Movie Watch I

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Movie Watch I


TODAY Kids In Love (2016) (Sky Cinema, 6.25pm) Premiere Teenager Jack (Will Poulter) is saving up for his gap year travels with best friend Tom (Jamie Blackley). They have their minds set on South America for their grand expedition - and Jack will use the break to muster the courage to tell his father Graham (Pip Torrens) that he would rather pursue photography than the law career his parents have mapped out for him. As he drifts around London, Jack encounters a shy French girl called Evelyn (Alma Jodorowsky), who lives in a bohemian townhouse commune. Jack quickly falls under Evelyn's spell and attempts to get closer to the object of his adolescent crush.

Unfortunately, she already has a privileged boyfriend, Milo (Sebastian De Souza), who reacts jealously to a potential love rival for Evelyn's affections.

Amy (2015) (More4, 9pm) With her distinctive beehive hairdo, thick eyeliner and deep, soulful voice, Amy Winehouse became a defiantly outspoken icon for a generation. Born and raised in Southgate, north London, she drew inspiration from the music of Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan and Tony Bennett, and exorcised personal demons through her songwriting, encapsulating experiences of heartache, abandonment and despair in her emotionally raw lyrics. Her death in July 2011, at the same age as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain, sparked a period of national soul-searching. Asif Kapadia's deeply moving documentary charts the turbulent life of the songbird, including contributions from many of her friends and family, and some of the people who worked with her and were touched by her fragility and candour.

Looper (2012) (BBC Two, 10.30pm) Writer-director Rian Johnson, who is behind the upcoming Star Wars Episode VIII, is on fine form with this ingeniously plotted 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 who have been sent back in time by his mob bosses. Like his fellow loopers, Joe knows his life expectancy is finite and one fateful day he will "close the loop" by gunning down his future self. Needless to say, it's crucial that loopers do not allow sentiment to cloud their judgment. So when Joe hesitates in his bloody duties and allows Future Joe (Bruce Willis) to escape, the race between hunter and hunted begins in earnest.

Jaws (1975) (ITV4, 11pm) It's now over 40 years old, but Steve Spielberg's first blockbuster has lost none of its bite. Roy Scheider heads the cast as Brody, a police chief on New England's Amity Island whose relatively idyllic existence is turned upside down when a great white shark starts snacking on the locals. The mayor is reluctant to close the beaches in case it scares offthe tourists, so with the aid of a wealthy expert (Richard Dreyfuss) and a salty fisherman (Robert Shaw), Brody heads offto find and kill the beast. As > Jaws a thriller, it's a masterpiece of direction, combining genuine thrills with three-dimensional characters, and although the shark itself is a bit of a let-down, by the time we get a good look at it we're having too much fun to care. John Williams' iconic score just adds to the tension.

TOMORROW Time Bandits (1981) (Film4, 4.45pm) Terry Gilliam's fantasy follows Kevin (Craig Warnock), an imaginative young boy who is taken on an incredible adventure after a gang of renegade dwarfs (including Kenny Baker and David Rappaport) crash into his bedroom. They have a map of all the holes in the space-time fabric - and they intend to use it to steal treasure. Along the way, they encounter famous faces from history, including Napoleon (Ian Holm), Agamemnon (Sean Connery) and Robin Hood (John Cleese, who makes the inspired decision to play the outlaw like a minor royal opening a church fete). Visually stunning, very funny and occasionally disturbing, it is a tribute to the manic talent of director Gilliam and an impressively game cast. …

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