ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
If, like me, you have a penchant for Australian cinema, you may have seen the intriguing Lantana, directed by Ray Lawrence. His follow-up, another contemporary drama set in New South Wales, is based on one of the Raymond Carver short stories that also comprised Robert Altman’s Short Cuts. It depicts the domestic and legal fallout after the body of an Aboriginal girl is discovered by four friends on a fishing trip. Gabriel Byrne’s marriage to Laura Linney is put under particular strain, but that’s only one element of the fallout, staged with skill and understatement by Lawrence. What a shame the director has yet to follow it up.
To Catch a Thief ★★★★
Former jewel thief Cary Grant is mightily miffed to discover that someone is using his M O in Hitch’s hugely entertaining mystery. Grace Kelly and the French Riviera compete for the eye candy award.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel ★★★★
9.00-11.25pm Film Four
Cheap luxury comes at a price for Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith when they look to spend their twilight years in India. It has all the edge of a cucumber sandwich, but also an irresistible charm.
Two Mules for Sister Sara ★★★★
Grizzled cowboy rescues Shirley MacLaine from a vicious attack and gets a surprise as director Don Sigel goes a bit caperish.
Find Me Guilty ★★★
11.00pm-1.00am True Entertainment
Vin Diesel stars as the wise guy who decides to represent himself in court in Sidney Lumet’s take on a true story.
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