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  • The Great Outdoors The Great Outdoors | DVD | (10/11/2003) from £5.59  |  Saving you £4.40 (44.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    When an unannounced uninvited and unwelcome family of fun-loving misfits converge upon a lakeside resort to join their relatives for a summer of relaxation the result is anything but restful. It's a vacationer's worst nightmare as wheeler-dealer Aykroyd his sexually repressed wife and eerie twin daughters 'join' the easygoing Candy and his straight-laced clan for a season of 'fun' in the sun. Unfortunately the only thing these two in-laws have in common is their intense dislike for each other. Soon it's brother-in-law against brother-in-law in an uproarious and hilarious fight to the finish to see which one really knows how to enjoy 'The Great Outdoors'.

  • Richard III (DVD + Blu-ray) Richard III (DVD + Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (20/06/2016) from £13.79  |  Saving you £6.20 (31.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    This film adaptation of a critically acclaimed stage production of Shakespeare's historical drama stars Ian McKellen in the title role. The setting is a comic-book vision of 1930s London: part art deco, part Third Reich, part industrial-age rust and rot. The play's force is turned into a synthetic high by art directors and storyboard sketchers, all of whom have a field day condensing the material into disposable pop imagery. Richard III is a fun film, more than anything, so infatuated with its own monstrous stitchery that even the most awkward casting (Annette Bening and Robert Downey Jr) seems a part of the ridiculous design. McKellen is the best thing about the movie, his mesmerising portrayal of freakish despotism and poisoned desire a thing to behold. --Tom Keogh

  • American Beauty [2000] American Beauty | DVD | (02/07/2006) from £3.30  |  Saving you £15.50 (77.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • Open Range [2004] Open Range | DVD | (06/06/2011) from £3.33  |  Saving you £5.00 (50.10%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Released almost exactly 11 years after Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven, Kevin Costner's Open Range proved yet again that the Western is the classic American genre. Costner's first film since 1997's ill-fated The Postman returns the actor/director of Dances With Wolves to the open prairies of America--in this case the free-range frontier of 1882--where legal "free-grazing" cattle drives were falling prey to empire-building land-owners. In the wake of territorial murder, free-grazing cowboys Boss (Robert Duvall) and Charley (Costner) seek vengeful justice against the ruthless rancher (Michael Gambon) who threatens their law-abiding survival. A feisty ally (the late Michael Jeter, in his next-to-final film role) and a doctor's sister (Annette Bening) offer support during climactic shootouts, masterfully staged with the shock and suddenness of real-life gunfire. While it lacks the thematic impact of Eastwood's masterpiece, this handsome production!--rich in character development and thick-hided humour--redeemed Costner's directorial career with a well-told story (by Craig Storper, based on Lauran Paine's novel The Open Range Men), flawless performances, and stunning Canadian locations. --Jeff Shannon

  • The Face of Love [DVD] The Face of Love | DVD | (02/02/2015) from £2.95  |  Saving you £12.04 (80.30%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Five years after the death of her beloved husband Garrett (Ed Harris - Gravity, Gone Baby Gone), Nikki (Annette Bening - American Beauty, The Kids Are Alright) meets Tom, a man who who looks exactly like her deceased husband. Not only does Tom possess the same physical characteristics, but he also shares Garrett's kindness, humour, and passion for art. Suddenly, a flood of old feelings rush back to Nikki: she's met the love of her life.

  • 20th Century Women [DVD] 20th Century Women | DVD | (26/06/2017) from £11.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Set in Santa Barbara, 20th Century Women follows Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening), a determined single mother, raising her adolescent son Jamie (newcomer Lucas Jade Zumann, in a breakout performance) at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion. Dorothea enlists the help of two younger women in Jamie's upbringing Abbie (Greta Gerwig), a free-spirited punk artist living as a boarder in the Fields' home, and Julie (Elle Fanning), a savvy and provocative teenage neighbour.

  • The Women [2008] The Women | DVD | (16/03/2009) from £2.95  |  Saving you £17.04 (85.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A remake of George Cukor's classic 1939 film The Women is based upon Clare Boothe Luce's play centred around the trials and tribulations of four female friends. Mary Haines (Meg Ryan) is a clothing designer who seems to have it all - a beautiful country home a rich financier husband an adorable 11-year-old daughter and a part-time career creating designs for her father's venerable clothing company. Her best friend Sylvie Fowler (Annette Bening) leads another enviable life - a happily single editor of a prominent fashion magazine a possessor of a huge closet of designer clothes and a revered arbiter of taste and style poised on New York's cutting edge. But when Mary's husband enters into an affair with Crystal Allen (Eva Mendes) a sultry 'spritzer girl' lurking behind the Saks Fifth Avenue perfume counter all hell breaks loose. Mary and Sylvie's relationship is tested to the breaking point while their tight-knit circle of friends including mega-mommy Edie Cohen (Debra Messing) and author Alex Fisher (Jada Pinkett-Smith) all start to question their own friendships and romantic relationships.

