The Croods, Jurassic Park, Puss in Boots, Skyfall, The Bourne Ultimatum: films on TV today

A modern stoneage family, doyouthinktheysaurus?, fur balls, Bond is back, and Matt finds out who he is: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today


The Croods ★★★
PREMIERE 4.45-6.10pm BBC1 


A computer animation on a sometimes awe-inspiring scale from DreamWorks, The Croods plays fast and loose with prehistory – but that never harmed the Ice Age series. It centres on a family of cavepeople who find that the end of the world opens up a new dawn of possibilities – and dangers. Overprotective dad Grug (Nicolas Cage) thinks the clan – including mum (Catherine Keener), scary Gran (Cloris Leachman) and the surprisingly modern teenage daughter (Emma Stone, who sassily narrates the prologue, “Welcome to my world…”) – should stay in the cave. But after an earthquake destroys it, a hip nomad (Ryan Reynolds) leads them across foreign, Avatar-like terrain to a new place to dwell. The animation is exceptional, with roving camera and spectacle aplenty; the fire and volcanic explosions are out of this world. The creatures, especially a giant sabre-toothed cat, are colourful and inventive, and the message – you only live once! – is sound enough.

Jurassic Park ★★★★★
1.20-3.40pm ITV 

Steven Spielberg’s original about the terrifying dinosaurs retains its jaw-dropping appeal.

Puss in Boots ★★★★
3.25-4.45pm BBC1 

After stealing the show as the swashbuckling kitty in Shrek 2, Antonio Banderas gets his own spin-off full of rapier wit and warm, fuzzy charm.

Skyfall ★★★★★
8.30-11.20pm ITV2 

Bond smashed box office records thanks to a mean and moody Daniel Craig and a shocking, melodramatic twist from director Sam Mendes.

The Bourne Ultimatum ★★★★★
11.20pm-1.35am ITV2 

Matt Damon is the man of mystery closing in on his true identity as the blistering action trilogy reaches its climax.


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