7 Films to Watch on Freeview TV This Week

Men & Chicken   Sat   12/5   Film4 @ 23:15

When brothers Elias (Mads Mikkelsen) and Gabriel (David Dencik) discover they are adopted, they go in search of their biological father and find a whole lot more than they bargained for. Anders Thomas Jensen reunites with Mikkelsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Nicolas Bro (Flickering Lights, The Green Butchers, and Adam’s Apples also worth checking out) for this dark, surreal comedy with a lot of heart. The cast is outstanding.

Eddie the Eagle  Sun   13/5   CH4 @ 21:30

During the Winter Olympics of 1988 in Calgary, a young and inexperienced English man called Michael Edwards took part in the ski jump. Slowly but surely he became an unlikely sporting hero. Based on the true story, this is absolute fluff but very entertaining, and the perfect antidote to the Sunday night fear. Taron Egerton is fun as Eddie but Hugh Jackman (in a very fictional role) as his coach Bronson is great.

We Are What We Are   Sun   13/5   Horror Channel @ 22:50

The Parkers are a very close knit reclusive family living in the Catskills, and are good at keeping secrets, which is just as well really. This is Jim Mickle’s remake of the 2010 Mexican film of the same name and co-written by actor-screenwriters Nick Damici (Late Phases, In the Cut). It’s intelligently and beautifully conceived with moments of bloody gore and horror; Julia Garner (Electrik Children) and Ambyr Childers (The Master) as Rose and Iris do fine work.

Anatomy of a Murder   Tues   15/5   TCM @ 16:10

When army Lt. Manion (Ben Gazzara) is accused of murder a straightlaced semi-retired lawyer, Paul Biegler (James Stewart) takes his case, as with most of these type of films, there's far more to the case than meets the eye. A controversial film on initial release and pretty problematic in this more enlightened age, it’s a compelling and intriguing watch, and one filled with superb performances from the likes of Stewart, Gazzara, Lee Remick, George C. Scott and Eve Arden.

The Last Days on Mars   Wed   16/5   Film4 @ 23:10

In the near future a group of astronauts on Mars are coming to the end of their research trip when one of them stumbles across something interesting. Liev Schreiber headlines this atmospheric sci fi/horror that may wear its influences on its sleeve but that doesn’t make it any less gripping and occasionally unnerving in places.

The Descendants   Thur   18/5   CH4 @ 01:45

Honolulu-based attorney Matt King (George Clooney) is the sole trustee of a family trust holding 25,000 acres of Kauai, and pressured by his family to sell. amid negotiations, his wife suffers an accident which puts her in a coma and King attempts to to reconnect with his two daughters Alex (Shailene Woodley) and Scottie (Amara Miller). Clooney is great in this bittersweet comedy-drama that will make your laugh and slay you with its emotional honesty.

Sullivan's Travels   Fri   18/5   TCM @ 11:40

John L. Sullivan (Joel McCrea), a comedy director longs to make a drama and be taken seriously in his profession but believes he won’t be able to film his masterpiece until he has known true suffering. Dressed as a hobo, he sets off to “find trouble” and bumps into a blonde (Veronica Lake) who becomes his travelling companion. This Preston Sturges helmed film is a comedy classic; moving, hilarious and a joy to watch. It was also the inspiration (along with Homer’s Odyssey) for O Brother Where Art Thou.

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