THE WEEK’S BEST FILMS

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SATUR­DAY Apollo 13 (1995) (STV, 1.20pm) Al­lied (2016) (Chan­nel 4, 9pm)

Ron Howard’s film tells the in­cred­i­ble true story of the ill-fated Apollo 13 mis­sion, which launched in 1970, bound for the moon. How­ever, dis­as­ter struck in the form of an on-board ex­plo­sion, which left as­tro­naut Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks) and his team fac­ing a dwin­dling oxy­gen sup­ply, while back on Earth the ground grew in Hous­ton fran­ti­cally searched for a way to get them home safely. Just be­cause his­tory tells us ex­actly how the mis­sion ended, it doesn’t make this movie any less tense. In fact, younger view­ers may find it par­tic­u­larly nerve-wrack­ing as they see just how prim­i­tive some of that space age tech­nol­ogy looks.

Wing com­man­der Max Vatan (Brad Pitt), a Cana­dian in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cer posted to Lon­don dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, parachutes be­hind en­emy lines to as­sas­si­nate a Ger­man am­bas­sador. He joins forces with glam­orous French Re­sis­tance fighter Mar­i­anne Beause­jour (Marion Cotil­lard), who is al­ready em­bed­ded in Casablanca. Sparks fly as a faux ro­mance kin­dles deep de­sire. The cou­ple re­unite in Lon­don, where they marry, but as the Al­lied war ef­fort gath­ers pace Max is ush­ered into a covert meet­ing where mil­i­tary of­fi­cials present damn­ing ev­i­dence that Mar­i­anne is a spy work­ing for the Ger­mans.

SUN­DAY Ever­est (2015) (Film4, 6.35pm)

Rob Hall (Ja­son Clarke) and Scott Fis­cher (Jake Gyl­len­haal) lead com­pet­ing ex­pe­di­tions on Ever­est, racing against one an­other and the el­e­ments to en­sure their clients safely reach the peak. Un­like his ri­val, Rob takes a fas­tid­i­ous and cau­tious ap­proach to each as­cent with his com­pany Ad­ven­ture Con­sul­tants, promis­ing his preg­nant wife Jan (Keira Knight­ley) that he will re­turn for the birth of their daugh­ter. Dur­ing an ill-fated May 1996 ex­pe­di­tion, a fierce storm rum­bles nearby, threat­en­ing to trap the climbers on the rock face. Based on true events, Ever­est is a slickly or­ches­trated recre­ation of an ill-fated as­cent.

Edge of To­mor­row (2014) (Chan­nel 5, 9pm)

A hive-like alien race called the Mim­ics has over­run Europe and the United De­fence Force is pre­par­ing to storm the con­ti­nent from mul­ti­ple an­gles. Gen­eral Brigham (Bren­dan Gleeson) or­ders mil­i­tary PR man Ma­jor Wil­liam Cage (Tom Cruise) to the front line to cap­ture this glo­ri­ous mo­ment on film for gen­er­a­tions to come. A sub­se­quent skir­mish on the beaches of France is a blood­bath and Cage per­ishes in the throes of an­ni­hi­lat­ing an alien. Ex­po­sure to the crea­ture’s blood mirac­u­lously al­lows Cage to re­set time and re­live the ill-fated day, dy­ing again and again as he at­tempts to iden­tify a weak­ness in the Mim­ics’ de­fences. Edge of To­mor­row is an en­ter­tain­ing thriller, which es­tab­lishes its Ground­hog Day-style premise and clev­erly en­gi­neers ways to keep us en­thralled as Cage re­peats fa­tal mis­takes.

MON­DAY Amer­i­can His­tory X (1998) (ITV4, 11.05pm)

An Os­car-nom­i­nated Ed­ward Nor­ton gives one of his best per­for­mances in this violent drama as a neo-Nazi who is sent to prison for the bru­tal mur­der

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