ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
Clint Eastwood is now as admired for his work as a director as for his acting. As a result, his body of work has diversified to include more surprising, complex material: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby. One of my favourites from Clint’s new century is Changeling, a 1920s-set drama very much skewed to the female perspective. Written by Michael Straczynski (TV’s Babylon 5), it casts a compelling Angelina Jolie as a single mum reunited with her missing nine-year-old son after a highly publicised police search – except she claims this is not him. As a result, her character is smeared and she is locked up. The film, based on true events, becomes a legal battle and is intelligently told, with fine attention to period detail (Eastwood’s jazzy score fits, too) and a solid cast including John Malkovich, Amy Ryan and Jeffrey Donovan. Depicting an institutionally misogynist era, it reflects well on Clint, although Changeling missed out on the expected Oscar haul.
The Man with the Golden Gun ★★★
Roger Moore’s second outing as Bond is overshadowed by the superb Christopher Lee who plays one of the most iconic and convincing villains in the entire series.
Leave to Remain ★★★
A provocative coming-of-age drama about young refugees who face the challenges of moving from their troubled homelands and settling in the UK.
The Other Guys ★★★
Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg make an unlikely but effective comedy partnership as downtrodden desk cops who want a piece of the action.
That Awkward Moment ★★★
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One of Zac Efron’s more likeable “bromantic comedies” about three buddies who have to rethink their fancy-free lives on the New York dating scene.
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