ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
State of Play ★★★★
It’s 13 years since Paul Abbott’s TV conspiracy thriller joined the dots between the death of a researcher, Parliament and the Fourth Estate. But this slick remake is best treated as a separate entity. In the capable directorial hands of Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland) and with writers Tony Gilroy (the Bourne films), Billy Ray (The Hunger Games) and Matthew Michael Carnahan (World War Z) on heavyweight adaptation duty, it shifts action to Washington, and adds Ben Affleck as the compromised, square-jawed politician, Russell Crowe as the dogged journalist, Rachel McAdams as a blogger (cue: old-school/new-media tension) and Helen Mirren as the hard-nosed newspaper boss.
Time Bandits ★★★★
Wonderfully inventive time-travel fantasy directed by Terry Gilliam and co-written with fellow Python Michael Palin that features a top-notch Brit cast including Connery, Cleese, David Warner and Ralph Richardson.
The Bounty ★★★★
Finally, after 200 years, the truth behind the legend of the mutiny on The Bounty. Anthony Hopkins is superb as Lieutenant Bligh in this highly intelligent account that (for once) adheres closely to historical fact.
GI Joe: the Rise of Cobra ★★★★
If you like the comic-book spectacle of Transformers, look no further than this action-packed elite-soldier adventure, packed with gadgets and nano-weapons that threaten the planet.
If you want to see J-Lo and Jane Fonda slap ten bells out of each other, then this is the rom-com for you. Fonda displays fabulous comic chops as the eponymous mother-in-law from hell, who’s bent on seeing off her son’s unsuspecting intended.
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