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There is nothing worse than a free Friday night, and nothing to do. The possibility of all that free time yawns ahead of you, but to waste it would be awful. So if you are at a loose end this Friday and you are looking for a film to fill that time then this is the article for you.

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These are not your average rom-com or action films, these are nuanced intense films that will make you think. Keep reading for 5 Alternative Films to watch on a Friday night.

The Wife

Remember when Glenn Close won that Golden Globe? Yes it was for this breathtaking piece of film. It is not the longest, funniest or even the best film. But what it is is gripping. Close plays the wife of an esteemed novelist. He has just been awarded the Nobel prize for literature, but something is not as it seems.

On that trip their relationship unravels, as the wife simply realises that she cannot take it anymore. In what is a truly award winning performance Close is a tour de force, and will have you hooked all evening.

Silence of the Lambs

This is one of those films that you will absolutely have heard of, but may have never watched. In the three films about the cannibal Hannibal Lector, this is in the middle. If you take our advice the best of the bunch. Jodie Foster plays Clarice Starling against Anthony Hopkins’ Lector.

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This is a neo-noir psychological thriller, so if you are here for a cheerful film, then this is perhaps not the one for you. However, you will be full of suspense, have your nerves well and truly tested, and be very much entertained.

The Kings Speech

Another award winning film for one of the main characters, as Colin Firth took the Oscar that year for his portrayal of Prince Albert and his ascension to the throne as King George VI. The film follows his struggle with confidence and speech impediment.

The entire plot is very much engineered by his wife, the soon to be Queen Mother, played by Helena Bonham Carter. She helps the Prince find a speech therapist, overcome his stutter and become a great leader through the second world war. A genuinely lovely film, that we highly recommend.

Kill Bill

Again a film that some of you may have never gotten round too seeing, but has iconic status. The film follows Uma Thurman, who wakes from a four year coma, which was caused when her former employers attempt to assassinate her on her wedding day, whilst she is pregnant.

When she wakes, she vows to destroy anyone who had a hand in her loss. This is an action packed martial arts film, maybe not for the faint hearted!

Loving Vincent

Loving Vincent is a 2017 experimental animated biographical drama film about the life of a painter Vincent van Gogh, and, in particular, about the circumstances of his death. Simple enough you say? Well this was the first ever feature film to be fully painted. Each of the film’s 65,000 frames is an oil painting on canvas, using the same technique as Van Gogh, created by a team of over 100 painters.

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We don’t know about you, but we think it sounds intriguing.