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20th Jan 2022

An incredibly tense real-life disaster is among the movies on TV tonight

Rory Cashin

Drama, thrillers, sci-fi, action… loads to choose from this evening.

One day closer to the weekend.

So, technically, weekend eve? Let’s go with that!

Here are your movies on TV for Thursday, 20 January:

Entrapment – Film4 – 6.45pm

Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones star as a couple of world-class thieves in a script that was reportedly initially written to be the remake of The Thomas Crown Affair (which ended up with another Bond).

Apollo 13 – ITV4 – 8pm

Our pick of the night stars Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon and Bill Paxton as the three astronauts aboard the doomed Apollo 13 mission.

Even if you know how it all ends, director Ron Howard keeps things impossibly tense all the way through. Absolutely worth a (re)watch.

The Bone Collector – Film4 – 9pm

Denzel Washington plays a quadriplegic detective who teams up with a rookie cop (Angelina Jolie) to be his eyes and ears on the very violent crime scenes, with rumours of a serial killer striking fear into the entire city.

Absolute Power – TCM – 9pm

Clint Eastwood stars in and directs this high-concept thriller, about a career thief who gets framed for a violent crime that was actually committed by the President of the United States, here played by Gene Hackman.

Wild – Film4 – 11.20pm

Directed by the late great Jean-Marc Vallee, this tells the true story of a woman (Reece Witherspoon) who heads off on a 1,100 mile solo hike in an attempt to get over a recent tragedy.

Kill Bill: Volume One – TCM – 11.30pm

Uma Thurman uses a big sword and a yellow tracksuit to get revenge on a group of ninja assassins who tried to kill her. Arguably (?) Quentin Tarantino’s most purely fun movie to date.

Death Wish IV: The Crackdown – ITV4 – 11.50pm

Cypher – Film4 – 1.20am

Jeremy Northam (remember him?) and Lucy Liu star in this near-future set sci-fi thriller set in the sexy and exciting world of technical corporate espionage. It is actually more interesting that it sounds.

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