BARRY NORMAN: FILM OF THE DAY
Michael Clayton ★★★★
George Clooney plays the eponymous Michael Clayton, the fixer for a high-powered law firm. He cleans up the mess others make and now there’s one hell of a mess to be cleaned up because one of the firm’s partners, Tom Wilkinson, has become unhinged and is threatening to bring down the company’s biggest client, a multinational chemical company, which is being sued for toxic poisoning. Complicated enough? Ah, but there’s more. Clooney is divorced, a gambler, broke and in urgent need of money and somebody’s trying to kill him. Meanwhile, Tilda Swinton, the chemical firm’s legal counsel, has her own agenda, which is not necessarily in Clooney’s interests. This is a particularly well-crafted legal thriller, glossy and intelligent and a notable directorial debut for its writer, Tony Gilroy. The dialogue is crisp and sharp and each of Clooney, Wilkinson and Swinton gained Oscar nominations. Personally, I’d have given the thing to all three but only Swinton won, as best supporting actress.
The Hasbro game inspired this seafaring alien invasion caper. It’s big, splashy and totally bonkers, with an odd cameo from Rihanna. Just let it wash over you…
PREMIERE The East ★★★
Brit Marling really packs a punch as the former FBI agent sent to infiltrate an anarchist group in this heart pounding thriller produced by the legendary Ridley Scott.
The Blind Side ★★★★
Sandra Bullock found Oscar glory for her performance as a brassy southerner who guides an underprivileged black teenager to sporting stardom. Earnest, but not preachy.
America’s Sweethearts ★★★
9.00-11.05pm Movie Mix
Billy Crystal attempts to reunite Hollywood couple Catherine Zeta-Jones and John Cusack despite the fact that they’ve each found new love.