  • The American President [Blu-ray] The American President | Blu Ray | (16/01/2017) from £8.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    What sounds like a high-concept romantic comedy pitch from hell--widower president falls for smart lobbyist while the world watches--is actually intelligent, charming, touching and quite funny. Granted, it's wish fulfilment all the way (when was the last time you saw a president who was truly presidential?) but in the capable hands of writer Aaron Sorkin (TV's Sports Night) and director Rob Reiner, TheAmerican President is incredibly enjoyable entertainment with quite a few ideas about both romance and the government. Michael Douglas stars as the president, who after three years in office starts thinking about the possibility of dating. When he auspiciously encounters cutthroat environmental lobbyist Sydney Ellen Wade (Annette Bening), sparks begin to crackle and the two begin a tentative but heartfelt romance. Of course, his job gets in the way--their first kiss is interrupted by a Libyan bombing--but darn it if these two kids aren't going to try and make it work! However, they hadn't counted on the president's Republican antagonist (Richard Dreyfuss), who starts carping about family values. The predictable plot--Douglas finally goes to bat for his lady and his country--is leavened by Sorkin's wonderful, snappy dialogue and a light touch from the usually subtle-as-a-sledgehammer Reiner. Both manage to create a believable White House-office atmosphere (with a crack staff including Martin Sheen, Michael J. Fox, Anna Deavere Smith and Samantha Mathis) as well as a plausible and funny dating scenario. The true success of the movie, though, rides squarely on Douglas and Bening; this is unequivocally Douglas's best comedic performance (ergo his best performance, period) and Bening, usually such a good bad girl, takes a standard career-woman role and fleshes it out magnificently. You can see in an instant why Douglas would fall for her. One of the best unsung romantic comedies of the 90s. --Mark Englehart

  • Mars Attacks [1997] Mars Attacks | DVD | (11/05/1998) from £5.24  |  Saving you £8.75 (62.50%)  |  RRP £13.99

    It's enlightening to view Tim Burton's Mars Attacks! as his twisted satire of the blockbuster film Independence Day, which was released earlier the same year, although the movies were in production simultaneously. Burton's eye-popping, schlock tribute to 1950s UFO movies actually plays better on video than it did in cinemas. The idea of invading aliens ray-gunning the big-name movie stars in the cast is a cleverly subversive one, and the bulb-headed, funny-sounding animated Martians are pretty nifty, but it all seemed to be spread thin on the big screen. On video, however, the movie's kooky humour seems a bit more concentrated. The Earth actors (most of whom get zapped or kidnapped for alien science experiments) include Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Danny DeVito, Martin Short, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rod Steiger, Michael J Fox, Lukas Haas, Jim Brown, Tom Jones and Pam Grier. --Jim Emerson

  • Running With Scissors [2006] [2007] Running With Scissors | DVD | (18/06/2007) from £2.98  |  Saving you £13.01 (81.40%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Running With Scissors is a hilariously offbeat comedy that chronicles a young man's survival under the most extraordinary of circumstances. When his mother gives him away to be raised by her unorthodox psychiatrist young Augusten Burroughs finds himself living with a doctor's bizarre family.

  • The American President [1995] The American President | DVD | (01/03/2010) from £4.75  |  Saving you £11.24 (70.30%)  |  RRP £15.99

    What sounds like a high-concept romantic comedy pitch from hell--widower president falls for smart lobbyist while the world watches--is actually intelligent, charming, touching and quite funny. Granted, it's wish fulfilment all the way (when was the last time you saw a president who was truly presidential?) but in the capable hands of writer Aaron Sorkin (TV's Sports Night) and director Rob Reiner, TheAmerican President is incredibly enjoyable entertainment with quite a few ideas about both romance and the government. Michael Douglas stars as the president, who after three years in office starts thinking about the possibility of dating. When he auspiciously encounters cutthroat environmental lobbyist Sydney Ellen Wade (Annette Bening), sparks begin to crackle and the two begin a tentative but heartfelt romance. Of course, his job gets in the way--their first kiss is interrupted by a Libyan bombing--but darn it if these two kids aren't going to try and make it work! However, they hadn't counted on the president's Republican antagonist (Richard Dreyfuss), who starts carping about family values. The predictable plot--Douglas finally goes to bat for his lady and his country--is leavened by Sorkin's wonderful, snappy dialogue and a light touch from the usually subtle-as-a-sledgehammer Reiner. Both manage to create a believable White House-office atmosphere (with a crack staff including Martin Sheen, Michael J. Fox, Anna Deavere Smith and Samantha Mathis) as well as a plausible and funny dating scenario. The true success of the movie, though, rides squarely on Douglas and Bening; this is unequivocally Douglas's best comedic performance (ergo his best performance, period) and Bening, usually such a good bad girl, takes a standard career-woman role and fleshes it out magnificently. You can see in an instant why Douglas would fall for her. One of the best unsung romantic comedies of the 90s. --Mark Englehart

