BARRY NORMAN: FILM OF THE DAY
Jackie Brown ★★★★
This is the ideal combination for a thriller – a novel (Rum Punch) by Elmore Leonard,adapted and directed by Quentin Tarantino. Both are notable for producing sharp, cool dialogue and there’s plenty of that in this intricate tale of money smuggling, murder and double cross. Small-time airline stewardess Pam Grier (heroine of many blaxploitation movies in the 1970s) smuggles money from Mexico to gunrunner Samuel L Jackson in LA.But when the Feds arrest her and charge her with drug dealing, she decides to play cops and robbers against each other —a dangerous business since a narked Jackson tends to kill without mercy. A smart, fast, beautifully played movie, which also involves Robert De Niro, Bridget Fonda and Robert Forster
Bend of the River ★★★★
James Stewart is superb in this gritty, tense western about a wagon-train scout who rescues a horse thief from a lynching. Giving new credibility to Stewart’s screen image this western is worth its weight in gold.
The Jane Austen Book Club ★★★
6.45-9.00pm Movie Mix
Jane Austen is about to take a bite out of the big screen with the release of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies so why not feed your Austen appetite with this witty and engaging romcom about a book group who find their personal dramas are echoed in her most famous works.
The School of Rock ★★★★
Mr Chips goes electric, as fake supply teacher Jack Black brings the joys of rock music to the pampered pupils of a private school. This is one to treasure.
Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb ★★★
9.00-10.55pm Horror Channel
This menacing Hammer horror is dripping with irony and stars Valerie Leon who is possessed by the spirit of an ancient Egyptian queen.
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