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THE BIG MOVIE

Now You See Me 2 (2016) 12 Sun­day, 9pm, Ch4 This se­quel to the sur­prise 2013 hit – about a team of bank-rob­bing il­lu­sion­ists – in­dulges in big­ger and bolder tricks and stakes. All but one of the orig­i­nal Horse­men re­turn; Jesse Eisen­berg, Dave Franco and Woody Har­rel­son are joined by Lizzy Ca­plan (above, with Har­rel­son and Franco), who re­places Isla Fisher. There’s a lot go­ing on plot-wise, but the main thrust of the ac­tion pulls the Horse­men to Daniel Rad­cliffe’s wildly over-the-top tech­nol­ogy guru, who forces them to steal a chip that can ac­cess all the elec­tronic data in the world. As the Horse­men high­tail it to Lon­don for the cli­max, they en­counter a familiar face – and pull plenty of rab­bits out of the hat. A third film in the se­ries is cur­rently in de­vel­op­ment, and is due for re­lease next year.

CLAS­SIC FILM CHOICE

Pal Joey (1957) U Sun­day, 1pm, BBC2 Frank Si­na­tra’s char­ac­ter in this hit mu­si­cal is a lot like you imag­ine the leader of the Rat Pack was in real life – full of charm, but a bit of a cad.

His wom­an­is­ing club singer, Joey Evans, woos wealthy widow Vera (Rita Hay­worth, above, with Si­na­tra) – a for­mer strip­per with whom he has his­tory – to get her to fi­nance his own club. The other ‘mouse’ in his life (‘mice’ be­ing what Joey calls women) is Kim No­vak’s sweet cho­rus girl, Linda, and while Joey falls for Linda, he also has to keep the in­sa­tiable Vera happy. Al­though the film was wa­tered down from the orig­i­nal stage mu­si­cal, Si­na­tra’s Joey is still a misog­y­nist who uses women for his own gain.

But dis­miss­ing the film on that ba­sis un­der­es­ti­mates his fe­male co-stars, Hay­worth in par­tic­u­lar – and even though her star was wan­ing, she pipped Si­na­tra to top billing.

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