ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
Some hold Goldfinger to be Sean Connery’s finest Bond movie, his third in the role. This may be a coincidence or a contrivance, but Skyfall, the most recent Bond, is also Daniel Craig’s third, and far and away his best. (So far – he’s signed on for two more.) Winning two Oscars, for sound editing and Adele’s belting theme song, it became the all-time highest-grossing Bond film and topped the 2012 UK box office in the year Craig acted alongside Her Majesty for that Olympics opening gag. Now that the dust has settled, does it still stand up as a series highpoint? With a few caveats (including the London Underground stunt), I’d say yes. There’s a hot-button cyber-terrorism plot, Javier Bardem delivers a memorably homoerotic villain who blows up MI6, and we’re taken back to Bond’s family pile in Scotland. Under serious-minded director Sam Mendes, the result is dark, paranoid and grave, but no less thrilling for that. Now let’s see Craig’s fourth Bond movie.
White Oleander ★★★
Stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Robin Wright and Renée Zellweger are comprehensively put in the shade by Alison Lohman in this emotional drama about a teenager being put through the adoption-system wringer.
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective ★★★★
Jim Carrey unleashed and on his way to stardom in his breakout role, as a private investigator hunting for a missing dolphin.
Welcome to the Jungle ★★★
Dwayne Johnson stakes his claim to being the new action hero on the block in this fun, fast-paced actioner teaming up The Rock with Seann William Scott.
Ballymena lad Liam Neeson narrates this documentary about Northern Ireland speed-king family the Dunlops, including TT legend Joey and brother Robert.
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