Eight films to watch out for on Freeview TV this week
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof Sat 17/6 BBC2 @ 14:30
A birthday party brings a family together but secrets, tensions, illness and forbidden longings threaten to spill over. A powerful and multi-layered Southern set melodrama based on the famous Tennessee Williams play. Paul Newman is great in his role but Burl Ives and, especially, Elizabeth Taylor give career best performances here.
Easy A Sat 17/6 E4 @ 21:00
A clean cut goodie two shoes decides to spread lies about herself in school to get a reputation. She enjoys her new found notoriety until...... The film that made Emma Stone a star. She's just perfect in this; natural, sensitive, fragile and at times flat-out hilarious. Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson are magic as her parents too. A very entertaining film that will make you so happy you aren't in school anymore.
Man On Fire Sun 18/6 Film4 @ 23:20
The late great Tony Scott's epic revenge thriller sees Denzel Washington as a washed up ex-mercenary who gets a second shot at life when he becomes the bodyguard of a young girl in Mexico City. Until it all goes wrong. Denzel is excellent in this gritty, brutal tale that still finds time for a few rays of light. Radha Mitchell and Dakota Fanning are great in support and there's a super little Christopher Walken cameo too.
The Man Who Knew Too Much Tues 20/6 Film4 @ 16:20
An American family take an impulsive trip to Morocco and find their lives in danger, in the midst of an assassination attempt. Sounds heavy but this is one of Alfred Hitchcock's lighter and more fun films. James Stewart and Doris Day lead the film and are delightful as always. A highly entertaining and suspenseful film worth recording for a rainy Sunday.
Green Street Tues 20/6 ITV4 @ 22:00
An American holidaying in London is drawn into the world of football hooliganism and finds that he is both drawn to the violence and the friends he makes. Elijah Wood and Charlie Hunnam lead the cast of this Lexi Alexander directed drama. Wood is good as the outsider and if you can get over Hunnam's awful London accent you'll like this film. A gritty slice of life with a great supporting cast. Be warned, there are liberal amounts of violence and language abound.
Witchfinder General Wed 21/6 Horror Channel @ 21:00
Matthew Hopkins was a self professed witch-hunter who roamed 17th century Britain and used village superstitions to execute women accused of witchcraft and make a name for himself. Chilling and oppressive stuff based on true life tales that is once again topical in these days of religious extremism. Vincent Price plays the role of a lifetime here in a film that's not exactly a horror but will creep the hell out of you.
All That Heaven Allows Fri 23/6 Film4 @ 15:00
A heartbreaker of a story about a widowed woman who falls for a man that her family and friends disapprove of, perceiving him to be of a lower social stature than her. Douglas Sirk's classic is a film that frowns upon snobbery and supposed social mores while showing what a parent is willing to sacrifice for the happiness of their children. Superb acting from Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson. An excellent film, well ahead of its time.
Out For Justice Fri 23/6 ITV4 @ 23:05
Classic 90s action as Brooklyn cop Gino searches the city for the man who shot his partner and an innocent bystander for seemingly no good reason. A blunt battering ram of a film but one that is just so entertaining. Steven Seagal kicks ass as usual but the film belongs to William Forsythe as the main villain. He's brilliant; a sleazy, slavering, murderous slime ball who burns up the screen. N.B. This is the most pro-mafia film ever!