What films are on TV this week?

A wax figure of the Katniss Everdeen character from 'The Hunger Games' movies is unveiled at Madame Tussaud's London on December 18, 2014 in London, England.

We know how hard it can be to sift through pages of listings, so that's why we will compile a list of films that will be airing on terrestrial channels over the course of the week.

Thankfully, the schedule is packed with some excellent choices, and we've narrowed it down to seven. 

1) Star Trek Into Darkness (Saturday, Channel 4 at 8.00pm)

JJ Abrams breathed new life into the famous series with his fantastic 2009 reboot, and whilst this sequel doesn't match the quality that preceded it, there is still plenty to admire here. The plot is far more stripped back, seeing Chris Pine's Kirk being relieved of his captaining duties after a reckless mission endangers his crew. He's thrust back into action when a commander (Benedict Cumberbatch) goes rogue, leaving a trail in his wake with seemingly no motive. Enlisting the help of Spock (Zachary Quinto), Bones (Karl Urban) and Uhura (Zoe Saldana) amongst others, Kirk attempts to repair the heart of Starfleet before it is obliterated. Relentless pacing, great chemistry and a menacing performance from Cumberbatch make this an exciting sci-fi blockbuster. 

2) Catch Me If You Can (Saturday, BBC2 at 5.15pm)

This real-life story from Steven Spielberg sees Leonardo DiCaprio play Frank Abagnale Jr, a teenage conman who assumed roles as a doctor and airline pilot, spending millions he didn't have via a forgery of cheques. His ventures arouse the suspicion of Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks), a bank fraud agent at the FBI, leading to a cat-and-mouse chase across America. With a fabulous supporting cast including Christopher Walken and Amy Adams, Spielberg's biopic is a charming, breezy affair that makes excellent use of its fascinating subject matter and leading stars. 

3) While We're Young (Sunday, BBC2 at 10.50pm)

A delightful indie-flick from Noah Baumbach, the brain behind The Squid and the Whale and Frances Ha. This latest gem is a tale of generational differences, in which a more conservative older couple (Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts) are enticed by the freedom that Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried seemingly possess. As the relationship between the couple's deepen, some uncomfortable truths are revealed, and first appearances are not necessarily a complete reflection of who they really are. Top-notch performances, a thought-provoking and humorous script along with some deft direction mean this is one of Baumbach's best. 

4) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Wednesday, Film4 at 6.40pm)

All four instalments in the successful teen-dystopian franchise are airing on Film4 this week, but the second part remains the pinnacle of the series. Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss Everdeen is thrust back into the limelight when previous winners of the games are ordered to face each other, highlighting the barbarity of the world. Alongside love interest and friend Peeta (Josh Hutchinson), Katniss faces a far greater challenge than before, whilst chiselling away at the upper reaches of society. Frances Lawrence took over from Gary Ross on the directing front, and he brings a darker yet more epic edge to proceedings, directing the action scenes with more scope and utilising the stacked supporting cast (Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Stanley Tucci) to great effect.  

5) Mad Max: Fury Road (Friday, 5STAR at 9.00pm)

After a thirty year hiatus, George Miller resurrected his Mad Max franchise with this dynamite fourth film. Tom Hardy replaces Mel Gibson in the legendary role, escorting a group of women led by Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) as they seek to escape from a local dictator. Plot and dialogue are minimal, but this is visceral storytelling - car chases are choreographed like a ballet, the ante being upped with each gear change and collision. Though the music and cinematography are superb, it is Miller's energetic direction that elevates the film above its genre trappings, resulting in one the most exciting action films of the decade. 

6) Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (Friday, Film4 at 9.00pm)

An enjoyable comedy starring Vince Vaughn as Peter, the owner of a run-down gym, who is unwilling to let long-time rival White Goodman (Ben Stiller) acquire the property. To earn money, Peter rounds up a ragtag group of individuals to form a dodgeball team, with the aim of reaching the grand final in Las Vegas; the plan seems sturdy enough, before he finds out White has formed his own team. Though hardly innovative, this likeable comedy has a wacky edge, with Stiller and Rip Torn standing out from the sizeable cast. 

7) Ted (Friday, ITV2 at 9.00pm) 

Seth MacFarlane, best known as the creator of Family Guy, makes his feature-length directorial debut with this crude comedy. He voices John's (Mark Wahlberg) teddy bear, as they share a flat where they drink, get high and commit all kinds of misdemeanours. Mila Kunis' Lori, John's girlfriend, thinks the bear is a bad influence on him, and suggests he get his act together, which means a severance in his relationship with his long-time friend. Though a tad overlong, there are more than enough belly-laughs on offer here, owing to the likeable characters and full committal to sheer crassness,