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  • Florence Foster Jenkins [DVD] [2016] Florence Foster Jenkins | DVD | (05/09/2016) from £6.49  |  Saving you £13.50 (67.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS is the inspirational true story of the eponymous New York heiress and socialite who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great singer. The voice Florence (Meryl Streep) heard in her head was divine, but to the rest of the world it was hilariously awful. At private recitals, her devoted husband and manager, St Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant), managed to protect Florence from the truth. But when Florence decided to give her first public concert at New York's Carnegie Hall, St Clair realised he had perhaps bitten off more than he could chew. The comedy drama directed by Stephen Frears (Philomena, The Queen) celebrates the human spirit, the power of music and the passion of amateurs everywhere.

  • Philomena [DVD] Philomena | DVD | (24/03/2014) from £4.49  |  Saving you £15.50 (77.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Falling pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952 Philomena (Judi Dench) was sent to the convent of Roscrea to be looked after as a fallen woman. When her baby was only a toddler he was taken away by the nuns for adoption in America. Philomena spent the next fifty years searching for him but with no success.Then she met Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan) a world-weary political journalist who happened to be intrigued by her story. Together they set off to America on a journey that would not only reveal the extraordinary story of Philomena’s son but also create an unexpectedly close bond between Philomena and Martin.The film is a compelling narrative of human love and loss that ultimately celebrates life showing that there is laughter even in the darkest places.

  • High Fidelity [2000] High Fidelity | DVD | (07/05/2001) from £4.29  |  Saving you £13.70 (76.20%)  |  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

  • Tamara  Drewe [DVD] Tamara Drewe | DVD | (28/03/2011) from £3.99  |  Saving you £14.00 (77.80%)  |  RRP £17.99

    A young newspaper writer returns to her hometown in the English countryside where her childhood home is being prepped for sale.

  • Six Plays By Alan Bennett: The Complete Series [DVD] Six Plays By Alan Bennett: The Complete Series | DVD | (20/02/2017) from £16.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Stephen Frears produces six plays by Oscar-nominated playwright Alan Bennett. Showcasing the talents of Julie Walters, Prunella Scales, Patricia Routledge, Dave Allen and Alun Armstrong, Six Plays by Alan Bennett includes the BAFTA-nominated Me! I'm Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Frears himself directs four of the six plays, with the remaining two directed by BAFTA-winning Giles Foster and Palm d'Or winner Lindsay Anderson. Me! I'm Afraid of Virginia Woolf Trevor Hopkins is painfully shy, but a chance encounter makes him think that his life is about to turn a corner. Starring Neville Smith, Thora Hird and Julie Walters Doris and Doreen Doris and Doreen are happy working in an obscure provincial office, until the spectre of redundancy rears its head. Starring Prunella Scales, Patricia Routledge and Pete Postlethwaite The Old Crowd George and Betty are throwing a housewarming party, but circumstances conspire against them... Starring John Moffatt, Isobel Dean, Peter Jeffrey and Rachel Roberts Afternoon Off A hotel waiter spends an afternoon off in search of sexual fulfilment, but instead finds a town full of eccentrics bearing petty prejudices. Starring Henry Man, Benjamin Whitrow and Philip Jackson One Fine Day An estate agent suffering a mid-life crisis takes up residence in an office block that he's supposed to be renting to his firm's clients. Starring Dave Allen, Robert Stephens and Benjamin Whitrow All Day on the Sands The Coopers decide to holiday in Morecambe as a change from Menorca. They stay in the Miramar Hotel, but Mr Cooper has a guilty secret... Starring Alun Armstrong, Marjorie Yates and Ken Jones

  • Dangerous Liaisons [1988] Dangerous Liaisons | DVD | (01/06/2006) from £3.95  |  Saving you £8.20 (58.60%)  |  RRP £13.99

    A sumptuously mounted and photographed celebration of artful wickedness, betrayal and sexual intrigue among depraved 18th-century French aristocrats, Dangerous Liaisons (based on Christopher Hampton's Les Liaisons Dangereuses) is seductively decadent fun. The villainous heroes are the Marquise De Merteuil (Glenn Close) and the Vicomte De Valmont (John Malkovich), who have cultivated their mutual cynicism into a highly developed and exquisitely mannered form of (in-)human expression. Former lovers, they now fancy themselves rather like demigods whose mutual desires have evolved beyond the crudeness of sex or emotion. They ritualistically act out their twisted affections by engaging in elaborate conspiracies to destroy the lives of their less calculating acquaintances, daring each other to ever-more-dastardly acts of manipulation and betrayal. Why? Just because they can; it's their perverted way of getting their kicks in a dead-end, pre-Revolutionary culture. Among their voluptuous and virtuous prey are fair-haired angels played by Michelle Pfeiffer and Uma Thurman, who have never looked more ripe for ravishing. When the Vicomte finds himself beset by bewilderingly genuine emotions for one of his victims, the Marquise considers it the ultimate betrayal and plots her heartless revenge. Dangerous Liaisons is a high-mannered revel for the actors, who also include Swoosie Kurtz, Mildred Natwick, and Keanu Reeves. --Jim Emerson

