American Made to Jackass 4.5: The Seven Best Movies to Watch on TV This Week | the television

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American made

Tom Cruise and Sarah Wright in an American industry.
Tom Cruise and Sarah Wright in an American industry. Photo: Imagine Entertainment / Allstar

With Top Gun: Maverick releasing in cinemas soon, this is the perfect opportunity to revisit the Tom Cruise training track. Doug Lehman’s 2017 stand-up comedy is — by Cruise standards, at least — relatively low stakes. Cruz plays Barry Seal, a pilot who has actually become a drug runner for the Medellín Cartel. As refreshing as it is to see Cruz indulge in proper character actions (instead of just playing another heroic cypher) and as subtle as the script is, American Made’s big appeal is its aerial photography. Had it not been deliberately overshadowed by the Top Gun series, it would rightly have been remembered as one of the best airplane movies ever.
Thursday, May 19, 9pm, movie 4


drag me to hell

Alison Lohmann and Lorna Raver in Drag Me to Hell.
Alison Lohmann and Lorna Raver in Drag Me to Hell. Photography: Alami

Cleverly destined to delight anyone disappointed with Doctor Strange, this horror has Sam Raimi firing into all of his most ridiculous impulses. The story, and not that there is much to it, follows a young woman who unleashes a curse that threatens to torture her for three days before – that’s right – dragging her to Hell. But you don’t watch Raimi’s horror about the plot. You watch it for all the cheerful impetus that spurs laughter and blazing creativity. This movie is a roller coaster ride. Outside of the Evil Dead movies, Raimi has never been better.
Saturday 14 May, 10pm, BBC 3


Ordinary love

Liam Neeson and Leslie Manville in plain love.
Liam Neeson and Leslie Manville in plain love. Photography: Aidan Monaghan/Universal

Lisa Barros Dissa and Glenn LeBourne’s devastating drama is a masterpiece of note. Leslie Manville and Liam Neeson play a couple who find themselves in a state of testing when she is diagnosed with breast cancer. While cancer movies can mistake the melodramatic—or worse, schematic, by using illness as shorthand for character motivating—ordinary love never goes off the ball. If you’ve never been through anything like this before, you’ll sympathize with it. But if you have, you’ll get to know yourself, and that’s the best compliment you can give.
Sunday 15 May, 10pm, BBC Two


Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie

Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie.
Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie. Photography: Flat Creek Films/BBC Worldwide

Now that the TikTok rapper is up to date, it might be a good time to take a look at one of Theroux’s most ambitious endeavors. Decades after being shown on television, his first theatrical release of his documentary was designed to put him in the heart of darkness for a notorious religion. If the goal is for Theroux to deconstruct Scientology from within, it’s no spoiler to say the movie was a failure. But when you look at a man struggling to deal a blow to an intangibly evil organization, it ranks among the best in Theroux.
Sunday 15 May, 11:25 pm, BBC Two


police car

Kevin Bacon in a police car.
Kevin Bacon in a police car. Photography: Alami

With Spider-Man: No Way Home becoming a sensation this year, it’s still a miracle to remember that the only movie John Watts directed, prior to Spidey, was Cop Car. It’s as small and spare as you can imagine – two bored kids steal a police car abandoned by a corrupt sheriff, and are forced to outsmart his attempts at revenge – but the attention to detail is second to none. Even better, as the villainous officer, he features one of Kevin Bacon’s greatest performances ever.
Sunday, May 15, 2:15 am, Horror Channel


predator

predator.
predator. Photography: Kimberly French/Twentieth Century Fox

After its immediately iconic first entry, the Predator series was an exercise in diminishing returns. The Predator 2 has replaced tension with silliness, and you’ll be forgiven for forgetting that the dreary Predator of 2010 was ever made. With the 2018 movie The Predator, the balance is starting to reset. Co-written and directed by Shane Black (who had a small role in the first movie), this is the funniest and most adorable of the sequels, which (almost) remember that the key to a good Predator simply involves responding to the chaos caused by a ruthless alien killer. . It’s not perfect, but it’s a step in the right direction.
Friday, May 20, 9pm, movie 4


Jackass 4.5.1 Update

This scene also appears in Jackass Forever.
Jackass 4.5.1 Update Photo: Sean Cleaver/Paramount/Allstar

Jackass films are produced in such a way that they always create an abundance of unseen stunts, so Jackass 4.5 – recut and filled with excerpts left previously on the floor – was always inevitable. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll be scraps and scraps. After all, Jackass 4 was by far the most entertaining movie in the series. As the actors were now middle-aged, their absurd nihilism came tinged with autumnal melancholy, as if they were finally accepting annihilation. If the new clips were as weirdly impactful as the ones in the original movie, that would be cool. donkey forever!
From Friday 20 May, Netflix

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