Paul a streetwise young black man talks his way into the home of Ouisa and Flan Kettredge claiming to be a friend of their children and the illegitimate son of Sidney Poitier. They soon learn that this is not the case but find getting rid of him a little difficult...
X-Men 2 picks up almost directly where X-Men left off: misguided super-villain Magneto (Ian McKellen) is still a prisoner of the US government, heroic bad-boy Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is up in Canada investigating his mysterious origin, and the events at Liberty Island (which occurred at the conclusion of X-Men) have prompted a rethink in official policy towards mutants--the proposed Mutant Registration Act has been shelved by US Congress. Into this scenario pops wealthy former army commander William Stryker, a man with the President's ear and a personal vendetta against all mutant-kind in general, and the X-Men's leader Professor X (Patrick Stewart) in particular. Once he sets his plans in motion, the X-Men must team-up with their former enemies Magneto and Mystique (Rebecca Romjin-Stamos), as well as some new allies (including Alan Cumming's gregarious, blue-skinned German mutant, Nightcrawler). The phenomenal global success of X-Men meant that director Bryan Singer had even more money to spend on its sequel, and it shows. Not only is the script better (there's significantly less cheesy dialogue than the original), but the action and effects are also even more stupendous--from Nightcrawler's teleportation sequence through the White House to a thrilling aerial dogfight featuring mutants-vs-missiles to a military assault on the X-Men's school/headquarters to the final showdown at Stryker's sub-Arctic headquarters. Yet at no point do the effects overtake the film or the characters. Moreso than the original, this is an ensemble piece, allowing each character in its even-bigger cast at least one moment in the spotlight (in fact, the cast credits don't even run until the end of the film). And that, perhaps, is part of its problem (though it's a slight one): with so much going on, and nary a recap of what's come before, it's a film that could prove baffling to anyone who missed the first instalment. But that's just a minor quibble--X-Men 2 is that rare thing, a sequel that's actually superior to its predecessor. --Robert Burrow
THE ENTIRE EPIC ADVENTURE SEE ALL THREE FILMS in director Peter Jackson’s trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s enduring masterpiece on Blu-ray 3D™ and Blu-ray™ in one complete collection. THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY™ Follow Bilbo Baggins who – along with the Wizard Gandalf and 13 Dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield – is swept into an epic and treacherous quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG™ Bilbo and the Dwarves escape the giant Spiders and Wood-elves of Mirkwood before encountering the mysterious Bard who smuggles them into Lake-town. Finally reaching the Lonely Mountain they confront the Dragon Smaug. THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES™ The Dwarves of Erebor have reclaimed their homeland but face the consequences of unleashing Smaug. As five great armies go to war Bilbo fights for his life and the races of Dwarves Elves and Men must unite or be destroyed.
