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  • The Butler [DVD] The Butler | DVD | (10/03/2014) from £4.09  |  Saving you £19.90 (83.00%)  |  RRP £23.99

    Historical drama directed by Lee Daniels and starring Forest Whitaker. The film tells the story of Cecil Gaines (Whitaker)'s 34-year career working as head butler at the White House. Beginning his tenure under President Eisenhower (Robin Williams), Cecil would see another seven presidents come and go throughout his career and was present at the highest level of the state during some of the most tumultuous periods in the 20th century including the American Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam...

  • Say Anything [1989] Say Anything | DVD | (07/10/2002) from £5.29  |  Saving you £7.70 (59.30%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Seven years after he earned his first screen credit as the writer of Fast Times at Ridgemont High, former Rolling Stone writer Cameron Crowe made his directorial debut with this acclaimed romantic comedy starring John Cusack and Ione Skye as unlikely lovers on the cusp of adulthood. The casting is perfect and Crowe's rookie direction is appropriately unobtrusive, no doubt influenced by his actor-loving, Oscar-winning mentor, James L. Brooks. But the real strength of Crowe's work is his exceptional writing, his timely grasp of contemporary rhythms and language (he's frequently called "the voice of a generation"), and the rich humour and depth of his fully developed characters. In Say Anything, Cusack and Skye play recent high-school graduates enjoying one final summer before leaping into a lifetime of adult responsibilities. Lloyd (Cusack) is an aspiring kickboxer with no definite plans; Diane (Skye) is a valedictorian with plans to further her education in Europe. Together they find unlikely bliss, but there's also turbulence when Diane's father (John Mahoney)--who only wants what's best for his daughter--is charged with fraud and tax evasion. Favouring strong performances over obtrusive visual style, Crowe focuses on his unique characters and the ambitions and fears that define them; the movie's a treasure trove of quiet, often humorous revelations of personality. Lili Taylor and Eric Stoltz score high marks for memorable supporting roles, and Cusack's own sister Joan is perfect in scenes with her on- and offscreen brother. A rare romantic comedy that's as funny as it is dramatically honest, Say Anything marked the arrival of a gifted writer-director who followed up with the underrated Singles before scoring his first box-office smash with Jerry Maguire. --Jeff Shannon

  • 2012 [DVD] 2012 | DVD | (29/03/2010) from £2.19  |  Saving you £17.80 (89.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Now this is how you destroy the world. Roland Emmerich's 2012 pounces on a Nostradamus-style loophole in the Mayan calendar and rams the apocalypse through it, gleefully conjuring up an enormous amount of Saturday-matinee fun in the process. A scientist (Chiwetel Ejiofor) detects shifting continental plates and sun flares and realizes that this foretells the imminent destruction of the planet. Just as the molten lava is about to hit the fan, a novelist (John Cusack) takes his kids on a trip to Yellowstone; later he'll hook up with his ex (Amanda Peet) and her new boyfriend (Tom McCarthy) in a global journey toward safety. If there is any safety. The suitably hair-raising plot lines are punctuated--frequently, people, frequently--by visions of mayhem around the globe: the Vatican falls over, the White House is clobbered (Emmerich's Independence Day was not enough on that score), and the California coastline dives into the Pacific Ocean. Unlike other action directors we could name, Emmerich actually understands how to let you see and drink in these vast special-effects vistas--and they are incredible. He also honors the old Irwin Allen disaster-movie tradition by actually shelling out for good actors. Cusack and Ejiofor are convincing even in the cheesiest material; toss in Danny Glover (the U.S. president), Woody Harrelson (a nut-bar conspiracy-theorising radio host), Thandie Newton, and Oliver Platt, and you've got a very watchable batch of people. Emmerich hasn't developed an ear for dialogue, even at this stage in his career, and the final act goes on a bit too long. This is a very silly movie, but if you've got a weakness for B-movie energy and hairbreadth escapes, 2012 delivers quite a bit of both. --Robert Horton

  • Serendipity [DVD] [2001] Serendipity | DVD | (17/04/2011) from £6.59  |  Saving you £13.40 (67.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    In one magical moment Jonathan Trager and Sara Thomas meet unexpectedly and spend a romantic winter day together although both are involved with other people. At the end of the night Sara decides they must let fate determine if they are meant to be together and disappears without giving Jonathan a way of reaching her. Years later they are both engaged to others but cannot give up the dream that they will meet again. And so begins their journey to find one another worlds apart!

