Director Richard Linklater turned his free-range verite sensibility on the 1970s in Dazed and Confused after changing the world with the generation-defining Slacker. As before, his all-seeing camera meanders across a landscape studded with goofy pop culture references and poignant glimpses of human nature. Only this time around, he's spreading a thick layer of nostalgia over the lens (and across the soundtrack). It's as if Fast Times at Ridgemont High was directed by Jean-Luc Godard. The story deals with a group of friends on the last day of high school, 1976. Good-natured football star Randall "Pink" Floyd navigates effortlessly between the warring worlds of jocks, stoners, wannabes and rockers with girlfriend and new-freshman buddy in tow. Surprisingly, it's not a coming-of-age movie, but a film that dares ask the eternal, overwhelming, adolescent question, "What happens next?". It's a little too honest to be a light comedy ("If I ever say these were the best years of my life, remind me to kill myself.") But it's also way too much fun to be just another existential-essay-on-celluloid. --Grant Balfour
Picking up after Resident Evil: Retribution, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity's final stand against the Undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse. Special Features: Retaliation Mode with Paul & Milla Stunts & Weaponry Explore The Hive The Bad Ass Trinity & The Women of Resident Evil Sneak Peek: Resident Evil: Vendetta
Milla Jovovich's video game action girl Alice has escaped the hive of the first flick and must now find a way through the hordes of zombies to escape Racoon City.
She's back... And she's bringing a few of her friends After a one-woman assault on the Umbrella Corporation's fortress Alice's (Milla Jovovich) superhuman abilities are neutralised. Now fleeing the Undead masses created by the T-virus Alice reunites with Claire Redfield (Ali Larter) and her brother Chris (Wentworth Miller). Together they take refuge with other survivors in an abandoned prison where a savage zombie mob stands between them and the safety of Arcadia. Escaping these bloodthirsty mutants will take an arsenal. But facing off with Albert Wesker and the Umbrella Corporation will take the fight for survival to a new level of danger.
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 without 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. -- Kim Newman
The fifth chapter in the Resident Evil cinematic franchise again sees Milla Jovovich as Alice, who once more is armed and dangerous. She needs to be too, given the numerous zombie monsters who are after her. Working equally well as a standalone movie, Resident Evil: Retribution nonetheless picks up directly after the events of Resident Evil: Afterlife. It also brings back characters from previous movies, as well as introducing some new faces, but it's when the action is ramped up that the film sparks heavily into life. Few would declare that any of the Resident Evil movies have anything of note to add to the history of cinema, but they've all succeeded, to varying degrees, in entertaining. Retribution survives some major wobbles to do so too. It's best not to focus too much on the narrative, rather to sit back and enjoy the moments where the screen bursts to life. This is where the 3D Blu-ray comes into its own, too. Not just for the super-sharp picture quality, but also the fact that there's been a real effort to get something out of the 3D work in the film, and it's really very effective. Still, Milla Jovavich remains the key reason to watch Resident Evil: Retribution. She comfortably holds everything together, and remains an action cinema lead of some quality. Her Alice remains a character very much not to be trifled with, and the latest chapter shows that her screen adventures are still worth checking out. --Jon Foster
Orphaned at the age of 8 on a deserted island a young boy and girl grow up together and learn about survival love and their own sexuality. Once a captain and his daughter sail upon their deserted shore and tempts them back to civilization they must now learn what is most important: each other...
Two Moon Junction is a camp spectacle starring Sherilyn Fenn as an upper-crust Southern belle who abandons the posh life for sex on the road with a carnival worker. Naturally, the older folk (Burl Ives, Louise Fletcher) take exception. Typically silly, soft-porn stuff from director Zalman King (Wild Orchid), this erotic joke of a movie is good for putting one's busy brain on hold for awhile. Colourful support from Kristy McNichol as a cowgirl, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, and the late Hervé Villechaiz (Fantasy Island). --Tom Keogh
Set in a remote Californian town in the late ninteenth century this is tale of a man who sold his family for the claim to a gold mine years earlier.
