BARRY NORMAN: FILM OF THE DAY
Quantum of Solace ★★★
This is a film with an identity crisis. It’s a Bond movie, of course, with Daniel Craig as 007. But judging from the screenplay and Marc Forster’s direction, it seems to have a secret yearning to belong to a different franchise, the Bourne trilogy — which is to say that it’s largely a matter of violent, nonstop action with precious little time for dialogue, humour or character development. Fine, if that’s the kind of thing you like, but it has nothing to do with James Bond. He’s not action man; he is, or should be, too smart and sophisticated for that, but here he does a lot and says little. Mathieu Almaric is the villain, trying to corner the water supply in Bolivia, God knows why, and Olga Kurylenko provides the Bond-girl eye candy. Craig is good, the best Bond since Connery, and the action is fast and furious. But next time around, please, let’s have the old, familiar and trusty formula.
Tina: What’s Love Got to Do with It ★★★★
Angela Bassett rocks out as Tina Turner, with Laurence Fishburne showing off some moves of his own as husband and manager Ike Turner.
Home Alone ★★★★
Christmas may be over but this classic comedy starring a pint-sized Macaulay Culkin is always guaranteed to restore the festive cheer.
Playing for Time ★★★★
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Music proves to be a literal lifesaver for Vanessa Redgrave in a heart-rending Holocaust drama where she plays a Jewish cabaret singer.
Green Zone ★★★★
The Bourne team of Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass flex intellectual as well as physical muscle in this tense and politically minded Iraq-set thriller.