BARRY NORMAN: FILM OF THE DAY
The Full Monty ★★★★★
9.00-10.55pm Movie Mix
A bunch of redundant Sheffield steel workers seek to make much-needed money by forming a male striptease act – like the Chippendales only more so because these guys, led by Robert Carlyle, Mark Addy and Tom Wilkinson, will go “the full Monty” and strip naked. The result is not as raunchy as you might expect (or hope?) but it’s funny, touching and thought-provoking. Much of the comedy comes from watching the team assemble and practice their dancing. The serious stuff, equally engaging, stems from the effects of redundancy on the men’s lives, marriages, sense of worth and manhood and, in Wilkinson’s case, his desperate efforts to hide his redundancy from his wife. This was one of the best British films of the 1990s.
Pride and Prejudice ★★★★
MGM may have taken some liberties with the story in this 1940 adaptation, but with Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier as leads this couldn’t really fail.
We Are What We Are ★★★★
10.55pm-1.00am Horror Channel
There’s a Mexican flavour to this spine-chiller about a family of cannibals. Pass the guacamole…
James McAvoy chews the scenery in the most enjoyable way playing a corrupt cop in an adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s gleefully brash novel.
The Big Lebowski ★★★★
If ever an actor was born to play a character called “the Dude”, it’s Jeff Bridges. He’s a treat in this loopy, one-of-a-kind comedy from the Coen brothers.
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