ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
Premiere 9.00-11.05pm C5
A flop on its release in 2014, the violent, eardrum-bashing heist thriller Sabotage was calculated by one industry journal to be the worst opening for an Arnold Schwarzenegger film for 30 years. But let’s look at the positives. It’s directed and co-written by David Ayer, who proved his visceral action licks with the tightly wound LAPD drama End of Watch and has since made the claustrophobic Second World War tank chamber piece Fury with Brad Pitt. As such, from the blood-sprayed opening raid on an Atlanta drug cartel hideout, it unfolds at a ferocious pace, with Arnie’s breeze-block acting as the team leader at least countered by better work around him from the likes of Mireille Enos (World War Z), Sam Worthington and Martin Donovan. Olivia Williams is totally miscast as a detective on the crooked DEA agents’ scent, but between shoot-outs you may hunger to find out how it all pans out in the end. Anyone still missing TV’s Lost will be glad to see Harold Perrineau and Josh Holloway among the cast.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 ★★★
What’s the difference between a man eating hamburgers and man-eating hamburgers? This gloriously inventive madly funny animation has the answer.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel ★★★★
Judi Dench and Maggie Smith move in to an Indian hotel for a story that has all the edge of a cucumber sandwich, but a slathering of charm as well.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ★★★★★
Jennifer Lawrence returns for the second instalment in the series, where Katniss finds she isn’t allowed to rest on her winning laurels, and is sent back to the arena to fight the best of the best.
This supernatural weepie still lives in the memory! Indulge in the transcendent love between Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore and be tickled by Whoopi Goldberg’s Oscar-winning psychic.
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