Gattaca, Adventureland, Three Fugitives: films on TV today

A sci-fi tale with good breeding, Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg have all the fun of the fair, and a rollicking odd-couple crime comedy: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today



Gattaca ★★★★
9.00-11.15pm Movie Mix 

Socially engaged writer/director Andrew Niccol (The Truman Show, In Time) impressed with his debut, a cool, dystopian fable in which social class is based on genetic perfection and can be antenatally programmed, at a price. Ethan Hawke, deemed “valid”, wins a place on the space programme, but all is not as it seems at the aerospace corporation. I defy you not to be drawn into this brilliantly designed world, elegantly scored, deftly paced and ultimately chilling. Gattaca is a minor modern classic.

Three Fugitives ★★★
12.15-1.45am BBC1 

Martin Short and Nick Nolte make for a very odd couple indeed in this sweet remake of the French farce Les Fugitifs. Short is an inept bank robber desperate to care for his autistic daughter, but when ex-con Nolte becomes caught up in his plans, the trio are forced to go on the lam.

The Conspirator ★★★
1.35-3.35am C4 

Robert Redford directs this worthy, if a trifle dull, historical drama. James McAvoy is charged with defending widow Robin Wright, the lone woman charged with conspiracy in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. 

Adventureland ★★★★
9.00-10.40pm BBC3 

Twilight’s Kristen Stewart proves a smart foil for Jesse Eisenberg’s charming geek in a resonant coming-of-age tale set in an amusement park.    

The Butterfly Effect ★★★
10.00pm-12.20am ITV2 

Ashton Kutcher made a first stab at serious acting here, in a supernatural tale that asks what might happen if you could go back and change the past.


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