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Since the coronavirus pandemic hit, film fans around the UK have been making more use of streaming than ever before – but the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime aren’t the only ways to watch movies in the comfort of your own home.

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There’s Disney+, NOW TV (which now has Frozen 2 and the Harry Potter movies) as well as terrestrial TV offering a wealth of content – covering all manner of time spans and genres.

This week sees another excellent line-up of flicks – so whether you’re after a family favourite, and all action blockbuster or an old school classic, there’s bound to be something for you.

Take a look at our top picks of what to look out for over the coming days.

Friday 25th September

Mandy – 12:10pm, Talking Pictures TV

A couple whose daughter was born deaf and mute decide to enrol her in a special class in the hope that she might learn to speak. The difficulties they face in raising their child expose the tensions within their marriage. Read our full review

Cop Land – 9pm, ITV4

A naive, half-deaf man who longed to be a police officer instead becomes the sheriff of a small town that has become a safe community for New York cops. His hero worship of the locals is challenged when he discovers evidence of corruption, and is forced to choose between betraying his idols and upholding the law. Read our full review

John Wick – 10pm, Channel 5

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The dying wife of a retired assassin leaves him a puppy, in the hope that having something to love will stop him returning to a life of violence when she is gone. When the son of a Russian gangster steals his car and kills the dog, the hitman is provoked into a murderous rage and slaughters his way through the underworld in search of revenge. Read our full review

Old School – 10:45pm, BBC One

An embittered lawyer decides to relive the wild, crazy days of his youth after his girlfriend is unfaithful, and enlists the help of two equally disillusioned friends in setting up a fraternity house next to his former college campus. However, existing relationships are soon put under strain thanks to their activities, and the trio also face the wrath of the dean of the university, who is intent on getting them evicted in a bid to stop their actions. Read our full review

Saturday 26th September

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – 1:40pm, 5 Star

Eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts rescues an old car from the scrapheap, only to discover it has magical, gravity-defying powers. Meanwhile, Baron Bomburst, the blundering ruler of Vulgaria, will do anything to get his greedy hands on it. Read our full review

Silverado – 6:20pm, Paramount Network

Two drifters met by chance in the desert, later joined on their travels by one of the duo’s reckless younger brother and a man they break out of prison. The mismatched foursome rides to a run-down frontier town and fight to free it from the control of a crooked marshal and his cronies. Read our full review

Deadpool – 9pm, Channel 4

A fast-talking former mercenary develops terminal cancer, and agrees to be the subject in a shady experiment in the hope of a cure. The procedure leaves him horribly disfigured, but also possessing superhuman abilities which he immediately puts to use in a quest for revenge on the man responsible for his hideous appearance. Read our full review

McQueen – 9:45pm, BBC Two

Documentary about designer Alexander McQueen. Read our full review

Deepwater Horizon – 11pm, Channel 4

An oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico is beset by technical difficulties – but executives from the company behind the project ignore the signs and demand work proceeds as normal, despite warnings from key engineers on site. The situation rapidly gets out of control, leading to the worst environmental disaster in US history. Read our full review

Sunday 27th September

About Time – 4:35pm, Channel 5

A single man gets the chance to turn his unhappy life around when his father reveals that they both have the ability to travel through time and change their personal history. He uses his newfound talent to try to improve his love life and win the heart of an American woman he has fallen for. Read our full review

North by Northwest – 4:50pm, BBC Two

A suave advertising executive is mistaken for an American intelligence agent by a foreign spy and finds himself drawn into a world of espionage and adventure, leading to a high-tension cross-country chase made more perilous when the FBI intervenes. Read our full review

Edward Scissorhands – 6:55pm, E4

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A reclusive genius creates a boy but dies before completing him, leaving his brainchild with scissor-like blades in place of hands. A kindly woman from a nearby suburb takes pity on the lonely figure and welcomes him into her home. He quickly becomes a hit in the neighbourhood – but then his new friends start to turn against him. Read our full review  

Snowpiercer – 9pm, Film4

In a snow-ravaged world, a group of travellers fight for survival on a train that perpetually circumnavigates the globe. The vehicle’s occupants are divided into a military ruling elite and their dishevelled captives. But now, 17 years after the train set out on its seemingly never-ending journey, the downtrodden, abused captives have had enough. Read our full review

The Krays – 9pm, ITV4

Biopic of the infamous twin brothers who built up a criminal empire in the East End of London during the 1960s. Seizing territory from an already established rival by force, they quickly rose to prominence in the city’s gangland culture. However, over time the brothers began to clash, while enemies stood ready to bring them down. Read our full review 

Monday 28th September

The Wind and the Lion – 4:50pm, Sony Movies Action

An American woman and her son are seized by a Moroccan chieftain in the 1900s, sparking an international incident. While President Roosevelt works on a plan to ensure their safe return, the hostage begins to sympathise with her captor’s cause as they get caught up in a conflict with German forces. Read our full review

