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01st Jul 2023

A frighteningly prescient sci-fi is among the movies on TV tonight

Simon Kelly

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It’s one of Spielberg’s best works.

If you’re looking for a cosy night in this evening then you’re in luck, there’s A LOT of choice between the movies on TV tonight.

From musical comedies to frighteningly prescient sci-fi flicks, here’s all tonight’s TV has to offer.

School of Rock – RTÉ One – 6.35pm

One of the best coming-of-age comedies of the last few decades stars Jack Black as a rockstar substitute teacher forming a band with his pupils.

Star Trek – E4 – 6.40pm

The first of the rebooted film series to feature the brand new cast including Chris Pine as James T. Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock.

Raiders of the Lost Ark – FilmFour – 6.45pm

With Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny now in cinemas, why not have a watch of Indy’s first adventure?

Coyote Ugly – ITV2 – 6.55pm

Cult classic musical comedy about an aspiring songwriter who moves to New York and lands a job at a women-run bar.

Rocky – ITV4 – 8pm


Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery – Comedy Central – 8pm

Mike Myer’s first appearance as the promiscuous secret agent.

Venom – Channel 4 – 9pm

Tom Hardy stars as the titular baddie from the Spiderman universe. It had so much potential but fell flat on its face unfortunately.

Halloween – Turner Classic Movies – 9pm

The iconic Michael Myers dons the mask for the first time in this 1978 slasher flick.

Summer of Sam – Great! Movies – 9pm

Crime thriller set in The Bronx during the 70’s, focusing on the effects the Son of Sam serial murders had on a group of fictional residents.

The Program – RTÉ Two – 9.20pm

Biographical drama about the rise and fall of Lance Armstrong, starring Ben Foster as the disgraced cyclist and Chris O’Dowd as journalist David Walsh.

DannyBoy – RTÉ One – 9.45pm

Quirky Irish indie film about a teenager trying to find love in a small town in the 80’s.

JFK – TG4 – 10.05pm

Oliver Stone’s political epic centering on the investigation of the assassination of John F. Kennedy by district attorney Jim Garrison and the conspiracy theories surrounding it.

PS. I Love You – BBC One – 10.20pm

I would avoid for Gerard Butler’s horrendous Irish accent alone.

The Green Mile – ITV4 – 10.30pm

One of the best Stephen King adaptations starring Tom Hanks as a death row prison guard who witnesses supernatural events following the arrival of an enigmatic convict.

AI: Artificial Intelligence – Channel 4 – 11.10pm

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Our pick of the movies on TV tonight is probably one of the more prescient films of our time, particularly now during the rise of AI.

Steven Spielberg directed this 2001 sci-fi about a childlike android called David, the first of his kind programmed to feel love. Set in a post-climate change world and heavily focusing on the relationship between AI and humans, AI: Artificial Intelligence is full to the brim of issues that are at the forefront of society more than 20 years after its release.

Haley Joel Osment stars as the main android and received critical praise for his performance. The film itself was nominated for Best Visual Effects and Best Original Score at the Oscars and is seen as one of Spielberg’s finest works.

French Connection 2 – RTÉ Two – 11.20pm

Sequel to the 1971 Academy Award for Best Picture winner, continuing the story of Detective Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle, played by Gene Hackman.

Jagged Edge – RTÉ One – 11.35pm

Legal drama starring Glenn Close and Jeff Bridges about a lawyer who takes the case of a man accused of killing his wife.

Jackass 2.5 – Comedy Central – 11.35pm

Friends hurting each other for fun.

Ready or Not – FilmFour – 11.40pm

An outrageously fun horror comedy starring Samara Weaving as a newlywed who is hunted by her spouse’s wealthy Satan-worshipping family as part of a wedding night ritual.

Good Vibrations – BBC One – 12.20am

An excellent comedy-drama based on the life of Terri Hooley, a record-store owner instrumental in developing Belfast’s punk rock scene during The Troubles.

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