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Best films to watch on TV today, tonight and this week

Whatever your taste, there's a movie on for everyone.

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As the winter months continue – and with us well into another lockdown – there’s nothing better to do than to cuddle up on the sofa in front of a film.

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And while many automatically head to Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, they aren’t the other ways to watch movies in the comfort of your own home.

And as we head into 2021, there are just as many great films on terrestrial TV as ever – including old favourites from yesteryear, an array of modern classics and everything else in between.

From NOW TV and Disney+, to terrestrial TV offerings – there’s so much to choose from across all different genres so no matter what mood you’re in, you can find something to watch.

With so many amazing films airing on TV this week, we’ve compiled a list of the best flicks for you to choose from.

Friday 22nd January

Dial M for Murder – 3:40pm, TCM Movies

A former tennis champion suspects his wife is having an affair, so he hatches a plan to have her killed and inherit her fortune. He succeeds in blackmailing a disgraced former soldier into murdering her and making it look like a burglary. However, the plan backfires when the intended victim kills the would-be assassin. Read our full review

As Good as It Gets – 9pm, 5 Star

A bigoted misanthropic writer, who treats everyone he meets with contempt, is forced to look after a gay neighbour’s dog, and develops an empathy with another creature for the first time in years. Sensing a need for human company, he pursues an unlikely romance with a waitress, who is the only person willing to put up with his rudeness. Read our full review

Terminator 2: Judgement Day – 9pm, ITV4

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A reprogrammed killing machine is sent back in time to the 20th century to protect John Connor, a teenage boy whose destiny is to save the human race. After breaking John’s mother out of a mental institution, the pair set out to avert a future nuclear war – pursued by an advanced prototype terminator with shape-changing powers. Read our full review

Interview with the Vampire – 11:30pm, BBC One

A man who claims to be 200 years old tells a reporter his story of how he was bitten during an encounter with a decadent and charismatic vampire in 18th-century New Orleans. He relates how his respect for the sanctity of human life clashed with his blood-lust, and how the pair came to be adoptive parents to a young girl. Read our full review

Saturday 23rd January

Paddington – 4:50pm, Film4

An earthquake forces a bear from the Peruvian jungle to start a new life in London. He finds modern Britain to be very different from the stories told to him by his aunt, but makes a new home with a kindly family. However, a sinister taxidermist intends to turn him into a museum exhibit. Read our full review

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull – 7:10pm, Film4

The globe-trotting archaeologist teams up with a rebellious teenager who draws him into a search in the Amazon jungle for a mysterious artefact of untold power. But their quest is hindered by Soviet agents, who also want the fabled object for an altogether more sinister purpose. Read our full review

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation – 9pm, E4

The team of secret agents faces being shut down when the head of the CIA convinces the US Senate that it is too dangerous. The operatives of the Impossible Mission Force become fugitives when they defy orders and plot to bring down a shadowy society of assassins. Read our full review

Raging Bull – 10:55pm, ITV

Biopic of boxer Jake LaMotta, who rose to fame as the world middleweight champion in the 1940s. His career was marred by an inability to deal with his anger, leaving his family bearing the brunt of his rage and paranoia. Read our full review

Norfolk – 12:30am, BBC One

A mercenary leads an idyllic life with his son in a rural environment, until the day a mysterious stranger arrives bearing instructions. He must carry out one last mission – the assassination of a group of revolutionaries – but the assignment threatens to destroy his bond with his child. Read our full review

Sunday 24th January

The Ladykillers – 12:55pm, Film4

A criminal mastermind and his gang come up with a cunning scheme to steal a fortune, but their plan is threatened by the unsuspecting elderly landlady of the boarding house they are staying in. They decide to dispose of her, which proves easier said than done. Read our full review

84 Charing Cross Road – 2:40pm, Sony Movies Classic

An outspoken writer from New York reminisces about her correspondence of many years with an antiquarian bookseller in London, which began as a business arrangement and developed into a close relationship. Read our full review

The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! – 3pm, SyFy

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The bungling leader of a band of inept buccaneers is determined to prove his worth to his rivals and win the coveted Pirate of the Year award. An encounter with the naturalist Charles Darwin gives him the chance to pull off a daring crime – if he can survive coming face to face with the pirate-hating Queen Victoria. Read our full review

Despicable Me – 4:30pm, ITV2

A criminal mastermind hopes to seal his reputation as the greatest villain of them all by stealing the moon. First he needs to get his hands on a shrinking ray owned by a rival evil genius, and adopts three orphan girls to help him – but finds that fatherhood brings out his long-buried caring side. Read our full review  

Election – 12:05pm, BBC One

A teacher develops an irrational dislike for an overambitious student and plans to sabotage her campaign for school president. He persuades a dim-witted athlete to stand, in the hope he will pip the high-achieving front-runner to the post – but the intervention of another student throws the plan into disarray. Read our full review

Monday 25th January

Rio Bravo – 6pm, TCM Movies

Sheriff John T Chance and his drunken deputy Dude make a courageous stand against a rancher and his hired guns, who are threatening to tear apart a peace-loving town if a murderer being held in the local jail is not released. Read our full review

Stardust – 6:25pm, Film4

A young shop assistant in Victorian England enters a magical parallel world in search of a fallen star to give to the girl of his dreams. However, the star has taken on the form of a beautiful woman, who he helps flee from a wicked witch and a murderous prince. Read our full review

