One of the most tense thrillers of the last ten years is among the movies on TV tonight 1 month ago

One of the most tense thrillers of the last ten years is among the movies on TV tonight

It stars Patrick Stewart cast against type as a neo-Nazi.

Stuck for something to watch tonight? Not to worry, as there's plenty of great movies airing on television this evening.

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Below JOE has picked out its recommendations.

Bad Times at the El Royale - Film Four - 9pm

Set in the 1970s, six strangers each with their own secrets meet at the El Royale hotel. Taking place over one night, alliances are made and secrets are revealed.

A more accurate title would be "Good Times at the El Royale". Boasting an incredible cast - including Jeff Bridges, Chris Hemsworth and Cynthia Erivo - this neo-noir thriller has enough style and twists to make you forgive its slightly bloated runtime of 140 minutes.

The Big Short - Turner Classic Movies - 9pm

Between 2006 and 2007, a group of investors (Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling) bet against the US mortgage market. In their research, they discover how flawed and corrupt the market is.

Directed by frequent Will Ferrell collaborator Adam McKay, the filmmaker manages to tell a widely complex true story in a way that's not only understandable but really fun.

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Together - BBC Two - 9pm

In this new TV movie, a husband (James McAvoy) and wife (Sharon Horgan) are forced to re-evaluate themselves and their relationship through the reality of the Covid-19 lockdown.

This drama is directed by Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) and written by Dennis Kelly (Utopia).

Identity - Horror Channel - 9pm

Stranded at a desolate Nevada motel during a nasty rainstorm, ten strangers (including John Cusack) become acquainted with each other when they realise that they're being killed off one by one.

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Despite a silly twist, this 2003 slasher from James Mangold is an entertaining watch, feeling atmospheric and pacy.

Lucy - ITV 4 - 10pm

Scarlett Johansson portrays the titular character, a woman who gains psychokinetic abilities when a nootropic, psychedelic drug is absorbed into her bloodstream.

Mocked by some critics for its focus on the 10% of the brain myth, this sci-fi nonetheless is an exciting, visually striking and at times, ambitious blockbuster.

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Green Room - Film Four - 11.50pm

We've saved the best for last. A punk rock band (led by the late Anton Yelchin) is forced to fight for survival after witnessing a murder at a neo-Nazi skinhead bar run by leader Darcy (played with chilling and quiet menace by Patrick Stewart).

A mean and lean genre picture that evokes comparisions to classics like Assault on Precinct 13 and Straw Dogs, what separates Green Room from the pack - aside from its timely subject matter - is how fiercely energetic and tense it is.

A warning though - the film is so scary and thrilling at times, you may struggle to sleep after watching it due to the adrenaline coursing through your veins.

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