Film Highlights Thursday
The Kids are All Right (2010)
An alternative family unit endures some depressingly familiar problems in Lisa Cholodenko's witty and insightful Oscar-nominated comic drama.
Annette Bening and Julianne Moore are Nic and Jules, a married lesbian couple who've each given birth to a child by the same anonymous donor. The kids are now teenagers, and everything is going swimmingly until Laser and Joni decide they'd like to meet their father.
Dad turns out to be Paul (Mark Ruffalo), a laidback commitment-phobe who welcomes the kids he never knew he had with open arms, but also takes a shine to Jules.
Cholodenko examines the issues all of this raises with wit and imagination, and the performances are invariably excellent. With Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson, Yaya DaCosta, Eddie Hassell and Zosia Memet.
The last Frontier (1955)
Channel 4, 12.15pm
Anthony Mann's handsome western stars Victor Mature as a trapper who's hunting with friends in Indian country when he's robbed by a band of Sioux. When he seeks shelter at a nearby army fort, he enlists as a scout and ends up becoming mixed up in a very ugly battle. With Anne Bancroft.
The Vow (2012)
Sky Movies Drama, 6.00pm
Sloppy melodrama based on a true story and starring Channing Tatum as Leo Collins, a Chicago music producer who's happily married to a sculptress until she sustains a serious head injury in a car crash and loses all memory of him or their relationship. Rachel McAdams co-stars.
Taken 2 (2012)
Sky Movies Action, 9.00pm
In this convoluted but reasonably enjoyable action sequel, the tables are turned for ex-CIA agent Bryan Mills when he and his wife are taken hostage in Istanbul by the father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter in Paris. With Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen and Rade Serbedzija.
Drama based on the FBI subterfuge that led to an armed stand-off between federal agents and members of the American Indian Movement in the 1970s. Val Kilmer stars as a part-Lakota operative who finds his loyalties conflicted when he is sent to the Rosebud reservation on a covert mission.
Like Minds (2006)
RTE Two, 11.45pm
A young Eddie Redmayne showed his talent in this British/Australian drama set mainly in an austere Yorkshire boys' school. Redmayne is Alex Forbes, a boarder who gets a nasty feeling when he's given a new roommate, a boy called Nigel who seems morbidly attracted to all things dead.