Film VHighlights Thursday
Despicable Me 2 (2013)
Sky Movies Premiere, 8pm
In this watchable sequel to the winning 2010 children's animation 'Despicable Me', former international villian Gru (Steve Carell) has settled down and become a surrogate father until trouble comes a calling.
Gru is abducted by a winsome agent called Lucy Wilde (Kristen Wiig) and taken to the undersea headquarters of the Anti-Villain League. A new villain has emerged and is threatening the safety of the world with a deadly serum that turns tame animals into raging killers. Gru is recruited to help catch the baddie, and he and Lucy Wilde go undercover at a shopping mall where signs of the serum have been detected.
While not half as good as its predecessor, 'Despicable Me 2' has enough good jokes to keep it going, and Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig are very good in the vocal leads. Oliver Twist (1948)
Film Four, 12.55pm
A young Alec Guinness did a remarkable job of playing the grasping Fagin in David Lean's superb adaptation of the Dickens classic. Robert Newton co-stars as Bill Sykes, and the death of Nancy is one of the most memorably disturbing scenes in cinema history.
The Remains of the Day (1993)
Sky Movies Drama, 4pm
In this stylishly restrained Merchant/Ivory drama, Anthony Hopkins plays an emotionally repressed and scrupulously moral 1930s butler who realises too late that he missed the chance to be with the only woman he ever loved. With Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant and Christopher Reeve.
RTE Two, 10.05pm
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost wrote and star in this comic road movie as two English science-fiction buffs called Graeme and Clive who travel to San Diego to attend a comicbook convention and end up crossing paths with a smart-talking alien who's on the run from a secret experimental lab. With Kristen Wiig and Jason Bateman.
Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995)
Sky Atlantic, 11pm
Andy Garcia and Christopher Walken head the cast of this darkly comic drama about an ex-gangster who's attempting to go straight by running a business recording the last thoughts of terminally ill patients when his violent past catches up with him.
Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)
Film Four, 11.15pm
In this ridiculous but sometimes hilarious comedy directed by Steve Pink, John Cusack, Rob Corddry and Craig Robinson play three middle-aged Californian friends who are plunged back in time to the 1980s when they take a dip in a ski resort hot tub. Chevy Chase and Crispin Glover co-star.