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09th May 2024

An old-school spy thriller is among the movies on TV tonight

Simon Kelly

Movies on TV - Ronin

It features some interesting Irish accents.

Looking to catch a good flick on the telly this evening? We’re here to show you all the movies on TV tonight that are worth a watch.

Our pick of this evening’s choices is an old-school spy thriller – Ronin.

The 1998 movie directed by John Frankenheimer stars an ensemble cast of Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Stellan Skarsgård, Sean Bean, and Jonathan Pryce.

The plot focuses on a team of former special operatives hired to steal a mysterious, heavily guarded briefcase while navigating a maze of shifting loyalties.

The movie received praise for its old-school approach to the thriller genre, utilizing extravagant car chases and excellent cinematography.

It was also, depending on who you listen to, both criticised and praised for McElhone’s and Pryce’s Northern Irish accents.

Both British actors play members of the IRA in the film and had extensive training on their accents before filming.

While some name them among the worst Irish accents in film, this writer has certainly heard a lot worse.

You can judge for yourself on Film Four at 9pm tonight.

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

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade – Film Four – 6.25pm
The third installment in the Indiana Jones film series and the sequel to Raiders of the Lost Ark sees Harrison Ford return as Indy, whose father (Sean Connery) has been kidnapped and held hostage by the Nazis while on a journey to find the Holy Grail.

The Lady in the Van – BBC Four – 9pm
2015 comedy-drama based on a memoir by Alan Bennett and starring Maggie Smith as Mary Shepherd, an elderly woman who lived in a dilapidated van on Bennett’s driveway in north London for 15 years.

House of Gucci – BBC Two – 11.15pm
Ridley Scott’s 2021 biographical drama following the dynasty of the iconic fashion brand Gucci and starring Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons, Jack Huston, Salma Hayek, and Al Pacino.

Stuber – Film Four – 11.25pm
2019 buddy cop action comedy which follows a mild-mannered Uber driver named Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) who picks up a passenger (Dave Bautista) who turns out to be a cop hot on the trail of a brutal killer.

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