ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves ★★★★
In this rip-roaring early 1990s reboot for the durable English folk tale, director Kevin Reynolds cannot be faulted for enthusiasm. His reading of the swashbuckling tale embraces cliché with such affection, it’s hard to be cynical about it, as flaming arrows ping through Sherwood Forest and merry men roll under rapidly descending portcullises. It’s Alan Rickman’s show, of course, as the deliciously pantomimic Sheriff of Nottingham, but Kevin Costner’s 80s-haired Robin is certainly heroic, and Mike McShane, then a star of TV’s Whose Line Is It Anyway, is a decent Friar Tuck. For sheer camp, Robin Hood seems to get better with age. Unlike the crashing power ballad by Bryan Adams that plays over the end credits.
The Wicker Man ★★★★
Devoutly Christian policeman Edward Woodward has his faith put to the test by the bizarre goings-on on a remote Hebridean island in this disturbing British horror classic.
1.40-3.55am Film Four
Things get dark and dangerous when a dorky David Lee tries to find favour with the in crowd at a fiercely competitive Seoul high school in this gritty South Korean drama.
Advise and Consent ★★★★
12 noon-2.15pm BBC2
Charles Laughton gives his final film performance alongside Henry Fonda in this 1962 political drama set in the aftermath of the ‘Red Scare’ of the McCarthy era.
Iron Man 2 ★★★
9.00-11.25pm Film Four
Suits you sir. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) once again swaps mohair for metal to take on Russian inventor Ivan Venko (Mickey Rourke) in a cracking action adventure.