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Contact your advisor or any member of our faculty and we're here to help. Angel also sneaks between the walls and ventilation ducts during the night. Angel befriends the girl Vanya that knows the language of the deaf. When Goran returns to the house with his men, Angel witnesses one of them raping and killing Vanya and she revenges her new friend killing the man. Now Goran and his men are hunting her down and she is trapped in the house.
Summary: The classic story of a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker Kristen Wiig are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.
Summary: Young Brendan lives in a remote medieval outpost under siege from barbarian raids. But a new life of adventure beckons when a celebrated master illuminator arrives from the isle of Iona carrying an ancient but unfinished book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers. To help complete the magical book, Brendan has to overcome his deepest fears on a dangerous quest that takes him into the enchanted forest where mythical creatures hide. It is here that he meets the fairy Aisling, a mysterious young wolf-girl, who helps him along the way.
But with the barbarians closing in, will Brendan's determination and artistic vision illuminate the darkness and show that enlightenment is the best fortification against evil? Summary: The "greatest racehorse of all time" mantle fits easily around the neck of Secretariat, the Triple Crown winner. So why not a movie version of this champion's life? A highly lacquered Diane Lane plays Penny Chenery, the inheritor of her father's stables, who segues from being an all-American mom to running a major horse-racing franchise; reliable character-actor support comes in the form of John Malkovich, as a gaudily outfitted trainer, and Margo Martindale, as Chenery's assistant.
Screenwriter Mike Rich and director Randall Wallace must do some heavy lifting to make Lane's privileged millionaire into some sort of underdog--luckily, the hidebound traditions of the male-dominated racing scene provide some sources of outrage. The need to stack the deck even more leads the movie into its more contrived scenes, unfortunately, as though we needed dastardly villains in order to root for Penny and her horse. Meanwhile, attempts to reach for a little "Seabiscuit"-style social relevance don't come off, and a curious religious undertone might make you wonder whether we're meant to assume that God chose Secretariat over some less-deserving equine.
The actual excitement of the races can't be denied, however, and Secretariat's awe-inspiring win at the Belmont Stakes remains a jaw-dropping, still-unequaled display of domination in that event. And maybe in sports. Summary: Senna's remarkable story, charting his physical and spiritual achievments on the track and off, his quest for perfection, and the mythical status he has since attained, is the subject of Senna, a documentary feature that spans the racing legend's years as an F1 driver, from his opening season in to his untimely death a decade later.
Summary: Milos, a retired porn star, leads a normal family life with his wife Maria and six-year old son Petar in tumultuous Serbia, trying to make ends meet. A sudden call from his former colleague Layla will change everything. Aware of his financial problems, Layla introduces Milos to Vukmir - a mysterious, menacing and politically powerful figure in the pornographic business.
A leading role in Vukmir's production will provide financial support to Milos and his family for the rest of their lives. A contract insists on his absolute unawareness of a script they will shoot. From then on, Milos is drawn into a maelstrom of unbelievable cruelty and mayhem devised by his employer, "the director" of his destiny. Vukmir and his cohorts will stop at nothing to complete his vision. In order to escape the living cinematic hell he's put into, and save his family's life, Milos will have to sacrifice everything - his pride, his morality, his sanity, and maybe even his own life.
Summary: In the future, a spaceship called Serenity is harboring a passenger with a deadly secret. Six rebels on the run. An assassin in pursuit. When the renegade crew of Serenity agrees to hide a fugitive on their ship, they find themselves in an awesome action-packed battle between the relentless military might of a totalitarian regime who will destroy anything - or anyone - to get the girl back and the bloodthirsty creatures who roam the uncharted areas of space.
But, the greatest danger of all may be on their ship. Summary: Series 7: The Contenders takes a look into the formula that has recently topped television polls; the reality game show. Current champion Dawn Brooke Smith --who is heavily-pregnant--returns to her home town and finds herself pitted against a terrifying Christian nurse, a desperately unemployed man, an embittered old timer, a tough-talking teenage girl and a terminally-ill artist. Summary: A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu.
