ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
9.00-11.15pm Movie Mix
Saddled with a stinker of a title (although the alternative was the bland Deception), the yuletide-set Reindeer Games is nevertheless a little piece of cinema history, it being the final theatrical feature of redoubtable American director John Frankenheimer. It’s not in the same league as his French Connection II, Black Sunday or The Manchurian Candidate (the original version), but there’s nothing fundamentally wrong about this tale of an affable ex-con (Ben Affleck) who, along with pen pal Charlize Theron, is duped into a Michigan casino heist. Gary Sinise, Danny Trejo and Dennis Farina bulk up the diminishing series of reveals and twists, Frankenheimer whips things along, and the threat is tempered by Affleck’s cheeky-chappie shtick. Theron has called it her worst film. She’s forgetting Sweet November.
Confessions of a Shopaholic ★★★
Isla Fisher sparkles in this bright romantic comedy about a young journalist with a problem: so many clothes, so little time, no money at all.
Red Dragon ★★★
Faithful adaptation of the first Hannibal Lecter novel in which Anthony Hopkins’s incarcerated cannibal is drafted in to help nab serial killer “the Tooth Fairy”.
Basket Case ★★★★
10.55pm-12.50am Horror Channel
This tale of Siamese twins out for revenge against a dodgy doctor offers gore galore and adds a whole new dimension to the term “gruesome twosome”.
Adrien Brody leads a group of killers against an invisible alien foe in this well-realised reboot of the 1987 sci-fi action thriller from franchise fan Robert Rodriguez.
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