Friday 19 January 2018

Film Highlights Saturday

The Hole (2009)

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RTE Two, 9.30pm

Readers of a certain age will have a special place in their hearts for Joe Dante, who in the early 1980s brought a playful wit to the sci-fi and horror genres with films like 'Gremlins,' 'Innerspace' and 'The Howling.' He's back to somewhere near his best with 'The Hole,' a clever little thriller that seems a throwback to a gentler kind of horror film.

When teenage brothers Dane and Lucas move from the bright lights of Brooklyn to a new town with their mother, they're none too happy about it. But they're quickly distracted when they discover a heavily padlocked trapdoor in their basement. When they prise it open they soon wish they hadn't, because inside is a bottomless pit from which their worst fears crawl forth to terrify them.

With Haley Bennett, Bruce Dern, Quinn Lord, Mark Pawson and Teri Polo.

Robots (2005)

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UTV, 3.55pm

Robin Williams, Ewan McGregor, Halle Berry and Mel Brooks provide the voices for this computer-animated children's film about a young robot called Rodney Copperbottom, who travels to Robot City to meet his idol, the legendary inventor Bigweld, and finds adventure and intrigue instead.

Battle: Los Angeles (2011)

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Channel 4, 9.00pm

Trashy but enjoyable thriller starring Aaron Eckhart as the leader of a group of soldiers, who become the last line of defence when Los Angeles is invaded by angry and heavily armed aliens. With Michelle Rodriguez, Cory Hardict, Ne-Yo and Michael Pena.

Starter for 10 (2006)

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BBC2, 11.10pm

Charming British period comedy starring James McAvoy as Brian Jackson, a nerdy student at Bristol University in the mid-1980s whose dreams come true when he is picked for the college's 'University Challenge' team. But he finds himself increasingly torn between his posh new friends and his working class roots. With Rebecca Hall.

I Am Legend (2008)

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UTV, 10.15pm

Big budget sci-fi film starring Will Smith as the only person immune to a deadly manmade virus that was originally intended as a cancer cure. Alone in New York, he wanders the empty city with his dog in search of a cure, but must guard against the infected zombies who appear after dark.

The X Files (1998)

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Channel 4, 11.15pm

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson star in this movie based on the popular 1990s TV drama. Agents Mulder and Scully are in disgrace after failing to stop the bombing of a federal building in Dallas, but must pull themselves together to combat a terrifying new conspiarcy. With John Neville.

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