ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
PREMIERE The Family ★★
A French-American co-production directed by the mercurial Luc Besson, The Family transports a mafia household to rural Normandy after dad Robert De Niro rats on a rival. Their adjustment to life in a quiet, idyllic backwater forms the meat of the uneven comedy and De Niro does his usual, self-parodic schtick. I winced when his violent mob boss character attends a local screening of GoodFellas (is nothing sacred to this man?), but there is pleasure to be had in seeing Michelle Pfeiffer shine as his wife, not above a bit of extortion herself. She’s the only name actor working hard here (Tommy Lee Jones phones in his FBI handler), but it’s worth a look just for her. Oh, and the gorgeous scenery.
Tom Hiddleston is on a not-so jolly holiday with his family in Joanna Hogg’s probing study of the repressed middle classes. Don’t expect too many Kodak moments.
Great Expectations ★★★★★
Still the greatest film adaptation of a Dickens novel? Quite possibly. David Lean’s atmospheric Oscar-winner stars John Mills as orphan Pip, and a young Alec Guinness.
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves ★★★★
Kevin Costner’s Robin may be the star, but devious Sheriff of Nottingham Alan Rickman bags the best lines in this rousing adventure.
Casino Royale ★★★★
Daniel Craig effortlessly makes James Bond his own as the 21st movie in the series goes back to basics, and establishes a rougher, tougher 007.
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