An incredible action thriller is among the movies on TV tonight 4 months ago

An incredible action thriller is among the movies on TV tonight

The cult film stars the great Denzel Washington.

Saturday is finally here.

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And to celebrate, there's a pretty solid line-up of movies airing on TV this evening.

Here's our pick of the lot.

Man on Fire - Film4 - 9pm

Our pick for tonight centres on a burned-out ex-CIA operative (Denzel Washington) who swears vengeance on those who committed an unspeakable act against the family he was hired to protect in Mexico City.

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Man on Fire's incredibly quotable screenplay, fiercely empathetic central performance and hyper-kinetic style from director Tony Scott (Top Gun, True Romance) - helping to convey Washington's character's inner turmoil - makes the film a standout of the revenge thriller sub-genre.

For more on the movie, check out an earlier article by JOE where we argue it's an underrated masterpiece here.

Kramer vs Kramer - True Movies - 9pm

This Oscar Best Picture winner tells the story of a couple (Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep) who divorce, detailing how it changes the pair and impacts their young son.

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Stake Land - Horror Channel - 9pm

In a world of vampires, an expert vampire hunter and his young protégé travel toward sanctuary in this sadly underseen indie horror.

Quantum of Solace - ITV 4 - 9pm

Daniel Craig returns as Bond in this slightly underrated sequel to Casino Royale.

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Fighting - Turner Classic Movies - 9pm

Channing Tatum plays a young counterfeiter introduced to the world of underground street fighting.

Bad Teacher - Comedy Central - 9pm

Cameron Diaz is the titular bad teacher.

Heat - RTÉ2 - 9.05

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Al Pacino and Robert De Niro face-off in what is probably the greatest heist film ever made.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows - Sky Showcase - 9.30pm

Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law return as Holmes and Watson in this sequel, which this writer would argue is better than the original.

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back - Channel 4 - 9.30pm

Tom Cruise embodies Lee Child's famous literary character in this so-so sequel to a very good movie.

The Five-Year Engagement - TG4 - 9.35pm

In this rom-com, a man (Jason Segal) proposes to his girlfriend (Emily Blunt) but unexpected events keep tripping them up as they look to walk down the aisle together.

Crank - ITV 4 - 11.10pm

In this insane action-thriller, a professional assassin (Jason Statham) learns his rival has injected him with a poison that will kill him if his heart rate drops.

Shampoo - True Movies - 11.10pm

This '70s comedy-drama co-written by and starring Warren Beatty follows a Los Angeles hairdresser on Election Day 1968, as he juggles his relationships with several women.

The Take - Channel 4 - 11.50pm

Idris Elba and Richard Madden star in this decent action-thriller that also goes by the name Bastille Day in some territories.

Drag Me to Hell - Film4 - 11.55pm

Sam Raimi, the filmmaker behind the original Evil Dead trilogy, returns to horror with this effective chiller about a loan officer (Alison Lohman) who evicts an old woman from her home and finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse.