ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
One of the UK’s most enduring comic-book characters, the fascistic, square-jawed policeman/judge/jury/executioner Judge Dredd enjoyed a surprisingly effective reboot in 2012, after 38 years in the pages of future-set anthology 2000AD and a disappointing first big-screen adaptation in 1995 with Sly Stallone under the helmet. New Zealander Karl Urban fills the role for director Pete Travis (Vantage Point) and writer and 2000AD fan Alex Garland (Ex Machina); and his excellent chin fills the screen – Dredd is never unmasked in the film, in line with the comic’s mythology. His action-movie physique and Christian Bale-like bass growl are put to good use, too, in a story built around a tower-block siege, in which Dredd and rookie Olivia Thirlby must kick and shoot their way to the top in order to confront Lena Headey’s criminal kingpin. The effect of a deadly new drug, Slo-Mo, is brilliantly achieved, but there’s nothing slow about the bulk of the action. A sequel remains in the balance.
Little Women ★★★
Elizabeth Taylor and scream queen Janet Leigh do their best to seem wide-eyed and innocent in a Technicolor confection of a movie based on Louisa May Alcott’s 19th-century growing pains novel.
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events ★★★
A feast for the eyes, this plays like a cross between a Grimm brothers fairy-tale and a Tim Burton movie. Jim Carrey channels Nosferatu as the villain.
Countess Dracula ★★★
9.00-10.50pm Horror Channel
Talking of vampires, this Hammer Horror finds Ingrid Pitt slipping into a literal bloodbath to restore her youth. The lengths some women go to…
Buckle up: fast cars and quick tempers collide in Asif Kapadia’s feted documentary about F1 legend Ayrton Senna and his rivalry with Alain Prost.
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