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23rd Dec 2021

One of Tom Cruise’s best performances is among the movies on TV tonight

Dave Hanratty

Movies on TV Thursday 23 December

It’s Christmas Eve eve…

There are movies on TV.

And here they are…

The Polar Express – Sky Showcase – 6pm

Uncanny valley Christmas vibes.

Kingsman: The Secret Service – Film4 – 9pm

The first one.

Office Christmas Party – RTÉ 2 – 9pm

Also known as That Thing You Can’t Have This Year.

Rambo: Last Blood – Virgin Media Two – 9pm

Sylvester Stallone chooses violence, and lots of it.

Rocky IV – ITV4 – 9pm

Montage: The Movie.

Little Fockers – Comedy Central – 9pm

The third and final instalment in the ‘Meet the Parents’ franchise.

The Girl on the Train – E4 – 9pm

Emily Blunt is an unreliable narrator. Or is she?

Jerry Maguire – Sky Showcase – 10pm

Our main choice for you this evening.

Tom Cruise is at his most vividly charming – or overbearing, depending on how you see it – as a wildly successful sports agent who suddenly has a crisis of conscience.

Cue his life falling apart, though the prospect of true love emerges. One of the best scripts of the 90s, in this writer’s opinion.

The Untouchables – ITV4 – 10.55pm

Robert De Niro menaces about Chicago as Al Capone.

Elizabeth – Film4 – 11.40pm

Cate Blanchett stars as Queen Elizabeth I.

Late Night – BBC One – 12.20am

Emma Thompson tries to shake up a late night chat show.

Bait – Film4 – 2.05am

Powerful award-winning drama that deserves a better time slot.

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