Films have the ability to transport you to new worlds. Like emotional roller-coasters, they can take you from edge of your seat thrills to heart-warming moments of joy, from the pits of despair to feelings of hope and optimism. Terrifying films may linger for days, compelling you to keep the light on, just in case something lurks in the dark.
With Freeview’s great selection of films you can feel all of these emotions. So why not sit back, relax, and if necessary, hide behind the sofa.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Saturday 21 October 2017 at 6:45pm
Based on J.R.R Tolkien’s novels, this Oscar-winning epic fantasy is a perfect family film for a Saturday evening. The story centres on Frodo Baggins, a hobbit from the Shire, who has to make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to destroy a magical ring. However, he’s not alone, having help from elves, dwarfs, wizards, and someone from the ‘Realm of Men’. Watch out for a young Orlando Bloom in blond locks, Liv Tyler in elf ears, and Hugo Weaving being Hugo Weaving.
With spectacular cinematography, a beautiful score, and some of the most ambitious fight scenes in modern cinema, there is no excuse for missing this epic tale.
Sunday 22 Oct 2017 at 2pm
Another Oscar winner, Rango is an animated comedy western about a pet iguana (voiced by Johnny Depp) who ends up in the desert town of Dirt, an outpost in desperate need of a sheriff. It’s also the best on screen performance in a Hawaiian shirt since Magnum PI!
With some fantastic comedy set pieces, an owl mariachi band, and a whole host of voice acting talent – Ray Winstone, Bill Nighy, and Isla Fisher included – you’ll want to watch this film again and again.
Sunday 22 October 2017 at 9pm
The multi-talented Ann Kendrick plays college student Becca, and although she doesn’t want to be part of a clique, is drawn into the world of acapella – that’s singing without instruments, people!
Having found herself part of The Bellas, she tries to revolutionise their sound, to give them that much needed edge to take on the country’s top acapella talent. Filled with songs, dance, and a little bit of romance, this film will have you strutting your stuff across the living room.
Fifty Shades of Grey
Monday 23 October 2017 at 9pm
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, it’s likely that you’ve heard about this film. Based on E.L. James’ multi-million selling novel, this romantic drama follows a literature student as she begins an unconventional relationship with a controlling billionaire.
To describe Fifty Shades as polarising is probably an understatement, but to its masses of adoring fans, it takes them to a world of excitement and glamour, where jet planes and glass penthouses are the norm. This is the perfect film for those eagerly awaiting the final instalment in 2018.
Wednesday 25 October 2017 at 9pm
FBI agent Joe Pistone goes undercover to infiltrate the mob in this highly acclaimed crime drama. Unable to tell friend from foe, Joe starts to empathise with the men he’s charged with taking down. Johnny Depp gives a career best performance – with a little help from the stellar cast surrounding him, such as heavyweights Al Pacino, Michael Madsen, and Paul Giamatti. Fans of The Godfather and Goodfellas should especially tune in. Or else……
A Few Good Men
Thursday 26th October 2017 at 1:15am
“You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth!” is one of the many great quotes from this Oscar nominated courtroom drama.
An arrogant navy lawyer, Lt. Daniel Kaffee (played by Tom Cruise), and his co-counsel, Lt. Cmdr. JoAnne Galloway (played by Demi Moore), have been assigned to prosecute a murder case involving hazing rituals and high ranking officials. It’s shady and smells of conspiracy. But the real drama comes from the verbal sparring that ensues between Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson’s character, Col. Nathan Jessep, a hardened high ranking member of the United States Marine Corps
……and some hidden gems from Netflix and Amazon
If you have a smart TV, you can also access a wide variety of films from streaming services, including Netflix and Amazon.
Now streaming on Netflix
A film which adds a new layer of complexity to romantic relationships: if you are single, you must find a partner within 45 days, otherwise you will be turned into an animal.
This absurd black comedy stars Colin Farrell, as a newly single man, and Rachel Weisz, as a women he’s trying to form a relationship with. It’s weird, it’s melancholy, it’s funny, but most importantly, it’s a brilliant and unique film that will have you looking at the world just a little differently.
So, which animal would you chose?
Now streaming on Netflix
An adult stop-motion animation from Charlie Kaufman, the writer of Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. When family man and successful author, Michael Stone, meets sales rep Lisa – who may or may not be the love of his life – he sees the opportunity to escape his hum drum existence. Unlike anything else, this surreal and darkly humorous film is a wonderful piece of filmmaking. Although this is an animation, it’s definitely not suitable for kids!
Song of the Sea
Now streaming on Amazon
An enchanting Irish tale telling the story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse as they travel across a world of ancient myths and legends, attempting to return to their home by the sea. This beautifully hand-drawn animation has been described as “a gem beaming with awe-inspiring, heart-warming magic“. The film is also wonderfully cast with screen legend Brendan Gleeson and folk singer Lisa Hannigan helping to bring the story to life.
A perfect film, which will become like an old Disney classic and be watched by countless generations. Miss this masterpiece at your peril!