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Whatever Works | DVD | (22/11/2010)
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After the failure of his career his marriage and his suicide attempt world-class grouch Boris Yellnikoff spends his days insulting the small children unfortunate enough to study chess with him and irritating his still-loyal friends with his never-ending tirades about the worthlessness of absolutely everything. A former Columbia Professor and self-proclaimed genius who came close to winning a Nobel Prize for Quantum Mechanics Boris fancies himself the only one who fully comprehends the meaningless of all human aspirations and the pitch-black chaos of the universe. As he readily admits Boris is not a feel-good person.
Asterix And the Vikings | DVD | (05/03/2007)
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More adventures from Asterix and Obelix
The Ides of March | Blu Ray | (05/03/2012)
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Director-star George Clooney's The Ides of March is the perfect film to mirror our time, when the approval rating of the United States Congress is at an all-time low and the divisions between the two major parties and their constituents are wider than ever. Everyone'll have some kind of nit to pick with this rather self-serious film. Right-wingers won't like the fact that the central politician (Clooney's Governor Mike Morris of Pennsylvania, who's running for president) is a liberal Democrat who advocates raising taxes on the rich, supports a woman's right to choose, and may be an atheist ("My religion is the Constitution."). But the Left won't be thrilled by the notion that even among the most seemingly high-minded, the desire for victory and the behind-the-scenes maneuverings and compromises made to achieve it easily trump quaint notions like loyalty and integrity, and secrets are like bullets to be fired at close range, where they can do the most damage. The backdrop is the Ohio Democratic primary, a tight race between Morris and a senator from Arkansas. Both candidates have smart, able folks working for them, with Morris's world-weary campaign manager, Paul Zara (Philip Seymour Hoffman), and idealistic press secretary, Stephen Meyers (Ryan Gosling), countered by the opponent's shrewd campaign leader, Tom Duffy (Paul Giamatti). But smart people make mistakes too, and when Stephen meets semi-publicly with Duffy, who tries to lure the young man over to his side, he opens a can of worms with a stink that leads to some very dark places; nor does his dalliance with a young campaign volunteer (Evan Rachel Wood) turn out to be a great idea, to say the least. With Marisa Tomei (as a reporter) and Jeffrey Wright (as an Ohio senator whose endorsement may decide the race) also along for the ride, this is one of the best-cast movies in recent memory, and they're all excellent--especially the ever-reliable Giamatti and Hoffman, whose old political vets have some wonderfully juicy scenes. The dialogue is literate and sharp; the story's twists and turns are, for the most part, surprising enough to keep you in your seat. Best of all, it's another chance to shake our fists at the hubris and cynicism of the people who're supposed to be representing our best interests. --Sam Graham
The Missing | DVD | (21/06/2004)
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In 19th-century New Mexico Samuel Jones (Tommy Lee Jones) returns home hoping to reconcile with his now adult daughter Maggie (Cate Blanchett). When Maggie's daughter is kidnapped father and estranged daughter are forced to put their troubled past behind them and work together to get her back...
The Wrestler | Blu Ray | (01/06/2009)
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Back in the late '80s Randy The Ram Robinson (Mickey Rourke) was a headlining professional wrestler. Now twenty years later he ekes out a living performing for handfuls of diehard wrestling fans in high school gyms and community centers around New Jersey. Estranged from his daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) and unable to sustain any real relationships Randy lives for the thrill of the show and the adoration of his fans. However a heart attack forces him into retirement. As his sense of identity starts to slip away he begins to evaluate the state of his life - trying to reconnect with his daughter and striking up a romance with an aging stripper (Marisa Tomei). Yet all this cannot compare to the allure of the ring and passion for his art which threatens to pull Randy The Ram back in. With a career-defining multi-award winning performance from Mickey Rourke The Wrestler is a moving and unforgettable masterpiece from acclaimed director Darren Aronofsky.
