ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
Premiere 10.00-11.45pm BBC4
A depressed quadriplegic millionaire is paired with a Senegalese carer from the projects in this breakout French hit based on a true story. François Cluzet (Tell No One) and a César-winning Omar Sy (since cast in X-Men: Days of Future Past) bring humanity to broadly brushstroked characters, who each learn lessons from the other in traditional Hollywood style. The paralysed rich man (played with consummate dedication by Cluzet) rediscovers how to live, while the poor man from the wrong side of the tracks opens up to art and opera. This parable-like structure provided the film with its internationally marketable feel-good factor. Amid the friction of multicultural modern France, co-directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano make the optimistic prediction that the upper classes can learn to rub along with immigrants. You must decide for yourself if Sy getting down to Earth, Wind & Fire while his boss’s white staff – who, naturally, have no rhythm – marvel at his abilities, is a winning showcase for an African performer or a facile stereotype.
Step Up 4: Miami Heat ★★★
Premiere 2.25-4.30pm C4
Here’s a movie where the Mob are the good guys. They’re a dance crew in Miami who put their moves to good use when a property developer threatens to tear down their local community. Sounds daft, but it looks great.
A Bug’s Life ★★★★
This terrific animated adventure sees a misfit ant recruit a group of outcasts from a flea circus to help ward off some brutal grasshoppers that are pillaging from his community. It’s a Pixar production, so it has plenty of heart as well as laughs.
Burke & Hare ★★★
Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis tickle the funny-bone as the notorious 19th-century grave-robbers. Ronnie Corbett, Bill Bailey and Paul Whitehouse also pop up, unnervingly.
Star Trek ★★★★
The crew of the Enterprise boldly goes back to the very beginning, with director JJ Abrams at the helm. The late Leonard Nimoy reprising his role as an older incarnation of Spock is just one of the nice touches.
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