13 of the best movies on TV for your Thursday night in

By Rory Cashin

December 30, 2021 at 9:22am


Happy New Year's Eve Eve (aka Thursday)!

An absolutely JAMMERS night of movies tonight, so you'll need to choose carefully...

Aliens - ITV4 - 9pm

Fifty-seven years after surviving an apocalyptic attack aboard her space vessel by merciless space creatures, Officer Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) awakens from hyper-sleep and tries to warn anyone who will listen about the predators.

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol - RTE Two - 9pm

The IMF is shut down when it's implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his new team to go rogue to clear their organisation's name.

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation - Comedy Central - 9pm

Ethan (Tom Cruise) and his team take on their most impossible mission yet when they have to eradicate an international rogue organisation as highly skilled as they are and committed to destroying the IMF.


Judy - Channel 4 - 9pm

Legendary performer Judy Garland (Rene Zellweger) arrives in London in the winter of 1968 to perform a series of sold-out concerts.

Good Morning, Vietnam - TG4 - 10.20pm

In 1965, an unorthodox and irreverent DJ named Adrian Cronauer (Robin Williams) begins to shake up things when he is assigned to the U.S. Armed Services radio station in Vietnam.

Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie - RTE One - 10.25pm


A company tries to shut down Mrs Brown's (Brendan O'Carroll) fruit and veg stall. They can feck off.

Ready Player One - BBC One - 10.35pm

When the creator of a virtual reality called the OASIS dies, he makes a posthumous challenge to all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune and control of his world.

Dirty Dancing - Virgin Media Two - 11pm

Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances "Baby" Houseman (Jennifer Grey) falls in love with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze).


Beverly Hills Cop - Sky Showcase - 11pm

A freewheeling Detroit cop (Eddie Murphy) pursuing a murder investigation finds himself dealing with the very different culture of Beverly Hills.

The Wolf of Wall Street - ITV4 - 11.45pm

Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.

Hell or High Water - FilmFour - 11.50pm


A divorced father (Chris Pine) and his ex-con older brother (Ben Foster) resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family's ranch in West Texas.

Malcolm X - RTE One - 12.15am

Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader Malcolm X (Denzel Washington), from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam.

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa - BBC Two - 1.20am

When famous DJ Alan Partridge's (Steve Coogan) radio station is taken over by a new media conglomerate, it sets in motion a chain of events which see Alan having to work with the police to defuse a potentially violent siege.