PLEAS­ANTVILLE (1998) GO!, 9.30PM, M, DRAMA

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Two ’90s kids (Tobey Maguire and Reese Wither­spoon) are mag­i­cally trans­ported to the world of their favourite ’50s TV sit­com, only to dis­cover that be­hind the fa­cade of in­no­cence is a dark and in­tol­er­ant so­ci­ety. The plot is lifted out of po­ten­tial cheesi­ness by truly stun­ning and seam­lessly in­te­grated vi­su­als that con­trast a drab mono­chrome so­ci­ety with colour­ful late-20th-cen­tury sen­si­bil­i­ties. Po­lit­i­cally heavy­handed in parts, but saved by a great en­sem­ble cast, in­clud­ing Wil­liam H. Macy as their staid ’50s dad and Jeff Daniels as the be­sieged soda foun­tain man­ager. A su­perb shot in the arm for cyn­ics. ★★★★

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