Tuesday 20 March 2018

Film Highlights Thursday

The Black Dahlia (2006)


RTE Two, 12.15am

Josh Hartnett, Scarlett Johansson (both above) and Aaron Eckhart star in this dark thriller from Brian De Palma based on the true story of the famous Black Dahlia murder in 1940s Los Angeles.

When the body of a 22-year-old wannabe actress called Elizabeth Short is found sliced in two in a city park, homicide cops Dwight Bleichert (Hartnett) and Lee Blanchard (Eckhart) are called out to investigate. The case leads them to the city's clandestine lesbian scene and a glamorous but mysterious woman called Madeline Linscott (Hilary Swank).

But as the case grows ever more complicated, their investigations are complicated by the fact that Blichert has started having an affair with Blanchard's wife.

Fiona Shaw, John Kavanagh, Mia Kirshner, Rose McGowan and Troy Evans co-star.

Comanche Station (1960)


Channel 4, 12.40pm

Randolph Scott stars in this western about a frontiersman who sets out to rescue the wife of a settler who has been captured by Comanche Indians. He finds her, but is then confronted by a charismatic outlaw who wants to turn the woman in and claim a reward. With Nancy Gates and Claude Akins.

The Watch (2012)


Sky Movies Comedy, 4.35pm

Ben Stiller stars in this eccentric comedy as Evan Trautwig, a man who's so shocked by a bizarre murder in his idyllic small town that he sets up a neighbourhood watch group. They turn out to be a motley crew, and have no idea what they're up against. With Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade.

Kings Go Forth (1958)


TCM, 6.50pm

Weighty drama from Delmer Davies starring Frank Sinatra and Tony Curtis as two American soldiers fighting together in southern France who become romantically involved with the same woman. But when they find out about her racial background, their reactions differ revealingly. With Natalie Wood and Eddie Ryder.

Pitch Perfect (2012)


Sky Movies Comedy, 8.00pm

Likeable musical comedy starring Anna Kendrick as Becca Mitchell, a music-mad young woman who's forced by her dad to enrol at Barden University, where she ends up joining an all female a capella group who set out to win the national college finals.

Street Kings (2008)


Film4, 10.50pm

Bleak and violent police thriller based on an idea by James Ellroy and starring Keanu Reeves as a maverick Los Angeles cop who has lost all faith in human nature following the violent death of his wife and now adopts a judge-and-jury approach to the extremely unpleasant characters he meets.

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