ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
Catch Me If You Can ★★★★
Though not one of Steven Spielberg’s copper-bottomed classics, Catch Me If You Can is a colourful yarn in which Leonardo DiCaprio plays real-life con artist Frank Abagnale Jr (upon whose book this is based), wanted by the FBI at the age of 19. Though his trick of impersonating people — pilot, lawyer, doctor — seems harmless, he was cashing fraudulent cheques, amassing $2.5 million in 26 countries during a spree in the 1960s. DiCaprio’s boyish good looks suit the slick kid who gets away with it on a grand scale, and Tom Hanks plays it middle-aged and tired asdogged agent Carl Hanratty; their cat-and-mouse forms the spine of the story. Christopher Walken also puts in good work as Abagnale’s dodgy but devoted dad.
Where Eagles Dare ★★★★
As Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood infiltrate a Nazi stronghold, the double- and triple- crosses come fast and furious. It’s hilarious and exciting, often at the same time.
It’s been almost 20 years since Gwyneth Paltrow made her name as an actress, rather than simply being Brad Pitt’s girl, thanks to her portrayal of Jane Austen’s heroine.
The Class of ’92 ★★★★
Whatever your footballing allegiance, this is still a fascinating look how a group of young footballers at Manchester United formed the core of one of England’s most successful club sides.
The World’s End ★★★
Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost round off their Cornetto trilogy at the pub with a few beers and a bit of alien-bashing. Not exactly your typical night out.
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