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11th Nov 2023

An Oscar-nominated war film is among the movies on TV tonight

Stephen Porzio

flags of our fathers

It was made by one of the world’s most revered directors.

Saturday is here and if you’re staying in tonight, there is loads of movies on TV – starting with:

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 – Sky Showcase – 8pm
Why not check out the last entry in The Hunger Games franchise before the prequel movie – The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes – lands in Irish cinemas on 17 November.

Yes Man – RTÉ2 – 9pm
A comedy in which Jim Carrey plays a man who challenges himself to say “yes” to everything.

Air Force One – Film4 – 9pm
In this very fun action thriller, terrorists (led by Gary Oldman) hijack Air Force One with the US President (Harrison Ford) and his family on board. However, the President – who is a Vietnam veteran – decides to fight back and try to rescue the hostages.

Kill Bill: Volume 1 – Dave – 9pm
The first part of Quentin Tarantino’s incredible martial arts epic.

Predestination – AMC UK – 9pm
A very underrated sci-fi starring Ethan Hawke and Sarah Snook that we’ve recommended countless times before.

Old School – Comedy Central – 9pm
In this comedy from the director of The Hangover, Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn and Will Ferrell star as depressed men in their 30s who seek to relive their college days by starting a fraternity.

Black Box – BBC Four – 9pm
This French thriller about the investigation into a mysterious deadly plane crash holds a 94% Rotten Tomatoes score.

Flags of Our Fathers – TG4 – 9.35pm
Our pick for tonight is this 2006 war film from legendary director Clint Eastwood (Unforgiven) that depicts the 1945 Battle of Iwo Jima during WWII.

It focuses on the five Marines and one Navy corpsman who were involved in raising of the US flag on the island – which was immortalised in an iconic photo – and the after effects of that event on the mens’ lives.

Featuring amongst its ensemble cast Jamie Bell, John Slattery, Paul Walker, Robert Patrick and Ryan Philippe – Flags of Our Fathers was released the same year as Letters from Iwo Jima, another war film from Eastwood depicting the Japanese viewpoint of the same battle.

Praised for capturing the horrors of warfare and for its examination of the idea of heroism, Flags of Our Fathers wound up getting nominated for two Oscars in the ceremony’s technical categories.

flags of our fathers

Flags of Our Fathers is our pick for tonight

Terminator: Dark Fate – Channel 4 – 9.35pm
The solid final entry to date in the Terminator franchise.

Trumbo – AMC UK – 10.35pm
Bryan Cranston was Oscar-nominated for his lead turn as legendary Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in this entertaining biopic.

Harold & Kumar Get the Munchies – Comedy Central – 10.45pm
Starring John Cho and Kal Penn as two stoners who, you guessed it, get the munchies – this is the first entry in the comedy franchise.

Freaky – Film4 – 11.25pm
A teen girl (Kathryn Newton) swaps bodies with a serial killer (Vince Vaughn again) in this fun comedy slasher.

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