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10 Things I Hate About You [DVD] [1999]

Gil Junger

Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Larisa Oleynik, David Krumholtz

2001    93 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1    (Buena Vista)

It's, like, Shakespeare, man! This good-natured and likeable update of The Taming of the Shrew takes the basics of Shakespeare's farce about a surly wench and the man who tries to win her and transfers it to modern-day Padua High School. Kat Stratford (Julia Stiles) is a sullen, forbidding riot grrrl who has a blistering word for everyone; her sunny younger sister Bianca (Larisa Oleynik) is poised for high school stardom. The problem: overprotective and paranoid Papa Stratford (a dryly [...]

It's, like, Shakespeare, man! This good-natured and likeable update of The Taming of the Shrew takes the basics of Shakespeare's farce about a surly wench and the man who tries to win her and transfers it to modern-day Padua High School. Kat Stratford (Julia Stiles) is a sullen, forbidding riot grrrl who has a blistering word for everyone; her sunny younger sister Bianca (Larisa Oleynik) is poised for high school stardom. The problem: overprotective and paranoid Papa Stratford (a dryly funny Larry Miller) won't let Bianca date until boy-hating Kat does, which is to say never. When Bianca's pining suitor Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) gets wind of this, he hires the mysterious, brooding Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger) to loosen Kat up. Of course, what starts out as a paying gig turns to true love as Patrick discovers that underneath her brittle exterior, Kat is a regular babe. The script, by Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith, is sitcom-funny with peppy one-liners and lots of smart teenspeak; however, its cleverness and imagination doesn't really extend beyond its characters' Renaissance names and occasional snippets of real Shakespearean dialogue. What makes the movie energetic and winning is the formula that helped make She's All That such a big hit: two high-wattage stars who look great and can really act. Ledger is a hunk of promise with a quick grin and charming Aussie accent and Stiles mines Kat's bitterness and anger to depths usually unknown in teen films; her recitation of her English class sonnet (from which the film takes its title) is funny, heartbreaking and hopelessly romantic. The imperious Allison Janney (Primary Colors) nearly steals the film as a no-nonsense guidance counsellor secretly writing a trashy romance novel. --Mark Englehart [less]

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12 Years a Slave [DVD] [2013]

Steve McQueen

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael K. Williams, Michael Fassbender

2014    134 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    (Entertainment One)

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51st State [DVD] [2001], The

Ronny Yu

Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Carlyle, Emily Mortimer, Nigel Whitmey, Robert Jezek

2002    89 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1    (Momentum Pictures)

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(500) Days of Summer [DVD]

Marc Webb

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, Geoffrey Arend, Chloe Moretz, Matthew Gray Gubler

2010    95 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment)

500 Days of Summer is like the American Apparel of movies, in that tries really hard to be hip--so hard it sometimes evokes an involuntary cringe. The perfect soundtrack (indie-pop infused with cleverly ironic 80’s hits), the smart cinematography, the occasionally broken fourth wall… It’s a natural progression from mid-00’s “youth-culture” flicks like Garden State and it does a good job rounding out the decade.  Everything in this dramedy resembles a [...]

500 Days of Summer is like the American Apparel of movies, in that tries really hard to be hip--so hard it sometimes evokes an involuntary cringe. The perfect soundtrack (indie-pop infused with cleverly ironic 80’s hits), the smart cinematography, the occasionally broken fourth wall… It’s a natural progression from mid-00’s “youth-culture” flicks like Garden State and it does a good job rounding out the decade.  Everything in this dramedy resembles a music video and the characters are twentysomethings once again not living up to their full potential.  500 Days of Summer is touted as being really unique and original--it’s not. But that’s not to say that it’s not worth watching; it is, and mostly because of the leads. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel play a couple whose relationship story is told through a series of out-of-order flashbacks. The non-linear storytelling means we hop moment to moment from sweet, romantic and fun to crushingly desperate and sad, because the ultimate point here is that even when we believe we may have found The One, said soulmate might not feel the same way.     Gordon-Levitt is an exciting actor to watch and after a succession of very serious, very troubled roles, it’s a pleasure to see him here as a mostly well-adjusted young guy whose biggest problem is that he loves someone who doesn’t love him back.  He’s the hero, and as such, Deschanel’s Summer Finn becomes the bad guy a little bit. But Deschanel plays it all big-eyed, conflicted and real and so you can’t help but forgive her. The much-lauded musical scene is tremendously joyful;  if it doesn’t put a smile on your face, nothing will.  500 Days of Summer isn’t groundbreaking, but it's an entertaining movie about hip, beautiful people whose lives you can only enjoy for about two hours before getting back to your own.--Kira Canny, Amazon.com Stills from (500) Days of Summer (Click for larger image)   [less]

