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18th Apr 2024

A critically acclaimed underseen drama is among the movies on TV tonight

Simon Kelly

Movies on TV - First Man

It’s got 87% on Rotten Tomatoes.

If you’re in the mood to chill on the couch this evening in front of a good flick then you’re in luck, as there are plenty of great movies on TV for you to choose from tonight.

Our pick of the bunch is a critically acclaimed drama that doesn’t get the attention it deserves – First Man.

The 2018 biopic stars Ryan Gosling as US astronaut Neil Armstrong and follows the years leading up to the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon in 1969.

Directed by Damien Chazelle (La La Land), the movie also stars Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll, Christopher Abbott, and Ciarán Hinds.

Upon its release at the Cannes film festival, First Man received huge praise from critics, particularly for Chazelle’s direction, Gosling and Foy’s performances, its musical score, and the Moon landing sequence.

However, there was some controversy with the film’s decision not to show Armstrong planting the American flag on the surface of the Moon, which some US critics slammed for being unpatriotic.

Despite its acclaim, First Man received a pretty poor showing at the box office and doesn’t really get talked about much any more, especially in a time where biopics are becoming such huge box office draws.

So if you want to check out the under-the-radar film, you can catch it on Film Four at 1.10am. It will also be available to watch on their online player after it airs.

If First Man isn’t your thing, here are the other movies on TV tonight

The Hangover Part II – Comedy Central – 9pm
The sequel to one of the funniest films of the last few decades. While it’s not as well-rated as the first, if you’re a fan of the 2009 flick, it’s definitely worth a watch.

AVP: Alien vs Predator – ITV4 – 10.15pm
2004 science fiction action horror which pits two of the most iconic sci-fi creatures of all time against each other. It truly is a case of what happens when you’re so preoccupied with whether or not you could, that you didn’t stop to think if you should.

The Pursuit of Happyness – Film Four – 6.40pm
Will Smith was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Actor for his performance as a homeless salesman fighting for his and his young son’s survival in 1980’s San Francisco.

Deja Vu – Film Four – 9pm
Denzel Washington stars in this 2006 action sci-fi thriller as an ATF agent who travels back in time in an attempt to prevent a domestic terrorist attack that takes place in New Orleans.

If you miss out on this highly-rated flick, you can also catch it on Prime Video.

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