Super 8, Men in Black, Skyfall, Trance, Step Brothers: films on TV today

Ready for their close-up, black is the new black, it's all up to Bond again, art for art's sake, brotherly love: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today


Super 8 ★★★★
PREMIERE  9.00-11.15pm C4


Sure to prick the nostalgia glands of anyone old enough to have grown up in the 70s – the sight of an Aurora glow-in-the-dark Hunchback of Notre Dame model gave me an early Proustian rush – Super 8 is a pacey, 1979-set tale of suburban school-age derring-do in the face of disbelieving adults. Written and directed by future Star Wars/Trek custodian JJ Abrams, it’s a stylistic love letter to Steven Spielberg (who also produced it), in which likeable unknown Joel Courtney and rising star Elle Fanning lead a teen gang in smalltown Ohio who inadvertently capture something mysterious while shooting an amateur horror movie on a Super 8mm camera. Kyle Chandler is the stoic deputy sheriff and dad who tries to maintain control when the military move in and young voices go unheeded. With an overall sense of The Goonies and ET, this good-natured, not-too-scary thriller is whipped along by Michael Giacchino’s John Williams-like score. Look out for Dan Castellaneta (the voice of Homer Simpson).

Men in Black ★★★★
7.00-9.00pm C4 

Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith on their first mission as secret agents to monitor alien activity have to save the whole of mankind. No pressure then.

Skyfall ★★★★★
8.00-10.45pm ITV 

Bond smashed box office records thanks to a mean and moody Daniel Craig and a shocking, melodramatic twist from director Sam Mendes.

Trance ★★★
11.15pm-1.10am C4 

Prepare to be dizzied by Danny Boyle’s head-shrinking heist thriller. It stars James McAvoy as a fine-art auctioneer trying to piece his memory back together.

Step Brothers ★★★
11.00pm-1.05am 5STAR 

Will Ferrell and John C Reilly have a great time in this raucous comedy about two middle-aged men who never grew up, got sense or even moved out of the family home. 


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