These are the seven best movies on TV tonight

By Rory Cashin

October 19, 2020 at 10:48am

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These are the seven best movies on TV tonight

One of tonight's movies is the first Christmas movie of the year.

It was bound to happen eventually, but we just didn't expect it to happen this side of Halloween.

Maybe the programmers knew that we all needed some cheer in our lives, especially with the nationwide weather warnings tonight.

Either way, we're not complaining.

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York - FilmFour - 6.40pm

Here it is. Mid-October Christmas movies. Why show the second one before the first one? We're not sure, but considering they're essentially the exact same movie (except this one has a scary pigeon lady), then we're also not sure it really matters.

Hulk - Sky One - 9pm

The unloved step-sibling of the Marvel movies, it has an Oscar-winning director and a brilliant cast (Eric Bana, Jennifer Connolly, Nick Nolte), but goes a bit too art-school for most tastes. Definitely still worth a watch, though. Even if the special effects haven't really held up.

Shaun of the Dead - ITV4 - 9pm

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost headline this romantic comedy set in the backdrop of a London zombie apocalypse. Still the best mixture of horror and comedy this side of Ghostbusters.

Fences - FilmFour - 9pm

Denzel Washington directs and stars in this powerful drama, dealing with a man who had his dreams ruined by racism, and takes out decades of anger and frustration on his wife and son.

Bruce Almighty - Comedy Central - 10pm

Jim Carrey blames his "mediocre" life on God, so God (suitably played by Morgan Freeman) takes the week off to see if Carrey can do any better. The highest of high-concept comedies.

Double Jeopardy - TG4 - 10.05pm

It is tough to think of a movie that is on TV more than this one (maybe Kiss The Girls, also starring Ashley Judd), but this wrongfully convicted revenge thriller is still a lot of fun, even if Tommy Lee Jones is essentially just chasing another wrongfully convicted fugitive.

Dodgeball - FilmFour - 1.55am

Some laughs to be had for all you night owls, with Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller as rival gym owners who both enter the same national dodgeball tournament.

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