ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
The Fugitive ★★★★
There was a time, when this film of the 1960s American TV series arrived on video, that I could recite the whole of Tommy Lee Jones’s famous pep talk as the US marshal charged with tracking down Harrison Ford’s wrongly convicted surgeon. It starts, “All right, listen up, people…” and ends with, “Your fugitive’s name is Dr Richard Kimble – go get him.” This is one of those smart action movies that can be watched again and again. The classic, vertigo-inducing scene at the dam, the subplot about a new drug, the one-armed man… what’s not to like?
The Hurt Locker ★★★★
11.25pm-2.00am Film Four
Six Oscars for Kathryn Bigelow’s raw and truly hair-raising story of a bomb-disposal squad in Iraq. It also gave Jeremy Renner his big acting breakthrough.
Fantastic Mr Fox ★★★★
George Clooney is more than usually foxy as the hero of this Roald Dahl adaptation, with director Wes Anderson giving it plenty of quirk factor through the use of retro-style stop-motion animation.
Von Ryan’s Express ★★★
Frank Sinatra and his plucky PoW comrades must take control of the train that’s taking them to a German camp during the last days of the Second World War in this pacey adventure from director Mark Robson. It’s old-fashioned but full of tense moments and full-throated action.
Me and You ★★★
Teenage siblings hide out in their apartment basement in this intimate character study from legendary film-maker Bernardo Bertolucci (The Last Emperor).
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