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  • The Game [1997] The Game | DVD | (09/11/2007) from £3.00  |  Saving you £12.99 (81.20%)  |  RRP £15.99

    It's not quite as clever as it tries to be, but The Game does a tremendous job of presenting the story of a rigid control freak trapped in circumstances that are increasingly beyond his control. Michael Douglas plays a rich, divorced, and dreadful investment banker whose 48th birthday reminds him of his father's suicide at the same age. He's locked in the cage of his own misery until his rebellious younger brother (Sean Penn) presents him with a birthday invitation to play "The Game" (described as "an experiential Book of the Month Club")--a mysterious offering from a company called Consumer Recreation Services. Before he knows the game has even begun, Douglas is caught up in a series of unexplained events designed to strip him of his tenuous security and cast him into a maelstrom of chaos. How do you play a game that hasn't any rules? That's what Douglas has to figure out, and he can't always rely on his intelligence to form logic out of what's happening to him. Seemingly cast as the fall guy in a conspiracy thriller, he encounters a waitress (Deborah Unger) who may or may not be trustworthy, and nothing can be taken at face value in a world turned upside down. Douglas is great at conveying the sheer panic of his character's dilemma, and despite some lapses in credibility and an anticlimactic ending, The Game remains a thinking person's thriller that grabs and holds your attention. Thematic resonance abounds between this and Seven and Fight Club, two of the other films by The Game 's director David Fincher. -- Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

  • Dead Man Walking [1996] Dead Man Walking | DVD | (17/09/2001) from £3.99  |  Saving you £12.00 (75.00%)  |  RRP £15.99

  • The Tree of Life [DVD] The Tree of Life | DVD | (31/10/2011) from £4.00  |  Saving you £15.01 (75.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The long front lawns of summer afternoons, the flicker of sunlight as it sprays through tree branches, the volcanic surge of the Earth's interior as the planet heaves itself into being--you certainly can't say Terrence Malick lacks for visual expressiveness. The Tree of Life is Malick's long-cherished project, a film that centres on a family in 1950s Waco, Texas, yet also reaches for cosmic significance in the creation of the universe itself. The Texas memories belong to Jack (Sean Penn), a modern man seemingly ground down by the soulless glass-and-metal corporate world that surrounds him. We learn early in the film of a family loss that happened at a later time, but the flashbacks concern only the dark Eden of Jack's childhood: his games with his two younger brothers, his frustrated, bullying father (Brad Pitt), his one-dimensionally radiant mother (Jessica Chastain). None of which unfolds in anything like a conventional narrative, but in a series of disconnected scenes that conjure, with poetry and specificity, a particular childhood realm. The contributions of cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki and production designer Jack Fisk cannot be underestimated in that regard, and it should be noted that Brad Pitt contributes his best performance: strong yet haunted. And how does the Big Bang material (especially a long, trippy sequence in the film's first hour) tie into this material? Yes, well, the answer to that question will determine whether you find Malick's film a profound exploration of existence or crazy-ambitious failure full of beautiful things. Malick's sincerity is winning (and so is his exceptional touch with the child actors), yet many of the movie's touches are simultaneously gaseous (amongst the bits of whispered narration is the war between nature and grace, roles assigned to mother and father) and all-too-literal (a dinosaur retreats from nearly killing a fellow creature--the first moments of species kindness, or anthropomorphic poppycock?). The Tree of Life premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and won the Palme d'Or there after receiving boos at its press screening. The debate continues, unabated, from that point. --Robert Horton

  • Fair Game [DVD] Fair Game | DVD | (11/07/2011) from £2.18  |  Saving you £17.81 (89.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A suspense-filled glimpse into the dark corridors of political power Fair Game is a riveting action-thriller based on the autobiography of real-life undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame (Naomi Watts) whose career was destroyed and marriage strained to its limits when her covert identity was exposed. As a covert officer in the CIA's Counter-Proliferation Division Valerie leads an investigation into the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Valerie's husband diplomat Joe Wilson (Sean Penn) is drawn into the investigation to substantiate an alleged sale of enriched uranium from Niger. But when the administration ignores his findings and uses the issue to support the call to war Joe writes a New York Times editorial outlining his conclusions and ignites a firestorm of controversy.

