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Colombiana | Blu Ray | (09/01/2012)
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As a producer, Luc Besson (The Transporter series, Taken, District B-13) has made extremely profitable B-movie hay out of a fairly strict formula incorporating whisper-thin femme fatales, parkour, Gaultier, and guns. Colombiana, another Besson collaboration with director Olivier Megaton (Transporter 3), doesn't exactly blaze new trails, but the combination of Zoe Saldana's fierce performance and a dash of oddball surrealism sure makes the running time zoom by. Purportedly beginning as a sequel to The Professional, the story follows a beautiful South American assassin bent on rubbing out the murderers of her parents. Unfortunately, the closer she gets to her drug lord prey, the more her own loved ones (including Michael Vartan and an amusingly hambone Cliff Curtis) are put at risk. Things go boom, frequently. Director Megaton handles the action with the rapid-cut, blue-filtered zing common to the Besson factory, but things receive a definite boost via the efforts of Saldana, whose performance combines the intensely physical with an appealing soulfulness. Whether slithering through air ducts in a skin-tight cat suit or using a toothbrush as an impromptu weapon, she somehow manages to maintain an air of beyond-the-call gravitas. Also of note are the scenes of the heroine plying her lethal trade, some of which bear the funky logic-defying influence of Mario Bava's great fugue-state caper movie Danger: Diabolik. Ultimately, although the story elements and secondary character motivations rarely hang together, Colombiana's distinguishing marks help place the film somewhere above the level of guilty pleasure. When pitted against the likes of a mobster with a glass-paneled shark tank for a dance floor, reality can take a seat, frankly. --Andrew Wright
Safe | Blu Ray | (10/09/2012)
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Don't expect a Jason Statham franchise starter à la the Transporter series from Safe. But by all means do expect a flat-out fun-times thriller, with all the bone-crunching stunts and nimbly executed action sequences we've come to expect from the bald British bulldog, whose steely eyes and no-quarter attitude lays bad guys to waste wherever he wanders. And there are plenty of bad guys to go around. There's the Chinese triad mob that has kidnapped and is exploiting a little girl named Mei (Catherine Chan), a hard-nosed cutie with a photographic memory; she's literally a human safe. There's also the Russian mafia, desperate for the long string of numbers locked in Mei's head, which is later revealed to be the combination of an actual safe. Then there's the corrupt squad of elite New York City police department goons who only want money, and after they find out there's a lot of it in said safe, they join the chase too. The mayor's involved as well, along with his mysterious aide, who has a stake in all the above-mentioned parties and who proves to be the figure to bring the plot points into focus. The common thread in all this is, of course, Jason Statham, who plays Luke, a disgraced mixed martial arts champ with a chip on his shoulder because he's now living life as a chump. Luke went down hard after not taking a fall for the Russians, and he's lost his family as a result. Wandering Manhattan in self-imposed internal exile, he's a homeless, depressive loner on the verge of suicide, until he accidentally stumbles into all this safe business by crossing paths with Mei in a moment of preposterous movie coincidence. Sensing the chance for redemption, he starts cracking heads and cracking wise with the Chinese and the Russians. Ditto the cops, with whom it turns out he has some lingering bad business. It's not a bad story by any means and it serves the adventure aspects in ways that are often giddily agreeable. Writer-director Boaz Yakin has the right stuff to make the pieces fit into some semblance of logic, if not always believability. He also handles his star with bare-knuckled exuberance, letting Statham do what we want him to: outwit and out-brawn the villains with gut-busting grace in a nearly uninterrupted string of neatly choreographed set pieces. Safe is actually a little more appealing than the Transporter and Crank movies because of its attention to narrative detail and imaginative battle setups. Statham is a smart actor who may have become pigeonholed by genre, but he consistently satisfies with his deadpan demeanour and genuinely impressive chops--both physical and theatrical. Safe is sound, satisfying entertainment that will delight fans of the action hero and may surprise those who are experiencing his moves as an international star for the first time. --Ted Fry
