The best films on the box this week

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FRI­DAY BOY (2010) (Film4, 10.50pm) Pre­miere

BE­FORE he made What We Do in the Shad­ows or Thor: Rag­narok, di­rec­tor Taika Waititi set New Zealand box of­fice records with this comin­gof-age comedy. Set in the 1980s, it stars James Rolle­ston as an 11-yearold Maori who lives with his brother and grand­mother af­ter the death of his mother. He ro­man­ti­cises about his ab­sent fa­ther and is thrilled when his dad re­turns – but he isn’t quite the hero that his son imag­ined.

SATUR­DAY FIFTY SHADES DARKER: UNMASKED EDI­TION (2017) (Sky Cinema Pre­miere, 9pm) Pre­miere

ANAS­TA­SIA Steele (Dakota John­son) has turned her back on bil­lion­aire Chris­tian Grey (Jamie Dor­nan) to clam­ber the ca­reer lad­der. It’s not long be­fore crest­fallen Chris­tian pleads his case, and Ana ac­qui­esces. Soon af­ter, at a mas­quer­ade ball, Ana en­coun­ters Elena Lin­coln (Kim Basinger), who se­duced Chris­tian aged 15, while one of his for­mer sub­mis­sives (Bella Heath­cote) stalks her for­mer mas­ter with malev­o­lent in­tent.

SUN­DAY PADDINGTON (2014) (C4, 5.15pm)

PADDINGTON Bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) is raised in dark­est Peru by his aunt and un­cle. When tragedy strikes, the young bear is sent to Lon­don, where Mrs Brown (Sally Hawkins) and her son Jonathan (Sa­muel Joslin) take pity on the furry loner. They con­vince Mr Brown (Hugh Bon­neville) and moody teenage daugh­ter Judy (Madeleine Har­ris) to let him stay – but the bear also at­tracts the at­ten­tion of taxi­der­mist Millicent (Ni­cole Kid­man).

MON­DAY MOMMY (2014) (C4, 1.50am) Pre­miere

FRENCH-CANA­DIAN di­rec­tor Xavier Dolan dis­sects the bonds be­tween a sin­gle mother and her trou­bled teenage son. Diane (Anne Dor­val) is woe­fully un­pre­pared to take care of her son Steve (An­toine Olivier Pilon), who has been dis­charged from a care fa­cil­ity with ADHD. Mirac­u­lously, school­teacher neigh­bour Kyla (Suzanne Cle­ment) takes a shine to Steve and agrees to help the lad.

TUES­DAY 07/11/17 DEATH SEN­TENCE (2007) (5STAR, 11pm)

IN­SUR­ANCE ex­ec­u­tive Nick Hume (Kevin Ba­con) and his fam­ily are on their way home from a hockey game when thugs burst into the petrol sta­tion where the fam­ily has stopped, fa­tally in­jur­ing one of Hume’s sons. As they flee, Nick un­masks one of the killers, whom he sub­se­quently iden­ti­fies in a po­lice line-up. When the jus­tice sys­tem fails Nick and his fam­ily, the busi­ness­man takes mat­ters into his own hands, ig­nit­ing a war with gang leader Billy (Gar­rett Hed­lund).

WED­NES­DAY A.C.O.D (2013) (Film4, 10.55pm) Pre­miere

THE ti­tle stands for Adult Chil­dren of Di­vorce, which de­scribes the fam­ily sta­tus of Carter (Adam Scott), who learns his younger brother Trey (Clark Duke) is get­ting mar­ried – and that their par­ents (Richard Jenk­ins and Cather­ine O’Hara) both refuse to at­tend if the other is in­vited. As Carter tries to make peace be­tween his mum and dad, he dis­cov­ers that as a child he was se­cretly used as a psy­cho­log­i­cal case study on the ef­fects of di­vorce on kids.


THE orig­i­nal 1947 take on James Thurber’s day­dream­ing anti-hero. Treated with dis­dain by ev­ery­one he knows, the epony­mous bum­bling dreamer (Danny Kaye) re­treats into a fan­tasy world, un­til an en­counter with a mys­te­ri­ous woman sweeps him up into a real-life ad­ven­ture and gives him the courage to change his life. Also star­ringBoris Karloff as the sin­is­ter bad guy and Vir­ginia Mayo as Mitty’s dream woman.

Jamie Dor­nan and Dakota John­son in Fifty Shades Darker

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