Public Enemies, Cast Away, The Science of Sleep, Good Morning Vietnam, Easy A: films on TV today

A one-man crime wave, an island getaway, lost in a daydream and a rude awakening: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today


Public Enemies ★★★★
10.40pm-1.05am ITV


Michael Mann’s flawed but absorbing film deals with the last months in the life of America’s Public Enemy Number One, John Dillinger. It’s absorbing because what Dillinger did in that time — escaping from jail, robbing police stations, taking part in gunfights and constantly taunting the cops — was remarkable; flawed partly because your sympathies should be with Melvin Purvis, the FBI agent pursuing Dillinger. But they’re not because Dillinger is played by Johnny Depp and Purvis by Christian Bale, and it’s the cool, ironic Depp who has the charisma. Along with crime and violence we also have Dillinger’s romance with a waitress, Billie Frechette (Marion Cotillard), all of which adds up to a very watchable movie with fine performances all round. On the debit side we’re not told why Dillinger took to a life of crime and everything unfolds rather too gravely. You do feel that even murderous bank robbers must have had their lighter moments, but we’re not shown any.

Cast Away ★★★
11.20pm-1.30am BBC1 

Tom Hanks spends most of this film alone, bearded and talking to a volleyball. But it’s affecting, thoughtful, and includes a crash course in do-it-yourself dentistry. (Although, seriously folks, don’t try this at home!)

The Science of Sleep ★★
11.30pm-1.10am BBC2 

Gael Garcia Bernal indulges in a rich fantasy world, almost missing the real-life woman of his dreams (Charlotte Gainsbourg). One of director Michel Gondry’s barmiest films – and that’s saying something.

Good Morning, Vietnam ★★★
11.40pm-1.45am C4 

The late great Robin Williams in what was probably his career best performance, almost literally bouncing off the walls as a DJ for US Armed Forces radio in the ‘Nam.

Easy A ★★★★
11.00pm-12.50am Film4 

In this smart comedy, Emma Stone stars as a high-school nobody who becomes a somebody after spreading nasty rumours – about herself.    


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