7 Films to Watch on Freeview TV This Week

Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll   Sat   1/7   BBC2 @ 23:00

A biopic of Ian Dury, a man who overcame the ravages of polio to build himself a successful music career in the hey day of the 1970s UK punk scene. Dury is played to perfection by Andy Serkis in a rare non-CGI role. A wee bit livelier and entertaining than your usual musical biopic due to a lovely surreal edge. The supporting cast is excellent too with loads of well known UK actors like Naomie Harris, Ray Winstone and Olivia Colman.

Twelve Monkeys   Sun   2/7   Syfy @ 21:00

A convicted criminal is sent back in time to gather information to help stop a plague that has decimated the earth of the future. But he gets sent back further than he should have been. Terry Gilliam's time travel thriller is brilliantly bonkers and utterly compelling with an ending that will have you drawing diagrams to understand it all. Bruce Willis is at his best in the lead but Brad Pitt steals the film as a psychiatric patient he meets on his travels.

Total Recall   Mon   3/7   ITV4 @ 22:00

A man gets a memory of a holiday implanted into his head but the procedure unlocks a whole mess of trouble for him. One of Arnold Schwarzeneggar's most intelligent and entertaining films that's still full of the carnage and action that made him famous. Great special effects and make up add to the fun. Sharon Stone, Rachel Ticotin and Michael Ironside make up a great supporting cast too. Not for the squeamish!

The Crazies   Tues   4/7   Horror Channel @ 21:00

A strange toxin infects the water supply of a small town in Iowa and it turns the residents into homicidal maniacs. This remake of the 1970s George A. Romero horror is way better than it has any right to be thanks to a super cast including Radha Mitchell and Timothy Olyphant. Loads of exciting action, a splash of nastiness and a healthy dose of tension makes a great film to keep for a Friday night with a load of beer and goodies.

Chronicle   Wed   5/7   Film4 @ 19:20

Three teenagers go exploring at a party and find themselves with superpowers after they make a strange discovery. Absolutely exhilarating stuff. The first half of the film is great fun watching these lads test the limits of what they can do until invariably things good wrong. Dane DeHaan and Michael B. Jordan are excellent as the respective 'nerd' and 'jock' of the group. This is a great antidote to your usual superhero movies.

Matinee   Fri   7/7   Horror Channel @ 16:00

A consummate showman releases his new B-movie during the Cuban missile crisis of the early 60s to capitalise on the fear and uncertainty of the times. Joe Dante's lovingly crafted comedy is a glorious homage to the schlocky horror and sci-fi films of the time and John Goodman and Cathy Moriarty are great as the leads. A really entertaining film for all the family and a good cinematic history lesson to boot.

The Manchurian Candidate   Fri   7/7   TCM @ 18:25

Prisoners of war return from capture in the Korean War to America. All, however, is not well. To say anymore might spoil this magnificent piece of neo-noir. A truly suspenseful film; intelligent, inventive, paranoid, complex and deeply layered with fabulous acting abound. Frank Sinatra gives one of his best performances but the star of the show is Angela Lansbury. Her character is quite the creation, you won't be able to take your eyes off her.

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