Hancock, Safety Not Guaranteed, Pimpernel Smith: films on TV today

A superhero with a difference, a time travel adventure with a twist, and is that the Scarlet Pimpernel battling the Nazis? The RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today

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Hancock ★★★
10.00-11.55pm 5★

Does anyone not love Will Smith? I mean, it’s pretty much impossible not to be charmed by his presence, whatever he’s in. And I fear Hancock is one of those films that largely gets by on Smith’s X-factor alone. The fact that its screenplay had been knocking around for ten years need not concern us – indeed, it was knocked into shape by, among others, Vince Gilligan, writer of Breaking Bad – but its central premise of an alcoholic superhero’s rehabilitation by a PR man is just not quite funny or credible enough to sustain it. Jason Bateman is charming as the PR, and it’s always thrilling to see our own Eddie Marsan in a Hollywood movie, but Smith has a tough time toggling between comedy and something more melancholy, and the special effects control the story, even though director Peter Berg can do action. A box-office hit, so rumours of a sequel continue to circulate. 


Pimpernel Smith ★★★★
4.30-6.55pm Film Four 

The great Leslie Howard directs himself in this tongue-in-cheek update of The Scarlet Pimpernel that sees a meek university professor battling the oafish Nazis. 


All in Good Time ★★★
7.10-9.00pm Movie Mix 

A British Asian couple are forced to honeymoon with his family in this witty comedy all about sex, and the newlyweds’ lack thereof.  


Honey, I Shrunk the Kids ★★★★
8.00-10.00pm 5★ 

Rick Moranis is just perfect as the inventor who miniaturises his and the neighbour’s kids, and a normal garden becomes a perilous jungle in this great family movie.     


Safety Not Guaranteed ★★★★
Premiere 10.45pm-12.25am Film Four 

When a shelf stacker advertisers for companions to join him time-travelling, three inquisitive journalists turn up looking for an easy “nutter” story. But has he got more going on upstairs than they think?    


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