7 Films to Watch on Freeview TV This Week
Sicario Sat 20/1 CH4 @ 21:00
The US/Mexico border is a dangerous and morally murky place to work, as FBI agent Kate Macer finds out when she's dropped in at the deep end. Denis Villeneuve's 2015 thriller is a magnificent film: tense, hideous, darkly funny and layered with shades of grey. Emily Blunt is an excellent lead and gets great support from Josh Brolin and Benicio De Toro. Film of the week.
Severance Sun 21/1 Horror Channel @ 21:00
While on a company team building retreat in the forests of Hungary, the employees of a weapons company start to notice weird goings on. Okay, I know the fact that Danny Dyer is in this will put a lot of people off but if you can get over your hatred for him you'll find this to be a highly entertaining comedy/horror/thriller/satire that cleverly subverts clichés and tropes. Andy Nyman and Laura Harris add to the fun.
The Way Way Back Mon 22/1 Film4 @ 18:55
A shy young fella is on a holiday he doesn't want to be on and finds himself a job at a waterpark. Slowly he comes out of his shell over the course of the Summer. A fantastic little film which came out of nowhere and became a favourite film of 2013. It's lovely; a blend of comedy and drama that will make your day. Liam Jones rocks the lead and Sam Rockwell, Toni Collette and Maya Rudolph all offer great back up.
Touch of Evil Tues 23/1 TCM @ 12:55
A murder on the US/Mexico border puts an already pressured drug enforcement official even more under the thumb. Charlton Heston leads an intricate and exceedingly well-written tale of murder, greed and corruption. This is one of those classic films that genuinely lives up to the hype. When you watch it you'll realise just how many films and performances have been influenced by it. Heston, Janet Leigh, Orson Welles and Marlene Dietrich are all perfect.
Land of the Dead Wed 24/1 Syfy @ 23:10
Pittsburgh (where else?) has become a walled city during a zombie crisis and its inhabitants are facing crises both internal and external. George A. Romero's follow up to his famous Dead trilogy might not reach the heady peaks of those masterpieces but it's a highly entertaining and knowing piece of hokum filled with wonderfully crafted gooey treat. Asia Argento, John Leguizamo and Dennis Hopper lead a fine cast.
Drive Fri 26/1 BBC2 @ 23:05
Ryan Gosling plays a Hollywood stunt driver whose second job is as a getaway driver for criminals. When he tries to take a step back from the lifestyle he finds out just how badly his skills are needed. This is a fantastic blend of style and violence that might be a bit too rough for some but if you can stick with it you'll be highly entertained. Contains a fine cast including, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Albert Brooks, Ron Perlman, and Oscar Isaac.
The Blues Brothers Fri 26/1 ITV4 @ 23:00
Two brothers finds themselves racing against time to put their band back together to raise money for an orphanage. Angry ex-girlfriends, cops and Illinois Nazis have other ideas, however. John Landis' 1980 musical comedy is a masterful blend of zany slapstick, crazy stunts, some great tunes and a load of belly laughs. John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd lead a superb cast of real musicians including James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles. Brilliant fun.