Pitch Black, Iron Man, Grabbers, Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, and Nymphomaniac Volume 1: films on TV today

Vin Diesel is kept in the dark, suits you sir, drink and survive, Michael Douglas is a bit dodgy, and it's a hard life for Charlotte: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today

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ANDREW COLLINS:  FILM OF THE DAY 
Pitch Black ★★★★
10.55pm-1.05am Movie Mix 

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There’s a fourth part of the Chronicles of Riddick sci-fi franchise in the pipeline according to a Facebook post from star Vin Diesel, thanks to almost $100 million at the box office and brisk DVD sales for 2013’s third part. Writer/director David Twohy’s 1999 original is always worth a watch, as it has all the invention and cunning on a relatively modest $23 million budget. In it, a transport shuttle with 40 passengers, including convict Diesel, crash-lands on a planet that, inconveniently, is about to enter a lengthy eclipse, plunging all and sundry into, yes, pitch black. Goodies and baddies unite for survival as indigenous nocturnal creatures awake with the scent of blood and, naturally, Diesel’s musclebound, baritone-voiced recidivist proves he’s really a team player. It’s an ingenious, tightly staged action chamber piece and if only its sequels had stuck to its less-is-more ethos, the series might not have bloated so. Still, fingers crossed for part four, sometime in the future.


Iron Man ★★★★
9.00-11.25pm Film4 

Robert Downey Jr may be wearing an iron suit but his turn as a flawed superhero is brilliantly textured in this comic-book caper.


Grabbers ★★★★
10.40pm-12.35am Horror Channel 

Aliens arrive in small Irish town in this enjoyably offbeat comedy horror and the only way the locals can survive is to get blotto. Yeah, any excuse.


Beyond a Reasonable Doubt ★★
11.00pm-1.00am Spike 

Hotshot attorney Michael Douglas’ brilliant career might be down to dodgy dealings.  Reporter Jesse Metcalf makes it his mission to expose the truth, but you could end up caring less.


Nymphomaniac Vol I ★★★★ 
Premiere 11.25pm-1.45am Film4 

Does what it says on the tin. Charlotte Gainsbourg’s sex addict spills the beans to Stellan Skarsgard with the likes of Shia LaBeouf and Uma Thurman along for the rides. If you can keep up, Volume 2 is showing tomorrow.

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