Panic Room, Runaway Jury, The Mist: films on TV today

Foster fights intruders, a courtroom thriller and Stephen King's blood-thirsty mutants: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today




Panic Room ★★★
11.05pm-1.25am Movie Mix 

David Fincher’s focused urban siege thriller has curiosity value for Twilight fans, as Kristen Stewart, who was only 11 when the movie was released in the States, plays Jodie Foster’s daughter. The pair are unexpectedly trapped behind the steel door of the titular refuge when their palatial New York brownstone is breached. Written by David Koepp, the film’s skill is in using every inch of what’s between the home’s four walls to build tension, as the burglars, led by Jared Leto and Forest Whitaker, seek to gain entry to the panic room, where the safe is. “Action mom” Foster does her damnedest to repel borders, while Stewart complicates matters by having a diabetic seizure. Threat levels rise along with the ingenuity of both parties, and we’ll all be double-checking the bolts before bedtime. 

Runaway Jury ★★★
6.30-9.00pm Film4 

It’s a case of who’s conning who when the gun industry is put on trial because of a maniac’s shooting spree. Gene Hackman oozes vulpine cool as the jury fixer, Dustin Hoffman is all heart as a crusading lawyer, but whose side are John Cusack and Rachel Weisz on? It’s fun to find out.    

Mrs Winterbourne ★★★
6.50-9.00pm Movie Mix 

Ricki Lake stars as a pregnant teen who is mistaken for the daughter-in-law of a wealthy matriarch and proves she has more to her than her Oprah-lite chat show.    

The Mist ★★★
9.00-11.35pm Horror Channel 

After The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, director Frank Darabont went for a Stephen King trio with this deceptively dark saga of mutant critters on the loose.    

Warm Bodies ★★★
10.50pm-12.45am Film4 

There are difficult relationships and really difficult relationships, but when Teresa Palmer’s new beau (Nicholas Hoult) turns out to be a flesh-eating zombie she thinks twice before taking him home to meet mum.    


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