BARRY NORMAN: FILM OF THE DAY
A film of two strands mixing fact and fiction. Fact: in 1959 TV’s Superman George Reeves (well played by Ben Affleck) was found shot dead aged 45 at his home in Beverly Hills. Official verdict: suicide. But – here comes fiction – Reeves’s mother is unconvinced and hires a private eye (Adrien Brody) to investigate. The factual strand – told in flashback and chronicling Reeves’s unfulfilled career, his contempt for himself and the cheap as chips Superman series, whose huge popularity made it impossible for him to find other work, and his liaison with an older woman (Diane Lane), wife of thuggish MGM executive Eddie Mannix (Bob Hoskins) – is easily the better and leaves you wanting to know more. The second, hinting that Reeves might have been whacked by order of a jealous Mannix, is comparatively run of the mill and involves the redemption of Brody’s character, initially as big a failure as Reeves deemed himself. So, was it suicide or murder? Worth finding out.
Carry On – Don’t Lose Your Head ★★★★
Oo-er, missus. Kenneth Williams is ripe as French cheese playing Citizen Camembert in a typically naughty Carry On sending up the story of The Scarlet Pimpernel.
Life isn’t so as sweet-as-pie for gifted baker and put-upon wife Keri Russell in this iced gem from the late actress-turned-director Adrienne Shelly.
10.00pm-12 midnight 5★
What’s twistier – the plot of Guy Ritchie’s follow-up to Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, or Brad Pitt trying to get his tongue around an Irish accent? It’s a bit of a craic, this one.
The aliens are coming! Thankfully they’re targeting the selfie-obssessed youth of LA in a creature feature with plenty of whizz-bang effects.
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