From its first gliding aerial shot of a generic suburban street, American Beauty moves with a mesmerising confidence and acuity epitomised by Kevin Spacey's calm narration. Spacey is Lester Burnham, a harried Everyman whose midlife awakening is the spine of the story, and his very first lines hook us with their teasing fatalism--like Sunset Boulevard's Joe Gillis, Burnham tells us his story from beyond the grave. It's an audacious start for a film that justifies that audacity. Weaving social satire, domestic tragedy and whodunit into a single package, Alan Ball's first theatrical script dares to blur generic lines and keep us off balance, winking seamlessly from dark, scabrous comedy to deeply moving drama. The Burnham family joins the cinematic short-list of great dysfunctional American families, as Lester is pitted against his manic, materialistic realtor wife, Carolyn (Annette Bening, making the most of a mostly unsympathetic role) and his sullen, contemptuous teenaged daughter, Jane (Thora Birch, utterly convincing in her edgy balance of self-absorption and wistful longing). Into their lives come two catalytic outsiders. A young cheerleader (Mena Suvari) jolts Lester into a sexual epiphany that blooms into a second adolescence. And an eerily calm young neighbour (Wes Bentley) transforms both Lester and Jane with his canny influence. Credit another big-screen newcomer, English theatrical director Sam Mendes, with expertly juggling these potentially disjunctive elements into a superb ensemble piece that achieves a stylised pace without lapsing into transparent self-indulgence. Mendes has shrewdly insured his success with a solid crew of stage veterans, yet he has also made an inspired discovery in Bentley, whose Ricky Fitts becomes a fulcrum for both plot and theme. Cinematographer Conrad Hall's sumptuous visual design further elevates the film, infusing the beige interiors of the Burnhams' lives with vivid bursts of deep crimson, the colour of roses--and of blood. --Sam Sutherland
No-nonsense combat veteran Captain Frank Ramsey (Hackman) and his newly instated first officer Ron Hunter (Washington) are caught in the middle of a global crisis. On board a nuclear submarine they're heading for Russia where radical nationalists are threatening to start World War III. But when they receive an unverified message to launch their missiles Ramsey and Hunter clash over the validity of the orders.
Oscar-winning superstar Nicolas Cage and screen icon John Travolta battle head to head in Face/Off the ultimate cat and mouse thriller directed by the world's most acclaimed action film director John Woo. To avenge the senseless murder of his son FBI agent Sean Archer undergoes a radical new surgery allowing him to switch faces with the comatose terrorist Castor Troy and assumes Sean's identity the real Sean is thrust into an unimaginable nightmare fighting not only for his life but also those of his wife and daughter! Brilliant performances and mind-numbing visual effects make Face/Off the explosive stylish action thriller you've got to see to believe!
No One Is Above The Law. Freddy Heflin (Stallone in a critically acclaimed performance) is a simple small-town Sheriff who had big dreams of becoming a New York City cop before a heroic deed left him deaf in one ear. Though he saved the life of the woman he loves (Annabella Sciorra) she went on to marry someone else. But everything in Freddy's life is about to change! After he uncovers evidence of a murder fakes suicide and police tampering Freddy must choose between the men he idolises the woman he adores and the law he's sworn to defend...
When Goldie Hawn recommended Elizabeth Berkley for a small role in First Wives Club, she publicly stated that Berkley deserved the opportunity to redeem herself after starring in the ridiculous Showgirls. That says it all: this sleazy, stupid movie, which mixes soft pornography with the clichés of backstage dramas, is the kind of project an aspiring actress would have to put well behind her to keep a career going (though co-star Gina Gershon certainly benefited from her, uh, exposure in the film). Berkley plays a drifter who hitches a ride to Las Vegas, becomes a lap dancer and then a performer, and discovers--gasp!--there's a whole world of sex and violence involved with these things. Gershon is probably the best element in the film, playing Berkley's bisexual rival for the big spotlight on stage. Joe Eszterhas was well overpaid for writing this howler, and director Paul Verhoeven (Basic Instinct) should have known better than to take it seriously. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com
Martin Scorsese's 1990 masterpiece GoodFellas immortalises the hilarious, horrifying life of actual gangster Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), from his teen years on the streets of New York to his anonymous exile under the Witness Protection Program. The director's kinetic style is perfect for recounting Hill's ruthless rise to power in the 1950s as well as his drugged-out fall in the late 1970s; in fact, no one has ever rendered the mental dislocation of cocaine better than Scorsese. Scorsese uses period music perfectly, not just to summon a particular time but to set a precise mood. GoodFellas is at least as good as The Godfather without being in the least derivative of it. Joe Pesci's psycho improvisation of Mobster Tommy DeVito ignited Pesci as a star, Lorraine Bracco scores the performance of her life as the love of Hill's life, and every supporting role, from Paul Sorvino to Robert De Niro, is a miracle.
