Girl, Interrupted, Hot Fuzz, Under Siege: films on TV today

Sociopath Angelina Jolie takes on the institution, gung-ho Simon Pegg takes on a village, and ship's cook Steven Seagal takes on all-comers: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today

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ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY 
Girl, Interrupted ★★★
11.15pm-1.50am Movie Mix

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Based on Susanna Kaysen’s memoir of life in a psychiatric hospital in the 1960s, co-writer/director James Mangold’s film earned a best supporting actress Oscar for Angelina Jolie, which cemented her career, though it was the passion of its star Winona Ryder (listed as executive producer) that helped get it made. It’s not quite One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Whoopi Goldberg’s matron is no Nurse Ratched – but similar anti-authoritarian bonds are forged between overdose victim Ryder and her less hinged co-patients, notably Jolie’s free-spirited, McMurphy-like sociopath, Elisabeth Moss’s burn victim and Clea DuVall’s pathological liar. It sometimes seems like a riotous girls’ high-school caper, but the consequences are severe and the message about the ineffectuality of reflex incarceration hammered home. Kaysen didn’t much like the film.


Hot Fuzz ★★★★
9.00-11.25pm ITV2 

A string of grisly murders gives city cop Simon Pegg the suspicion that his new crime-free village is rotten to the core, in this gleeful pastiche of action thrillers, the second movie in Pegg and director Edgar Wright’s Cornetto trilogy. 


Under Siege ★★★★
9.00-11.15pm 5★

Tommy Lee Jones and his terrorist gang didn’t bank on ship’s cook Steven Seagal being a former Navy SEAL when they hijacked his ship. Andrew Davis’s slick flick is a well-stocked life raft on the sea of variable Seagal movies.


Runaway Bride ★★★
6.45-9.00pm Film Four 

The Pretty Woman team of Julia Roberts, Richard Gere and director Garry Marshall reunite for this lightly baked tale of a serial altar-phobe and the columnist who regrets exposing her. It’s well done, but maybe if they had also tempted Pretty Woman writer JF Lawton back, the movie would have had that bit more zip.


Blue Thunder ★★★
9.00-11.15pm Movie Mix 

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If your only experience of the high-tech helicopter is the TV series with James Farentino as the LAPD pilot, take a look at Saturday Night Fever director John Badham’s original, more macho movie. Roy Scheider stars as the maverick pilot recruited into a secret government programme called THOR (see, that’s better already).