Critics and controversy aside, The Da Vinci Code is a verifiable blockbuster. Combine the film's huge worldwide box-office take with over 100 million copies of Dan Brown's book sold, and The Da Vinci Code has clearly made the leap from pop-culture hit to a certifiable franchise (games and action figures are sure to follow). The leap for any story making the move from book to big screen, however, is always more perilous. In the case of The Da Vinci Code, the story is concocted of such a preposterous formula of elements that you wouldn't envy Akiva Goldsman, the screenwriter who was handed a potentially unfilmable book and asked to make a filmable script out of it. Goldsman's solution was to have the screenplay follow the book as closely as possible, with a few needed changes, including a better ending. The result is a film that actually makes slightly better entertainment than the book. So if you're like most of the world, by now you've read the book and know that it starts out as a murder mystery. While lecturing in Paris, noted Harvard Professor of Symbology Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) is summoned to the Louvre by French police help decipher a bizarre series of clues left at the scene of the murder of the chief curator, Jacques Sauniere. Enter Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tautou), gifted cryptologist and Sauniere's granddaughter. Neveu and Langdon are forced to team up to solve the mystery, and from there the story is propelled across Europe as it balloons into a modern-day mini-quest for the Holy Grail, complete with alternative theories about the life of Christ, ancient secret societies headed by historical figures like Leonardo Da Vinci, secret codes, conniving bishops, daring escapes, car chases, and, of course, a murderous albino monk controlled by a secret master who calls himself "The Teacher." Taken solely as a mystery thriller, the movie almost works--despite some gaping holes--mostly just because it keeps moving forward at the breakneck pace set in the book. Brown's greatest trick might have been to have the entire story take place in a day so that the action is forced to keep going, despite some necessary pauses for exposition. Hanks and Tautou are just fine together but not exactly a memorable screen pair; meanwhile, Sir Ian McKellen's scenery-chewing as pivotal character Sir Leigh Teabing is just what the film needs to keep it from taking itself too seriously. In the end, this hit movie is just like a good roller-coaster ride: try not to think too much about it--just sit back and enjoy the trip. --Daniel Vancini, Amazon.com
Although the superhero comic book has been a duopoly since the early 1960s, only DC's flagship characters, Superman and Batman (who originated in the late 1930s) have established themselves as big-screen franchises. Until now--this is the first runaway hit film version of the alternative superhero X-Men universe created for Marvel Comics by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and others. It's a rare comic-book movie that doesn't fall over its cape introducing all the characters, and this is the exception. X-Men drops us into a world that is closer to our own than Batman's Gotham City, but it's still home to super-powered goodies and baddies. Opening in high seriousness with paranormal activity in a WW2 concentration camp and a senatorial inquiry into the growing "mutant problem", Bryan Singer's film sets up a complex background with economy and establishes vivid, strange characters well before we get to the fun. There's Halle Berry flying and summoning snowstorms, James Marsden zapping people with his "optic beams", Rebecca Romijn-Stamos shape-shifting her blue naked form, and Ray Park lashing out with his Toad-tongue. The big conflict is between Patrick Stewart's Professor X and Ian McKellen's Magneto, super-powerful mutants who disagree about their relationship with ordinary humans, but the characters we're meant to identify with are Hugh Jackman's Wolverine (who has retractable claws and amnesia), and Anna Paquin's Rogue (who sucks the life and superpowers out of anyone she touches). The plot has to do with a big gizmo that will wreak havoc at a gathering of world leaders, but the film is more interested in setting up a tangle of bizarre relationships between even more bizarre people, with solid pros such as Stewart and McKellen relishing their sly dialogue and the newcomers strutting their stuff in cool leather outfits. There are in-jokes enough to keep comics' fans engaged, but it feels more like a science fiction movie than a superhero picture. --Kim Newman
Brian, Dougal, Florence and friends return in a big-screen adventure of the classic cult TV series.