Mildred Pierce (HBO) | DVD | (28/11/2011)
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She gave her daughter everything. But everything was not enough. HBO's new miniseries Mildred Pierce brings to life the memorable characters introduced in James M. Cain's classic 1941 novel of pride and privilege in the middle class. Starring Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet and co-written and directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Todd Haynes this five-part drama is an intimate portrait of a uniquely independent woman who finds herself newly divorced during the Depression years as she struggles to carve out a new life for herself and her family. The story explores Mildred's unreasonable devotion to her insatiable daughter Veda (Evan Rachel Wood) as well as the complex relationship she shares with the indolent men in her life including her polo-playing lover Monty Beragon (Guy Pearce) and ex-husband Bert Pierce (Brian F. O'Byrne).
Down will come baby | DVD | (13/10/2008)
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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Leah Garr wants to move from Phoenix to take a new job in Denver to help her family (Husband Marcus and Daughter Robin). When Robin goes to camp to give her parents time to sort things out, something unexpected occurs. On Robin's return from camp she finds out her mom is taking the new job in Denver, only returning each weekend to visit. During this turmoil in Robin's life, A new lady, Dorothy, befriends Robin, moves into the same apartment complex and spends a lot of time with her and her father Marcus. Leah is concerned about this because she does not know very much about Dorothy or her intentions. It soon becomes clear that Dorothy is after much more than friendship with the Garr family. ...Down Will Come Baby
Across the Universe | DVD | (01/08/2011)
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All you need is love... A love story set against the backdrop of the 1960s amid the turbulent years of anti-war protest mind exploration and rock 'n roll the film moves from the dockyards of Liverpool to the creative psychedelia of Greenwich Village from the riot-torn streets of Detroit to the killing fields of Vietnam. The star-crossed lovers Jude (Jim Sturgess) and Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood) along with a small group of friends and musicians are swept up into the emerging anti-war and counterculture movements with Dr. Robert (Bono) and Mr. Kite (Eddie Izzard) as their guides. Tumultuous forces outside their control ultimately tear the young lovers apart forcing Jude and Lucy - against all odds - to find their own way back to each other.
Love, Marilyn | DVD | (28/10/2013)
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Marilyn Monroe invented her public persona at the expense of concealing a private side known only to her close confidants. Fifty years after her death her creation still blazes brightly in our cultural imagination while the creator continues to lurk in the shadows. Drawing on never-before-seen personal papers diaries and letters Academy-award nominated director Liz Garbus worked with acclaimed actresses to evoke the multiple aspects of the real Marilyn - passion ambition soul-searching power and fear - in an absorbing and astonishing portrait. These documents brought to life in this film by some of our contemporary icons and stars give us a new and revelatory understanding of Monroe revealing her carefully guarded inner life. Love Marilyn features Elizabeth Banks Ellen Burstyn Glenn Close Viola Davis Jennifer Ehle Lindsay Lohan Lili Taylor Uma Thurman Marisa Tomei Evan Rachel Wood. Rounding out this portrait Adrien Brody Hope Davis Ben Foster Paul Giamatti Janet McTeer Oliver Platt and David Strathairn bring to life the writings of Billy Wilder Natasha Lytess Truman Capote Gloria Steinem and Norman Mailer completing the image of this very flesh-and-blood young woman in thrall to ambition imagination demons and fear who over time came to embrace life friendship and the possibility of her future.
The Conspirator | Blu Ray | (24/10/2011)
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Based on a true story, The Conspirator tells the powerful story of a woman who would do anything to protect her family, and the man who risked everything to save her.In the wake of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, seven men and one woman are arrested and charged with conspiring to kill the President, Vice President, and Secretary of State.The lone woman charged, Mary Surratt (Wright) owns a boarding house where John Wilkes Booth (Toby Kebbell) and others met and planned the simultaneous attacks. Against the ominous back-drop of post-Civil War Washington, newly-minted lawyer, Frederick Aiken (McAvoy), a 28-year-old Union war-hero, reluctantly agrees to defend Surratt before a military tribunal.Aiken realizes his client may be innocent and that she is being used as bait and hostage in order to capture the only conspirator to have escaped a massive manhunt, her own son, John (Johnny Simmons). As the nation turns against her, Surratt is forced to rely on Aiken to uncover the truth and save her life.