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About a Boy [DVD] [2002]

Chris & Paul Weitz

Hugh Grant|Toni Collette|Rachel Weisz

2002    98 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1    (Universal Pictures UK)

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About Schmidt [DVD] [2003]

Alexander Payne

Jack Nicholson|Hope Davis

2003    125 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1    (Ev)

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Adventures of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn [DVD], The

Steven Spielberg

Daniel Craig, Jamie Bell

2012    107 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    (Paramount Home Entertainment)

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn [DVD]

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Alice in Wonderland [1999] [DVD]

Nick Willing

Tina Majorino, Whoopi Goldberg, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Lloyd, Pete Postlethwaite

2007    129 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1    (Boulevard Entertainment Ltd)

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Alien: The Director's Cut (Two Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1979]

Ridley Scott

Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton

2004    117 Minutes    No. Discs: 2    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1    (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment)

By transplanting the classic haunted house scenario into space, Ridley Scott, together with screenwriters Dan O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett, produced a work of genuinely original cinematic sci-fi with Alien that, despite the passage of years and countless inferior imitations, remains shockingly fresh even after repeated viewing. Scott's legendary obsession with detail ensures that the setting is thoroughly conceived, while the Gothic production design and Jerry Goldsmith's [...]

By transplanting the classic haunted house scenario into space, Ridley Scott, together with screenwriters Dan O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett, produced a work of genuinely original cinematic sci-fi with Alien that, despite the passage of years and countless inferior imitations, remains shockingly fresh even after repeated viewing. Scott's legendary obsession with detail ensures that the setting is thoroughly conceived, while the Gothic production design and Jerry Goldsmith's wonderfully unsettling score produce a sense of disquiet from the outset: everything about the spaceship Nostromo--from Tupperware to toolboxes-seems oddly familiar yet disconcertingly ... well, alien. Nothing much to speak of happens for at least the first 30 minutes, and that in a way is the secret of the film's success: the audience has been nervously peering round every corner for so long that by the time the eponymous beast claims its first victim, the release of pent-up anxiety is all the more effective. Although Sigourney Weaver ultimately takes centre-stage, the ensemble cast is uniformly excellent. The remarkably low-tech effects still look good (better in many places than the CGI of the sequels), while the nightmarish quality of H.R. Giger's bio-mechanical creature and set design is enhanced by camerawork that tantalises by what it doesn't reveal. [less]

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Amazing Spider-Man (DVD + UV Copy) [2012], The

Marc Webb

Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen, Sally Field

2012    136 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1    (Sony Pictures Home Ent.)

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Amelie [DVD] [2001]

Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Audrey Tautou, Dominique Pinon

2002    122 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1    (Momentum Pictures)

Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Amelie could have been marketed as a simple love story, but this would be missing a huge part of its appeal. It is in fact only the second half of the movie where romance begins to blossom, and even then it is in an unconventional way. With its use of special effects to express the main character's internal emotions, this could also have been mistaken for a French version of Ally McBeal; however, unlike Ally "woe is me for I cannot find a man" McBeal, [...]

Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Amelie could have been marketed as a simple love story, but this would be missing a huge part of its appeal. It is in fact only the second half of the movie where romance begins to blossom, and even then it is in an unconventional way. With its use of special effects to express the main character's internal emotions, this could also have been mistaken for a French version of Ally McBeal; however, unlike Ally "woe is me for I cannot find a man" McBeal, Amelie is not distressed by the lack of men in her life, in fact the whole idea of sex seems to amuse her no end. Basic pleasures such as cracking the top of a Crème Brule offer her all the sensual satisfaction she needs and her existence in the "Paris of Dreams" is the stuff of fairy-tales. Indeed, this cinematic treat must have worked wonders for the Paris tourist board; Jeunet's beautiful interpretation of Parisian life includes all the vibrant colours you would expect from the director of Delicatessen. But Amelie is much more than a simple "feelgood" movie. The pixie woman herself is a shining symbol for our times. Set at the time of Princess Diana's death, Amelie is struck with a plan to offer goodness back to the world--to become the Mother Teresa of France. The film never offers a motive for this do-gooding--like all great martyrs Amelie simply is and does as she pleases to please others. She demands no thanks for her offering of love, simply hiding in the shadows and gaining the warm glow of satisfaction from the knowledge that she has managed to change someone's life. Her selflessness is a breath of fresh air in a dog-eat-dog world where we ignore our neighbour's troubles, and each other's loneliness. Featuring a strong supporting cast who play fully rounded characters, as well as the beautiful imagery and typical French humour which borders on the black, Amelie will leave the viewer feeling like the happiest person alive. On the DVD: Disappointingly low on features for such a well-loved release, this disc has one treasurable special feature: a commentary (in English) by the enigmatic Jean-Pierre Jeunet which is pure joy (it's also refreshing to hear an accent other than American--a rarity for the DVD format). The disc comes with a choice of Dolby Digital or DTS sound adding to the enchantment of the piece; the anamorphic widescreen print enhances the rich colours so loved by Jeunet.--Nikki Disney [less]

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American Beauty [DVD] [2000]

Sam Mendes

Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley, Mena Suvari

2006    117 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1    (Dreamworks Home Entertainment)

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American Gangster Extended Edition [2007] [DVD]

Ridley Scott

Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Josh Brolin

2008    169 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1    (Universal Pictures UK)

Armed with the ruthless, streetwise tactics and a strict sense of honour, crime boss Frank Lucas (Washington) rules Harlem's chaotic drug underworld. When outcast cop Richie Roberts (Crowe) sets out to bring down Lucas's multimillion-dollar empire, it plunges both men into a legendary confrontation.Original: American Gangster (USA, 2007)Regie/Director: Ridley ScottDrehbuch/Script: Steven ZaillianProduktion/Production: Brian Grazer, Ridley ScottMusik/Music: Marc StreitenfeldKamera/Camera: Harris [...]

Armed with the ruthless, streetwise tactics and a strict sense of honour, crime boss Frank Lucas (Washington) rules Harlem's chaotic drug underworld. When outcast cop Richie Roberts (Crowe) sets out to bring down Lucas's multimillion-dollar empire, it plunges both men into a legendary confrontation.Original: American Gangster (USA, 2007)Regie/Director: Ridley ScottDrehbuch/Script: Steven ZaillianProduktion/Production: Brian Grazer, Ridley ScottMusik/Music: Marc StreitenfeldKamera/Camera: Harris SavidesSchnitt/Cut: Pietro ScaliaSchauspieler/Actors: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Ted Levine, Cuba Gooding junior, Josh Brolin, Carla Gugino, Joe Morton, Common, T.I., Idris Elba, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lymari Nadal, Ruby Dee, Roger Guenveur Smith, John Hawkes, Yul Vazquez, Malcolm Goodwin, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Skyler Fortgang, John Ortiz, Armand Assante, Fab 5 Freddy, Robert Diggs, Kevin Corrigan, Jon PolitoFormat: DVD, VideoStudio/Label: UniversalDVD-Erscheinungstermin/Released: 2008Laufzeit/Running Time: Theatrical Film Runtime: 2hrs 30mins approx, Extended Version Film Runtime: 2hrs 49mins approxBild/Picture Format: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, ColourTon/Sound Format: Dolby Digital 5:1 SurroundSprache/Language: English, HungarianUntertitel/Subtitle: English SDH, Hungarian, Arabic, Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, SwedishLändercode/Regional Code: 2,4,5 PALBestell-Nr./Catalog#: 825 506 8This DVD is copy-protected [less]

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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues [DVD] [2013]

Adam McKay

Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell

2014    119 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1    (Paramount Home Entertainment)

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Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy [DVD]

2005    90 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1    (Universal Pictures)

Will Farrell followed up his star-making vehicle Elf, which matched his fine-tuned comic obliviousness to a sweet sincerity, with a more arrogant variation on the same character: Ron Burgundy, a macho, narcissistic news anchor from the 1970s. Along with his news posse--roving reporter Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd, Clueless), sports guy Champ Kind (David Koechner), and dim-bulb weatherman Brick Tamland (Steve Carell, Bruce Almighty)--Burgundy rules the roost in San Diego, fawned upon by groupies and [...]

