A week at home with Sky Cinema

Stuck at home? Check out our full week of Sky Cinema recommendations. 

If you’re currently spending a lot of time at home (which you probably are), you might be struggling to find ways to pass the time as the weeks roll on. Thankfully, Sky Cinema offers a wide range of new and classic films to choose from, both live and on-demand. With the variety of movies on offer, it’s easy to plan a full week of nights in, with something that’s bound to please everyone.

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Monday - Something for the family

Incredibles 2

If you’re looking for something to keep the kids occupied, but also that the whole family can enjoy, look no further than Pixar. The legendary animation studio famously creates some of the best animated films out there, with titles like Toy Story, Monsters Inc and Inside Out appealing to adults just as much as children, without the need to add jokes that go over the heads of anyone not old enough to appreciate them. Incredibles 2 is the long-awaited sequel to the 2004 superhero smash-hit, and retains all the humour and warmth of the original but with greatly improved visual effects.

Tuesday - Late night thriller

Cape Fear

Once the kids have gone to bed, it’s time for something a bit grittier. Martin Scorsese’s grim reboot of the 1962 original features Robert De Niro at his most frightening as disgruntled ex-convict Max Cady, who longs for revenge against his lawyer for burying evidence that could have helped him.

Cape Fear truly lives up to its name, being genuinely chilling at times, so is certainly not one you can label as “for the whole family.” If you can handle it, however, it’s a masterfully crafted thriller with a career-best performance from De Niro.

Wednesday - A hidden gem

Into The Wild

Now that you have some more time on your hands, why not discover a film you’ve been meaning to watch forever but haven’t gotten around to? Into The Wild is a biographical drama (written and directed by Sean Penn) that tells the strange but true story of Christopher McCandless, a man who attempted to hike across the width of the US on his own.

Into The Wild is a fascinating and sometimes harrowing look at an intriguing true story and despite its length, it’ll keep you engrossed from beginning to end.

Thursday - Old-school sci-fi

2001: A Space Odyssey 

Stanley Kubrick’s classic ‘60s sci-fi still packs a punch over 50 years later, with now being a perfect time to rediscover it or catch it for the first time. Whilst it might appear slow to some, others will relish the still-stunning visuals and awe-inspiring scope of the film.

Known for its eerie robotic AI villain HAL, 2001: A Space Odyssey also tackles the deep metaphysical themes that surround all of Kubrick’s works. This makes it one that you can’t really casually watch, so put a night aside and give it the attention it deserves.

Friday - 2019’s biggest movie

Avengers: Endgame

2019’s biggest film is also went on to be the biggest film of all time, in terms of box office gross. Avengers: Endgame is the final chapter (sort of) of the long-running Marvel superhero series, which began in 2008 with Iron Man. Avengers: Endgame is a direct sequel to Infinity War, so make sure you watch that first before you dive in.

Endgame sees the Avengers take the fight to Thanos in order to avenge the lives he destroyed in Infinity War. This includes plenty of time-travel shenanigans and gigantic CGI fights, which are sure to please any fans of the franchise. Endgame is also great for the family and perfect for a Friday film night.

Saturday - ‘90s classic

The Truman Show

This classic sci-fi drama is one of the most popular films of its era and has only gotten better with time. Starring Jim Carrey in one of his more dramatic roles, The Truman Show follows a man who has lived his entire life inside a TV set to be filmed for entertainment. 

The Truman Show has a delightfully dark streak but ends with one of the most uplifting and cathartic scenes in film history. If this is one you haven’t seen for a while or something that’s missing from your film canon, you can check it out now on Sky Cinema.

Sunday - Lockdown vibes

Rear Window

Spending more time inside can easily make us all stir-crazy, and no film personifies that feeling better than Rear Window. Alfred Hitchcock’s legendary thriller features James Stewert as a photographer who breaks his leg and spends time in his room, who thinks he’s witnessed a murder across the street.

Rear Window is just as gripping and essential now as it was in 1954 and still looks stunning on a visual level. If you’re put off by older films, Rear Window is a great entry-point into broadening your horizons.

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