Summary: When weapons multi-national Palisade Defense reward their European sales division with a team-building weekend in the mountains of Eastern Europe, the team fight first amongst themselves, and later for survival against a group of war-crazed killers intent on revenge! MI-5 Agent Mac offers a deal to Collette to become an informer. She accepts the agreement to protect her son and in return Mac offers a new identity to her after a period working for the MI Soon Mac learns that his superior Kate Fletcher is using Collette to protect her mole inside the Irish organization.
Mac tries to find the identity of the informer and protect Collette. Summary: This movie starts when three people living together in a four bedroom flat are looking for a house mate. The interviews they conduct are very unorthodox and very funny. Eventually the three agree on one prospective tenant. He moves in, locks his door, and is not seen again. After a couple of days the three become curious and break in to his room.
What follows is an amazing piece of cinema and to say more would ruin it. Summary: Brandon is a something man living in New York who is unable to manage his sex life. After his wayward younger sister moves into his apartment, Brandon's world spirals out of control. From director Steve McQueen Hunger , Shame is a compelling and timely examination of the nature of need, how we live our lives and the experiences that shape us. Summary: Shaun doesn't have a very good day, so he decides to turn his life around by getting his ex to take him back, but he times it for right in the middle of what may be a zombie apocalypse But for him, it's an opportunity to show everyone he knows how useful he is by saving them all.
All he has to do is survive And get his ex back. Summary: After finally catching serial killer and occult "sorcerer" Lord Blackwood, legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson can close yet another successful case. But when Blackwood mysteriously returns from the grave and resumes his killing spree, Holmes must take up the hunt once again. Pictures My Rating:. Summary: Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" is less an adaptation of Stephen King's bestselling horror novel than a complete reimagining of it from the inside out.
In King's book, the Overlook Hotel is a haunted place that takes possession of its off-season caretaker and provokes him to murderous rage against his wife and young son. Kubrick's movie is an existential Road Runner cartoon his steadicam scurrying through the hotel's labyrinthine hallways , in which the cavernously empty spaces inside the Overlook mirror the emptiness in the soul of the blocked writer, who's settled in for a long winter's hibernation. As many have pointed out, King's protagonist goes mad, but Kubrick's Jack Torrance Jack Nicholson is Looney Tunes from the moment we meet him--all arching eyebrows and mischievous grin.
Both Nicholson and Shelley Duvall reach new levels of hysteria in their performances, driven to extremes by the director's fanatical demands for take after take after take. When it was redone as a TV miniseries reportedly because of King's dissatisfaction with the Kubrick film , the famous topiary-animal attack which was deemed impossible to film in was there--but the deeper horror was lost. Kubrick's "The Shining" gets under your skin and chills your bones; it stays with you, inhabits you, haunts you.
And there's no place to hide Summary: The film follows Grace, a young supervisor at a foster-care facility, as she looks after the teens in her charge and reckons with her own troubled past. An unsparingly authentic film, full of both heart and surprising humor. Summary: n this fully computer-animated fantasy from the creators of Antz, we follow the travails of Shrek Mike Myers , a green ogre who enjoys a life of solitude.
Living in a far away swamp, he is suddenly invaded by a hoard of fairy tale characters, such as the Big Bad Wolf, the Three Little Pigs, and Three Blind Mice, all refugees of their homes who have been shunned by the evil Lord Farquaad John Lithgow. They want to save their homes from ruin, and enlist the help of Shrek, who is in the same situation. Shrek decides to offer Lord Farquaad a deal; he will rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona Cameron Diaz , who is intended to be Farquaad's bride. Accompanying Shrek on his adventure is the faithful but loquacious Donkey Eddie Murphy , who has a penchant for crooning pop songs.
The two must face various obstacles in order to locate the Princess, but they find their world challenged when she reveals a dark secret that will affect the group. Summary: A newlywed couple Ben and Jane move to Japan for a promising job opportunity - a fashion shoot in Tokyo. During their trip on a dark forest road they experience a tragic car accident, leading to the death of a young local girl.
