ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
Keira Knightley finds what is, for me, her defining role in director Joe Wright’s elegant, stirring and well-judged adaptation of Ian McEwan’s Booker-shortlisted novel about upper-class life between the wars. Although the story, brilliantly adapted by Christopher Hampton, is told through Briony Tallis (played by Saoirse Ronan as a girl, Romola Garai as a young woman and Vanessa Redgrave as her older self – quite a trio!), it is the impact of a certain, life-changing indiscretion upon upstairs-downstairs lovers Cecilia (Knightley) and Robbie (James McAvoy) that forms the meat of the film. What is essentially a story about writing is grandly fleshed out into a proper period epic, mixing country-house melodrama with Second World War adventure. Knightley brings an uncommon depth and poise to a part that might, 60 years ago, have rightly gone to Celia Johnson. Also, when the supporting cast features Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Mays and Brenda Blethyn, you know it’s something special.
Reach for the Sky ★★★★
The sky’s the limit in this uplifting biographical drama starring Kenneth More as fighter pilot Douglas Bader, who overcame the loss of his legs to become one of WWII’s most decorated heroes.
Panic Room ★★★
9.00-11.20pm Movie Mix
Jodie Foster and a pre-Twilight Kristen Stewart discover the safe-room in their swanky home doesn’t actually provide much security, in David Fincher’s claustrophobic thriller.
TT: Closer to the Edge ★★★★
This petrolhead’s delight chronicles the reasons that drive daredevil individuals such as the personable Guy Martin as they put their lives on the line riding motorbikes around the Isle of Man.
What Richard Did ★★★★
11.15pm-1.00am Film Four
Star on the rise Jack Reynor is Richard, the guy who is cool, handsome, fun, brave, intelligent and wise. But Richard is about to be tested, to an almost biblical extent, in this fabulous Irish drama.
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