ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
PREMIERE Song for Marion ★★★
If you caught Paul Andrew Williams’s unflinching debut London to Brighton — an incendiary, violent, fast-moving crime thriller — you might not have been surprised when he followed it with two horror movies, The Cottage and Cherry Tree Lane. But in 2012 he took a left-turn, with this almost unbearably sentimental tale of oldies singing in a choir that should melt the heart of anyone in possession of one. Terence Stamp is the grumpy, refusenik husband of Vanessa Redgrave, who sings in a seniors’ glee club led by effervescent Gemma Arterton. He is convinced to take her place when her terminal illness prevents her taking part and the competition-driven thaw commences. The age-inappropriate antics of OAPs provide comedic uplift against this backdrop of grim reaping. Some of the laughs are too easy (grandads doing heavy metal devil signs; a robot dance requiring medical attention), but it put Williams on the path to his first romantic comedy, the Drew Barrymore film Miss You Already.
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner ★★★★
Racial tension simmers very quietly through this well-crafted round-the-table drama with Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy as the liberal couple whose daughter is set to marry Sidney Poitier. Black pepper, anyone?
Death Becomes Her ★★★★
Plastic’s fantastic for Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn in a wickedly black comedy. Bruce Willis is the surgeon whose nip-tuck skills are outdone by a magic spell that grants eternal youth, but does nothing for the women’s bitchy personalities.
You may have missed this in cinemas: Guy Pearce blasts off into space to rescue the president’s daughter from an orbiting prison where inmates have taken control. Now, that’s what you call jailhouse rock.
Knight and Day ★★★
Just another day at the office for Tom Cruise who is dodging explosions all over the world and swapping loaded banter with blonde bombshell Cameron Diaz. And the reason for all this fiery chaos? Ah, who cares!
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