7 Films to Watch on Freeview TV This week
Ex Machina Sat 25/11 CH4 @ 21:00
Caleb, a computer programmer is selected to take part in a secret experiment and finds himself working with a piece of ground-breaking science. Alex Garland's sci-fi drama is a stunner, one of the best films of 2015. A smart and uneasy tale that will worm its way into your head and stay for long after the film is over. Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander and Oscar Isaac are perfect in the lead roles.
John Carter Sun 26/11 BBC2 @ 22:40
An American Civil War veteran finds himself on another planet and with powers beyond belief after he comes across a mystical object in a cave. Yeah, it sounds stupid but it's great fun and so much better than reviews make it out to be. An epic sci-fi adventure that, despite the time it's on, is perfect family viewing. Taylor Kitsch in the title role is solid and leads a cast full of famous faces. This is based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs story too by the way.
The Graduate Mon 27/11 TCM @ 20:00
"Here's to you Mrs Robinson" - we all know the song but this is the film that inspired it and contrary to popular belief isn't actually in the film (it hadn't been written yet). Dustin Hoffman is at his geeky best as a man who becomes involved with a older woman and her daughter, of course, it gets complicated. A funny, wry, sarcastic and cynical film that rightly sits highly in many Top 10 of All time lists. It's a product of its time but somehow ageless and one well worth watching, plus, Anne Bancroft rules in it.
Mars Attacks Tues 28/11 ITV4 @ 22:50
Earth is invaded by an army of cruel little skull-faced aliens with evil senses of humour and it's up to a star-studded cast of earthlings to fight back against them. Tim Burton directs this brilliantly surreal and highly entertaining film with his usual sense of disturbing humour. The first scene will let you know if this film is for you or not. Pam Grier, Jack Nicholson, Annette Bening, Glenn Close, Pierce Brosnan and Tom Jones (yep, him) lead the attack.
The Hole Wed 29/11 Horror Channel @ 22:50
Four teenagers from a well-to-do private school in England find themselves trapped in an old World War II bunker and it isn't long before things go sideways. A dark, grimy and, eventually brutal, psychological thriller that has a hint of Lord of the Flies around it. Thora Birch is the lead, and iffy accent aside makes a good job of it, with Keira Knightley and Laurence Fox offering support.
The Raid 2 Fri 1/12 CH4 @ 01:35
In crime ridden Jakarta, a cop goes undercover in a crime gang to bring down its leaders and root out the corrupt cops involved with them. If you like action films and haven't seen this, I'm extremely jealous, it's 150 minutes of amazing fights, stunts, thrills and spills. A blisteringly violent film that won't be for everyone but if you are up for it, it will blow you away. Iwo Uwais rocks in the lead and director Gareth Evans does mighty work. Brilliant.
Haywire Fri 1/12 Film4 @ 23:20
While on mission in Dublin a black ops spy quickly realises she has been double crossed and all her skills and cunning come into play as she seeks revenge. Gina Carano might not be the best actress but her physical presence is immense in this very entertaining action thriller. Cracking cast in this too, including Michael Fassbender, Channing Tatum and Ewan McGregor. Plus, seeing Dublin in an action film is just deadly; a real novelty.