The Day of the Locust – 10pm, Talking Pictures TV

No-hopers try to make it big in 1930s Hollywood, including a fame-hungry artist, a lovelorn accountant and a talentless actress. Their pursuit of success brings only cruelty and loneliness as they encounter the dark side of the movie business. Read our full review

Tuesday 26th January

Bugsy – 9pm, Sony Movies Classic

Fact-based crime drama about New York gangster Bugsy Siegel, who was sent to Los Angeles to take over the West Coast rackets, but fell for a glamorous starlet and embarked on a business venture to turn Las Vegas into a gamblers’ paradise. Read our full review

The Blues Brothers – 9pm, ITV4

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Two criminal brothers discover the orphanage where they were raised faces closure unless the nuns who run it can pay their tax bill, so the pair embark on an urgent mission to revive their old blues band to raise the money needed. Read our full review

American Animals – 9pm, Film4

Spencer is a bored middle-class art student in Kentucky. He fills time gazing at the multi-million-dollar rare art book collection in the University library and decides that theft might give him the kicks he needs to feel special. Read our full review

Wednesday 27th January

Teacher’s Pet – 2:30pm, Talking Pictures TV

A cynical newspaper editor refuses to believe that journalism can be taught, so he enrols at college as a pretend student in an experiment to undermine the female lecturer who teaches the subject and prove himself right. Instead he falls in love with her, and sets out to woo her despite the added distractions of her conceited fiance and the charms of an exotic dancer. Read our full review

The Guilty – 9pm, Film4

Asger, a frustrated and troubled cop, is mired in a mysterious workplace controversy and has been confined to the emergency response help lines while the issue is resolved. He gets a confusing call from a woman named Iben, who appears to be in immediate danger after being abducted by her partner. Asger tries to piece together where she is and how to get help to her. Read our full review

Mad Max 2 – 10pm, ITV4

A former cop haunted by his tragic past roams the wasteland of Australia in the aftermath of a nuclear war. He arrives at a besieged settlement and grudgingly helps protect the residents from a horde of marauding bikers who want to get hold of their valuable supply of petrol. Read our full review

Thursday 28th January

It Always Rains on Sunday – 6:35pm, Talking Pictures TV

A convict escapes from prison and heads for London’s East End in search of his former lover, hoping she will give him a safe hiding place. She is now married with three children, and is torn between her loyalty to her family and her unresolved feelings for the fugitive. Read our full review

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – 8pm, BBC Four

Bruno, a boy in Nazi Germany, moves to the country when his father is placed in charge of a concentration camp. While exploring the woods close to the facility’s boundary, he spots a Jewish youngster being held there, and the two become friends – but Bruno remains innocently oblivious to the camp’s true purpose. Read our full review

The Graduate – 9pm, Sony Movies Classic

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A naive college graduate, hailed as a genius by his overbearing parents, is seduced by the middle-aged wife of his father’s business partner – but later falls in love with her daughter. Read our full review

Friday 29th January

A Night to Remember – 2pm, Film4

Fact-based drama recreating the sinking of the Titanic, told from the point of view of the ship’s second officer as he struggles to get as many passengers and crew off the vessel before it sinks. Meanwhile, the captain of a nearby vessel embarks on a doomed rescue mission. Read our full review

Joe – 9pm, Sony Movies

Self-destructive ex-convict Joe offers a job to a 15-year-old boy living with his abusive father. Joe is moved by the teenager’s devotion to his family in the face of hardship and forms a paternal relationship with him. When the youth faces a threat he cannot handle, Joe tries to redeem his past mistakes by protecting him. Read our full review

Young Guns – 11:35pm, BBC One

Petty crook Billy the Kid is taken in by English farmer John Tunstall and given a job as a ranch hand. However, when Tunstall is murdered by a business rival, Billy and the rest of his `regulators’ set out to avenge his death, leading them into conflict with the law – and marking the start of Billy’s notoriety as a gunslinger. Read our full review

Thoroughbreds – 12:10am, Channel 4

Two upper-class Connecticut teenagers rekindle their unlikely friendship after years of growing apart, and hatch a plan to solve their problems, no matter what the cost. Read our full review

What’s on NOW TV this week?

If you’ve not found anything on the regular TV schedules that tickles your fancy, NOW TV are regularly adding some new films to their collection – with you can access with a Sky Cinema pass.

Here are this week’s highlights:

The Secret Garden – now available

The film tells the well-loved story of a young girl who is sent to live with her uncle, where she discovers a beautiful garden and a local boy who helps her understand the garden’s hidden secrets

A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood – now available

In 1998, magazine journalist Lloyd Vogel is sent to interview beloved TV entertainer Fred Rogers, an assignment he feels is beneath him. However, a friendship soon forms between the two men. Starring Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys and Chris Cooper. Read our full review.

Le Mans ’66 – now available

Matt Damon stars as Carroll Shelby, the visionary American driver and car designer who was enlisted by Ford to assemble a car – the Ford GT40 – to beat out Enzo Ferrari’s vehicles and their dominance over the race. Shelby recruits rogue driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale), and together they battle corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car.

Abominable – now available

After discovering a magical creature they believe to be a Yeti, teenager Yi and her two friends embark on an epic adventure. They try to reunite the creature with his family, whilst evading a wealthy financier and a determined zoologist who want to capture the creature for their own needs. Read our full review.

Looking for more? Take a look at our best movies on NOW TV guide – Get 12 months of Sky Cinema for just £11.99 £9.99 / month.

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