Harry Potter, Hot Fuzz and The Lincoln Lawyer – best films on TV tonight

Crack open the popcorn and gather around your TV as we choose the top films on TV tonight Wednesday 21 May


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 – 7.30pm, ITV


Fantasy adventure starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint. With Lord Voldemort once again in the ascendancy, teenage wizard Harry Potter and his friends Hermione and Ron are forced to go on the run. Armed with items given to them by headmaster Albus Dumbledore, they seek to destroy objects that contain the secret of Voldemort’s power.

Hot Fuzz – 10.50pm, ITV

Pegg stars as an over-achieving London policeman transferred to a crime-free village where all is not as it seems. What begins as a very funny, very British murder mystery eventually mutates into an ironic action spectacular that blows up half of Gloucestershire (or rather, Wells pretending to be Gloucestershire). Armed with a Who’s Who of home-grown acting talent and a surfeit of gags, Hot Fuzz also showcases the continuing comic partnership of Pegg and co-star Nick Frost. Their mismatched cops play out every buddy movie convention imaginable while discussing subjects as diverse as ice-cream “brain freeze” and the homoeroticism of action thriller Point Break. More smart than silly, this is self-confident comedy that’s proud to be British.

The Lincoln Lawyer – 9pm, Film4

Based on Michael Connelly’s LA noir novel, this crime drama stars Matthew McConaughey as Mick Haller, a handsome, hard-drinking defence attorney who works from his chauffeured Lincoln town car – the one with the NTGUILTY vanity plate. Haller happily represents the lowest kind of criminals, but when he takes on the apparently straightforward and lucrative case of a rich kid (Ryan Phillippe) accused of the attempted murder of a prostitute, he discovers that what he’s been told is anything but the truth.

This is standard crime fare with almost too many twists, turns and surprises, and it’s let down by some structural inconsistencies. However, there’s a solid supporting cast, including a long-haired William H Macy and a shamefully underused Marisa Tomei as Haller’s ex-wife, while McConaughey more than holds his own in the lead.

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