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16th Dec 2022

A truly stunning drama is among the movies on TV tonight

Dave Hanratty

Get that Friday feeling.

With some movies on the television.

Here’s the best (?) of the box on Friday, 16 December…

Uncle Drew – Film4 – 6.55pm

Basketball-focused comedy featuring real-life ballers Kyrie Irving, Shaquille O’Neal and Reggie Miller.

Speed – SyFy – 8.30pm

Keanu Reeves tries to stop a bus.

Killers – Virgin Media One – 9pm

Action ‘comedy’ with Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher.

The Quiet Ones – Turner Classic Movies – 9pm

Poltergeist-themed horror.

Bloodshot – Film4 – 9pm

Super-charged Vin Diesel revenge thing. Not great.

Dumb and Dumber To – Comedy Central – 9pm

Nobody needed this.

Horrible Bosses – ITV2 – 9pm

Colin Farrell steals the show in this adult-friendly comedy.

True Grit – TG4 – 9.45pm

The Brothers Coen provide TG4 with the traditional Friday Night Western slot.

If Beale Street Could Talk – RTÉ 2 – 10.30pm

Worth staying up semi-late for, this one. Our main choice for you this evening is a really quite beautiful – and upsetting – drama that tells the story of a young couple whose plans to marry are derailed when one of them is imprisoned for a crime they did not commit.

Exceptional performances abound, from the couple of KiKi Layne and Stephan James, to an Oscar-winning turn from Regina King, to a late in the game appearance from Pedro Pascal.

Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) directs with real power, while Succession scorer Nicholas Britell constructs a soundtrack you really ought to listen to on a regular basis.

A modern classic.

Resident Evil – Legend – 10.45pm

The very first one. Not bad. Not great, either.

Empire State – Turner Classic Movies – 11pm

Forgettable thriller with The Rock, slightly before he became the biggest action star going.

Speed 2: Cruise Control – ITV4 – 11.05pm

The action certainly does cruise in this bizarrely slow-paced, Keanu-less sequel.

The Oak Room – Film4 – 11.10pm

Neo-noir mystery thriller with Breaking Bad star RJ Mitte. 91% on Rotten Tomatoes.

The French Connection II – RTÈ One – 11.40pm

The second, rather unnecessary one.

Snatch – Channel 4 – 11.55pm

Guy Ritchie’s star-studded comedy thriller features a young Jason Statham, a famous performance from Brad Pitt, Vinnie Jones as a seemingly un-killable hitman, and a giant diamond that everyone is after.

Late Night – BBC One – Midnight

Emma Thompson stars as a late night talk show host that’s feeling the pressure.

The Square – Film4 – 12.55am

Did you catch ‘eat the rich’ satire Triangle of Sadness recently? The same director Ruben Ostlünd ploughs a similar satirical furrow here in this send-up of the art world and the pretentious souls that inhabit it.

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