8 Films to Watch on Freeview TV This Week
Kick-Ass Sat 7/10 Syfy @ 21:00
Dave is a young comic book obsessed man who decides to become a superhero and soon discovers he is vastly out of his depth when it comes to fighting crime. Matthew Vaughn's film is a highly entertaining piece of work that's vicious, action packed and very very funny. Aaron Taylor Johnson plays the titular role in a likeable manner but the film belongs to Chloe Grace Moretz as a four letter word spouting 10-year-old with a fondness for destroying evil.
Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead Sat 7/10 TCM @ 22:55
A group of gangsters are hired by a criminal to do a job. The job goes wrong and they find themselves on the run. Sounds predictable but a brilliant cast, some highly quotable dialogue and a dollop of surreal hilarity make it well worth a watch. Andy Garcia is a great lead, and the supporting cast of Christopher Walken, Fairuza Balk, Treat Williams and Bill Nunn amongst many others all add to the goodness.
Oranges and Sunshine Sun 8/10 BBC2 @ 23:30
In Northern England in the early 90s a social worker delves into the scandal of children who were forcibly separated from their parents and sent to institutions in Australia. Emily Watson, as always, is superb in the lead role. This is a very good watch but one you should psych yourself up for as, not surprisingly, it's a desperately upsetting look at a shameful era of Britain's history. Good support from Hugo Weaving and David Denham.
Changeling Sun 8/10 ITV3 @ 23:05
In 1930s Los Angeles, a woman's son is kidnapped and months later he's returned to her. The problem is, she doesn't recognise him and takes on the might of the LAPD to prove that she's right. A cracking tale of a mother's love and determination in the face of massive corruption, carried by a super performance from Angelina Jolie. This is not an enjoyable movie but it's one that will move you and make you righteously angry.
The Professionals Mon 9/10 Film4 @ 11:00
After his wife disappears, an uppity rancher tasks four hired guns to get her back. But is all what it seems? Of course not. A highly entertaining bit of Western fun with a superb cast full of familiar genre faces including Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Claudia Cardinale, Woody Strode and Jack Palance, and all shot on location in Death Valley in glorious Technicolor. What's not to love?
I Origins Tues 10/10 Film4 @ 23:25
A group of scientists working on the evolution of the human eye find their research is leading them to some strange and profound places. An unusual and original premise in a drama that's a bit all over the place but full of ambition, intrigue intelligence and is surprisingly entertaining and pretty fun in places. Michael Pitt, Brit Marling and Steven Yeun lead a solid cast.
Starship Troopers Wed 11/10 Syfy @ 22:00
Giant insects from outer space are threatening Earth. So Earth decides to send its best and brightest to fight back. Paul Verhoeven's sci-fi spectacular may sound stupid but it's actually a very clever satire as well as being a really good action film. 20 years on and the special effects are still mindblowingly good in places too. The cast is fun with Neil Patrick Harris and Clancy Brown being the standouts.
Centurion Fri 13/10 Dave @ 21:00
After a Roman legion is massacred by a Pict tribe, a handful of survivors find themselves fighting for their lives. One of Michael Fassbender's lesser-known films, however, thoroughly entertaining action fare set in Scotland nearly 2000 years ago. Neil Marshall's film is thrilling, vicious and action packed, rounded off by a super cast. Olga Kurylenko is a highlight as a mute bloodthirsty warrior and the ever dependable Liam Cunningham.