Will Farrell followed up his star-making vehicle Elf, which matched his fine-tuned comic obliviousness to a sweet sincerity, with a more arrogant variation on the same character: Ron Burgundy, a macho, narcissistic news anchor from the 1970s. Along with his news posse--roving reporter Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd, Clueless), sports guy Champ Kind (David Koechner), and dim-bulb weatherman Brick Tamland (Steve Carell, Bruce Almighty)--Burgundy rules the roost in San Diego, fawned upon by groupies and supported by a weary producer (Fred Willard, Best In Show) who tolerates Burgundy's ego because of good ratings. But when Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate, View from the Top) arrives with ambitions to become an anchor herself, she threatens the male-dominated newsroom. Anchorman has plenty of funny material, but it's as if Farrell couldn't decide what he really wanted to mock, and so took smart-ass cracks at everything in sight. Still, there are moments of inspired delirium. --Bret Fetzer [less]

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Angels' Share (Theatrical Version) [DVD], The

Ken Loach

Roger Allam, Paul Brannigan, James Casey, John Henshaw, William Ruane

2012    92 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1    (Entertainment One)

From award-winning director Ken Loach and writer Paul Laverty comes a bitter sweet comedy caper which proves that sometimes all you need in life is a little spirit. Escaping a prison sentence by the skin of his teeth, the wayward and disillusioned Robbie is given one last chance to turn his life around. Together the four friends he embarks on an adventure and discovers that turning to drink might just change their lives - not cheap fortified wine, but the best malt whiskies in the world. [...]

From award-winning director Ken Loach and writer Paul Laverty comes a bitter sweet comedy caper which proves that sometimes all you need in life is a little spirit. Escaping a prison sentence by the skin of his teeth, the wayward and disillusioned Robbie is given one last chance to turn his life around. Together the four friends he embarks on an adventure and discovers that turning to drink might just change their lives - not cheap fortified wine, but the best malt whiskies in the world. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Cannes Film Festival, ...The Angels' Share (2012) ( Andelský podíl ) ( La part des anges ) [less]

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Anna Karenina [DVD]

Joe Wright

Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson

2013    130 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    (Universal Pictures UK)

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Anomalisa [DVD]

Charlie Kaufman

David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh

2016    90 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    (Curzon Artificial Eye)

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Appaloosa [DVD]

Robert Jauregui

Jeremy Irons, Ed Harris, Timothy Spall, Viggo Mortensen, Renee Zellweger

2009    115 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1    (Eiv)

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Arizona Dream [DVD] [1995]

Emir Kusturica

Johnny Depp, Jerry Lewis, Faye Dunaway, Lili Taylor, Vincent Gallo

2004    135 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    (Momentum)

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Atonement [DVD] [2007]

Joe Wright

Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Romola Garai, Vanessa Redgrave, Brenda Blethyn

2008    123 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1    (Universal Pictures)

Atonement reunites Keira Knightley with her Pride & Prejudice director, Joe Wright, for the movie based on Ian McEwan’s book of the same name. The result? Once of the most widely acclaimed pictures of 2007. Atonement tells the story of Cecilia Tallis (Knightley), and the housekeeper’s son, Robbie Turner (played by the increasingly prevalent James McAvoy). Set during the heat of 1935, their coming together and the ensuing drama brings in Cecilia’s thirteen-year old sister, [...]

Atonement reunites Keira Knightley with her Pride & Prejudice director, Joe Wright, for the movie based on Ian McEwan’s book of the same name. The result? Once of the most widely acclaimed pictures of 2007. Atonement tells the story of Cecilia Tallis (Knightley), and the housekeeper’s son, Robbie Turner (played by the increasingly prevalent James McAvoy). Set during the heat of 1935, their coming together and the ensuing drama brings in Cecilia’s thirteen-year old sister, Briony, whose actions prove to have far-reaching repercussions. With a terrific cast and superb direction from the aforementioned Wright, it’s utterly understandable as to how Atonement has earned itself such praise. Diligently told, with some superb photography, Wright is blessed by terrific central performances by Knightley and McAvoy, both of whom have never been better. His trick also is to get the pacing of the film bang-on, taking his time to build up and layer events before he looks for any kind of pay off. As a result, as Atonement heads into its latter stages, it proves itself as a top quality drama, with a real emotional punch. Furthermore, it’s one of the increasingly rare breed of films that sticks in your head for days after. As a result, for once, it really is worth seeing what critics the world over have been raving about: Atonement really is something very special indeed. --Jon Foster [less]

