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  • The Goonies [1985] The Goonies | DVD | (04/10/2004) from £5.49  |  Saving you £8.50 (60.80%)  |  RRP £13.99

    You may be surprised to discover that the director of the Lethal Weapon movies and scary horror flick The Omen, Richard Donner, also produced and directed this classic children's adventure (which, by the way, was written by Donner's screen-wizard friend Steven Spielberg). Then again you may not. The Goonies, like Donner's other movies, is the same story of good versus evil. It has its share of bad guys (the Fratelli brothers and their villainous mother), reluctant-hero good guys (the Walsh bothers and their gang of friends), and lots of corny one-liners. Like in an old-fashioned Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew plot, the Goonies need to solve a problem: a corrupt corporate developer has bought out their neighbourhood and plans to flatten all their homes. Luckily, the beloved gang stumbles on a treasure map. In the hopes of finding the treasure to buy back their houses, the Goonies embark on their quest through underground passages, aboard pirate ships, and behind waterfalls. This swashbuckling and rollicking ride was also a great breeding ground for a couple of child actors who went on to enjoy numerous successes in adulthood: Sean Astin (Rudy, Encino Man) and Martha Plimpton (Pecker, 200 Cigarettes). --Samantha Allen Storey, Amazon.com

  • Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince [DVD] [2009] Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince | DVD | (07/12/2009) from £3.89  |  Saving you £21.10 (84.40%)  |  RRP £24.99

  • 10 Things I Hate About You [DVD] [1999] 10 Things I Hate About You | DVD | (22/03/2010) from £4.29  |  Saving you £13.70 (76.20%)  |  RRP £17.99

    It's, like, Shakespeare, man! This good-natured and likeable update of The Taming of the Shrew takes the basics of Shakespeare's farce about a surly wench and the man who tries to win her and transfers it to modern-day Padua High School. Kat Stratford (Julia Stiles) is a sullen, forbidding riot girl who has a blistering word for everyone; her sunny younger sister Bianca (Larisa Oleynik) is poised for high school stardom. The problem: overprotective and paranoid Papa Stratford (a dryly funny Larry Miller) won't let Bianca date until boy-hating Kat does, which is to say never. When Bianca's pining suitor Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) gets wind of this, he hires the mysterious, brooding Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger) to loosen Kat up. Of course, what starts out as a paying gig turns to true love as Patrick discovers that underneath her brittle exterior, Kat is a regular babe. The script, by Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith, is sitcom-funny with peppy one-liners and lots of smart teenspeak; however, its cleverness and imagination doesn't really extend beyond its characters' Renaissance names and occasional snippets of real Shakespearean dialogue. What makes the movie energetic and winning is the formula that helped make She's All That such a big hit: two high-wattage stars who look great and can really act. Ledger is a hunk of promise with a quick grin and charming Aussie accent and Stiles mines Kat's bitterness and anger to depths usually unknown in teen films; her recitation of her English class sonnet (from which the film takes its title) is funny, heartbreaking and hopelessly romantic. The imperious Allison Janney (Primary Colors) nearly steals the film as a no-nonsense guidance counsellor secretly writing a trashy romance novel. --Mark Englehart

  • The Imitation Game [DVD] The Imitation Game | DVD | (09/03/2015) from £3.98  |  Saving you £13.50 (67.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    THE IMITATION GAME is a gripping acclaimed thriller that tells the incredible true story of unsung war hero Alan Turing the British mathematician responsible for cracking the German Enigma code during World War II. Benedict Cumberbatch (The Fifth Estate Star Trek Into Darkness and TV’s Sherlock) and Keira Knightley (BAFTA nominee for Atonement Oscar® nominee for Pride and Prejudice) star as Turing and his ally and fellow code-breaker Joan Clarke alongside a top-notch cast including Matthew Goode (Stoker A Single Man) Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) Rory Kinnear (Skyfall) Charles Dance (Gosford Park TV's Game of Thrones) Allen Leech (In Fear TV’s Downton Abbey) and Matthew Beard (An Education).

  • Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire [2005] Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire | DVD | (20/03/2006) from £3.59  |  Saving you £20.04 (77.10%)  |  RRP £25.99

    Director Mike Newell takes plenty of time to explore character development, but the story still moves along at a breathless pace, with memorably intense moments involving fire-spewing dragons, dark magical rites, and near-drownings at the hands of slimy mer-people, all of which may prove too much for the youngest of viewers.

  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2 Disc Special Edition) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2 Disc Special Edition) | DVD | (12/11/2007) from £4.19  |  Saving you £21.80 (83.90%)  |  RRP £25.99

    In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Harry returns for his fifth year of study at Hogwarts and discovers that much of the wizarding community has been denied the truth about his recent encounter with the evil Lord Voldemort. Fearing that Hogwarts' venerable Headmaster Albus Dumbledore is lying about Voldemort's return in order to undermine his power and take his job the Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge appoints a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher to keep watch over Dumbledore and the Hogwarts students. But Professor Dolores Umbridge's Ministry-approved course of defensive magic leaves the young wizards woefully unprepared to defend themselves against the dark forces threatening them and the entire wizarding community so at the prompting of his friends Hermione and Ron Harry takes matters into his own hands. Meeting secretly with a small group of students who name themselves ""Dumbledore's Army "" Harry teaches them how to defend themselves against the Dark Arts preparing the courageous young wizards for the extraordinary battle that lies ahead.

  • Transcendence [DVD] Transcendence | DVD | (25/08/2014) from £2.63  |  Saving you £17.36 (86.80%)  |  RRP £19.99

    As Dr. Will Caster works toward his goal of creating an omniscient, sentient machine, a radical anti-technology organization fights to prevent him from establishing a world where computers can transcend the abilities of the human brain.

  • Dragonfly [2001] Dragonfly | DVD | (07/04/2003) from £4.29  |  Saving you £10.70 (71.40%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Belief gets us there", explains nun Linda Hunt to grieving widower Kevin Costner in Dragonfly. Costner plays an emergency room doctor whose ordered world is startled by "messages" from his dead wife. She's talking about the journey from life to death, but it describes the doctor's road from fact to faith equally well as he puzzles out the otherworldly events of his life. Costner's mourning comes off less lost and sad than simply emotionless and inert, but he finds good support from Kathy Bates as his sassy neighbour. Her appearances, along with a few startling horror-movie-type shocks, energise a film otherwise shrouded in loss, grief, and the hushed mood of supernatural spookiness. It's like a fusing of Ghost, The Sixth Sense, and The Mothman Prophecies, a New Age melodrama in a sentimental key that works through a rather contrived mystic mystery to a glowing climax. This is less a ghost story than a modern twist on the old-fashioned miracle. --Sean Axmaker

  • Persepolis [2008] Persepolis | DVD | (18/08/2008) from £4.25  |  Saving you £10.51 (58.40%)  |  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.

  • Unbreakable [Blu-ray] [2000] Unbreakable | Blu Ray | (16/06/2008) from £6.85  |  Saving you £17.14 (71.40%)  |  RRP £23.99

    Are you listening to that voice that is telling you what you should be doing in life? M. Night Shyamalan director of The Sixth Sense presents Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson in the story of one man's date with destiny. Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson star in the mind-shattering suspense-filled thriller; Unbreakable. When David Dunn (Willis) emerges from a horrific train crash as the sole survivor - and without a single scratch on him - he meets a mysterious stranger (Jackson) who will change David's life forever. Interrupting his life at odd moments it's Elijah Price's presence and probing that force David to confront his destiny on a journey of self-discovery and purpose that will absolutely stun you with its power.

  • The Imitation Game [Blu-ray] The Imitation Game | Blu Ray | (09/03/2015) from £8.89  |  Saving you £16.10 (64.40%)  |  RRP £24.99

    THE IMITATION GAME is a gripping acclaimed thriller that tells the incredible true story of unsung war hero Alan Turing the British mathematician responsible for cracking the German Enigma code during World War II. Benedict Cumberbatch (The Fifth Estate Star Trek Into Darkness and TV’s Sherlock) and Keira Knightley (BAFTA nominee for Atonement Oscar® nominee for Pride and Prejudice) star as Turing and his ally and fellow code-breaker Joan Clarke alongside a top-notch cast including Matthew Goode (Stoker A Single Man) Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) Rory Kinnear (Skyfall) Charles Dance (Gosford Park TV's Game of Thrones) Allen Leech (In Fear TV’s Downton Abbey) and Matthew Beard (An Education).

