BARRY NORMAN: FILM OF THE DAY
Out of Sight ★★★★
In Steven Soderbergh’s sparkling adaptation of a novel by the peerless Elmore Leonard, George Clooney is the world’s most charming — and least successful — bank robber, who is captured when his getaway car won’t start. Later he escapes from prison and finds himself locked in the boot of another car (which does start) with federal marshal Jennifer Lopez. They talk, fall for each other and part, mutually obsessed, though for Lopez there’s a professional agenda — as a law lady she’s out to nail him. What ensues is a thrilling, funny crime caper with a host of sharply drawn minor characters and, as its climax, a robbery at the home of an imprisoned billionaire. Most enthralling of all is the sexual chemistry between Clooney and Lopez, which makes you wish they’d made more films together. This one established Clooney as Hollywood’s number one leading man. Sadly, however, Lopez has never since been given the chance to be as good as she is here.
Inglourious Basterds ★★★
9.00pm-12 midnight Film Four
Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar-winning homage to war movies is an enjoyable if disjointed affair, in which a hit squad plots to blow up the Nazi high command at a Paris film premiere.
Hot Fuzz ★★★★
Gleeful mix of murder mystery and action comedy in which overachieving London cop Simon Pegg is transferred to a crime-free village, where his zeal for law enforcement causes quite a stir.
Source Code ★★★★
Jake Gyllenhaal is in a time loop to find a mass murderer in a fascinating sci-fi thriller from the director of Moon.
The Midnight Meat Train ★★★
A photographer trails a serial killer in an ultra-gory and slick horror yarn for which a strong stomach will be needed.