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Baby Einstein: Baby Mozart Music Festival [DVD]

2003    27 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1    (Walt Disney Studios HE)

Baby Mozart is from the award-winning infant-developmental media company Baby Einstein, whose goal and philosophy is the satisfaction of a childs curiosity through sight and sound. In the main Theatre section of this disc youll find lots of simple shapes, primary colours and favourite toys passing across the screen. Unlike the simpler earlier releases, this is focused on the works of Mozart, and so just like the Bach and Beethoven releases all the images are choreographed around the chosen [...]

Baby Mozart is from the award-winning infant-developmental media company Baby Einstein, whose goal and philosophy is the satisfaction of a childs curiosity through sight and sound. In the main Theatre section of this disc youll find lots of simple shapes, primary colours and favourite toys passing across the screen. Unlike the simpler earlier releases, this is focused on the works of Mozart, and so just like the Bach and Beethoven releases all the images are choreographed around the chosen pieces of music. This release was named Video of the Year by Child and Parent magazine and is a wonderful expansion of the companys original ideas. Its a slight advancement in expectation of your child from the more basic initial releases but has a Video Tutorial to help the parent understand how it all works. On the DVD: Baby Mozart is the name of the feature itself, but from the Main Menu you can enter a Concert Hall to replay the musical cues from the main show. Split into three sections (Little Ears, Playtime or Bedtime) you can mix and match from the main feature playlist (for example: Magic Flute, Concerto for Flute and Harp in C and movements from Piano Sonatas in C and D). Theres also a Resources section with the aforementioned Video Tutorial and a Toy Chest crediting all the toys used, just in case a certain someone wants one of their own. [less]

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Baby Neptune [DVD]

2004    No. Discs: 1    (Walt Disney Studios HE)

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Barbie & Her Sisters In A Pony Tale (Includes Hair Ribbon) [DVD]

Kyran Kelly

2013    75 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    (Universal Pictures UK)

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Beach [2000] [DVD], The

Danny Boyle

Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel York, Patcharawan Patarakijjanon, Virginie Ledoyen, Guillaume Canet

2000    115 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1    (Twentieth Century Fox)

Leonardo DiCaprio sought to distance himself from the cloying wholesomeness of his character in Titanic, and his role in The Beach is in many ways a polar opposite. As Richard, a young American seeking to "suck in the experience" of freestyle travel in Thailand, he is a chronic liar, a pot-smoking hedonist, an amoral lover and ultimately an unstable snake in a doomed Garden of Eden. This crazy descent might be expected from the filmmakers of Trainspotting, but The Beach is a movie [...]

Leonardo DiCaprio sought to distance himself from the cloying wholesomeness of his character in Titanic, and his role in The Beach is in many ways a polar opposite. As Richard, a young American seeking to "suck in the experience" of freestyle travel in Thailand, he is a chronic liar, a pot-smoking hedonist, an amoral lover and ultimately an unstable snake in a doomed Garden of Eden. This crazy descent might be expected from the filmmakers of Trainspotting, but The Beach is a movie without a rudder, venturing into fascinating territory, promising a stimulating adventure and then careening out of control.After receiving a not-so-secret map to a secluded island from a stoned-out loony (Robert Carlyle, full of dark portent and spittle), Richard sets out to find the hidden paradise with a young French couple (Virginie Ledoyen, Guillaume Canet). What they find is a tropical commune existing in delicate balance with Thai pot farmers, and before long--as always--there is trouble in paradise. There is trouble in the movie, too, as DiCaprio is reduced to histrionics when the plot turns into a muddled mix of Lord of the Flies and Apocalypse Now, with shark attacks tossed in for shallow tension. Director Danny Boyle attempts perfunctory romance and a few audacious moves (notably DiCaprio's vision of life as a violent video game), but what's the point? Tilda Swinton registers strongly as the commune's charismatic leader, but her character--and the entire film--remains largely undeveloped, and pretty scenery is no guarantee of a laudable film. --Jeff Shannon [less]