Martin Scorsese's Silence tells the story of two Christian missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor (Liam Neeson)at a time when Christianity was outlawed and their presence forbidden. The celebrated director's 28-year journey to bring Shusaku Endo's 1966 acclaimed novel to life, examines the spiritual and religious question of God's silence in the face of human suffering.
Veteran FBI detective (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his younger, ambitious partner (Abbie Cornish) enlist the help of a reclusive, retired civilian analyst, Dr. John Clancy (Anthony Hopkins) to help solve a series of bizarre murders. When Clancy's exceptional intuitive powers, which come in the form of vivid and disturbing visions, put him on the trail of the killer (Colin Farrell), the doctor soon realises his gift of second sight is little match against the extraordinary powers of this elusive murderer on a mission.
""MI5; not 9 to 5!"" MI5. The Spooks. They don't exist. You will never know their names where they come from who they are. And they're all that stand between you and those who watch this country with terror on their minds. This release features all the episodes from Season 3. Episodes comprise: 1. Project Friendly Fire 2. The Sleeper 3. Who Guards The Guards? 4. A Prayer For My Daughter 5. Love And Death 6. Persephone 7. Outsiders 8. Celebrity 9. Frequently Asked Que
This tense and terrifying romantic thriller delivers screams aplenty (Variety) and a corker of a climax (Rolling Stone)! Julia Roberts stars as Laura a young woman who thinks she's found the man of her dreams in Martin (Patrick Bergin). But after they are married Laura discovers the real Martin: compulsive controlling and dangerously violent. She escapes by faking her own death and relocating to a small Midwestern town. But even with a new identity Laura lives in fear stalked by the memory of Martin's brutality... a memory that comes to life with a vengeance when he discovers that she is still alive!
A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive
To be young and carefree amid the blue waters and idyllic landscape of sun-drenched Italy in the late 1950s; thats la dolce vita Tom Ripley (Matt Damon) craves - and Dickie Greenleaf (Jude Law) leads.
A high point of Hitchcock's pre-Hollywood career, 1935's The Thirty-Nine Steps is the first and best of three film versions of John Buchan's rather stiff novel. Robert Donat plays Richard Hannay, who becomes embroiled in a plot to steal military secrets. He finds himself on the run; falsely accused of murder, while also pursuing the dastardly web of spies alluded to in the title. With a plot whose twists and turns match the hilly Scottish terrain in which much of the film is set, The Thirty-Nine Steps combines a breezy suavity with a palpable psychological tension. Hitchcock was already a master at conveying such tension through his cinematic methods, rather than relying just on situation or dialogue. Sometimes his ways of bringing the best out of his actors brought the worst out in himself. If the scene in which Donat is handcuffed to co-star Madeline Carroll has a certain edge, for instance, that's perhaps because the director mischievously cuffed them together in a rehearsal, then left them attached for a whole afternoon, pretending to have lost the key. The movie also introduces Hitchcock's favoured plot device, the "McGuffin" (here, the military secret), the unexplained device or "non-point" on which the movie turns. --David Stubbs
Downey stars as big city lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town's judge (Duvall), is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family.
Thomas Crown is a self-made billionaire who can buy anything he wants and is irresistible to women. But there are some things that money can't buy. Thomas Crown has run out of challenges.
The only criminal he can't catch is himself Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call New Orleans features a crooked drug-addicted cop (Nicolas Cage) who takes sexual favours for bribes.
The best screen version yet of a John Grisham novel delivers all-out suspense! A trailer park kid witnesses the suicide of a mob lawyer and ispursued by authorities trying to find out if he knows anything. To protect himself he hires a feisty female attorney who takes up his case anddevelops a bond with him.
