Aliens - 9pm, Film4
Surpassing its predecessor in terms of sheer spectacle, this sequel to Ridley Scott's outer-space nightmare from director James Cameron is an outstanding science-fiction thriller. Sigourney Weaver wakes up 57 years after the original events unfolded, only to be told that the planet where she first met the alien predator has been colonised. When all contact with the inhabitants is lost, she's sent in with a crack squad of marines and hurtles headlong into a hi-tech house of horrors that delivers plenty of shocks and nail-biting suspense. Masterfully controlling the tension and moving the involving plot at a lightning pace, Cameron exploits everyone's worst fears and carries them to the riveting extreme in this consummate Oscar-winning fright-fest.
The Bone Collector - 9pm, 5*
A run-of-the-mill story is here turned into an above-average thriller, thanks to impressive central performances from Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie as two very different cops who team up to track down a serial killer. Washington plays a decorated police officer now confined to his bed after an accident at work left him virtually paralysed. Jolie's the young rookie who's brought in to explore the deepest, darkest areas of Manhattan under his instruction as they follow the trail of a sadistic murderer who picks up his victims in a yellow taxi. Although the daft conclusion abandons all the logic painstakingly established in the previous scenes, the movie benefits from Phillip Noyce's fast-paced direction and sterling performances from Queen Latifah as Washington's nurse and Michael Rooker as his irascible superior. It's also proof, as if it were needed, of Washington's acting talent - especially considering he spends the whole movie immobile.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day - 10pm, C4
Director James Cameron piles on the hard-edged humour and rollercoaster action in this marvellous sequel to his own 1984 horror fantasy classic. Adrenaline junkies get epic value for money as cyborg Arnold Schwarzenegger comes back from the future to save our world from the T-1000 model, whose liquid metal shape-changing abilities set a new cinematic standard for stunning, computer graphic special effects. Linda Hamilton turns in another terrific performance as the fiercely committed heroine who puts a necessary human face on Cameron's high-decibel mayhem and pyrotechnical bravura.
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