ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
The Inbetweeners Movie ★★★
This jolly-boys’ outing to Cretan party resort Malia has lost none of its topicality since breaking UK box-office records in the summer of 2011. The now-familiar hormonal antics of nerdy Will (Simon Bird), sweet-natured Simon (Joe Thomas), dim-witted Neil (Blake Harrison) and self-mythologising Jay (James Buckley) involve various indignities and gross-out moments, and all holiday nightmare boxes are ticked: grim hotel, empty disco, skinny-dipping humiliation. It’s one long cringe in the sun. Extending a formula that zinged in half-hour doses, the movie holds its own in long form thanks to our existing affection for the luckless quartet and the strong casting of the girls they pursue: Lydia Rose Bewley, Tamla Kari, Laura Haddock and Jessica Knappett. There’s not enough of Greg Davies’s sixth-form head Mr Gilbert, but stay tuned till the end of the credits.
The Curse of Frankenstein ★★★★
Peter Cushing attempts to make the “perfect human” from various offcuts and a damaged brain in the 1957 film that kick-started the Hammer horror boom. Christopher Lee lumbers magnificently as the creature.
The Bad Lieutenant – Port of Call: New Orleans ★★★★
Nicolas Cage is on top form as a drug-addled cop who gives the bad guys a run for their money when it comes to criminal behaviour.
The Exorcism of Emily Rose ★★★
Loosely based in an actual German case, this unusually intelligent horror film centres on a priest (Tom Wilkinson) charged with negligent homicide and a girl who was either mentally ill… or possessed.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo ★★★★
12.25-3.35am Film Four
The Hollywood remake was surprisingly effective, but this original Swedish take on Stieg Larson’s chilling mystery has more darkness in its soul.
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