Here are the 11 best movies on TV this evening
Positively spoiled for choice.
TV channels tend to up their game at the weekend when it comes to the selection of movies on offer and even more so when Christmas is in sight.
That’s certainly the case this evening, with two flicks with ratings of over 90% on Rotten Tomatoes included in our selection of the best on the box.
Jack Frost – RTÉ One – 6.35pm
Stretches the bounds of credibility, even for a Christmas movie, but just about acceptable if you need a festive fix.
Sherlock Holmes – ITV2 – 7.30pm
Great chemistry between Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law in this highly enjoyable revamp of the classic detective tale.
The Martian – Channel 4 – 8.40pm
Matt Damon is excellent as an astronaut having to survive on Mars after a botched mission, which involves him having to eat potatoes made with poo.
Well worthy of its 91% Rotten Tomatoes rating.
The Hangover Part III – RTÉ Two – 9pm
The third entry in a franchise that should never have gone beyond a one-off. The phrase ‘flogging a dead horse’ comes to mind.
The Sum of all Fears – Sky One – 9pm
Solid political thriller from the early 2000s about the looming threat of World War III following an escalation in tension between the US and Russia.
Starring Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman and the always excellent Ciaran Hinds.
The Godfather Part II – Sky Atlantic – 9pm
The very best example of a sequel that somehow managed to surpass the quality of the original, which itself is one of the best movies of all time.
The Inbetweeners Movie – E4 – 9pm
The admittedly enjoyable movie adaptation of the famous TV series is on E4 so much these days that if you miss it tonight, you’ll probably get the chance to see it again by next Thursday.
Beverly Hills Cop III – Comedy Central – 9pm
Unlike The Hangover Part III (and Part II for that matter), the third part of Beverly Hills Cop maintains the standards of what went before.
But The Hangover didn’t have Axel Foley and arguably the most iconic theme music of any movie ever.
Elizabeth – Film4 – 9pm
Not getting enough of Elizabeth II in The Crown?
Then wind the clock back 400 years or so for a look at the life of times of the original Elizabeth, played with typical excellence by Cate Blanchett in a high-quality drama.
Rachel Getting Married – TG4 – 9.50pm
Anne Hathway plays a recovering drug addict who causes family tension by taking centre stage ahead of her sister’s wedding.
A more vulnerable role for Hathaway than audiences might be accustomed to and one she performed with such aplomb it landed her a deserved Oscar nomination.
Eddie the Eagle – RTÉ2, - 10.55pm
An enjoyable and heartwarming account of one of the most unlikely British Olympic heroes.
Starring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman, it will send you off to bed with a smile on your face.