ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
The Place beyond the Pines ★★★★
I hope you are able to see this melodrama from Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) without knowing too much in advance how it plays out. The trailer – which reveals the brooding Ryan Gosling as a stunt motorcycle rider and father of Eva Mendes’s baby son, and chiselled Bradley Cooper as a cop who confounds a bank heist – seems to give a lot away. But that’s only the half of it. With its diners, carnivals, trailers, auto shops and First National banks, the film presents almost a caricature of small-town America. But this is a sincere indie drama with a high-class cast, and one that isn’t afraid of having a character stop at a crossroads on his motorbike when he’s at a crossroads in his life. Neither is it afraid of embracing big themes like fatherhood, honour and the American Dream. All this and a superb score that combines Mike Patton (from rock band Faith No More), Bruce Springsteen and classical composer Arvo Part. A moody treat.
Fast Girls ★★★
Members of a female sprint relay team not only have to overcome their opponents but personal rivalries, too. Being Human’s Lenora Crichlow and Downton’s Lily James are the girls on either side of the class divide.
Casino Royale ★★★★
Daniel Craig effortlessly makes James Bond his own as the 21st movie in the series goes back to basics, and establishes a 007 fit for the 21st Century.
Edward Scissorhands ★★★★★
In the first of eight collaborations Johnny Depp and director Tim Burton take a literally scathing swipe at life in suburbia, as Depp’s everyboy shreds everything he touches.
They are the mods. They are the mods. They are, they are, they are the mods. Phil Daniels is ace as the wannabe face in this vibrant take on The Who’s rock opera.