  • Con Air [1997] Con Air | DVD | (02/07/2001) from £4.19  |  Saving you £7.80 (65.10%)  |  RRP £11.99

    Con Air is proof that the slick, absurdly overblown action formula of Hollywood mega-producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer (Top Gun, Days of Thunder, The Rock, Crimson Tide) lives on, even after Simpson's druggy death. (Read Charles Fleming's exposé, High Concept: Don Simpson and the Hollywood Culture of Excess, for more about that). Nicolas Cage, sporting a disconcerting mane of hair, is a wrongly convicted prisoner on a transport plane with a bunch of infamously psychopathic criminals, including head creep Cyrus the Virus (John Malkovich), black militant Diamond Dog (Ving Rhames), and serial killer Garland Greene (Steve Buscemi, making the most of his pallid, rodent-like qualities). Naturally, the convicts take over the plane; meanwhile, on the ground, a US marshal (John Cusack)and a DEA agent (Colm Meaney), try to figure out what to do. As is the postmodern way, the movie displays a self-consciously ironic awareness that its story and characters are really just excuses for a high-tech cinematic thrill ride. Best idea: the filmmakers persuaded the owners of the legendary Sands Hotel in Las Vegas to let them help out with the structure's demolition by crashing their plane into it.--Jim Emerson

  • Joe Strummer - The Future Is Unwritten [2007] Joe Strummer - The Future Is Unwritten | DVD | (17/09/2007) from £4.49  |  Saving you £15.50 (77.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A documentary about the life of Joe Strummer of The Clash comprising archive footage of his life and interviews with friends family and other celebrities.

  • Grosse Pointe Blank [1997] Grosse Pointe Blank | DVD | (22/01/2001) from £3.99  |  Saving you £12.00 (75.00%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Hit man Martin Q Blank (John Cusack) is in an awkward situation. Several of them, actually. He's attending his high school reunion on an assignment; he's got a rival hit man (Dan Aykroyd) on his tail; and he's going to have to explain to his old girlfriend (Minnie Driver) why he stood her up on prom night. Grosse Pointe Blank is an amiable black comedy, cowritten by Cusack and directed by Jonathan Demme protégé George Armitage (Miami Blues), has the feel of Demme's Something Wild and Married to the Mob--which is to say its humour is dark and brightly coloured at the same time. Cusack and Driver are utterly charming--as is the leading man's sister, Joan, who plays his secretary. (Cusack received an Oscar nomination for her next role, in In & Out.) Alan Arkin is also very funny as Martin's psychiatrist. --Jim Emerson

  • High Fidelity [2000] High Fidelity | DVD | (07/05/2001) from £4.09  |  Saving you £13.90 (77.30%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Transplanted from England to the not-so-mean streets of Chicago, the screen adaptation of Nick Hornby's cult-classic novel High Fidelity emerges unscathed from its Americanisation, idiosyncrasies intact, thanks to John Cusack's inimitable charm and a nimble, nifty screenplay (co-written by Cusack). Early-thirtysomething Rob Gordon (Cusack) is a slacker who owns a vintage record shop, a massive collection of LPs, and innumerable top-five lists in his head. At the opening of the film, Rob recounts directly to the audience his all-time top-five breakups-- which doesn't include his recent falling out with his girlfriend Laura (Iben Hjejle), who has just moved out of their apartment. Thunderstruck and obsessed with Laura's desertion (but loath to admit it), Rob begins a quest to confront the women who instigated the aforementioned top-five breakups to find out just what he did wrong. Low on plot and high on self-discovery, High Fidelity takes a good 30 minutes or so to find its groove (not unlike Cusack's Grosse Pointe Blank), but once it does, it settles into it comfortably and builds a surprisingly touching momentum. Rob is basically a grown-up version of Cusack's character in Say Anything (who was told "Don't be a guy--be a man!"), and if you like Cusack's brand of smart-alecky romanticism, you'll automatically be won over (if you can handle Cusack's almost non-stop talking to the camera). Still, it's hard not to be moved by Rob's plight. At the beginning of the film he and his coworkers at the record store (played hilariously by Jack Black and Todd Louiso) seem like overgrown boys in their secret clubhouse; by the end, they've grown up considerably, with a clear-eyed view of life. Ably directed by Stephen Frears (Dangerous Liaisons), High Fidelity features a notable supporting cast of the women in Rob's life, including the striking, Danish-born Hjejle, Lisa Bonet as a sultry singer/songwriter, and the triumphant triumvirate of Lili Taylor, Joelle Carter, and Catherine Zeta Jones as Rob's ex-girlfriends. With brief cameos by Tim Robbins as Laura's new, New Age boyfriend and Bruce Springsteen as himself. --Mark Englehart, Amazon.com

  • Anastasia [1998] Anastasia | DVD | (19/07/2004) from £2.98  |  Saving you £2.99 (49.90%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Stomping out their usual cuteness and carbon copying Disney's grand animation style to a tee, directors Don Bluth and Gary Goldman (An American Tail) create a successful musical comedy from the story of the lost Russian princess. Adapting the story of imperialism and revolution is tricky, and subsequently the film's opening is weak. Once Anya (voiced by Meg Ryan, sung by Liz Callaway) is a teenager and on her own (suffering from some degree of amnesia), Anastasia is quite pleasing though never refreshingly new. 20th Century Fox's big-money gamble to horn in on Disney's realm is worthy. The songs, especially the recurrent "Once Upon a December" by Broadway team Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, are better than Disney's recent efforts. It's worth picking up the soundtrack. The mix of cell animation and computer work is vivid. The collection of vocal talent is also strong, from John Cusack (as Dimitri, who wants to earn the reward by bringing Anya to Paris) to Hank Azaria as an amusing albino bat. Kelsey Grammer helps turn a roly-poly sidekick into a warm and strong supporting character. The biggest drawback is Bluth/Goldman's insistence on having a typical villain. Surprisingly, the story would be strong enough without one and the undead corpse of Rasputin (Christopher Lloyd) is unneeded and unoriginal. --Doug Thomas

  • 1984 [DVD] 1984 | DVD | (07/04/2014) from £4.59  |  Saving you £5.40 (54.10%)  |  RRP £9.99

    In a holocaustic future world, perpetually at war, where failure to conform is the ultimate crime, Winston Smith (John Hurt) rewrites history books and finds himself dreaming of escape from the all-seeing eyes of the Authorities. He embarks on a passionate (and illegal) affair with a young woman (Suzanna Hamilton) but they are soon caught and Smith undergoes a nightmarish brainwashing at the hands of the chief inquisitor O'Brien (Richard Burton).

  • Con Air [Blu-ray] [1997] Con Air | Blu Ray | (02/07/2007) from £6.85  |  Saving you £17.14 (71.40%)  |  RRP £23.99

    Fasten your seat belts as Oscar-winner Nicolas Cage takes you on the most dangerous flight of your life in the smash hit action thriller Con Air now given an exciting extended cut! On an aircraft carrying some of the most notorious criminals of all time the recently paroled Cameron Poe (Cage) is hitching a ride home to his wife and daughter. But he suddenly finds himself embroiled in a mid-air skyjacking masterminded by Cyrus 'The Virus' Grissom (John Malkovich). While Cameron fights to keep these savage convicts from massacring everyone on board as they career towards the famed Las Vegas Strip a Government agent on the ground (John Cusack) battles to keep this overzealous superiors from blowing the plane into oblivion! Amazing stunts and visual effects add heart-pounding suspense to this must-see action hit!

  • Love & Mercy [DVD] [2015] Love & Mercy | DVD | (04/01/2016) from £3.69  |  Saving you £16.30 (81.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Bill Pohlad directs this biopic about the musician, songwriter and founding member of The Beach Boys. In the 1960s, emerging talent Brian Wilson (Paul Dano) struggles to comprehend the sudden fame that his hit records have brought him and his band, and, a

  • The Paperboy [DVD] The Paperboy | DVD | (29/07/2013) from £6.29  |  Saving you £11.70 (65.00%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Directed by Oscar nominee Lee Daniels (Precious) The Paperboy follows two brothers: Ward (Matthew McConaughey Magic Mike) a reporter for the esteemed daily newspaper The Miami Times and Jack (Zac Efron The Lucky One) a recent college dropout. When Ward shows up with his writing partner Yardley (David Oyelowo Lincoln) to investigate a story Ward asks Jack to accompany them as their driver. Ward is in town because a local woman named Charlotte (Nicole Kidman Stoker) has convinced them that Hillary Van Wetter (John Cusack Grosse Point Blank) an unsavory alligator hunter from the backwoods was wrongly convicted at a trial that took place near their hometown. As the investigation unravels it becomes clear that these brothers are on a journey that is filled with betrayal. The only thing that remains constant is that there is this strange beautiful woman who falls in love with killers and her passion could be everyone's downfall.

