In 1942, an intelligence officer in North Africa encounters a female French Resistance fighter on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. When they reunite in London, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war. Bonus: Story of Allied From Stages to the Sahara: The Production Design of Allied 'Til Death Do Us Part: Max and Marianne Guys and Gals: The Ensemble Cast Click Images to Enlarge
Michael Bay's hilarious action comedy Pain and Gain is GoodFellas on steroids. When an ambitious group of personal trainers (Mark Wahlberg Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie) decide to chase the American Dream they get caught up in a criminal enterprise that goes horribly wrong. Now living large will take everything they've got in the unbelievable true story that critics are calling hilarious smart clever and fresh.
Spike Lee's incendiary look at race relations in America, circa 1989, is so colourful and exuberant for its first three-quarters that you can almost forget the terrible confrontation that the movie inexorably builds toward. Do the Right Thing is a joyful, tumultuous masterpiece--maybe the best film ever made about race in America, revealing racial prejudices and stereotypes in all their guises and demonstrating how a deadly riot can erupt out of a series of small misunderstandings. Set on one block in Bedford-Stuyvesant on the hottest day of the summer, the movie shows the whole spectrum of life in this neighbourhood and then leaves it up to us to decide if, in the end, anybody actually does the "right thing." Featuring Danny Aiello as Sal, the pizza parlour owner; Lee himself as Mookie, the lazy pizza-delivery guy; John Turturro and Richard Edson as Sal's sons; Lee's sister Joie as Mookie's sister Jade; Rosie Perez as Mookie's girlfriend Tina; Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee as the block elders, Da Mayor and Mother Sister; Giancarlo Esposito as Mookie's hot-headed friend Buggin' Out; Bill Nunn as the boom-box toting Radio Raheem; and Samuel L Jackson as DJ Mister Señor Love Daddy. This is a rich and nuanced film to watch, treasure and learn from--over and over again. --Jim Emerson
He was smart, handsome and single. When her biological clock was running out, he was... the next best thing
Given that Resident Evil is a Paul Anderson movie based on a computer game which was itself highly derivative (especially of George A Romero and James Cameron films), it's probably unfair to complain that it hasn't got an original idea or moment in its entire running time. In the early 1980s, Italian schlock films such as Zombie Flesh Eaters and Zombie Creeping Flesh tried to cram in as many moments restaged from American originals as possible, strung together by silly characters wandering between monster attacks. This is a much-improved, edited, photographed and directed version of the same gambit. As amnesiac Milla Jovovich remembers amazing kung fu skills and anti-globalist Eric Mabius mutters about evil corporations, a gang of clichéd soldiers with nary a distinguishing feature between them (except for Michelle Rodriguez as a secondary tough chick) are trapped in an underground scientific compound at the mercy of a tyrannical computer--which manifests as a smug little-girl-o-gram--fending off flesh-eating zombies (though gore fans will be disappointed by the film's need to stay within the limits of the 15 certificate) and CGI mutants, not to mention the ever-popular zombie dogs. It's tolerably action-packed, but zips past its borrowings (Aliens, Cube, Deep Blue Sea) without adding anything that future schlock pictures will want to imitate. On the DVD: Resident Evil on disc has the expected trailers, both teaser and theatrical; a half-hour making-of; zombie make-up tests; featurettes on music (with Marilyn Manson), production design and costume. A lively commentary track features Anderson, Jovovich, Rodriguez and producer/zombie Jeremy Bolt--Jovovich upbraids Anderson for talking about different gradings of film stock over her nude scene and everyone else talks about how much she hurt them by punching them out during action sequences. Anderson mentions an alternate commentary track with visual effects designer Richard Yuricich, but it isn't included. --Kim Newman
The story of Bettie Page, one of the first sex icons in America and the target of a Senate investigation.
