Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Burn after Reading: films on TV today

Arnie is back, but so is Voldemort, and as for Brad Pitt, George Clooney and JK Simmons, they barely know where they are: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day ★★★★★
11.10pm-1.45am C4 

The enduring dystopian franchise is enjoying its reboot (Terminator: Genisys) in cinemas, with Arnold Schwarzenegger reprising his role as the T-800 cyborg of the title. In the spirit of its time-travel motif, let’s rewind, past the humourless fourth and belated third episodes to the bona-fide classic, Terminator 2. Directed and co-written by James Cameron, it’s an exhibition match of intelligent, witty, noisy multiplex-aimed action; a high-water mark for expensive blockbusters. Cameron advances his man-versus-machine saga with towering confidence. His masterstroke? Flipping Arnie from the villainous bot of the first film to this sequel’s saviour. Edward Furlong plays the boy who will one day save humanity, John Connor, and his smart-mouthed relationship with his mechanical protector gives the action its dramatic and humorous backbone. Meanwhile, the shape-shifting antics of the T-1000 terminator (Robert Patrick) showcased the film’s pioneering digital effects – old hat now, but all new in 1991. And today Sky Action/Adventure is having an Arnie Day, showing Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines among their pumped-up classics.  


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ★★★★

7.00-10.00pm ITV 

Round six in the battle between Harry and Lord Voldemort, and if that wasn’t enough, apparently even boy wizards have hormones.     


Burn after Reading ★★★★
11.15pm-12.55am ITV 

An immensely stupid blackmail scheme leads to violence in this devilish black comedy from the Coen brothers. Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand and George Clooney star.    


2012 ★★★
6.55-10.00pm 5★ 

John Cusack stars as the would-be novelist trying to save his family as Earth gets another hammering in Roland Emmerich’s disaster movie to end all disaster movies.     


PREMIERE

The Three Stooges ★★★

7.10-9.00pm Film Four 

The 1930s comedians are updated to the world of smartphones and reality TV in a peppy reworking with standout set pieces mixing comedy with lashings of cartoon violence.  


  

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