Upon regaining consciousness, they find no trace of her body. A bit distraught the couple arrives in Tokyo to begin their new life. Meanwhile Ben begins noticing strange white blurs in many of his fashion shoot photographs. Jane believes that the blurs are actually spirit photography of the dead girl who they hit on the road, and that she may be seeking vengeance. Leo's character, a Federal Marshal named Teddy Daniels, is first seen vomiting and jittery aboard a ferry; he and his new partner Mark Ruffalo are being taken across the water to investigate an escape from a prison for the criminally insane, located on a forbidding rock called Shutter Island.
From the first, Scorsese treats the place as though it were Skull Island in "King Kong", worthy of ominous music cues and portentous camera angles. This might not be an easy assignment for the sweaty, anxious Daniels, who is haunted by his memories of German concentration camps and the loss of his wife Michelle Williams, appearing in ghostly hallucinations.
The audience will likely feel just as unnerved as Daniels, given the destabilizing nature of Robert Richardson's swooping cinematography and Thelma Schoonmaker's crazy-making editing scheme it feels as though fractions of seconds have been removed from the timing of simple conversations, giving the movie a strung-out edginess--it's like watching Ray Liotta's cocaine meltdown sequence from "GoodFellas" for minutes. Ben Kingsley and Max von Sydow are staff psychiatrists, suspiciously eager to talk about lobotomies, and Ted Levine and Patricia Clarkson appear for small but potent turns.
Scorsese appears to be "doing a genre picture" here, borrowing happily from influences such as Val Lewton and Samuel Fuller, and the film has a resultingly put-on atmosphere: a great deal of old-dark-house Sturm und Drang whipped up in service of a gimmicky little premise. The fade-out achieves some measure of real eeriness, and the whole shebang is certainly a kicky night out at the movies--if you can shake the sense that a talented filmmaker is working a couple of rungs beneath his level.
Summary: Emily Taylor, despite being reunited with her husband from prison, becomes severely depressed with emotional episodes and suicide attempts. Her psychiatrist, Jonathan Banks, after conferring with her previous doctor, eventually prescribes an experimental new medication called Ablixa. The plot thickens when the side effects of the drug lead to Emily killing her husband in a "sleepwalking" state. With Emily plea-bargained into mental hospital confinement and Dr. Banks' practice crumbling around him, the case seems closed. However, Dr.
Banks cannot accept full responsibility and investigates to clear his name. What follows is a dark quest that threatens to tear what's left of his life apart even as he discovers the diabolical truth of this tragedy. Summary: Two middle-aged men embark on a spiritual journey through Californian wine country. One of them an unpublished novelist suffering from depression, the other only days away from walking down the aisle.
Both meet two beautiful women on their trip and become romantically involved with them. Summary: Based on Thomas Harris's novel, this terrifying film by Jonathan Demme really only contains a couple of genuinely shocking moments one involving an autopsy, the other a prison break. The rest of the film is a splatter-free visual and psychological descent into the hell of madness, redeemed astonishingly by an unlikely connection between a monster and a haunted young woman.
Anthony Hopkins is extraordinary as the cannibalistic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter, virtually entombed in a subterranean prison for the criminally insane. In exchange, Lecter demands the right to penetrate Starling's most painful memories, creating a bizarre but palpable intimacy that liberates them both under separate but equally horrific circumstances. Demme, a filmmaker with a uniquely populist vision "Melvin and Howard", "Something Wild" , also spent his early years making pulp for Roger Corman "Caged Heat" , and he hasn't forgotten the significance of tone, atmosphere, and the unsettling nature of a crudely effective close-up.
Much of the film, in fact, consists of actors staring straight into the camera usually from Clarice's point of view , making every bridge between one set of eyes to another seem terribly dangerous. Summary: Against medical advice and without the knowledge of her husband Pat Solatano Sr. The condition of the release includes Pat Jr. Although Pat Jr. Nikki has since left him and has received a restraining order against him. Although he is on medication which he doesn't take because of the way it makes him feel and has mandatory therapy sessions, Pat Jr.
His goals are to get his old job back as a substitute teacher, but more importantly reunite with Nikki Summary: Four tales of crime adapted from Frank Miller's popular comics, focusing around a muscular brute who's looking for the person responsible for the death of his beloved Goldie, a man fed up with Sin City's corrupt law enforcement who takes the law into his own hands after a horrible mistake, a cop who risks his life to protect a girl from a deformed pedophile, and a hitman looking to make a little cash.
