ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
Having terrorised the planet with alien invasion in Independence Day, and an ice age in The Day after Tomorrow, writer/director Roland Emmerich turned to the cataclysmic predictions of the Mayan calendar to give Earth another pounding. Best to let the science bit wash over you — solar flare, neutrinos, stuff getting really hot — and enjoy the ride, as world leaders gather to enact a lottery-based planetary exodus and individuals play out their own stories in classic disaster-movie style. John Cusack’s limo driver, ex-wife Amanda Peet and her plastic-surgeon boyfriend Tom McCarthy have kids to protect from the coming apocalypse and their flight takes them from an LA soon to be sucked into the bowels of the Earth to Yellowstone Park, where conspiracy theorist Woody Harrelson awaits doom with a told-you-so smugness. It’s big, loud, overstated and thoroughly entertaining, with box-ticking pets in peril and the audacity to work Poseidon Adventure-style aquatic peril into a terrestrial catastrophe.
The Quiller Memorandum ★★★★
George Segal is rooting out neo-Nazis in postwar Berlin with Alec Guinness overseeing for British intelligence. Words by Harold Pinter.
The Inbetweeners 2 ★★★
Four go mad Down Under in the comedy sequel that sees the world’s uncoolest quartet take on the “we’re travellers, not tourists” crowd.
Single White Female ★★★★
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Bridget Fonda finds that imitation is not a form of flattery when Jennifer Jason Leigh moves in and takes over her life. Handbags (and high-heels) at dawn.
Or, The Poseidon Adventure in a tunnel. In New York. Sly Stallone leads a ragtag group of, er, motorists to freedom before the Hudson River can engulf them all.
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