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23rd Dec 2022

Some strong options among the Christmas Eve-Eve movies tonight

Dave Hanratty


Gotta love ’em.

Here’s what’s on the box on Friday, 23 December…

Wonder Woman – ITV2 – 6.15pm

The first one.

Mrs. Doubtfire – Film4 – 6.40pm

Robin Williams goes to zany, criminal lengths to get his children back.

Kill Bill Volume 2 – SyFy – 7.15pm

The Bride concludes her roaring rampage of revenge.

White House Down – Virgin Media Two – 9pm

Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum fight off terrorists at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery – Comedy Central – 9pm

The first one.

Bridesmaids – ITV2 – 9pm

Raucous comedy action.

Upgrade – Film4 – 9pm

Fun, violent sci-fi thriller in which a man finds himself under the control of a murderous AI.

Django Unchained – TG4 – 9.30pm

Taking the coveted Friday night TG4 western slot is Quentin Tarantino’s star-studded outlaw revenge tale. Arguably bottom-tier Tarantino, but still very entertaining.

Love Actually – RTÉ One – 9.30pm

Taking the coveted Late Late Show slot on Friday night is the deranged, beloved, not very good at all sorry Christmas ensemble that is Love Actually. Rejoice.

Invictus – RTÉ 2 – 9.50pm

Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon are at the heart of this true story in which newly-elected President Mandela seeks to use the 1995 Rugby World Cup to unite a divided South Africa.

X-Men: First Class – SyFy – 10.15pm

Back to school for the famous mutants.

Jackass: The Movie – Comedy Central – 11pm

The first one.

Blood Simple – Film4 – 11pm

Mean and moody early noir effort from the Coen Brothers in which a man hires a sleazy private eye to kill his wife, only for the sleazy private eye to decide on another course of action.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. – Turner Classic Movies – 11.10pm

Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer do the ‘suave spy thriller’ thing.

The Mechanic – Virgin Media One – 11.30pm

Solid hitman thriller with Jason Statham and Ben Foster.

Last Christmas – BBC One – 12.15am

See how long it takes you to figure out what’s really going on here.

Office Christmas Party – Channel 4 – 12.45am

You’ll just never guess what this comedy is about.

Memories of Murder – Film4 – 12.55am

Outstanding serial killer drama from the director of Parasite. Catch this for free on All4 over the next few weeks if you’re not feeling this at 1am.

Bring It On – Comedy Central – 12.55am

Maybe you’d prefer a light cheerleader comedy instead?

Mermaids – RTÉ One – 1.05am

Romantic comedy-drama with Cher and Winona Ryder.

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