ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
Inside Man ★★★★
Spike Lee’s most financially successful movie may lack the racially motivated political thrust of his best work, but it still convinces. Clive Owen plays the brains behind a Manhattan bank robbery, Jodie Foster is the corporate fixer sent in as a hostage negotiator, while Denzel Washington and Chiwetel Ejiofor make appealing detectives (the film’s “outside” men). It’s smart and talky, and Russell Gewirtz’s screenplay creates an entertaining piece that almost feels like it could have been made in the 1970s – Dog Day Afternoon springs to mind. You can’t help but root for Owen and hiss the bank’s founder, Christopher Plummer.
Before I Go to Sleep ★★★★
9.00-10.45pm Film4 Premiere
Which way should amnesiac Nicole Kidman turn – to adoring hubby Colin Firth or kindly doctor Mark Strong? Place your bets on a mind-bending finish to this 1940s-style psycho-thriller from Brighton Rock director Rowan Joffe.
Bridget Jones: the Edge of Reason ★★★
Renee Zellweger’s hapless romantic finds herself back on the market after falling out with Colin Firth’s Mark Darcy. Enter caddish Hugh Grant, cue amorous shenanigans and pratfalls. Third instalment Bridget Jones’s Baby is in cinemas on Friday.
Olympus Has Fallen ★★★
After unwelcome guests take over the White House and kidnap the president, only disgraced former secret service agent Gerard Butler has the inside knowledge and the combat moves to set him free. It’s big and brash and by-the-numbers – what’s not to like?
Countess Dracula ★★★
10.45pm-12.35am Horror Channel
Polish-born Ingrid Pitt came to the attention of cinema-goers in Where Eagles Dare, but is best known for her Hammer vampire pictures like this, where her desire for youth forces her to take up a whole new bath-time regime.
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