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The best movies to watch today and tomorrow


Ben Affleck in a scene from Argo

Ben Affleck in a scene from Argo

Ben Affleck in a scene from Argo

Face it, you're not fit for anything but sitting on the couch with a tin of sweets in one hand and a turkey sandwich in the other. Here's how to while away the hours with the best films on the box today and tomorrow

Christmas Day

The Secret of Kells (2009) TG4, 11.45am

Brendan Gleeson and the late Mick Lally provide the voices for this beautifully made Irish animation about a young novice who becomes involved in creating and saving the Book of Kells. With Evan McGuire.

Despicable Me (2010) RTE1, 2.10pm

Witty animation starring Steve Carell as Gru, a dastardly international villain who realises he has a serious rival when someone steals the Gread Pyramid of Gisa and replaces it with an inflatable replica.

The Lego Movie (2014) Sky Movies Premiere, 5pm

Charming comic animation set in the Lego universe, where an ordinary construction worker called Emmet (pictured right) becomes an unlikely hero in the battle against the evil Lord Business. With the voices of Chris Pratt and Elizabeth Banks.

Arthur Christmas (2011) Channel 4, 6pm

In this winning Aardman Studios animated adventure, Santa's clumsy second son sets out to avert disaster by delivering a gift that's gone astray to a little girl in Cornwall. With Jim Broadbent, Huge Laurie, James McAvoy.

Argo (2012) RTÉ1, 10.40pm

Ben Affleck directs and stars in this Oscar-winning drama about a CIA man who enters Teheran in 1979 posing as a filmmaker in order to rescue a group of Americans who are hiding out in the wake of the Iranian revolution.

Anna Karenina (2012) RTÉ2, 10.40pm

Joe Wright's visually spectacular adaptation of Tolstoy's novel stars Keira Knightley as Anna, a bored and married Saint Petersburg woman who makes the huge mistake of falling for a vain army officer. Jude Law and Domhnall Gleeson co-star.

Coco Before Chanel (2009) RTÉ2, 2.40AM

Stylish French period drama starring Audrey Tautou as the famous Parisian fashion designer, who overcame a deprived childhood to lead a celebrated but also tragic life.

Crazy Heart (2009) channel 4, 2.40am

Scott Cooper's musical drama stars Jeff Bridges as Bad Blake, a once legendary but now alcoholic singer/songwriter who seems hell-bent on self-destruction until he meets a young female journalist and dreams of a fresh start.

St. Stephen's Day

North by Northwest (1959) RTÉ1, 8.10am

In Alfred Hitchcock's iconic action thriller, Cary Grant is a suave Madison Avenue advertising executive called Roger Thornhill who's forced to go on the run across America after being mistaken for a spy by a sinister group of foreigners.

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) TG4, 12.50PM

Wonderful drama starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, a smalltown attorney in 1930s Alabama who refuses to cow-tow to the general racist paranoia when a black man is wrongly accused of raping a white woman.

The Wizard of Oz TV3, 2.55PM

In the timeless MGM classic, Judy Garland plays a spirited girl from Kansas who's transported to a magical land where she joins forces with the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion to find the legendary Wizard of Oz.

The Princess Bride (1987) TV3, 5PM

A farmboy called Westley sets out to free his childhood sweetheart from an odious and not very modest Prince who's kidnapped her in Rob Reiner's delightful 1980s comic fantasy. With Cary Elwes and Robin Wright.

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) RTÉ2, 9PM

Action-packed retelling of the Grimm brothers' fairytale starring Kristen Stewart as Snow White, a lonely princess who escapes from the tower where she's been locked for years by her evil stepmother and leads an uprising against her rule. Charlize Theron (pictured left) co-stars.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Sky Movies Premiere, 8PM

Decent action sequel starring Chris Evans as Captain America, who's just getting to grips with life in the 21st Century after his recent cryogenic defrosting when a ruthless enemy arrives in Washington with big plans.

Skyfall (2012) RTE1, 9.10PM

In one of the very best Bond films, Daniel Craig returns to London to find out who's trying to kill his boss M, and ends up cornering a very talkative villain. With Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes.

J. Edgar (2011) RTÉ1, 11.45PM

Clint Eastwood's ambitious biopic stars Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover, who revolutionised criminal investigation, established the FBI and became a malign and unelected power broker at the heart of Washington. Naomi Watts and Judi Dench co-star.