7 Films to Watch on Freeview TV This Week
Big Game Sat 14/4 CH4 @ 23:15
A young Finnish boy gets more than he bargained for when he comes across a downed plane one day while he is out hunting. This film is so much fun - yes, it's over the top and outright ridiculous in places but if you let yourself go with it you'll have a great time. Onni Tommila as the young chap is fine but Samuel L. Jackson and Ray Stevenson have a whale of a time.
The Homesman Sun 15/4 BBC2 @ 22:20
Two people, George Briggs (Tommy Lee Jones) and Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank) escort three women in need of help across the country. This is a harsh and starkly realistic depiction of how life was for women during the pioneering days of the American west. Make no mistake, this is dark stuff, but thankfully shot through with a vein of darker comedy and carried by some excellent acting from Swank and Jones (who also directed it). This is well worth a watch but make sure you are in the right mood for it.
Out of the Furnace Mon 16/4 CH4 @ 00:05
Living in America's Rust Belt is tough, and the two Baze brothers: Russell (Christian Bale) and Rodney (Casey Affleck) dream of getting away from the misery. However, cruelly life always manages to get in the way of the best laid plan. Bale and Affleck make for a cracking pair in this tough and violent thriller about a side of the American dream that rarely makes it to the big screen. Zoe Saldana and an evil Woody Harrelson round out a superb cast.
Monsieur Lazhar Mon 16/4 Film4 @ 01:45
After tragedy strikes a Montreal school, an Algerian teacher named Basir Lazhar (Mohamed Fellag) is hired to fill a vacancy. There's more to him than meets the eye though. This is a truly lovely and deeply human film that manages to be topical at the same time, it probably will upset you but this is really worth adding in the planner. God only knows why it's on so late. Monsieur Mohamed Fellag and star pupil Alice (played by Book Thief Sophie Nélisse) are aces.
Escape From New York Tues 17/4 Syfy @ 21:00
Manhattan in the future is a walled off and scary place as Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) finds out he's tasked to get in there and rescue the President from a plane crash. John Carpenter's cult thriller is a magnificent piece of escapism and while it may be dated (the future is 2001) it's still brilliant fun and has a mighty cast including Russell, Adrienne Barbeau, Donald Pleasance and Lee Van Cleef who are all on fine form.
Intruders Wed 18/4 Film4 @ 23:35
Anna Rook (Beth Riesgraf) suffers from agoraphobia and lives in her childhood home. When three men break in looking to ransack the place, she can't run for help. The trio of criminals then slowly realise they've made a huge mistake. This is an effective, efficient and well-acted thriller which, despite going a bit off the rails at times, is well worth a watch. Riesgraf is one to watch in the future.
Turbo Kid Fri 20/4 Horror Channel @ 21:00
It's 9pm Friday night so it's post apocalyptic thriller time. The Kid (Munro Chambers) is a comic book obsessed scavenger in a desolate wasteland who must step up and fight evil when the time comes, aided by Apple (Laurence Leboeuf) a most memorable cinematic sidekick. This is a hilariously gory homage to the 1980s and one that's bursting with spirit and invention. If you can get past the OTT (and glorious) blood and guts you'll really enjoy yourself. Munro Chambers as the kid is solid and Michael Ironside always makes for a fantastic baddie.