Film Highlights Thursday
Away We Go (2009)
RTE One, 12.20am
In 'Away We Go' the normally serious Sam Mendes turns his hand to comedy, although the film has a serious underlying theme -- namely parenthood.
Burt (John Krasinski, above) and Verna (Maya Rudolph) are very pleased when they find out they are pregnant, but as Verna's nesting instinct kicks in she realises their current home is no place to bring up a child. So they set out across America, visiting various friends as they try to find a place they can call home.
Some of their adventures are extremely funny, and the script by Dave Eggars and Vendela Vida is very sharp at times, but the film doesn't quite hold up dramatically, and Burt and Verna's air of superiority is bound to get up the noses of some. Rudolph and Krasiniki, though, are both excellent.
Film Four, 12.50pm
Charming English comedy starring Kenneth More and John Gregson as two classic car fanatics whose rivalry spirals out of control when they enter the London-to-Brighton road race. Kay Kendall and Dinah Sheridan play their infuriated partners, and Joyce Grenfell and Reginald Beckwith co-star.
Young Man with a Horn (1950) HHHH
Michael Curtiz's unfortunately titled drama stars Kirk Douglas as Rick Martin, a gifted young musician whose obsession with jazz leads to fame and fortune but also unleashes all sorts of unpleasantness. Lauren Bacall stars as his long-suffering wife.
The Fast and the Furious (2001) HHH
Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Michelle Rodriguez star in the racing thriller that became a surprise hit in the summer of 2001 and spawned a franchise. Walker is an undercover cop who infiltrates a gang of LA street racers led by Vin Diesel in the hopes of smashing a drug ring.
The English Teacher (2013)
Sky Movies Premiere, 10.15pm
Patchy but fairly entertaining comic drama starring Julianne Moore as Linda Sinclair, a single 40-something small-town English teacher who lives happily with her cats and her beloved books until a former student of hers returns from New York having failed to make his name as a playwright. With Lily Collins, Nathan Lane and Greg Kinnear.
The Departed (2006)
Film Four, 11.05pm
Martin Scorsese's bristling Boston crime drama stars Leonardo DiCaprio as an undercover cop who's been deliberately disgraced in order to create a cover that will allow him to infiltrate a notorious Irish-American criminal gang. With Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg.