ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
Muriel’s Wedding ★★★★
This hard-centred nuptial comedy drama put Australian writer/ director PJ Hogan and its two unknown stars on the world map in 1994. The film sees dumpy suburban singleton Muriel (Toni Collette) and her more outré pal Rhonda (Rachel Griffiths) chase their dreams to Sydney – in Muriel’s fantasy-fuelled case, to get wed. The course of matrimony does not run smooth and despite the feel-good energy of the Abba karaoke scene that misleadingly defines the film, it’s predominantly feel-bad. Collette cleverly conveys Muriel’s issues as she resorts to crime, fraud and self-deception,while Griffiths has to deal with an even more punishing path. The men are mostly monsters, not least Muriel’s dad (Bill Hunter). But if you can take the knocks, there’s heart here aplenty.
The Taming of the Shrew ★★★★
Sparks fly between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in this heated version of the Shakespeare play.
Gung-ho western with Richard Widmark and Donna Reed about a gunman who sets out to discover the truth about his father.
The Bourne Supremacy ★★★★
Matt Damon is Bourne again in this all-action sequel as the unsmiling amnesiac spy, wondering why everyone on earth is trying to kill him.
11.05pm-1.10am Film Four
Richard Gere is on the money as a slick hedge-fund mogul, who finds his glittering world begin to implode when a bloody error puts his fortune and his liberty on the line.