ANDREW COLLINS:FILM OF THE DAY
When James Cameron’s $2 billion-grossing (and counting) sci-fi eco-epic was released, it seemed to justify the hype around 3D. But at its root Avatar is an old-fashioned good-versus-evil struggle, in which a benign native population (the slender, blue-skinned Na’vi) find their Edenic paradise Pandora threatened by a militaristic invader (humans mining for minerals). And it works just as well in 2D. Sam Worthington is the paraplegic marine who uses a Na’vi avatar to go undercover and gain the locals’ trust, complicating his corporate paymasters’ exploitative masterplan in the process. The views are stunning, the action emotionally charged, but I still prefer Cameron’s Titanic, if that’s not heretical to say.
5.20-9.00pm Film Four
Do you want ice with that? Kate Winslet melts Leonardo DiCaprio’s heart as disaster looms in James Cameron’s all-conquering romance. On release, it quickly became the highest-grossing movie of all time – and remained so until Avatar overtook it.
Miss Potter ★★★
Renée Zellweger plays Peter Rabbit author Beatrix Potter and gets her own Mr McGregor (that’s Ewan) into the bargain in this charming period drama that sees Potter stand up against property developers in her beloved Lake District.
12.45-2.35am Movie Mix
Guests have been dying at remote hotels since Agatha Christie first picked up a pen, but this whodunnit is witty, well staged and features a classy ensemble of suspects, including John Cusack, Ray Liotta and Amanda Peet.
The Notorious Bettie Page ★★★
Ambitious God-fearing Bettie left behind a violent upbringing in Nashville and became a 1950’s pin-up icon in New York. As Page, Gretchen Mol carries the movie in all states of dress.