  • Mars Attacks! [Blu-ray] [1996] Mars Attacks! | Blu Ray | (20/09/2010) from £7.99  |  Saving you £10.00 (55.60%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Stars that shine across the galaxy. Jack Nicholson (in a dual role) Glenn Close Annette Bening Pierce Brosnan Danny DeVito and a dozen more. And mean green invaders from the angry red planet! Armed with insta-fry ray guns endowed with slimy humungous brains - and enlivened with out-of-this-world but state-of-the-art special effects. As the U.S. legislature is overwhelmed. (Don't fear we still have 2 out of 3 branches of the government working for us and that ain't bad!). As Earth fights back with an unexpected weapon. Take that Martians!

  • Bugsy (Special Edition) [1991] Bugsy (Special Edition) | DVD | (12/02/2007) from £4.67  |  Saving you £8.30 (63.90%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Benjamin 'Bugsy' Siegel ( Warren Beatty) is the legendary power broker whose disarming charm and elegant good looks hide a violent and dangerous personality. Virginis 'The Flamingo' Hill ( Annette Bening) is a stunning glamorous starlet with a wise guy wit and tough past. Their attraction is magnetic - together sex risk and danger to fight their underworld bosses and builds their dream of a city in the desert drive them.

  • Girl Most Likely [DVD] [2013] Girl Most Likely | DVD | (03/02/2014) from £4.79  |  Saving you £13.20 (73.40%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) Annette Bening (The Kids Are Alright) Darren Criss (Glee) and Matt Dillon (Crash) headline in Girl Most Likely a hilarious comedy about Imogene once a promising young New York playwright whose promise has fizzled thanks to a crisis of confidence. Heavily in denial about being dumped by her high society boyfriend Imogene uses her skill for drama to stage an elaborate meltdown as an appeal for his sympathy. But her attempt backfires when she's put into the custody of Zelda her estranged gambling addict mother (Annette Bening) and must return home with her to the Jersey shore. Desperate to get back to her Manhattan circle of so- called friends Imogene must finally deal with her family including her unique brother (Christopher Fitzgerald) Zelda's new boyfriend The Bousche (Matt Dillon) plus a cute young lodger (Darren Criss) who together help Imogene find her place in the world.

  • The American President [DVD] The American President | DVD | (16/01/2017) from £8.29  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    What sounds like a high-concept romantic comedy pitch from hell--widower president falls for smart lobbyist while the world watches--is actually intelligent, charming, touching and quite funny. Granted, it's wish fulfilment all the way (when was the last time you saw a president who was truly presidential?) but in the capable hands of writer Aaron Sorkin (TV's Sports Night) and director Rob Reiner, TheAmerican President is incredibly enjoyable entertainment with quite a few ideas about both romance and the government. Michael Douglas stars as the president, who after three years in office starts thinking about the possibility of dating. When he auspiciously encounters cutthroat environmental lobbyist Sydney Ellen Wade (Annette Bening), sparks begin to crackle and the two begin a tentative but heartfelt romance. Of course, his job gets in the way--their first kiss is interrupted by a Libyan bombing--but darn it if these two kids aren't going to try and make it work! However, they hadn't counted on the president's Republican antagonist (Richard Dreyfuss), who starts carping about family values. The predictable plot--Douglas finally goes to bat for his lady and his country--is leavened by Sorkin's wonderful, snappy dialogue and a light touch from the usually subtle-as-a-sledgehammer Reiner. Both manage to create a believable White House-office atmosphere (with a crack staff including Martin Sheen, Michael J. Fox, Anna Deavere Smith and Samantha Mathis) as well as a plausible and funny dating scenario. The true success of the movie, though, rides squarely on Douglas and Bening; this is unequivocally Douglas's best comedic performance (ergo his best performance, period) and Bening, usually such a good bad girl, takes a standard career-woman role and fleshes it out magnificently. You can see in an instant why Douglas would fall for her. One of the best unsung romantic comedies of the 90s. --Mark Englehart

  • Danny Collins [DVD] Danny Collins | DVD | (05/10/2015) from £5.39  |  Saving you £14.60 (73.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Inspired by a true story, Al Pacino stars as Danny Collins, an ageing rock star who can’t give up his hard-living ways. But when his manager (Christopher Plummer) uncovers a 40-year-old undelivered letter written to him by John Lennon, Danny decides to change course and embarks on a heartfelt journey to rediscover his family and himself.

