8 Films to Watch on Freeview TV This Week
Contraband Sat 7/4 E4 @ 22:00
An ex-criminal Chris Farraday (Mark Wahlberg) who has gone straight finds himself dragged back into a life of crime to repay a debt owed by his brother-in-law Andy (Caleb Landry-Jones) to a mobster - the things we do for our family... A clichéd story it may be but it's a very entertaining one thanks to strong acting from a fine cast and an entertainingly twisting and turning storyline. Wahlberg has fun as the lead and Giovanni Ribisi plays the villain of the piece brilliantly.
Honeymoon Sun 8/4 Horror Channel @ 01:05
During their honeymoon in a secluded cabin by a lake, things become odd for newlyweds Bea (Rose Leslie) and Paul (Harry Treadaway) after a midnight walk. It's hard to talk about without giving too much away but Leigh Janiak’s psychological/sci-fi/horror hybrid is a rewarding, tense little cracker of a film.
The Searchers Sun 8/4 TCM @ 12:30
John Wayne plays Ethan Edwards, a man who has been searching for years for his niece who has been kidnapped by a Comanche war party. But what are his true intentions? A gorgeous looking and highly influential western (one shot of Wayne framed by a doorway has been homaged in dozens of films and shows), well acted by all especially Wayne and Vera Miles. This is of the finest, most thoughtful westerns ever made.
Triple 9 Mon 9/4 Film4 @ 21:00
In order to pull off a difficult heist, a criminal gang decide to murder a cop in order to create a distraction that will pull police away from them. Oh, and the criminal gang are also cops *pause for dramatic music*. The wildly silly and overly convoluted plot aside, this is actually pretty good fun and boasts an amazing cast including Kate Winslet, Anthony Mackie, Woody Harrelson, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Gal Gadot.
The Hills Have Eyes Mon 9/4 Horror Channel @ 21:00
A family take a shortcut across the desert and soon find themselves fighting for their lives in the middle of an old nuclear testing ground. This is a rare remake that outshines the original and is a blisteringly violent watch that will test anyone with a nervous disposition. Alexandre Aja directs a solid cast which includes Ted Levine, Kathleen Quinlan, Emilie De Ravin, Robert Joy and Aaron Stanford who injects believability into proceedings.
The Skeleton Key Wed 11/4 Syfy @ 21:00
Caroline (Kate Hudson) is a nurse working in a hospice in New Orleans. Of course it just happens to be old and spooky place with a very dark past. An enjoyably atmospheric blend of Southern Gothic horror and supernatural silliness with a strong cast that carries it past the hokier moments of the story. Kate Hudson is good value with John Hurt and Gena Rowlands in support giving a touch of class.
Bachelorette Thur 12/4 Comedy Central @ 22:00
Three women are asked to be bridesmaids for a woman they used to laugh at back in high school and once again risk ruining her life. Will they rally and do the right thing? A mean spirited, coarse and refreshingly gritty take on your usual rom-com flick with a great cast including Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, Rebel Wilson and a wild Isla Fisher as four women each struggling with their own issues.
My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea Fri 13/4 Film4 @ 23:05
This animated comedy drama about a earthquake causing a school, on the edge of a cliff, to float off into the sea while the students inside try to save themselves. It sounds grim but it's far from it it. This is hilarious and far more entertaining than you'd think; surreal, bizarre and completely unique. Super voice acting, from Jason Schwartzman, Lena Dunham and Maya Rudolph, is the icing on the cake.