ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
Something of a “Europudding”, this snowbound-locomotive mystery is set aboard a train travelling from Beijing to Moscow, where American couple Woody Harrelson and Emily Mortimer meet backpackers Kate Mara (Fantastic Four) and Eduardo Noriega (The Devil’s Backbone) and find themselves plunged into danger. Directed with suitably cliché-tinged tension by Brad Anderson, it livens up when Ben Kingsley’s Russian cop hops aboard, and if you enjoyed the likes of The Cassandra Crossing and Runaway Train, there are easy thrills to be had from gunplay, subterfuge, signal failure and threat of collision.
I Know Where I’m Going! ★★★★★
Wendy Hiller and Roger Livesey make gooey eyes at each other in the stunningly photographed Hebrides in a classic from genius team Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.
9.00-11.00pm Film Four
First Freeview showing for a moody rather than scary chiller starring Jessica Chastain as a woman who finds herself playing stepmother to a pair of very creepy children. Part of FrightFest season.
Casino Royale ★★★★
Daniel Craig effortlessly makes James Bond his own as the 21st movie in the series goes back to basics, and establishes a 007 fit for the 21st Century.
The Lair of the White Worm ★★★
10.55pm-12.45am Horror Channel
An unknown Hugh Grant stars in an adaptation of a little known Bram Stoker novel given both lunatic gothic barrels by the master of this sort of thing, Ken Russell.
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