Film Highlights Thursday
Life of Pi (2012)
HHH Sky Movies Drama, 8pm Ang Lee's adaptation of Yann Martel's bestselling novel is splendid-looking and technically accomplished, but its magic realist storyline may not be for everyone.
The film tells the extraordinary story of Pi Patel, a dreamy child born in the early 1950s in the idyllic coastal city of Pondicherry, where his family runs a zoo. Pi is devastated when his parents decide to move to Canada to begin a new life, and when the family is making the journey by ship with their menagerie of zoo animals, a terrible storm sinks the boat and Pi is the only human survivor. But he ends up sharing his lifeboat with a huge and fearsome Bengal tiger, with whom he'll have to reach some sort of accommodation in order to survive. With Irrfan Khan, Tabu and Adil Hussain. Hobson's Choice (1954)
HHHHH Film Four, 4.25pm Charles Laughton is at his imperious best in David Lean's classic comic drama, playing Henry Horatio Hobson, a drunken, overbearing Lancashire bootmaker who mercilessly bullies all around him and refuses to let his eldest daughter leave the shop to marry. With John Mills. Lorenzo's Oil (1992)
HHHH Sky Movies Drama, 5.40pm Moving drama from George Miller starring Nick Nolte and Susan Sarandon as the parents of a small boy who's diagnosed with a rare wasting disease that will kill him within two years. But they refuse to accept this death sentence and move heaven and earth in search for a cure.
World Trade Center (2006)
HHH Sky Movies Comedy, 10pm Surprisingly restrained 9/11 drama from Oliver Stone starring Nicholas Cage and Michael Pena as two Port Authority police officers who are going about their business when they see a plane flying over Manhattan towards the towers. When they rush to help, they enter a nightmare.
HH Film Four, 11pm Kiefer Sutherland stars in this daft thriller as an ex-cop with a drink problem and a broken marriage who gets a job as a nightwatchman at an abandoned department store. But as he makes his rounds at night he catches glimpses in the mirrors of people in agony. With Paula Patton.
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
HHHH RTE One, 12.20am Al Pacino delivers one of his most compelling performances in Sidney Lumet's touching drama based on a true story. Sonny (Pacino) holds up a Brooklyn bank in order to steal enough money to pay for his boyfriend's impending sex change, but things don't go entirely to plan.