THE WEEK’S BEST FILMS

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SATUR­DAY Iron Man (2008) (STV, 6.20pm) The Hunts­man: Win­ter’s War (2016) (Chan­nel 4, 9pm)

In­ven­tor and play­boy Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) is chief ex­ec­u­tive of global weapons man­u­fac­tur­ing busi­ness Stark In­dus­tries. Dur­ing a demon­stra­tion of the dev­as­tat­ing Jericho mis­sile near Ba­gram air base in Afghanistan, in­sur­gents cap­ture Tony and com­pel him to build an­other mis­sile, this time to en­gage Amer­i­can forces. In­stead, Tony or­ches­trates a dar­ing es­cape wear­ing a crude, yet ul­tra-strong, suit of ar­mour. He re­turns home a changed man and an­nounces the im­me­di­ate shut­down of the weapons man­u­fac­tur­ing arm of Stark In­dus­tries. Un­for­tu­nately mem­bers of the board in­clud­ing Oba­diah Stane (Jeff Bridges) have other ideas.

The pre­quel (and se­quel) to Snow White and the Hunts­man sees schem­ing Queen Ravenna (Char­l­ize Theron) rul­ing over her realm in the south. Her kind-hearted sister Freya (Emily Blunt) falls in love with the Duke of Black­wood (Colin Mor­gan) and be­comes preg­nant with his child. Shortly af­ter the birth of a baby girl, the duke torches the in­fant in its crib, un­leash­ing a wave of grief and fury in Freya that trans­forms her into the Ice Queen. She es­tab­lishes her own king­dom and kid­naps chil­dren to mould into an army of heart­less soldiers. But then two of her finest war­riors defy her by fall­ing in love.

SUN­DAY War Horse (2011) (BBC1, 2.20pm)

When his drunken farmer dad Ted (Peter Mul­lan) comes home with a foal called Joey, young Al­bert (Jeremy Irvine) prom­ises to train the an­i­mal to work in the fields. How­ever, he doesn’t pre­dict that Europe will go to war or that Ted will sell Joey to Cap­tain Ni­cholls (Tom Hid­dle­ston). Al­bert sub­se­quently learns of tragedy on the bat­tle­field and en­lists in the Army to track down Joey and re­turn the horse to the farm. Mean­while, be­hind en­emy lines, Joey is cap­tured by the Ger­mans and em­barks on a mo­men­tous jour­ney. Based on Sir Michael Mor­purgo’s book, War Horse is a sweep­ing drama that har­nesses di­rec­tor Steven Spiel­berg’s vir­tu­os­ity to make per­fect view­ing in the run-up to Re­mem­brance Day.

Hugo (2011) (Film4, 4pm)

Twelve-year-old Hugo Cabret (Asa But­ter­field) is raised by his fa­ther (Jude Law), who has a pas­sion for cinema and me­chan­i­cal de­vices. The old man dies, leav­ing be­hind an in­tri­cate au­tom­a­ton, and Hugo is forced to live se­cretly in the rail­way sta­tion with his hard-drink­ing Un­cle Claude (Ray Win­stone), who main­tains the clocks. When the bot­tle claims Claude’s life, Hugo con­tin­ues to tend the clocks while steal­ing food from shop­keep­ers. An encounter with book­ish Is­abelle (Chloe Grace Moretz) sig­nals a jour­ney of self-dis­cov­ery that Hugo hopes will lead to a mes­sage from his fa­ther. Martin Scors­ese’s elab­o­rate fantasy in­dulges the Os­car-win­ning di­rec­tor’s pas­sion for cinema, lov­ingly recre­at­ing films of the era and pay­ing homage to the early pi­o­neers, in­clud­ing the Lumiere broth­ers.

MON­DAY Kill Bill: Vol 1 (2003) (5Star, 10pm)

A fe­male as­sas­sin (Uma Thur­man) quits the

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