The Damned United, Tomorrow Never Dies, X-Men – the best films on TV tonight

Our guide to the best films on Freeview on Wednesday 14 May

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The Damned United, 9pm BBC4

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Director Tom Hooper tells the story of manager Brian Clough’s unhappy 44-day tenure at Leeds United in 1974. Michael Sheen delivers a pitch-perfect performance, showing how the arrogant, outspoken, grudge-fuelled Clough tried to take on the club, its players, fans and revered former manager Don Revie (a well-cast Colm Meaney). A stirring, tragicomic portrait of one of football’s greatest characters.

Tomorrow Never Dies, 10:35pm ITV

For the first hour or so, this 18th Bond movie is up there with the best of them: it has terrific pace, Pierce Brosnan has romantic and rough-house appeal, Teri Hatcher is a match for him, and the post-Cold War story has grip and even plausibility. At the time this was the best Bond movie since the heyday of Mr Connery.

X-Men, 9pm Film4

Directed and co-written by Bryan Singer, this was the darkest superhero movie since Batman and featured the coolest special effects this side of The Matrix. Set in the not-too-distant future, the film follows the power struggle between two factions of a new breed of humans with assorted strange abilities – Singer mixes the classic values of good storytelling with liberal amounts of digital magic. 

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