Red Lights | Blu Ray | (22/10/2012)
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Call them professional skeptics: well-known academic ghostbuster Dr. Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and her very focused assistant Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy) travel around to alleged instances of paranormal activity, the better to debunk such hugger-mugger. A rather large challenge arrives in the form of a long-retired psychic, one Simon Silver (Robert De Niro), a legendary (and quite blind) reader of minds and bender of spoons. This showdown between the forces of rationality and the specter of X-Files-level phenomena gets off to a promising start, as writer-director Rodrigo Cortés stages a few nifty sequences of the debunkers at work. Also nice to see the perpetually haunted Murphy in a lead role, and Weaver's pretty commanding without doing anything fussy. It's therefore a shame that logic flies out the window at a certain point in the storyline (this is a movie with far too many "In that case, why didn't they just do this?" moments), and that the overall approach becomes pointlessly frantic. Cortés did rather nicely with the restrictions of his 2010 feature Buried, which was set entirely in a coffin, but the larger playing field seems to be a greater challenge--and the ending seems a little overdesigned to foment a thousand online arguments. Final sin: wasting Elizabeth Olsen in a completely decorative role. --Robert Horton
Lockout | Blu Ray | (20/08/2012)
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Noisy, boisterous, and ruthlessly propulsive, Lockout crams in such an impressive amount of violence, sentimentality, snarky humour, and general preposterousness that it could only have come from the mind of lunatic French filmmaker Luc Besson (the man responsible, one way or another, for The Fifth Element, La Femme Nikita, and The Transporter, among many others). Clichés abound: While the American president's daughter (Maggie Grace, Lost) is on a humanitarian mission to an outer-space maximum-security prison, the prisoners escape and take over. The authorities send Snow (Guy Pearce, Memento), a government agent accused of a crime he didn't commit, to extract the girl--but Snow has his own agenda. The juggling of motivations is just complicated enough, combined with colourful characters and mid-budget special effects, to keep this rambunctious pulp story in constant motion. Pearce, as charming as ever, has been working out a lot (check out those biceps!), and his chemistry with Grace is entirely suitable. The supporting cast throw themselves into their roles with zest. All in all, far more entertaining than anyone might expect. --Bret Fetzer
American Ultra | Blu Ray | (04/01/2016)
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Parker | Blu Ray | (08/07/2013)
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Parker a slick fast-paced action-packed crime thriller starring Jason Statham (The Expendables 2 Safe) Jennifer Lopez (The Back-up Plan Out of Sight) and Nick Nolte (Gangster Squad) is directed by the Oscar-winning filmmaker Taylor Hackford (Ray) and based on the best-selling Parker novel 'Flash Fire' by Richard Stark. Parker (Statham) is a hardened professional criminal who will do whatever it takes to get what he wants living by his own code of ethics - don't steal from people who can't afford it and don't hurt people who don't deserve it. But when he's double-crossed by his crew and left for dead it's time for payback. Assuming a disguise and forming an unlikely alliance with a sexy local Palm Beach resident (Lopez) he tracks down the gang aiming to take everyone out and hijack the score of their latest heist.
World Without End | Blu Ray | (18/02/2013)
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England is on the brink of a devastating war with France that will last over a hundred years. A terrible plague, which will wipe out a third of Europe's population before it is done, is spreading. Caris, a visionary young woman, struggles to rise above the suffering and oppression in order to lead her people out of the Dark Ages. With her lover, Merthin, she builds a community in Kingsbridge that stands up to the Church and the Crown. Together, they unearth a dangerous secret and must fight to save their town from ruin, ultimately ushering in a new era of freedom, innovation and enlightenment.