  • Non-Stop [DVD] [2014] Non-Stop | DVD | (30/06/2014) from £3.71  |  Saving you £16.28 (81.40%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Bill Marks (Liam Neeson; Unknown Taken) is a burned-out veteran of the Air Marshals service. He views the assignment not as a life-saving duty but as a desk job in the sky. However today's flight will be no routine trip. Shortly into the transatlantic journey from New York to London he receives a series of mysterious text messages ordering him to have the government transfer $150 million into a secret account or a passenger will die every 20 minutes.

  • Out Of Time [2003] Out Of Time | DVD | (10/05/2004) from £3.99  |  Saving you £16.00 (80.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The Denzel Washington thriller Out of Time is quite enjoyable if you ignore its implausible plotting. Partly inspired by 1948's The Big Clock and its nominal 1987 remake No Way Out, this reunion of Washington and his Devil in a Blue Dress director Carl Franklin is about a man--in this case the police chief (Washington) of sleepy Banyan Key, Florida--who falls into a trap set by others, sinks into legal quicksand of his own making, and must race the clock to extricate himself from a series of incriminating setbacks. The Florida setting adds welcome character to the pot-boiler plot, and Washington's screen credibility makes it easy to overlook the absurdities of rookie writer David Collard's screenplay. Eva Mendes is sharp and sensible as Washington's estranged wife (do you think they'll reconcile for a happy ending?), and the talented John Billingsley--whose portrayal of Dr Phlox on TV's Enterprise is vastly underrated--is a constant delight as Washington's medical examiner, beer buddy and wily co-conspirator. --Jeff Shannon

  • The Others [2001] The Others | DVD | (23/09/2002) from £4.45  |  Saving you £13.40 (67.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A welcome throwback to the spooky traditions of Jack Clayton's The Innocents and Robert Wise's The Haunting, Alejandro Amenábar's The Others favours atmosphere, sound, and suggestion over flashy special effects. Set in 1945 on a fog-enshrouded island off the British coast, the film begins with a scream as Grace (Nicole Kidman) awakens from some unspoken horror, perhaps arising from her religiously overprotective concern for her young children, Anne (Alakina Mann) and Nicholas (James Bentley). The children are hypersensitive to light and have lived in a musty manor with curtains and shutters perpetually drawn. With Grace's husband (Christopher Eccleston) presumably lost at war, this ominous setting perfectly accommodates a sense of dreaded expectation, escalating when three strangers arrive in response to Grace's yet-unposted request for domestic help. Led by housekeeper Mrs Mills (Fionnula Flanagan), this mysterious trio is as closely tied to the house's history as Grace's family is--as are the past occupants seen posthumously in a long-forgotten photo album. With her justly acclaimed performance, Kidman maintains an emotional intensity that fuels the film's supernatural underpinnings. And while Amenábar's pacing is deliberately slow, it befits the tone of penetrating anxiety, leading to a twist that extends the story's reach from beyond the grave. Amenábar unveiled a similarly effective twist in his Spanish thriller Open Your Eyes (remade by Cameron Crowe as Vanilla Sky), but where that film drew debate, The Others is finely crafted to provoke well-earned goose bumps and chills down the spine. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

