BARRY NORMAN: FILM OF THE DAY
The Firm ★★★★
Based on the novel by John Grisham this film, directed by Sydney Pollack, features Tom Cruise as a bright young Harvard law graduate seduced by money and flattery into joining a legal team known as the Firm. And a shady outfit it turns out to be, as Cruise’s wife Jeanne Tripplehorn suspects, although he does not. Until, that is, two other associates are murdered and the FBI informs Cruise that the Firm is attached to the Mob. So here’s the quandary: does he work with the FBI to bring the Firm down and risk being bumped off like the others? Or does he stay where he is and take his chances on being arrested? This is a brisk, entertaining yarn with Cruise trying to juggle the conflicting demands of the FBI, the Firm and the Mob while keeping himself and his career alive. Grisham, Cruise and Pollack are good at this kind of stuff. Fine support, too, from Gene Hackman and Ed Harris.
4.45-7.10pm Movie Mix
Panned by critics at the time, this ambitious epic about the American War of Independence from the director of Chariots of Fire is still worth a look. OK, Al Pacino’s dodgily accented dad out to save his boy might raise a smile, but never mind the Method, check out those battle scenes. Sid Owen (three years before becoming Ricky from EastEnders) plays the son.
Addams Family Values ★★★★
7.00-9.00pm Film Four
The fabulous follow-up to the 1991 big-screen debut of TV’s spookiest, kookiest family sees Gomez and Morticia (Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston) welcome baby Pubert to the Addams fold. But unfortunately for Fester, their new nanny only has eyes on his money and she’ll go to lethal lengths to get it.
Broken City ★★
PREMIERE 9.00-11.10pm Film Four
Even when it’s not perfect, a movie with Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones is worth a look – this B-grade noir is overcooked but very well dressed.
Bloody Sunday ★★★★
The raw style of director Paul Greengrass underlines the horrific loss of life when British forces tried to quash a protest march in Londonderry in 1972. James Nesbitt is the anguished heart of the film as the crusading MP who led the march.
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