Gran Torino, Only You, Taken: films on TV today

Clint Eastwood gets angry in Detroit, Marisa Tomei goes gooey-eyed in Venice and Liam Neeson shows off his very particular set of skills in Paris: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today

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Gran Torino ★★★
9.00-11.20pm Spike 

This is by no means the best film in Clint Eastwood’s impressive CV but it’s still well worth watching. Clint plays an elderly and recently widowed car worker, a war veteran, an ardent patriot and a racist, who looks upon the world around him and doesn’t like any of it, especially the South-East Asians who are his neighbours. His most prized possession is a 1972 Ford Gran Torino, which he had helped to build and which the shy teenage boy next door, Bee Vang, is bullied into stealing as his initiation into a gang. The kid is caught in the act by Eastwood, who is ready to shoot him but doesn’t. Instead this meeting turns out to be life-changing for both of them. Eastwood’s performance is excellent, both at the beginning when he exudes loathing and ill-concealed rage and later, as his developing relationship with the boy makes him realise that nobody is too old to change and become a better person.


Only You ★★★★

10.55am-1.10pm Movie Mix 

The premise of this reassuringly old-fashioned romance is a kooky one, and finds Marisa Tomei running out on her own wedding to fulfil a romantic prediction.    


The Mummy ★★★

7.30-10.00pm ITV2 

Legionnaire Brendan Fraser teams up with librarian Rachel Weisz to battle an ancient villain risen from the dead, in a rollicking period horror adventure.    


Taken ★★★★

9.00-10.50pm Film Four 

The mean streets of Paris are no match for Liam Neeson in this lean and brutal thriller in which a retired CIA agent tracks down his kidnapped daughter.     


Dark Skies ★★★

9.00-11.05pm 5★ 

Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton and family find their home the focus for “bump in the night” goings-on in a suburban shocker that keeps its cards close to its chest.  


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