With future blockbusters being announced at Comic Con and Disney’s D23 Expo this week, it’s the perfect time to catch up on your favourite stars’ more recent outings. Luckily we’ve got your back as usual, with a whole host of classics showing across Freeview channels this week.
Friday 21 July at 10.15pm and Tuesday 25 July at 10pm
“I amuse you?” You did in Home Alone, Joe, but you’re a little bit scarier this time around. Pesci won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as Tommy DeVito (no relation to Danny) in Martin Scorsese’s gangster epic. Widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time, what better way to spend your evening than with the mob – and some classic Italian food.
Friday 21 July at 10.40pm
On the subject of Best Supporting Actors, Sir Ben Kingsley was nominated for this 2000 British crime classic. If you’ve not gotten round to watching it yet, now’s the time to wonder ‘what could possibly go wrong’ as Sir Ben drags top geezer and ex-con Ray Winstone out of retirement for another job.
Kung Fu Panda 2
Saturday 22 July at 3.30pm
Jack Black is back as Po the Panda/Dragon Warrior in the second instalment of the hit franchise. This time, he’s got a peacock (Gary Oldman) to sort out as well as the small matter of achieving inner peace. Time for some more bamboo!
Jason and the Argonauts
Saturday 22 July at 4.50pm
If you’re in the mood for something more classic of a Saturday afternoon, Spike have more than got you covered with this swords and sandals epic. Hunt for a golden fleece? Jason knows the importance of getting your hands on those British summer essentials.
Oz the Great and Powerful
Sunday 23 July at 3pm
Back before (spoiler alert!) Dorothy dropped a house on her head, the Wicked Witch of the East was known as Evanora and looked a lot like Rachel Weisz. This prequel also stars Mila Kunis as her sister from the other side of the Emerald City, James Franco as the infamous Wizard, and Michelle Williams as munchkin idol, Glinda.
Maps to the Stars
Sunday 23 July at 10pm
Robert Pattinson has moved on from his days as a glittery vampire and is now starring alongside Julianne Moore in this drama from director David Cronenberg. With its satirical take on the entertainment industry, it’s no wonder it was a hit in Cannes when it was released.
Gangs of New York
Monday 24 July at 10pm
Looking for another Scorsese fix? Then end your Monday with this other Oscar winner featuring Daniel Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz and Martin’s favourite, Leonardo DiCaprio. The intense rivalry between the Irish and Americans in 1800s New York serves as a backdrop to Leo’s mission to seek revenge on his father’s murderer, Bill the Butcher.
The Other Guys
Monday 24 July at 10.05pm
If you’re in the mood for something more light-hearted after a long Monday, look no further than this comedy from the team that brought you Anchorman. Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are two cops trying to gain the respect they think they deserve from their colleagues, with predictably hilarious consequences.
We Bought a Zoo
Tuesday 25 July at 6.35pm
Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson are living the dream in this family-friendly film from director Cameron Crowe. Fun fact: although set in the US, the film is actually based on Benjamin Mee’s memoir about buying Dartmoor Zoological Park.
Tuesday 25 July at 10.40pm
Fancy making it a Scorsese hat-trick? This modern classic will keep you guessing right until the very end as Leo and partner Mark Ruffalo investigate the disappearance of a patient at a psychiatric facility on the titular island.
Wednesday 26 July at 11pm
NOT THE BEES!! A few years before Nicholas Cage faced off against our honey gathering friends, Edward Woodward was the original policeman who found more than he bargained for on a remote island.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Wednesday 26 July at 6.45pm
Struggling to make it through the week? Live vicariously through Matthew Broderick as he takes the ultimate skive. If you take part in a parade however, thanks to social media your boss will probably find out.
It’s also worth noting that All 4 have a different film every week, until the end of summer. That means you can enjoy the likes of The Inbetweeners 2, Under the Skin, Enduring Love, 12 Years a Slave and many more.