Donnie Brasco, Marley & Me, Yes Man: films on TV today

Johnny Depp gets Mobbed, Owen and Jen go to the dogs, and JIm Carrey is just a boy who can't say no: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today

imagenotavailable1

BARRY NORMAN:  FILM OF THE DAY 
Donnie Brasco ★★★★
11.05pm-1.40am Spike 

Advertisement

This is based on the true story of an undercover FBI agent, Joseph D Pistone, who infiltrated the Bonanno Mafia family in New York purporting to be Donnie Brasco, a jewel thief. The action moves from New York to Florida and involves much skulduggery, violence and sudden death but at the heart of it is a friendship – that between Brasco (Johnny Depp) and Lefty (Al Pacino), an ageing hitman who, unaware of Brasco’s real identity, introduces him to the Mob and acts as his mentor. As his Mafia involvement increases, Donnie grows more and more like the mobsters, to the detriment of his marriage to Anne Heche. An intriguing story deftly directed by Mike Newell and splendidly acted by Pacino and Depp.


Marley & Me ★★★
7.30-10.00pm E4 

Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston are upstaged by another shaggy blonde – a cute  labrador – in this warm and not entirely fluffy family portrait.


Fast Five ★★★★
9.00-11.35pm Film Four 

Dwayne Johnson muscles in on the action as an FBI agent attempting to take down fugitives Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, in a masterclass of stunts and car chases.


Yes Man ★★★
9.00-11.10pm 5★ 

Anti-social singleton Jim Carrey decides to turn his life around by saying yes to everything in this comedy. It all gets a bit wacky (come on, it’s Jim Carrey), but a nice turn by Zooey Deschanel keeps it watchable.


Panic Room ★★★
9.00-11.15pm Movie Mix 

Jodie Foster and a pre-Twilight Kristen Stewart discover the safe-room in their swanky home doesn’t actually provide much security, in David Fincher’s claustrophobic thriller.


Advertisement

It’s here! Buy your copy of Radio Times Guide to Films 2016 from the RT shop