  • Persepolis [2008] Persepolis | DVD | (18/08/2008) from £5.49  |  Saving you £12.50 (69.50%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Persepolis is a poignant story of a young girl in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. It is through the eyes of the precocious and outspoken nine year old Marjane that we see a people's hopes dashed as fundementalists take power - forcing the veil on women and imprisoning thousands. Clever and fearless she outsmarts the 'guardians' and discovers punk. Yet when her uncle is senselessly executed - and as bombs fall around Tehran - the daily fear that permeates life in Iran is palpable. As she gets older Marjane's boldness causes her parents to worry over her continued safety. And so - at age fourteen - they make the difficult decision to send her to school in Austria. Vulnerable and alone in a strange land she endures the typical ordeals of a teenager.

  • The Thin Red Line [1999] The Thin Red Line | DVD | (12/06/2000) from £4.13  |  Saving you £15.00 (75.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • Milk [DVD] [2008] Milk | DVD | (08/06/2009) from £3.86  |  Saving you £13.80 (76.70%)  |  RRP £17.99

    His life changed history. His courage changed lives. The story of California's first openly gay elected official Harvey Milk a San Francisco supervisor who was assassinated along with Mayor George Moscone by San Francisco Supervisor Dan White.

  • The Game [Blu-ray] The Game | Blu Ray | (25/10/2010) from £5.00  |  Saving you £12.99 (72.20%)  |  RRP £17.99

    It's not quite as clever as it tries to be, but The Game does a tremendous job of presenting the story of a rigid control freak trapped in circumstances that are increasingly beyond his control. Michael Douglas plays a rich, divorced, and dreadful investment banker whose 48th birthday reminds him of his father's suicide at the same age. He's locked in the cage of his own misery until his rebellious younger brother (Sean Penn) presents him with a birthday invitation to play "The Game" (described as "an experiential Book of the Month Club")--a mysterious offering from a company called Consumer Recreation Services. Before he knows the game has even begun, Douglas is caught up in a series of unexplained events designed to strip him of his tenuous security and cast him into a maelstrom of chaos. How do you play a game that hasn't any rules? That's what Douglas has to figure out, and he can't always rely on his intelligence to form logic out of what's happening to him. Seemingly cast as the fall guy in a conspiracy thriller, he encounters a waitress (Deborah Unger) who may or may not be trustworthy, and nothing can be taken at face value in a world turned upside down. Douglas is great at conveying the sheer panic of his character's dilemma, and despite some lapses in credibility and an anticlimactic ending, The Game remains a thinking person's thriller that grabs and holds your attention. Thematic resonance abounds between this and Seven and Fight Club, two of the other films by The Game 's director David Fincher. -- Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

  • I Am Sam [2002] I Am Sam | DVD | (28/10/2002) from £5.20  |  Saving you £14.79 (74.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Sam Dawson (Penn) has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old and is obsessed with the Beatles. When the mother of his daughter abandons them he names his daughter Lucy Diamond (after the Beatles song) and raises her. But as she reaches age 7 herself Sam's limitations start to become a problem at school when Lucy intentionally holds back to avoid looking smarter than her father. The authorities take her away and in protest Sam shames high-priced lawyer Rita Harrison into taking his

  • U-Turn [1998] U-Turn | DVD | (01/10/1999) from £7.97  |  Saving you £-1.98 (-33.10%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Oliver Stone used such words as "liberating" and "fun" to talk about U-Turn's relatively quick production schedule of 42 days. Stone's ideas of film fun, however, are something older generations would call sick. This film is a Southwestern noir tale about Bobby Cooper (Sean Penn), a hotshot who is stuck in the tight confines of Superior, Arizona, when his car breaks down. His subsequent adventure is a meatball comedy--loud, obnoxious and violent, and stuffed with diffused light, a hot cast and a no-fat Ennio Morricone score. This film has plenty of odd characters but you never really find out much about them. Bobby's first encounters include a repulsive mechanic (Billy Bob Thornton under the grease) and a blind Indian (Jon Voight under the makeup). Then there's Grace McKenna (a sizzling Jennifer Lopez), who is as dangerous as the curves of her red sundress. Bobby's got time to kill and Grace seems more than willing. Unfortunately, it seems that Bobby has never seen a movie such as A Touch of Evil; if he had, he would know it can only get worse. About the time Grace's husband, Jake (Nick Nolte), shows up, Bobby is knee-deep in murder plots and double-crosses. The first 40 minutes or so are "fun" to a point. Penn is the perfect near-creep to root for and as he wanders back into town after meeting Grace, the eclectic characters pile up. But soon it gets monotonous, tiring and just plain ugly. And when incest and bloody fights begin, the fun is gone. If Penn wasn't so solid an actor and able to be empathetic in the most morose situations, the movie would be unwatchable in stretches. Lopez makes another good impression but this is not a performance that stands out. Nolte, raspy and ill-looking, is the Lee Marvin of the 90s. Before U-Turn is over, you are already wondering if Oliver Stone will do something else, something more important, soon. --Doug Thomas

