ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
The Hangover ★★★★
Even fans of The Hangover trilogy have conceded its diminishing returns, despite the films grossing $1.4 billion at the worldwide box office. But the original, in which three early-middle-aged friends wake up after a fourth’s bachelor party in Vegas with no idea what happened, retains the sense of mounting alarm and bears re-watching. Swaggering Bradley Cooper, nerdy Ed Helms and slob Zach Galifianakis make a winning trio, as strippers, rohypnol, a tiger, Mike Tyson, Chinese gangsters and a quickie wedding add to the party’s sore-headed woes. You can see why men vicariously loved it. I just wish I was able to forget The Hangover Part III.
To Catch a Thief ★★★★
The impossibly glamorous pairing of Grace Kelly and Cary Grant dazzle as much as the French Riviera locations in this breezy caper from master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock. Look out for the director’s cameo as Grant jumps on a bus.
Slumdog Millionaire ★★★★
Danny Boyle’s multi-Oscar-winning fable about a Mumbai street urchin who tries his luck on a TV quiz show remains a vibrant and life-affirming experience. Boyle’s latest film, a biopic of Steve Jobs, is in cinemas on Friday.
Eyes of Laura Mars ★★★
Faye Dunaway’s photographer is cursed by a psychic link to a serial killer in this unnerving slasher yarn. Halloween’s John Carpenter co-wrote the script, which owes much to the giallo horror of Dario Argento.
Planet of the Apes ★★★
Mark Wahlberg takes the Charlton Heston role in Tim Burton’s vivid reworking of the 1967 sci-fi classic. It doesn’t really compete with the original in terms of sheer, jaw-dropping power, but the prosthetics work is in another league.
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