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Screen watch: Your guide to the best TV movies to catch this week

A rom-com classic to some real Irish talent – here are some recommendations for the week ahead.
May 11th 2020, 6:00 PM 28,169 16

FROM THRILLING SCI-FI to classic romantic comedies, we’ve been sifting through the movie options available this week across free-to-air TV and streaming services. 

THRILLER PICK

Wind River (2017)

  • Tomorrow, FilmFour, 9pm. 

Source: KinoCheck International/YouTube

After the discovery of the body of an 18-year-old woman on an American Indian reservation, a rookie FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) teams up with local game tracker (Jeremy Renner) to solve her murder. Soon, they realise their own lives are in danger. 

STREAMING PICK

Disturbia (2007)

  • Netflix

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Following his father’s death, Kale (Shia LaBeouf) attacks his Spanish teacher and is placed on house arrest – something that will now seem familiar to us all. He begins to watch his neighbours from his home and soon become suspicious that the man living next-door to him is a serial killer.

IRISH PICK

My Name is Emily (2015)

  • Friday, Virgin Media One, 10pm.

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In this coming-of-age tale starring Irish actor Evanna Lynch, 14-year-old Emily Egan has her life turned upside-down when her father is committed to a psychiatric institution. 

Two years later she teams up with her classmate Arden – a half-English, awkward teenage boy who fancies her – for a road trip to bust her father out of the institution. 

SCI-FI PICK

The Martian (2015)

  • Friday, FilmFour, 9pm.

Source: 20th Century Studios/YouTube

We might just have to include a Matt Damon film in this piece every week since he’s in lockdown in Ireland (and lots of his films are very, very good).

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Presumed dead and left behind by his fellow astronauts on Mars, Damon’s character Mark Whatney has to find a way to survive while scientists back on Earth work to bring him home.

ROM-COM PICK

Maid in Manhattan (2002)

  • Sunday, Comedy Central, 7pm.

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A classic and perfect watching for a Sunday evening in lockdown when all you want to do is relax and switch your brain off. Marisa (J-Lo) is a single mother living in New York City. She meets a rich politician while working as a maid in a posh hotel – he catches her trying on another guest’s clothes and mistakes her for a socialite.

And in the usual comforting predictability of romantic comedies, everything that could go wrong does go wrong but in the end they all live happily every after. 

 

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