ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
Confessions of a Shopaholic ★★★
Not aimed at me in terms of gender, age or sentiment, this is the slick Hollywoodisation of two of Sophie Kinsella’s popular Brit-chick novels about one-woman credit crunch Becky Bloomwood, played by former Home and Away star Isla Fisher. Under the direction of another imported Aussie, PJ Hogan (Muriel’s Wedding) and co-adapted by our own Tim Firth (Calendar Girls), it recasts the English heroine as an American and fast-tracks her story straight to Manhattan. Fisher is lively and likeable enough, with Hugh Dancy in the “Darcy” role, her suave magazine editor boss. At odds with the recession era in which it was released but tweaked to fit, it has its cake and eats it, as Becky’s profligacy lands her in debt, but her love of material goods is still played as aspirational, Sex and the City-style “retail porn”.
Lay the Favorite ★★★
The house always wins, right? World-weary gambler Bruce Willis has other ideas when he takes on Vegas confident that cocktail waitress Rebecca Hall will be his lucky charm.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower ★★★
6.55-9.00pm Film Four
Shy teenager Logan Lerman is befriended by a couple of misfits in a coming of age drama that falls on the right side of the schmaltz line.
Road to Perdition ★★★★
There’s a real graphic-novel ambience to this riveting, beautifully shot drama about a hitman forced to go on the run when he falls on the wrong side of his gangland boss (Paul Newman).
Age of Heroes ★★★
This tale of wartime derring-do is given a bit of extra zip when you discover that it’s based on the real-life exploits of 007 creator Ian Fleming. James D’Arcy plays Fleming, who sets Sean Bean and Danny Dyer off on a sabotage mission in Norway.
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