  • Chicken Little [2005] Chicken Little | DVD | (22/05/2006) from £5.48  |  Saving you £12.00 (66.70%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Disney's first venture into the realm of CGI animation (without Pixar) tells the tale of all-animal town Oakey Oaks's most infamous resident, Chicken Little, who causes town-wide panic when he claims the sky is falling.

  • Cell [DVD] Cell | DVD | (17/10/2016) from £3.42  |  Saving you £14.57 (81.00%)  |  RRP £17.99

    In this highly anticipated adaptation of Stephen King s bestselling apocalyptic thriller, John Cusack (Love and Mercy), Samuel L. Jackson (Django Unchained) and Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan) star as three survivors fleeing Boston after a mysterious pulse turns cell phone users into vicious predators. 'Powerhouse performances from Samuel L Jackson and John Cusack' Bloodguts Horror 4 STARS 'Stephen King resurrects the zombie genre' Love Horror 4 STARS 'brain-bending' Sight and Sound 'smart, persuasive, intriguing... a refreshing throwback.' Kim Newman.

  • Stand By Me [Blu-ray] Stand By Me | Blu Ray | (08/08/2011) from £4.99  |  Saving you £15.00 (75.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A sleeper hit when released in 1986, Stand by Me is based on Stephen King's novella "The Body" (from the book Different Seasons); but it's more about the joys and pains of boyhood friendship than a morbid fascination with corpses. It's about four boys ages 12 and 13 (Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell) who take an overnight hike through the woods near their Oregon town to find the body of a boy who's been missing for days. Their journey includes a variety of scary adventures (including a ferocious junkyard dog, a swamp full of leeches and a treacherous leap from a train trestle), but it's also a time for personal revelations, quiet interludes and the raucous comradeship of best friends. Set in the 1950s, the movie indulges an overabundance of anachronistic profanity and a kind of idealistic, golden-toned nostalgia (it's told in flashback as a story written by Wheaton's character as an adult, played by Richard Dreyfuss). But it's delightfully entertaining from start to finish, thanks to the rapport among its young cast members and the timeless, universal themes of friendship, family and the building of character and self-esteem. Kiefer Sutherland makes a memorable teenage villain and look closely for John Cusack in a flashback scene as Wheaton's now-deceased and dearly missed brother. A genuine crowd-pleaser, this heartfelt movie led director Rob Reiner to even greater success with his next film, The Princess Bride. --Jeff Shannon

  • Say Anything [Blu-ray] [1989] Say Anything | Blu Ray | (03/02/2014) from £9.49  |  Saving you £3.50 (26.90%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Seven years after he earned his first screen credit as the writer of Fast Times at Ridgemont High, former Rolling Stone writer Cameron Crowe made his directorial debut with this acclaimed romantic comedy starring John Cusack and Ione Skye as unlikely lovers on the cusp of adulthood. The casting is perfect and Crowe's rookie direction is appropriately unobtrusive, no doubt influenced by his actor-loving, Oscar-winning mentor, James L. Brooks. But the real strength of Crowe's work is his exceptional writing, his timely grasp of contemporary rhythms and language (he's frequently called "the voice of a generation"), and the rich humour and depth of his fully developed characters. In Say Anything, Cusack and Skye play recent high-school graduates enjoying one final summer before leaping into a lifetime of adult responsibilities. Lloyd (Cusack) is an aspiring kickboxer with no definite plans; Diane (Skye) is a valedictorian with plans to further her education in Europe. Together they find unlikely bliss, but there's also turbulence when Diane's father (John Mahoney)--who only wants what's best for his daughter--is charged with fraud and tax evasion. Favouring strong performances over obtrusive visual style, Crowe focuses on his unique characters and the ambitions and fears that define them; the movie's a treasure trove of quiet, often humorous revelations of personality. Lili Taylor and Eric Stoltz score high marks for memorable supporting roles, and Cusack's own sister Joan is perfect in scenes with her on- and offscreen brother. A rare romantic comedy that's as funny as it is dramatically honest, Say Anything marked the arrival of a gifted writer-director who followed up with the underrated Singles before scoring his first box-office smash with Jerry Maguire. --Jeff Shannon