Picking up after Resident Evil: Retribution, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity's final stand against the Undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.
This box set contains the following films: Resident Evil (Dir. Paul Anderson) (2002): Something rotten is brewing beneath the industrial mecca known as Raccoon City. Unknown to its millions of residents a huge underground bioengineering facility known as The Hive has accidentally unleashed the deadly and mutating T-virus killing all of its employees. To contain the leak the governing supercomputer Red Queen has sealed all entrances and exits. Now a team of highly-trained super commandos including Rain Alice and Matt must race to penetrate The Hive in order to isolate the T-virus before it overwhelms humanity. To do so they must get past the Red Queen's deadly defenses face the flesh-eating undead employees fight killer mutant dogs and battle The Licker a genetically mutated savage beast whose strength increases with each of its slain victims. Resident Evil 2: Apocalypse (Dir. Alexander Witt) (2004): Milla Jovovich returns as Alice one of only two survivors of the contained biochemical disaster in the first Resident Evil. This film begins where the first film left off with Alice in the heart of the ravaged and deadly Raccoon City. She has been subjected to biogenetic experimentation by the vast Umbrella Corporation and become genetically altered with super-human strengths senses and dexterity. These skills and more will be needed if anyone is to remain alive. Resident Evil: Extinction (Dir. ) (2007): Alice now in hiding in the Nevada desert once again joins forces with Carlos Olivera (Oded Fehr) and L.J. (Mike Epps) along with new survivors Claire (Ali Larter) K-Mart (Spencer Locke) and Nurse Betty (Ashanti) to try to eliminate the deadly virus that threatens to make every human being undead. Since being captured by the Umbrella Corporation Alice has been subjected to biogenic experimentation and becomes genetically altered with super-human strengths senses and dexterity. These skills and more will be needed if anyone is to remain alive...
In the year 2257 a planet-sized vessel of supreme evil is hurtling towards the earth with relentless speed threatening to exterminate every living organism in its path. It has been left to the ex-marine and unlikely taxi-driving hero Korben Dallas (Willis) to reunite the four stones that represent the elements - Earth Air Water and Fire with the mysterious Fifth Element to unleash the only power that will save the Earth. Joined on his mission by the intriguing Leeloo (Jovovich) and Priest Vito Cornelius (Holm) Dallas must retrieve the elements from the beautiful Diva aboard the luxury cruise ship the Fhlotsin Paradise.
Cotton Club: Welcome to the Cotton Club where crime lords rub shoulders with the rich and famous. Director Francis Ford Coppola and co-writers William Kennedy and Mario Puzo create a panorama of love crime and entertainment centered on the legendary Harlem Nightclub owned by Owney Madden (Bob Hoskins). Cornet player Dixie Dwyer (Richard Gere) gets a job in Harlem's famous Cotton Club while his brother gets a job as Dutch Schultz's (James Remar) bodyguard. Dwyer falls for Schultz's mistress Vera Cicero (Diane Lane) and finds himself caught in the middle of mobster rivalry in this stylish gangster film. Chaplin: Directed by Sir Richard Attenborough and starring Robert Downey Jr and an extraordinary cast 'Chaplin' is a loving grand-scale portrait of the Little Tramp's amazing life and times. His poverty-stricken childhood in England comes to life along with his friendships with Mack Sennett (Dan Aykroyd) and Douglas Fairbanks (Kevin Kline) his many wives and scandalous affairs and his relentless pursuit by J. Edgar Hoover. Chaplin is the larger-than-life story of the actor behind the icon and a stunning depiction of a bygone era when Hollywood was at its most glamorous. Chorus Line: An adaptation of one of the most successful and unusual musicals of all time. A group of Broadway hopefuls auditioning for a place in the chorus line of a new show relate the stories of their lives -- their disappointments their dreams and the professional rejections and successes. Among the dancers trying to make the grade is the director's former lover a woman who once made it big and now would be grateful just to dance in the chorus.
