8 Films to Watch on Freeview TV this week
45 Years Sat 10/3 CH4 @ 21:00
A couple, just as they are about to celebrate their 45th anniversary, receive a piece of news that rattles the foundations of their relationship. Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay are fantastic, as Kate and Geoff Mercer, in this deeply humane film that will make you rethink about how others perceive you. Watching these acting veterans get to grips with a meaty and mature story is a fine way to spend a couple of hours.
The Lady Vanishes Sun 11/3 BBC2 @ 00:55
While travelling across Europe Iris Henderson (Margaret Lockwood) befriends Miss Froy (May Whitty) an elderly lady, on a train. When she suddenly disappears, nobody seems to remember her being there in the first place. One of Hitchcock's earlier talkies, this sleuthing thriller is a great watch, full of suspense and brilliantly re-watchable. Lockwood, Whitty and Michael Redgrave are all excellent.
Falling Down Sun 11/3 ITV4 @ 23:45
On a roasting hot day in Los Angeles, William Foster (Michael Douglas) decides he can't take it anymore and goes on a rampage across the city. Prendergast (Robert Duvall), a veteran cop on his last day before retirement sets out to stop Foster before he kills more. Douglas and Duvall are great in this blisteringly entertaining 1993 thriller where the heat and tension of a city on edge is palpable. They are given fine support from Tuesday Weld, Barbara Hershey, and Frederic Forrest.
The Descent Mon 12/3 Horror Channel @ 21:00
Six women: Sarah (Shauna Macdonald), Juno (Natalie Mendoza), Rebecca (Saskia Mulder), Sam (MyAnna Buring), Holly (Nora-Jane Noone) and Beth (Alex Reid) go on their annual caving adventure, only this time, things don’t go quite as planned as they are trapped and hunted by whatever dwells in the dark crevices of the underground caverns. This is a terrifyingly intense treat, the cast headed by McDonald and Mendoza is excellent and Neil Marshall's direction is first class.
The Guest Mon 12/3 Film4 @ 23:25
The Petersons’ life is turned upside down when war veteran “David” (Dan Stevens and his steely blues), turns up at the door, claiming to have been a friend of their dead son and inserts himself into their life. A thoroughly entertaining and knowing homage of 90s action-thrillers, home invasion films by way of Carpenter horror. This film is funny, nasty and totally absurd, and a super way to spend two hours. Stevens and break-out star Maika Monroe (It Follows) are brilliant.
A War Tues 13/3 BBC4 @ 23:00
A decision made during a firefight in Afghanistan has grave consequences for Danish soldier, Claus Michael Pederson (Pilou Asbæk) while his wife, Maria (Tuva Novotny), is fighting her own battle at home. This is an intelligent albeit tense take on an aspect of war we rarely hear about (from the Danish perspective too) and a mature look at the horrible grey areas that exist in the heat of battle. Asbæk and Novotny are excellent in a searing and probing morality tale.
The Artist Wed 14/3 BBC1 @ 23:45
In 1920s Hollywood, married matinee idol of silent cinema George Valentin (Jean DuJardin) meets and falls for Peppy Miller Bérénice Bejo), an actress whose star is on the rise due to the introduction of sound in film. A glorious modern take on the silent era of Hollywood that's an absolute joy to watch, the score of which is sublime. This is love letter to the movies. French stars DuJardin and Bejo are great as the starcrossed lovers.
Twelve Monkeys Thurs 15/3 Syfy @ 23:30
A convicted criminal James Cole (Bruce Willis) is sent back in time to gather information to help prevent a plague which will decimate the earth of the future, however, he gets sent back even further in time. Terry Gilliam's time travel thriller is absolutely bonkers and utterly compelling with an ending that will have you drawing diagrams to understand it all. Willis is at his best in the lead but ably supported by Madeleine Stowe, Christopher Plummer, Jon Seda, and Christopher Meloni but it’s Brad Pitt’s Jeffrey Goines who steals the show.