BARRY NORMAN: FILM OF THE DAY
Thirteen Days ★★★★
In 1962, Nikita Khrushchev installed nuclear missiles in Cuba with hostile intent. President John F Kennedy told him to remove them. Khrushchev refused — and for 13 days the world waited in high trepidation for the Third World War to begin. Roger Donaldson’s tight little thriller tells how the crisis was averted, largely through the eyes of presidential adviser Kenny O’Donnell (Kevin Costner), actually a background figure here promoted to protagonist so that he can say things JFK (Bruce Greenwood) might have thought, but certainly didn’t articulate. The tension is not only between JFK and Khrushchev, but also between JFK and his own military high command, who were gung-ho for a fight and hoped Russia wouldn’t back down. True? Who knows, but a terrifying thought anyway.
Night at the Museum 2 ★★★
The stars line up for cameos to bring museum exhibits to life, as Ben Stiller has to save his magical pals from permanent storage in this playful sequel to the hit fantasy comedy.
Pitch Perfect ★★★
9.00-11.10pm Film Four
Anna Kendrick found herself launched on a vertical ascent to stardom after scoring a hit with this energetic comedy about a female a cappella singing troupe taking on a rival male outfit. This summer’s sequel cleaned up too and No.3 is on the way…
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.
American Psycho ★★★★
9.00-11.00pm Horror Channel
Dark, dark, dark satirical horror based on the controversial novel by Brett Easton Ellis, and starring Christian Bale as a wealthy city boy with a taste for murder.
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