Pick of the Night's Movies

The Evening Standard (London, England), February 23, 2006 | Go to article overview

Pick of the Night's Movies


Byline: NIGEL PIZEY;TERRY RAMSEY

Calendar Girls 9pm, Sky Movies 9 (12) (2003). Helen Mirren.

The comedy about how a group of WI women of a certain age put together a calendar starring themselves in the altogether does not grab one as a crowd pleaser.

But this little movie is touching and funny, helped by a terrific cast including Julie Walters, Helen Mirren, Celia Imrie and Penelope Wilton, with Philip Glenister (the gruff, tough Seventies cop in BBC1's Life On Mars) as the photographer who shoots the ladies, all in the name of charity.

Mirren and Walters push the movie along with gusto, and the whole enterprise is treated realistically - even the obviously invented obstacles needed to bump up the story. Nigel Pizey

Identity 9pm, Sky Movies 10 (15) (2003). John Cusack.

A neat little thriller that packs plenty in and provokes more than a few head-scratching moments.

That said, it is nowhere near as clever as it thinks it is, and sags halfway through, when the mystery is revealed.

It is set in a motel from which no one can escape - outside is torrential rain, inside the phones are dead and the guests (led by ex cop John Cusack) are scared. …

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