The best films on the box this week
FRIDAY PREDESTINATION (2014) (Film4, 9pm)
BASED on a short story by Robert A Heinlein, this sci-fi thriller employs a staple of the genre – time travel – to give the characters an almighty headache. A Temporal Agent (Ethan Hawke), who ricochets through time to prevent major crimes, is seriously injured in his pursuit of a terrorist in 1970s New York. He recuperates in the guise of a bartender in the Big Apple, where an encounter with an enigmatic androgynous customer leads to a shattering revelation.
SATURDAY EFFIE GRAY (2014) (BBC Two, 9pm) Premiere
VICTORIAN art critic John Ruskin (Greg Wise) falls under the spell of 19-year-old Effie Gray (Dakota Fanning). They marry but a visit to his parents (David Suchet, Julie Walters) opens Effie’s eyes to the solitude she will have to bear for the rest of her life. When Ruskin and his wife travel to Scotland with artist John Everett Millais (Tom Sturridge), the attraction between Effie and the painter threatens to spark a full-blown affair...
SUNDAY WAR HORSE (2011) (BBC One, 2.05pm)
STEVEN Spielberg’s adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s novel. When his drunken farmer dad Ted (Peter Mullan) brings home a foal called Joey, young Albert (Jeremy Irvine) promises to train it to work in the fields. However, when Europe is plunged into war, Ted sells Joey to Captain Nicholls (Tom Hiddleston). Albert enlists in the Army to track down Joey and return the horse to the farm – while Joey is captured by the Germans and embarks on a momentous journey.
MONDAY THE THREE MUSKETEERS (1973) (More4, 9.30am)
THREE swashbuckling heroes (Oliver Reed, Richard Chamberlain and Frank Finlay) join forces with a headstrong country boy (Michael York) who is determined to become a Musketeer. Together they cross swords with Cardinal Richelieu (Charlton Heston), who is plotting to take the throne by discrediting the Queen of France (Geraldine Chaplin). Director Richard Lester plays up the laughs while remaining true to the spirit of Alexander Dumas’ classic novel.
TUESDAY FAIR GAME (2010) (Film4, 1.40am)
VALERIE Plame (Naomi Watts), whose CIA status is unknown to her family and friends, is unexpectedly caught in the crossfire when husband Joe (Sean Penn) writes a scathing attack on the US government’s claims that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction. When a subsequent article exposes Valerie, she is shunned by her colleagues, who need to protect their own identities.
WEDNESDAY X-MEN (2000) (Film4, 6.55pm)
A new subspecies of human has emerged, blessed with strange and wondrous powers. Embittered mutant Magneto (Ian McKellen), a Nazi concentration camp survivor who fears a new age of persecution, declares war on the humans. Mankind’s only hope rests with telepath Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and his band of champions – Cyclops (James Marsden), Storm (Halle Berry), Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), Dr Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) and Rogue (Anna Paquin).
THURSDAY THE BOUNTY HUNTER (2010) (5STAR, 11pm)
PREDICTABLE romcom in which cop-turned-bounty hunter Milo (Gerard Butler) is ordered to track down his journalist ex-wife Nicole (Jennifer Aniston) after she skips bail. It turns out she missed her court date because she’s chasing a story about a murder cover-up – and when Milo tracks her down, he discovers he’s not the only one on her trail...
Albert (Jeremy Irvine) and Joey in War Horse