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Top films to watch on TV this week

- Entertainment · Movies · Uma Thurman · Quentin Tarantino · Justin Theroux · Haley Bennett · Allison Janney · Keanu Reeves · Alfie Allen · Deadpool · Channel 4 · Special Forces · Ryan Reynolds · Shailene Woodley · Laura Dern · Billy Wilder · The Girl on the Train · Emily Blunt · Rebecca Ferguson · Edgar Ramirez · John Wick · Bridget Moynahan · Michael Nyqvist · Ed Skrein · Gina Carano · Ansel Elgort · John Green · William Holden · Otto Preminger

WEDNESDAY

Kill Bill: Vol­ume 1 (2003) 5*, 11.05p.m. A fe­male assassin de­cides to quit the pro­fes­sion, get mar­ried and raise a fam­ily – only to be shot on her wedding day and left for dead.

Four years later, she wakes up from a coma in­tent on re­venge and sets off to wipe out her for­mer col­leagues. Her old boss Bill is her main tar­get, but in the mean­time she’ll make do with a cou­ple of other hit-women.

Uma Thurman is on ter­rific form here in a role created es­pe­cially for her by Quentin Tarantino – he re­port­edly gave her the script for her 30th birthday and de­layed pro­duc­tion when she be­came preg­nant.

The di­rec­tor also does her proud with some great fight scenes, keep­ing the vi­o­lence nicely stylised. How­ever, it’s a bit of a shame he had to chop his own movie in two – the end­ing is a bit of an anti-cli­max.

THURS­DAY

The Girl on the Train (2016) Film4, 9p.m.

Fol­low­ing an ac­ri­mo­nious di­vorce from her cheat­ing hus­band Tom (Justin Th­er­oux), Rachel Wat­son (Emily Blunt) takes reg­u­lar train jour­neys past her old house where he is now set­tled with his mis­tress Anna (Re­becca Fer­gu­son) and their baby.

One morn­ing, Rachel stares blearyeyed out of the train win­dow and glimpses Tom’s neigh­bour Me­gan (Ha­ley Ben­nett) in a clinch with an­other man. Me­gan sub­se­quently van­ishes and De­tec­tive Sergeant Ri­ley (Al­li­son Jan­ney) be­comes in­ter­ested in Rachel’s hazy rec­ol­lec­tion. Psy­chi­a­trist Dr Ka­mal Ab­dic (Edgar Ramirez) might be able to help Rachel un­lock her sub­con­scious but she will soon re­alise that some mem­o­ries are best for­got­ten.

Adapted from Paula Hawkins’ novel, The Girl on the Train is a smart psy­cho­log­i­cal pot­boiler an­chored by a strong per­for­mance from Blunt.

FRIDAY

John Wick (2014) Channel 5, 10p.m. In­fa­mous hit-man John Wick (Keanu Reeves) hol­sters his weapons for good to marry He­len (Brid­get Moy­na­han). Shortly af­ter ter­mi­nal ill­ness up­ends the fairy tale, John re­ceives a present from his late wife: an adorable bea­gle puppy called Daisy.

One night, Rus­sian play­boy Iosef Taras

ov (Al­fie Allen) and his un­der­lings break into John’s home, beat him to a pulp and kill Daisy. This act of sense­less bru­tal­ity fu­els John’s lust for re­venge and he hunts down Iosef, ig­nor­ing the fact his tar­get is the son of pow­er­ful mob boss Viggo Tarasov (Michael Nyqvist).

John Wick is a blood-soaked ac­tion thriller laced with macabre hu­mour, and Reeves is well-equipped for the phys­i­cal de­mands of the bal­letic fight se­quences.

SATURDAY

Dead­pool (2016) Channel 4, 9p.m. For­mer Spe­cial Forces op­er­a­tive Wade Wil­son (Ryan Reynolds) is a low-rent assassin who dis­cov­ers he has in­op­er­a­ble cancer. A re­cruiter (Jed Rees) from an ex­per­i­men­tal pro­gram known as WeaponX in­vites Wade to un­dergo a rad­i­cal pro­ce­dure, which ag­gres­sively at­tacks the can­cer­ous cells.

Sadis­tic pro­gram di­rec­tor Ajax (Ed Skrein) and hench­woman An­gel Dust (Gina Carano) tor­ture Wade, trans­form­ing him into a hideously de­formed mu­tant with the power of self-heal­ing. Re­born as Dead­pool, Wade sets out to wreak re­venge on Ajax and his un­der­lings.

Dead­pool is a re­lent­lessly lurid and un­apolo­get­i­cally foul-mouthed treat, crammed to burst­ing with zing­ing one-lin­ers. It all hinges on Reynolds’ abil­ity to charm us and he bar­rels through ev­ery frame with a cock­sure swag­ger that is im­pos­si­ble to re­sist.

SUN­DAY

The Fault in Our Stars (2014) Channel 4, 10.55p.m.

Six­teen-year-old Hazel Grace Lan­caster (Shai­lene Wood­ley) was di­ag­nosed with cancer at an early age. An ex­per­i­men­tal drug trial has slowed the spread of the dis­ease, but Hazel is re­signed to her grim fate. She re­luc­tantly at­tends a cancer pa­tients’ sup­port group at the be­hest of her mum (Laura Dern).

Dur­ing one ses­sion, Hazel meets acer­bic sur­vivor Gus (Ansel El­gort), who lost his leg to halt the spread of his cancer. As the re­la­tion­ship in­ten­si­fies, Hazel at­tempts to keep Gus at arm’s length, warn­ing that she is a ‘grenade’, des­tined to oblit­er­ate ev­ery­one around her.

The Fault in Our Stars is a beau­ti­fully sketched por­trait of ado­les­cence, adapted from John Green’s best­selling novel, which deftly plucks heart­strings to the point that a trickle of tears threat­ens to be­come a tor­rent.

MON­DAY

Sta­lag 17 (1953) Film4, 11a.m.

The US in­mates of a Ger­man Pris­oner of War camp stage an es­cape, but when it goes wrong, they con­clude that one of their num­ber must have be­trayed them to the Nazis. A

s far as most of the pris­on­ers are con­cerned, there’s only one can­di­date – cyn­i­cal wheeler-dealer Sgt Sefton ( Wil­liam Holden), who seems happy to strike deals with their cap­tors if it gets him a few ex­tra home com­forts. He re­alises the only way he’s go­ing to clear his name is by find­ing the real mole.

It’s not ev­ery di­rec­tor who could find hu­mour in a PoW camp, but Billy Wilder man­ages it with style. The re­sult is a blackly funny satir­i­cal drama, which boasts great per­for­mances from an Os­car-win­ning Holden and Otto Preminger as the sneer­ing camp com­man­dant.

 ??  ?? Emily Blunt as Rachel in TheGir­lon­theTrain (Thurs­day, Film4, 9p.m.)
Emily Blunt as Rachel in TheGir­lon­theTrain (Thurs­day, Film4, 9p.m.)
 ??  ?? Ryan Reynolds in Dead­pool (Saturday, Channel 4, 9p.m.)
Ryan Reynolds in Dead­pool (Saturday, Channel 4, 9p.m.)

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