  • Minority Report [Blu-ray] [2002] Minority Report | Blu Ray | (17/05/2010) from £6.93  |  Saving you £13.06 (65.30%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Full of flawed characters and shot in grainy de-saturated colours, Steven Spielberg's Minority Report is futuristic film noir with a far-fetched B-movie plot that's so feverishly presented the audience never gets a chance to ponder its many improbabilities. Based on a short story by Philip K Dick, Minority Report is set in the Orwellian near-future of 2054, where a trio of genetically modified "pre-cogs" warn of murders before they happen. In a sci-fi twist on the classic Hitchcockian wrong man scenario, Detective John Anderton (Tom Cruise) is the zealous precrime cop who is himself revealed as a future-killer. Plot twists and red herrings drive the action forward and complications abound, not least Anderton's crippling emotional state, his drug habit, his avuncular-yet-sinister boss (Max Von Sydow), and the ambitious FBI agent Witwer (Colin Farrell) snapping at his heels. Though the film toys with the notion of free will in a deterministic universe, this is not so much a movie of grand ideas as forward-looking ones. Its depiction of a near-future filled with personalised advertising and intrusive security devices that relentlessly violate the right of anonymity is disturbingly believable. Ultimately, though, it's a chase movie and the innovative set-piece sequences reveal Spielberg's flair for staging action. As with A.I.. before it, there's a nagging feeling that the all-too-neat resolution is a Spielbergian touch too far: the movie could satisfactorily have ended several minutes earlier. Though this is superior SF from one of Hollywood's greatest craftsmen, it would have been more in the spirit of Philip K Dick to leave a few tantalisingly untidy plot threads dangling.

  • Sherlock Holmes [DVD] [2009] Sherlock Holmes | DVD | (17/05/2010) from £2.63  |  Saving you £17.36 (86.80%)  |  RRP £19.99

    On a quest to solve a string of mysterious and brutal murders Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and his trusted ally Watson (Jude Law) plunge into a world of dark arts and startling new technologies where logic and a good right hook are the best crime fighting weapons. Explosive action baffling mystery and astonishing intrigue follow the two in a race to uncover and foil a terrifying plot that threatens to destroy the country. Director Guy Ritchie helms the all-action adventure reintroducing the great detective to the world. Robert Downey Jr. is the new Sherlock Holmes!

  • Flightplan [2005] Flightplan | DVD | (27/03/2006) from £4.39  |  Saving you £13.60 (75.60%)  |  RRP £17.99

    If you can forgive plot holes that you could drive the airliner of your choice through the middle of, then Flightplan is an effective, pacey Hollywood thriller, that somehow manages to hold everything together in spite of its challenging plausibility.

  • Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince [Blu-ray] [2009] Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince | Blu Ray | (07/12/2009) from £5.09  |  Saving you £16.64 (57.40%)  |  RRP £28.99

  • Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire (1 Disc Edition) Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire (1 Disc Edition) | DVD | (24/07/2006) from £3.89  |  Saving you £7.10 (64.60%)  |  RRP £10.99

    Beset by nightmares that leave his scar hurting more than usual Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) is all too happy to escape his disturbing dreams by attending the Quidditch World Cup with his friends Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson). But something sinister ignites the skies at the Quidditch campsite; the Dark Mark the sign of the evil Lord Voldemort. It's conjured by his followers the Death Eaters who haven't dared to appear in public since Voldemort was last seen thirteen years ago - the night he murdered Harry's parents. Harry longs to get back inside the safe walls of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where Professor Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) can protect him. But things are going to be a little different this year. Dumbledore announces that Hogwarts will host the Triwizard Tournament one of the most exciting and dangerous of the wizarding community's magical competitions. One champion will be selected from each of the three largest and most prestigious wizarding schools to compete in a series of life-threatening tasks in pursuit of winning the coveted Triwizard Cup...

  • The Recruit [2003] The Recruit | DVD | (03/11/2003) from £2.67  |  Saving you £13.84 (76.90%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Nothing is as it seems" in The Recruit, a guessing-game thriller that employs plot twists and conflicting loyalties as its primary raison d'etre. Surrounded by potential deception, a newly recruited CIA officer (Colin Farrell) must determine if his manipulative instructor (Al Pacino) is being honest when he identifies Farrell's fellow recruit and love interest (Bridget Moynihan) as an enemy "mole" assigned to steal a dangerous computer virus from CIA headquarters. While claiming to offer an insider's look at CIA training methods, this engrossing yet ultimately predictable plot is pure Hollywood fantasy; any resemblance to reality is purely coincidental, leaving the perpetually unshaven and scruffily coiffed Farrell to fend for himself in Pacino's cynical arena while tracing his familial roots in the spy game. Wearing its cleverness on its sleeve, The Recruit is an adequately elaborate puzzle of perceptions. "Everything is a test", as Farrell soon realises, and attentive viewers will enjoy piecing it all together.--Jeff Shannon

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