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26th May 2019

Here are the 7 best movies on TV today

You could go to the cinema, or you could watch these magnificent films that are all on TV tonight

Rory Cashin

One of the best movies of the decade is on tonight

Sunday is here, weekend is over, what to do with the last of your freedom?

You could go to the cinema? This weekend alone sees Aladdin, Rocketman, and the brilliant Booksmart all get a big-screen release.

Otherwise, there is a VERY solid slate of movies on the tele this evening for you to choose from.


The Simpsons Movie – FilmFour – 5.05pm

Much, MUCH funnier than is given credit for, and WAY better than just about anything that has come from the actual show in years. Worth it just for the Tom Hanks cameo alone.

Chain Reaction – Syfy – 6.50pm

Keanu Reeves and Rachel Weisz are two scientists on the run from the law after they get framed for causing an explosion that wipes out half a city. Comes from the director of The Fugitive, so think of that movie, with a bigger budget, and you’re on the right track.

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens – ITV2 – 8.00pm

Yes, it is basically a remake of A New Hope, but so hope? A New Hope was incredible, and to be fair, so is this.

Arrival – Channel 4 – 9.00pm

Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner star in this hugely ambitious, incredibly intelligent sci-fi drama about a series of spaceships that suddenly arrive on Earth, and the scientists who are tasked with attempted to make contact with the lifeforms on board.

Crimson Tide – ITV4 – 9.00pm

Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman star in this tense submarine thriller about two officers who are caught on the brink of World War III, after a garbled message from the Pentagon may or may not have told them to open fire on Russia.

Nerve – Channel 4 – 11.15pm

A fun, breezy thriller starring Dave Franco and Emma Roberts, dealing with a new app that dares people to do increasingly crazy and dangerous things, all for the goal of more money and a bigger social media following. But as with all movies like this, things take a dark turn pretty quickly.

The Visit – FilmFour – 11.15pm

M. Night Shyamalan’s “comeback” movie features two kids who go to visit their grandparents, that they’ve never actually met before, and find that they are acting very weird. Like, M. Night Shyamalan movie weird.