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17th Feb 2024

A stressful thriller with 98% on Rotten Tomatoes is on TV tonight

Stephen Porzio

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Its star is part of the cast of a big Netflix show.

Staying in this Saturday night (February 17)? Well, not to worry as here are the movies airing on TV this evening.

Full Time – BBC Four – 9pm

Our pick for tonight is this French drama thriller about a single mother named Julie (Call My Agent’s Laure Calamy), who works a gruelling job as a head chambermaid in a five-star Parisian hotel.

Julie’s life – which includes commuting from her remote suburb into Paris, trying to organise childcare and searching for a new job to get her out of debt – becomes increasingly unmanageable during a paralysing transport strike in the French capital.

As Julie is pushed towards the verge of a breakdown, she finally gets an interview for a better job. However, this only adds to the single mother’s stress as she must rely on her co-workers in her current job to cover for her as she sneaks out as part of her efforts to secure the other position.

Having received a limited Irish cinema release just last May, Full Time holds a near perfect 98% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Singled out for praise have been Calamy’s authentic and likeable performance, the movie’s societal commentary and the intense direction of Eric Gravel, with the latter elevating the anxiety and struggles Julie and many like her face into feeling like a full-on thriller.

Drawing comparisons in tone to Uncut Gems, Full Time is also available to rent on Apple TV, Curzon and Rakuten TV. You can watch the trailer for the film right here:

The Running Man – Film4 – 9pm

Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in this ’80s cult action flick based on a Stephen King story about a dystopian future US where the most popular TV show sees convicted criminals attempting to escape death at the hands of professional killers.

Role Models – Comedy Central – 9pm

Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott star in this crude but very funny comedy.

Extreme Prejudice – Legend Xtra – 9pm

An ’80s action thriller gem with Nick Nolte and Powers Boothe that we’ve recommended before.

No Mercy – Legend – 9pm

Richard Gere is a cop out for vengeance in this ’80s neo-noir, which also stars Kim Basinger.

Moonfall – Channel 4 – 9.20pm

The moon is falling for mysterious reasons in this guilty pleasure disaster flick from director Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow).

Ted 2 – Sky Showcase – 9.20pm

With the recent Ted prequel series earning raves from fans, why not check out this comedy sequel?

The Revenant – RTÉ2 – 9.30pm

The movie that finally earned Leo DiCaprio his Oscar.

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Laure Calamy in Full Time, our TV movie pick for tonight

American Gangster – MTV – 10pm

Denzel Washington is a gangster and Russell Crowe is the detective on his tail in director Ridley Scott’s very watchable crime drama based loosely on true events.

Total Recall – ITV4 – 10.35pm

Arnie again leads the cast of a futuristic action film. In this classic, he plays a construction worker with a hidden past.

Predator – Film4 – 11pm

For the third time, Arnie stars tonight. Another classic, this time he is a military man facing off with an alien hunter in the jungle.

Bad Boys – Pick – 11pm

Not the Martin Lawrence and Will Smith buddy cop flick but the acclaimed 1983 coming-of-age crime drama film set in a juvenile detention centre featuring a young Sean Penn.

Eastern Promises – BBC One – 11.55pm

Viggo Mortensen is a henchman for the Russian mafia in London in this awesome crime film directed by David Cronenberg (The Dead Zone) and written by Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders).

The Girl on the Train – Channel 4 – 11.55pm

A recovering alcoholic (Emily Blunt) gets caught up in a missing person’s investigation in this watchable thriller.

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