It’s that time of the week again with another selection of the best films on BBC iPlayer. Though we would all love to enjoy the luxury of the Sky Cinema channels, we appreciate not everyone can afford them. This doesn’t what’s on Freeview isn’t great, far from it. BBC iPlayer is a perfect example of a channel that offers a diverse range of films to enjoy.
THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY BIOGRAPHY DRAMA
The whole set up of this film might be a little too close to a paint by numbers bio. It is a good intelligent story all the family can enjoy.
1914. The mathematical claims of a Hindu clerk in Madras bring him to Trinity College, Cambridge. However, his intuitive insights do not fit with academia’s demands for meticulously calculated proofs, and race proves a further bar to acceptance.
DESTROYER CRIME, THRILLER
A little seen crime thriller staring Nicole Kidman in a role we’ve probably not seen her in before. Very much in the 1970’s neo noirish feel and Kidman is highly unrecognisable!
Damaged LAPD detective Erin Bell embarks on a last-ditch personal mission to track down charismatic criminal Silas, whom she went undercover to expose years earlier. That operation imploded, and Bell’s personal failings could sabotage this new quest, as they have already destroyed her family life.
MARY POPPINS FAMILY, MUSICAL, FANTASY
A Disney classic that’s timeless favourite for all the family.
Musical comedy set in London circa 1910. The wind is in the east and carries with it Mary Poppins, a practically perfect nanny who answers an advertisement to look after the children of a stuffy banker and his suffragette wife. Poppins soon takes the kids on a magical tour, jumping into pavement drawings, dancing on rooftops and levitating towards ceilings, all with the assistance of Bert, a busking chimney sweep.
A SIMPLE PLAN CRIME, DRAMA
Another one of those films, when it was released never got the praise it deserved. But like any great wine it matures over time and now getting the praise it deserves.
Minnesota. Winter. Hank and Jacob Mitchell and their pal Lou find a downed single-engine plane buried in the snowy woods. Inside it is a decaying pilot and a bag carrying $4 million. The men decide to hide the money until spring when the snow is melted and the plane is found. But nothing goes as planned…
THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR DRAMA
One for the young adults, a romance story whilst examining racial and cultural issues.
Natasha is a girl who believes in science and facts. Daniel is a boy who is going to be a doctor, but who would prefer to be a poet. Their lives collide when Daniel spots her at Grand Central Station, and he has a day to convince her that their meeting is fate, but this day is when Natasha has an interview with the immigration authorities.
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS COMEDY
From the minute this was released, it became universally loved, tell me when vampires were actually funny?
Flatmates Viago, Deacon and Vladislav are three vampires who are just trying to get by in modern society. From paying rent and doing the housework to trying to get invited in to nightclubs, they are just like anyone else – except they are immortal and must feast on human blood.
BRINGING UP THE BABY COMEDY
Classic screwball comedy about a madcap heiress who makes a shambles of an absent-minded palaeontologist’s life when she arrives on the scene complete with her pet leopard. The film’s rollercoaster plot formed the basis for 1972’s What’s Up, Doc? and is notable for Katharine Hepburn’s foray into zany comedy.