Judged entirely on its own merits, Jaws 2 isn't a bad film. It even has some passably scary moments (Brody discovering a charred body in the waves; the swimming boy racing the shark back to his dinghy). But it's absolutely impossible to judge this movie on its own merits. Despite being given a great big Panavision camera to play with director Jeannot Szwarc can't hide his TV-movie origins, nor can the script, both of which spend far too long landlocked with the bickering inhabitants of Amity Island. Where the original film boldly set out to sea with Robert Shaw's Ahab-like Quint, in a misplaced desire to attract a teenage audience this movie dwells at interminable length on the courting rituals of the local youth; where Spielberg's original is a masterpiece of pacing and carefully timed tension-building, Jaws 2 sags terribly whenever the plastic shark swims out of sight. Roy Scheider comes off best, reprising his role as Chief Brody, while Lorraine Gary's role as his wife is expanded (she must be a glutton for punishment: she also starred in Jaws 4: The Revenge). Taken as a sequel Jaws 2 is inferior in every way; taken as an unassuming TV movie it's a respectable, workmanlike effort; but looking forward at what was to follow, it begins to look like a minor masterpiece. --Mark Walker
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first film in Columbia Pictures three-picture adaptation of Stieg Larssons literary blockbuster The Millennium Trilogy. Directed by David Fincher and starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, the film is based on the first novel in the trilogy, which altogether have sold 50 million copies in 46 countries and become a worldwide phenomenon. The screenplay is by Steven Zaillian.
An elite team are sent to Riyadh to hunt down and capture the terrorist mastermind behind a deadly attack on Americans working in Saudi Arabia.
After having saved a beautiful Portuguese woman from leaping to her death, Latin Professor Raimund Gregorius (Jeremy Irons) stumbles upon a mesmerizing book by a Portuguese author, which compels him to suddenly abandon his boring life and embark on an enthralling adventure. In search of the author, Gregorius acts as detective and begins to piece together an epic story of oppression and revolution, loyalty and betrayal, love and jealousy, all played out against the backdrop of a brutal fascist dictatorship. His exploration of the author's life evolves into a liberating journey of self-discovery and Gregorius finds that life can change in an instant.
Two hit men in Hong Kong battle it out for the title of King Killer as an Interpol agent closes in.
Sidney Lumet's tense thriller based on real events featuring an outstanding Al Pacino as an undercover officer who incurs the wrath of cop colleagues for exposing corruption within the force...
The debut film of director Joel Coen and his brother-producer Ethan Coen, 1983's Blood Simple is grisly comic noir that marries the feverish toughness of pulp thrillers with the ghoulishness of even pulpier horror. (Imagine the novels of Jim Thompson somehow fused with the comic tabloid Weird Tales and you get the idea.) The story concerns a Texas bar owner (Dan Hedaya) who hires a seedy private detective (M Emmett Walsh) to follow his cheating wife (Frances McDormand in her first film appearance) and then kill her and her lover (John Getz). The gumshoe turns the tables on his client and suddenly a bad situation gets much, much worse, with some violent goings-on that are as elemental as they are shocking. (A scene in which a character who has been buried alive suddenly emerges from his own grave instantly becomes an archetypal nightmare.) Shot by Barry Sonnenfeld before he became an A-list director in Hollywood, Blood Simple established the hyperreal look and feel of the Coens' productions (undoubtedly inspired a bit by filmmaker Sam Raimi, whose The Evil Dead had just been coedited by Joel). Sections of the film have proved to be an endurance test for art-house movie fans, particularly an extended climax that involves one shock after another but ends with a laugh at the absurdity of criminal ambition. This is definitely one of the triumphs of the 1980s and the American independent film scene in general. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com
A housewife is shocked when her husband dies in a car crash and reappears the next day. She realizes it was a premonition and tries to avoid the tragedy.
Martin Kemp stars as serial killer George Joseph Smith in this made-for-TV crime drama based on a true story. In order to accumulate wealth Smith commits bigamy under various pseudonyms and kills three of his wives between 1910 and 1915. He tries to make it look as though the women died by accidentally drowning in their bathtubs but the deaths are eventually linked with Detective Inspector Arthur Neil (Alan Mckenna) working to solve the case.
Brought in to investigate the murder of a young girl, a celebrated cop accidentally kills his partner and is blackmailed by a sadistic killer who witnessed it.
