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Staying in Top nine movies to watch on TV and Netflix over Christmas

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Couple in love at Christmas eve enjoy with popcorn while watching tv

Couple in love at Christmas eve enjoy with popcorn while watching tv

Couple in love at Christmas eve enjoy with popcorn while watching tv

From telly to Netflix and the rental platforms and streamers, we find the best movies, classic and new, to watch this Christmas weekend. 

Christmas Eve

The Newbie: The Midnight Sky (Netflix)

The latest movie directed by and starring George Clooney lands on Netflix just in time for Christmas. This post-apocalyptic tale follows Augustine (George Clooney), a lonely scientist in the Arctic, as he races to stop Sully (Felicity Jones) and her fellow astronauts from returning home to a mysterious global catastrophe.

The Classic: It’s a Wonderful Life, Channel 4, 14.35.

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It's a Wonderful Life starring James Stewart

It's a Wonderful Life starring James Stewart

It's a Wonderful Life starring James Stewart


A weary businessman thinks his life has no meaning. But his guardian angel comes to show him what would have happened to his loved ones if he hadn’t been born in this much-loved classic starring James Stewart.

The Premiere: Star Wars: The Last Jedi, RTE 2, 18.20.

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Star Wars: Daisy Ridley (Rey) and Mark Hamill (Luke) shot scenes at Skellig Michael

Star Wars: Daisy Ridley (Rey) and Mark Hamill (Luke) shot scenes at Skellig Michael

Star Wars: Daisy Ridley (Rey) and Mark Hamill (Luke) shot scenes at Skellig Michael


Rey tries to recruit Luke Skywalker as she and others battle the evil force of Kylo Ren.

Ireland’s Skellig, which featured in all its jaw-dropping glory in the final minutes of The Force Awakens returns for lengthy exchanges between Rey and Luke Skywalker. Kids will love the cute puffins who populate the island.

Christmas Day

The Newbie: Soul (Disney+)

Pixar animation giant Pete Doctor brings his latest movie to Disney’s streaming arm as a Christmas-Day treat for fans. Scheduled for an autumn release in cinemas, it instead debuts on the platform to strong critical review. It tells the story of a music teacher whose true passion is jazz and whose life takes an unexpected turn.

The Classic: Some Like it Hot, BBC 2, 13.15.

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Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon in Some Like It Hot (1959)

Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon in Some Like It Hot (1959)

Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon in Some Like It Hot (1959)


If ever there was a Christmas to revisit one of the greatest comedies ever made, this is it. Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon play two jazz musicians who dress in drag to escape the mafia.

They join a female band and fall for the lead singer (Marilyn Monroe) in Billy Wilder’s note-perfect film.

The Premiere: A Star is Born, RTE One, 22.20.

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper are great together in this new take on a classic story. She plays Ally, a nightclub singer who falls for a successful musician, but his personal problems threaten to derail them both.

Cooper also directs and there are several original songs including show-stopper Shallow.

St Stephen’s Day

The Newbie: Sylvie’s Love (Amazon Prime)

New to Amazon Prime is this charming romance set in 1950s Harlem. Tessa Thompson plays Sylvie, a young woman who has a romance with a saxophonist (Nnamdi Asomugha) she meet while working at her father’s record store one summer. Life brings them in different directions, but when the reconnect years later the spark’s still there. Eva Longoria also stars.

The Classic: Happy Feet, ITV 2, 12.00

Smaller children will adore this take of a young penguin with a remarkable talent for tap dancing. It marks the beginning of a wonderful adventure in this animated tale, featuring the voices of Elijah Wood and Robin Williams.

The Premiere: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, RTE One, 21.45.

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Amanda with Meryl in Mamma Mia

Amanda with Meryl in Mamma Mia

Amanda with Meryl in Mamma Mia


Five years after Sophie invited her three possible dads to her wedding, everyone is reunited at the exotic hotel she now calls home.

In doing so she learns more about her mother’s past in this lighthearted but surprisingly tender sequel.

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