A horror-thriller centered on a woman living with face-blindness after surviving a serial killer's attack. As she lives with her condition, one in which facial features change each time she loses sight of them, the killer closes in.
Aliens In this action-packed sequel to 'Alien' Sigourney Weaver returns as Ripley the only survivor from mankind's first encounter with the monstrous extra-terrestrial. 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... Resident Evil Something rotten is brewing beneath the industrial mecca known as Raccoon City. Unknown to its millions of residents a huge underground bioengineering facility known as The Hive has accidentally unleashed the deadly and mutating T-virus killing all of its employees. To contain the leak the governing supercomputer Red Queen has sealed all entrances and exits. Now a team of highly-trained super commandos including Rain Alice and Matt must race to penetrate The Hive in order to isolate the T-virus before it overwhelms humanity. To do so they must get past the Red Queen's deadly defenses face the flesh-eating undead employees fight killer mutant dogs and battle The Licker a genetically mutated savage beast whose strength increases with each of its slain victims... The Fly David Cronenberg's 'The Fly' is a remake of the 1958 horror classic about a brilliant scientist (Goldblum) who develops a machine that molecularly transports objects in seconds but inadvertently turns him into a fly; incredibly agile super-strong and driven to insanity by appetites he cannot control...
Ed Harris and Ethan Hawke star in this thriller written and directed by Michael Almereyda. Based on the play by William Shakespeare, this modern-day adaptation follows the story of Cymbeline (Harris), the reigning king of the Briton Motorcycle gang who has developed an understanding with local Roman police that allows them to conduct their illegal affairs without prosecution. As Cymbeline prepares to marry off his daughter Imogen (Dakota Johnson) to the Queen (Milla Jovovich)'s son Cloten (Anton Yelchin), Cymbeline is outraged to learn that Imogen has secretly wed the penniless Posthumus (Penn Badgley) with whom she has fallen in love. As Cymbeline forces Posthumus into exile, a war erupts between the Britons and the Romans, leaving Imogen torn between two very different worlds.
Jack a police officer is taken hostage inside a house that is being used by a gang of bank robbers. When he is left alone with gang member Erin they become attracted to each other... Based on a short story entitled 'The House on Turk Street' by classic pulp novelist Dashiell Hammett.
Academy Award winner Robert De Niro and Oscar nominee Edward Norton deliver powerful performances as a seasoned corrections official and a scheming inmate whose lives become dangerously intertwined in Stone. As parole officer Jack Mabry (De Niro) counts the days toward a quiet retirement he is asked to review the case of Gerald Stone Creeson (Norton) in prison for covering up the murder of his grandparents with a fire. Now eligible for early release Stone needs to convince Jack he has reformed but his attempts to influence the older man's decision have profound and unexpected effects on them both. Also starring Milla Jovovich (The Fifth Element) and Golden Globe winner Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under). Directed by John Curran (The Painted Veil We Don't Live Here Anymore) and written by Angus McLachlan (Junebug).
Chaplin, Sir Richard Attenborough's biographical film of the life and times of the famous comic, is a little thin as a narrative, but it is so charmingly creative and ultimately moving that it's hard to worry about the deficits. Robert Downey Jr does an excellent job re-creating Chaplin's graceful slapstick and getting inside the silent-film superstar's head over the years of triumph, defeat, scandal, official persecution, exile and inner peace. A huge cast portray the allies, friends, lovers and enemies in Chaplin's life, including Moira Kelly as his final, long-time wife Oona, Kevin Kline as Douglas Fairbanks, Geraldine Chaplin as Charlie's mother and James Woods as a prosecutor working hard to nail Chaplin for anti-American sentiments. Attenborough declines to tell the story in a flat, linear way, employing such clever techniques as detailing one chapter in Chaplin's life as a silent comedy. The climactic scene set at an Oscar tribute for Chaplin will get the tears flowing. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com
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