Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, The Expendables 2, The Elephant Man: films on TV today

Sid the sloth goes into the adoption business, Sly Stallone, Bruce Willis and co show there's life in the old dogs yet, and John Hurt proves that looks aren't everything: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today

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ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY 
Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs ★★★
5.45-7.30pm C4 

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Outside of Toy Story 3 and, arguably, The Dark Knight Rises, threequels often feel forced and surplus to requirements. But this third helping of the computer-animated Palaeolithic franchise has our furry pals from the previous two films happen upon a subterranean “land that time forgot” beneath the ice. This gives the storyliners, animators and abiding director Carlos Saldanha a break from the previously snowbound landscapes and allows them to play with Tyrannosaurs, Pteranodons and Guanlongs in a jungle setting. The familiar voice cast — John Leguizamo’s sloth, Ray Romano’s mammoth, Denis Leary’s sabre-tooth — are joined by a piratical weasel, played with relish by Simon Pegg. Sloth Sid must rescue three dinosaur eggs from peril, amid numerous dazzlingly staged set pieces, including a chasm filled with laughing gas. Although more textured and technically spectacular than previous outings, Ice Age 3 retains its old-school cartoonish charm.


The Expendables 2 ★★★
Premiere 9.00-11.05pm C5

1980s action stars don’t die they just get together to milk a franchise for all it’s worth. But it’s nice to see the likes of Arnie, Sly, Willis and Van Damme are able to laugh at themselves. Here they are hellbent on revenge after one of the team is killed.


The Nun’s Story ★★★★★
3.40-6.45pm ITV3 

Sister is doing it for herself. Fred Zinnemann’s luminous drama proved a perfect vehicle for Audrey Hepburn, who stars as young nun who finds it hard to follow the rules and feels a stirring in the heart when she meets handsome doctor Peter Finch.


Ca$h ★★
Premiere 10.10-11.50pm BBC4

Jean Dujardin managed to exude bags of charm without having much to say for himself in Oscar-winning silent The Artist and he he turns it on once again here as an international thief who teams up with another notorious criminal (Jean Reno) to pull off the biggest job in history.


The Elephant Man ★★★★★
12.10-2.20am ITV3 

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“I am not an animal! I am a human being!” John Hurt is superb (despite being buried beneath a ton of prosthetics) as the disfigured Victorian curiosity in David Lynch’s sublime drama.