Running With Scissors | DVD | (18/06/2007)
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Based on the personal memoirs of Augusten Burroughs, Running With Scissors is a wickedly funny, brave and moving tale of surviving a most unusual childhood.Augusten's mother (Annette Bening) is a deluded aspiring poet with bipolar disorder whose marriage to his dad (Alec Baldwin) is in ruins. In desperation, she seeks the help of Dr. Finch (Brian Cox), while Augusten (Joseph Cross) is left in the care of Finch's wacky family, including his tightly-wound daughter (Gwyneth Paltrow). Adopted by the Finches, he finds a kindred spirit in youngest daughter Natalie (Evan Rachel Wood)and motherly support from Finch's long-suffering wife Agnes (Jill Clayburgh).Constantly recording the events of his life in his journal as a way to cope, Augusten finds himself avoiding school, learning about love from an older man (Joseph Fiennes), and making big decisions at the tender age of fifteen.
Little Secrets | DVD | (13/01/2003)
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Little Secrets is a delightful cautionary tale about modern childhood. Blair Treu's film manages to be reassuring about the reality of a world in which kids are perceived to grow up too quickly, without patronising them about the scale and scope of the problems that preoccupy them. At 14, Emily (Evan Rachel Wood) has it all mapped out. Wise beyond her years, she is a musical prodigy who also runs a neat sideline keeping the secrets of the neighbourhood children for a small fee: broken china, kittens hidden in the bedroom, money stolen from dad's wallet to buy his own birthday present. These enjoyable scenes owe a huge debt to Peanuts. But Emily has a secret of her own, and over one cataclysmic summer the burden of this and all the others she is keeping on behalf of her friends becomes insupportable. Moralising is kept to a minimum as events resolve themselves in a dramatic way and saccharine levels are modest thanks to the determinedly unsentimental performances of Wood, David Gallagher and Michael Angarano. All told this is a pleasing family film of some quality. On the DVD: Little Secrets might be a small film, but it has a big picture feel, enhanced by the anamorphic widescreen presentation and a super-clear Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. Extras include a good director's commentary in which Treu stresses the childish truths that make the story so touching, a short making-of documentary and a not particularly funny blooper reel. --Piers Ford
I Want - Animation | DVD | (13/10/2008)
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Titles Comprise: The Reef: When Pi an ordinary fish from Boston arrives at the exotic reef to live with his Aunt Pearl he is immediately attracted to Cordelia the fish of his dreams. There's just one big problem in the form of Troy the meanest shark in the ocean who not only patrols the reef keeping its community in fear of becoming his next meal but also has his eye on Cordelia and wants her for himself. Pi must join up with his new group of friends if he stands any chance of outwitting Troy and his henchmen save the reef and win Cordelia! TMNT: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tech-industrialist Max Winters is amassing an army of ancient monsters to take over the world. Only one super-ninja fighting team can stop them - those heroes in a half shell; Leonardo Michelangelo Donatello and Raphael! With the help of their rat sensei Master Splinter and old allies April O'Neil and Casey Jones the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are in for the fight of their lives in this all new CG-animated action adventure movie. The Ant Bully: Misfit Lucas (Zach Taylor Eisen) doesn't have any friends and suffers daily at the hands of the neighborhood bully. Lucas's mother (Cheri Oterie) might call her 10-year-old Peanut but to the ants inhabiting the colony in his front yard Lucas is the Destroyer. Lonely and frustrated by his small stature Lucas repeatedly takes his aggressions out on the colony leaving the ants running for their lives. Tired of the unprovoked attacks Zok (Nicolas Cage) an ant wizard devises a potion that will shrink the Destroyer down to their size so that he can stand trial for his actions. Soon Lucas is ant-sized and sentenced to live among the ants where he has to learn their ways in order to earn his freedom. Zok's ever cheerful girlfriend Hova (Julia Roberts) becomes Lucas's mentor teaching him the ways of the ant world and helping him gain a whole new perspective. He begins to understand the meaning of teamwork and how working with others can help an individual accomplish great things. He also learns that danger lurks everywhere for an ant: killer wasps hungry frogs even sunlight reflected off a mirror can mean certain death. Even worse before being shrunk Lucas was tricked into signing a contract with a slimy exterminator Stan Beals (Paul Giamatti) who will soon be returning to destroy the colony unless Lucas can find a way to stop him. An amusing smart script and likeable characters are hallmarks of this pleasant romp through a secret underground world.