“I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.”
These are the words of American mythologist Joseph Campbell, who understood that films play an important role in our lives, providing us with both pure escapism and a connection with others whose experiences are often entirely different to our own.
And that’s certainly true of the movies coming up on Freeview this week.
Sony Movie Channel
Friday 23 March at 9pm
Based on the Philip K Dick story ‘We Can Remember It for You Wholesale’, this reboot of the classic 90’s sci-fi thriller sees Colin Farrell play a blue-collar worker who seeks excitement by implanting false memories – a classic spy scenario. However, he soon learns that maybe he is a spy, and maybe his wife (played by Kate Beckinsale) isn’t quite what she seems. With a dark dystopian aesthetic and a healthy amount of car chases and battles to the death, it’s the perfect viewing for a Friday night.
Saturday 24 March at 9pm
An epic drama based on the true events of a 1996 expedition. The story follows two teams of mountaineers as they battle for survival against one of the fiercest snowstorms ever recorded. Starring an all-star cast, including Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Keira Knightley, this man vs nature tale is gripping from start to finish, so much so that you’ll feel like you’re desperately battling the blistering winds and freezing temperatures alongside the characters. Although without the prospect of frost bite!
Guardians of the Galaxy
Saturday 24 March at 10:30pm
This vibrant sci-fi adventure injected a much-needed sense of fun into Marvel films when it was first released in 2014. The story follows Peter Quill aka Star Lord (the very witty Chris Pratt), a space adventurer who is just trying to make his way in a galaxy filled with aliens, mercenaries, and mystical orbs. With a band of misfits, including a fast-talking tough raccoon (perfectly voiced by Bradley Cooper) and a tree called Groot (a subtle performance by Vin Diesel), Star Lord sets out to save the galaxy and possibly get the girl of his dreams.
The Theory of Everything
Sunday 25 March at 3:40pm
The sad passing of Stephen Hawking has affected millions of people across the world. This Oscar-winning film starring Eddie Redmayne is a glowing tribute to the life of a man who was so much more than a physicist. Filled with the love, the heartbreak, the day-to-day struggles, and the academic brilliance that characterised Professor Hawking’s life, this beautiful film is the perfect family viewing for a Sunday afternoon.
Monday 26 March at 6:30pm
Based on a series of young adult novels by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, this fantasy romance follows teenager Ethan Wate as he yearns for something more than his boring small-town life. However, his life suddenly changes when the beautiful Lena Duchannes enrols at his school. Yet, it’s complicated – she’s from a magical family and will soon find out whether she’ll be claimed by the forces of good or evil. That’s high school for you.
Monday 26 March at 11:10pm
This action-packed thriller follows FBI agent Anthony Hubbard (Denzel Washington) as he hunts for a terrorist cell, who are setting off bombs across New York City. However, as well as battling terrorists, agent Hubbard must navigate through shadowy characters such as CIA agent Elise Kraft (Annette Bening) and General William Devereaux (Bruce Willis), a military man hell-bent on declaring martial law on the city.
Suspenseful throughout, this thriller tackles the subject of terrorism in a way that is both intelligent and hugely entertaining. A film that’s defiantly worth staying up for.
Mr & Mrs Smith
Tuesday 27 March at 10pm
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie star in this ludicrous action comedy about a bored suburban couple with a secret; they’re both professional assassins. The secret soon comes out and they are tasked with killing each other – that’s one way to spice up a marriage! The film also includes hilarious supporting performances from Vince Vaughan and Adam Brody.
Over-the-top but highly enjoyable, this film is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
Tuesday 27 March at 9pm
A romantic comedy about a thirtysomething couple whose relationship has ended but neither person wants to leave their home. Starring Jennifer Anniston and Vince Vaughan, the story follows the couple as they go to hilarious lengths to force each other out. Will they realise that they really love each other? Or will they come to a grown-up decision?
This is the perfect film for watching with your significant other – no doubt it will make you feel far better about your own relationship!
The Million Pound Note
Wednesday 28 March at 12:15pm
A classic comedy about two eccentric brothers who bet that a penniless American sailor, Henry Adams (played by Gregory Peck), with a million pound note, can obtain everything he needs without ever having to spend it. Hotels and restaurants fawn over Henry, but trouble starts to come when he speculates on the stock market and is asked to produce the note. From there on, things start to get really farcical!
For true film buffs, this is right up your street. However, it’s interesting premise and laugh-out loud funny moments make this film truly universal.
Season of the Witch
Thursday 29 March at 9pm
Nicholas Cage is one of the most versatile actors in Hollywood. In this fantasy epic, he plays a crusader who’s been tasked with transporting an accused witch to a remote monastery to stand trial.
With plenty of scares, thrills, and a whole load of supernatural action, you’ll be entertained throughout. It also includes a great script with lines such as “We’re going to need more holy water!”. There’s also notable performances from the late Christopher Lee and Sons of Anarchy and Hellboy star Ron Perlman.
A spellbinding and underrated film that is a must see for fans of the fantasy/horror genres, as well those looking for something different.