TV Highlights Thursday
Film Four, 9pm
Based on Dublin writer Alan Glynn's 2001 novel 'Dark Fields', Neil Burger's 'Limitless' is an energetic thriller starring Bradley Cooper (above) as a man whose life is changed forever by a dangerous new drug.
Eddie Morra is a failed and desperate writer until his ex-brother-in-law introduces him to an illegal experimental drug. When he takes it Eddie becomes a brilliant polymath, and after he's finished his book in four days he discovers a new talent for high finance. But there are nasty side-effects, and Eddie will later regret borrowing $100,000 from a Russian mobster.
Robert De Niro co-stars as a Wall Street mogul, Abbie Cornish plays Morra's girlfriend, and Burger uses some pretty flashy effects to depict Eddie's altered state. The Odessa File (1974)
Daft thriller starring Jon Voight as Peter Miller, a young West German newspaper reporter who's investigating the whereabouts of missing war criminals when a Holocaust survivor's suicide leads him to a sinister association that protects former Nazis.
Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
Film Four, 6.40pm
Julia Roberts stars in Mike Newell's drama as a free-thinking 1950s art professor who's determined to shake things up when she arrives at a prestigious girl's college where most of the students are more worried about finding a husband than forging a career. With Kirsten Dunst.
World Trade Center (2006)
Sky Movies Drama, 9pm
Oliver Stone's sombre 9/11 drama stars Nicolas Cage and Michael Pena as two Port Authority police officers who are going about their normal business when they see a plane flying over midtown Manhattan towards the towers. When they rush to help, they enter a nightmare. With Maria Bello.
Sky Atlantic, 10pm
In Paul Thomas Anderson's powerful ensemble drama, the lives of a misogynistic self-help author, a nurse, a lonely cop, a disillusioned former gameshow contestant and a rich, dying man intertwine on a single, eventful night. With Tom Cruise, Jason Robards and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
The Crossing Guard (1995)
Jack Nicholson delivers a fine performance in this dark drama written and directed by Sean Penn. Nicholson is Freddy Gale, a man whose life has spiralled out of control since his daughter was killed in a hit-and-run accident. The driver has just been released from prison a changed and humbled man, but Freddy is hellbent on revenge.