Thursday, 20 March 2008
We have pulled film critic Michael Doherty away from his desk and in to the studio a day earlier then normal to give you a run down of the best movies to see over Easter and the best TV to watch.
The Spiderwick Chronicles (PG)
Courtesy: Paramount Pictures
Starring: Sarah Bolger
Director: Mark Waters
Synopsis: From the beloved best-selling series of books comes "The Spiderwick Chronicles," a fantasy adventure for the child in all of us. Peculiar things start to happen the moment the Grace family (Jared, his twin brother Simon, sister Mallory and their mom) leave New York and move into the secluded old house owned by their great, great uncle Arthur Spiderwick. Unable to explain the strange disappearances and accidents that seem to be happening on a daily basis, the family blames Jared. When he, Simon and Mallory investigate what's really going on, they uncover the fantastic truth of the Spiderwick estate and of the creatures that inhabit it.
(source yahoo movies)
Love In A Time Of Cholera (15A)
Courtesy: Momentum Pictures
Starring: Javier Bardem
Director: Mike Newell
Synopsis: In the complex, magical and sensual city of Cartagea, Colombia, a man waits over fifty years for his one true love. Florentino Ariza, a poet and telegraph clerk, discovers his life's passion when he sees Fermina Daza through the window of her father's villa. Through a series of passionate letters, Florentino gradually awakens the young beauty's heart, but her father is furious when he learns of the affair, and vows to keep them apart forever. As the years go by, Fermina marries the sophisticated aristocrat Dr. Juvenal Urbino, who has brought order and medicine to Cartageaa, stemming the waves of cholera that mysteriously besiege the city. He sweeps her away to Paris for years, and when they start their lives together back in Cartageaa, she has all but forgotten her first love. But Florentino has not forgotten her. Now a wealthy ship-owner, Florentino engages in a series of affairs but still yearns for Fermina. His heart is patient, and he will wait a lifetime for the chance to be with her again. (source yahoo movies)
27 Dresses (12A)
Courtesy: 20th Century Fox
Starring: Katherine Heigl, James Marsden
Directors: Anne Fletcher
Synopsis: Jane is idealistic, romantic and completely selfless--a perennial bridesmaid whose own happy ending is nowhere in sight. But when younger sister Tess captures the heart of Jane's boss--with whom she is secretly in love--Jane begins to reexamine her "always-a-bridesmaid..." lifestyle. (source: yahoo movies)
Michael's Easter TV Pick:
Easter Sunday RTE One 9.30pm
Synopsis: RTÉ's new feature length drama, BitterSweet tells the story of Carmel, Gerry and Marie, three thirty-something friends living in Dublin. Re-united after years apart they're living in very different worlds - but old bonds are strong and they still have everything in common. With its lush visual style and confident approach to love and relationships, BitterSweet is an upbeat modern tale of Dublin life told with optimism and élan.
Carmel, played by Úna Kavanagh, appears to have it all - gorgeous husband Michael (Risteárd Cooper), four beautiful kids and a fabulous house by the sea in Malahide. But it's a fairytale built on quicksand, as she is about to discover...
Gerry, played by Catherine Walker, is sexy, sophisticated and glamorous. She knows how to wrap men around her little finger, but since the death of her husband after a tragically short marriage she has fought shy of serious romantic involvement. Instead she's thrown herself into her career and built up a hugely successful PR company. But, though she would never admit it, she's lonely in her beautiful beach house in Howth.
Newly-divorced Marie, played by Deirdre O'Kane, can't wait to pick up the threads of her old life after twenty years buried alive in a dead marriage to Leonard in darkest Surrey. But Dublin has changed since she's been away, things have moved on without her and Marie is not sure quite where she fits in any more.
So, just like most people, scratch the surface and none of these lives are quite as perfect as they seem. BitterSweet is about what happens when the cracks start to appear. It's a celebration of the power of female friendship, and shows us that sometimes water can be just as thick as blood.