Rio, The Mummy, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Happy Feet, West: films on TV today

Exotic birds dance and sing, an Ancient Egyptian curse and Nic Cage plucking heartstrings: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today


Rio ★★★★
3.30-5.30pm C4 


Brazilian film-maker Carlos Saldanha, who directed/co-directed Ice Age 1-3, leaves the frozen prehistoric world of Manny, Sid and Diego behind for the contemporary culture of his South American birthplace. This dazzlingly colourful, mischievous musical adventure quickly migrates from small-town Minnesota to the carnival atmosphere of Rio de Janeiro. Jesse Eisenberg adds a nasal inflection to the voice of domesticated, flightless blue macaw Blu, whose adoptive bookshop owner (Leslie Mann) takes him back to Rio in order to mate (he’s the last male of the species) with the aviary-incarcerated Jewel (Anne Hathaway). The head-spinning action involves rare-bird smugglers, a flight to freedom and assorted non-human supporting players including a samba-loving canary (Jamie Foxx), a salivating bulldog (30 Rock’s Tracy Morgan) and a villainous cockatoo (Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement). It’s fast and furious, with songs by and Brazilian veteran Sergio Mendes.

The Mummy ★★★
4.15-6.30pm ITV 

Brendan Fraser teams up with librarian Rachel Weisz and kicks sand in the face of an ancient Egyptian villain, risen from the dead. A rollicking, old-fashioned adventure with new-fangled visual effects.

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin ★★
10.20pm-12.40am ITV 

If you can get past Nicolas Cage’s OTT Italian accent,  you might enjoy the sun-kissed romance that unfolds between his eponymous captain and Penelope Cruz on the Greek island of Cephalonia during the Second World War.

Happy Feet ★★★★
4.05-6.15pm ITV2 

This delightful tale of the twinkle-toed penguin whose colony only values singing has an A-list voice cast – and should carry its own extra-cute warning.    

West ★★★
10.30pm-12.05am BBC4 

This poignant story of a woman trying to cross The Berlin Wall is a timely reminder of the struggles faced by asylum seekers in the Europe of today.  



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