'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield on an epic quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. Having survived the beginning of their unexpected journey the Company continues East encountering along the way the skin-changer Beorn and a swarm of giant Spiders in the treacherous forest of Mirkwood. After escaping capture by the dangerous Wood-elves the Dwarves journey to Lake-town and finally to the Lonely Mountain itself where they must face the greatest danger of all - a creature more terrifying than any other; one which will test not only the depth of their courage but the limits of their friendship and the wisdom of the journey itself - the Dragon Smaug. Special Features: 2D Special Features: New Zealand: Home of Middle Earth - Part 2 Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug - Trailer 1 Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug - Trailer 2 Live Event: In the Cutting Room Production Video: Introduction to Pick Ups Shooting Recap of Pick-Ups - Part 1 Recap of Pick-Ups - Part 2 Music Scoring: Scoring the Desolation of Smaug in Wellington Peter Jackson invites you to the set Lego Hobbit Game Trailer Kingdoms of Middle Earth Trailer Ed Sheeran - I See Fire Music Video 3D Special Features: Trailers: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Teaser The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Theatrical The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - Teaser The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - Theatrical
A twentieth century Antigone Zina evokes the life of Zina Bronstein daughter of Leon Trotsky. In 1930's Berlin Zina is being treated by Professor Kronfeld and during this psychoanalysis which includes some hypnosis she recalls incidents from both her own life and that of her father as a leader of the revolution as the holder of state power and later in exile. Against the background of the progressive deterioration of the situation in Europe threatened by the rise of fascism
Four thrilling Cirque Du Soleil DVDs in one spectacular box set. Titles include: Drailon Varekai Journey Of Man and A Baroque Odyssey. Cirque Du Soleil - A Baroque Odyssey: A unique and inspiring look into the heart of the Cirque du Soleil(TM) universe. This 10-year anniversary retrospective made in 1994 highlights the essence of Cirque du Soleil - the amazing energy and spirit that gave birth to the phenomenon and the breathtaking artistry that has captivated and delighted audiences around the world. Cirque Du Soleil - Dralion: A combination of ancient Chinese circus tradition and the avant-garde this is a celebration of life and the four elements: air earth water and fire propelled into a futuristic dimension. Here the costumes reflect the cinema fantastique while the music bursts into the electro-symphonic realm of a world yet to come. Cirque Du Soleil - Varekai: Deep within a forest at the summit of a volcano there is an extraordinary world - a world where something else is possible. A world called VAREKAI. From the sky falls a solitary young man and the story fo VAREKAI begins. Parachuted into the shadows of a magical forest a kaleidoscopic world populated by fantastical creatures this young man sets off on an adventure both absurd and extraordinary. Cirque Du Soleil - Journey of Man: Journey Of Man is a breathtaking odyssey that follows the stages of human development from birth to maturity with each stage presented by a Cirque du SoleilTM act. The signature Cirque du Soleil celebration of colour light music and costume combine with a backdrop of various natural and historical landmarks around the world creating a triumph of artistry beyond compare. From the opening explosion of light and sound that represents the universe's formation 'Journey of Man' leads us through the birth of the Universal Child as it travels from childhood through adolescence and manhood on to maturity. An awe-inspiring feast for the senses incomparable artistry and stylish elegance make this an adventure of a lifetime.
The final battle for Middle-earth begins. Frodo and Sam, led by Gollum, continue their dangerous mission toward the fires of Mount Doom in order to destroy the One Ring. Aragorn struggles to fulfill his legacy as he leads his outnumbered followers against the growing power of the Dark Lord Sauron, so that the Ring-bearer may complete his quest.
THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING Assisted by a Fellowship of heroes, Frodo Baggins plunges into a perilous trek to take the mystical One Ring to Mount Doom so that it and its magical powers can be destroyed and never be possessed by evil Lord Sauron. The astonishing journey begins in the first film of director/co-writer Peter Jackson's epic trilogy that redefi ned fantasy fi lmmaking. This imaginative foray into J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth won 4 Academy AwardsÂ® and earned 13 total nominations, including Best Picture. THE TWO TOWERS The Fellowship has broken, but the quest to destroy the One Ring continues. Frodo and Sam must entrust their lives to Gollum if they are to find their way to Mordor. As Saruman's army approaches, the surviving members of The Fellowship, along with people and creatures from Middle-earth, prepare for battle. The War of the Ring has begun. Nominated for six Academy AwardsÂ®* including Best Picture RETURN OF THE KING The final battle for Middle-earth begins. Frodo and Sam, led by Gollum, continue their dangerous mission toward the fires of Mount Doom in order to destroy the One Ring. Aragorn struggles to fulfill his legacy as he leads his outnumbered followers against the growing power of the Dark Lord Sauron, so that the Ring-bearer may complete his quest. Winner of 11 Academy Awards.Â®* AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY The first in a trilogy of films based on the enduring masterpiece The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey follows title character Bilbo Baggins, who along with the Wizard Gandalf and 13 Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome Dragon Smaug. Their journey will take them into the Wild, through treacherous lands inhabited by Goblins, Orcs and deadly Wargs, as well as a mysterious and sinister fi gure known only as the Necromancer. Along the path, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of ingenuity and courage that surprise even himself, he also gains possession of a precious ring tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways he cannot begin to imagine DESOLATION OF SMAUG The Hobbit Bilbo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf and 13 dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, continue their journey to reclaim the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. Along the way, they encounter the skin-changer Beorn; giant Spiders of Mirkwood; Wood-elves led by Legolas, Tauriel and King Thranduil; and a mysterious Man named Bard, who smuggles them into Lake-town. Finally reaching the Lonely Mountain, they face their greatest danger the Dragon Smaug. BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES Thorin Oakenshield and the dwarves of Erebor have reclaimed the vast wealth of their homeland, but now face the consequences of having unleashed the terrifying Dragon Smaug upon Lake-town. Meanwhile, Sauron, the Dark Lord, has sent forth legions of Orcs to attack the Lonely Mountain, and Bilbo Baggins finds himself fighting for his life as five great armies go to war. As darkness converges, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide unite or be destroyed.
