ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
James McAvoy has crossed the velvet rope of Hollywood stardom thanks to the X-Men series, but let’s not forget this decisive career move, when he pumped himself up to play a geek dragged into an all-action netherworld of shoot-outs, high-speed chases and ninja training (under an inscrutably leggy Angelina Jolie). Directed with over-the-top vim by Russian import Timur Bekmambetov and based on Mark Millar’s smart indie comic, it buzzes with adrenaline and CGI-assisted thrills. Even if it doesn’t all come together, McAvoy is a reason to view. Nice to see fellow Northamptonian Marc Warren in the noisy mix,too.
Enemy Mine ★★★★
6.50-9.00pm Movie Mix
In this entertaining fantasy, Earth dweller Dennis Quaid and reptilian alien Louis Gossett Jr star as opposing pilots in a space war. But when they crash land on a strange planet following a battle they must learn to cooperative to survive. There’s a worthy racial toleration sub text, but it doesn’t weigh things down and this remains a rattling good sci-fi yarn.
9.00-11.15pm Film Four
Liam Neeson cements his reputation as a middle-aged action hero who wakes up after an accident in Berlin to find that nobody remembers him — not even his wife. Murky indeed and you’ll want to know more.
Ocean’s Eleven ★★★★
This was originally made as vehicle for the Rat Pack in 1960, but it’s fair to say that George Clooney and his cohorts (including Brad Pitt and Matt Damon) out smooth Sinatra and co as a gang attempting the audacious robbery of Las Vegas casinos owned by Andy Garcia. Director Steven Soderbergh has served up a witty, entertaining caper that is superb entertainment from start to finish.
My Breast ★★★
9.00-11.00pm True Entertainment
A cut above the average TV movie in which Meredith Baxter stars as a New York journalist fighting a battle of two fronts: a difficult personal relationship and also being diagnosed with cancer.