Quills, Leviathan, Enemy Mine: films on TV today

The Marquis De Sade gets a taste of his own medicine, fishermen face the formidable North Atlantic, and a human and an alien join forces: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today

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BARRY NORMAN: FILM OF THE DAY

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Quills  ★★★★★
1.05-3.30am Movie Mix

Philip Kaufman’s fictionalised account of the last years of the Marquis De Sade (Geoffrey Rush) in the lunatic asylum of Charenton was given an 18 certificate in the UK on account of its contents, including horror, sex, violence, sexual violence and madness. Sounds grim but it’s actually quite fascinating. Rush smuggles his subversive writings out of the asylum via a maid (Kate Winslet) until they annoy Napoleon. Bad move. The asylum is run by an enlightened Abbeacute (Joaquin Phoenix), who lusts secretly after Winslet. But things change drastically when Boney dispatches a hard man (Michael Caine) to shut the Marquis up. Some of the scenes will take you aback but an excellent cast and a literate script make it well worth watching.


Leviathan  ★★★
11.00am-12.55pm Film Four 

There’s plenty more fish in the sea: North Atlantic fishermen go about their daily business in the premiere showing of this hypnotic documentary that approaches its subject with a unflinching eye.   


Enemy Mine  ★★★★
4.55-7.00pm Movie Mix

Human Dennis Quaid and alien Louis Gossett Jr are on opposite sides of an intergalactic war in this lively and thought-provoking adventure. When they crash on a remote planet, the two must team up if they are ever to find freedom.


Jurassic Park III  ★★★
7.10-9.00pm ITV2

Jurassic World is due in cinemas next summer, so catch up with the last instalment in the franchise. Sam Neill returns to Isla Sorna where, as ever, the dinosaurs are more than a match for their human counterparts. 


In Time  ★★★★
9.00-11.20pm 5★

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It’s well worth investing a couple of hours in this Justin Timberlake thriller, set in a world where time is money – literally. He plays a lowly worker who takes on the establishment in a dramatic race-against-time.