7 Films to Watch on Freeview TV This Week

Alice In Wonderland   Sat   12/8   BBC2 @ 20:20

A woman lost in a fantasy land populated by the creatures of her childhood dreams and nightmares finds out her true destiny. Tim Burton's take on the classic fairy tale is a feast for the eyes. A CGI fest but one chock full of imagination. Mia Wasikowska as Alice leads an amazing cast of British talent. Far from the definitive version but one that's plenty of fun and one that will look unreal in HD.

The Way   Sun   13/8   BBC2 @ 00:15

After a personal tragedy a man decides to set out on an adventure and finds out a lot about himself on the way. Martin Sheen stars in a lovely, gentle and thoroughly affecting film directed by his son Emilio Estevez. A love letter to both the bond between father and son, and the Camino de Santiago trail of Spain. Sheen, as always, is superb and gets great assistance from James Nesbitt and Deborah Unger as two people he meets along the way. 

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty   Mon   14/8   Film4 @ 18:50

A chronic daydreamer trying to save his job finds himself on an adventure that tops anything even his wildest imagination could come up with. A fantastic bit of family fun right here. Highly entertaining, imaginative, exhilarating, lovely looking and ably led by Ben Stiller who for once is surprisingly likeable. Nice support too from the always welcome Kristen Wiig and Kathryn Hahn.

Moby Dick   Tues   15/8   TCM @ 15:00

This film adaptation of the famous Herman Melville novel follows Captain Ahab and his all consuming hunt for a giant whale that took his leg many years before. A very atmospheric and complex tale that's all wrapped up in a cracking bit of adventure. And all carried by a fantastic performance from Gregory Peck with great supporr from Richard Basehart as Ishmael and Leo Genn as Starbuck.

30 Days of Night   Wed   16/8   Film4 @ 22:45

Vampires descend on a small Alaskan town that is engulfed in darkness for the winter months; it gets bad. A full blooded roar of a horror film. This is as far from Twilight as a vampire movie can get. Full on, vicious, terrifying stuff. If you are squeamish don't apply but if you like your horror films red and dripping you'll love this. Melissa George and Josh Hartnett are good but Danny Huston in a wordless role owns the film. 

Dr Terror's House of Horror   Thurs   17/8 Horror Channel @ 21:00

On board a night train a fortune teller reveals the futures of five strangers. Of course, they are not going to like what they hear.  A gloriously cheesy and fun anthology movie from the golden age of British horror that isn't scary in the least but is very entertaining. The two stalwarts of the era, Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing show up in great form and Donald Sutherland makes an appearance as a fellow guest. 

Cape Fear   Fri   18/8   TCM @ 18:50

A lawyer in a small town finds himself and his family in danger for their lives when a convict he put away returns looking for payback. A lot more restrained and believable than the 1991 version and much better for it. Dark, scary, thrilling stuff with brilliant performances from Gregory Peck and especially Robert Mitchum as Max Cady, one of the all time great movie villains. 

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