A great underseen thriller is among the movies on TV tonight 2 weeks ago

A great underseen thriller is among the movies on TV tonight

Kirsten Dunst, Oscar Isaac and Viggo Mortensen star in the 2014 movie.

At last, Saturday is here - a day where people have more time on their hands to check out some movies.


In keeping with this, JOE recommended three to watch this weekend in the video below.

However, if you need more options, here are the films airing on telly this evening (17 September).


Hitch - Sky Showcase - 8pm

Will Smith plays a professional "date doctor" in this fun rom-com.

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol - RTÉ2 - 8.50pm

This thrilling spy blockbuster sequel is actually airing on TV twice tonight, with the second time at 10pm on Channel 4.


Snatch/Layer Cake - Film4 - 9pm/11.05pm

These two early 2000s British crime classics are airing back-to-back on Film4.

Pacific Rim - Turner Classic Movies - 9pm

A rip-roaring sci-fi action blockbuster from Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro about gigantic humanoid mechas fighting alien monsters.


Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment - Comedy Central - 9pm

The second in the cop comedy franchise.

Second Act - Virgin Media Two - 9pm

Another romantic comedy, here Jennifer Lopez plays a woman in her 40s who pursues a second chance at a corporate career.

The Resident - Horror Xtra - 9pm


In this horror, a woman (two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank) comes to suspect she is being stalked after moving into a new Brooklyn loft.

The Girl with a Bracelet - BBC Four - 9pm

A teenager stands trial for murdering her best friend in this French courtroom drama with a 90% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Bohemian Rhapsody - RTÉ One - 9.40pm

This music biopic about Freddie Mercury and Queen boasts an Oscar-winning turn from Rami Malek.

Stan & Ollie - BBC Two - 9.40pm

This solid biographical comedy-drama sees Steve Coogan and noted Ireland enthusiast John C. Reilly star as legendary comedy double act Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.

Superbad - Dave - 10pm

A modern classic coming-of-age comedy that just turned 15 years old.

I Spit on Your Grave - Horror Xtra - 10.50pm

The remake of the controversial '70s cult horror of the same name.

The Flying Scotsman - TG4 - 11pm

Jonny Lee Miller stars in this sports drama about the life of Scottish cyclist Graeme Obree.

The Two Faces of January - BBC Two - 11.15pm

Our pick for tonight is set in '60s Greece and focuses on a con artist (Viggo Mortensen), his wife (Kirsten Dunst) and a stranger (Oscar Isaac) who go on the run after becoming caught up in the death of a private detective.

Based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith (The Talented Mr. Ripley), The Two Faces of January was not a hit at the box office upon its release in 2014.

It's a shame as the movie's gorgeous locations and period detail, excellent performances and surprising twists make it well worth seeking out.

Swordfish - Turner Classic Movies - 11.45pm

A turn-of-the-century action thriller JOE once described as "ridiculous".

Enigma - RTÉ2 - 11.45pm

Set during World War II, this espionage thriller is about a young British genius (Dougray Scott) frantically racing against time to crack an enemy code and solve a mystery surrounding the woman (Saffron Burrows) he loves.