ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
High Noon ★★★★★
I’m hardly going out on a critical limb in naming writer Carl Foreman and director Fred Zinnemann’s 1952 classic as one of the western genre’s high-water marks. Told in real time, and in elegant, stark black and white, and eschewing many of the hallmarks of the horse opera, it sees Gary Cooper’s definitively decent New Mexico marshal (or ex-marshal; he intends to settle down with new bride Grace Kelly) rounding up a posse to intercept a criminal due to arrive by train at midday. Making up in McCarthy-era symbolism what it lacks in traditional action, High Noon grips every time, and seems to please those on both the political left and right.
The Eagle ★★★
Channing Tatum’s legions of fans will enjoy seeing him suit up here to play a Roman soldier who embarks on dangerous mission into the wilds of Scotland. Co-stars Jamie Bell and Mark Strong also perform their duties well.
All Jason Statham wants to do is live a quite life with his kid, with no-one bothering him. But when meth-cooking James Franco gets wind that he’s an ex-DEA officer, the Stath is forced to once more open that big ol’ can of whoop-ass. Which is just what we were waiting for.
Perfect Stranger ★★★
11.00pm-1.15am Movie Mix
A tricky little whodunnit starring Halle Berry as an investigative reporter and Bruce Willis as the man she suspects to be her friend’s killer. How far would you go to keep a secret?
The Last Picture Show ★★★★★
Set your recorder for this nostalgic look back at life in a small Texan town in the 1950s, which offered breakthrough roles for Jeff Bridges and Cybill Shepherd, and announced director Peter Bogdanovich as an exciting film-making talent.
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