The best films on the box this week

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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.


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

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