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18th Aug 2023

One of the most underrated blockbusters of recent years is among the movies on TV tonight

Stephen Porzio


You may have missed this action thriller in theatres as its release was heavily impacted by Covid.

One of the best comedies of last year is now available to stream at home but if that is not for you for some reason, here are the movies airing on TV this Friday night, starting with:

The Big Country – TG4 – 8.30pm

Friday nights mean TG4 are showing a Western and this evening’s is a 1950s epic starring Gregory Peck.

The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone – Film4 – 9pm

A re-cut version of The Godfather Part III, the most divisive film in the classic trilogy.

Mojave – Legend – 9pm

From the writer of The Departed comes this odd thriller about a cat-and-mouse game between a troubled Hollywood film director (Garrett Hedlund) and a homicidal drifter (Oscar Isaac) that he meets in the desert.

Bad Samaritan – Horror Xtra – 9pm

In this 2018 thriller, Ireland’s own Robert Sheehan plays a parking valet who burglarises the houses of the drivers he services, only to discover one of his rich customers (David Tennant) is a serial killer.

Tenet – RTÉ One – 9.35pm

Our pick for tonight is this 2020 sci-fi action thriller about a CIA operative (John David Washington) who is recruited by a secret organisation to take part in a mission, alongside another agent (Robert Pattinson), to stop a Russian oligarch (Kenneth Branagh) who wants to destroy the world.

The first major Hollywood blockbuster to arrive in cinemas during the Covid pandemic, Tenet was a bit of a box office disappointment – perhaps as many members of the public were not ready to head back into theatres just yet.

It also seemed to split audiences right down the middle, with some praising its jaw-dropping action set-pieces, its fascinating sci-fi ideas and its ensemble cast, while others found its story a tad too complicated and had issues with the film’s sound mixing.

That said, like Nolan’s other movies, we imagine Tenet will find a second life as more people watch it from the comfort of their homes. Maybe there they can get a better grasp of its plot and also turn on the film’s subtitles.

As well as airing on TV tonight, Tenet is available to rent on Apple TV, Google Play and the Sky Store.


John David Washington in Tenet

La La Land – RTÉ2 – 9.40pm

This Oscar-winning musical tells the story of a couple (Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling) who each struggle to achieve their dreams in Los Angeles.

The Others – BBC Three – 9.55pm

Nicole Kidman plays a woman in the ’40s who comes to think that she and her family are being haunted in this supremely creepy chiller.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 – Sky Showcase – 10pm

Robert Pattinson features again, this time in the fourth entry in the YA vampire franchise.

40 Days and 40 Nights – Comedy Central Extra – 10pm

In this romantic comedy, a young man (Josh Hartnett) vows to stay celibate during the forty days of Lent after a bad break-up.

What Happens in Vegas – Virgin Media One – 10pm

Another rom-com, this time starring Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz as two people whose drunken night in Vegas has unforeseen consequences.

Revenge – Legend – 10.50pm

This incredible (and incredibly violent) action thriller follows a young woman (Matilda Lutz) who is left for dead in the desert by three men, where she recovers and seeks vengeance upon her attackers.

Heat – BBC One – 11.10pm

In honour of Hollywood legend Robert De Niro turning 80, why not fire up this heist thriller epic which remains one of his best movies and one of the few times he paired up with his contemporary Al Pacino.

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