Milk, The Fast and the Furious, The Kids Are All Right, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Austin Powers: films on TV today

San Fran scandal, LA road rage, custody issues and a bit of monkey business: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today

Milk ★★★★★
11.05pm-1.05am BBC2 


If you were unfortunate enough to see Sean Penn in action thriller The Gunman, in which his chief aim was to show off his ridiculously gym-pumped torso (which made his 55-year-old head look as if it had been stuck on a younger man’s body), let us remind ourselves why his reputation is so august. He won the best actor Oscar in 2009 for his humane performance as Harvey Milk in director Gus Van Sant’s intelligent biopic of the first openly gay public official in California. Penn transforms his body in a good way to inhabit the initially sexually reticent personality of Milk, who moves to San Francisco’s gay-friendly Castro district in 1972 and finds his calling: to seek equal rights and, later, to oppose Proposition 6, banning gays from working in schools. Emile Hirsch, Diego Luna and Alison Pill are excellent as his compadres, but Josh Brolin dominates as Milk’s conservative nemesis. A moving and informative piece.

The Fast and the Furious ★★★★
10.40pm-12.35am ITV

The first of the long-running series where Vin Diesel mumbles and the cars rumble, at top speed. Jeremy Clarkson will be staying in tonight.

The Kids Are All Right ★★★★
12.35-2.20am C4 

…But the grown-ups aren’t, when sperm donor Mark Ruffalo meets up with his kids’ lesbian parents wittily played by Annette Bening and Julianne Moore.    

Rise of the Planet of the Apes ★★★★
9.00-11.05pm Film4

Caesar the chimp aims to be top banana after being injected with drugs that make him super-smart and vengeful. It could happen.

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery ★★★★
9.00-11.00pm Movie Mix 

Oh, behave! Mike Myers’ groovy super spy will split your sides, even without the martial arts training. A comedy classic.    


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