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Beaches [DVD] [1989]

Garry Marshall

Bette Midler, Barbara Hershey, John Heard, Spalding Gray, Lainie Kazan

2003    118 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1    (Walt Disney Studios HE)

Director Garry Marshall's 1988 drama Beaches about the 30-year friendship between two women, one wealthy (Barbara Hershey) and the other (Bette Midler) seeking her fortune in show business, is well written (based on the novel by Iris Rainer Dart) and nicely textured in its contrast between the characters' separate destinies. When Hershey becomes ill with cancer, the film takes a predictably sentimental course, yet Marshall brings out the best in both actresses and catches some very [...]

Director Garry Marshall's 1988 drama Beaches about the 30-year friendship between two women, one wealthy (Barbara Hershey) and the other (Bette Midler) seeking her fortune in show business, is well written (based on the novel by Iris Rainer Dart) and nicely textured in its contrast between the characters' separate destinies. When Hershey becomes ill with cancer, the film takes a predictably sentimental course, yet Marshall brings out the best in both actresses and catches some very fine drama. Beaches is a little too long, perhaps, but overall it is a fine experience. --Tom Keogh [less]

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Begin Again [DVD] [2014]

John Carney

Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine

2014    104 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1    (Entertainment One)

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Big and Small - Starry Starry Night [DVD]

2009    No. Discs: 1    (ITV Studios Home Entertainment)

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Big And Small - We're Big And Small! [DVD]

Jason Hopley

Todd Doldersum, Lenny Henry, Jason Hopley

2009    88 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    (ITV Studios Home Entertainment)

Big & Small follows the comic adventures of two unlikely best friends, featuring the voices of Lenny Henry & Imelda Staunton.Through funny, fast paced engaging stories, with a song in each episode, young viewers are encouraged to see the world from a very different perspective. ...Big and Small - Series 1 ( Big and Small - Series One ) ( Big & Small )

Big & Small follows the comic adventures of two unlikely best friends, featuring the voices of Lenny Henry & Imelda Staunton.Through funny, fast paced engaging stories, with a song in each episode, young viewers are encouraged to see the world from a very different perspective. ...Big and Small - Series 1 ( Big and Small - Series One ) ( Big & Small ) [less]

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Big Fish [DVD] [2004]

Tim Burton

Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, Helena Bonham Carter

2004    120 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1    (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

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Bill And Ted's Excellent Adventure [DVD] [1990]

Stephen Herek

Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin, Terry Camilleri, Dan Shor

2002    85 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: Unknown    (Momentum)

Time travel in the movies is at an all time high in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. Bill S Preston Esquire (Alex Winter) and Ted Theodore Logan (Keanu Reeves) are in danger of flunking History class. They're rescued by Rufus (George Carlin), a resident of San Dimas 700 years in the future--a future in which their band Wyld Stallyns has brought about world peace and the best water slides in the universe. Entrusted with a phone booth time machine, they pick up various historical [...]

Time travel in the movies is at an all time high in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. Bill S Preston Esquire (Alex Winter) and Ted Theodore Logan (Keanu Reeves) are in danger of flunking History class. They're rescued by Rufus (George Carlin), a resident of San Dimas 700 years in the future--a future in which their band Wyld Stallyns has brought about world peace and the best water slides in the universe. Entrusted with a phone booth time machine, they pick up various historical personages to give a colourful stage show for their final exam. The hip 80s rock sensibility paved the way for many comedies that followed Wayne's World, with air guitar and phrases like "bogus" and "dude" entrenching themselves way beyond the film's cult following. The film spawned a number of spin-offs including a bodacious cartoon and comic book series. On the DVD: a trailer and a gallery of 20 behind-the-scenes photos will disappoint fans, even though it's interesting to see director Stephen Herek at work before he moved onto more serious films such as Mr Holland's Opus. However, the film has never looked better than in this transfer, and the effects still look terrific (especially the channels of Time). A Dolby sound mix also does wonders for Beethoven's keyboard improvs. --Paul Tonks [less]