Summary: The tragic death of a beautiful young girl starts a tense and atmospheric game of cat and mouse between hunter John Moon and the hardened backwater criminals out for his blood. Summary: A scary movie that understands the value of a slow burn, "Sinister" stands as an unsettling hybrid between old-school horror jolts and newfangled found-footage creepiness. Beginning with a hackle-raising 16mm film clip, the story follows a disgraced true-crime author Ethan Hawke who, in hopes of regaining his writerly mojo, moves his unsuspecting family into a house where a grisly murder took place.
After discovering a projector and collection of home movies in the attic, he finds evidence of a series of unsolved crimes, all centering around an ancient supernatural presence with an appetite for children. What's worse, said Presence seems to be aware of the attention. Summary: Molly Ringwald established herself as the teen queen of the '80s in this fresh comedy.
The movie is a day in the life of Samantha, whose 16th birthday is turning out to be anything but sweet. All the traumas of teendom come down on one long day, which sees Samantha surrounded by dithery relatives, mooning over a high school hunk, and pursued by a sawed-off Lothario. There are some pretty crass moments Why the stereotype of the foreign-exchange student from Asia?
As the pubescent, self-styled lady-killer, Anthony Michael Hall turns in a hilarious portrait of a young swinger; he and Ringwald would reteam with Hughes for "The Breakfast Club", another key teen picture of the decade. Summary: In honor of his late wife who died in a flaming car accident, scientist, Dr.
Robert Ledgard, is trying to synthesize the perfect skin which can withstand burns, cuts or any other kind of damage. As he gets closer to perfecting this skin on his flawless patient, the scientific community starts growing skeptical and his past is revealed that shows how his patient is closely linked to tragic events he would like to forget. Summary: When scientists the world over keep disappearing without a trace, it's up to intrepid reporter Polly Perkins and top aviator Sky Captain to uncover the truth in this futuristic, Art Deco-style actioner.
The task involves putting their lives at risk as the pair travels to treacherous locales, hoping to throw a wrench in the plans of a villain who aims to wipe out the planet. Summary: It all begins at a secret school in the clouds like none on earth: Sky High, the first and only high school for kids with super-human powers going through crime-fighting puberty. At Sky High, the student body throw flames with their footballs, study Villainy with their Chemistry and are divided into Heroes and Sidekicks instead of jocks and geeks. It's an out-of-this-world yet completely recognizable place where cool gadgetry, rampant bravery and awe-inspiring magical skills mix it up with parental battles, peer pressure and dating trouble--with explosively fun results.
This year's class features some of the best, brightest and most powerfully gifted super-teens ever assembled.
And then there's Will Stronghold. When you're the son of the world's most legendary super heroes, The Commander and Jetstream, people expect you to live up to the family name The problem is that Will is starting with no superpowers of his own and, worst of all, instead of joining the ranks of the Hero class, he finds himself relegated to being a Sidekick.
Now he must somehow survive his freshman year while dealing with an overbearing gym coach, a bully with super speed and a dangerous rebel with a grudge and the ability to shoot fire from his hands --not to mention the usual angst, parental expectations and girl problems that accompany teenage life. But when an evil villain threatens his family, friends and the very sanctity of Sky High, Will must use his newfound superpowers to save the day and prove himself a Hero worthy of the family tradition.
Summary: When Bond's latest assignment goes gravely wrong and agents around the world are exposed, MI6 is attacked forcing M to relocate the agency. These events cause her authority and position to be challenged by Gareth Mallory Ralph Fiennes , the new Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee. With MI6 now compromised from both inside and out, M is left with one ally she can trust: Bond. One of the most hilariously profane movies ever to come out of Hollywood, this is the kind of film that makes its own rules as it goes along.
Newman is very good, and while Hill goes for the gusto in terms of capturing the violence of this world, his instinct for comedy has never been sharper. Great support from Strother Martin, Paul Dooley, and the rest. Summary: Four boys growing up in Hell's Kitchen play a prank that leads to an old man getting hurt.