  • The Siege [1999] The Siege | DVD | (07/06/2004) from £2.50  |  Saving you £7.60 (58.50%)  |  RRP £12.99

    A high-profile action/exploitation thriller set in the late 20th century, The Siege is really a fantasy that extrapolates from major terrorist bombings, such as the one at the World Trade Centre. Denzel Washington is FBI special agent Hubbard, "Hub" to his friends, whose anti-terrorist task force must track down the terrorist cells responsible for a spate of bombings in New York. His partner is an FBI agent of Arabian extraction (played convincingly by Tony Shalhoub), proving not all Arabs are bad guys--a point the film should be lauded for making again and again. Thrown into the mix is a CIA spy (played almost kittenish at times by Annette Bening), whose ties to the terrorists appear to be at the centre of the conflicts. When the bombings escalate out of control, the President institutes martial law, sending in General Devereaux (played with impenetrable countenance by Bruce Willis) with tanks and troops to ferret out the terrorists. Echoes of Japanese-Americans in internment camps ring out as Arabs, including the son of the Arab-American FBI agent, are herded into a stadium. Periodic audio-montages of "man in the street" sentiments anchor the material in the present and show how serious and relevant the material is. But finally what we have is a taut and entertaining popcorn movie, giving itself the humanistic nod when it can. --Jim Gay, Amazon.com

  • Being Julia [2004] Being Julia | DVD | (10/12/2007) from £2.38  |  Saving you £7.61 (76.20%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Reigning diva Julia Lambert's success and fame grow suddenly wearisome. She falls head over heels for a young American Tom and begins a passionate May - December affair. When she realizes that Tom is just a young social climber whose real passion is ambitious young starlet Avice Crichton Julia begins to plot a delightful revenge...

  • The Kids Are All Right [DVD] The Kids Are All Right | DVD | (21/03/2011) from £1.99  |  Saving you £15.30 (76.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Nic and Jules (Bening and Moore) are married and share a cosy suburban Southern California home with their teenage children. As Joni prepares to leave for college, Laser wants Joni, now 18, to help him find their biological father. They make contact with ?bio-dad? Paul (Mark Ruffalo), an easygoing restaurateur. As Paul comes into the lives of the forthright four, an unexpected new chapter begins for them as family ties are defined, re-defined, and then re-re-defined."A superbly Smart, Modern family Comedy" The Times ***** "Smart, funny, provocative: a blast of fresh air" Heat ***** "Terrific, Funny, Moving, Beautifully Observed" Time Out ***** "Piercingly funny, subtle and moving" The Independent "Intelligent, sharp and very, very funny" Little White Lies **** "Smart comedy?warm, witty" The GuardianSpecial Features:Feature commentary with director/co writer Lisa Cholodenko, The Journey to Forming a Family, The Writers Process and The Making of the Kids Are All RightTechnical details: 1:85:1 Anomorphic Widescreen Feature Soundtrack: English 5.1, English audio descriptive track 2.0, German 5.1 Subtitles: English SDH, German

  • The Women [Blu-ray] [2008] The Women | Blu Ray | (16/03/2009) from £2.62  |  Saving you £22.37 (89.50%)  |  RRP £24.99

    A remake of George Cukor's classic 1939 film The Women is based upon Clare Boothe Luce's play centred around the trials and tribulations of four female friends. Mary Haines (Meg Ryan) is a clothing designer who seems to have it all - a beautiful country home a rich financier husband an adorable 11-year-old daughter and a part-time career creating designs for her father's venerable clothing company. Her best friend Sylvie Fowler (Annette Bening) leads another enviable life - a happily single editor of a prominent fashion magazine a possessor of a huge closet of designer clothes and a revered arbiter of taste and style poised on New York's cutting edge. But when Mary's husband enters into an affair with Crystal Allen (Eva Mendes) a sultry 'spritzer girl' lurking behind the Saks Fifth Avenue perfume counter all hell breaks loose. Mary and Sylvie's relationship is tested to the breaking point while their tight-knit circle of friends including mega-mommy Edie Cohen (Debra Messing) and author Alex Fisher (Jada Pinkett-Smith) all start to question their own friendships and romantic relationships.

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