October 4, 2008

Weekend TV: Good Cop, Bad Cop – but Which is He? ; Today AMERICAN GANGSTER (Sky Movies Premiere, 10pm)


ONE of the year's great movie premieres pitches cop-under- suspicion Russell Crowe against good-looking bad boy Denzel Washington.

The two best actor Oscar winners - Crowe for Gladiator in 2001 and Washington for Training Day the following year - are certainly still at their peak here compared with Robert De Niro and Al Pacino belatedly starring together in current cinema release, Righteous Kill. And it's all directed by a Brit who has more than held his own in Hollywood - Ridley Scott (Gladiator).

Although Crowe and Washington are arguably kept apart for too long and their collision doesn't match the simple coffee table sparks of the De Niro / Pacino showdown of Heat, American Gangster's true-story influences give it the superior climax.

Run Fatboy Run (Sky Movies Premiere, 8pm) is an average Britcom, timed to coincide with star Simon Pegg's return to cinemas in new release How to Lose Friends & Alienate People.

Even after 15 years, Mrs Doubtfire (Channel 4, 5.15pm) remains good for a laugh, but double Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank fails to illuminate silly sci-fi thriller The Core (Channel 4, 9pm).

Hankies at the ready as The X Factor (Central, 7.45pm) selects the finalists for next week's first live show from 2008.

Today's live soccer matches include Blues v Queens Park Rangers (Sky Sports 1, ko 12.45pm) and Blackburn Rovers v Manchester United (Setanta Sports 1, 5.15pm / ko 5.30pm).

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