Tower Block, The Adjustment Bureau, Chinatown: films on TV today

Sheridan Smith is targeted, Matt Damon is pursued and Jack Nicholson snoops around: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today


Tower Block ★★★★
9.00-10.55pm 5STAR 


From the fertile mind of screenwriter James Moran (Severance, Cockneys vs Zombies) comes a thriller at the economic sharp end that nobody could mistake for Ben Stiller’s slick, expensive Tower Heist. Resourcefully and effectively staged by James Nunn and Ronnie Thompson in their co-directorial feature debut, we focus on the last remaining tenants of a condemned London block when an unseen sniper starts to pick them off from a vantage point.Familiar TV faces Sheridan Smith, Julie Graham and Russell Tovey join the seasoned Ralph Brown (Withnail & I) and the mighty Jack O’Connell in a risky escape, with internal conflict a constant disuniting force. There is something of the classic disaster movie about this motley gang in a fight for survival but leavened by social realism and a near-total lack of glamour. Amid the laser sights and sudden death, there is a backstory here, too. It forms a pair with another low-budget Brit tower-block thriller, Containment.

The Adjustment Bureau ★★★
9.00-11.05pm E4 

This sci-fi tale based on a typically knotty Philip K Dick story sees Matt Damon fall for Emily Blunt, but fate (in the shape of some sharp-suited secret agents) has other plans.    

Die Another Day ★★★
10.40pm-1.05am ITV 

A megalomaniac with ideas above his station, a sexy woman with a ridiculous name (Jinx) and an invisible car: it must be Bond. Pierce Brosnan is as suave as ever in his swan song as 007.    

Pitch Black ★★★★
9.00-11.10pm Movie Mix 

Afraid of the dark? The crew of a crashed transport ship has to rely on criminal Vin Diesel’s eyes when the strange planet’s total eclipse brings flesh-eating creatures out into the open.    

Chinatown ★★★★★
12.35-2.55am C4 

Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway suffer a fatal attraction in Roman Polanski’s unforgettable modern film noir about the sleazy underbelly of 1930s Los Angeles.    


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