Another masked avenger is reincarnated as a big budget movie. Idle playboy Lamont Cranston (Alec Baldwin), schooled in Tibetan mysticism, fights crime in late '30s New York while wearing a natty hat and false beak. He finds time to romance telepathic sweetie Margo Lane (Penelope Miller), whose crusty old scientist Dad (Ian McKellen) has just invented an atom bomb which is in danger of falling into the hands of Shiwan Khan (John Lone), conquest-happy last descendent of Genghis Khan.Director Russell Mulcahy turns out the regulation death traps (a locked chamber filling with water, a bomb timer which ticks away during the climax) and the Shadow breezes through via nifty "invisible" effects. It evokes the conventions and charms of 1930s' pulp fiction in rather more nostalgic mode than Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, and adds little of its own attitude, although a sly camp sensibility (notably in the extremely chi-chi Tim Curry and John Lone as the villains) goes for snickering at the expense of tension. A pleasant, eye-pleasing movie but, after the super-heroic likes of Batman, The Crow and The Mask, the merely mysterious Shadow seems somewhat grandfatherly and remote. --Kim Newman
With a never-before-seen alternate cut of the film plus a host of incredible special features X-Men: Days of Future Past - The Rogue Cut takes you deeper into the X-Men universe than ever before. Rogue makes her return as the all-star characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves and unite to battle armies of murderous Sentinel robots who are hunting down mutants and humans alike!
Flora Poste who has had an expensive athletic and lengthy education is then orphaned and left with only 100 a year descends on her relatives in Cold Comfort Farm in 'Howling' Sussex. There she finds plenty of relatives namely the Starkadders ruled by the ferocious Aunt Judith. Each of the four cousins has a peculiar character trait there is no bathroom or telephone and the Starkadder women believe that pregnancy is the 'hand of nature and we women can't escape it'. Flora feels
X-Men 2 picks up almost directly where X-Men left off: misguided super-villain Magneto (Ian McKellan) is still a prisoner of the US government, heroic bad-boy Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is up in Canada investigating his mysterious origin, and the events at Liberty Island (which occurred at the conclusion of X-Men) have prompted a rethink in official policy towards mutants--the proposed Mutant Registration Act has been shelved by US Congress. Into this scenario pops wealthy former Army commander William Stryker, a man with the President's ear and a personal vendetta against all mutant-kind in general, and the X-Men's leader Professor X (Patrick Stewart) in particular. Once he sets his plans into motion, the X-Men must team-up with their former enemies Magneto and Mystique (Rebecca Romjin-Stamos), as well as some new allies (including Alan Cumming's gregarious, blue-skinned German mutant, Nightcrawler). The phenomenal global success of X-Men meant that director Bryan Singer had even more money to spend on its sequel, and it shows. Not only is the script better (there's significantly less cheesy dialogue than the original), but the action and effects are also even more stupendous--from Nightcrawler's teleportation sequence through the White House to a thrilling aerial dogfight featuring mutants-vs-missiles to a military assault on the X-Men's school/headquarters to the final showdown at Stryker's sub-Arctic headquarters. Yet at no point do the effects overtake the film or the characters. Moreso than the original, this is an ensemble piece, allowing each character in its even-bigger cast at least one moment in the spotlight (in fact, the cast credits don't even run until the end of the film). And that, perhaps, is part of its problem (though it's a slight one)--with so much going on, and nary a recap of what's come before, it's a film that could prove baffling to anyone who missed the first installment. But that's just a minor quibble--X-Men 2 is that rare thing, a sequel that's actually superior to its predecessor. --Robert Burrow
