BARRY NORMAN: FILM OF THE DAY
The Woman in Black ★★★
10.55pm-12.45am Film Four
This is notable for being Daniel Radcliffe’s first film post Harry Potter. It’s based on Susan Hill’s ghost story and set in a foreboding, haunted house oop north where lawyer Radcliffe goes to sort out the late owner’s estate. It’s a place full of self-rocking rocking chairs, sinister mechanical dolls and things that go bump in the night. Most significantly, it’s haunted by the woman in black, whose son had been taken from her and died and who now, from beyond the grave, seeks revenge by killing other people’s children. It’s neither as subtle nor quite as spooky as the novel or the stage play, which it became, but it’s nicely done and Radcliffe, who is in practically every scene, does well.
The Golden Compass ★★★
Ambitious, yes, but equally absorbing, this fantasy adventure sees Dakota Blue Richards setting off to rescue her friend, but unwittingly becoming the key to a link to other worlds.
In Time ★★★★
It’s well worth investing a couple of hours in this Justin Timberlake thriller, set in a world where you must buy your way to a longer life.
Event Horizon ★★★
10.55pm-12.50am Movie Mix
Horror out in space, with Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Joely Richardson and Sean Pertwee adding some much needed beef to the B movie dialogue in an enjoyable slice of space splatter.
Wuthering Heights ★★★
12.45-3.25am Film Four
You can feel the elements in Andrea Arnold’s brave, stripped-down adaptation of Emily Bronte’s classic novel, a tumultuous love story set on the Yorkshire moors.
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