If you’re looking for movies that are entertaining, acclaimed, and just a little bit different, then Freeview’s got you sorted. Here’s our pick of the most unmissable movies this week.
Saturday 10 November at 9pm
Many will be familiar with director Robert Zemeckis for his Back to the Future trilogy, but Contact is arguably his most accomplished movie. It stars Jodie Foster as Dr. Ellie Arroway, a physicist who finds proof of alien life hidden in a radio signal. But it’s not your standard “take me to your leader” message, it’s instructions on how to build a transportation device – most likely to an alien planet.
As the world tries to deal with this alien announcement, tension builds, delivering a thought-provoking yet enjoyable ending. If you liked the 2016 film Arrival, you’ll love Contact.
Saturday 10 November at 11:30pm
This Scandinavian thriller pulls no punches. It follows Roger, a corporate headhunter who subsidises his extravagant lifestyle by stealing art from his clients. However, things take a surprising twist when his next mark turns out to be a former special forces operator, played brilliantly by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who some will know as Jamie Lannister from Game of Thrones. Fast paced, this is mano a mano through the streets of Oslo.
Saturday 10 November at 11:45pm
This supernatural horror is about carefree teenager Jay, who after spending the night with her boyfriend, contracts a sexually transmitted curse. This means that no matter where she runs, a mysterious entity – appearing in the form of her deceased family members – isn’t too far behind. Creepy, with a pulsating 1980’s style soundtrack, this is the perfect movie if Halloween only whetted your appetite for the horror genre.
Sunday 11 November at 12:15am
For years, Matthew McConaughey was known for his roles in romantic comedies. However, Mud was one of his first films that showed that, apart from being a bit of a heart throb, he’s also a fantastically talented actor. With a plot that sounds like a great American novel –two boys agree to help a fugitive hiding in a boat on the Mississippi River – this is both a coming-of-age story and a gritty thriller. There’s also wonderful performances from Reese Witherspoon and Sam Shepard.
Sunday 11 November at 9pm
Have you ever wondered what would have happened if the Nazis made it to space? Well, Finnish film director Timo Vuorensola did and managed to convince lots of individual donors to help fund his idea.
This story imagines that the Nazis spent 70 years building an army on the moon in preparation for an invasion of earth. And, as you might expect from this slightly audacious plot, the movie is very much tongue-in-cheek. So, if you fancy unplugging your brain for a couple of hours, this cult classic will certainly keep you entertained.
They Shall Not Grow Old
Sunday 11 November at 9:30pm
Peter Jackson’s highly anticipated First World War documentary has already received rave reviews from critics at the London Film Festival, with some describing it as a ‘historic movie’.
By bringing together original footage from the Imperial War Museums’ film archive and audio from BBC archives, this documentary lets you hear the voices of those that served on the front lines. And, thanks to the latest computing techniques, 100-year old film is transformed and displayed in full-colour. This is must-see viewing for both younger and older generations.
Thursday 15 November at 11pm
This classic sci-fi story follows a team of American researchers living on a remote research station. However, when they return with a strange creature, they find they’ve let in an alien virus which can take over human life forms. Starring Kurt Russell, this movie has stood the test of time, and provides plenty of terrifying moments and intriguing plot twists that keep you guessing right up until the end.