ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
The Town ★★★★
Premiere 9.00-11.25pm C5
The Town is very much a Ben Affleck joint. He directs, co-writes and stars in a tough, sinewy, very male tale of Boston buddies hoping to move on after pulling off a successful bank heist dressed as nuns. Affleck and Jeremy Renner are the key players. Affleck is a dreamer who wishes his life had taken a less criminal path but then falls in love with Rebecca Hall — who doesn’t know he’s part of the gang who took her hostage, as she was blindfolded. Renner, close to being identified by a tattoo she glimpsed, finds himself at dangerous odds with Affleck, and the girl stuck in the middle. John Hamm plays the smooth FBI agent on the case and Pete Postlethwaite a mildly terrifying crime boss (his penultimate role). Boston proves once again a persuasively overcast location for another story of family, larceny and Fenway Park (the Red Sox baseball stadium), and the accents are suitably twangy. It’s effectively staged, especially the noisily weaponised action.
Premiere 4.25-6.30pm C4
Quirky cartoon western with Johnny Depp lending his voice to an angsty chameleon who winds up as sheriff of a drought-stricken town.
Snow White and the Huntsman ★★★
Kristen Stewart is a sullen Snow White (naturally) so it’s left to Charlize Theron’s evil queen to liven up this gloomily beautiful fairy tale. The sequel The Huntsman: Winter’s War is now in cinemas.
Will Smith saves the planet again, only this time he does it a bit grudgingly in this offbeat story of a world-weary superhero.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ★★★★★
Jennifer Lawrence returns for the second instalment in the series, where Katniss is out of the frying pan…
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