Tired of the dreary wet London weather Bean packs up his suitcase and camcorder to head to Cannes for some sun on the beach. Ah'vacation. But his trip doesn't go as smoothly as he had hoped when the bumbling Bean falls face first into a series of mishaps and fortunate coincidences far-fetched enough to make his own avant-garde film. Wrongly thought to be both kidnapper and acclaimed filmmaker he has some serious explaining to do after wreaking havoc across the French countryside and arriving at his vacation spot with a Romanian filmmaker's precocious son and an aspiring actress in tow. Will Bean be arrested by the gendarmes or end up winning the Palme d'Or?
The story of a boy who learns on his eleventh birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards with unique magical powers of his own. At Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry he finds the home and family he has never had.
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.
Sometimes there's a man well he's the man for his time and place. He fits right in there. And that's the Dude. The Dude from Los Angeles. And even if he's a lazy man - and the Dude was most certainly that. Quite possibly the laziest in all of Los Angeles County which would place him high in the runnin' for laziest worldwide. Sometimes there's a man sometimes there's a man. Well I lost my train of thought here. But... aw hell. I've done introduced it enough. - The Stranger (Sam Elliott). 'The Dude' Jeff Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) is unemployed and as laid-back as they come. That is until he becomes a victim of mistaken identity when two thugs break into his apartment with the errant belief that they're strong-arming Jeff Lebowski - the Pasadena millionaire. In the hope of getting a replacement for his soiled carpet 'the Dude' pays a visit to his wealthy namesake... It's not long before 'The Dude' and his psychopathic buddy Walter Sobchak (John Goodman) are drawn into a labyrinthine plot of extortion embezzlement sex dope German Nihilists White Russians mysterious cowboys Shomer Shabbos bowling and severed toes... Envisaged as a homage to the musicals of Busby Berkley Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye (adapted from Raymond Chandler's novel) and the ritual of bowling The Big Lebowski has developed a massive cult-following with its hilarious dialogue and quirky characters. Apparently the script was written with Jeff Bridges John Goodman and Sam Elliott in mind... Jeff Bridges even went as far as to say he could have turned out like 'The Dude' had he not been born into the movie business... Sounds good to us man!
The world's most famous boy wizard dives straight into a darker and more thrilling magical adventure in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. It's practically the same set-up--something evil's afoot at Hogwarts; Harry and his pals must put it right--but fans of the books won't be disappointed. Director Chris Columbus, whose artistic licence is necessarily limited by the demands of adapting JK Rowling's phenomenally popular novel, does a spectacular job rendering Rowling's imaginary world: the production design and costumes are fascinating in their own right; such is the impressive attention to detail. Daniel Radcliffe gives a more assured performance here as Harry, though he's not quite strong enough to carry the film without the aid of an excellent ensemble cast of experienced adults, notably a twinkly-eyed Kenneth Branagh. Of course, most avid fans will already know what's going to happen as far as the story is concerned, so for them the pleasure in watching The Chamber of Secrets lies in the visualisation of Rowling's magical creations and the verve brought to the action sequences. It's fantastic fun for kids and there's plenty of childhood nostalgia for the rest of us. --Laura Bushell
A macabre mix of humor and horror that shot director John Landis to fame. This classic horror/comedy tells the beastly tale of two American youths David and Jack (Naughton and Dunne) whose European adventure turns to terror after they are attacked by a werewolf. One of the travelers is killed but the other's fate is worse than death as every full moon now seems to bring out the beast in him.
