BARRY NORMAN: FILM OF THE DAY
Now, Voyager ★★★★★
A grand old romantic weepie with Bette Davis’s classic line, “Oh, Jerry, don’t let’s ask for the moon. We have the stars”, and a classic bit of action when Paul Henreid lights a cigarette and hands it to her. Davis is the ugly duckling daughter, dominated by her mother Gladys Cooper, who, with the help of psychiatrist Claude Rains, transforms into a swan and finds romance with unhappily married Henreid aboard a cruise ship. It’s what is known sometimes jeeringly as a “woman’s picture” that aims straight for the emotions and is best enjoyed with a glass of something, some chocolates and a handful of tissues. But that’s really too patronising because it’s very well made and won Davis an Oscar.
Robin Hood ★★★★
6.45-9.00pm Movie Mix
Patrick Bergin as the outlaw of Sherwood Forest, in a film unfairly overlooked because it came out at roughly the same time as Kevin Costner’s Robin Hood.
The Other Guys ★★★
Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg make an unlikely but effective comedy partnership as downtrodden desk cops who want a piece of the action.
One of Sylvester Stallone’s better action roles sees him play a disillusioned killer who finds himself top of rival Antonio Banderas’s hit list. Julianne Moore prevents things from getting too macho.
The Arrival ★★★
9.00-11.20pm Horror Channel
Climate change turns out to be the result of aliens preparing the Earth for invasion in this effective sci-fi drama starring Charlie Sheen as an astronomer sounding the alarm that no one but him can hear.
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