Finnegan On Films: A Varied Selection Of Movies To Enjoy This Week

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Our movie guy, James Finnegan, on an eclectic selection of movies on TV over the next week…

Let’s get right into the reviews with an absolute gem of a film for all ages, Inside Out (Saturday 6.35pm RTE1)

Inside eleven year old Riley’s head live a team of personal emotions – Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust – who lead her through life.  Joy is in charge initially, allowing Riley to enjoy a happy life.

However, Riley’s life undergoes a significant change when she and her parents move to a new city.  She is plunged into depression and the emotions face a crisis that threatens their world.

This is a simply glorious film, built around the premise of the Numskulls in the Beano comic, if you remember them.

With a cast of vocal talent including Amy Poehler, Richard Kind, Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan, this is a wonderfully imaginative narrative that might well help start conversations around the issue of mental health with the young ones in your life.

Kingsman: The Secret Service (Saturday 9.20pm RTE2) is a fun romp in the Spy genre with echoes of both Bond and the Avengers (Steed and Emma Peel rather than the Marvel Superheroes).

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Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (Taron Egerton) is a teenager with special talents but without a purpose in life.

He is recruited by a secret Spy organisation to help in the fight against wealthy megalomaniac Richmond Valentine (Samuel L Jackson) who has a unique concern with climate change.

Directed and Co-written by Matthew Vaughan and Jane Goldman, the film also stars Colin Firth, Mark Strong and Michael Caine.  The long delayed prequel is due for release next month.

Christine (Saturday 9.15pm TG4) is the true story of Christine Chubbuck, a news reporter who committed suicide live on air in 1974.

Rebecca Hall gives a powerful performance in the title role as the film follows her struggles, personal and professional, leading up to the tragedy.  Also starring Michael C. Hall and Tracy Letts, this is a story that has resonances of the classic Oscar winner Network.

The Beguiled (Monday 9.30pm TG4) is a remake of sorts of the 1971 Clint Eastwood film of the same name.  A wounded Civil War soldier is brought into an all-girls school.  Naturally the “rooster in the hen house” dilemma brings all sorts of emotions to the fore.

The film is directed by Sofia Coppola, who also wrote the screenplay, and stars Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning.

Two late night films based on real life events are next.

Thirteen Days (Friday 12.05am RTE1) tells the story of inside the Kennedy White House during the thirteen days of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis as seen through the eyes of Kenny O’Donnell (Kevin Costner).

A Bridge Too Far (Friday 12.40am TG4) is the story of the Allied attempts to capture the key bridges around Arnhem during World War Two that turned out to be a military disaster.

Directed by Richard Attenborough and a Screenplay by William Goldman, it stars Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins, Gene Hackman, Lawrence Olivier and everyone else.  Enjoy and stay safe.

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