Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Von Ryan’s Express, Miss Congeniality, X-Men, Killing Them Softly: films on TV today

Robots, Nazis, beauty queens and mutants: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today

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ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
Terminator 2: Judgment Day ★★★★★
9.00-11.50pm ITV4 

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The enduring dystopian franchise enjoyed another reboot last year (Terminator: Genisys) with Arnold Schwarzenegger reprising his role as the T-800 cyborg of the title. In the spirit of its time-travel motif, let’s rewind, past the humourless fourth and belated third episodes to the bona-fide classic, Terminator 2. Directed and co-written by James Cameron, it’s an exhibition match of intelligent, witty, noisy multiplex-aimed action; a high-water mark for expensive blockbusters. Cameron advances his man-versus-machine saga with towering confidence. His masterstroke? Flipping Arnie from the villainous bot of the first film to this sequel’s saviour. Edward Furlong plays the boy who will one day save humanity, John Connor, and his smart-mouthed relationship with his mechanical protector gives the action its dramatic and humorous backbone. Meanwhile, the shape-shifting antics of the T-1000 terminator (Robert Patrick) showcased the film’s pioneering digital effects — old hat now, but all new in 1991. 


Von Ryan’s Express ★★★
11.05am-1.25pm More4 

Frank Sinatra takes centre stage here as an American PoW who takes on the Nazis — and he’s doing it his way…


Miss Congeniality ★★★★
8.00-10.10pm 5STAR 

Sandra Bullock shows she’s more than just a pretty face in this wry caper, playing an undercover cop at a beauty pageant. Michael Caine is her weary mentor. 


X-Men ★★★
9.00-11.05pm E4 

This is where it all began for the hit Marvel franchise. Before making his debut here as Wolverine, Hugh Jackman was just some hairy bloke from Snowy River. 


Killing Them Softly ★★★
10.55pm-12.50am Film4 

Brad Pitt is a world-weary hit-man in a neat little thriller that, indirectly, takes aim at the white collar criminals who sparked the global financial crisis. Worth a look, if you haven’t already had enough of cutthroat politics this week…


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