  • The Program [DVD] The Program | DVD | (15/02/2016) from £6.59  |  Saving you £11.40 (63.40%)  |  RRP £17.99

    From Academy Award® nominated director Stephen Frears (The Queen, Philomena) and producers Working Title Films (The Theory Of Everything, Everest, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), comes the true story of the meteoric rise and fall of one of the most celebrated and controversial men in recent history; Lance Armstrong, the world-renowned Tour de France champion. Inspired by the award winning book ?Seven Deadly Sins' by David Walsh, and featuring a stellar cast including Ben Foster (Lone Survivor), Chris O'Dowd (Calvary), Guillaume Canet (Tell No One) and Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad), THE PROGRAM is a tense and suspenseful thriller.

  • My Beautiful Laundrette [1985] My Beautiful Laundrette | DVD | (17/03/2008) from £4.39  |  Saving you £11.60 (72.50%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Set within the Asian community in London My Beautiful Launderette is an unusual love story concerned with identity and entrepreneurial spirit during the Thatcher years. Omar (Gordon Warnecke) takes over the running of his wheeler-dealer uncle's launderette with the intention of turning it into a glittering place of commercial success. When he employs childhood friend and ex-National Front member Johnny (Daniel Day-Lewis) they become lovers as well as working partners. However complications soon ensue as the anger of Johnny's deserted gang begins to build and Omar is forced to face increasingly difficult family issues.

  • Tamara Drewe [Blu-ray] Tamara Drewe | Blu Ray | (28/03/2011) from £5.89  |  Saving you £11.53 (64.10%)  |  RRP £17.99

    A young newspaper writer returns to her hometown in the English countryside where her childhood home is being prepped for sale.

  • The Van [1996] The Van | DVD | (12/03/2007) from £5.89  |  Saving you £6.51 (50.10%)  |  RRP £12.99

    A large portion of life... The third installment of Irish author Roddy Doyle's 'Barrytown Trilogy' depicts the hilarious yet poignant adventures of Bimbo. Upon being fired from his job at the bakery Bimbo and his best mate go into business for themselves and purchase a chipper (a fish and chips van); but will the pressures of financial success sour their friendship forever?

  • Accidental Hero [1993] Accidental Hero | DVD | (04/07/2005) from £3.99  |  Saving you £2.00 (33.40%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Dustin Hoffman plays a lowlife who happens upon a plane crash and rescues the passengers, but doesn't really care about the value of his deed or the attendant publicity when the media starts searching for the hero. Another fellow (Andy Garcia) steps into the gap and claims credit, and as his life changes for the better he takes on a Messianic glow. Geena Davis is the cynical television reporter who pushes the latter's fame in order to keep her story alive, and this film, directed by Stephen Frears (Prick Up Your Ears), takes a few familiar jabs at a manipulative and voyeuristic press. This is essentially an unofficial remake of Meet John Doe, though it is less dramatic and forceful in the end than Frank Capra's classic. Chevy Chase has an oddly anachronistic part as Davis' editor (maybe he thought he really was in Meet John Doe), but the film belongs to Hoffman, who makes his character a slightly cleaned-up version of the actor's own Ratso Rizzo in Midnight Cowboy. --Tom Keogh

  • Prick Up Your Ears [1987] Prick Up Your Ears | DVD | (03/09/2007) from £4.69  |  Saving you £5.30 (53.10%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Prick Up Your Ears is a celebration of outrageous playwright Joe Orton (Gary Oldman) and his love affair with Kenneth Halliwell (Alfred Molina) which concluded with their violent and premature deaths. Orton was one of the 1960s golden boys from working class Leicester lad to national celebrity from sexual innocent to grinning satyr from penniless student to icon of Swinging London. He became a star by breaking the rules - sexual and theatrical. But while his plays including Loo

  • The Queen [2006] The Queen | DVD | (12/03/2007) from £2.08  |  Saving you £15.50 (77.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Tradition prepared her. Change will define her. In the wake of the death of Princess Diana in 1997 Queen Elizabeth II (the outstanding Helen Mirren) must come to terms with a nation in mourning a new government under pressure to deliver an outpouring of grief and a Royal family in turmoil...