  • The Tree of Life [Blu-ray] The Tree of Life | Blu Ray | (31/10/2011) from £6.69  |  Saving you £18.30 (73.20%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The long front lawns of summer afternoons, the flicker of sunlight as it sprays through tree branches, the volcanic surge of the Earth's interior as the planet heaves itself into being--you certainly can't say Terrence Malick lacks for visual expressiveness. The Tree of Life is Malick's long-cherished project, a film that centres on a family in 1950s Waco, Texas, yet also reaches for cosmic significance in the creation of the universe itself. The Texas memories belong to Jack (Sean Penn), a modern man seemingly ground down by the soulless glass-and-metal corporate world that surrounds him. We learn early in the film of a family loss that happened at a later time, but the flashbacks concern only the dark Eden of Jack's childhood: his games with his two younger brothers, his frustrated, bullying father (Brad Pitt), his one-dimensionally radiant mother (Jessica Chastain). None of which unfolds in anything like a conventional narrative, but in a series of disconnected scenes that conjure, with poetry and specificity, a particular childhood realm. The contributions of cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki and production designer Jack Fisk cannot be underestimated in that regard, and it should be noted that Brad Pitt contributes his best performance: strong yet haunted. And how does the Big Bang material (especially a long, trippy sequence in the film's first hour) tie into this material? Yes, well, the answer to that question will determine whether you find Malick's film a profound exploration of existence or crazy-ambitious failure full of beautiful things. Malick's sincerity is winning (and so is his exceptional touch with the child actors), yet many of the movie's touches are simultaneously gaseous (amongst the bits of whispered narration is the war between nature and grace, roles assigned to mother and father) and all-too-literal (a dinosaur retreats from nearly killing a fellow creature--the first moments of species kindness, or anthropomorphic poppycock?). The Tree of Life premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and won the Palme d'Or there after receiving boos at its press screening. The debate continues, unabated, from that point. --Robert Horton

  • Riding Giants / Dogtown And Z-Boys Riding Giants / Dogtown And Z-Boys | DVD | (22/08/2005) from £19.99  |  Saving you £5.00 (20.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Riding Giants: A documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Stacy Peralta that details the origins and history of surf culture. There is no way of telling the story of big wave riding without telling the story of surfing itself a sport that has become one of the world's most potent symbols of youth adventure and freedom. At the heart of 'Riding Giants' are the funny spirited often poignant and dramatic stories told by past and present surfers. Yet in telling comes a picture of not only these extraordinary characters but authentic insight into the birth development and ultimately the global appeal of the romantic culturally significant surfing lifestyle itself... Dogtown And Z-Boys: The awe-inspiring moves street smarts and attitudes demonstrated in 'Dogtown And Z-Boys' are widely regarded as having a significant influence on contemporary American pop culture. Narrated by Sean Penn Dogtown and Z-Boys is a truly genre defining documentary film which has picked up an array of high profile film awards including the Best Director and Audience Award's at the Sundance Film Festival and the Best Documentary Award at the Independent Spirit Awards.

  • Casualties of War Casualties of War | DVD | (11/10/2004) from £2.74  |  Saving you £2.33 (38.90%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Hailed by critics as a masterpiece Casualties of War is based on the true story of a squad of soldiers caught in the moral quagmire of wartime Vietnam. Witness to a vile crime Private Eriksson (Michael J. Fox) is forced to stand alone against his fellow soldiers and commanding officer Sergeant Meserve (Sean Penn). A powerful and charismatic man pushed over the edge of barbarism by the terror and brutality of combat. With sweeping scope action and raw power master filmmaker Brian De Palma creates a devastating and unforgettable tale of one man's quest for sanity and justice amidst the chaos of war.

  • Gangster Squad [DVD] Gangster Squad | DVD | (27/05/2013) from £3.37  |  Saving you £12.33 (77.10%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and-if he has his way-every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it all with the protection of not only his own paid goons, but also the police and the politicians who are under his control. It's enough to intimidate even the bravest, street-hardened cop... except, perhaps, for the small, secret crew of LAPD outsiders led by Sgt. John O'Mara (Josh Brolin) and Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), who come together to try to tear Cohen's world apart.