"Sherlock Holmes" is brought vividly to life for a whole new generation in this action-packed adventure from director Guy Ritchie and starring Robert Downey Jr. as the super sleuth
Episodes Comprise: Turning Point (Il Giro di Boa) Equal Time (Par Condicio) The Spider's Patience (La Pazienza del Ragno) Find the Lady (Il Gioco tre Carte)
It is no wonder that Inspector Montalbano is Italy's favourite detective, both in print - in Andrea Camilleri's award winning novels - and now on television as inhabited by actor Luca Zingaretti in a role that rivals the finest detectives America and Europe has to offer. In these four irresistible tales, the Inspector is forced to contend with not only murderers, criminals and errant husbands who will do everything to avoid his detection, but local politicians, police bureaucracy, unreliable judges, lethally argumentative mafia families, hysterical wives, psychic and psychotic sisters and so much more. From a discovered body in a buried crime through corrupt charities saving immigrant women, kidnapped horses and dark sexual compulsions, Montalbano has a lot on his plate. But not so much that there isn't room for something sweet, whether in his favourite restaurant or in the privacy of his own home. Episode Comprise: August Flame (La vampa d’Agosto) The Wings of the Sphinx (Le ali della sfinge) Track of Sand (La pista di sabbia) Paper Moon (La luna di carta) Special Features: Andrea Camilleri Biography Picture Gallery
A high stakes thriller Paranoia takes us deep behind the scenes of global business and a deadly world of greed and deception. The world’s two most powerful tech billionaires and bitter adversaries (Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman) will stop at nothing to outwit and destroy each other’s business empires. But when a young rising star (Liam Hemsworth) falls between them he becomes trapped in the middle of the rivals life-and-death game of corporate espionage. By the time he realises his life is in danger he is in far too deep and knows too much for them to let him just walk away.
Two very different families search for the perfect house to call home. When both families show up at a deserted farmhouse, it quickly becomes clear that something is not right. After rescuing Hanna, a lost girl whose tongue has been cut out, they discover that every attempt to leave the farm takes them right back to its front door. Stuck in this purgatory together, they're haunted by vengeful former owner intent on destroying them from within, with the simple declaration that only one family will call the house a home. As the days stack up and the families search in vain for a way out, the group dynamics dissolve into chaos, and horror reigns.
Clint Eastwood made his directorial debut with this contemporary thriller about psychotic obsession. Eastwood also takes the lead in the starring role as Dave Garver a popular radio disc jockey who repeatedly receives on-air phone requests from a sexy female fan to ""play Misty for me"". When the woman Evelyn Draper (Jessica Walter) orchestrates a rendezvous with Dave at his favorite nightspot the two begin a torrid affair But when Dave decides to end the relationship Evelyn's obsession turns to violence. Soon everything and everyone in Dave's life becomes a target for Evelyn's increasing deadly campaign of terror. Beautifully photographed on location in Eastwood's hometown of Carmel California 'Play Misty for Me' continues to be considered one of the great modern-day thrillers.
The sole survivor of a home invasion where she famously witnessed the death of her mother and sisters, Libby Day (Charlize Theron) lives with the knowledge that her testimony as a 7-year-old sentenced her brother, Ben (Corey Stoll), to life in prison for the horrific crime. Twenty-five years later Libby meets Lyle (Nicholas Hoult), the head of a group of true-crime enthusiasts, The Kill Club, who convince her to re-examine the events of that night. As new memories and old suspects flood back into her life, Libby begins to question her own testimony and sets out to discover the truth of her tragic past. Who did murder the Day family that day ?
Sandra has a love affair with a former financial heavy weight in London. She also had a second lover a contract killer who has to kill the money guy. And it just so happens that the second lover's wife is behind the scenes pulling the strings.
Hollywood favourite Will Smith stars with Gene Hackman in a high-powered suspense thriller where non-stop action meets cutting-edge technology! Robert Clayton Dean (Smith) is a successful Washington D.C. Attorney who without his knowledge is given a video that ties a top official of the Nation Security Agency (Jon Voight) to a political murder! Instantly every aspect of Dean's once normal life is targeted by a lethal team of skilled NSA surveillance operatives who wage a relentless ultrahigh-tech campaign to discredit him and retrieve the incriminating evidence! Get ready for the action to explode as Dean desperately races to reclaim his life and prove his innocence before it's too late!
An erotic, violent, disturbing, blackly-humorous road movie that confirmed David Lynch's position as the most startling and original film-maker of his generation. A twisted homage to The Wizard of Oz, this takes Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern on one of the most bizarre journeys of all time, as they escape from the clutches of her evil mother (Oscar(r) Nominated Diane Ladd).
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