From Casablanca to Clifford the Big Red Dog: The Seven Best Movies You Can Watch on TV This Week | Movies

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Clifford the Big Red Dog

Jack Whitehall in Clifford the Big Red Dog.
Jack Whitehall in Clifford the Big Red Dog. Photo: Paramount/Allstar

No live-action movie for a 60-year-old children’s book will ever win awards, especially when it features Jack Whitehall performing only a choppy American accent. But look hard enough and Clifford the Big Red Dog justifies his existence with his amazing supportive team. Saturday Night Live alumnus Kenan Thompson and Alex Moffat work hard to keep the film self-aware, while Tony Hale turns into a bad character who has been completely judged. It seemed that only John Cleese hadn’t gotten the memo, causing his character to gleam with nausea. Other than that, better than no right. Stewart Heritage
Saturday 25th June, 12:30pm and 6.05pm, Sky Cinema premiere


Heart beating out loud

Nick Offerman and Kersi Clemons.
Nick Offerman and Kersi Clemons in Hearts Beat Loud. Photo: Park Pictures/Allstar

A gem of a movie on probation, Hearts Beat Loud stars Nick Offerman as a widowed father trying to connect with his daughter (Kiersey Clemons) through their shared love of music. Beautifully observed—any father who watches it would in Overman feel overly concerned with his daughter’s life—Hearts Beat Loud has enough Brooklyn cred to keep him from drowning in emotion, and warm enough to save him from a hippstrom. Keegan DeWitt’s music is another big plus.
Saturday 25th June at 4:30pm, great! Movies


Borg vs McEnroe

Shia LaBeouf and Ambassador Gudnason in the Borg vs McEnroe match.
Shia LaBeouf and Ambassador Gudnason in the Borg vs McEnroe match. Photography: Julie Vrapilova

Janus Metz Pedersen’s 2017 film sets a near-impossible task for himself, by trying to spark a dramatic tennis rivalry, featuring two players who are each more charismatic than most Hollywood actors combined. However, thanks to a tight script and impressive casting choices, the movie works like gangsters. Its focus is on Sverrir Gudnason Björn Borg, but Shia LaBeouf also makes the explosive John McEnroe. Like its cute cousin Ford v Ferrari, the beauty of Borg vs McEnroe is how skillfully she avoids turning upside down in a parody.
Saturday 25 June, 10:30pm, BBC Two


dams rebels

Directed by Harry Shanahan and Sian A. Williams, this feature-length documentary manages to be many things at once. It’s a postcard from a very specific era (the early ’80s, when Thatcher collided with the post-punk S&M London homosexuality). It’s a how-to guide to profligate activity (we see the topics fall back down the House of Lords and invade the live newscasts). It’s a still grumpy reaction to Section 28. It’s home to one of the best Ian McKellen interviews you’ll ever hear, complete with an amazing tale about a dental dam. In short, it has it all.
Tuesday, June 28, 1.05 a.m., Channel 4


White House

The easiest movie in the world is recommended. If you haven’t seen Casablanca before, this is your chance. If you’ve seen Casablanca, this is your chance to shut out the rest of the world and watch it all over again. This is the 80th anniversary of Michael Cortez’s wartime romance, and it’s astonishing to see how it has aged. The plot – the self-interested pessimist choosing between love and duty – remains relevant, and the ending of the movie still manages to hit you where it hurts. Unbeatable.
Saturday 25th June at 1.20pm, BBC Two, Thursday 30th June, 9pm, BBC Four


supernatural activity

Katie Featherston in Paranormal Activity.
Katie Featherston in Paranormal Activity. Photo: Cinetext / Paramount Pictures / Allstar

Meanwhile, here is the Casablanca found in the mid-2000s. Although much of its reputation has been stripped away by its punishing attack on the sequels, the original Paranormal Activity is still something of a classic. Deliberately (for the sake of the budget), the movie follows a couple as they move around their house trying to figure out why lights flash and bumps off screen. The smoothness with which the puzzle grows is amazing, and the reward is brutal. If you’ve been put off by all the inferior imitators, it might be time to re-acquaint yourself with the original.
Thursday, June 30, 9 p.m., Horror Xtra


Whipcord House

Anne Michele at House of Whipcord.
Anne Michele at House of Whipcord. Pictured: Ronald Grant

Any movie that begins with “This movie is for those who are upset by today’s lax morals and who eagerly await the return of corporal punishment and the death penalty” will have an uphill battle, but this low-budget 1974 British horror film – about an old judge who runs a brutal correctional facility from his mansion Cheap and bad in all the right ways, if you like that kind of thing. It’s hard to watch sometimes, it’s kind of a tight mess that sticks with you long after it’s over. Keep your eyes peeled for little Celia Emre, too.
Friday, July 1, 11 p.m., Talking Pictures TV

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