BARRY NORMAN: FILM OF THE DAY
The Long Kiss Goodnight ★★★★
Geena Davis is a small town schoolteacher with a young daughter. Eight years earlier, she had been found washed ashore nearby, pregnant and suffering total amnesia. So she hires a private eye (Samuel L Jackson) to help her discover who she is. In the process, she finds she has deadly skills with a knife, can use a rifle and kill with her bare hands. She also realises she has enemies who want her dead, though she has no idea why. What she finally unearths is a murky scenario involving the CIA, professional assassins and people like Brian Cox and David Morse who may, or may not, be friendly. Enjoyable, action-packed nonsense with a feisty heroine and good performances by the two leads.
My House in Umbria ★★★
6.50-9.00pm Movie Mix
A terrorist train explosion in Italy opens this drama about four strangers who help each other through the healing process. Maggie Smith, Timothy Spall. Chris Cooper and Ronnie Barker lead the cast.
Escape Plan ★★★
Ageing action men Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone join forces when they end up in the same hi-tech prison and decide to break out. Inevitably fists and pithy comebacks fly.
Man on Wire ★★★★★
This documentary is as gripping as a thriller and charts how high-wire walker Philippe Petit and a ragtag team set out to straddle New York’s Twin Towers in 1974.
Air America ★★★
A Vietnam War movie with a difference. Mel Gibson trades on his charm and an illegal supply of heroin as a US pilot who (literally) ropes Robert Downey Jr into his shady dealings.
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