BARRY NORMAN: FILM OF THE DAY
The Sixth Sense ★★★★★
Bruce Willis plays a child psychologist who has lost confidence after a disgruntled ex-patient shot him before committing suicide. Several months later, he hopes to make amends with a similar patient, nine-year-old Haley Joel Osment. Osment, however, is unusual. As he tells Willis: “I see dead people” and we see them, too. Pretty creepy they are at times. What’s more Osment can see death before it happens. No wonder his concerned mum (Toni Collette) sent him to the shrink in the first place. Meanwhile, Willis, too, has problems. Since the shooting his wife (Olivia Williams) has been strangely distant. When they’re together she ignores him; when they’re not he fears she’s starting an affair. An intriguing tale this, written and directed by M Night Shyamalan – more offbeat ghost story, complete with nerve-jangling moments, than horror movie. Also there’s a cunning twist, which might surprise you, as it did me. Smart alecks say they could see it coming but I don’t believe them.
Cemetery Junction ★★★
The comedy team of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant mine their youth for this comedy drama about three friends going nowhere fast in 1970s Reading.
4.00-6.00pm Horror Channel
Tim Burton goes dark and gothic in this take on the caped crusader that also sees a remarkably effective Michael Keaton donning the famous costume to do battle against Jack Nicholson’s Joker.
Friends with Benefits ★★★
9.00-11.10pm Film Four
Good-looking duo Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis play the pals who embark on a sex-only relationship – only for that ol’ devil called love to mess up their arrangements.
The Faculty ★★★
Ever think your teachers at school were a bit odd? So do Elijah Wood and Josh Hartnett. But maybe that’s because theirs have been replaced with evil alien doubles.
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