This week we take you on a cinematic journey from the magical depths of feuding friends will sink to, to the highs and lows of childhood loyalties, from the absurdity of cigarettes to the insanity of dictatorships and from the hollow desires of the middle class to the death throws of a doomed relationship in this week's happy go lucky upbeat TopFilmTip top five films on TV.
Saturday 5th January
Team Batman Begins reform to make a truly innovative, twisty thriller. With disappearing men, David Bowie science and broken friendships this darkly magical thriller will leave your jaw well and truly dropped. THE PRESTIGE plays at 10:05pm on BBC3.
Sunday 6th January
Before Kiefer Sutherland bullied politicians, terrorists and foreigners he learnt his trade bullying country kids. Stephen King's moving and nostalgic drama STAND BY ME plays at 4:50pm on Channel 5.
A qualm-less, morally absent PR man advocates cancer causing drugs to the public in the exquisitely funny, politically provocative and sharply scripted satire THANK YOU FOR SMOKING at 11:10pm on Film4.
Tuesday 8th January
Female football fans denied entry to their home team's stadium due to their gender find ways to watch the match. Unusual, post revolution Iranian drama OFFSIDE plays at the recordable time of 02:35am on Channel4.
Social taboos are shattered, mask sex is had and the effects of poor parenting become apparent in Ang Lee’s masterpiece of social commentary THE ICE STORM at 01:40am Film4.
Thursday 10th January
Narrative leaps and tiptop acting throughout in the brutally emotional and rarely told tale of a dying relationship. Ryan Gosling stars in the un-romance BLUE VALENTINE at 11:15pm on Film4.
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