What is it about director Richard Donner that Mel Gibson enjoys so much that he's appeared in five of Donner's films? Is it the on-set pranks? Could it be the big-budget perks and $20 million paychecks? Or is it just a well-stocked catering table? Whatever the case, the Lethal Weapon star and director teamed up again, along with fellow superstar Julia Roberts, for this typically glossy, entertaining but ultimately hokey thriller. Gibson plays New York cab driver Jerry Fletcher, whose wacky belief in conspiracies finally hits on a coincidental truth involving an evil figure named Jonas (Patrick Stewart) and a secret program of government-funded mind control. Roberts plays the Justice Department attorney who finally believes in Jerry's paranoid ramblings. With a plot (from LA Confidential co-writer Brian Helgeland) that's a lot of fun as long as you don't think about it too critically, Conspiracy Theory benefits immeasurably from the charisma of its high-magnitude stars. --Jeff Shannon
White Men Can't Jump, writer-director Ron Shelton's 1992 follow-up to the baseball comedy-drama Bull Durham, involves a different sport: basketball, as played on the neighbourhood hustler circuit. Woody Harrelson is Billy Hoyle, a good shooter using his white complexion to fool black players into thinking he can be stomped in easy bets. Billy's banter-filled matchup against Sidney Deane (Wesley Snipes) on a public court leads to a partnership in which Sidney becomes Billy's manager, taking the white outsider on a tour of the tougher sections of Los Angeles, where he plays homeboys for a few bucks. Inevitably, the two come apart over their innate competitiveness, a situation that has to be re-evaluated after Billy gets into trouble with some underworld creditors. Meanwhile, Billy's girlfriend (Rosie Perez) sits at home preparing herself for a maybe-someday appearance on Jeopardy. As with all of Shelton's sports-related films (Tin Cup, his script for The Best of Times), White Men Can't Jump is less about the fine points of the game than it is the rules by which players survive it. The script is literate and crackling with wit and satire (a scene in which a politician sponsors a black-white "solidarity" game is hilarious). The actors are entirely in sync, and the scenes under and around the hoops are a thrill to watch. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com
Matthew Perry stars as an aspiring architect given the additional job by a big client of spying on his mistress (Neve Campbell). As he begins to fall for her it becomes clear that everyone thinks he's gay, but does he really want to jeopardise his career
An aging cop is assigned the ordinary task of escorting a fast-talking witness from police custody to a courthouse.
Conspiracy Theory: New York cab driver and conspiracy buff Jerry Fletcher (Mel Gibson) knows about the secret movers shakers and assassins who really control things. Trying to put Justice Department attorney Alice Sutton (Julia Roberts) in the know he's run out of her of office. Soon both will run for their lives. The two stars conspire for suspense romance and twists that click like a rush-hour taximeter. (Dir. Richard Donner 1997 Cert. 15) Payback: Mel Gibson po
When Karen Billingsly's (Faye Dunaway) college-aged son Chad participates in a fraternity gang rape of a high school girl his attorney father Roger (Stephen Collins) advises Chad and his frat brothers to say nothing. But when Karen finds out she is devastated. The cover-up of the crime takes a toll on both her marriage and family as Roger plays on her motherly instincts and insists that she conceal the truth to protect their son and his future. Torn between doing what's right and safeguarding everything she holds dear Karen pleads with Chad to have the courage to face the truth accept the consequences and not be swayed by the lack of ethics in others.
Antonio Banderas and Woody Harrelson are two friends & failed boxers who travel across America for one last chance to ressurect their career.
He may have been usurped in recent years but, during the period detailed in Murder Was the Case, Snoop Doggy Dogg was the last word in gangsta rap. As with the new boy on the block Eminem, the power behind Snoop's throne was undoubtedly producer Dr Dre, and he is to be found included in nearly as much of the documentary footage as the rapper himself. These sit alongside a selection of music videos and clips from live television performances. While not exactly in-depth, a few of the interviews do try and scratch beneath the surface of the gangsta veneer (when asked if he is a violent man, the reply is a slightly chilling "when I have to be"), a marked contrast to the clips of the proud father and baby son. The videos are the usual mix of edgy urban funk and street style, coupled with the by-now rather tired visual imagery. The short film from which the package takes its title takes these concepts to an uncensored conclusion, a tasteless and crass work indulging in explicit scenes of violence, drug taking and misogyny. On the DVD: A brief inclusion of two extra video clips, as well as an animated interactive menu and scene selector. The stereo sound quality is suitably booming.--Phil Udell
Billy Hoyle (Woody Harrelson) and Sidney Deane (Wesley Snipes) are an unlikely pair of basketball hustlers. They team up to con their way across the courts of Los Angeles playing a game that’s fast dangerous – and funny. Directed and written by Ron Shelton (Bull Durham) and co-starring the sizzling Rosie Perez White Men Can’t Jump is a slam dunk high-flying comedy hit!
No One Hits As Hard As Your Best Friend... Hollywood heavyweights Woody Harrelson and Antonio Banderas bring real comedic punch to this hilarious action-packed hit! Best buddies and sparring partners Vince (Harrelson) and Cesar (Banderas) are a pair of worn-out over-the-hill prizefighters who jump at one last unexpected chance to work in the big time. They just have to be in Las Vegas...now! So before they know what's hit them they're on the road! But when they step into the ring that night friendship is replaced by fierce competition as Vince and Cesar tangle in a dramatic fight to the finish - where only the winner will earn a shot at the title. With sexy Lolita Davidovich (Mystery Alaska) and sultry Lucy Liu (Ally McBeal) along to liven up the ride you won't want to miss any of the knockout entertainment that powers this whirlwind comedy adventure.
For the first time on DVD Snoop Doggy Dogg's uncensored Death Row Records' movie 'Murder Was The Case' complete with bonus footage. Contains 2 Dogg videos 'Midnight Love' and 'Head Doctor' that were not part of the rapper's recently released collection 'Dead Man Walkin'. Also included are behind-the-scenes footage of Dogg and material from 'Soul Train' 'The American Music Awards' and 'Saturday Night Live' all featuring the rapper.
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From Lethal Weapon director Richard Donner comes 16 Blocks - a heart-pumping action/thriller. Bruce Willis hits the mark as Jack Mosley a broken-down New York City Police detective assigned to escort a petty criminal (Mos Def) from the precinct to the courthouse. The seemingly simple 16-block journey becomes a test of character for them when Jack's ex-partners attempt to stop them. It's the gripping story of how two men change each other during a tense 118-minutes struggle between life and death.
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