Action films

One of the best action movies of the last ten years is among the movies on TV tonight

What are you going to watch?

Stuck for something to watch this Saturday night? Don’t worry because JOE has compiled a list of the best movies to air on TV tonight.

Here are our picks for tonight.

Deadpool – Film Four – 9 p.m.

A malicious mercenary (Ryan Reynolds) is experimented with and goes in search of the man responsible.

It’s really hard to think of a better cast in recent years than Reynolds as a “merc with a mouth” who speaks fast and breaks the fourth wall.

Mom Mia! – RTÉ One – 9:40 p.m.

In this jukebox musical based on songs from ABBA, the bride (Amanda Seyfried) invites three men (Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan and Stellan Skarsgård) to her upcoming wedding, each with the chance to be her father.

Also starring Meryl Streep, the movie is all about great actors singing ABBA songs on a beautiful Greek island – what’s not to love?

The Program – TG4 – 10 p.m.

One for sports fans, The Program tells the true story of an Irish sports journalist (Chris O’Dowd) who becomes convinced that Lance Armstrong’s performances in the Tour de France victories are fueled by banned substances.

With this conviction, he begins to look for evidence that will expose Armstrong (played by Ben Foster).

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol – Channel 4 – 10:10 p.m.

The IMF is shut down when involved in the bombing of the Kremlin, forcing Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his new team to go into thugs to clear their organization’s name.

While Fallout is my personal favorite entry in the Mission: Impossible franchise, Ghost Protocol is right behind. That’s thanks to the playful direction of Brad Bird (The Incredibles) and a few stellar action pieces, including one that takes place on the tallest building in the world – the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

Upgrade – Film Quatre – 11:10 p.m.

Our choice for the night, Upgrade takes place in the near future where technology controls nearly every aspect of life. When Gray (Logan Marshall-Green), a self-labeled technophobe, is left paralyzed after an assault, his only hope for revenge is an experimental computer chip implant.

Feeling like a cross between John Wick and a Black Mirror episode, what elevates the upgrade are its awesome action sequences, jaw-dropping action sequences, and topical themes, as well as ‘a multi-level lead performance by Marshall-Green.

The Tenants – RTÉ One – 11:45 p.m.

A family curse confines a group of orphaned twins to their home, as punishment for the sins of their ancestors. Bound to the rules of a haunting childhood lullaby, twins must never let strangers into the house.

This Irish horror’s thick goth vibes and excellent supporting actors including Deirdre O’Kane and Moe Dunford are well worth a look.

Pride – RTÉ Deux – 11:50 pm

This historic dramatic comedy centers on a group of British gay activists who raised funds to help families affected by the British miners’ strike in 1984.

Boasting a large cast including Andrew Scott, Bill Nighy, George MacKay and Paddy Considine, this wellness film received rave reviews when it was released in 2014. With Dublin Pride underway, what better time to check it out.

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