Flipping through the Christmas TV Guide is one of the best times of the year for home TV and cinema. It can also be difficult to find something for the whole family to sit down and enjoy. Here, we’ve picked out some of the best movies to hit your TV this holiday season. There is one for everyone in the audience!
Christmas Christmas Movies:
Alone at home, Christmas Eve at 4 p.m. on Channel 4
Is it even Christmas if you don’t watch Kevin McAllister (Macauley Culkin) defend his home from burglars after being abandoned by his whole family as they fly away to celebrate the holidays in Paris? No matter how many times you’ve seen it, it doesn’t get old.
From when you were a kid in awe of evil, to an adult wondering what Kevin’s parents did for a living to afford this huge house and a group trip to Paris, the years go by but the comfort and the comedy of Alone at home hard.
If you’ve never seen it, you’re in for a treat.
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is Christmas Day at 6:45 p.m. on RTÃ 2, and Home alone 3 (not as good but you might as well complete the trilogy as long as there is still chocolate in the house) is Saint-Etienne’s Day at 1:55 p.m. on Channel 4.
The grinch, Christmas Day at 6:01 p.m. on RTÃ One
It’s rare for a remake to live up to the original, but this animated version of The grinch is really a lot of fun – especially for young viewers.
As the Grinch’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) heart is two sizes too small, it struggles to get to the heart of the matter with Christmas bringing back painful memories of holiday seasons spent alone in an orphanage. In his mission to steal Christmas, the Grinch’s hard, cold facade begins to crack and soften in ways he’s never experienced before. It’s a lot of fun with great life lessons.
It’s a Wonderful Life, Christmas Eve at 2 p.m. on Channel 4
This 1946 film is a classic for a reason. Christmas can be a very difficult time for many and It’s a wonderful life is based on this point. As businessman George Bailey (James Stewart) struggles with his sanity, an angel is sent to help him by showing him how he has touched people’s lives and how different life would be for those in the know. ‘he knows if he had never been born.
Nominated for five Oscars upon release, It’s a wonderful life has become one of the biggest. An essential and inspiring viewing this Christmas.
Fun for the whole family:
Me, ugly and nasty, on New Years Eve at 4:10 p.m. on RTÃ 2
It’s the kind of movie that you could sit young kids and really old adults down and enjoy from start to finish. It’s colorful, it’s fun, and it’s hilarious. There are jokes for everyone which is the hallmark of a great family comedy.
The film tells the story of Gru, a reformed supervillain who hasn’t had much luck with his villainous plans. When he adopts three orphans destined to be pawns to carry out his biggest heist, his life takes an unexpected turn …
Despicable Me 2 is Christmas Day at 2:10 p.m. on RTÃ 2.
Frozen, Christmas Day at 1:30 p.m. on BBC One.
Let it go maybe you’ve left his head, but be prepared for him to return inside if you stick to this pre-dinner Disney classic.
When Elsa struggles to control her magical powers which can turn anything into ice, she runs away from her home because she fears that she will only hurt people. In order to find her and bring her home, her younger sister Anna goes on an adventure with new friends.
The songs are amazing and the story is just great. A lot of it is in winter as well and you know snow is Christmas.
The Lego Batman movie, Christmas Day at 3:40 p.m. on RTÃ 2
Now I don’t wanna make crazy statements, but Lego batman (voiced by Will Arnett) isn’t just the best Batman we’ve had so far, he’s the one we deserve.
The film was clearly built by people who love Batman, and the world is so richly filled with nods to its beginnings, its many iterations, and the storylines of some of its most memorable adventures. Nothing is off limits in this brilliantly conscious, satirical look at Batman Through the Ages, be it a nod to the questionable ideas behind DC Comics. Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, or his interesting costume choices at the time.
It’s visually brilliant and very funny.
Bohemian Rhapsody, Christmas Day at 10:10 p.m. on RTÃ One
Witness Rami Malek’s Oscar-winning tour as frontman of Queen Freddie Mercury as they approach their incredible performance at Live Aid in 1985.
The Live Aid portion of the film is taken from the shot with the TV version that came out live at the time, and Malek brilliantly transforms into an iconic musician.
Familiar music, performances, and interesting story might end your Christmas day well.
Rocketman, St Stephen’s Day at 9:35 p.m. on RTÃ One
Another enjoyable musical biopic for the Christmas weekend. On St. Stephen’s Day, it’s Elton John’s turn to blackmail you on your sofa.
Rocket man is a spectacle – visually and musically. You’ll be wide-eyed and surprised at how good Taron Egerton is as he sings Elton songs so brilliantly. Some people just have all the talent!
Definitely worth sticking to if you missed it in theaters.
The Devil wears Prada, Christmas Day at 7:05 p.m. on E4
Follow aspiring journalist Andy (Anne Hathaway) as she finds herself in the sink or swim position of esteemed assistant magazine editor Miranda Priestley (Meryl Streep).
It’s hilarious and the cast is amazing, with Emily Blunt stealing every scene she’s in.
You might have seen it so many times that you can talk about the many classic one-liners in the movie, or you might be listening to it for the first time, but it never disappoints anyway.
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