Men in Black 3, Friends with Benefits, The Disappearance of Alice Creed: films on TV today

Josh Brolin in an MiB black suit, Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis in a no-strings relationship, and Gemma Arterton in a hostage situation: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today

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Men in Black 3 ★★★★
9.00-11.10pm Film4 

Fans of the series had to wait ten years for this second sequel to Men in Black. Worth the wait? Well, this is not as good as the original but certainly better than MIB2 so, yes, it probably was. Here Boris Johnson… no, sorry, Boris the Animal (Jemaine Clement), a Boglodite alien, returns to Earth in 2012 seeking revenge on Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) who, in 1969, had shot Boris’s left arm off, and captured and deported him. Oh, and he also wants to lead a Boglodite invasion to take over the world. So Boris goes back to 1969 to kill Agent K, which naturally leads to K’s old partner Agent J (Will Smith) also returning to 1969 where he meets the younger K (Josh Brolin) and strives to prevent the murder of the older one. It’s all nonsense, of course, but quite agreeable nonsense. The main problem is that the best alien jokes were used up in the first film.


Live and Let Die ★★★★

11.10pm-1.25am ITV 

Roger Moore’s debut as 007 sees him heading to New Orleans, hooking up with Jane Seymour and attempting to foil a voodoo-flavoured plot to flood the world with drugs.      


The Disappearance of Alice Creed ★★★

11.35pm-1.10am BBC2 

J Blakeson’s inventive British thriller is a tense kidnap tale with a great set-up and a nice change for glamorous Gemma Arterton, who plays the spoilt daughter of a millionaire.     


Awakenings ★★★★

6.35-9.00pm Movie Mix 

The true story of a neurologist who managed to rouse coma patients after decades in stasis. Robin Williams plays doctor to Robert De Niro and if the film is a bit melodramatic, it doesn’t make the events any less remarkable.    


Friends with Benefits ★★★

9.00-11.10pm E4 

Good-looking duo Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis play the pals who embark on a sex-only relationship — only for that ol’ devil called love to mess up their arrangements.    


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