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Birdman [DVD]

Alejandro González Iñárritu

Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis

2015    119 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment)

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Blind Dating [DVD]

James Keach

Chris Pine, Steve Wellington, Frank Gerrish, Dee Macaluso, Austin Rogers

2010    No. Discs: 1    (Universal Pictures UK)

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Blood Diamond [DVD] [2007]

Edward Zwick

Leonardo DiCaprio

2007    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1    (Warner Home Video)

Leonardo DiCaprio puts a handsome face on an ugly industry: In parts of Africa, diamond mining fuels civil warfare, killing thousands of innocents and drafting preteen children as vicious soldiers. DiCaprio (The Departed) plays Danny Archer, a white African soldier-turned-diamond-smuggler who gets wind of a large raw jewel found by Solomon Vandy, a native fisherman (Djimon Hounsou, In America) recently escaped from enslavement by a brutal rebel leader. Archer offers a deal: He'll help Vandy [...]

Leonardo DiCaprio puts a handsome face on an ugly industry: In parts of Africa, diamond mining fuels civil warfare, killing thousands of innocents and drafting preteen children as vicious soldiers. DiCaprio (The Departed) plays Danny Archer, a white African soldier-turned-diamond-smuggler who gets wind of a large raw jewel found by Solomon Vandy, a native fisherman (Djimon Hounsou, In America) recently escaped from enslavement by a brutal rebel leader. Archer offers a deal: He'll help Vandy find his war-scattered family if Vandy will share the diamond with him. Drawn into this web of exploitation is journalist Maddy Bowen (Jennifer Connelly, Little Children), who agrees to help if Archer will tell her the details of how conflict diamonds make their way into the hands of the corporations who sell them to the Western world. DiCaprio is compelling because he never flinches from Archer's utter ruthlessness; Archer ends up doing the morally justifiable thing, but only because his desperate greed has led him to it. Hounsou and Connelly, though saddled with all the moral and political speeches, rise above the cant and keep the movie's treacherously formulaic plot rooted in human characters. But in the end, the story won't stick with you as much as the dead stillness in the child soldiers' eyes; the horror of African civil strife refuses to be contained by Blood Diamond's uplifting message--and the movie is all the more potent as a result. --Bret Fetzer [less]

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Blue Jasmine [DVD] [2013]

Woody Allen

Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins

2014    98 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1    (Warner Home Video)

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Boat That Rocked [DVD] (2009), The

Richard Curtis

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans, Nick Frost, Kenneth Branagh

2009    130 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1    (Universal Pictures UK)

In mid- to late-'60s Britain, an unusual yet colorful subculture sprang up and thrived as a product of the upswing in British pop music, only to meet its doom within a few short years. Though the BBC functioned as the country's main source of news and music, its programmers offered very little airtime to rock & roll -- which left an overwhelming need unfulfilled. In response, small bands of "pirate" radio enthusiasts set up broadcasting towers on boats just outside of English boundary waters [...]

In mid- to late-'60s Britain, an unusual yet colorful subculture sprang up and thrived as a product of the upswing in British pop music, only to meet its doom within a few short years. Though the BBC functioned as the country's main source of news and music, its programmers offered very little airtime to rock & roll -- which left an overwhelming need unfulfilled. In response, small bands of "pirate" radio enthusiasts set up broadcasting towers on boats just outside of English boundary waters, and transmitted signals to an estimated 25 million listeners, 24 hours a day and seven days per week. Unsurprisingly, the DJs who took charge of these broadcasts could rival just about anyone in terms of flamboyance and outsized personalities. With The Boat That Rocked, writer-director Richard Curtis (Love Actually) travels back to the Swinging Sixties and takes a headfirst plunge into this colorful realm. The story opens in 1966, aboard a rusty fishing trawler christened Radio Rock and equipped with pirate broadcasting equipment. Here, the slightly daft elitist Quentin (Bill Nighy) presides over a motley crew of joint-toking, sex-hungry disc jockeys including Dave (Nick Frost), a heavyset boob who nevertheless considers himself a hot property with women and loves to chase skirts; "The Count" (Philip Seymour Hoffman), an American D...The Boat That Rocked ( Good Morning England ) ( Radio Rock Revolution ) [less]

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