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These are the seven best movies on TV tonight

By Rory Cashin

January 8, 2021 at 12:42pm


We're not gonna lie, tonight has some very, very good movies to choose from!

Friday is upon us, and we've got yet another weather warning.

This one warns of "hazardous conditions and pockets of freezing fog", which sounds... unappealing.

Better off staying in and either checking out Graham Norton's stacked couch, or maybe new national icon Donie O'Sullivan on The Late Late Show, or enjoying one of these instead.

Star Trek Beyond - FilmFour - 6.40pm

The third and (to date) final entry in the rebooted young'n'sexy Star Trek series sees Chris Pine (who is reportedly about to film a huge new movie in Ireland) and his Enterprise crew take on Idris Elba's villainous alien.

The Wife - BBC Two - 9pm

An Oscar-nominated drama dealing with a wife (Glenn Close) who begins to question her life choices as she travels to Stockholm to see her husband (Jonathan Pryce) receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Deepwater Horizon - FilmFour - 9pm

An impressive all-star cast - including Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, Kate Hudson, John Malkovich, and Gina Rodriquez - feature in this tense thriller based on the true story of a disaster at an isolated oil-rig out in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico.

Pulp Fiction - Dave - 9.40pm

To many people, this is still Quentin Tarantino's best movie (note: it isn't, Inglorious Basterds is, and we will be taking no further questions at this time), but arriving directly after Reservoir Dogs, it was definitely the movie to put him on the map in terms of the cinematic voice of a generation.

The Man From UNCLE - Virgin Media One - 10pm

Featuring a genetically blessed cast including Henry Cavill, Alicia Vikander, Armie Hammer, and Elizabeth Debicki, this updated remake of the hit 60s TV show sees a British secret agent forced to work together with his Russian counterpart in order to stop a worldwide threat.

Snatched - Channel 4 - 10.35pm

When she gets dumped by her boyfriend, Amy Schumer decides not to let her lush tropical holiday go to waste, so she brings along her incredibly uptight mother Goldie Hawn. However, they both soon get kidnapped by some local criminals, and find themselves having to survive alone.

War of the Worlds - BBC One - 12am

Tom Cruise tries to keep his family safe in the middle of a massive alien invasion. Some heavily 9/11 parallels to be found, with director Steven Spielberg at his most dystopian. That first attack scene in an otherwise quiet neighbourhood remains one of the tensest things he's ever done.

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