The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Rabbit Hole and The Bling Ring: films on TV today

Daniel Craig gets drawn into a world of deceit, tragedy strikes for Nicole Kidman, and Emma Watson graduates from Hogwarts to valley girl: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today

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BARRY NORMAN:  FILM OF THE DAY
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo ★★★★
11.10pm-2.10am ITV2 

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Not the original Swedish adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s novel with the wonderful Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander, but the American remake directed by David Fincher and starring Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig. The story remains much the same -journalist Michael Blomkvist (Craig) and computer hacker Salander (Mara) investigate the mysterious disappearance and possible murder of a business magnate’s grandniece. In the course of this, they discover a series of other unsolved murders of young women, while Salander finds time to wreak dreadful but well-deserved vengeance on the lawyer who had raped and abused her. It takes few liberties with Larssons’s story and, though lacking the exotic flavour of the original, is pretty good as remakes go, especially if you didn’t see the Swedish film.


Rabbit Hole ★★★★
11.05pm-12.30am BBC2 

Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart’s world is tilted off its axis after the loss of their young son in an accident.


The Bling Ring ★★★★
9.00-10.45pm Film Four 

Emma Watson, Katie Chang and celebrity-obsessed pals break into stars’ homes for selfies and more in Sofia Coppola’s OMG satire on the good life.


Blue Steel ★★★★ 
9.00-11.00pm Horror Channel 

Long before The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow   directed Jamie Lee Curtis in her finest performance as a cop pursued by a man obsessed with guns. And with her.


Mortal Kombat ★★★
10.55pm-12.50am ITV4 

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Hollywood turns once again to the games market for script ideas, but this time with some success, for this tale of martial artists fighting demonic baddies from another universe. Christopher Lambert stars.