ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
Snow White and the Huntsman ★★★
9.00-11.25pm Film Four
Cinderella, Hansel & Gretel and Snow White have all recently enjoyed modern interpretations and the industry standard for such is tween-aimed, CGI-heavy action fantasy adventure. Snow White and the Huntsman plays that card without restraint. If you liked Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and Catherine Hardwicke’s Red Riding Hood, you’ll love the way director Rupert Sanders whips this into a thudding medieval-ish epic, with no less than Twilight’s Kristen Stewart as the scowly, armour-plated Amazonian warrior version of the title character. There are eight dwarves, too, but they’re not very funny, and Chris Hemsworth channels Thor as the hunk of a huntsman sent by Charlize Theron’s pantomimically evil Queen to kill the apple-muncher. It looks great, but lacks heart, and you may yearn for the romance and fidelity of Disney’s recent live-action Cinderella.
The Quiet Man ★★★★★
12.45-3.20pm Film Four
In John Ford’s sentimental slice of old blarney, boxer John Wayne goes to the Emerald Isle in search of his roots. Sneer at your peril, you’ll be laughing and crying!
3.20-5.20pm Film Four
Long before Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet had love on the rocks, Clifton Webb, Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Wagner boarded the ill-fated liner. Spoiler alert: it sinks!
The Sweetest Thing ★★★
9.00-10.50pm Movie Mix
Chick flick meets gross-out comedy in this tale of three good-time girls (Cameron Diaz, Selma Blair and Christina Applegate) who are more than a match for any man.
TTD: Closer to the Edge ★★★★
Documentary that focuses on the men who compete in the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy races on super-powered motorbikes. High-octane, white-knuckle thrill ride and all that sort of stuff.
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