Sixteen movies to watch on TV in the first week of 2022
If you’re planning on watching a movie during the New Years period, we’ve got you covered. Movie guru Ronan O’Meara scoured the TV shows and picked 16 to choose from.
Veronica Guerin: New Years Day, TG4 at 9:35 p.m.
A fearless journalist investigating the upper echelons of drug trafficking in Dublin finds herself and her family threatened when she gets too good at her job. Joel Schumacher’s biopic is a gritty, spooky, and well-played film. Cate Blanchett in the eponymous role does a good job, showing off both the strong and scared sides of Veronica, and her Irish accent is solid. Gerald McSorley as John Gilligan is also excellent as an evil personified.
Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry: New Years Day, Talking Pictures TV at 10:50 p.m.
Larry and his boyfriend are on the run after a successful store heist when Mary, a face from Larry’s past, invites herself to do so. Soon all three are chased by an obsessive sheriff. Peter Fonda brings some counter-culture cache to an endearing slice of fun-fueled automotive chaos as Susan George and Vic Morrow gently bring up the rear.
A Town Like Alice: Sunday, BBC Two @ 1 a.m.
1942. Malaysia. The Japanese army has swept the country and a captured British woman is forced into a death march. A walk that will have an effect on the rest of his life. A beautifully shot look at a part of 20th century war history that is often overlooked combines with a touching love story in a way that should seem cheesy but is not thanks to the stellar work of Virginia McKenna and Peter Finch.
My best friend’s wedding: Sunday, Film4 at 6:55 p.m.
Julianne and Michael have decided that if they are not married by 28 (28 !!) they will get married. A few days before his 28th (28 !!) birthday, Michael announces that he is going to marry Kimmy. Julianne decides to ruin everything. PJ Hogan’s 1996 romcom is a very enjoyable way to spend a few hours with Julia Roberts in fiery form and Rupert Everett owning the film as GBFF. The karaoke scene with Cameron Diaz on the other hand. If you’ve seen it before, you know …
Mary, Queen of Scots: Sunday, BBC Two at 9 p.m.
Mary Stuart became the Queen of Scots. Her cousin Elizabeth is the Queen of England and worries about Mary’s claim to her throne. A concern that sets in motion a dark chapter in British history. Purists will complain about inaccuracies in the story, but when you have Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie both doing masterful work in a lovingly described past, who cares? Be careful, some scenes will disturb.
Michael Inside: Sunday, RTÉ One @ 9:30 p.m.
His father is in jail, drugs killed his mother, and his grandfather is terrified that Michael is taking the same roads. A favor for a friend sees the 18 year old blowing himself indoors for 3 months and now he has to decide whether to stand up straight or learn nothing at all. Frank Berry’s 2017 drama is a powerful and heartbreaking look at the horrors facing young Irish people who have been abandoned by a government that doesn’t care. Dafhyd Flynn, Lalor Roddy and Moe Dunford do a great job.
Calendar Girls: Monday, TG4 @ 9:25 pm
After Annie’s husband dies from leukemia, she and her friends get together and decide to raise money for cancer research. What better way to make money fast than a bare calendar. But Annie and her friends are shy middle-aged women. Will this happen? A charming, touching and ironic look at friendships, insecurities and courage. Julie Christie, Helen Mirren and Celia Imrie lead a cast full of faces you know well.
Revenge: Monday, The Horror Channel @ 10:55 p.m.
A woman goes on a trip to her boyfriend’s desert house and she is attacked and assaulted by her friend, then left for dead. But they totally underestimated her. Totally. A 2017 French day-glo thriller that unearths the corpse of the ’70s exploitation film and gives it a new perspective and brutally violent cover. Really difficult and in some pretty awful places but definitely worth it. Matilda Lutz is one track you won’t soon forget.
Baby Driver: Tuesday, RTÉ 2 @ 9pm
Baby is a legend behind the wheel. His skills make him in great demand as an escape driver, but he must have the right melody in his ears. Edgar Wright’s 2017 comedy thriller is a far cry from its sitcom roots, but it’s a nice slice of excitement for a Tuesday night. A nasty soundtrack, some laughs, some jaw-dropping action scenes, and a great cast that includes Ansel Elgort, Lily James, John Hamm and Jamie Foxx.
Dead calm: Tuesday, TCM @ 11:20 pm
Following a life-changing tragedy, a couple on vacation at sea welcome a shipwreck survivor. Of course, things are going awry. Don’t they always do. A claustrophobic thriller that never gets bored although it takes place mostly aboard a small ship. Credible performance and a ton of tension make this a biting watch. Nicole Kidman and Sam Neill are a believable couple, and Billy Zane is a memorable villain
L’Evasion: Wednesday, Film4 @ 9pm
Frank has been in prison for a long time. It is institutionalized. He knows he’s going to die inside. But then he hears from his daughter and he needs to go out. So, along with 3 other inmates, he hatches a clever plan. Shot in Kilmainham Prison in Dublin, The Escapist is as full of suspense as you can imagine, but not as straightforward as you might think. It’s a good thing though and Brian Cox and Joseph Fiennes are doing wonders together.
I’m fine Jack: Wednesday, Talking Pictures TV @ 9:05 PM
Big things are expected from Stanley Windrush, he’s a blue blood and he’s back from the war but when he gets a job he’s annoyed that he has to start at the bottom and the men above he finds him an easy target for all their problems. A satirical, understood and comedic look at post-war Britain and its industrial boom. Ian Carmichael, Margaret Rutherford, Terry Thomas and a vicious Peter Sellers all add to the fun here.
Road games: Thursday, The Horror Channel @ 12:50 am (midnight)
Pamela is hitchhiking through Oz. Pat is the driver of the truck that comes to pick her up. Then Pamela disappears and Pat finds himself playing cat and mouse with an extremely dangerous presence. Richard Franklin’s thriller is a forgotten classic, which plays out like an ’80s version of a Hitchcock movie. Very unpredictable and very convincing. Both Stacy Keach and Jamie Lee Curtis are reliable, as always.
Croupier: Friday, Film4 at 1h50
When his writing career just doesn’t work out, a man takes a job in a casino as a dealer and slowly finds the job. Mike Hodge’s 23-year-old thriller might be a bit light on the story, but its atmospheric setting and compelling performances by Clive Owen, Gina McKee, and Alex Kingston will ensure you watch right through to the credits.
Missouri breaks: Friday, TG4 at 9.45 p.m.
A grim, weird, black comedy western starring Jack Nicholson as a thief who steals both cattle and a rancher’s daughter and Marlon Brando as a regulator hired to kill him. Violent, funny, and surreal with a seriously satisfying, bizarre take on Marlon Brando as a character you’ll hate. Nicholson takes the lead. Supporting Harry Dean Stanton and Frederic Forrest are eye-catching as always.
Sea fever: Friday, Film4 at 11:05 p.m.
The superstitious crew of a trawler working in the waters off the Irish coast allow a marine biologist on board to study deep-sea fauna and soon discover that there may be something to the old legends about the fact to leave red-haired women on boats! A rarity, a truly scary Irish horror film that has the courage to stand by its beliefs. Hermione Corfield, Olwen Fouéré, Dougray Scott, and Connie Nielsen all do an efficient job.
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