  • Liam [2001] Liam | DVD | (26/12/2001) from £2.76  |  Saving you £17.10 (85.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Aye, it's tough oop north--again. In Liam, screenwriter Jimmy McGovern takes us into well-mined territory: working-class Liverpool during the Depression years of the early 1930s, and into the bosom of a poor but proud Catholic family. But then Tom, the father, loses his job at the local dockyards; teenage daughter Teresa, working for the rich Samuels family who own the yard, finds herself unhappily used as a go-between in Mrs Samuels' extra-marital affair; and seven-year-old Liam is being scared witless by hellfire sermons from his priest and his schoolteacher. Things get worse when the embittered Tom, deciding the Jews are to blame for his workless state, joins the Mosleyite fascists. No startling revelations here, then--but the film is fuelled by McGovern's affection for his characters and his passionate anger at their plight. Stephen Frears' vivid and atmospheric direction makes the world of cramped grey terraced houses real and tangible, and skilfully builds the tension toward the final inevitable outburst of violence. And from his cast he draws performances of rare urgency. As Teresa, Megan Burns touchingly conveys the confusion of a young woman torn by conflicting loyalties and witness to emotions she can't quite grasp. But the film is held by Ian Hart as Tom, with his raw vulnerable face and indignant ears, crushing down his own gentler instincts as he's drawn towards fascism. As he marches down the street in his black shirt his twitchy strut--half guilty and half defiant--says it all. --Philip Kemp

  • Florence Foster Jenkins [Blu-ray] [2016] Florence Foster Jenkins | Blu Ray | (05/09/2016) from £9.09  |  Saving you £19.90 (68.60%)  |  RRP £28.99

    FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS is the inspirational true story of the eponymous New York heiress and socialite who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great singer. The voice Florence (Meryl Streep) heard in her head was divine, but to the rest of the world it was hilariously awful. At private recitals, her devoted husband and manager, St Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant), managed to protect Florence from the truth. But when Florence decided to give her first public concert at New York's Carnegie Hall, St Clair realised he had perhaps bitten off more than he could chew. The comedy drama directed by Stephen Frears (Philomena, The Queen) celebrates the human spirit, the power of music and the passion of amateurs everywhere.

  • Alan Bennett At The BBC [DVD] Alan Bennett At The BBC | DVD | (26/10/2009) from £10.98  |  Saving you £19.01 (63.40%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Alan Bennett At The BBC

  • Prick Up Your Ears [1987] Prick Up Your Ears | DVD | (10/10/2005) from £10.97  |  Saving you £-2.98 (-37.30%)  |  RRP £7.99

    Based on John Lahr's biography of the same name and co-written by Alan Bennett, Prick Up Your Ears charts the 16-year relationship between the monstrously talented but deeply selfish playwright Joe Orton (Gary Oldman), author of West End farces such as Loot and What the Butler Saw, and his neurotic but nevertheless wronged lover and collaborator Kenneth Halliwell (Alfred Molina). Halliwell introduced Orton to art, literature and gay sex only to see his protégeacute; outstrip his mentor with innate and rampant talent for sexual conquest. By turns hilarious and excoriatingly painful, it's as much a tribute to an anti-hero of our times-Orton's ruthless frankness and anarchic mindset helped form the basis of what's called the "queer" sensibility today--as it is a portrait of the Swinging 60s just after the reform of anti-homosexuality laws irrevocably changed society. The modern-day framing device has Lahr (Wallace Shawn) researching his book through interviews with Peggy Ramsay (Vanessa Redgrave), Orton's agent and the diary he wrote, a nimble device which ends up drawing a provocative parallel between Orton and Halliwell's relationship and that of Lahr and his wife (Lindsay Duncan). Director Stephen Frears, fresh off the back of the also-gay-themed My Beautiful Laundrette, nimbly balances our sympathies for both the protagonists while the leads give what may in retrospect look like the standout performances of their careers: Oldman was never more feral and charming, while Molina, foppishingly fretting over his wig and decrying that his lover "even sleeps better than I do" is simply heartbreaking. --Leslie Felperin

  • Mrs Henderson Presents  [2005] Mrs Henderson Presents | DVD | (20/03/2006) from £2.48  |  Saving you £13.50 (75.00%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Nudity. Variety. High Society. Mrs. Laura Henderson (Judi Dench) may be a widow but she is by no means going to spend the rest her days playing bridge. The Windmill Theatre becomes her raison d'etre and the notorious showman Vivian Van Dam (Bob Hoskins) becomes her business partner and fiercest opponent. The Germans are bombing London but the roar of the Windmill is all that can be heard as Mrs Henderson convinces Lord Cromer (Christopher Guest) to allow her actresses to be th

  • Walter / Walter and June / Loving Walter [1982] [DVD] Walter / Walter and June / Loving Walter | DVD | (17/01/2011) from £10.51  |  Saving you £9.48 (47.40%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A man with learning difficulties suffers neglect and ill-treatment and this is only exasperated when his parents die and nobody seems to know what to do with him.

  • The Snapper [DVD] [1993] The Snapper | DVD | (02/11/2009) from £6.99  |  Saving you £6.00 (46.20%)  |  RRP £12.99

    The Snapper

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