FilmFour & Film Four +1 23.04.08
Astra 2D at 28.2E - 10729 V SYM:22000 FEC 5/6
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13:00 You Were Never Lovelier (Film)
Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth are paired for the second time in their careers in this knock-out musical. Astaire plays Bob Davis, a dancer on Broadway who finds himself at a loose end in Buenos Aires. He attempts to find work at a top hotel in the city only to find himself embroiled in the proprietor's marriage plans for his daughter Maria Acuna.
Director: William A. Seiter
Starring: Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Adolphe Menjou, Isobel Elsom, Leslie Brooks, Adele Mara
(Subtitles, Black and White, 1942, U, 4 Star)
14:50 A Town Like Alice (Film)
Taut World War II drama, starring Virginia McKenna and Peter Finch, reflecting the experience of the generation of Australians that fought the war against the Japanese. Jean Paget is among a group of women trapped in Malaya who are forced to walk hundreds of miles in search of food and shelter by the Japanese army. But Australian soldier Joe Harman sneaks food to them from his labour camp. After the war, Jean visits Joe in his home town of Alice Springs, but finds that her life is none too easy. Both Finch and McKenna won BAFTAs for their performances.
Director: Jack Lee
Starring: Virginia McKenna, Peter Finch, Kenji Takagi, Tran Van Khe, Jean Anderson, Marie Lohr
(Black and White, Subtitles, 1956, PG, 4 Star)
17:10 A Ticket to Tomahawk (Film)
In Richard Sale's engaging western comedy, Dan Dailey plays Johnny Behind-The-Deuces, a travelling gambler and medicine show man inveigled by sure-shot Kit Dodge Jnr to help her father's railroad win its franchise against villainous stagecoach baron Dakota. The first one to get to Tomahawk will win the transport rights, but, of course, Dakota will do anything to stop the train, which also happens to have as its passengers a troupe of showgirls who are more than happy to break into song at any opportunity.
Director: Richard Sale
Starring: Dan Dailey, Anne Baxter, Rory Calhoun, Walter Brennan, Charles Kemper, Connie Gilchrist
(Subtitles, 1950, U, 3 Star)
18:55 Star Trek: Nemesis (Film)
Stuart Baird's film is the tenth and final Star Trek feature film to date. Captain Jean-Luc Picard and his crew are sent to the planet Romulus, where a new leader, Shinzon, wishes to make peace with the Federation. But on arriving at the planet, Picard discovers Shinzon's plan is to destroy the Enterprise with his powerful craft the Scimitar and then advance on a defenceless Earth. Picard must use all his cunning to outwit his adversary but faces an obstacle: Shizon is a younger clone of himself and can anticipate all of Picard's tactics...
Director: Stuart Baird
Starring: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis
(Subtitles, 2002, 12, 3 Star)
21:00 Fantastic Four (Film)
Tim Story's action fantasy stars Ioan Gruffudd, Michael Chiklis, Jessica Alba and Chris Evans as Reed Richards, Ben Grimm, Sue Storm and Johnny Storm, four astronauts sent out to investigate a cosmic radiation storm. Caught by the storm's effects before they can erect safety shields, each of them finds their bodies changed to superhuman effect - Richards becomes the super-elastic Mr Fantastic, Grimm - the super strong Thing, Sue - Invisible Woman, and Johnny - Human Torch. At first revelling in their powers to prevent death and disasters, they find themselves drawn into battle with Victor von Doom. Once the sponsor for their experiments and space exploration, thanks to exposure to the same storm, he is now transformed into Dr Doom, a metallic creature who can manipulate electricity and wants to use his power to destroy the Fantastic Four and rule the world.
Director: Tim Story
Starring: Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Evan Christopher, Michael Chiklis, Julian McMahon, Hamish Linklater
(Widescreen, Subtitles, 2005, PG, 3 Star)
23:00 Jason X (Film)
In the 25th century, a group of archaeologists discover two cryogenically frozen figures on a desolate Earth. One is scientist Rowan and the other is Jason Voorhees, aka Jason from Friday the 13th. And when the bodies are revived on the scientists' spaceship, Rowan has to convince an unbelieving crew that they've also revived a serial killer with almost supernatural powers. Jim Isaac's continuation of the franchise, the tenth film featuring Jason, rises above some of the dire sequels with witty dialogue, some inventive deaths and Lisa Ryder as an android with attitude.
Director: James Isaac
Starring: Kane Hodder, Lexa Doig, Chuck Campbell, Lisa Ryder, Peter Mensah, Melyssa Ade
(Widescreen, Subtitles, 2001, 18, 2 Star)
00:45 Last Night (Film)
With six hours left before the end of the world, for the inhabitants of Toronto final choices include holding family dinners, trying out that ***ual fantasy for real, finishing off that final piece of work or just trying to get to a loved one when a taxi can't be had for love nor money. Don McKellar's directorial debut stars Sandra Oh, Callum Keith Rennie and David Cronenberg.
Director: Don McKellar
Starring: Don McKellar, Sandra Oh, Roberta Maxwell, Robin Gammell
(Widescreen, Subtitles, 1998, 15, 4 Star)
02:30 Courtesans of Bombay (Film)
Merchant/Ivory's documentary is a unique, fascinating insight into a previously unseen world. In then-Bombay, young women aspiring for Bollywood fame perform in what are literally public auditions in a compound where the watching public, if impressed, leave a small donation. But there is a darker side, as one of the guides explains, as night falls and the world's oldest profession takes over...
Director: Ismail Merchant
Starring: Saeed Jaffrey, Zohra Sehgal, Kareem Samar
(1983, PG, 3 Star)