Film Highlights Wednesday
Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
Sky Movies Premiere, 8.00pm
Kathryn Bigelow's brilliant but controversial film dramatises America's 10-year hunt for Osama Bin Laden, and polarised opinion when it was released in the US late last year.
Jessica Chastain plays Maya, a young CIA agent who travels to Pakistan in 2003 to investigate a possible lead to one of Bin Laden's couriers, and becomes obsessed with tracking down the orchestrator of the 9/11 attacks. Her search will lead her into some very dark places and make her question the entire purpose of her mission.
From its graphic torture scenes to a stunning re-enactment of the assault on Osama Bin Laden's compound, Bigelow's film is an outstanding thriller that asks some very awkward questions. A fine cast includes Jason Clarke, Jennifer Ehle, Kyle Chandler and Joel Edgerton.
Malta Story (1953)
Channel 4, 12.10pm
Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins and Anthony Steel head the cast of this stiff-upper-lip wartime drama about the brave RAF pilots who helped stop the strategically vital island of Malta from falling into German hands during the Second World War.
Sky Movies Comedy, 12.55pm
In Ivan Reitman's sci-fi spoof, two college professors, a trainee firefighter and a naive government scientist join forces to prevent a species of shape-shifting aliens from subduing mankind. With David Duchovny, Julianne Moore and Orlando Jones.
RTE One, 9.35pm
Liam Neeson stars in this competent but rather basic thriller as a former CIA agent who travels to Paris with vengeance in mind after his teenage daughter is kidnapped by human traffickers who will soon wish they'd kidnapped someone else. Famke Janssen co-stars, along with Maggie Grace.
The First Day of the Rest of Your Life (2008)
RTE Two, 12.00am
Remi Bezancon's family saga follows the changing fortunes of an average French family as the children grow and the parents age. Jacques Gamblin plays the patriarch, a laconic taxi driver whose devotion to his family is beyond question. With Deborah Francois and Marc-Andre Grondin.
The French Connection II (1975)
Film Four, 1.20am
In this gripping sequel to William Feiedkin's 1972 thriller, Popeye Doyle travels to Marseilles to try and catch Charnier on his home patch, but ends up being kidnapped by the drug lord's gang and weaned on to heroin himself. Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Bernard Fresson and Jean-Pierre Castaldi star in the violent crime drama.