The best films on the box this week

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FRI­DAY

FOUR WED­DINGS AND A FU­NERAL (1994) (Film4, 9pm)

POSH English Charles (Hugh Grant) seems des­tined al­ways to be the best man at wed­dings and never the groom. The first col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween writer-di­rec­tor Richard Cur­tis and Grant was the movie that put them both on the map. This hi­lar­i­ous ro­man­tic com­edy makes full use of Grant’s nat­u­ral charm and boasts a su­perb cast giv­ing their best. In fact, the only weak link might be MacDow­ell, es­pe­cially when com­pared with Kristin Scott Thomas’s acer­bic Fiona.

SATUR­DAY

THE AS­SAS­SI­NA­TION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD (2007) (ITV4, 11.25pm)

IN 1881, the fi­nal year of Jesse James’s ex­tra­or­di­nary life, the James Gang con­tin­ues to rob banks and rail­road own­ers. Evad­ing cap­ture and the en­e­mies who would love to col­lect the bounty on his head, Jesse (Brad Pitt) is ini­tially flat­tered by the at­ten­tion of de­voted fan Bob Ford (Casey Af­fleck) but soon grows con­cerned by the young man’s fix­a­tion.

SUN­DAY

EN­DER’S GAME (2013) (Film4, 6.45pm)

A hos­tile alien race called the Formics in­vades Earth and is re­pelled at the last minute by In­ter­na­tional Fleet Com­man­der Mazer Rack­ham (Ben Kings­ley), who sac­ri­fices his life to bring down the mother­ship. The In­ter­na­tional Mil­i­tary pre­pares for the next at­tack by scour­ing the globe for the best young minds and bring­ing the raw re­cruits to­gether at Bat­tle School, in­clud­ing En­der Wig­gin (Asa But­ter­field). Based on the books by Or­son Scott Card, En­der’s Game is a stir­ring tale of hero­ism aimed at young adults, which fol­lows the lead of The Hunger Games by cast­ing re­spected stars, in­clud­ing Har­ri­son Ford, in piv­otal roles.

MON­DAY

TRIPLE 9 (2016) (Film4, 9pm) Pre­miere

VENOMOUS Rus­sian moll Irina Vlaslov (Kate Winslet) puts the squeeze on pri­vate se­cu­rity con­trac­tor Michael Bel­mont (Chi­we­tel Ejio­for) and his team of dirty cops and Spe­cial Ops vet­er­ans. Michael fa­thered a child with Irina’s sis­ter Elena (Won­der Woman Gal Gadot) and is be­holden to the Vlaslovs if he wants ac­cess to his boy. Triple 9 is a taut ac­tion thriller with a stel­lar cast and a ro­bust script penned by Matt Cook.

TUES­DAY

UN­DER­WORLD: RISE OF THE LYCANS (2009) (E4, 10pm)

THE third in­stal­ment of the pop­u­lar Un­der­world se­ries sketches the ori­gins of the an­cient feud be­tween vam­pires and were­wolves. Lu­cian’s se­cret vam­pire lover, Sonja (Rhona Mi­tra), be­trays her no­ble blood­line to lend sup­port to the were­wolves’ plight, jeop­ar­dis­ing Vik­tor’s sadis­tic reign, but as we know from the other en­tries in the se­ries, this won’t have a hap­pi­lyever-af­ter end­ing.

WED­NES­DAY

HOWL’S MOV­ING CAS­TLE (2004) (Film4, 12.40pm)

THE leg­endary Hayao Miyazaki, the man be­hind Spir­ited Away, turns Diana Wynne Jones’s book into a mag­i­cal an­i­mated fea­ture. There is ex­cite­ment in the air - the mov­ing cas­tle of Wiz­ard Howl (Chris­tian Bale) has been spot­ted in the waste­land close to the town. This dal­liance with the wiz­ard in­curs the wrath and the jeal­ousy of the vin­dic­tive Witch of the Waste (Lau­ren Ba­call), who casts a spell on So­phie, trans­form­ing her into an arthritic 90-yearold woman (now voiced by Jean Sim­mons).

THURS­DAY

MOONSTRUCK (1987) (Sony Movie Chan­nel, 1.15pm)

THIR­TYSOME­THING Ital­ian-Amer­i­can widow Loretta (Cher) gets en­gaged to her staid boyfriend Johnny (Danny Aiello) just be­fore he leaves for Si­cily to be with his dy­ing mother. Cher and Dukakis de­servedly won Os­cars for their roles, but ev­ery­one is ter­rific in Nor­man Jewi­son’s funny, big-hearted ro­man­tic com­edy.

The As­sas­si­na­tion of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Satur­day, ITV4)

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