Elysium, Drag Me to Hell, Places in the Heart: films on TV today

Watch Matt Damon going action sci-fi, Alison Lohman heading for Hades, and Sally Field clinching her second Oscar: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today




Elysium ★★★
9.00-11.10pm 5STAR 

Matt Damon may be back in his comfort zone as Jason Bourne in the upcoming cinema release, but here he is stretching himself on set and in the gym in South African writer/director Neill Blomkamp’s follow-up to his cult debut District 9. This time the setting is an impoverished Los Angeles barrio in a two-tier society in 2154. Damon’s shaven-headed drone is irradiated in an industrial accident and plots to hijack his way to medical treatment on Elysium, the man-made paradise in space where the rich reside. But Sharlto Copley’s hitman is assigned to stop him, under orders from Jodie Foster’s chillingly malevolent defence secretary. An immaculately designed world and carefully mapped narrative are ultimately lost under textbook lock-and-load sci-fi bluster and booming overstatement as Damon, in full-metal armature, transforms into a Nietzschean superman. 

Places in the Heart ★★★★

6.40-9.00pm Movie Mix 

We all remember Sally Field’s Oscar acceptance speech – “you like me, right now, you like me! – but how about the film she won the award for? It’s a beautiful heart-twanger in which Field and farm hand Danny Glover fight the elements and the Klan in Depression-era America.  

The Wolverine ★★★

9.00-11.25pm Film4 

Hugh Jackman returns as the steely, surly and super-sideburned mutant superhero in this X-Men spin-off, which finds the him battling ninjas and the yakuza in Japan.     

The Krays ★★★★

9.00-11.35pm ITV4 

While Tom Hardy recently gave us his Ronnie and Reggie Kray, here’s the Kemp brothers doing it their way in 1990. It shouldn’t work – pop stars as lairy East End gangsters – but it does, and is their finest cinematic hour.  

Drag Me to Hell ★★★★

11.10pm-1.15am 5STAR 

Mortgage broker Alison Lohman is cursed when she forces an old woman to lose her home in this horror from Sam Raimi that throws up some sickly scares.    


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