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See the best movies that are on UK TV this week.

May 8, 2023
See the best movies that are on UK TV this week.

Prepare yourself for a thrilling week of non-stop movie entertainment! The television is poised to showcase an extraordinary array of hit movies. Brace yourself for an unparalleled cinematic journey. From romantic stories to comedic gems to adrenaline-pumping action, there’s an abundance of choices to satisfy every taste. Allow to lead the way as you embark on a captivating adventure!

How Do You Know (Great! Movies) – On Monday 8th May at 18:40 CET.

How Do You Know is the perfect romantic comedy for a Monday movie night! With a talented cast that includes Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, and Jack Nicholson, there’s no doubt that the acting is top-notch.

The film follows a softball player who faces an uncertain future after being dropped from the national team. She finds herself torn between a self-centered baseball star and an honest businessman who has been falsely accused of corporate crime.

While the pacing may not be perfect, there are plenty of witty lines that will keep you laughing. Wilson steals the show as the charming but commitment-phobic bachelor, and Witherspoon and Rudd both give solid performances. Get ready for a fun and entertaining romantic comedy experience.

Master and Commander: the Far Side of the World (Film4) – On Tuesday 9th May at 20:20 CET.

If you’re in the mood for an epic adventure, then Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is the movie for you. Set during the Napoleonic Wars in 1805, the film follows the journey of Captain Jack Aubrey, played by Russell Crowe, as he leads his British frigate on a quest for revenge after being out-gunned by a French warship.

Based on a much-loved series of novels by Patrick O’Brian, the film is directed by Peter Weir, who has managed to create a cinematic experience that is truly immersive. The attention to detail is impeccable, and the action sequences are stunningly realized. Crowe gives a full-blooded performance as Captain Aubrey, and he’s well-matched by Paul Bettany, who plays the ship’s doctor and best friend.

The film’s stunning visuals, including the rounding of Cape Horn, will have you on the edge of your seat. Master and Commander is a must-watch for anyone who loves adventure, action, and immersive period drama-lives.

Hunter Killer (Film4) – On Wednesday 10th May at 23:00 CET.

If you’re looking for a thrilling and action-packed movie to watch, then Hunter Killer should be at the top of your list. Starring Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman, and Michael Nyqvist, this adrenaline-fueled adventure will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

When a US naval craft goes missing in the Arctic, it’s up to a submarine captained by the unorthodox Joe Glass to investigate. What follows is a heart-pounding race against time as they try to stop a rogue Russian admiral from starting a nuclear war.

The action is intense and impressive, with stunning sequences that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Butler is perfectly cast as the tough captain of the submarine, while Oldman is commanding as a Washington official. Get ready for a thrilling ride with Hunter Killer.

The Shawshank Redemption (BBC Four) – On Thursday 11th May at 23:00 CET.

The Shawshank Redemption is a must-watch prison drama-live that will keep you hooked from start to finish. This movie tells the story of Andy Dufresne, a mild-mannered banker who is sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his wife and her lover. The Shawshank Redemption depicts how he tries to adapt to the brutalities of prison life and how his friendship with long-term inmate Red, played by Morgan Freeman, helps him to make his ordeal easier to bear.

The movie is directed by Frank Darabont, who does a fantastic job of bringing King’s story to life. The performances of Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, and James Whitmore are outstanding, and they bring depth and complexity to their characters that make them feel like real people rather than just movie characters. The chemistry between Robbins and Freeman is particularly compelling, and you’ll find yourself rooting for them throughout the movie.

The Shawshank Redemption is a movie that will make you feel a range of emotions, from sadness to hope to triumph. It’s a powerful story of friendship, resilience, and the human spirit, and it’s a movie that will stay with you long after the credits have rolled. If you haven’t seen The Shawshank Redemption yet, you’re missing out on one of the greatest movies of all time.

Minority Report (E4) – On Friday 12th May at 23:00 CET.

If you’re a fan of sci-fi, action, and suspense, Minority Report is the movie for you. Directed by the legendary Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, and Samantha Morton, this futuristic thriller takes place in the mid-21st century when a special police unit can predict and prevent crimes before they happen.

The special effects and design are stunning, creating a vivid and compelling vision of the future. Tom Cruise gives a standout performance as John Anderton, the head of the Precrime unit who becomes a fugitive when he’s accused of a future murder. The film features one spectacularly mounted suspense sequence after another, including the iconic scene with the robot spiders that identify Cruise via his coded eyeballs.

This is sci-fi cinema at its best, with mind-boggling images and a literate, witty script that work together-live to create a world of unnerving wonder. So, if you’re in the mood for a thrilling ride through a dystopian future, don’t miss Minority Report – it’s one of the best sci-fi films of all time!

Far from the Madding Crowd (BBC Two) – On Saturday 13th May at 22:05 CET.

Far from the Madding Crowd is a beautifully crafted period drama-live that is a must-watch for anyone who appreciates classic literature and stunning cinematography. Based on the novel by Thomas Hardy, the film features a talented cast including Carey Mulligan, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge, and Matthias Schoenaerts.

The story takes place in Victorian Wessex, where Bathsheba Everdene, played by Mulligan, inherits a farm and captures the attention of three very different men. Director Thomas Vinterberg’s adaptation may be less boisterous than the novel, but it is no less romantic or compelling. Mulligan’s portrayal of Everdene is captivating, and her chemistry with the rest of the cast is electric.

The film’s stunning visuals, thanks to cinematographer Charlotte Bruus Christensen, transport the audience to the idyllic English countryside of the 1870s. While the outcome of the love triangle may be predictable, the journey is anything but, as the characters navigate themes of love, class, and gender roles. Far from the Madding Crowd is a must-watch for anyone who loves a good romance, stunning visuals, and a well-crafted story.

Shanghai Noon (ITV 2) – On Sunday 14th May at 22:00 CET.

If you’re in the mood for some non-stop laughter and thrilling action, then you won’t want to miss Shanghai Noon! This Western comedy starring the legendary Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson is a delightful mashup of two unlikely genres, resulting in a film that’s both visually stunning and hysterically funny.

The plot follows Chan’s character, a palace guard, and Wilson’s outlaw character as they team up to rescue a kidnapped Chinese princess in the Wild West. With plenty of slapstick humor and clever one-liners, Shanghai Noon is sure to keep you entertained from start to finish.

And let’s not forget about Chan’s impressive martial arts skills, which he puts on full display as he fights his way out of sticky situations using everything from antlers to horseshoes. This film is a perfect example of a well-done buddy comedy, and the chemistry between Chan and Wilson is undeniable. So if you’re looking for a movie that’s both hilarious and action-packed, Shanghai Noon is the perfect choice.

Get ready to embark on an exhilarating journey with the exceptional selection of movies coming to UK television this week! The channels offer a wide range of cinematic treasures, from epic love stories to hilarious comedies to heart-stopping action films, that are certain to capture your interest. So, grab a bucket of popcorn and get ready to be whisked away by the enchanting allure of these movies.

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