ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
Eagle Eye ★★★★
Shia LaBeouf makes for a likeable enough leading man, albeit too often seen in deafening thrillers – and not all of them Transformers. Eagle Eye, though less special effects-dependent than the aforementioned franchise, still falls into a similarly overblown camp. It’s a daft terrorist cat and mouse that unites LaBeouf’s layabout with Michelle Monaghan’s single mum after anonymous phone calls warn them of imminent danger. Director DJ Caruso previously worked with LaBeouf on Disturbia, which updated Hitchcock’s Rear Window. And here, as ordinary people get sucked into a plot that goes right the way up to the Pentagon, the term “Hitchcockian” should be dusted off. But there’s no subtlety, just vehicles bashing into other vehicles, and our two heroes making do as they uncover the truth. Hey, on a non-taxing action level, it pushes some buttons, and The Shield’s Michael Chiklis makes a good Secretary of Defense.
Spectre is up to its old tricks again in Sean Connery’s fourth outing as 007, ruining our agent hero’s spa-break by setting the countdown beginning on World War Three.
Destry Rides Again ★★★★★
James Stewart cleans up a western town of snarling character actors in this timeless comedy and shares a few moments with sultry Marlene Dietrich as well.
Iron Man ★★★★
Robert Downey Jr may be wearing an iron suit but his turn as a flawed superhero is brilliantly textured in this comic-book caper.
Cuban Fury ★★★
Nick Frost takes centre stage as a former dance prodigy getting his groove back in a sweet, salsa dancing rom-com with Chris O’Dowd playing his slippery love rival.
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