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Seven of the best movies to catch on TV this week for those of us unfamiliar with Out of Sight.
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Seven of the best movies to catch on TV this week for those of us unfamiliar with Out of Sight.

Selection of the week

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Andrew Haigh’s most recent film is a strong contender for the best of the year. It is a thought-provoking and emotional story about regret and finding redemption. In the film, Andrew Scott gives an exceptional performance as Adam, a reserved and homosexual screenwriter who lives alone in a high-rise building. In his quest for inspiration, Adam returns to his childhood home where he is confronted by the memories of his deceased parents (played by Claire Foy and Jamie Bell), who died in a car accident when he was only 12 years old. During his visit, Adam also meets Harry (portrayed by Paul Mescal), the only other resident in his building, and the two begin a tentative romantic relationship. These encounters help Adam break out of his shell and reflect on his past, his identity, and his present. It is a heartbreaking but ultimately optimistic story.
Wednesday 20 March, Disney+

Out of Sight

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In this exciting crime film directed by Steven Soderbergh, there is a noticeable chemistry between George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez that could almost be deemed inappropriate. Based on a novel by Elmore Leonard, the film has a well-developed plot that follows Jack, a charming bank robber portrayed by Clooney, and US marshal Karen, played by Lopez, as they meet during a prison break and struggle with their attraction to each other throughout the rest of the movie. The talented supporting actors, including Steve Zahn, Don Cheadle, and Ving Rhames, bring depth and liveliness to this humorous and seductive heist thriller.

On Saturday, March 16th at 11:35pm, tune in to BBC One.

“Crock of Gold” is a film about spending time with the musician Shane MacGowan.

The movie “Crock of Gold” follows the experiences of spending time with musician Shane MacGowan.

Shane MacGowan, photographed in 1985.

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Julien Temple’s documentary from 2020 focuses on the life of the Pogues’ frontman, who was known for his heavy drinking. The film portrays him in an unfiltered way, showcasing his journey from a poverty-stricken childhood in rural Tipperary to his difficult move to England and his discovery of a rebellious voice in the punk scene of London before transitioning to Irish folk music. While his story is not always pleasant and is often marked by a sense of wasted potential and intellect, his impact and legacy continue to be significant, even after his passing last year.

On Saturday, March 16 at 1:15am, BBC Two will air.

The Ghost Goes West

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A jolly piece of 1935 British whimsy, which satirises US acquisitiveness but also the British veneer of respectability that hides similar sentiments. Robert Donat doubles up as indebted clan chief Donald Glourie and his 18th-century ancestor, ladies’ man Murdoch, who died a coward and is doomed to roam their Scottish castle as a spirit until he can avenge an insult to his family. Jean Parker is the sprightly American whose rich father plans to buy the place and ship the whole thing to Florida – along with its spooky resident.

On Sunday, March 17 at 2:35pm, Talking Pictures TV will be airing.

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The Long Good Friday

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John Mackenzie’s legal thriller provides a captivating glimpse of London in 1980 – a metropolis in the midst of transforming from a post-war backwater to a modern, bustling hub. Yet, it also presents a gripping tale of a hidden criminal world. The revitalization of the Docklands motivates Harold (played by Bob Hoskins), an old-school gangster, to seek legitimacy through a profitable land transaction with the American mafia. However, his plans are jeopardized when his properties begin to be bombed. Hoskins portrays Harold as a confident and aggressive ruler – until his power starts to crumble.
Monday 18 March, 11.10pm, Film4

Road House

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“The 1989 cult classic featuring Patrick Swayze as a bouncer trying to clean up a dangerous town is given a fun and intense remake by director Doug Leman. Jake Gyllenhaal shines as the laid-back protagonist, Dalton, a former UFC champion who is given a final opportunity to turn his life around by working at a bar in Key West run by Frankie (Jessica Williams). Despite the lawless atmosphere, Dalton proves to be a skilled and collected employee. However, things take a turn when he clashes with thugs led by unscrupulous businessman Ben Brandt (Billy Magnussen), including the unpredictable Knox, portrayed with comedic bravado by real-life UFC fighter Conor McGregor.”

On Thursday, March 21, the Prime Video service will be available.


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This film tells the story of Shirley Chisholm, an inspiring figure who was the first Black woman to be elected to the US congress. However, instead of focusing on her 1968 victory, it highlights her remarkable 1972 campaign for the US presidency. Regina King delivers a powerful performance as the Brooklyn politician who despises the art of politics, staying focused and determined even as her bid for the Democratic nomination struggles to gain support. While it may follow a predictable narrative, it is an important chapter in Black history and, alongside the recent film Rustin, deserves to be told.
Friday 22 March, Netflix

Source: theguardian.com