ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
Amid mounting excitement for Spectre, here’s Daniel Craig’s third crack at James Bond. Skyfall proved a new high watermark for the franchise, winning two Oscars (sound editing, song), and topping the 2012 UK box office. Sam Mendes re-energised the series to make it the most successful Bond ever. There’s a hot-button cyber-terrorism plot, Javier Bardem is a memorably homoerotic villain, we’re taken back to Bond’s family pile in Scotland, and Judi Dench gets more to do. Under a serious-minded director, the result is dark, paranoid and grave, but no less thrilling for that.
Fifty Dead Men Walking ★★★
A Catholic in Northern Ireland is encourged to become an IRA mole in a tense, politically astute thriller that sees Jim Sturgess holding his own against a typically robust Ben Kingsley.
Two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks got his first nomination for acting like a big kid in this irresistible body swap comedy. He is so talented he can even play the piano with his feet.
The Descendants ★★★★
9.00-11.25pm Film Four
In a disarmingly funny and poignant turn, George Clooney is a Hawaiian lawyer re-connecting with his kids as he tries to track down his comatose wife’s lover.
Enemy of the State ★★★★
The Fugitive meets The Conversation in an exciting action adventure that sees Will Smith running for his life as he’s pursued by Jon Voight and his surveillance-savvy henchmen.
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