Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Top Films of the Week

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Top Films of the Week

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SONG FOR MARION (Tonight, BBC2, 9.45pm) ELIZABETH (Gemma Arterton) is the volunteer conductor of a group of fun-loving pensioners who perform under the name of the OAPZ. Marion (Vanessa Redgrave), one of the most popular members of the choir, is battling terminal illness with the help of her cranky husband Arthur (Terence Stamp), who would prefer his wife to give up singing so she can concentrate on getting better. The OAPZ are preparing for a competition and Marion is earmarked for a rousing solo. Alas, when she can no longer trill through the pain, Arthur begrudgingly takes his wife's place.

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Gemma Arterton and Terence Stamp LOOPER (Tomorrow, BBC2, 9pm) WRITER-DIRECTOR Rian Johnson, who has been signed up to make Star Wars Episode VIII, is on fine form with a thriller that exploits the gaping plot holes afforded by time travel. It stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt) as Joe, an assassin or 'looper', whose raison d'etre is to gun down hooded targets that have been sent back in time by his mob bosses. Joe knows his life expectancy is finite and one day he will "close the loop" by gunning down his future self (played by Bruce Willis).

|In the loop... Joseph Gordon-Levitt THE HANGOVER (Monday, ITV, 9pm) FOUR mates head off to Las Vegas for a wild time before one of them gets married. However, one minute they're having drinks on a roof of a hotel and the next, it's morning and they're recovering from the night before. No ordinary hangover this: the groom has gone missing, there's a tiger in the bathroom and a baby on the doorstep, and none of the three remaining mates can remember a thing. So, they set out to piece together the events of the night before.

What happens |in Vegas... Bradley Cooper in The Hangover THE HURT LOCKER (Tuesday, Film4, 11.15pm) THIS is a master class in sustained tension as a three-strong bomb disposal squad attached to the US Army risks life and severed limb to defuse roadside IEDs (improvised explosive devices). Staff Sergeant William James (Jeremy Renner) is the new-boy of Bravo Company, taking charge of sergeant JT Sanborn (Anthony Mackie) and specialist Owen Eldridge (Brian Geraghty) in Baghdad, but his gung-ho approach creates friction with his subordinates. …

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