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10th Dec 2021

A much-loved superhero film is among the movies on TV tonight

Stephen Porzio

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Be warned, it’s not for the faint-hearted.

Finally, the weekend is here. As such, why not kick back on the sofa tonight with one of these fine flicks.

Here’s what’s on the box this evening (10 December).

G.I. Joe: Retaliation – Comedy Central – 9pm

A very silly but entertaining sequel to the 2009 G.I. Joe movie, Retaliation is notable for casting Bruce Willis as the original G.I. Joe.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine – E4 – 9pm

The disappointing first spin-off movie for Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine.

Office Christmas Party – Film4 – 9pm

Jason Bateman leads an ensemble cast in this R-rated Christmas-themed comedy.

The Chronicles of Riddick – ITV 4 – 9pm

Vin Diesel returns as wanted criminal in the distant future Richard B. Riddick in this bloated but watchable sequel to Pitch Black.

Lawman – TG4 – 9.05pm

Burt Lancaster stars in this revisionist western made by the director of Death Wish.

Due Date – RTÉ2 – 9.30pm

Robert Downey Jr and Zach Galifianakis lead the cast of this comedy road trip film from filmmaker Todd Philips (The Hangover, Joker).

Magnum Force – Turner Classic Movies – 10.55pm

The second installment of the Dirty Harry franchise.

Crawl – Channel 4 – 11.50pm

In this acclaimed creature feature, a daughter (Kaya Scodelario) and father (Barry Pepper) are hunted by alligators after becoming trapped in their home during a Florida hurricane.

Kick-Ass – BBC One – 11.55pm

Last but not least, our pick for tonight. This black-comedy superhero flick centres on an ordinary teenager (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) who sets out to become a real-life superhero, calling himself “Kick-Ass”.

In his efforts, he comes across former cop Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) who, in his quest to bring down a notorious crime boss (Mark Strong), has trained his 11-year-old daughter (Chloë Grace Moretz) to be a ruthless vigilante.

Based on the comic book of the same name, Kick-Ass is funny, fast-paced and filled with great action set-pieces, feeling like a forerunner to the recent wave of more adult superhero projects like Deadpool, The Boys and The Suicide Squad.

On that note, though, be warned as the movie is not for children given its high levels of bloody violence and profanity.

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