Deja Vu – 9pm, Sony Movies

A federal agent investigating the bombing of a ferryboat in New Orleans is given access by the government to a top-secret device that allows him to see into the past. He focuses on one victim in particular, a woman whom he believes holds the key to the crime, and becomes convinced that he can prevent the explosion ever happening. Read our full review

Dark River – 11:15pm, Film4

After receiving news of her father’s death, travelling sheep-shearer Alice tentatively decides to return to the dilapidated family house of her childhood in muddy North Yorkshire for the first time in 15 years, hoping to claim the tenancy to the family farm she believes is rightfully hers. Read our full review

Tuesday 29th September

Mona Lisa Smile – 6:40pm, Sony Movies 

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A conservative 1950s girls’ school receives an unconventional addition to its teaching staff in the form of a free-spirited, bohemian art historian. Unfortunately, her fellow teachers frown on her newfangled ideas, while most of the students have no greater ambition in life than landing a rich husband. Read our full review

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse – 5:55pm, TCM

The lazy grandson of an Argentinian tycoon manages to prove his worth by fighting for the French Resistance during the Second World War. Read our full review

Seance on a Wet Afternoon – 6:45pm, Talking Pictures TV

A self-professed medium with a greed for money and publicity arranges the kidnap of a wealthy industrialist’s daughter, with the intention of winning acclaim and the ransom when she locates the child using her alleged psychic powers. Read our full review

Wednesday 30th September

The Madness of King George – 6:50pm, Film4

British monarch George III’s behaviour becomes increasingly erratic, prompting fears that he is going insane. While physicians try to uncover the cause of his condition, the king’s enemies in Parliament and the frustrated Prince of Wales conspire to have him declared insane and removed from the throne. Read our full review

The Thin Red Line – 9pm, Paramount Network

The personal stories of American soldiers sent to fight on the Pacific island of Guadalcanal during the Second World War. The men, among them a former deserter, are forced to confront their fears and beliefs during a bitter conflict for control of a key airfield. Read our full review

The Imitation Game – 9pm, Film4

Biopic of mathematician Alan Turing, whose work during the Second World War translated seemingly unbreakable Nazi codes as well as pioneering the development of computer technology. In the years following the war, his life would be destroyed as his homosexuality was discovered, leaving him facing criminal charges. Read our full review

Thursday 1st October

Flatliners – 9pm, Horror Channel

Five medical students conduct dangerous experiments to discover whether there is an afterlife by electronically inducing a near-deathlike state and then bringing about resuscitation at the critical moment. However, when they venture into real-death experiences, they unwittingly unleash supernatural phenomena linked to their past misdeeds. Read our full review

The Assasination Bureau – 10pm, Talking Pictures TV

Tenacious journalist Diana Rigg sets out to track down a society of hired killers operating at the beginning of the 20th century. However, she’s taken aback by the smooth sophistication of the organisation’s leader Oliver Reed. She comes up with a singularly appropriate challenge for him – but events are complicated by a conniving nobleman. Read our full review

Waterworld – 10:05pm, ITV4

The polar ice caps have melted down and most of Earth is underwater. In this situation, a mutated mariner fights starvation and reluctantly helps a woman and a young girl find dry land. Read our full review

Friday 2nd October

Cool Hand Luke – 1:30pm, TCM

A rebellious small-time crook is sent to a prison in the Deep South, where he becomes a hero in the eyes of his fellow convicts and a thorn in the sides of the warden and the guards by refusing to bow to authority. His defiance escalates when he receives news of his mother’s death, and embarks on a series of failed escape attempts. Read our full review

I Remember Mama – 2pm, Talking Pictures TV

A Norwegian family struggle against mounting hardship to build a new life in early 20th-century San Francisco, relying on their mother for the strength and support they need to get them through difficult times. Read our full review

John Wick: Chapter 2 – 10pm, Channel 5

When a scheming Italian crime lord holds him to a blood oath, reluctant hitman John Wick goes on another murderous rampagee. Read our full review

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – 12:05pm, Channel 4

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Katniss Everdeen’s victory in a televised death match makes her a focus for revolution against the totalitarian nation she lives in. The rulers of the regime plot to crush dissent with a new series of games, in which past champions battle it out. 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:

Jumanji – now available

Four high school students are drawn into the jungle setting of a video game. However, their digital alter egos are not what they expected. Read our Jumanji review

Zombieland – now available

A mutated virus sweeps across America, turning most of the population into hideous flesh-eating zombies. A hard-drinking fearless adventurer leads a small band of young survivors on a perilous journey through the wasteland in search of a safe haven. Read our Zombieland review

Frozen 2 – now available

Not got Disney+? Well, NOW TV has the Frozen sequel for you to watch. With Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff back on the road again – and in trouble – this darker, heartwarming adventure is just as good as the 2013 movie. Read our Frozen 2 review

Harry Potter – now available

The whole Harry Potter franchise is available on NOW TV. Follow Harry, Hermione and Ron as they come up against Voldemort time and time again all culminating in one final battle. Read our Harry Potter 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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