  • Shanghai Surprise [DVD] [1986] Shanghai Surprise | DVD | (04/01/2010) from £6.45  |  Saving you £9.54 (59.70%)  |  RRP £15.99

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  • The Gunman [DVD] [2015] The Gunman | DVD | (20/07/2015) from £4.09  |  Saving you £13.90 (77.30%)  |  RRP £17.99

    A gripping action-thriller from the director of Taken and the producer of The Matrix and Non-Stop The Gunman stars Oscar-winner Sean Penn as a former military operative dragged into a deadly cat and mouse game. With Penn in his first action role and a top-notch cast including Javier Bardem and Idris Elba The Gunman is a high-octane must-see.

  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High Fast Times at Ridgemont High | DVD | (10/04/2003) from £4.45  |  Saving you £11.54 (72.20%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Based on the humorous bestselling novel Fast Times at Ridgemont High details the individual struggles of teenagers as they deal with independence success sexuality money maturity school and just making it through the formative year. Features music by The Go-Go's Graham Nash Jim Buffet Stevie Nicks Tom Petty The Cars and Quarterflash.

  • Carlito's Way [1994] Carlito's Way | DVD | (29/03/2004) from £3.00  |  Saving you £16.99 (85.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Al Pacino cuts a noble figure in this very enjoyable drama by director Brian De Palma (Scarface), based on a pair of books by Edwin Torres. Pacino plays a Puerto Rican ex-con trying hard to go straight, but his loyalty to his lowlife attorney (a virtually unrecognisable Sean Penn) and enemies on the street make that choice difficult. Penelope Ann Miller plays, somewhat unlikely, a stripper who has a romance with Pacino's character. The film finds De Palma tempering his more outlandish moves (think of Body Double or Snake Eyes) just as he did with the popular Untouchables and Mission: Impossible. But while Carlito's Way was not as commercially successful as those two movies, it is a genuinely compelling work graced with a fine performance by Pacino and a surprising one from Penn. --Tom Keogh

  • Fast Times At Ridgemont High [DVD] Fast Times At Ridgemont High | DVD | (27/03/2017) from £6.81  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    The script for Fast Times at Ridgemont High is based on filmmaker Cameron (Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous) Crowe's time as a reporter for Rolling Stone. He was so youthful looking that he was able to go undercover for a year at a California high school and write a book about it. The film launched the careers of several young actors, including Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Phoebe Cates and, above all, Sean Penn. The story line is episodic, dealing with the lives of iconic teen types: one of the school's cool kids, a nerd, a teen queen and, most enjoyably, the class stoner (Penn), who finds himself at odds with a strict history teacher (a wonderfully spiky Ray Walston). This is not a great film but very entertaining and, for a certain age group, a seminal film experience.--Marshall Fine, Amazon.com On the DVD: Amy (Clueless) Heckerling and Cameron Crowe's commentary is revealing and indicative of a time where nudity on celluloid was shocking rather than the norm as they talk about the issues which contributed to the film's original X-rating, as well as all the actors who originally auditioned for the roles. The transfer quality is high with little grain, and although the soundtrack is in mono rather than Dolby 5.1 it is not detrimental to the film. There's a retrospective documentary called "Reliving Our Fast Times at Ridgemont High" featuring new interviews with most of the cast and crew, plus a highly original feature about the locations used in the film, how they looked in 1982 and how they look now. For fact buffs there's the usual mix of biographies, theatrical trailer and production notes.--Kristen Bowditch

  • State of Grace [Blu-ray] State of Grace | Blu Ray | (24/08/2015) from £7.99  |  Saving you £12.00 (60.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Overshadowed by GoodFellas when it was released in 1990, State of Grace gradually emerged as one of the best New York gangster films of its decade. It was also the first to feature the Irish American mob known as the Westies. Here, their territory west of Times Square is being gentrified by an unwelcome infusion of yuppie cash, squeezing them into a reluctant alliance with Mafia kingpins. Frankie (Ed Harris) is the boss; little brother Jackie (Gary Oldman) is his volatile muscle; their friend Terry (Sean Penn) has returned from an extended absence, harbouring a dangerous secret while rekindling his love for Frankie and Jackie's sister Kathleen (Robin Wright, Penn's future wife). Giving one of his scariest, most violent performances, Oldman offers stark, brutal contrast to Harris's pent-up fury, while Penn breathes life into his character's standard-issue dilemma. A former protégé of Steven Spielberg's, director Phil Joanou handles this gritty potboiler with confident, unobtrusive style, ramping up the tension of divided loyalties, even as the plot grows increasingly familiar. --Jeff Shannon

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