Kick-Ass | Blu Ray | (06/09/2010)
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The cinematic equivalent of a half case of Red Bull chased with donuts, Kick-Ass is a giddy, violent experience--and not your average superhero movie. Based on the comic book by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr., it offers a set of heroes who are decidedly without superpowers: Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) decides he'll be just like a comic-book character, and puts on a ridiculous green suit to fight crime as the mysterious Kick-Ass. Luckily, somebody else had the same idea and comes along to rescue the incompetent crusader: Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) and his daughter Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz), who also happen to be running around town wearing masks and vanquishing evil. And here we have the movie's masterstroke: Hit Girl, a pint-sized preteen who slaughters bad guys and swears like a sailor on leave (and was the focus of a measure of controversy when the movie was released). The main target of our heroes is a gangster (Mark Strong, Sherlock Holmes), whose neglected son (Christopher Mintz-Plasse, McLovin from Superbad) figures he might just pull on a costume himself and become? Red Mist! (One of the many funny things about Kick-Ass is that the superhero names are hopelessly lame.) Director Matthew Vaughn is operating at the same glib level as his Layer Cake, with cutesy song cues galore and a freewheeling appetite for cartoon violence. This means the movie's high wears off quickly, but it does get high--a crazy, hilarious kick. All that, plus Nicolas Cage executes a deadly Adam West imitation when he pulls on his cape and cowl. That's entertainment. --Robert Horton
Haywire | Blu Ray | (21/05/2012)
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This dynamic action-thriller directed by Oscar winner Steven Soderbergh boasts a talented cast including Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderas, Michael Douglas, Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender and Gina Carano.Mallory Kane (Carano) is a highly trained operative who works for a government security contractor in the dirtiest, most dangerous corners of the world. After successfully freeing a Chinese journalist held hostage, she is double crossed and left for dead by someone close to her in her own agency. Suddenly the target of skilled assassins who knew her every move, Mallory must find the truth in order to stay alive.
The 5th Wave | Blu Ray | (23/05/2016)
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Based on the best-selling novel, The 5th Wave, four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, Cassie (ChloÃ« Grace Moretz) is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal 5th wave, Cassie teams up with a young man who may become her final hope if she can only trust him. Click Images to Enlarge
Jo Nesbo's Headhunters | Blu Ray | (13/08/2012)
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An accomplished headhunter risks everything to obtain a valuable painting owned by a former mercenary.
Your Highness | Blu Ray | (08/08/2011)
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Throughout history tales of chivalry have burnished the legends of brave handsome knights who rescue fair damsels slay dragons and conquer evil. But behind many a hero is a good-for-nothing younger brother trying just to stay out of the way of those dragons evil and trouble in general. Danny McBride and James Franco team up for an epic comedy adventure set in a fantastical world-Your Highness. As two princes on a daring mission to save their land they must rescue the heir apparent's fiance before their kingdom is destroyed. Thadeous (McBride) has spent his life watching his perfect older brother Fabious (Franco) embark upon valiant journeys and win the hearts of his people. Tired of being passed over for adventure adoration and the throne he's settled for a life of wizard's weed hard booze and easy maidens. But when Fabious' bride-to-be Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel) gets kidnapped by the evil wizard Leezar (Justin Theroux)...
The Roommate | Blu Ray | (12/09/2011)
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She's cute. She's loyal. She's psychotic. And unfortunately for college freshman Sara (Minka Kelly) she's The Roommate. When Sara arrives at school she finds new romance with Stephen (Cam Gigandet) and forms a fast friendship with her roommate Rebecca (Leighton Meester). What begins as camaraderie soon turns creepy and Sara comes face-to-face with the terrifying realization that her new best friend is obsessive unbalanced... and maybe even a killer!
The Inbetweeners 2 | Blu Ray | (01/12/2014)
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The Inbetweeners 2 reunites Jay Neil Simon and Will for their latest critically acclaimed smash-hit comedy adventure. Having left school in the summer the boys have gone their separate ways most noticeably Jay who delights in telling the others via email that he is on a &lsquo;mental gap year&rsquo; in the &lsquo;sex capital of the world&rsquo; &ndash; Australia. Neil is desperate to see Jay and Will and Simon are having such a miserable time at Uni they decide they might as well visit him to see what the fuss is about. Once in Oz the boys discover Jay&rsquo;s tales of super-stardom in Sydney aren&rsquo;t quite true but Will sees this as an opportunity to embark on a travelling experience with cool people who are doing a gap year properly. What follows is an &ldquo;hilarious&rdquo; (The Sun) and &ldquo;relentlessly funny&rdquo; (The Times) romp through camp-fire singing unintentional proposals water-slide disgrace dolphin feeding and a trip to the outback for some real travelling. Will they survive?