With the help of a courageous fellowship of friends and allies, Frodo embarks on a perilous mission to destroy the legendary One Ring Hunting Frodo are servants of the Dark Lord, Sauron, reclaims the Ring, Middle earth is doomed. Winner of four Academy Awards, this epic tale of good versus evil, friendship and sacrifice will transport you to a world beyond imagination.
X-Men The Movie (Dir. Bryan Singer 2000): Born into a world filled with prejudice are children who possess extraordinary and dangerous powers - the result of unique genetic mutations. Cyclops unleashes bolts of energy from his eyes. Storm can manipulate the weather at will. Rogue absorbs the life force of anyone she touches. But under the tutelage of Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) these and other outcasts learn to harness their powers for the good of mankind. Now they must protect those who fear them as the nefarious Magneto (Ian McKellen) who believes humans and mutants can never co-exist unveils his sinister plan for the future... X-Men The Movie 2 (Dir. Bryan Singer 2003): The time has come for those who are different to stand united... The X-Men have to band together to find a mutant assassin who has made an attempt on the President's life while the Mutant Academy at Westchester is attacked by military forces prompting some uncomfortable home truths for Wolverine... X-Men The Movie 3 - The Last Stand (Dir. Brett Ratner 2006): Take a stand... When a pharmaceutical company publicises a 'cure' to suppress mutations lines are drawn amongst the X-Men led by Professor Charles Xavier (Stewart) and the Brotherhood a band of powerful mutants organized under Xavier's former ally Magneto (McKellen).... The third film in the big-screen X-Men film franchise which plays host to the addition of fan-favourite characters (including Beast Juggernaut and Angel) further explorers the mutant human divide and also provides a glimpse into the fate of Jean Grey reborn as Phoenix...
Brian, Dougal, Florence and friends return in a big-screen adventure of the classic cult TV series.
There will be days and days and days like this... Meryl Streep delivers one of her greatest performances in David Hare's adaptation of his own stage play which spans two decades in the life of a French Resistance operative who struggles to build a new life amid the apathy of post-war England. Featuring a stellar supporting cast and winning a brace of awards and nominations in 1985 this masterly feature is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements. At the end of World War Two Susan Traherne a young Englishwoman who has worked as a courier in Nazi-occupied France returns home full of hope for a golden future. Yet peacetime brings its own difficulties for Susan; she finds her marriage to a Foreign Office diplomat arid and unfulfilling and the seemingly trivial concerns of others leave her cold. As the danger and intensity – and undeniable excitement – of her wartime days give way to a new mundane life her fragile mental and emotional stability begins to crumble… Special Features: Original Theatrical Trailer Image Gallery Promotional Material PDF
In 1947, the world famous sleuth has retired to a remote Sussex farmhouse, living in relative anonymity with only his housekeeper Mrs Munro and her young son Roger for company. Cantankerous, demanding and frustrated with the mis-representation of him in Watson’s best-selling novels, he diverts his attention to an unsolved case. As the mystery deepens, Sherlock tries desperately to recall the events of 30 years ago that ultimately led to his retirement.
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