In this adaptation of the third book in JK Rowling's best-selling series, Harry Potter (Danielle Radcliffe) and his best friends Hermoine (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint), must face the dangerous convict Sirius Black (Gary Oldman), who has ties with their enemy Lord Voldemort and has escaped from Azkaban prison in search of Harry Potter. A scarier, darker story than the first two, Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban is the first instalment to be directed by Alfonso Cuarón (Y Tu Mamá También), who demonstrates remarkable versatility and proves a perfect choice to guide Harry, Hermione, and Ron into treacherous puberty as the now 13-year-old students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The dark and dangerous mystery of Sirius Black's motive for revenge drives the action, but the film is full of stand-out moments courtesy of the flying hippogriff Buckbeak (a marvelous CGI creature), the benevolent but enigmatic Professor Lupin (David Thewlis), horrifying black-robed Dementors, sneaky Peter Pettigrew (Timothy Spall), and the wonderful advantages brought by having a Time-Turner just when you need one. The familiar Hogwarts staff returns in fine form (including Michael Gambon, replacing the late Richard Harris as Dumbledore, and Emma Thompson as the goggle-eyed Sybil Trelawney), and even Julie Christie joins this prestigious production for a brief but welcome cameo. Technically dazzling, fast-paced, and chock-full of Rowling's boundless imagination (loyally adapted by ace screenwriter Steve Kloves), The Prisoner of Azkaban is a Potter-movie classic. --Jeff Shannon
In the sleepy little town of Fairwater a monstrous evil has awakened... An evil so powerful its reach extends beyond the grave. Director Peter Jackson and executive Producer Robert Zemeckis unleash a riveting thriller with the most spectacular special effects this side of the hereafter. For Frank Bannister (Michael J Fox) death is a great way to make a living: ridding haunted houses of their unwelcome guests. But he's in cahoots with the very ghosts he promises to evict! It's the perfect scam... Until Frank finds himself at the centre of a dark mystery. A diabolical spirit is on a murderous rampage and the whole town believes Frank is behind it. Boasting music by Danny Elfman and co-starring Trini Alvarado Jeffrey Combs and John Astin this supernatural chiller is so fiendishly entertaining it's scary!
A romantic comedy. With zombies! Shaun (Simon Pegg) is not quite your average twentysomething. Lacking any real ambition and drifting along in a job that he hates he drives his long-suffering girlfriend Liz (Kate Ashfield) up the wall. Despite being a very decent chap Shaun suddenly gets a very rude wake up call when the undead begin roaming the earth (or London's Crouch End at least) and with the help of his slacker chum Ed (Nick Frost) he must save Liz and his dear mum from becoming zombies! Well that's if he can get out of the local pub...
Two women on opposite sides of the globe - Amanda Woods (Cameron Diaz) and Iris Simpkins (Kate Winslet) - find themselves in a similar predicament. Desperate for a change of scenery the two women meet on the Internet and swap houses for the Christmas holiday to discover if a change of address can really change your life.
Better late than never... Some may say 40 year-old Andy Stitzer (Steve Carell) has it all: a great job working at an electronics store; an awesome collection of superhero figures and comic books; friendly elderly neighbours who he watches TV with; and a few cool friends. However there's just one small problem... he's still a virgin! Once his co-workers find out about his secret they start a mission to get Andy laid ASAP! But nothing seems to work... until Andy meets 40 year-old mother of three Trish - a woman who doesn't want sex in her relationships!
Norbit (Eddie Murphy) has never had it easy. As a baby he was abandoned on the steps of a Chinese restaurant/orphanage and raised by Mr. Wong (Eddie Murphy). Things get worse when he's forced into marriage by the mean junk food-chugging queen Rasputia (Eddie Murphy). Just when Norbit's hanging by his last thread his childhood sweetheart Kate (Thandie Newton) moves back to town. Sometimes nice guys finish first!
Set in a 19th century European village this stop-motion animated feature follows the story of Victor (voiced by Johnny Depp) a young man who is whisked away to the underworld and wed to a mysterious Corpse Bride while his real bride Victoria waits bereft in the land of the living. Though life in the Land of the Dead proves to be a lot more colourful than his strict Victorian upbringing Victor learns that there is nothing in this world or the next that can keep him away from his one true love. It's a tale of optimism romance and a very lively afterlife told in classic Burton style.
First Came Love...Then Came Reverend Frank! License To Wed follows newly engaged Ben Murphy (John Krasinski) and his fianc''e Sadie Jones (Mandy Moore) in their quest to live happily ever after. The problem is that Sadie's family church St. Augustine's is run by Reverend Frank (Robin Williams) who won't bless Ben and Sadie's union until they pass his patented 'foolproof' marriage-prep course. Consisting of outrageous classes outlandish homework assignments and some outright invasion of privacy; Reverend Frank's rigorous curriculum puts Ben and Sadie's relationship to the test. Forget happily ever after... do they even have what it takes to make it to the altar?