Sentenced to no less than one year in the Wilkenson Center in upstate New York, the four friends are changed by the beating, humiliation and sexual abuse by the guards sworn to protect them. Thirteen years later and a chance meeting lead to a chance for revenge against the Wilkenson Center and the guards.
Summary: A beautiful princess born in a faraway kingdom is destined by a terrible curse to prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and fall into a deep sleep that can only be awakened by true love's first kiss. Determined to protect her, her parents ask three fairies to raise her in hiding.
But the evil Maleficent is just as determined to seal the princess's fate. Summary: The director and stars of 's "You've Got Mail" scoreda breakthrough hit with this hugely popular romantic comedy from , about a recently engaged woman Meg Ryan who hears the sad story of a grieving widower Tom Hanks on the radio and believes that they're destined to be together. She's single in New York, he lives in Seattle with a young son, but the cross-country attraction proves irresistible, and pretty soon Meg's on a westbound flight.
What happens from there is There's little complexity or depth to writer-director Nora Ephron's cheesy tale of a romantic fait accompli, and more than a little contrivance to the subplots that threaten to keep Hanks and Ryan from actually meeting. But the purity of star chemistry here is hard to deny, and this may be the first film to indicate the more serious and sympathetic side of Hanks that is revealed in later roles. With its clever jokes about "chick movies" and repeated homage to the classic weeper "An Affair to Remember", this may not be everybody's brand of amorous entertainment, but it's got an old-Hollywood charm that appeals to many a movie fan.
Summary: The films of Tim Burton shine through the muck like a jack-o-lantern on a foggy October night. Dark and moody, the film is a thrilling ride back to the turn of the 19th century. Johnny Depp stars as Ichabod Crane, a seemingly hapless constable from New York City who is sent to the small town of Sleepy Hollow to solve the mystery of the decapitations that are plaguing the town.
Crane is a bumbling sort, with a tremendous faith in science over mysticism, and he comes up against town secrets, bewitching women, and a number of bodies missing heads. Christina Ricci, as beautiful as ever, is Katrina Van Tassel, the offbeat love interest who alternately charms and frightens Crane. The film, while occasionally gory as one should expect from a movie about a headless horseman , is not terribly frightening, although it is suspenseful. Both Depp and Ricci are convincing, and the art direction and production values give the village its harsh feel. Toward the end, once the secrets are revealed, the film does slow down; however, this stylistic horror film provides many tricks and even more treats.
Summary: A small town is taken over by an alien plague, turning residents into zombies and all forms of mutant monsters. Summary: It's easy to assume this is just another dumb redneck comedy from Burt Reynolds's years of underachievement. But it's not bad as a dumb redneck comedy at all. Directed by career stuntman Hal Needham, "Smokey and the Bandit" is just a goofy chase starring a bunch of Reynolds's Hollywood cronies.
New to the job as film boss, Needham brings a silly but energized sensibility to the production and an action man's need to see things moving. But he also has a distinctive feeling for relationships, and he's good with a joke. Put all that together, and "Smokey" is, at the very least and unlike its sequels , a simple and original pleasure. Summary: Usually it might seem a tad unfair to begin a review by referring to the director's missis. But then the missis in question wouldn't usually be Madonna--a woman whose ability to reinvent herself several times before breakfast seems in marked contrast to that of hubby Guy Ritchie.
Certainly, this follow-up to the filmmaker's breakthrough film--the high-energy, expletive-strewn cockney-gangster movie "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels"--hardly breaks new ground being, well, "another" high-energy, expletive-strewn cockney-gangster movie. OK, so there are some differences. This time around our low-rent hoodlums are battling over dodgy fights and stolen diamonds rather than dodgy card games and stolen drugs.
There has been some minor reshuffling of the cast too, with Sting and Dexter Fletcher making way for the more bankable Benicio Del Toro and Brad Pitt, the latter pretty much stealing the whole shebang as an incomprehensible Irish gypsy. And, sure, people who really, really liked "Lock, Stock"--or have the memory of a goldfish--will really, really like this.
The suspicion lingers, however, that if the director doesn't do something very different next time around then his career may prove to be considerably shorter than that of his missis. Summary: Construction company owner John Matthews learns that his estranged son, Jason, has been arrested for drug trafficking. Facing an unjust prison sentence for a first time offender courtesy of mandatory minimum sentence laws, Jason has nothing to offer for leniency in good conscience.
