The best films on the box this week
FRIDAY AS ABOVE, SO BELOW (2014) (C4, 12.10am)
TOMB raider Scarlett Marlowe (Perdita Weeks) intends to complete her late father’s quest to uncover the fabled Philosopher’s Stone. A vital clue leads her to Paris with trusty cameraman Benji (Edwin Hodge) in tow. There, Scarlett reunites with old pal George (Ben Feldman), who agrees to translate the symbols on a relic from Iran. The cryptic clues point to a secret chamber beneath the city, but once in the tunnels, paranoia runs rampant. As Above, So Below is a found-footage horror packaged as a puzzleladen treasure hunt a la The Da Vinci Code.
SATURDAY SPLIT (2016) (Sky Cinema Premiere, 12pm & 8pm)
POPULAR high school student Claire Benoit (Haley Lu Richardson) celebrates her birthday with classmates, including best friend Marcia (Jessica Sula) and creepy outcast Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy). On the way home, misfit Kevin Crumb (James McAvoy) kidnaps the three girls, spiriting them away to a bunker – and the hostages discover he exhibits 23 distinct personalities. Split is a tantalising psychological thriller which marks a confident return to form for writer-director M Night Shyamalan.
SUNDAY WE’RE THE MILLERS (2013) (C5, 9pm) Premiere
COMICAL road movie in which small-time drug dealer David Clark (Jason Sudeikis) attempts to save homeless girl Casey (Emma Roberts), from being mugged. In the process, he loses all his ill-gotten gains and is forced to pick up a small consignment of drugs from Mexico to clear his debts. David approaches stripper Rose (Jennifer Aniston) to pose as his wife and recruits Casey and next-door neighbour Kenny (Will Poulter) to portray their kids.
MONDAY SMASHED (2012) (Film4, 11.25pm) Premiere
MARY Elizabeth Winstead gives a powerful performance in James Ponsoldt’s heartfelt drama. After a drinking binge almost ends in professional suicide, schoolteacher Kate Hannah (Winstead) agrees to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. She befriends her sponsor Jenny (Octavia Spencer) and makes good on her promise to turn her life around – but her husband Charlie (Aaron Paul) and her mother (Mary Kay Place) threaten to wreck her good work.
TUESDAY DIE HARD (1988) (E4, 9pm)
NEW York cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) tries to build bridges with his estranged wife by heading to her high-rise building in Los Angeles. The jet-lagged crimefighter has barely had a chance to unpack before a bunch of nasty Eurocrooks storm the building. Die Hard remains one of the best action thrillers ever made, with Willis superb as the lone hero and Alan Rickman relishing his role as suave villain Hans Gruber.
WEDNESDAY THE CORE (2003) (Film4, 6.15pm)
FOR reasons unknown, the Earth’s inner core stops rotating, threatening the planet’s vital electromagnetic field – so a team of scientists volunteer to travel 3,000 miles below the Earth’s surface in a bid to avert global meltdown. Aaron Eckhart, Hilary Swank and Stanley Tucci star.
THURSDAY THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD (1965) (Film4, 12.25pm)
EXCELLENT adaptation of John le Carre’s classic spy novel, starring Richard Burton as burnt-out British agent Alec Leamas. After his latest assignment ends in failure, Leamas is sent on one final mission to East Germany. He must convince the enemy he wants to defect, gaining their trust and allowing him to deliver false intelligence – but Leamas starts to suspect he is a pawn in a much larger game.
James McAvoy as Kevin in Split