BARRY NORMAN: FILM OF THE DAY
Magic Mike ★★★
This is based loosely on the experiences of the star, Channing Tatum, who at 18 was a stripper in Florida. Here he is Magic Mike, star stripper at the Xquisite Club, also in Florida. He wants to start a furniture business but has no credit rating since his earnings come from dollar bills thrust down his jockstrap by excited women. One night he meets college dropout Alex Pettyfer and takes him to the club where Pettyfer, standing in for a drunken stripper, becomes an instant sensation, jockstrap bulging with money if nothing else. But now come complications: Mike meets and falls for Pettyfer’s sister, Cody Horn, who disapproves of the way he and her brother earn their living. Meanwhile, the Xquisite’s owner, a sadly underused Matthew McConaughey, wants to move to Miami, taking Mike along as star attraction. Will he go? That’s about it as far as plot is concerned but it’s an enjoyable tale, probably of more interest to women than most men.
The Captive Heart ★★★★
Michael Redgrave stars here as a Czech patriot who assumes the identity of a dead British officer and is interned at a PoW camp. But how long can he make the deception last?
Lay the Favorite ★★★
Premiere 11.45pm-1.15am BBC1
The house always wins, right? World-weary gambler Bruce Willis has other ideas when he takes on Vegas confident that cocktail waitress Rebecca Hall will be his lucky charm.
The Quiet Man ★★★★★
In John Ford’s sentimental slice of old blarney, boxer John Wayne goes to the Emerald Isle in search of his roots. Sneer at your peril, you’ll be laughing and crying!
Julie & Julia ★★★★
9.00-11.25pm Movie Mix
Nora Ephron’s mouthwatering biographical tale stars Meryl Streep as the Delia of her day and Amy Adams as one of her disciples, cooking up a storm four decades later.
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