An accountant is introduced to a mysterious sex club known as The List by his lawyer friend. But he soon becomes the prime suspect in a woman's disappearance and a multi-million dollar heist.
Either Dean Koontz shouldn't adapt his own bestsellers, or his 1983 novel Phantoms was a pack of horror clichés to begin with, or this movie is 15 years past its due date. What might have seemed fresh at the time of Poltergeist now feels like it was made from a derivative script with pages missing. Plagued by reckless leaps of logic, the movie starts with adequately eerie atmosphere and a perversely twisted performance by Scream 2's Liev Schreiber, but decays into a familiar hash of gross-out effects, resulting from the annihilation of a small Colorado town by an evil force known as "The Ancient Enemy". In a dreary role that insults the twilight of his distinguished career, Peter O'Toole plays a paleobiologist whose crackpot ideas have become tabloid fodder; but he holds the key to conquering the beast. Or does he? Sure enough, an obligatory coda leaves room for anticlimactic doubt. Phantoms has a few genuinely creepy highlights, including a devilish beastie resembling an angry flying scorpion, and horror fans will surely find something to admire, but everyone else is advised to proceed with caution and lowered expectations. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com
A group of disgruntled luxury apartment employees, lead by Ben Stiller, attempt to take down their wealthiest resident (Alan Alda), who defrauded all of them from their pension plans. With the help of a recently-released ex-con (Eddie Murphy) who has a knack for robberies, a plan is in place to nab $20 million. Of course, what high-stakes, ensemble comedy would be complete without plenty of shenanigans to boot? The fantastic supporting cast includes Matthew Broderick, Casey Affleck, Gabourey Sidibe, Tia Leoni and Michael Pena.
The Manchurian Candidate (Dir. Jonathan Demme 2004): When his army unit was ambushed during the first Gulf War Sergeant Raymond Shaw (Liev Schreiber) saved his fellow soldiers just as his commanding officer Major Ben Marco (Denzel Washington) was knocked unconscious. Brokering the incident for political capital Shaw eventually becomes a vice-presidential nominee while Marco is haunted by dreams of what happened or indeed didn't happen in Iraq. Searching for peace from
A solid enough thriller held together by some somewhat implausible plot devices, Deception stars Ben Affleck as Rudy, whose cellmate Nick is lucky enough to be pen-pal to the beautiful Ashley (Charlize Theron) who in turn has pledged herself, body and soul to the man inside whom she has never set eyes upon. Upon his release, Rudy decides to pose as Nick in order to take up with this luscious and adoring female. Unfortunately, the scheme backfires on Rudy when he discovers that Ashley was apparently a pawn in her ruthless brother Monster's game to coerce him into helping him and his gang of gun-runners rob a casino that Nick used to work in. Deception rumbles along at a pretty seedy, violent pace for a long time, with Rudy's efforts to escape resulting in Monster (a menacing Gary Sinise) using him as a dartboard in one memorably brutal scene. Following their raid on the casino, however (clad in Santa outfits), the plot takes a couple of devilish twists and turns which reward the viewer prepared to come this far down the road with these people. The lack of empathy may be redeemed by some viewers with a scene featuring Charlize Theron naked in a pool. --David Stubbs
A Vegas magician turned gangster must be protected when he agrees to rat on the mob in this high octane dark action comedy.
Ben Affleck plays a professional thief who falls for a bank manager (Hall) after a dangerous heist. He struggles with this newfound relationship whilst evading a tenacious FBI agent (Hamm) looking to catch him and his crew before they rob another bank.
The story tells of Cassie, a college student plagued by hallucinations that her boyfriend has come back to life after he is killed in a car crash.
The "sophmore jinx" hit hard for this second film by Kevin Smith, whose debut Clerks transcended the limits of its setting and budget to become memorably funny and a cult classic. (Smith followed Mallrats with the wonderful Chasing Amy, only to be cursed again with the appalling Dogma. Clearly he's settling into the same one-off rhythm that afflicts the Star Trek movies.) A ramshackle comedy set in a mall, Mallrats follows several storylines involving lovers, enemies, friends, goofballs, and Smith's own character "Silent Bob", who also appeared in all the other Smith films. A heavy self-consciousness weighs on everything, as if Smith forgot how to make obscenity funny instead of tedious. Still, it's nice to see some of the director's film family on screen, among them Ben Affleck before he was famous, Jason Lee and Joey Lauren Adams. --Sally Chatsworth
This four-disc box set contains The Hunt for Red October (starring Alec Baldwin as Jack Ryan), Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger (both starring Harrison Ford) and The Sum of All Fears (starring Ben Affleck). You can read our reviews of each movie by following the links below: The Hunt for Red OctoberPatriot GamesClear and Present DangerThe Sum of All Fears
Danielle Steel is one of the best-selling authors of all-time and now you can enjoy this box set featuring three movie adaptations of some of her best known novels. Daddy (Dir. Michael Miller 1991): Patrick Duffy and Linda Carter star in this highly emotional story of love loss and rediscovered happiness. Oliver is a top advertising executive who seems to have it all - a beautiful wife three great children and a lovely home. But one fateful day his wife announces she i
Elektra From the pages of Marvel Comics creator of 'X-Men' and 'Spider-Man' comes 'Elektra'. In the ultimate battle between good and evil stands a warrior who makes the choice that tips the balance... Elektra (Garner) is a strong mysterious and sexy action heroine; a lethal synthesis of grace and power. Not long after recovering from seemingly mortal wounds Elektra has severed all ties with the world living only for her next assignment. But in an unexpected turn of events
The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen (1 Disc Edition): A hunter a scientist a vampire an invisible man an immortal a spy a beast....when a masked madman known as The Fantom threatens to launch global Armageddon legendary adventurer Allan Quatermain (Sean Connery) commands a legion of superheroes the likes of which mankind has never seen. Now despite fighting their own personal demons - and each other - they must join forces to save the world. Daredevil (1 Disc Edition): Ben Affleck is Matt Murdock a.k.a Daredevil. As a young boy he lost his sight in a chemical accident which left him with his other senses superhumanly enhanced (and some incredible acrobatic skills). Flash forward and Matt is working by day as a pro bono lawyer (with partner Jon Favreau) and by night as a righteous avenger. The plot sees New York supercriminal Kingpin (Michael Clarke Duncan) calling on Irish assassin Bullseye (Colin Farrell) to take care of some business involving the father of Jennifer Garner's Elektra (with whom Matt falls head over heels in love). Daredevil is a shadowy comic book fantasy that provides plenty of fast-paced high-kicking action.
