ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
Due Date ★★★
A sort of Planes, Trains and Automobiles for a post-9/11 world, this odd-couple road comedy from Todd Phillips (The Hangover trilogy) pairs Zach Galifianakis’s hairy, guileless actor and Robert Downey Jr’s uptight expectant father when they are thrown off a plane to LA after a misunderstanding about a bomb. Without his wallet and desperate to get home for the birth of his baby, Downey Jr agrees to give Galifianakis and his cone- wearing pug a lift if he pays for the rental car. The bickering begins, while their accident-prone picaresque furnishes cameos from Jamie Foxx, Juliette Lewis, rapper RZA and Charlie Sheen. Marijuana, guns, a relative’s ashes… it’s fast and furious, but manages to pluck the heartstrings, too.
It Came from beneath the Sea ★★★
Eat your heart out Sharknado, here’s an atomically mutated giant octopus munching its way through San Francisco, B movie style, in 1955. They don’t, and can’t, make them like this any more.
The Naked Gun ★★★★★
“Nice beaver!” The double entendres flow as Leslie Nielsen’s idiot cop Frank Drebin crashes the scene in his first hilarious big-screen spoof adventure.
Don’t Say a Word ★★★
Can shrink Michael Douglas squeeze a vital secret out of catatonic Brittany Murphy? Sean Bean – kidnapper and general badass – is betting Douglas’s daughter’s life on the outcome in this pacey, compellingly acted thriller.
A Time to Kill ★★★★
Think top-notch courtroom drama, think John Grisham adaptation, and this story about a black man (Samuel L Jackson) on trial for murder in a Klan-happy town is no exception. Matthew McConaughey argues his case.
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