Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Top Films of the Week

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Top Films of the Week

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BRIDESMAIDS (Tonight, E4, 9pm) ANNIE (Kristen Wiig) has fallen on hard times and best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) asks her to be maid of honour at her wedding.

With no money, organising a bridal shower to remember will be tricky for Annie, especially as one of the bridesmaids is socialite wife Helen (Rose Byrne), who splashes cash as if it is going out of fashion. Fellow bridesmaids including Megan (the scene-stealing, Oscar-nominated Melissa McCarthy) witness the fallout as Annie and Helen vie for Lillian's affections in this hilarious and ultimately touching comedy.

| Kristen Wiig is coping in a crisis THE PRINCESS BRIDE (Tomorrow, 5*, 2pm) UPROARIOUSLY funny and touchingly sweet, Rob Reiner's irreverent fairytale fantasy The Princess Bride unfolds as a bedtime story told by Peter Falk to his poorly grandson, in which a valiant farmhand called Wesley (Cary Elwes) battles outlaws atop the Cliffs Of Insanity and evades the razor-sharp teeth of the Rats Of Unusual Size in order to declare his love to Princess Buttercup (Robin Wright). The script is an embarrassment of riches and the performances suitably tongue-in-cheek.

| Cary on Princess HANNIBAL (Monday, Channel 5, 10.55pm) IT'S been 10 years since FBI agent Clarice Starling (Julianne Moore) interviewed Dr Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) but she cannot shake the skin-crawling feeling of Lecter inside her head.

The doctor is now at large in Florence and his sixth and only surviving victim, hideously disfigured recluse Mason Verger (Gary Oldman), thirsts for revenge.

| Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Hopkins's performance walks a thin line between chilling and camp, much like the film as a whole.

MONSTERS (Tuesday, Film4, 11.10pm) A PROBE returning with samples of alien life has crashed and half of Mexico has been quarantined as new life forms began to appear. Photographer Andrew (Scoot McNairy) agrees to help Samantha (Whitney Able), return home but fees to get her on the last boat out are extortionate. The only option is to go through the infected zone where tentacled aliens roam so they head off into the wilderness in this inventive sci-fi drama.

| The man in the mask: Scoot McNairy MICHAEL CLAYTON (Wednesday, BBC1, 11. …

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