19 Great Movies on Free-to-Air TV This Week

This film image released by Sony Pictures shows, from left, Amy Adams, as Sydney Prosser, Bradley Cooper, as Richie Dimaso , Jeremy Renner, as Mayor Carmine Polito, Christian Bale as Irving Rosenfeld, and Jennifer Lawrence as Rosalyn Rosenfeld, in a scene from "American Hustle." The film was nominated for a Directors Guild award on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. The winners will be announced on Jan. 25. (AP Photo/Sony - Columbia Pictures, Francois Duhamel)
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Another week in lockdown – here’s some great films coming up on free-to-air television this week.

The Ritual

Tuesday at 9:00 pm on Film4

2017 ‧ Horror/Mystery ‧ 1h 34m

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6.3/10 IMDb73% Rotten Tomatoes57% Metacritic

eOne Films

Reuniting after the tragic death of their friend, four college pals set out to hike through the Scandinavian wilderness. A wrong turn leads them into the mysterious forests of Norse legend, where an ancient evil exists and stalks them at every turn.

Trainspotting

Tuesday at 10:55 pm on Film4

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1996 ‧ Drama/Dark comedy ‧ 1h 35m

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8.1/10 IMDb91% Rotten Tomatoes83% Metacritic

PolyGram Filmed Entertainment

Renton is a drug addict who tries to mend his ways by moving to London and starting life afresh. He, however, is pulled back into the world of addiction by his friends.

American Hustle

Wednesday at 12:45 am on Film4

2013 ‧ Crime/Drama ‧ 2h 18m

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7.2/10 IMDb92% Rotten Tomatoes90% Metacritic

Sony Pictures Releasing

Con artists Irving and Sydney are forced to work for Richie, an FBI agent, who offers them amnesty. However, they are used for a sting operation which leads to the conviction of prominent people.

Edward Scissorhands

Wednesday at 4:40 pm on Film4

1990 ‧ Romance/Fantasy ‧ 1h 45m

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7.9/10 IMDb90% Rotten Tomatoes 74%Metacritic

20th Century Fox

Edward, a synthetic man with scissor hands, is taken in by Peg, a kindly Avon lady, after the passing of his inventor. Things take a turn for the worse when he is blamed for a crime he did not commit.

The Cabin in the Woods

Wednesday at 11:15 pm on Film4

2011 ‧ Horror/Comedy ‧ 1h 35m

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7/10 IMDb92% Rotten Tomatoes72% Metacritic

Lionsgate

When five college friends (Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams) arrive at a remote forest cabin for a little vacation, little do they expect the horrors that await them. One by one, the youths fall victim to backwoods zombies, but there is another factor at play. Two scientists (Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford) are manipulating the ghoulish goings-on, but even as the body count rises, there is yet more at work than meets the eye.

Eddie The Eagle

Thursday at 6:50 pm on Film4

2016 ‧ Sport/Drama ‧ 1h 46m

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7.4/10 IMDb82% Rotten Tomatoes54% Metacritic

20th Century Fox

Eddie Edwards, an underdog ski-jumper, tackles various challenges in order to become the first participant to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski-jumping.

Independence Day: Resurgence

Thursday at 9:00 pm on Film4

2016 ‧ Sci-fi/Action ‧ 2h 9m

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5.2/10 IMDb29% Rotten Tomatoes3.5/5 Amazon UK

20th Century Fox

Twenty years after the alien invasion, Earth is again attacked by the same species but a few fearless men and women take on the charge to save the planet.

The Witch

Thursday at 11:20 pm on Film4

2015 ‧ Horror/Historical drama ‧ 1h 33m

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6.9/10 IMDb90% Rotten Tomatoes83% Metacritic

Universal Pictures

In the New England of the 17th century, a banished Puritan family sets up a farm by the edge of a huge, remote forest, where no other family lives. But sinister forces then start haunting them.

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Friday at 6:20 pm on Film4

2014 ‧ Action/Sci-fi ‧ 2h 31m

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8/10 IMDb90% Rotten Tomatoes4.6/5 Amazon UK

20th Century Fox

Wolverine travels back in time to stop Mystique from assassinating Bolivar Trask, whose death leads to the creation of the Sentinels, which are robots designed to kill mutants.

