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25th Apr 2024

One of the very best legal thriller movies of recent years is on TV tonight

Stephen Porzio

89% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Our TV movie pick for tonight (Thursday, 25 April) is Dark Waters, a 2019 legal thriller based on true events.

It revolves around a corporate defence attorney (Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight) who takes on an environmental lawsuit against a chemical company on behalf of a family friend and farmer (Bill Camp, The Queen’s Gambit) who claims his cows are being poisoned.

As the attorney dives deep into the case, he exposes a lengthy history of pollution not just impacting the health of livestock but people too.

Thanks to its urgent subject matter, the horror-tinged atmosphere conjured by director Todd Haynes (Carol, Far From Heaven, last year’s May December) and two hugely empathetic performances by Camp and Ruffalo, Dark Waters earned rave reviews – boasting an 89% Rotten Tomatoes score.

JOE, however, is also recommending the movie because it deserves a much-larger audience, having sadly only garnered less than $25 million at the box office upon release.

Dark Waters is airing on TV tonight on BBC Four at 11.30pm. It was also recently added to Netflix.

Check out the trailer right here:

Here are the other movies airing on TV tonight:

Gemini Man – Film4 – 9pm

Will Smith faces off against a younger Will Smith in this flawed but interesting action flick from director Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Hulk).

The Hangover Part III – Comedy Central – 9pm

The third and final entry in the raunchy comedy franchise.

Cabin Fever – Sky Sci-Fi – 9pm

Director Eli Roth’s breakthrough horror about a group of young people who rent a cabin in the woods and begin to fall victim to a flesh-eating virus.

Philomena – BBC Four – 10pm

Judi Dench and Steve Coogan star in this powerful drama based on the true story of Irish woman Philomena Lee’s 50-year search for her adopted son.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning – Quest – 10pm

The prequel to the 2003 Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake.

Predator 2 – ITV4 – 10.05pm

Danny Glover replaces Arnie and faces off with a technologically-advanced extra-terrestrial hunter in LA.

Mara – Legend Xtra – 10.50pm

Olga Kurylenko stars as a criminal psychologist who, while investigating a murder, becomes haunted by a demon that kills people in their sleep.

Sausage Party – Comedy Central – 11pm

The adult animated comedy written by and featuring the voice of Seth Rogen.

The Howling – Legend – 11.05pm

The legendary werewolf movie made by Gremlins director Joe Dante.

Bandits – Film4 – 11.15pm

Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton and Cate Blanchett star in this well-liked 2001 crime comedy-drama.

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