Now You See Me, The Duke of Burgundy, Wolf Creek: films on TV today

Slick tricks, softcore eurotrash homage and murder in the Outback: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today

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ANDREW COLLINS:  FILM OF THE DAY 

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Now You See Me ★★★
9.00-11.15pm Film4 

A sequel is due this summer to this super-slick tale, in which four Las Vegas street magicians appear to rob banks as part of their hi-tech show and draw the attention of the FBI. The original is the Ocean’s Eleven of prestidigitation, one of those artful set-ups that quickly trains you to trust nothing that meets your eye (“The more you think you see, the easier it will be to fool you,” baritones Morgan Freeman), which can be thrilling but also exhausting. An enticingly motley cast – Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher and Dave (brother of James) Franco as the illusionists, Mark Ruffalo and Mélanie Laurent their agency nemeses, and Michael Caine as a vengeful industrialist – coupled with zappy direction from Louis Leterrier (Clash of the Titans), give the story a wipe-clean sheen and plenty of visual heft. But your patience may be tested by the tricks-within-a-trick-within-etc. And when Eisenberg smugly says, “Always be the smartest guy in the room,” you might wish he’d disappear.


Gangs of New York ★★★

10.05pm-1.25am ITV4 

Martin Scorsese’s epic about New York’s 19th-century underworld first united him with frequent collaborator Leonardo DiCaprio, but it’s Daniel Day-Lewis who scorches the screen as Bill the Butcher.    


The Odd Angry Shot ★★★

11.05pm-12.50am Movies4Men 

A group of soldiers bitch about fighting in a conflict that has nothing to do with them in that rare beast – a Vietnam War movie from Australia. The top-notch cast features a particularly fine Bryan Brown.  


The Duke of Burgundy ★★★★★

Premiere

11.15pm-1.20am Film4 

A funny, melancholic and peculiarly haunting exploration of an S&M relationship between two women, done as a homage to softcore eurotrash films of the early 1970s by obvious fan Peter Strickland. 


Wolf Creek ★★★★

1.00-2.55am Horror Channel 

Three young people head off into the Outback in one of the best Australian horror films ever made, a Texas Chain Saw-tinged bundle of tension not for the faint of heart. 


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