True Grit

Friday at 9:00 pm on Film4

2010 ‧ Western/Drama ‧ 1h 51m

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7.6/10 IMDb96% Rotten Tomatoes80% Metacritic

Paramount Pictures

Fourteen-year-old Mattie joins hands with a U.S. Marshal to trace her father’s killer. However, with his sluggish approach towards life, Mattie starts losing hope in tracking down the murderer.

Rugrats Go Wild

Saturday at 11:00 am on Film4

2003 ‧ Animation/Family ‧ 1h 21m

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5.6/10 IMDb39% Rotten Tomatoes38% Metacritic

Paramount Pictures

The Rugrats find themselves stranded on a deserted island. They then meet the Thornberrys, a family that agrees to help them.

Shrek The Third

Saturday at 2:45 pm on Film4

2007 ‧ Animation/Comedy ‧ 1h 33m

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6/10 IMDb41% Rotten Tomatoes4.6/5 Amazon UK

Paramount Pictures

After Shrek’s father-in-law King Harold becomes sick, Shrek is the next in line to take over. However, he tries to make Artie the king and takes help from Donkey and Puss in Boots.

Assassin’s Creed

Saturday at 9:00 pm on Film4

2016 ‧ Action/Adventure ‧ 2h 20m

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5.7/10 IMDb18% Rotten Tomatoes4.3/5 Facebook

20th Century Fox

With the help of technology, Callum learns that he is a descendant of a society of Assassins. He travels back in time to learn about his ancestor and acquire skills to defeat an evil organisation.

The Sense of an Ending

Saturday at 9:15 on BBC TWO

2017 ‧ Drama/Mystery ‧ 1h 48m

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6.3/10 IMDb76% Rotten Tomatoes61% Metacritic

StudioCanal

A business owner (Jim Broadbent) reunites with his first love (Charlotte Rampling) after a letter and a diary force him to confront the past.

Crank

Saturday at 10:30 pm on ITV

2006 ‧ Action/Thriller ‧ 1h 44m

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6.9/10 IMDb61% Rotten Tomatoes57% Metacritic

Lionsgate

Chev, an assassin-for-hire, is injected with a serum that requires him to always keep his adrenaline levels high in order to survive.

Blair Witch

Saturday at 11:10 pm on Film4

2016 ‧ Horror/Thriller ‧ 1h 29m

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5/10 IMDb37% Rotten Tomatoes47%Metacritic

Lionsgate

A young man and his friends venture into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to uncover the mystery surrounding his missing sister. Many believe her disappearance 17 years earlier is connected to the legend of the Blair Witch. At first the group is hopeful, especially when two locals act as guides through the dark and winding woods. As the night wears on, a visit from a menacing presence soon makes them realize that the legend is all too real, and more sinister than they could have ever imagined.

Ice Age 2: The Meltdown

Sunday at 3:10 pm on Film4

2006 ‧ Animation/Family ‧ 1h 55m

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6.8/10 IMDb57% Rotten Tomatoes58% Metacritic

20th Century Fox

Manny, Sid and Diego discover that the ice dam protecting the valley they were residing in was about to fall and eventually lead to floods. Soon after, they scamper off to find a safer habitat.

Home Alone

Sunday at 5:00 pm on Film4

1990 ‧ Family/Comedy ‧ 1h 43m

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7.6/10 IMDb65% Rotten Tomatoes4/5 Common Sense Media

20th Century Fox

Eight-year-old Kevin is accidentally left behind when his family leaves for France. At first, he is happy to be in charge, but when thieves try to break into his home, he tries to put up a fight.

Grease

Sunday at 5:50 pm on Channel 4

1978 ‧ Musical/Romance ‧ 1h 51m

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7.2/10 IMDb75% Rotten Tomatoes

Paramount Pictures

While vacationing in Australia, Danny and Sandy indulge in a passionate love affair with each other. They part ways believing they will not see each other again but fate has other plans.

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