BARRY NORMAN: FILM OF THE DAY
Comfort and Joy ★★★★
Bill Forsyth’s follow-up to Local Hero is an engaging and funny take on the ice-cream wars in Glasgow. Bill Paterson is a radio disc jockey whose girlfriend (Eleanor David) walks out on him at Christmas time. In an attempt to change his life he decides to make a radio documentary and while searching for a subject chances upon two rival Italian ice-cream vendors — on the one hand young newcomer Alex Norton and on the other the older, well-established Roberto Bernardi — who are busily sabotaging each other’s vans. At other times they also do a lot of damage to Paterson’s car, while he — attracted to Bernardi’s daughter, Clare Grogan — tries to act as peacemaker. The funniest bits in the film involve Paterson and David rather than his attempts to resolve the ice-cream war. But while it’s not as inventive or comic as Forsyth’s previous films, Local Hero and Gregory’s Girl, it is still highly engaging and all the main characters are extremely watchable.
We Own the Night ★★★
Joaquin Phoenix suffers a crisis of divided loyalties when he becomes caught between the Russian criminals who own the club he manages and his brother and father (Mark Wahlberg and Robert Duvall), who are cops.
An Inspector Calls ★★★★
Mysterious police officer Alastair Sim pays a visit to a wealthy family in this adaptation of J B Priestley’s classic play – and it seems everyone has something to hide.
The Mummy ★★★
Poking around in Egyptian tombs always brings its fair share of dangers, so when adventurer Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz disturb the ancient resting place of a murderer it spells big trouble.
The aliens are coming! Thankfully they’re targeting the young and good-looking people of LA, first. It’s good, cheesy fun for those who like Cloverfield.