Desperately, John convinces the DEA and the opportunistic DA Joanne Keeghan to let him go undercover to help make arrests big enough to free his son in return. With the unwitting help of an ex-con employee, John enters the narcotics underworld where every move could be his last in an operation that will demand all his resources, wits and courage to survive. Summary: Snow White, imprisoned daughter of the late king, escapes just as the Magic Mirror declares her the source of the Evil Queen's immortality. The Queen sends her men, led by a local huntsman to bring her back. But upon her capture, the huntsman finds he's being played and turns against the Queens men, saving Snow White in the process.
Meanwhile, Snow's childhood friend, William, learns that she is alive and sets off to save her. Summary: A beautiful girl, Snow White, takes refuge in the forest in the house of seven dwarfs to hide from her stepmother, the wicked Queen. The Queen is jealous because she wants to be known as "the fairest in the land," and Snow White's beauty surpasses her own. Summary: Sixteen-year-old Jamie lives with his mother, Elizabeth, and two younger brothers, Alex and Nicholas, in a housing trust home in Adelaide's northern suburbs.
Their home is but one of many sun-starved houses crammed together to cater for a disenfranchised society. Jamie longs for an escape from the violence and hopelessness that surrounds him and his salvation arrives in the form of John, a charismatic man who unexpectedly comes to his aid.
As John spends more and more time with Jamie's family, Elizabeth and her boys begin to experience a stability and sense of family that they have never known. John moves from the role of Jamie's protector to that of a mentor, indoctrinating Jamie into his world, a world brimming with bigotry, righteousness and malice. Like a son mimicking his father, Jamie soon begins to take on some of John's traits and beliefs as he spends more and more time with him and his select group of friends Summary: They all laughed at college nerd Mark Zuckerberg, whose idea for a social-networking site made him a billionaire.
And they all laughed at the idea of a Facebook movie--except writer Aaron Sorkin and director David Fincher, merely two of the more extravagantly talented filmmakers around. Sorkin and Fincher's breathless picture, "The Social Network", is a fast and witty creation myth about how Facebook grew from Zuckerberg's insecure geek-at-Harvard days into a phenomenon with million users. Sorkin frames the movie around two lawsuits aimed at the lofty but brilliant Zuckerberg deftly played by "Adventureland"'s Jesse Eisenberg : a claim that he stole the idea from Ivy League classmates, and a suit by his original, now slighted, business partner Andrew Garfield.
The movie follows a familiar rise-and-fall pattern, with temptation in the form of a sunny California Beelzebub an expert Justin Timberlake as former Napster founder Sean Parker and an increasingly tangled legal mess. Emphasizing the legal morass gives Sorkin and Fincher a chance to explore how unsocial this social-networking business can be, although the irony seems a little facile. More damagingly, the film steers away from the prickly figure of Zuckerberg in the latter stages--and yet Zuckerberg presents the most intriguing personality in the movie, even if the movie takes pains to make us understand his shortcomings.
Fincher's command of pacing and his eye for the clean spaces of Aughts-era America are bracing, and he can't resist the technical trickery involved in turning actor Armie Hammer into privileged Harvard twins Hammer is letter-perfect. Even with its flaws, "The Social Network" is a galloping piece of entertainment, a smart ride with smart people… who sometimes do dumb things. Summary: To celebrate his 37th birthday, Kevin Smith took to the stage. Anyone else might've thrown a party, but the man who bankrolled "Clerks" with maxed-out credit cards has never been one to follow convention.
Filmed in his native New Jersey, "A Threevening" features jokes, stories, and questions from the audience. Instead of a suit, Smith's apparel consists of long shorts, checkered sneakers, and a sweat-inducing overcoat hence, the pile of towels to wipe his face. It may sound like the ingredients for a stand-up routine, except he wrings more humor from biographical incidents than pre-written punch lines.
