Mona Lisa Smile, Build My Gallows High, Age of Heroes, Highlander, The Last Temptation of Christ: films on TV today

Campus drama, campy fantasy, film noir thrills and the Bible reworked: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today

98181

ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
Mona Lisa Smile ★★★
6.40-9.00pm Movie Mix 

Advertisement

If you’re in the mood for an “inspirational teacher” movie, this 2003 period tale set in the fetching, well-to-do environs of Wellesley, Massachusetts, could do the trick. Directed by Mike Newell, it stars Julia Roberts as an idealistic new art teacher arriving in the mid-50s at the real-life Wellesley College who ruffles faculty feathers by disregarding the syllabus in favour of free-thinking at a time when even educated rich girls were in training to be good wives. Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles and Maggie Gyllenhaal are among her initially recalcitrant students, and a pre-Wire Dominic West the war-hero language prof who pursues her. It’s all decorous and leafy, and — unless you desire surprises — is a warm, female-centric way to spend an evening.


Build My Gallows High ★★★★★
3.30-5.25pm Movies4Men 

Robert Mitchum at his most languid and Kirk Douglas at his most sinister square off over a dame and a whole load of missing dollars in this dark, smouldering and absolutely classic film noir.     


Age of Heroes ★★★
9.00-10.55pm Movie Mix 

This tale of wartime derring-do is based on the real-life exploits of 007 creator Ian Fleming. James D’Arcy plays him alongside Sean Bean and Danny Dyer on a sabotage mission in Norway.     


Highlander ★★★
9.00-11.10pm Spike 

Sean Connery mentors Christopher Lambert in the art of swashing his buckle in a cult fantasy adventure that is set in a mythological 16th-century Scotland and yet, is so 1980s Hollywood.  


The Last Temptation of Christ ★★★★
12.40-3.55am Film4 

Willem Dafoe saves the world, without a cape, in Martin Scorsese’s portrait of Jesus Christ. It caused an almighty uproar on its initial release for daring to show the Messiah as having very human foibles.   


Advertisement

85703
Buy your copy of the Radio Times Guide to Films 2016