Outlander | Blu Ray | (31/08/2009)
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When Kainen (Jim Caviezel) the last survivor from a far off planet crashes on Earth in the Iron Age he unwittingly brings with him a creature of unimaginable horror. Now he must join forces with the Viking locals led by Rothgar (John Hurt) to destroy this monstrous foe before it's too late! In the year's most action-packed sci-fi adventure Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ) stars as a futuristic soldier who crash lands on Earth with a hellish fire-breathing monster in a time of warring Viking tribes. Fusing advanced technology with Iron Age weaponry he must unite the fierce Vikings and hunt the bloodthirsty beast before it kills them all. Featuring Ron Perlman (Hellboy) Sophia Myles (Underworld) and John Hurt (Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull) Outlander is a visual spectacular combining stunning special effects fast-paced action and a fantastic story to explosive effect.
Triangle | Blu Ray | (01/03/2010)
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From the director of Creep and Severance comes Triangle a unique concept psychological thriller that turns the genre on its head. When Jess sets sail on a yacht with a group of friends she cannot shake the feeling that there is something wrong. Her suspicions are realised when the yacht hits a storm and the group is forced to board a passing ocean liner to get to safety a ship Jess is convinced she's been on before. The ship appears deserted the clock on board has stopped but they are not alone... Someone is intent on hunting them down one by one. And Jess unknowingly holds the key to end the terror.
Identity Thief | Blu Ray | (15/07/2013)
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Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) and Jason Bateman (Horrible Bosses) lead an all-star cast in this hilarious comedy. Unlimited funds have allowed Diana (McCarthy) to live it up on the outskirts of Orlando. There's only one glitch: she's financing her shopping sprees with an ID stolen from Sandy Patterson (Bateman) an accounts rep who lives halfway across the U.S. With only one week to hunt down the con artist before his world implodes the real Sandy Patterson is forced to extreme measures to clear his name. Special Features: Gag Reel Alternate Takes The Making of Identity Thief The Skiptracer's Van Tour Easter Egg: Luis the Gas Station Attendant Scene Stealing: Capturing the Humour of Identity Thief
Up In The Air | Blu Ray | (24/05/2010)
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Up in the Air transforms some painful subjects into smart, sly comedy--with just enough of the pain underneath to give it some weight. Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) spends most of his days traveling around the country and firing people; he's hired by bosses who don't have the nerve to do their layoffs themselves. His life of constant flight suits him--he wants no attachments. But two things suddenly threaten his vacuum-sealed world: his company decides to do layoffs via video conference so they don't have to pay for travel, and Bingham meets a woman named Alex (Vera Farmiga, The Departed), who seems to be the female version of him? and of course, he starts to fall in love. Writer-director Jason Reitman is building a career from funny but thoughtful movies about compromised people--a pregnant teen in Juno, a cigarette-company executive in Thank You for Smoking. George Clooney has a gift for playing smart men who aren't quite as smart as they think they are (Michael Clayton, Out of Sight). The combination is perfect: Bingham is charming and sympathetic but clearly missing something, and Up in the Air captures that absence with clarity and compassion. The outstanding supporting cast includes Anna Kendrick (Rocket Science), Jason Bateman (Arrested Development), Danny McBride (Pineapple Express), Melanie Lynskey (Away We Go), and others, each small part pitched exactly right.--Bret Fetzer
Justice | Blu Ray | (26/03/2012)
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High school teacher Will Gerard (Nicolas Cage) lives a life of content domesticity with his beautiful wife Laura (January Jones) until one night's horrific events turns their world upside when Laura is left for dead after being violently attacked.As Laura lays helpless in hospital with Will waiting anxiously at her bedside, he is approached by a well-dressed stranger (Guy Pearce) who offers to dispense immediate justice to Laura's attacker and save the couple from a traumatic trial. Confused and distraught, Will accepts the stranger's proposal but soon learns that justice comes at a price...
Henry's Crime | Blu Ray | (06/06/2011)
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Released from prison for a crime he didn't commit an ex-con targets the same bank he was sent away for robbing.