Snow White and the Huntsman, The Fifth Element, The Troll Hunter: films on TV today

Kristen Stewart battles for the throne, there's a strange fare for cabbie Bruce Willis, and Nordic nasties go on the rampage: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today




Snow White and the Huntsman ★★★
9.00-11.25pm Film4 

Cinderella, Hansel & Gretel and Snow White have all recently enjoyed modern interpretations and the industry standard for such is tween-aimed, CGI-heavy action fantasy adventure. Snow White and the Huntsman plays that card without restraint. If you liked Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and Catherine Hardwicke’s Red Riding Hood, you’ll love the way director Rupert Sanders whips this into a thudding medieval-ish epic, with no less than Twilight’s Kristen Stewart as the scowly, armour-plated Amazonian warrior version of the title character. There are eight dwarves, too, but they’re not very funny, and Chris Hemsworth channels Thor as the hunk of a huntsman sent by Charlize Theron’s pantomimically evil Queen to kill the apple-muncher. It looks great, but lacks heart, and you may yearn for the romance and fidelity of Disney’s recent Cinderella. 

Shallow Hal ★★★
6.45-9.00pm Film4 

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder for Jack Black’s mesmerised sexist when obese Gwyneth Paltrow (in a fat suit) becomes the object of desire .     

The Fifth Element ★★★★
9.00-11.35pm 5★ 

Bruce Willis drives a cab through a futuristic New York in a genuine trip of a sci-fi thriller from director Luc Besson. Saving the world puts an extra few miles on the meter.    

The Fury ★★★★
10.40pm-12.55am Horror Channel 

Brian de Palma’s Carrie blazed a terror trail back in 1976, and this follow-up  continued the director’s fascination with telekinetic teens. Expect the unexpected.    

The Troll Hunter ★★★★
11.25pm-1.30am Film4 

If you watch one Norwegian monster movie tonight, make it this loopy horror, in which a film crew captures evidence of trolls living in the back of beyond. And they’re not a friendly bunch.  


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