Your guide to the best free- to- air movies this week
SEVEN, Friday, 8.30pm, M ( 2008) Robert Downey Jr was an unlikely superhero when the first Iron Man came out. Ver y different to the young, buff actors we’ve come to expect in these roles, Downey brought a sense of cheekiness wrapped up in his crime- fighting persona and gave Marvel Comics’ iconic “man inside the heavy- metal jacket” a new lease of life. In this first instalment, playboy industrialist Tony Stark ( Downey) escapes from kidnappers using an armoured suit and quickly uses its creation to fight crime, much to the disapproval of his company’s boss. Directed by Jon Favreau ( Elf), this is fast- paced, enter taining and a lot of fun.
SC TEN, Saturday, 9.05pm, M ( 2009) Although James Cameron’s epic didn’t take home the big award at the Oscars, Avatar cer tainly wasn’t a loser either. The groundbreaking 3D technology Cameron used to create such a wondrous, idyllic environment secured Oscars in the visual effects categories and still stands as the highest grossing film of all time. The stor y follows paraplegic marine Jake Sully ( Aussie Sam Worthington), who travels to a far- off moon to gather intelligence about the Na’vi species who live on Pandora. While there Sully meets local Neytiri ( Zoe Saldana), and what develops is essentially Pocahontas in space as Sully questions the effects his own species has on the peace- loving Na’vi. If you haven’t seen it, it’s simply out of this world.
The Pursuit Of Happyness
SC TEN, Sunday, 11pm, M ( 2006) Salesman Chris Gardner ( Will Smith) has fallen on hard times. His shrewish wife ( Thandie Newton) has just left him and his son. Though he looks out for the count, Chris’s hear t, determination and brains will see him climb out of the depths of despair. How? That’s the inspiring par t of this American Dream- themed drama, based on a true stor y, which shows how perseverance, a gift for maths and a Rubik’s cube can make you a for tune. In his no- frills approach to the subject of pover ty, Italian director Gabriele Muccino ( The Last Kiss) makes a winning fist of Gardner’s desperate plight.
GO!, Monday, 9.30pm, M ( 2011) Bradley Cooper stars as struggling writer Eddie, whose life changes when he discovers a top- secret drug that gives him super human abilities to recall ever ything he sees or hears. With his newfound skills opening up new doors, Eddie ditches his writing and takes on Wall Street, with dizzying success. His skills attract the attention of Carl Van Loon ( Robert De Niro), who invites Eddie to help broker the biggest merger in corporate histor y. But as the saying goes: What goes up, must come down, and Eddie finds himself hunted by the police, as well as those who want to get their hands on his stash.
Saving the world:
Robert Downey Jr as smart alec superhero Iron Man.