The Morgan Freeman Collection containing three of his best known films. Kiss The Girls: North Carolina police detective Dr. Alex Cross (Morgan Freeman) tracks an elusive psychopath whose modus operandi is not necessarily killing the young women he abducts but ""collecting"" them as trophies. Unfortunately his quarry includes the detective's own law-student niece so his race against time with the help of a no-nonsense medical intern Dr. Kate McTiernan (Ashley Judd) who esca
In "Extract," writer/director Mike Judge returns to the fertile territory of the American workplace and looks at a blue collar boss - a small business owner - who employs an odd cast of losers, loners and misfits in his flavor extract factory.
This box set contains all four of the films based on Tom Clancy's hugely popular Jack Ryan books: The Hunt for Red October (starring Alec Baldwin as Ryan), Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger (both starring Harrison Ford) and The Sum of all Fears (starring Ben Affleck).
Smokin' Aces (2007): When a Las Vegas performer-turned-snitch named Buddy Israel (Piven) decides to turn state's evidence and testify against the mob it seems that a whole lot of people would like to make sure he's no longer breathing... Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels (1998): Streetwise charmer and cardshark Eddy (Nick Moran) walks into the biggest card game of his life carrying a stake backed by the life-savings of his three best mates Tom (Jason Flemying) Bacon (Jason Statham) and Soap (Dexter Fletcher). Eddy is the sharpest player on the circuit but the game is set-up and Eddy leaves owing underworld boss ""Hatchet"" Harry (P.H. Moriarty) half a million. Harry gives Eddy a week to come up with the money before he starts taking fingers as collateral. Eddy's dad JD (Sting) can cancel the debt by handing over his bar lock stock and barrel to his old adversary Harry JD refuses to give in feeling his street-tough son can get himself out of his own messes. So while Harry sends a couple of petty crooks to steal a pair of antique shotguns to add to his collection Eddy and his mates plan a caper that will enable them to pay off Harry and make out like bandits! In a comedy of errors and a helter-skelter ride through London's gangland the guns cash drugs and identities become all mixed up as a full complement of London's lowlife get involved in a melee which even their menace can't handle.
Packed with stars including Ben Affleck Matt Damon Chris Rock Shannon Elizabeth Jason Lee and more this wildly irreverent comedy is actor/director Kevin Smith's finale to the adventures of Jay and Silent Bob that began in Clerks and ran through Mallrats Chasing Amy and Dogma. When best buddies Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Smith) discover that a major motion picture is being based on their likenesses they head for Hollywood to claim the big money they deserve. But when the dopey duo learn that they've been cut out of the cash they set out to sabotage the flick at all costs. Featuring a host of celebrity cameos set to a hot soundtrack Jay and Silent Bob's raucous cross-country road trip is a crash course in the rules of the road with a nonstop assortment of outrageous characters that will have you laughing out loud!
Ben Affleck is a man who switches plane tickets with another who dies in a plane crash. A year later he seeks out the widow (Gwyneth Paltrow) and begins to fall in love with her..
Vanity Fair (Dir. Mira Nair 2004): Based on William Thackeray's 1828 novel Vanity Fair introduces Becky Sharp (Reese Witherspoon) a poor but well educated girl born into a 19th-century society offering little in the way of career advancement for women. She becomes a governess for Sir Pitt Crawley (Bob Hoskins) and aims to find a rich husband. True to the novel's tone everyone in Vanity Fair is deliciously devious throughout. Sense & Sensibility (Dir. Ang Lee 1995): Sense and Sensibility is the story of two sisters; pragmatic Elinor (Emma Thompson) and passionate wilful Marianne (Kate Winslet). When their father Henry Dashwood dies by law his estate must pass to the eldest son from his first marriage. Suddenly homeless and impoverished his current wife and daughters find themselves living in a simple country cottage. The two sisters are soon accepted into their new society. Marianne becomes swept up in a passionate love affair with the dashing Willoughby (Greg Wise) while Elinor struggles to keep a tight rein on the family purse strings and to keep her feelings for Edward Ferrars (Hugh Grant) whom she left behind hidden from her family. Despite their different personalities they both experience great sorrow in their affairs but they learn to mix sense with sensibility in a society that is obsessed with both financial and social status. Shakespeare In Love (Dir. John Madden 1998): Triumphant winner of 7 Academy Awards - including Best Picture - this witty sexy smash features Oscar-winning Best Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and an amazing cast that includes Academy Award winners Judi Dench Geoffrey Rush and Ben Affleck! When Will Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) needs passionate inspiration to break a bad case of writer's block a secret romance with the beautiful Lady Viola (Paltrow) starts the words flowing like never before! There are just two things he'll have to learn about his new love: not only is she promised to marry someone else she's successfully impersonating a man in order to play the lead in Will's latest production! A truly can't-miss motion picture event with outstanding critical acclaim to match its impressive collection of major awards - everyone will love this funny behind-the-scenes look at the writing of the greatest love story ever told!
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