7 Films to Watch on Freeview TV This Week

Lucy   Sat   18/11   CH4 @ 21:00

While muling a new and mysterious drug shipment inside her stomach, a woman undergoes a drastic transformation when it leaks into her blood stream. Luc Besson directs Scarlett Johansson in this fun film that has a final ten minutes which has to be seen to be believed. You'll either love it or hate it but you definitely haven't seen anything like it before. Johansson is solid as always and Morgan Freeman and Min-sik Choi add to the amusement.

Badlands   Sun   19/11   BBC2 @ 01:20

In the heartlands of the United States, a young couple go on a crime spree that brings them to national attention. The first film from Terrence Malick is a masterpiece and one still critically revered over 40 years later. A dreamy, beautiful, stark and shocking film full of superb acting. Sissy Spacek is great and Martin Sheen is amazing - this is the film that paved the way to stardom for him.

Atonement   Sun   19/11   CH4 @ 23:00

A moment of teenage jealousy causes a young girl to tell a lie and the effects of it  haunt for the next 60 years of her life. Director Joe Wright's adaptation of Ian McEwan's book is a devastating and beautiful looking film about the power of words and the damage they can cause. Superb acting abounds as well from Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Vanessa Redgrave and Ireland's own Saoirse Ronan.

The Man Who Knew Too Much   Mon   20/11   Film4 @ 16:20

An American family take an impulsive trip to Morocco and find themselves in the midst of an assassination attempt with their lives in immediate danger. Sounds heavy but this is one of Alfred Hitchcock's lighter films. James Stewart and Doris Day lead the way and are delightful in their roles as always. A highly entertaining and suspenseful film worth recording for a rainy Sunday.

Wake Wood   Wed   22/11  Horror Channel @ 22:40

A small family living in rural Northern Ireland find themselves looking to the supernatural when tragedy strikes their quiet little life. A modern folk horror film that is genuinely scary and unnerving, with shades of Stephen King and Hammer horror abound. Well written, well made and well acted by a cast led by Eva Birthistle, Timothy Spall and a clutch of Irish actors including Aiden Gillen, Ruth McCabe and Brian Gleeson.

Needful Things   Thurs   23/11   Syfy @ 23:30

In a small New England town, a distinguished gentleman opens a store that always seems to have exactly what a person wants. The catches are a small price and a little favour. This adaptation of the Stephen King novel isn't the best but it has a lovely streak of black comedy running through it and is downright vicious in places. Superb cast too, including Max von Sydow, Bonnie Bedelia, Ed Harris, and Amanda Plummer.

Rush   Fri   24/11   More4 @ 21:00

This is the story of James Hunt, a flamboyant and hedonistic superstar of Formula One racing in the 1970s and his intense rivalry with Niki Lauda, a man who is the exact opposite of him. Even if, like me, you've no interest in the sport you'll still find this to be a cracking watch. It’s funny, very entertaining and the race sequences are, as the title suggests, a rush. Chris Hemsworth as Hunt is very good but Daniel Brühl as rival Lauda is excellent.

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