BARRY NORMAN: FILM OF THE DAY
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil ★★★★
Clint Eastwood’s film, based on a bestselling book by John Berendt, tells of a real-life murder in Savannah, Georgia, a colourful town full of equally colourful inhabitants. Kevin Spacey plays the gay antiques dealer accused of the crime; Jude Law the hustler whose violent death throws everything into turmoil; and John Cusack, through whose eyes we see events unfold, the journalist covering the trial. As interesting as the crime itself are the people popping in and out of the story, among them a transvestite, a voodoo queen and a man who walks an invisible dog. The film bombed at the box office largely because critics compared it detrimentally to the book. But if you haven’t read the book it’s really pretty enjoyable.
Mission: Impossible ★★★★
Your movie – should you choose to watch it – is this hugely entertaining spy thriller, based on the 1960s TV series, in which agent Tom Cruise tries to prove he’s not gone rogue. Brian De Palma is given the kind of budget that would have made hundreds of TV episodes and he doesn’t waste a dollar in what is a dazzling, effects-laden adventure.
Kevin Fields (Michael Vartan) is smitten with new love Charlotte (Jennifer Lopez) and can’t wait to put a ring on her finger. But when he takes her home to meet mommie dearest Viola (Jane Fonda), the mother-in-law to be isn’t too impressed with her son’s intended. It’s a great mix of slapstick and vicious put-downs, with Jane clearly loving the opportunity to play it large.
A Killing in a Small Town ★★★★
9.00-11.00pm True Entertainment
The dark underbelly of small town America and the dark deeds done behind the picket fences is the subject of this fact-based crime drama that’s also known as Evidence of Love. Things turn bloody when repressed teacher Barbara Hershey tries to inject some excitement into her dull suburban life.
The Epic of Everest ★★★
This recently restored silent documentary of the ill-fated 1924 Everest ascent is an amazing historical record of the mad bravery that set Mallory and Irvine on their final journey.
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