Jackie Brown, Bend of the River, The School of Rock: films on TV today

Tarantino's smuggling stewardess, James Stewart's powerhouse western and Jack Black's rock 'n' roll masterclass : the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today




Jackie Brown ★★★★
10.00pm-1.10am ITV4 

This is the ideal combination for a thriller – a novel (Rum Punch) by Elmore Leonard,adapted and directed by Quentin Tarantino. Both are notable for producing sharp, cool dialogue and there’s plenty of that in this intricate tale of money smuggling, murder and double cross. Small-time airline stewardess Pam Grier (heroine of many blaxploitation movies in the 1970s) smuggles money from Mexico to gunrunner Samuel L Jackson in LA.But when the Feds arrest her and charge her with drug dealing, she decides to play cops and robbers against each other —a dangerous business since a narked Jackson tends to kill without mercy. A smart, fast, beautifully played movie, which also involves Robert De Niro, Bridget Fonda and Robert Forster

Bend of the River ★★★★
11.15am-1.05pm More4 

James Stewart is superb in this gritty, tense western about a wagon-train scout who rescues a horse thief from a lynching. Giving new credibility to Stewart’s screen image this western is worth its weight in gold. 

The Jane Austen Book Club ★★★
6.45-9.00pm Movie Mix 

Jane Austen is about to take a bite out of the big screen with the release of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies so why not feed your Austen appetite with this witty and engaging romcom about a book group who find their personal dramas are echoed in her most famous works.  

The School of Rock ★★★★
8.00-10.10pm E4 

Mr Chips goes electric, as fake supply teacher Jack Black brings the joys of rock music to the pampered pupils of a private school. This is one to treasure.    

Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb ★★★
9.00-10.55pm Horror Channel 

This menacing Hammer horror is dripping with irony and stars Valerie Leon who is possessed by the spirit of an ancient Egyptian queen. 


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