7 Films to Watch on Freeview TV This Week
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Sat 2/12 CH4 @ 20:00
A group of British retirees decide to move to a hotel in India where their money will go further and they can enjoy the weather and the lifestyle. A lovely gentle comedy drama that's perfect when you want a bit of stress-free viewing. The cast is something else too, a roster of the best of Britain's older talent including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Tom Wilkinson, amongst others.
Doomsday Sat 2/12 Syfy @ 21:00
In the near future a deadly virus has destroyed Scotland and turned it into a savage wasteland. When the virus threatens England a woman must venture north to find the cure. Rhona Mitra has a ball as the lead of this insanely violent and extremely entertaining mix of Outbreak and Mad Max 2. Medieval fights, car chases and cannibalism are just some of the treats on display here - great craic if you have the stomach for it.
20 Feet from Stardom Mon 4/12 Film4 @ 23:15
An excellent documentary about a section of showbiz rarely seen; the female backup singers that perform live just out of the spotlight. So near to and yet so far from superstardom. Joyous in places and heartbreakingly frustrating in others but so worth watching. You will probably recognise most of the music and it's lovely to be able to put a face to the voices you've been hearing for years - Merry Clayton a standout.
The Blue Lamp Tues 5/12 TCM @ 11:10
An elderly London copper who is due to retire takes on a new recruit who is more suited to the criminals of the day. Yes, it sounds like every cop film and TV show you've ever heard of but this came first, completed in 1950. Gritty for its time and accurately showing the slog of police work, this a fine little noirish thriller buoyed by great acting from Jack Warner and Dirk Bogarde, especially, as the criminal of the piece.
Boy Wed 6/12 Film4 @ 23:20
In 1980s New Zealand, a young Michael Jackson obsessed boy comes face to face with his long lost father and finds out that dreams and reality rarely match. Taika Waititi's 2010 film is an absolute joy. It's a film that will upset you and make you laugh in equal measure and filled with great performances from both James Rolleston as Boy and Waititi himself as Da. A lovely, humane film that, a few f-words aside, is perfect family viewing.
Force Majeure Thur 7/12 CH4 @ 01:30
A Swedish family in the Alps find themselves in a very confusing situation after an unexpected reaction during an avalanche. This is a wry and knowing look at masculinity and what can go wrong with it. Darkly funny, upsetting and mortifying at times, its hard to watch but you won't be able to look away. Top notch acting too with two superb performances from Johannes Bah Kuhnke and Lisa Loven Kongsli. Great, original stuff.
16 Blocks Thur 7/12 ITV4 @ 23:35
Bruce Willis plays an old burnt out cop tasked with bringing a witness to police corruption to court, it's only 16 blocks away but when the entire NYPD is out for blood, it's almost too far. A clichéd set-up is kept fresh with fun performances and some fine action sequences. Willis can do this kind of role in his sleep but Yasiin Bey (AKA Mos Def) and the ever reliable David Morse do well and keep things zipping along.