ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
The Rum Diary ★★★
12.55-3.20am Film Four
The Rum Diary is about a writer, a reluctant journalist played by Johnny Depp, whose dependency is for alcohol. Churning out horoscopes for a near-defunct newspaper in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Depp gets embroiled in dodgy land deals, voodoo and cock-fighting. It’s a passion project developed for over ten years by Depp from one of Hunter S Thompson’s early novels (written in 1961 but only published in 1998) and is directed by Withnail & I genius Bruce Robinson. The fine cast also includes Richard Jenkins and a super-seedy Michael Rispoli.
A Simple Plan ★★★★
Three men discover $4 million in a crashed plane in the snowy wilds. Everything should be okay as long as they keep to their story. Like that’s going to happen!
6.35-9.00pm Movie Mix
Cracking medieval fantasy adventure in which a young pickpocket (Matthew Broderick) becomes involved with some shape-shifting humans. Also stars Michelle Pfeiffer and Rutger Hauer.
American Pie 2 ★★★
More rampant hormones courtesy of Jason Biggs and co. Subtle it ain’t, but you’ll have a hard time not giggling.
10.50pm-12.55am Horror Channel
Nasties taking over people’s minds isn’t a new idea, but in the hands of horror maestro David Cronenberg it makes for a visceral ride.
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