Wednesday 25 April 2018

Film Highlights Thursday

This is the End (2013)


Sky Movies Premiere, 8.00pm

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's apocalyptic comedy imagines how the end of the world might play out in Hollywood. Rogen, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Jay Baruchel and Danny McBride all play what one hopes are comically exaggerated versions of themselves, as they convene for a party at Franco's house that goes horribly wrong.

When the biblical Rapture begins and the friends realise that they're not included among the righteous, they must change their ways pretty rapidly to avoid eternal damnation. Though it does get a bit messy late on, 'This is the End' definitely has its moments, and writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg miss no opportunity to poke fun at Hollywood's childish self-absorption.

There are some nice cameos too, particularly from Emma Watson and Michael Cera.

Sea Devils (1953)


Channel 4, 12.50pm

Period drama starring Rock Hudson as Gilliat, a Guernsey smuggler and fisherman who agrees to transport a Frenchwoman called Droucette across the English Channel during the Napoleonic Wars. But Droucette is a double agent with a dangerous agenda.

Wrath of the Titans (2012)


Sky Movies Action, 6.15pm

Action sequel starring Sam Worthington as Perseus, the half-human son of Zeus who becomes mankind's only hope when Hades and the other gods plot to overthrow Zeus and wipe men from the face of the Earth. A strong cast includes Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Nighy and Rosamund Pike.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)


Sky Movies Comedy, 7.00pm

Anarchic comedy based on Douglas Adams' 1970s science fiction novels and starring Martin Freeman as a very ordinary Englishman called Arthur Dent who embarks on a pan-galactic odyssey after the Earth is destroyed by hostile aliens. With Martin Freeman, John Malkovich and Mos Def.

Bronson (2009)


Film4, 11.15pm

Tom Hardy delivers an electrifying performance in Nicolas Winding Refn's bleak and violent drama based on the true story of Michael Gordon Peterson, a bare knuckle boxer and circus strongman who became known as Britain's most violent prisoner after being arrested for a bungled robbery.

Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost


RTE One, 12.05am

Still exiled from his job as police chief in Paradise, Massachusetts, Jesse Stone continues to clash with his replacement, William Butler, while working with a friend in the State Police Homicide Divison on a murder-robbery that isn't as open and shut as it initially seemed. With Tom Selleck.

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