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  • Friday Night Lights [2004] Friday Night Lights | DVD | (05/09/2005) from £5.59  |  Saving you £10.40 (65.00%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Based on the non-fiction bestseller by H.G. Bissinger, Friday Night Lights looks at high school football in the harsh light of reality, finding heart and hardness while stirring our emotions. Actor-director Peter Berg is Bissinger's cousin; he knows the material well, and understands how an obsession with winning turns high school kids into somber, over-pressured gladiators--expendable soldiers in a community war against shame and obscurity. The fact-based story focuses on the 1988 football season of Odessa-Permian high school in West Texas, and as a fast-paced sports movie, Berg delivers the goods with a rousing, frenetically styled crowd-pleaser. But there's darkness in this tale of weary underdogs, including an abusive father (well-played by country music star Tim McGraw), threatening townsfolk, an injured star running back (Derek Luke), a tormented quarterback (Lucas Black), and the melancholy coach (Billy Bob Thornton) who takes his team to the finals. Berg's film could use less flashy cutting and more drama to support its gridiron intensity, but Friday Night Lights offers a refreshing alternative to the conventional sports movie. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

  • School For Scoundrels [2006] School For Scoundrels | DVD | (25/06/2007) from £2.95  |  Saving you £10.61 (66.40%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Too nice? Too honest? Too *you*? Help is on the way. School For Scoundrels tells the hilarious story of Roger a dejected traffic cop who enrolls in ""confidence building"" class. Roger is tired of being walked all over and wants to win the affection of Amanda the girl he loves. Roger and his classmates get much more than they bargained for when their domineering professor exhibits some unusual teaching methods and sets his own sights on Amanda. Suddenly the mild-mannered geek squad must go from zeroes to heroes in order to stop being pushed around and win the girl back.

  • Bandits [2001] Bandits | DVD | (20/05/2002) from £3.31  |  Saving you £16.28 (81.40%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Director Barry Levinson's eclectic film career has always been distinguished by quality scriptwriting, and Bandits is no exception, thanks to Harley Peyton's clever contribution. At the heart of the story is the onscreen chemistry between Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton, who, as the most successful bank robbers in US history, win the affections of the nation. The story is told via various flashback methods, such as the narration of a newscaster who gets an exclusive interview, while a framing device teases the audience with what the end will be at the start. But all is not as it seems. The impulsive hothead Willis falls easily for fiery redhead and frustrated housewife Cate Blanchett. The attraction is perfectly mutual until she realises the sweet appeal of hypochondriac Thornton. The resulting love triangle may not immediately seem to add up, especially as the romantic focus really ought to be on Willis' goofy cousin Harvey (a sensational Troy Garity) who dreams of being a stuntman. Originally Bandits was meant to be an adaptation of Elmore Leonard's novel, but here the tone is significantly lightened and the "Sleepover Bandits" are far more sympathetic characters than the likes of George Clooney's thief in Out of Sight. There's a kicker of a feel-good finale, too. On the DVD: Bandits on disc has an alternative and even sweeter ending, complete with commentary from Blanchett entitled "Who's the Dad?". It's one of five deleted scenes that were presumably only cut for running time. Other extras include a "Script to Screen" workshop with Levinson, an ad for the soundtrack album and a 20-minute documentary. The real find, though, is a commentary from Willis, Thornton, Blanchett, Garity, Producer Paula Weinstein and Peyton. They may not all be in the same room, but the apportioning of anecdotes fits perfectly.--Paul Tonks

  • Intolerable Cruelty [2003] Intolerable Cruelty | DVD | (23/02/2004) from £1.69  |  Saving you £15.80 (79.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A sleek George Clooney and a seductive Catherine Zeta-Jones square off magnificently in the divorce comedy Intolerable Cruelty. The plot is simple: lawyer supreme Miles Massey (Clooney) skilfully outmanoeuvres gold-digger Marylin Rexroth (Zeta-Jones) when she divorces her wealthy husband--and she sets out to get revenge. But this movie comes from the creative minds of the Coen Brothers (Fargo, O Brother Where Art Thou?), and so Intolerable Cruelty includes a Scottish wedding chapel in Vegas, an asthmatic hit man, fluffy-dog-stroking European nobility, and a legendarily unbreakable pre-nuptial agreement. Still, it's pretty restrained for the Coens; smooth and consistent, it never stumbles as disappointingly as their movies can, but also never quite hits the operatic pitch of their best work. It's still damn funny, though, with top-notch performances from the leads as well as Geoffrey Rush, Cedric the Entertainer and Billy Bob Thornton. --Bret Fetzer

  • Mr Woodcock [Blu-ray] [2007] Mr Woodcock | Blu Ray | (28/01/2008) from £5.99  |  Saving you £19.00 (76.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Mr Woodcock stars Sean William Scott as John Farley a self-help author who returns to his hometown only to discover that his mother (Susan Sarandon) has fallen in love with his old high school nemesis Mr. Woodcock (Billy Bob Thornton) - the gruff no-nonsense gym teacher who had put him through years of mental and physical humiliation. Determined to prevent history from repeating itself John sets out to stop his mother from marrying the man who had made life miserable for him and his classmates.

  • Mr Woodcock [2007] Mr Woodcock | DVD | (28/01/2008) from £2.08  |  Saving you £17.91 (89.60%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Mr Woodcock stars Sean William Scott as John Farley a self-help author who returns to his hometown only to discover that his mother (Susan Sarandon) has fallen in love with his old high school nemesis Mr. Woodcock (Billy Bob Thornton) - the gruff no-nonsense gym teacher who had put him through years of mental and physical humiliation. Determined to prevent history from repeating itself John sets out to stop his mother from marrying the man who had made life miserable for him and his classmates.

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