  • Hot Tub Time Machine [DVD] [2010] Hot Tub Time Machine | DVD | (30/08/2010) from £2.99  |  Saving you £15.00 (75.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Hot Tub Time Machine hits the bull's-eye: it's a rude, crude comedy with enough smarts and emotional sweetness to make it completely entertaining. Seeking to bring some youthful optimism back to their failed, miserable lives, three middle-aged guys--Adam (John Cusack), Nick (Craig Robinson), and Lou (Rob Corddry)--go to a mountain resort where they spent some of their wildest days (reluctantly dragging along Adam's nephew, Jacob, played by newcomer Clark Duke). A drunken accident in the titular hot tub sends them swirling back to 1986, where each of them decides to risk changing the future (and possibly erasing Jacob from existence) by doing things just a little differently. A plot summary doesn't capture the movie's rambunctious, daffy spirit as much as? well, the ridiculous title: this is a movie called Hot Tub Time Machine! Any expectation you may have will be met and surpassed. John Cusack delivers another underplayed yet marvellously funny performance, his best since High Fidelity; Clark Duke, from the TV show Greek, proves a promising young comic talent. But the movie really belongs to Robinson and Corddry, who've been floating around the edges of tons of comedies--some have been good, some have been bad, but they've both been consistently funny even in crappy movies. Hot Tub Time Machine gives them centre stage and lets them reveal the comic chaos they can deliver. It helps, but is not necessary, to have lived through the '80s to find Hot Tub Time Machine exquisitely silly. --Bret Fetzer

  • Anastasia/ Bartok the Magnificent / Ferngully / Ferngully 2 [DVD] [1992] Anastasia/ Bartok the Magnificent / Ferngully / Ferngully 2 | DVD | (30/01/2012) from £2.99  |  Saving you £17.00 (85.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Titles Comprise:Anastasia: The lost Russian Princess Anastasia and her incredible quest to find her true identity. When the shadow of revolution falls across Russia, Anastasia, the royal family's youngest daughter, barely escapes with her life. Years later, joined by a band of heroic companions, Anastasia must battle the evil Rasputin, his sidekick Bartok the bat and a host of ghostly minions in a headlong race to reach Paris, reclaim her rightful destiny... and solve the greatest mystery of the 20th century!Bartok The Magnificent: Propelled on a hero's journey, Bartok (Hank Azaria) must rescue the young heir to the Russian throne, Prince Ivan (Phillip Van Dyke). However, he must first deal with the shady Ludmilla (Catherine O'Hara), who wants the throne for herself, and face a series of tasks and adventures set for him by the wacky - and possibly evil - witch of the Iron Forest, Baba Yaga (Andrea Martin). Bartok's odyssey is marked by imaginative scenery, catchy songs, comedic characters (including sidekick Zozi the bear, as voiced by Kelsey Grammer), and, most of all, the bat's own funny and neurotic commentary!Ferngully: The Last Rainforest: Come join in a spectacular rainforest adventure - where the radar-impaired Batty and his magical friends Crysta, Pips and the Beetle Boys try to save their special world from mankind's carelessness and the evil Hexxus.Ferngully 2: The Magical Rescue Life in FernGully, a 1,000-year-old rainforest, is idyllic for the woodland animals and two fairies named Crysta and Pips. Still, Pips longs to see the world beyond the forest. When two human poachers steal three baby animals under Crysta's care, Pips is quick to declare his intention to travel to town and rescue the stolen animals. A bat (appropriately named Batty) offers much doom-and-gloom advice against the trip, but eventually Pips and his band of Beetle Boys head to town with Batty in the lead...

  • Runaway Jury [2004] Runaway Jury | DVD | (14/06/2004) from £4.99  |  Saving you £11.00 (68.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Based on the bestseller by John Grisham, Runaway Jury is a slick thriller that's exciting enough to overcome the gaps in its plot. The ultimate target has been changed: Grisham's legal assault on the tobacco industry was switched to the hot-button issue of gun control (no doubt to avoid comparisons with The Insider) in a riveting exposé of jury-tampering. Gene Hackman plays the ultra-cynical, utterly unscrupulous pawn of the gun-makers, using an expert staff and advanced electronics to hand-pick a New Orleans jury that will return a favourable verdict; Dustin Hoffman (making his first screen appearance with real-life former roommate Hackman) defends the grieving widow of a gun-shooting victim with idealistic zeal, while maverick juror John Cusack and accomplice Rachel Weisz play both ends against the middle in a personal quest to hold gun-makers accountable. It's riveting stuff, even when it's obvious that Grisham and director Gary Fleder have glossed over any details that would unravel the plot's intricate design. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

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