Film Highlights Thursday
The Hole (2009)
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 (Chris Massoglia, above) 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.
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
James Stewart plays a U.S. Senator called Stoddard who returns to a small town for the funeral of a cowboy. In flashback, we learn that the dead man was a rancher, Tom (John Wayne), who alone had the courage to stand up to a ruthless cattle baron.
16 Blocks (2006)
This efficient crime thriller from Richard Donner stars Bruce Willis as a cop who winds up with the whole force against him when he gets mixed up with a felon who's about to testify in the trial of a dirty cop.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
Judd Apatow-produced comedy written by and starring Jason Segel, who plays a drippy jingle writer who is devastated when his adored but bitchy girlfriend Sarah unceremoniously dumps him. When he goes to Hawaii to lick his wounds, he finds that Sarah and her new boyfriend are staying at the same hotel. With Russell Brand.
The Thin Red Line (1998)
In Terrence Malick's masterful anti-war film, Jim Caviezel plays Private Witt, a US soldier during the Pacific campaign who enjoys brief respite among the natives of a remote island before being recalled to take part in the terrible Battle of Guadalcanal. With Nick Nolte and Sean Penn.
Jennifer's Body (2009)
RTE Two, 11.40pm
In this uneven comic horror written by Diablo Cody, Megan Fox is Jennifer, a bitchy smalltown beauty queen who's transformed by satanic ritual into a succubus, a flesh-eating monster that must dine regularly on human flesh in order to survive.