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08th Jun 2024

One of the best war movies ever made is on TV tonight

Stephen Porzio

It features two major Irish stars amongst its large ensemble cast.

Our TV movie pick for tonight (Saturday, 8 June) is Dunkirk, the 2017 war epic from recent Oscar-winner Christopher Nolan.

As technically spectacular as you can expect from the mind of the writer-director who gave us The Dark Knight trilogy, Inception and Oppenheimer – the blockbuster focuses on the fateful few days where 338,000 Allied soldiers were evacuated from the beaches of Dunkirk in France, during WWII.

The film is noteworthy for presenting the major historical events from three different perspectives – the land, sea and air.

Powered by an ensemble cast, which includes Barry Keoghan, Cillian Murphy, Harry Styles, Jack Lowden, Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy, Dunkirk is a heart-pounding thriller from beginning to end thanks to the incredibly tense score by Hans Zimmer and Nolan’s masterful directing.

The brutally intense movie was nominated for eight Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director and went on to win in the Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Film Editing categories.

Dunkirk is airing on RTÉ One tonight at 9.45pm. It is also available to rent on Apple TV, Google Play, Microsoft, Rakuten TV and the Sky Store.

Check out its trailer right here:

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The Equalizer – Channel 4 – 9pm

The Denzel Washington action thriller that launched a pretty great trilogy.

The Bourne Identity – Sky Showcase – 9pm

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Some Mother’s Son – TG4 – 9.20pm

Helen Mirren stars in this acclaimed Troubles-related drama.

Phone Booth – MTV – 10pm

Colin Farrell is trapped in a phone booth by an enigmatic sniper in this great claustrophobic thriller.

Mechanic: Resurrection – ITV4 – 10pm

A forgettable sequel to a quite fun Jason Statham action vehicle.

Scream 4 – Comedy Central – 10pm

The fun fourth entry in the very solid slasher franchise.

Malcolm X – RTÉ2 – 10.30pm

Legendary director Spike Lee and legendary actor Denzel Washington’s incredible biopic about the black civil rights activist.

The Loft – Legend Xtra – 10.50pm

Karl Urban leads the cast of this US remake of a Belgian erotic thriller.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula – Film4 – 11.25pm

Francis Ford Coppola’s incredible ’90s adaptation of the classic vampire novel starring Gary Oldman.

The King – TG4 – 11.25pm

The 2017 documentary about Elvis Presley.

Predator – Channel 4 – 11.40pm

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