The Place beyond the Pines, Edward Scissorhands, Casino Royale: films on TV today

Ryan Gosling turns to crime, Johnny Depp goes all goth, and Daniel Craig earns his licence to kill: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today

ANDREW COLLINS:  FILM OF THE DAY 
The Place beyond the Pines ★★★★
11.30pm-1.55am C4 

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I hope you are able to see this melodrama from Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) without knowing too much in advance how it plays out. The trailer – which reveals the brooding Ryan Gosling as a stunt motorcycle rider and father of Eva Mendes’s baby son, and chiselled Bradley Cooper as a cop who confounds a bank heist – seems to give a lot away. But that’s only the half of it. With its diners, carnivals, trailers, auto shops and First National banks, the film presents almost a caricature of small-town America. But this is a sincere indie drama with a high-class cast, and one that isn’t afraid of having a character stop at a crossroads on his motorbike when he’s at a crossroads in his life. Neither is it afraid of embracing big themes like fatherhood, honour and the American Dream. All this and a superb score that combines Mike Patton (from rock band Faith No More), Bruce Springsteen and classical composer Arvo Part. A moody treat.


Fast Girls ★★★
1.50-3.35pm C4 

Members of a female sprint relay team not only have to overcome their opponents but personal rivalries, too. Being Human’s Lenora Crichlow and Downton’s Lily James are the girls on either side of the class divide.    


Casino Royale ★★★★
10.15pm-12.55am ITV 

Daniel Craig effortlessly makes James Bond his own as the 21st movie in the series goes back to basics, and establishes a 007 fit for the 21st Century.     


Edward Scissorhands ★★★★★
5.30-7.35pm E4 

In the first of eight collaborations Johnny Depp and director Tim Burton take a literally scathing swipe at life in  suburbia, as Depp’s everyboy shreds everything he touches.     


Quadrophenia ★★★★
11.00pm-1.25am ITV4 

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