As with the great John Ford (Young Mr. Lincoln) before him, it would be out of character for Steven Spielberg to construct a conventional, cradle-to-grave portrait of a historical figure. In drawing from Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals, the director instead depicts a career-defining moment in the career of Abraham Lincoln (an uncharacteristically restrained Daniel Day-Lewis). With the Civil War raging, and the death toll rising, the president focuses his energies on passage of the 13th Amendment. Even those sympathetic to the cause question his timing, but Lincoln doesn't see the two issues as separate, and the situation turns personal when his son, Robert (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), chooses to enlist rather than to study law. While still mourning the loss of one son, Mary (Sally Field) can't bear to lose another. Playwright Tony Kushner, who adapted the screenplay, takes a page from the procedural handbook in tracing Lincoln's steps to win over enough representatives to abolish slavery, while simultaneously bringing a larger-than-life leader down to a more manageable size. In his stooped-shoulder slouch and Columbo-like speech, Day-Lewis succeeds so admirably that the more outspoken characters, like congressman Thaddeus Stevens (Tommy Lee Jones) and lobbyist W.N. Bilbo (James Spader), threaten to steal the spotlight whenever they enter the scene, but the levity of their performances provides respite from the complicated strategising and carnage-strewn battlefields. If Lincoln doesn't thrill like the Kushner-penned Munich, there's never a dull moment--though it would take a second viewing to catch all the political nuances. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
Jared Harris (The Crown, Mad Men), Stellan SkarsgÃ¥rd (Breaking the Waves, Good Will Hunting) and Emily Watson (Breaking the Waves, Apple Tree Yard) star in Chernobyl, the critically acclaimed five-part mini-series. On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukrainian SSR suffered a massive explosion that released radioactive material across Belarus, Russia and Ukraine and as far as Scandinavia and Western Europe. Dramatising the true story of the 1986 nuclear accident, one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history, Chernobyl shines a light on the brave men and women who fought an unprecedented war against an invisible enemy, and who suffered and sacrificed, saving millions of lives, often at the cost of their own.
The good news is, Dr. Watson does get married. The bad news is, Sherlock Holmes throws his bride off a moving train. Actually, there's even worse news than that--but all will be explained in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, the sequel to Guy Ritchie's 2009 hit. Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law return to their roles as Holmes and Watson, as the duo take on the world's greatest criminal mind, Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris), a man whose latest scheme has global implications. Sherlockians who prefer their consulting detective to remain in a traditional mode had best look the other way, for the sequel continues Ritchie's vision of Holmes as a hard-punching action hero hurtling through a barrage of special effects sequences. If you can go with that, A Game of Shadows actually improves on the first film: the story makes a little more sense (or possibly the whole thing moves so smoothly you don't notice the illogic), Harris is a delicious villain, and new cast members Noomi Rapace (from the Swedish Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series) and Stephen Fry (playing Sherlock's brother Mycroft, who calls his sibling "Sherlie") add appeal. It's all frivolous and superficial, but the film's playful attitude and breathless forward motion are skillfully managed--and the final note adds just the right punctuation. --Robert Horton
The RockSean Connery and Nicolas Cage join forces to avert unspeakable carnage as The Rock explodes onto Blu-ray Disc! Co-starring Ed Harris this spectacular! (NBC) thrill ride will rock your world in this astonishing format. When a vengeful ex-general seizes control of Alcatraz Island and threatens to launch missiles loaded with deadly poison gas only a young FBI chemical weapons expert and a notorious Federal prisoner have the skills to penetrate the impregnable fortress and take him down. Catch every instant of rapid-fire action in eye-popping 1080p while the phenomenal 5.1 48 kHz 24-bit uncompressed audio puts you smack dab in the middle of the mayhem. Prepare to experience the awesome power of Blu-ray High Definition! Crimson TideSuperstars Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman face off in the intense action-thriller Crimson Tide now on Blu-ray Disc. Viggo Mortensen and James Gandolfi ni also star as the full-throttle tension (Los Angeles Times) builds relentlessly in this pulse-pounding format! Amidst a global crisis the USS Alabama is ordered to launch its nuclear missiles - signaling the start of World War III! And when the sub's commander and his executive offi cer clash over the validity of their orders an epic struggle for control erupts under the sea. Watch every explosive frame in spectacular 1080p while 5.1 48 kHz 24-bit uncompressed audio blows you away. See hear and feel the Tide rage through the power of Blu-ray High Definition! ArmageddonFrom the mega-hitmakers who produced and directed The Rock and Pearl Harbor comes Armageddon. And now this mind-blowing action-adventure explodes on Blu-ray for the first time ever! Bruce Willis (Surrogates Sin City) and Academy Award winners Ben Affleck (1997 Best Original Screenplay Good Will Hunting) and Billy Bob Thornton (1996 Best Adapted Screenplay Sling Blade) head an all-star cast that includes Liv Tyler (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) Steve Buscemi (Con Air) and Will Patton (Gone in 60 Seconds). When NASA's director (Thornton) realises the Earth has 18 days before it's destroyed by a meteor the size of Texas he has only one option: land a ragtag team of roughneck oil drillers on the asteroid and drop a nuke into its core. With spectacular special effects laugh-out-loud humour a riveting story and a rockin' soundtrack featuring Aerosmith and Bon Jovi this adrenaline-pumping thrill ride now boasts the staggeringly intense picture and incomparable theatre-quality sound of Blu-ray High Definition. Deja VuDenzel Washington producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Tony Scott ignite a firestorm of excitement with Deja Vu on Blu-ray Disc. This powerful fast-paced action-thriller will keep you bolted to your seat (Pete Hammond Maxim) as it blows you away in this jawdropping format. Called in to recover evidence after a horrific explosion Federal agent Doug Carlin (Washington) is taken to a top-secret government lab that uses a time-shifting device to help prevent crime. But can it change the past? Negotiate every mind-bending twist and turn with visually spectacular 1080p while the walls tremble around you in 5.1 48 kHz 16-bit uncompressed audio. You'll have a blast experiencing it again and again in Blu-ray High Definition! Con AirBuckle up for a pure adrenaline rush! (Sixty Second Preview) as producer Jerry Bruckheimer's explosive hit Con Air detonates on Blu-ray Disc. Starring acclaimed actors Nicolas Cage John Cusack and John Malkovich this edge-of-yourseat thrill ride soars to new heights in this remarkable format. A prison parolee (Cage) - on his way to freedom - faces impossible odds when the maximum security transport plane he's on is skyjacked by the 10 most vicious criminals in the country. Experience deathdefying stunts and mind-blowing special effects in eye-popping 1080p while jet engines roar and turbulent action rocks your world in 5.1 48 kHz 24-bit uncompressed audio. The excitement takes off and never lets up with Blu-ray High Definition! Gone in 60 Seconds:Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie feed the need for speed with Gone in 60 Seconds on Blu-ray's high definition disc. Gear up for action-packed thrills as this revolutionary new format gets your motor running. Forced out of retirement to save his kid brother from an evil mobster legendary car booster Memphis Raines re-assembles his old crew and floors it in a full-throttle race to pull off the ultimate auto heist. Experience the searing intensity of every headlight in amazing 1080p and hear the roar of exotic engines - plus a hot soundtrack - with spectacular enhanced audio. Now life in the fast lane is wilder than ever with Blu-ray High Definition! Enemy of the StateHollywood superstars Will Smith and Gene Hackman trigger rapid-fi re suspense in Enemy of the State on Blu-ray's high definition disc. The adventure heats up as this volatile new format explodes onto the screen. After a Washington D.C. attorney is given - without his knowledge - a video tying a top National Security Agency official to a political murder he finds himself targeted by a relentless team of lethal NSA surveillance operatives. Watch as nonstop action meets cutting-edge technology in astounding 1080p and hear the echo of every footstep with spectacularly enhanced audio. Surrender your senses to the awesome power of Blu-ray High Definition. Pearl HarborProducer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Michael Bay launch Pearl Harbor on Blu-ray's high definition disc. Experience the epic blockbuster as never before in this breathtaking new format! When the innocence of a nation is shattered by a sudden and devastating act of war the lives and loves of a generation are swept into the greatest conflict modern man has ever known: World War II. Gasp at astounding visual effects in explosive 1080p and feel every resounding impact with spectacularly enhanced audio. With a tremendous all-star cast featuring Ben Affleck Josh Hartnett and Kate Beckinsale this rousing story of love loss and heroism is a must-see cinematic event with Blu-ray High Definition.
NASA's worst nightmare turned into one of the space agency's most heroic moments in 1970, when the Apollo 13 crew was forced to hobble home in a disabled capsule after an explosion seriously damaged the moon-bound spacecraft. Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, and Bill Paxton play (respectively) astronauts Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert, and Fred Haise in director Ron Howard's intense, painstakingly authentic docudrama. The Apollo 13 crew and Houston-based mission controllers race against time and heavy odds to return the damaged spacecraft safely to Earth from a distance of 205,500 miles. Using state-of-the-art special effects and ingenious filmmaking techniques, Howard and his stellar cast and crew build nail-biting tension while maintaining close fidelity to the facts. The result is a fitting tribute to the Apollo 13 mission and one of the biggest box-office hits of 1995. --Jeff Shannon
Two friends hired to police a small town that is suffering under the rule of a rancher find their job complicated by the arrival of a young widow in this gritty western.
Based on the Dennis Lehane novel about two Boston area detectives investigating a little girl's kidnapping, which ultimately turns into a crisis both professionally and personally.
