If you’re planning on watching a movie on TV in the coming week, we’ve got you covered. Movie guru Ronan O’Meara went through the showtimes and picked 17.
Evil Dead II: Saturday, The Horror Channel at 9 p.m.
Ash Williams returns to the cabin in the woods in a fantastical sequel that’s probably the funniest horror movie ever made. A group of friends on vacation find an old book and make the mistake of reading it. Bedlam ensues. Director Sam Raimi delivers an incredibly inventive film that mixes the slapstick of Looney Tunes cartoons with gallons of gore and the end result is nothing short of brilliant. Bruce Campbell’s best role of all time.
Adrift: Saturday, TG4 at 10:35 p.m.
A newly engaged couple are given the opportunity of a lifetime when they are tasked with sailing a boat across the Pacific Ocean by its wealthy owners. The salary is good and they will have all the time in the world together. But there is a storm coming, literally and figuratively. Based on a true story, it’s a stressful watch and a hymn to the human desire to survive. Sam Claflin is good but Shailene Woodley owns the movie.
Apostasy, Saturday, BBC Two at 11:30 p.m.
Ivanna, a Jehovah’s Witness, finds her life in a tailspin when her daughter Alex breaks church rules and she is forced to avoid him. And that’s just the beginning of his troubles. This 2017 examination of one of modern life’s harshest religious cults is a difficult and heartbreaking tale, but one that unfolds without the need for histrionics or melodrama, relying instead on powerful acting turns. like Siobhan Finneran and Molly Wright.
In the heat of the night: Saturday evening/Sunday morning, RTÉ One @ 00:10 (midnight)
Mr. Corbett was killed. Mr. Tibbs arrives to investigate her murder. Mr. Corbett died in the Deep South. Mr. Tibbs is black. The Deep South doesn’t like Mr. Tibbs. A classic that lives up to its name. Draped in a sweltering atmosphere, it’s a crime drama that will have you hooked from the start with two brilliant performances from Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger. Unfortunately, it’s still a very current story that will enrage you as much as it will entertain you.
Lys des champs: Sunday, BBC Two at 3:30 p.m.
A drifting worker crossing the Texas desert stops to get some water and comes across a group of German nuns struggling to survive there. They persuade him to help and soon begin to see his appearance as a bit of a miracle. Sidney Poitier (again!) was the first black actor to win the Best Actor Oscar for his performance here and it’s easy to see why. A warm and friendly film, ideal for a Sunday afternoon.
Ice Cold In Alex: Sunday, TCM at 6:20 p.m.
A British medical unit attempts to get to Alexandria at the height of World War II, but there is a small problem. Well, that’s a huge one actually. The Sahara Desert lies right between them and their destination. A beautiful film filled with tension and with a surprising amount of humor created by its memorable characters. John Mills directs a cast of recognizable English actors and the finale will leave you dying for a tall pint of something cold and bubbly.
Healing the Living: Monday, Film4 at 1:55 a.m.
A young man goes on a surf trip with his friends. An elderly woman in critical condition keeps her illness to herself so as not to upset her family. Their paths cross in a heartbreaking way. An undoubtedly heartbreaking, yet important French film that delves into the details of grief and acceptance in a way that most English films avoid. Emmanuelle Seigner and Tahar Rahim are excellent here.
Lady Macbeth: Monday, BBC Two at 11:15 p.m.
Katherine is a young woman living a loveless existence in an arranged marriage in rural 19th century Britain. Darkness descends on her life when she embarks on an affair with a farmhand. A tough movie that will stay in your head long after its ending but definitely worth it. This is the side of the dramas of the English period that we never see. Florence Pugh is an extraordinary lead in a smart, grown-up story.
Black Sea: Monday, Film4 at 11:25 p.m.
Underwater movies make you vibrate. Sweaty, tense, claustrophobic cinema and the Black Sea is a great example. Jude Law plays Robinson, an experienced submarine captain on the hunt for a sunken submarine filled with Nazi gold. The Russians are looking for him too and the crew he has assembled are not the most trustworthy men. Black Sea feels like it’s been pieced together from a dozen other films, but it’s more than the sum of its parts, which turns out to be quite enjoyable. Law, Scoot McNairy and Ben Mendehlson all do an effective job.
Gambit: Tuesday, great! Classic movies at 9 p.m.
Nicole is a dancer. Harry is a burglar cat. Together, they form an unlikely duo that conspires to pull off a perfect heist. Which of course goes all the way. Is not always. Everytime. A flawless example of a heist movie with all the tropes and tension you’d expect, but very enjoyable to boot. A smart and entertaining way to spend a few hours. Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine are fabulous as partners in crime.
It’s complicated: Tuesday, 5 stars at 11 p.m.
Jane and Jake have been divorced for a decade. Jacques is remarried. Jane has a new man. So why would they complicate their lives and rekindle a lost love? This rom-com is a witty watch, full of laughs and comedic timing. Old pros like Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin mingle with new faces like John Krasinksi and Lake Bell to fun effect. Plus, Steve Martin rocks. What’s not to like?
Elle: Wednesday, Film4 at 1:05 a.m.
Michèle is a successful businesswoman whose life changes when she is mugged in her home. Her reaction to the attack is a fight for others but Michele has her own plan. Paul Verhoeven’s comeback film is a hard watch that may trigger for some but it’s also genuinely surprising and all held together by a tour de force from Isabelle Hubert. She’s just perfect here and she’ll keep you glued to the screen.
Table 19: Thursday, Channel 4 at 2:40 a.m.
Eloise’s job as Chief Bridesmaid was taken away from her but her pride was not and she bows and decides to go to a wedding anyway but to add the insult to injury, she was dumped at that strange table in the corner. Ignore the bad reviews, it’s funny and painfully relatable if you’ve ever decided to go alone to someone’s big day. Anna Kendrick, Craig Robinson, Margo Martindale, Stephen Merchant and Lisa Kudrow all add to the mix here.
The Silent Partner: Thursday, Talking Pictures TV at 3:15 a.m.
Miles hates his job as a cashier at the bank and when he realizes the place is about to be robbed, he decides to help himself in a way that will be blamed for the theft. But when the reports do not correspond to his receipts, the thief is rather vexed. A complex, intelligent, satisfying and thrilling film with Elliot Gould, Susannah York and Christopher Plummer doing powerful work in well-written roles. If you like 70s crime dramas, you’ll like this one.
The Seekers: Thursday, BBC4 @ 10:15 p.m.
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 intentions? A magnificent and highly influential western (a shot of Wayne framed by a door has been honored in dozens of movies and shows), well-acted by all, especially Wayne and Vera Miles. One of the most beautiful and thoughtful westerns ever made.
Breaker Morant: Friday, great! Classic movies at 1:05 p.m.
During the Boer War of the early 20th century, three Australian officers are court-martialed for a shooting in a case used to distract from the horrific crimes committed by the men responsible. A masterful anti-war drama that feels fairly familiar to Kubrick’s Paths Of Glory, but the shades of gray here go deeper. Bryan Brown as Morant is a stunner and his final lines will stick with you for quite some time.
The True Story of the Kelly Gang: Friday, Film4 at 11:20 p.m.
The Kelly gang and their leader Ned ran amok in Australia’s outback in the 1870s. This 2020 film tells us their story, from young Ned’s first criminal experience to their fiery fight. First of all, it’s a vicious, profane film that never shy away from the harsh truths of life on the frontier, so it will offend some, but it’s powerful stuff, telling a side of a seldom-heard legend. . George MacKay, Essie Davis, Russell Crowe and Nicholas Hoult all deliver muscled turns.
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