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29th Mar 2024

A star-studded Western movie is one of the films on TV tonight

Stephen Porzio

magnificent seven

It’s from the director of Training Day and the creator of True Detective.

Our TV movie pick for Good Friday (29 March) is The Magnificent Seven, the 2016 remake of the 1960 Western classic of the same name (which itself was a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai).

The film focuses on seven gunmen (including Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke) from a variety of backgrounds who are brought together by a vengeful young widow (Haley Bennett).

This is to protect her town from the private army of a destructive industrialist (Peter Sarsgaard).

Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, The Equalizer trilogy) and co-written by Nic Pizzolatto (the creator of True Detective), this version of The Magnificent Seven landed in cinemas to solid reviews.

The general consensus was that though the movie did not reach the lofty heights of its predecessors, it is still an entertaining Western in its own right.

2016’s The Magnificent Seven is airing on TV on Virgin Media One at 9pm. It is also available to rent on Apple TV and the Sky Store.

Check out its trailer right here:

Here are the other movies airing on TV tonight:

Star Trek Into Darkness – E4 – 9pm

The crew of the starship Enterprise face-off against Benedict Cumberbatch in this solid sequel.

Fury – Film4 – 9pm

This Brad Pitt-led WWII epic was recently named one of the 10 best war films of all time.

They Live – Sky Sci-Fi – 9pm

This classic cult sci-fi about aliens hiding in plain sight on Earth recently had its 35th anniversary.

Alex Cross – ITV4 – 9pm

As this crime thriller tagline infamously said: “Don’t ever cross Alex Cross.”

Brooklyn – RTÉ One – 9.35pm

Saoirse Ronan was Oscar nominated for her role as a young Irishwoman who immigrates to Brooklyn in the early 1950s in this acclaimed drama.

Oklahoma Crude – TG4 – 9.50pm

Another Western, except this time from the ’70s and starring George C. Scott and Faye Dunaway.

22 Jump Street – RTÉ2 – 10pm

Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill return in this buddy cop comedy sequel that might even be better than the original.

Ghostbusters – BBC One – 10.30pm

Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy lead the cast of this 2016 reboot of the classic supernatural comedy.

La La Land – BBC Two – 11pm

“City of stars / Are you shining just for me?” 🎵

Ali – Dave – 11pm

Legendary director Michael Mann’s excellent sports biopic about boxer Muhammad Ali, played by Will Smith in an Oscar-nominated performance.

U-Turn – Legend – 11pm

A sadly underseen crime thriller from director Oliver Stone starring Sean Penn and Jennifer Lopez.

Howl – Legend Xtra – 11pm

This 2015 British horror follows passengers on a train who must band together to survive after being attacked by a werewolf.

Freaky – Film4 – 11.40pm

A serial killer (Vince Vaughn) swaps bodies with an outcast teen (Kathryn Newton) in this very fun if very violent slasher.

Ben is Back – RTÉ One – 11.45pm

In this 2018 US drama, a mother (Julia Roberts) tries to help her addict son (Lucas Hedges) after he returns home from rehab.

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