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There Are Some Excellent Films On TV Over The Next Few Days

There Are Some Excellent Films On TV Over The Next Few Days

As we all do our very best to follow the important advice and guidelines regarding self isolation and social distancing, the TV is growing more and more important.

Granted, a few films and TV shows are irrelevant to the broader issue, but we still need to be entertained.

On this note, the Balls team have flicked through the TV guide to pick out some of the bets films that are being shown from Thursday 19 March-Sunday 22 March.

Take a look.

Thursday

Logan - 9pm on Film 4

Hugh Jackman's swansong to the character is more of a Western than a comic-book film and it packs one hell of an emotional arc. Patrick Stewart, Jackman, and newcomer Dafne Keen are all excellent.

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The Hangover - 9pm on ITV2

Yep, you've seen it countless times but The Wolfpack can still pack a laugh.

Full Metal Jacket - 9pm on TCM

Pyle!

Friday

X-Men 2 - 6.20pm on Film 4

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The best X-Men film of the bunch.

I Went Down - 9.40 on RTÉ2

A vastly underappreciated crime caper featuring a younger Brendan Gleeson. A pair of mismatched ex-cons (Peter McDonald and Gleeson) are compelled by a ruthless gangster to fetch his former partner by any means necessary.

Check it out.

Saturday

Ace Ventura - 3.30pm on Comedy Central

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The one where Ace pops his head out of the arse of a rhino. It's still stupid and fun.

Avengers Assemble - 7pm on BBC1

Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, The Hulk, and all the other ones finally come together.

Diego Maradona - 9pm on Channel 4

Asif Kapadia's extraordinary documentary charts the rise and fall of God in Napoli.

Deadpool - 9pm on Film 4

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'The Merc With A Mouth' invents a subgenre of the comic-book film.

Jack Reacher - 9pm on Sky One

When five people are shot dead, a trained military sniper becomes the primary perp. The only chance he has to clear his name rests in the hands of one man: Jack Reacher.

A pretty tight thriller that has decent set-pieces, steady direction from Christopher McQuarrie, and a solid performance from Tom Cruise.

A Time To Kill - BBC 1 on 23.15pm

The type of film that's just not made that much anymore. A brilliant legal thriller with a social conscience too. McConaughey, Bullock, and Jackson are all on top form here.

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Hell Or High Water - 23.35pm on Channel 4

Without a doubt, one of the best films to be made in the last decade. A modern Western that's also an indictment of capitalist America. Check it out.

Kill List - 01.15 on Film 4

Still not over the ending of Ben Wheatley's unnerving horror.

Sunday

The Simpsons Movie - 3pm on Channel 4

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Spider-pig! Spider-pig!

How To Train Your Dragon - 19.05 on E4

The best animation of the last 10 years that Pixar didn't make.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues - 21:00 on E4

Not even close to being as good as the first one but there's still gold here. Ron Burgundy scaring the shit out of his son about voodoo being one.

3:10 To Yuma - 9pm on Sony Movies

James Mangold made a brilliant Western out of a comic book with Logan, this is just a brilliant Western.

Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, and Ben Foster are great throughout.

Deepwater Horizon - 9.30pm - RTÉ2

Peter Berg's drama documenting one of the world’s largest man-made disaster is very good and far more tense than you'd expect.

Paul Moore

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