Thirteen Lives to Terminator 2: the seven very best movies to look at on TV this week | Television

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Thirteen Lives

The simple information at the back of Ron Howard’s new movie are odd, even with out dramatisation. In 2018, 12 boys and their soccer trainer was trapped via flood waters in a cave machine in Thailand. As the monsoon threatened, a world operation – together with Thai Navy Seals and two UK cave rescuers – struggled to save lots of them. To his credit score, Howard tells the story with minimum fuss; the uptick in pressure as the times move and the extraordinary claustrophobia of the underwater scenes are sufficient to make it gripping. There is superstar wattage from Colin Farrell and Viggo Mortensen because the British divers however they’re admirably understated, and the Thai other folks concerned are given their due, too. Out now, Amazon Prime Video

Theatre of Blood

Murder maximum florid … Vincent Price and Diana Rigg in Theatre of Blood. Photograph: Cinetext Bildarchiv/Cineman Productions/Allstar

Vincent Price performs round together with his personal oversized symbol on this grand guignol 1973 comedy. He stars as hammy actor Edward Lionheart, who killed himself after failing to win a Critics Circle theatre award for his Shakespeare performances – or did he? When newspaper critics who gave him deficient opinions get started being murdered precisely just like the Bard’s characters, suspicion falls on his daughter Edwina (Diana Rigg). It’s all very foolish, however flamboyantly ingenious. Tuesday 2 August, 12.05am, Talking Pictures TV

The Band Wagon

On the hoof … Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse in The Band Wagon.
On the hoof … Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse in The Band Wagon. Photograph: Alamy

The age-gap romance between Fred Astaire’s on-the-slide “song-and-dance man” Tony and Cyd Charisse’s ballet dancer Gabrielle isn’t the classiest of strikes, however this Vincente Minnelli-directed MGM musical continues to be some of the nice putting-on-a-show movies. The fraught advent of a modern day Broadway remake of Faust is tempered via jolly songs corresponding to That’s Entertainment and Triplets, and the jazzy, movie noir-spoofing dance piece Girl Hunt Ballet. Needless to mention, the hoofing is top-notch, with Charisse giving Astaire a run for his cash. Friday 5 August, 1.50pm, BBC Two

Some Like It Hot

All that jazz … Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot.
All that jazz … Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot. Photograph: APL Archive/Alamy

A double serving to of musical Marilyn Monroe this afternoon. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is at 3.55pm, however first up is Billy Wilder’s easy 1959 romantic comedy. Monroe slinks her means via one among her most renowned numbers, I Wanna Be Loved By You, however the movie is in large part concerned with laughs, as Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon’s jazz musicians witness a mob hit and feature to head at the run disguised as feminine gamers. Lemmon particularly has a ball with the gender fluidity, whilst Curtis does his very best Cary Grant affect as he woos Monroe’s hapless singer. Saturday 30 July, 1.15pm, BBC Two

Napoleon Dynamite

Nerds of a feather … Efren Ramirez and Jon Heder in Napoleon Dynamite.
Nerds of a feather … Efren Ramirez and Jon Heder in Napoleon Dynamite. Photograph: CBS Photo Archive/CBS/Getty

Nerdy, gormless Idaho teen Napoleon (Jon Heder) has little to counsel him, except stubbornness within the face of day by day humiliations. But discovering a pal in new boy in school Pedro (Efren Ramirez) and a conceivable female friend in Tina Majorino’s Deb offers him function. Director and co-writer Jared Hess it sounds as if based totally the movie on his personal stories rising up, which rather boggles the thoughts as this brilliantly deadpan comedy turns out to exist in an eccentric global all of its personal. Sunday 31 July, 6.25pm, 3am, Sky Cinema Cult Classics


Carry on at your convenience store … Dante Hicks in Clerks.
Carry on at your comfort retailer … Dante Hicks in Clerks. Photograph: Entertainment /Alamy

Slacker auteur Kevin Smith’s 1994 debut is a comical, cynical find out about of the McJob, following an afternoon within the lives of comfort retailer employee Dante (Brian O’Halloran) and video store worker Randal (Jeff Anderson). Inspired via The Divine Comedy – ergo Dante – the movie displays us a circle of hell reserved for the provider sector. The dreariness of the chums’ dead-end jobs is offset via snappy discussion (the Death Star dialog is helpful), some romantic intrigue and the sporadic look of shoppers to serve – if they are able to be troubled. Monday 1 August, 8pm, Sky Cinema Cult Classics

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Robot wars … Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator 2.
Robot wars … Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator 2. Photograph: Tristar Pictures/Allstar

Just as he did with Aliens, James Cameron took a cult vintage – this time his personal The Terminator – and blew it up. Bigger motion sequences, higher particular results (Robert Patrick’s liquifying T-1000 used to be a game-changer) and a relatable mother-child setup, plus Arnold Schwarzenegger flipping to the great aspect, make his 1991 sequel an unbelievable watch to nowadays. Linda Hamilton, pumped up and intense, returns to offer protection to her son (Edward Furlong) from a cyborg killer from the long run. Arnie is, neatly, Arnie – creating a distinctive feature of his expressionless robot personality. Friday 5 August, 10.45pm, ITV

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