Sunday 19 November 2017

TV Highlights Thursday

Limitless (2011)

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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)

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TCM, 3pm

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)

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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)

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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.

Magnolia (1999)

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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)

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BBC1, 12.10am

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.

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