All the movies you will want to see Christmas week...

From musicals to children's movies, comedy, action and romance - here's our round up of movies airing over the Christmas period
All the movies you will want to see Christmas week...

OSCAR PERFORMANCE: Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.

THEIR music was among the finest of the 1970s and ’80s, and the legacies of Queen and Elton John were cemented by recent hit films that documented their successes and excesses.

Now music fans are in for a treat when RTÉ1 screens Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman at peak times over the festive period.

The Queen biopic, which airs on Christmas Day at 10.10pm, netted four Oscars, including Best Actor for Rami Malek’s emotional portrayal of Freddie Mercury.

Bohemian Rhapsody tells the story of how Mercury and his band, Queen, achieved superstardom. but amidst his skyrocketing success, he grapples with his ego, sexuality and a fatal illness.

It’s the turn of Elton John in the spotlight when Rocketman is screened on RTÉ1 on St Stephen’s Day at 9.35pm.

Taron Egerton plays the flamboyant singer as he starts off on the cusp of fame and becomes a global star thanks to his brilliant music and performances.

Other big movies this Christmas include Stan & Ollie on RTÉ2 on New Year’s Eve at 10pm, as Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly play the legendary movie icons, Laurel and Hardy, in the heart-warming story of what would become the pair’s triumphant farewell tour.

Look out for a scene showing them sailing into Cobh when the cathedral’s famous bells ring out their signature tune.

On Christmas Eve night, enjoy a slice of comedy action in Central Intelligence, starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, on Virgin Media 1 at 10pm. Two old high school classmates go on the run after one of them joins the CIA to save the world from terrorists.

The critically acclaimed Irish film Dating Amber can be seen on RTÉ2 today, Tuesday, December 21 at 9.35pm, about a closeted gay teen and his lesbian counterpart who pretend to be a couple to avoid suspicion

The big evening film on Virgin Media 1 on Christmas Day at 9pm is Dirty Dancing, while on St Stephen’s Day it is showing comedy The Princess Bride at 9.30pm.

The big premiere on BBC1 on Christmas Day is Mary Poppins Returns at 3.10pm, starring Ben Whishaw, and Emily Blunt as the magical nanny, who rekindles sparks of joy in her former wards.

Get a slice of some futuristic action with Blade Runner 2049 on BBC2 on Monday, December 27 at 9pm, or, at the same time on RTÉ2, enjoy the hilarious comedy Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

On the musical front, the 2018 hit A Star Is Born makes its premiere on BBC1 on Wednesday, December 29 at 9pm, starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, while the next night, Judy can be seen on BBC2 at 9.30pm, with Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland.

Fancy reliving some classics this Christmas?

That old chestnut, It’s A Wonderful Life, celebrating its 75th anniversary, is on Channel 4 on Christmas Eve at 2pm. Catch Casablanca on BBC2 on Christmas Day at 11.10am and Singin’ In The Rain on the same channel the next day at 12.40pm.

MISSION: The Suicide Squad assemble on Sky Cinema from St Stephen’s Day.
MISSION: The Suicide Squad assemble on Sky Cinema from St Stephen’s Day.

SKY MOVIE OFFERINGS

IF you love a musical, you might be taking a trip to the cinema to see West Side Story at Christmas.

Or, you can stay home and catch In The Heights on Sky Cinema, from Christmas Eve.

The creator of Hamilton and the director of Crazy Rich Asians unite for a feelgood extravaganza, where the streets are made of music and little dreams become big.

From St Stephen’s Day, superhero fans can see The Suicide Squad on Sky Cinema.

Director James Gunn presents an adventure in anarchy as the DC Universe’s most violent, unpredictable anti-heroes assemble for a near-impossible mission.

The rag tag team includes Bloodsport (Idris Elba), Peacemaker (John Cena), King Shark (Sylvester Stallone), and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie).

Also on Sky Cinema, you can currently see Last Train To Christmas, starring Michael Sheen as Tony Towers, who is set to take the trip of a lifetime.

It’s 1985 and he’s a successful nightclub manager, a local celebrity, and engaged. But on a ride to a festive family reunion, Tony discovers that by moving up and down the train, he can transport himself forward and backward to various stages of his life.

In Fatman, Chris Cringle must save his failing business while trying to outwit a highly skilled assassin hired to kill him. Mel Gibson stars.

Sky will also be screening some festive favourites such as How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Elf, Miracle On 34th Street, and It’s A Wonderful Life.

The Secret Life Of Pets 2 airs on Christmas Day on RTE1.
The Secret Life Of Pets 2 airs on Christmas Day on RTE1.

MOVIES FOR THE KIDS

PETS, rabbits, bears - even a grinch and a yeti! - are lined up to entertain children on the movie front this Christmas.

The big movie on RTÉ2 for the smallies on Christmas Day is Abominable at 11am.

When teenage Yi (Chloe Bennet) encounters a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment building, she and her friends name him Everest and embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family at the highest point on Earth.

Later that day, Dr Seuss’ The Grinch airs on RTÉ1 at 6pm.

In the town of Whoville, the human-like people called Whos are filled with excitement about celebrating Christmas. However, the only one who is not amused is the cantankerous and green-furred Grinch.

Also on Christmas Day, The Secret Life of Pets 2 can be seen on RTÉ1 at 12.35pm and on BBC1 at 1.10pm, featuring the voices of Kevin Hart and Harrison Ford.

Rein in the kids’ excitement on Christmas Eve by switching on Madagascar: Escape to Africa on Virgin Media 1 at 4.05pm.

The big movie on Sky Cinema Premiere on Christmas Day is the acclaimed sequel Peter Rabbit 2, which only hit cinemas in the summer.

Thomas and Bea enjoy a storybook wedding with Peter as their ring-bearer. With the voices of Domhnall Gleeson, Rose Byrne, and James Corden.

Get your Paddington fix by tuning into the first movie about the adorable bear on BBC1 on St Stephen’s Day at 4.20pm, then catching Paddington 2 on BBC1 on Monday, December 27 at 5.55pm.

In The BFG on BBC1 on Tuesday, December 28 at 3.25pm, precocious orphan Sophie is snatched from her bed at the witching hour by a hooded 24ft-tall figure, who introduces himself as the Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance).

The big kids’ film on Wednesday, December 29 is Inside Out, on BBC1 at 1.40pm. A young girl named Riley’s (Kaitlyn Dias) mood is shaped by five coloured emotions - golden Joy (Amy Poehler), blue Sadness (Phyllis Smith), purple Fear (Bill Hader), red Anger (Lewis Black) and green Disgust (Mindy Kaling).

It’s a classic - and a weepie too! Get the hankies ready when Coco airs on BBC1 on New Year’s Eve at 2.40pm. Miguel Rivera’s grandmother Abuelita strictly enforces a ban on music, which dates back to a doomed romance between Miguel’s great-great-grandmother Mama Imelda and a fame-seeking guitarist.

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