The Bling Ring, Bridesmaids, Mr & Mrs Smith: films on TV today

Emma Watson's Hollywood heist, husband and wife assassins and the bachelorette party from hell: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today




The Bling Ring ★★★★
11.25pm-1.10am Film4 

In 2012, a group of privileged teenagers were sentenced for burgling the houses of celebrities (including Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom and Lindsay Lohan) for illicit kicks and social infamy, taking around $3m. This is the implausible but true basis for writer/director Sofia Coppola’s fifth film, which re-creates the vicarious mayhem in pop-video style and to an extent satirises vapid celeb culture. It also gives Emma Watson her breakout part as one of the LA airheads who can’t form sentences without using the word “like”. Hilton and her house cameo as themselves, as if to square the self-reflexive circle, and as long as you don’t expect to get inside the perpetrators’ pretty little heads, as a real-life crime drama, it’s certainly refreshingly different. 

The Hunchback of Notre Dame ★★★★
6.55-9.00pm Movie Mix 

A superb adaptation of Victor Hugo’s gothic tale with brilliant performances from its captivating lead actors, Anthony Hopkins and Derek Jacobi. 

Bridesmaids ★★★★★
9.00-11.25pm Film4 

The happiest day of her life? Things go a bit awry for Maya Rudolph when girlfriends Kristen Wiig and Rose Byrne sharpen those false nails and compete for organisational honours.    

Independence Day ★★★★
9.00-11.50pm E4 

With the sequel in cinemas, here’s another chance to see Will Smith in action, 20 years ago, zapping alien invaders.

Mr & Mrs Smith ★★★
9.50pm-12.10am 5STAR 

Undercover assassins Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie put the spark back into their marriage when they are assigned to bump each other off.     


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