A minor classic from Disney, this 1973 all-animal, all-animated musical version of the familiar story of Robin Hood is more charming than one might expect. Perhaps it's the warm, chummy take on key relationships within the legend--the way Robin Hood (Brian Bedford) gets twitterpated whenever the subject of Maid Marian (Monica Evans) comes up or the way best pal Little John (Phil Harris voicing a variation on his own Baloo from The Jungle Book) admonishes the Sherwood Forest hero, "Aw, Rob, why dontcha just marry the girl?" (Then, of course, there's the canny "casting" of the romantic leads as foxes: Robin the sly one and Marian the, well, foxy one.) The rest of the vocal cast is lively and eclectic: Peter Ustinov, Andy Devine, Terry Thomas, George Lindsey. Roger Miller provides the songs and voice for the minstrel character Allan-A-Dale. The film is ably directed by Wolfgang Reitherman, whose decades of work in Disney's animation division helped create the studio's rich legacy. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com
The "Cleaner" is a sinister crime thriller from veteran action director Renny Harlin with a lead performance from Samuel L. Jackson.
Five years after the death of her beloved husband Garrett (Ed Harris - Gravity, Gone Baby Gone), Nikki (Annette Bening - American Beauty, The Kids Are Alright) meets Tom, a man who who looks exactly like her deceased husband. Not only does Tom possess the same physical characteristics, but he also shares Garrett's kindness, humour, and passion for art. Suddenly, a flood of old feelings rush back to Nikki: she's met the love of her life.
International crooks hide a top-secret computer chip inside a toy car but an airport mix-up lands it in the hands of eight-year-old Alex Pruitt who's home alone with the chicken pox. Madness and mayhem kick into high gear as the pint-sized hero defends his house against the bumbling bad guys armed with an outrageous array of ambushes and booby traps.
The Fifth Element In the year 2257 a planet-sized sphere of supreme evil is approaching the earth at relentless speed threatening to exterminate every living organism unless four ancient stones representing the elements of earth wind fire and water are united with the mysterious 'Fifth Element'... The Abyss: In this thrilling underwater action-adventure from writer-director James Cameron a civilian oil-rig crew is recruited to conduct a search-and-rescue effort when a nuclear submarine mysteriously sinks. One diver (Ed Harris) soon finds himself on a spectacular odyssey over 25 000 feet below the ocean's surface where he confronts a mysterious force that has the power to change the world or destroy it. Aliens: Sigourney Weaver returns as Ripley the only survivor from mankind's first encounter with the monstrous Alien. Her account of the Alien and the fate of her crew are received with skepticism until the mysterious disappearance of colonists on LV-426 lead her to join a team of high-tech colonial marines sent in to investigate...
Titles Comprise: Enemy At The Gates: While the Nazi and Russian armies hurl rank after rank of soldiers at each other and the world fearfully awaits the outcome of the battle of Stalingrad the celebrated Russian sniper Vassili Zaitsev (Jude Law) quietly stalks his enemies one man at a time. His fame however soon thrusts him into a duel with the Nazi's best sharpshooter Major Konig (Ed Harris) and the two find themselves waging an intense personal war while the most momentous battle of the age rages around them... Windtalkers:In 1942 several hundred Navajo Americans were recruited as Marines and trained to use their language as code. Marine Joe Enders (Nicolas Cage) is assigned to protect Ben Yahzee (Adam Beach) - a Navajo code talker the Marines' new secret weapon. Enders' orders are to protect his code talker but if Yahzee should fall into enemy hands he's to protect the code at all costs. Against the backdrop of the horrific Battle of Saipan when capture is imminent Enders is forced to make a decision: if he can't protect his fellow Marine can he bring himself to kill him to protect the code? Hart's War: Fourth generation war hero Col. William McNamara is imprisoned in a brutal German POW camp. Still as the camp's highest-ranking American officer he commands his fellow inmates keeping a sense of honour alive in a place where honour is easy to destroy all under the dangerous ever-watchful eye of SS Major Wilhelm Visser. Never giving up the fight to win the war McNamara is silently planning waiting for his moment to strike back at the enemy. A murder in the camp gives him the chance to set a risky plan in motion. With a court martial to keep Visser and the Germans distracted McNamara orchestrates a cunning scheme to escape and destroy a nearby munitions plant enlisting the unwitting help of young Lt. Tommy Hart. Together with his men McNamara uses a hero's resolve to carry out his mission ultimately forced to weigh the value of his life against the good of his country. An epic World War II adventure from action-maestro John Woo!
Doctor Jonathan Dempsey is sent to Scotland to destroy the myth surrounding the Loch Ness monster. The daughter of his new girlfriend said to possess special mystic powers changes his life forever....
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