Wreck-It Ralph, The Sound of Music, Tangled, A Good Day to Die Hard, Pulp Fiction: films on TV today

Taking each game as it comes, Julie breaks the habit, bad hair day, a chip off Bruce's block, and ours is a Royale with cheese: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today

Wreck-It Ralph ★★★
PREMIERE  4.30-6.05pm BBC1


This beautifully designed and cleverly conceived computer- animated fantasy from Disney harks back to the Space Invaders/Pac-Man heyday of crude 1980s arcade games, hence a nostalgic appeal for ex-gamer grown-ups (or gamers who never grew up). However, the moralistic story and wacky, bendy style are squarely aimed at kids, who I’m told love the film. It’s directed by Simpsons/Futurama alumnus Rich Moore and features John C Reilly as the voice of the titular antagonist (from the fictional 30-year-old arcade game Fix-It Felix) who craves affirmation for what he does. After the arcade closes, the characters come to life at night and interact; Ralph Ð first seen in a brilliantly staged villain support group Ð enters a shooting game in order to win a medal and the crazy, inter-game plot spirals from there. Hip comedy voice casting (Sarah Silverman, Mindy Kaling, 30 Rock’s Jack McBrayer) will mean little to the casual viewer, so just strap in for an imaginative, fast-paced and gloriously daft ride.

The Sound of Music ★★★★★
1.15-4.05pm BBC1 

The timeless musical starring Julie Andrews that must top a record number of guilty pleasure lists.

Tangled ★★★★
6.00-8.00pm C4 

“Rapunzel, Rapunzel… let down your hair.” Mandy Moore lends her voice to the  princess with the impressive tresses in Disney’s sparkling take on the fairy tale.

A Good Day to Die Hard ★★
PREMIERE  9.00-11.00pm C4 

Bruce Willis is still taking the flak as New York cop John McClane, going up against the Russian mob this time. More fireworks than New Year’s Eve.

Pulp Fiction ★★★★★
10.00pm-12.50am Dave 

Quentin Tarantino’s influential crime pic will make you crave a cheeseburger, but there’s much else to savour, including John Travolta’s supersize comeback.


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