Celebrate Christmas Eve with an endearing comedy a couple of very tall, very completely happy elf. Or watch a vacation particular by the Middle Collegiate Church.
What’s on TV
ELF (2003) eight:30 p.m. on AMC; additionally on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Vudu and YouTube. It’s laborious to think about the titular character on this beloved Christmas comedy being performed by anybody apart from Will Ferrell. That “Holmes & Watson” star portrays Buddy, a gullible human raised by elves within the North Pole, who travels to New York to reconnect together with his organic father, Walter (James Caan), a crusty youngsters’s e-book editor. Walter reluctantly welcomes Buddy — easing him into the actual world shouldn’t be straightforward — and Buddy turns to Walter’s youthful son (Daniel Tay) and a shy Gimbels worker (Zooey Deschanel) as a substitute. “The movie succeeds because it at once restrains its sticky, gooey good cheer and wildly overdoes it,” the critic A. O. Scott wrote in The New York Times. Whether you’re a fan of vacation movies, comedy movies or movies normally, Ferrell’s efficiency is an absolute pleasure.
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW eight p.m. on PBS (verify native listings). Still scrambling to search out the proper vacation current? In this “greatest gifts” episode, visitors share prized possessions they acquired through the years (a Tiffany necklace, a Fender bass guitar) that turned out to have wealthy histories.
A BOLD NEW LOVE: A CHRISTMAS EVE WITH MIDDLE COLLEGIATE CHURCH (2018) 11:35 p.m. on CBS. This one-hour vacation particular has one thing for everybody: gospel, classical music, dance and spoken phrase. A manufacturing of the Middle Collegiate Church within the East Village of Manhattan, the performances function conducting by Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) and songs from the films “Sister Act 2” and “Selma.”
A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971) on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Vudu and YouTube. Malcolm McDowell became one of Hollywood’s favorite villain actors in no small thanks to his role as the Beethoven-loving madcap in this adaptation of the dystopian novel by Anthony Burgess. Directed by Stanley Kubrick, the movie revolves around Alex (McDowell), who leads a gang of “droogs” roaming London in search of “ultraviolence.” After an especially brutal night, Alex is imprisoned and, down the line, becomes a guinea pig in an experimental aversion-therapy technique aimed at rehabilitating criminals in two weeks. What ensues is (literally) eye-opening, horrifying and unforgettable. “It is brilliant,” Vincent Canby wrote in his review for The Times. “A tour de force of extraordinary images, music, words and feelings.”
CLICK & COLLECT (2018) Available at 7 p.m. on BritBox. In a desperate attempt to give his daughter the one Christmas gift she wants — Sparklehoof the Unicorn Princess — a father (Stephen Merchant) seeks the help of his irritating neighbor (Asim Chaudhry), who has tracked down the last remaining Sparklehoof in Britain. Together, the men drive across the country to get the toy and race home in time for the holiday.