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27th Feb 2024

Modern gangster classic the pick for tonight’s movies on TV

Simon Kelly

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I smell a rat.

While yesterday saw an excellent sci-fi classic take to our screens, tonight we’re keeping the quality up and shifting genres to a modern gangster classic.

No doubt one of the best films of the 21st century, Martin Scorsese‘s The Departed has long been among some of the directing legend’s finest work, and finally won him the Best Director Oscar in 2007.

Starring a stacked cast including Matt Damon, Leonardo Di Caprio, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen and Ray Winstone, The Departed delves deep into the Boston mob underground as an undercover cop gets mixed up in the hunt for a mole.

The crime flick was actually adapted from the Hong Kong thriller Infernal Affairs and is a cat & mouse story for the ages. Endlessly watchable, the film is worth sticking on just for Nicholson’s chilling performance alone.

You can check it out on Film Four at 9pm. It’s also available to watch on Rakuten TV and the Channel 4 Player.

If The Departed isn’t your thing, check out the other movies on TV tonight down below.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon – Film Four – 5.55pm
Say what you want about the Transformers movies – they have an audience and if you’re into giant explosions and fighting robots then the third instalment in the long-running franchise, which is among the movies on TV this evening, will not disappoint.

The World’s End – ITV4 – 9pm
The final chapter of Edgar Wright’s Cornetto Trilogy starring Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, focusing on five mates returning to their hometown for a pub crawl, only to find it infested with aliens.

Some will say it’s the worst of the three – the other two being Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz – but we think there’s still enough charm in the sci-fi comedy flick to be worth a watch.

Loving – BBC2 – 11.15pm
Starring the excellent Ruth Negga (who was nominated for the Best Actress Oscar for her role) and Joel Edgerton, this historical drama tells the real-life story of Richard and Mildred Loving, the plaintiffs in the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision which invalidated state laws prohibiting interracial marriage.

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