BARRY NORMAN: FILM OF THE DAY
The Thief of Bagdad ★★★★★
Alexander Korda’s 73-year-old Arabian nights tale is a magical entertainment with a strong claim to being the daddy of all special effects movies. All the proper ingredients are there — the prince of Bagdad (John Justin) cruelly robbed of his rights by the evil vizier (Conrad Veidt), the boy thief (Sabu), who helps the prince escape from prison, and the beautiful princess (June Duprez), desired by both Veidt and Justin. And along with these are FX such as nobody had seen before — a magic carpet, a flying horse, a murderous doll with six arms, a jewel that is also an all-seeing eye, a giant spider that guards it and Rex Ingram as the genie in the bottle. Wonderful stuff still for children of all ages.
Troubled rock climber Sylvester Stallone takes on John Lithgow’s ruthless criminal gang in Renny Harlin’s nail-biting, vertigo-inducing mountain adventure.
The Selfish Giant ★★★
Two cash-strapped kids are drawn into the dodgy dealings of a crooked scrap dealer in a sobering “grim up north” spin on the classic Oscar Wilde story.
Little Women ★★★
4.30-6.55pm Movie Mix
Susan Sarandon plays the devoted mother of four daughters in this moving adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s novel. Winona Ryder and Kirsten Dunst are among her brood.
GI Joe: the Rise of Cobra ★★★★
9.00-11.15pm Film Four
If you like the comic-book spectacle of Transformers, look no further than this action-packed elite-soldier adventure, packed with gadgets and nano-weapons that threaten the planet.