Freeview Movies of the Week

Every week Mat Corne scours the TV Guide for the best movies showing on UK free-to-air TV. So for those of you that refuse to pay for Sky Movies, Amazon Prime or Netflix, here are five of the best freeview movies for the coming week. If you’re looking for more free movie options then you can also check out our guide to Freeview Movies On Demand.

 

They Live (1988)

Film4, Sunday 16th, 01:55 (Saturday night)

Arguably John Carpenter’s last truly enjoyable film, They Live stars the late Roddy Piper as a man that discovers the world is being overtaken by aliens that have infiltrated society. This deception can only be seen by the use of special sunglasses, which reveal the aliens’ true faces and the subliminal messages they are using to subdue humanity. Piper does a decent job in a role that was probably intended for Kurt Russell, and his pro wrestling background brings extra realism to a brilliant fight scene with co-star Keith David. The movie is far from perfect but offers enjoyable Sci-Fi action with a touch of satire, and also features one of the most quotable movie lines of all time.

 

 

Logan (2017)

Film4, Monday 17th, 21:00

After working together on The Wolverine in 2013, director James Mangold and Hugh Jackman teamed up again for this, the actor’s final outing as Marvel’s iconic hero. Set in the near future when mutants are almost extinct, the aging Logan has begun to lose his ability to heal and is living a low-profile life working as a limo driver and looking after the dementia-suffering Professor Xavier. All that changes though when he is asked to accompany a young mutant girl with similar abilities to his own on a dangerous journey to the Canadian border. To call this just a superhero film would do it a massive disservice, as it’s a stylish, touching and violent road movie, a fitting end to the Wolverine story and is exactly the mature film that many have been hoping for from this genre.

 

 

The Martian (2015)

Film4, Tuesday 18th, 21:00

In the year 2035, a manned mission on the surface of Mars is hit by an unexpected storm and must evacuate the planet early, but in the ensuing chaos the team’s botanist Mark Watney is left behind, assumed dead. Marooned with no immediate chance of rescue, he must use his wits and creativity to sustain himself and contact NASA so they can attempt to get him home. The story is wildly implausible but Matt Damon’s performance as Watney is brilliant and regardless of what you think of him in general, you’ll be rooting him to survive in the hostile environment created for him by director Ridley Scott in this gripping drama.

 

 

Eye in the Sky (2015)

Film4, Wednesday 19th, 19:00

Helen Mirren and the late Alan Rickman (in one of his final roles) star as high-ranking British Army officers overseeing a mission to monitor a terrorist cell in Africa. When the terrorists are seen to be arming suicide bombers, the mission parameters change, and the officers must consult with their own and foreign governments to determine whether to launch a drone strike at a populated area of a neutral country. Gripping throughout with a nail-biting finale, this is a fascinating study of 21st Century warfare and the political and moral choices it can involve. An intelligent thriller that you’ll be thinking about long after you’ve finished watching.

 

 

Shallow Grave (1994)

Film4, Wednesday 19th, 22:50

Three professional twentysomethings are seeking a fourth flatmate for their Edinburgh apartment and after interviewing and dismissing many applicants, settle on a mysterious older man called Hugo. Just days after moving in they find him dead in his room with a suitcase containing a huge amount of cash and decide to dispose of the body and keep the money. With the police and two far more dangerous men on Hugo’s trail, paranoia and tension fractures the relationship between the three flatmates with increasingly more serious consequences. Danny Boyle’s debut film is tense, witty and dark as they come, with Ewan McGregor and Christopher Ecclestone both showing early examples of the talent that would lead them to bigger things.

 

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