THE DAY OF THE JACKAL (1973) 7TWO, 2.10PM, PG, SPY

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Ed­ward Fox is The Jackal, a pro­fes­sional as­sas­sin whose task is to kill the pres­i­dent of France. He painstak­ingly pre­pares, plans, schemes and or­gan­ises un­til he catches wind that the au­thor­i­ties are on his trail. So runs the plot of one of the best po­lit­i­cal thrillers of the ’70s. Adapted from Fred­er­ick Forsyth’s novel, this is a throw­back to when sus­pense could be drawn out over two hours, not the 15 min­utes of to­day. ★★★★ Sight (Steven Soder­bergh) and Jack­ieBrown (Quentin Tarantino) – lit­tle credit with an ill-con­ceived adap­ta­tion that pushes all the wrong but­tons on satire. Al­though Tra­volta’s char­ac­ter is a riot, noth­ing else is. ★★★ A vis­ually im­pres­sive en­try into the supernatural film noir genre with an un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally flat por­trayal by Den­zel Wash­ing­ton (pic­tured) as the homi­cide de­tec­tive who is lured into a cat-and-mouse game by a se­rial killer who has a con­nec­tion with the Devil. Aided by in­no­va­tive cinematographer New­ton Thomas Sigel ( Valkyrie, X-Men) and di­rec­tor Gre­gory Hoblit ( Pri­malFear) sev­eral creepy mo­ments are pro­duced. Not very mem­o­rable, but one thing is cer­tain: you’ll never lis­ten to The Rolling Stones’ TimeI­sonMySide the same way again. ★★★ Mod­ern re­work­ing of 1957’s AnAf­fairtoRe­mem­ber in which War­ren Beatty and wife An­nette Ben­ing (pic­tured) play two en­gaged peo­ple who man­age to tem­po­rar­ily es­cape their re­spec­tive part­ners for a ship­board ro­mance with great ex­pec­ta­tions. A glib script won’t sit well with the cynic, but this suits the very ca­pa­ble Beatty and Ben­ing to a T. Us­ing any num­ber of steals from up the ro­man­tic com­edy sleeve – En­nio Mor­ri­cone’s score does a good job of dis­guis­ing this – it’s about as pre­dictable as death. ★★

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