Another John Grisham legal thriller comes to the screen, pairing Denzel Washington and Julia Roberts in a film directed by Alan J Pakula, who is known for dark-hued suspense pictures such as Klute, The Parallax View, All the President's Men, and Presumed Innocent. The Pelican Brief isn't up to the level of those films, but it is a perfectly entertaining movie about a law student (Roberts) whose life is endangered when she discovers evidence of a conspiracy behind the killings of two Supreme Court justices. She enlists the help of an investigative reporter (Washington) and the two become fugitives. The charisma and chemistry of the leads goes a long way toward compensating for the story's shortcomings, as does a truly impressive supporting cast that includes Sam Shepard, John Heard, James B Sikking, Tony Goldwyn, Stanley Tucci, Hume Cronyn, John Lithgow, William Atherton and Robert Culp. --Jim Emerson
It will have you sitting on the brink of eternity! One of the greatest anti-war thrillers ever Fail-Safe stars Henry Fonda Walter Matthau Dan O'Herlihy Larry Hagman and Fritz Weaver (in this film debut) as a group of military men on the verge of World War III. When a military computer error deploys a squadron of SAC bombers to destroy Moscow the American President (Fonda) tries to call them back. But their sophisticated fail-safe system prevents him from aborting
Jaws 2: JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT WAS SAFE TO GO BACK IN THE WATER The horror is far from over as Roy Scheider, Lorraine Gary and Murray Hamilton reprise their iconic roles in Jaws 2. Four years after the great white shark terrorized the small resort of Amity, unsuspecting vacationers begin disappearing in an all-too-familiar fashion. Police Chief Brody (Scheider) fnds himself in a race against time when a new shark attacks ten sailboats manned by teenagers, including his own two sons. The same heart-stopping suspense and gripping adventure that enthralled movie audiences throughout the world in Jaws returns in this worthy sequel to the original motion picture classic. Run Time: 116 mins approx. Bonus Run Time: 75 mins approx. Aspect Ratio: 2.33:1 Jaws 3: A DEADLY NEW ATTRACTION! The most famous shark of all time is back bigger and more terrifying than ever in Jaws 3 starring Dennis Quaid, Bess Armstrong, Simon MacCorkindale and Louis Gossett Jr. Everyone at Florida's Sea World is thrilled with the new Undersea Kingdom, a maze of underwater plexiglass tunnels that permits visitors to get closer to marine life than ever before. The opening ceremonies include many important guests and one uninvited baby shark who accidentally enters the park's lagoon through a faulty sea gate and subsequently dies. The young shark's 35-foot mother soon follows her offspring, creating the most horrifying tale of terror ever flmed in the water. Directed by Joe Alves, the original Jaws designer, and co-written by Carl Gottlieb who penned the frst two blockbusters, this action-packed adventure will have you screaming for your life. Run Time: 98 mins approx. Bonus Run Time: 98 mins approx. Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1 Jaws: The Revenge: THIS TIME, IT'S PERSONAL. Once again the peace of Amity and the lives of the Brody family are shattered by a bloodthirsty shark in Jaws: The Revenge. Lorraine Gary reprises her role as the now widowed Ellen Brody who fnds herself reliving the horrors of the past when a mammoth shark kills her son. Grief-stricken, she travels to the Bahamas to be with her other son, a marine biologist Lance Guest), and his family. There she meets and falls for a carefree airplane pilot (Academy Award winner Michael Caine). Just as she is starting to put her life back together, the nightmare of the past returns when her granddaughter is attacked by an all-too-familiar great white shark. Determined to end the terror once and for all, Ellen sets out for a showdown to the death. Run Time: 90 mins approx. Bonus Run Time: 5 mins approx. Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Jaws 2: Deleted Scenes The Making of Jaws 2 Jaws 2: A Portrait by Actor Keith Gordon John Williams: The Music of Jaws 2 The French Joke Storyboards Theatrical Trailers Jaws 3: Jaws 3 in 3D! - See Jaws 3 the way it was originally shown in theaters to experience a third dimension in terror. Jaws: The Revenge: Alternate Ending
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