Acclaimed director Tim Burton brings his vividly imaginative style to the beloved Roald Dahl classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory about eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka (Johnny Depp) and Charlie Bucket (Freddie Highmore) a good-hearted boy from a poor family who lives in the shadow of Wonka's extraordinary factory. Most nights in the Bucket home dinner is a watered-down bowl of cabbage soup which young Charlie gladly shares with his mother (Helena Bonham Carter) and father (Noah Taylor) and both pairs of grandparents. Theirs is a tiny tumbledown drafty old house but it is filled with love. Every night the last thing Charlie sees from his window is the great factory and he drifts off to sleep dreaming about what might be inside. For nearly fifteen years no one has seen a single worker going in or coming out of the factory or caught a glimpse of Willy Wonka himself yet mysteriously great quantities of chocolate are still being made and shipped to shops all over the world. One day Willy Wonka makes a momentous announcement. He will open his famous factory and reveal all of its secrets and magic to five lucky children who find golden tickets hidden inside five randomly selected Wonka chocolate bars. Nothing would make Charlie's family happier than to see him win but the odds are very much against him as they can only afford to buy one chocolate bar a year for his birthday. Indeed one by one news breaks around the world about the children finding golden tickets and Charlie's hope grows dimmer. First there is gluttonous Augustus Gloop who thinks of nothing but stuffing sweets into his mouth all day followed by spoiled Veruca Salt who throws fits if her father doesn't buy her everything she wants. Next comes Violet Beauregarde a champion gum chewer who cares only for the trophies in her display case and finally surly Mike Teavee who's always showing off how much smarter he is than everyone else. But then something wonderful happens. Charlie finds some money on the snowy street and takes it to the nearest store for a Wonka Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight thinking only of how hungry he is and how good it will taste. There under the wrapper is a flash of gold. It's the last ticket. Charlie is going to the factory! His Grandpa Joe (David Kelly) is so excited by the news that he springs out of bed as if suddenly years younger remembering a happier time when he used to work in the factory before Willy Wonka closed its gates to the town forever. The family decides that Grandpa Joe should be the one to accompany Charlie on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
The railroad's bound to run right through the sleepy tow of Rock Ridge. Land there will be worth a fortune - but the townsfolk already own their own land. How do you drive them out? Send in the roughest toughest meanest leanest gang you've got... and appoint a new sheriff you figure will last about 24 hours. But that's not really the plot of Blazing Saddles just the pretext. Once Mel Brooks' lunatic film - many call it his best - gets under way logic is lost in a blizzard of gags jokes quips puns howlers growlers and outrageous assaults upon good taste - or any taste at all.
On the heels of 2005's blockbuster The 40-Year-Old Virgin writer/director Judd Apatow again mines hilarity from the relatably human in a comedy about a one-night stand with unexpected consequences! Allison Scott (Katherine Heigl) is an up-and-coming entertainment journalist whose 24-year-old life is on the fast track. But it gets seriously derailed when a drunken one-nighter with slacker Ben Stone (Seth Rogen) results in an unwanted pregnancy. Faced with the prospect of going it alone or getting to know the baby's father Allison decides to give the lovable doof a chance. An overgrown kid who has no desire to settle down Ben learns that he has a big decision to make with his kid's mom-to-be: will he hit the road or stay in the picture? Courting a woman you've just Knocked Up however proves to be a little difficult when the two try their hands at dating. As they discover more about one another it becomes painfully obvious that they're not the soul mates they'd hoped they might be!
Hugh Grant stars as an '80s pop star who gets a second chance in this new romcom.
Steve Carell (The 40-Year-Old Virgin) reprising his role as the polished preening newscaster Evan Baxter of Bruce Almighty is the next one anointed by God to accomplish a holy mission in the hilarious new comedy Evan Almighty. Blockbuster comedy director Tom Shadyac (The Nutty Professor Liar Liar Bruce Almighty) returns behind the camera for this next episode of divine intervention. This time however his cast grows two-by-two. Newly elected to Congress Evan leaves Buffalo behind and shepherds his family to suburban northern Virginia. Once there his life gets turned upside-down when God (Morgan Freeman) appears and mysteriously commands him to build an ark. But his befuddled family just can't decide whether Evan is having an extraordinary mid-life crisis or is truly onto something of Biblical proportions...
Something's Cooking This Summer! Master chef Kate Armstrong (Catherine Zeta-Jones) lives her life like she runs her kitchen with a no-nonsense intensity that both captivates and intimidates everyone around her. Kate's perfectionist nature is put to the test when she 'inherits' her nine-year-old niece Zoe (Abigail Breslin) while contending with a brash new sous-chef who joins her staff. High-spirited and freewheeling Nick Palmer (Aaron Eckhart) couldn't be more different from Kate yet the chemistry between them is undeniable.
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