a Harvard Professor of Religious Symbology and is the prime suspect in the murder of the Curator of the Louvre Museum in Paris.

With the help and assistance of Police Cryptologist Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tautou), he escapes and they team up to find the real murderer, as well as the Holy Grail by deciphering clues left by Leonardo da Vinci – as you do!

Hot on their heels is a sinister assassin monk, Opus Dei, the Illuminati and, oh yes, the Police (The law enforcement version rather than Sting’s group, but it could go either way).  If you like your Conspiracy Theories, this is right down your street.

Directed by Ron Howard and with a supporting cast, all wearing their serious faces, including Ian McKellen, Paul Bettany, Alfred Molina, Jean Reno and Jurgen Prochnow, you might need to suspend your more quizzical faculties for a few hours and just enjoy the ride.

Changing tack entirely Miss Pettigrew Lives for A Day (Saturday 11.45pm TG4) is a romantic comedy set in London just before World War Two.

A middle-aged, straitlaced Vicar’s daughter and Governess Guinevere Pettigrew (Frances McDormand) has just lost her fourth job and her employment agency will do no more for her.

She has left the office with a potential new post meant for another.  What she does not know is that American Singer Actress Delysia Lafosse (Amy Adams) is looking for a social secretary rather than a governess, especially as she is involved with three different suitors at the same time. Enjoy and stay safe.

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