BARRY NORMAN: FILM OF THE DAY
The Help ★★★
For this film two black performers were nominated for Oscars, Viola Davis for best actress and Octavia Spencer, who won best supporting actress. Those were the days – unlike this year when Oscar ignored all black performers. Set in Mississippi in the 1960s, it concerns a young white journalist, Emma Stone, who interviews two black maids, Davis and Spencer, to write a book exposing the racism they and others faced from white employers. And when “the help” agrees to take part, she discovers that racism is indeed rife in the community. A powerful, touching film very well played throughout, with a strong supporting cast including Sissy Spacek, Cecily Tyson and especially Jessica Chastain, who was also Oscar-nominated as best supporting actress.
It’s probably not the ideal choice to represent his acting legacy, but David Bowie’s turn here as the King of the Goblins is one good reason to watch this fun fantasy.
The Quiet Ones ★★★
PREMIERE 9.00-10.55pm Film4
Here’s a guide to conjuring your own poltergeist with Sam Claflin and Jared Harris, who inevitably wind up having to dodge flying objects.
Bond is back — indeed, he’s rarely off our screens lately. This is the one where Sean Connery grapples with Pussy Galore. Just for a change.
Perfect Stranger ★★★
9.00-11.10pm Movie Mix
Tricky little whodunnit starring Halle Berry as an investigative reporter and Bruce Willis as the man she suspects to be her friend’s killer.
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