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14th Apr 2024

A nail-biting Oscar winner is among the movies on TV tonight

Simon Kelly

Movies on TV - Free Solo

It has an incredibly strong 98% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

If you’re looking to have a quiet night in front of the telly later, then here are the best movies on TV this evening.

Starting off with our pick of the bunch is this nail-biting Oscar-winning documentary – Free Solo.

The 2018 doc follows professional rock climber Alex Honnold as he attempts to become the first person to ever climb El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, without any ropes.

The kilometre high rock wall in the American National Park is one of the most famous climbing spots in the world, and before Honnold’s attempt, had never been free-soloed in the history of rock climbing.

Honnold dedicated two years of training and the white-knuckle ride of Free Solo takes us all the way with him as he begins his treacherous and very much life-threatening attempt to the summit.

Free Solo won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and it’s clear to see why as those who have seen the film can attest to its incredible cinematography and deeply personal story of human achievement and the things people sacrifice in order to be the best.

The viewers are taken on a journey of multiple delays, injuries and setbacks, all culminating in the final heart-pounding attempt. It’s a hugely thrilling film that will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout.

You can watch Free Solo on BBC Two at 11.30pm, or catch it on Disney+.

If Free Solo isn’t your thing, check out the other movies on TV tonight

Transformers: Dark of the Moon – E4 – 6.05pm
The third instalment of Michael Bay’s big-budget sci-fi action series is among the movies on TV this evening.

Field of Dreams – RTÉ Two – 6.40pm
Cult classic sports fantasy starring Kevin Costner as a man who builds a baseball field in his cornfield that attracts the ghosts of baseball legends.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle – E4 – 9pm
The second installment in the Kingsman film series, featuring an ensemble cast consisting of Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Pedro Pascal, Elton John, Channing Tatum, and Jeff Bridges.

Pale Rider – ITV4 – 9pm
Clint Eastwood directs, produces and stars in this 1985 western about a mysterious stranger who protects a prospecting village from a greedy mining company trying to encroach on their land.

Alita: Battle Angel – Film Four – 9pm
2019 cyberpunk action film based on Yukito Kishiro’s manga series Gunnm starring Rosa Salazar through motion-capture animation as Alita, a cyborg who awakens in a new body without memory of her past and sets out to uncover her destiny.

Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle – Film Four – 11.25pm
Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu reprise their roles in this sequel as the three women working for the Townsend Detective Agency.

The Duchess – BBC One – 11.35pm
Kiera Knightly stars in this historical drama as the late 18th-century English aristocrat Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire.

American Gigolo – Channel 4 – 1.05am
Paul Schrader directs this 1980 neo-noir crime film starring Richard Gere as a high-priced escort in Los Angeles who becomes romantically involved with a prominent politician’s wife, while simultaneously becoming the prime suspect in a murder case.

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