ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
The Client ★★★★
We had a whole spate of John Grisham adaptations in the 1990s, and no surprise, since his legal potboilers were massive bestsellers. Some were better than others, although renowned directors seemed keen to have a go – Sydney Pollack (The Firm), Francis Ford Coppola (The Rainmaker), Robert Altman (The Gingerbread Man). Director Joel Schumacher (Batman Forever, Flatliners) reined in his more excessive, camp 80s tendencies for his version of The Client, although a certain southern melodrama pervades the Tennessee-set tale of an 11-year-old (Brad Renfro) who hires Susan Sarandon’s lawyer to protect him from harm after he witnesses the suicide of a man who knows too much. Tommy Lee Jones is the OTT federal prosecutor with political ambitions who sees the case as a stepping stone, while courtroom intrigue and Mob-related peril combine to lift the lid on a cesspit of corruption. Quality entertainment.
I’ll Do Anything ★★★
4.10-6.30pm Movie Mix
Struggling actor Nick Nolte tries juggling career and child-rearing in this unfairly ignored feelgood comedy originally shot as a musical. If you don’t like it, imagine Nolte’s singing scenes, all cut (sadly).
Will Smith saves the planet again, only this time he does it a bit grudgingly in this offbeat story of a world-weary superhero.
The Iceman ★★★
Hitman with a heart? No way! With both Michael Shannon and Ray Liotta in this fact-based Mafia thriller, you just know heads are going to roll.
Tin Cup ★★★
A washed-up golf pro (Kevin Costner) renews his enthusiasm for the game when a nice little birdie in the shape of Rene Russo comes around wanting lessons in this enjoyable romantic comedy.
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