Valkyrie, X-Men, The Shawshank Redemption – best films on TV tonight

Start the week with a surge of energy with our choice of the best action films showing this Monday

Valkyrie, 10.35pm – C5


In 1944 a group of disillusioned German officers led by the aristocratic Claus von Stauffenberg hatched a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler and forge a truce with the Allies. Star Tom Cruise is supported by the cream of British acting talent (including Kenneth Branagh, Terence Stamp and a top-notch Bill Nighy) as his co-conspirators.

X-Men, 7pm – 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 Singer mixes the classic values of good storytelling with liberal amounts of digital magic.

The Shawshank Redemption, 10pm – ITV2

This deeply moving version of Stephen King’s story Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption from first-time director Frank Darabont is one of the best adaptations of the novelist’s work. Tim Robbins plays Andy Dufresne, a Maine banker sent to Shawshank State Prison for murdering his wife and her lover. He is regularly brutalised by the inmates and the penal system in general, but his existence improves when he befriends fellow lifer and prison fixer Red, played by Morgan Freeman.

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