Aside from the movies with which he's been involved, like "Clerks II" and "Live Free or Die Hard", he relates the history of Saint Kevin, a delicate medical dilemma, and the sexual proclivities of dogs Shecky, Mulder, and Skully. When he says, "Throw a rock, you'll hit a better filmmaker than me," he's calling it as he sees it; not asking for pity or praise. And if he has little patience for the "whiny" and "emo," as he describes "Superman Returns", he's just as generous with the praise, describing favorite flicks, like "Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan", as "pimp.
Soldier Director: Paul W. Summary: Sergeant Todd, born and bred to be a soldier in a futuristic army, raised to kill mercilessly and living only for battle, finds himself at the twilight of his career and so-called life when a regiment of genetically enhanced warriors threatens to make his brand of soldiering obsolete.
Despite his extensive skills, he is no match for the best of breed of the new order, and he's left for dead on a planet that serves only as a junk heap. There he encounters a ragtag group of castaways, and in his own strange and silent way slowly begins to learn how to be less a killer and more a human. All is disrupted, though, when the genetic regiment arrives on the trash planet and decides to eradicate the local human "trespassers. Summary: Ben Kalman is aging: he has heart problems, his marriage is over, he's lost a fortune after being caught cutting corners in his East Coast car business, and he's sleeping with as many women as possible - the younger the better.
He's chosen his current girlfriend, Jordan, because her father can help him get a new auto dealership; she's asked him to escort her daughter, Allyson, 18, on a visit to a Boston college campus. He behaves badly, and there are consequences to his love life, his finances, and his relationship with his daughter and grandson. Is there anywhere he can turn?
Unfortunately, his favors don't come for free: Jensen expects Ulrik to kill the snitch who reported his crime, except his legit new life keeps getting in the way. First, his stone-faced landlady expects sexual favors for her hospitality, which Ulrik dutifully obliges. When the garage manager, who has a heart condition, ends up in the hospital, Ulrik steps in to run the joint with blunt bookkeeper Merete.
After he rescues her from an abusive ex, she asks him out. Though his supervisor warned him to keep his dealings with her professional, Ulrik can't resist, thus putting his job in jeopardy. At that point, everything falls apart, and Ulrik grudgingly returns to the criminal life, knowing it will only push his son further away. Summary: "Sonicsgate" is a feature documentary film exposing the truth behind how Seattle lost the SuperSonics after a heated legal battle in The perfect storm of corporate greed and political impotence formed to rob loyal Seattle sports fans of their oldest professional franchise.
As NBA salaries skyrocketed following the player lockout, the league's business model changed to require expansive new buildings paid for with taxpayer dollars. Summary: If you've got a taste for big hair, broad Texas accents, and gay rights, this mixture of white-trash comedy and coming-out melodrama is for you. The tone shifts wildly, and the humor depends on your fondness for the white-trash genre--if you like it, this will tickle your ribs; if you don't, it'll fall flat as the panhandle landscape.
But it must be said that the cast including Bonnie Bedelia, Beau Bridges, Delta Burke, and Olivia Newton-John dives right in, no matter how over-the-top their characters get. Summary: Deep in the San Fernando Valley, amidst rows of dilapidated warehouses, was rock n' roll's best kept secret: Sound City. America's greatest unsung recording studio housed a one-of-a-kind console, and as its legend grew, seminal bands and artists such as Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, Rick Springfield, Tom Petty, Metallica and Nirvana all came out to put magic to tape.
Using Sound City's legendary analog console, together these artists continue to create musical miracles in a digital world. Summary: When Julie Andrews sang "The hills are alive with the sound of music" from an Austrian mountaintop in , the most beloved movie musical was born. Critics argue that the songs are saccharine even the songwriters regretted the line "To sing through the night like a lark who is learning to pray" and that the characters and plot lack the complexity that could make them more interesting.
It's not hard to know whom to root for when your choice is between cute kids and Nazis. Summary: A journalist and his girlfriend get pulled in while they investigate a cult whose leader claims to be from the future. Comedy by Melissa Murray. In , at Drury Lane theatre, Richard Sheridan puts on a guaranteed hit: a production of a 'lost' Shakespeare play. What could possibly go wrong? Lorcan Cranitch , Kemble Alex Jennings, Stage Hand Ben Crowe, Henry Rufus Wright , Samuel Bruce Alexander , Mrs Powell Joanna Monro , Mrs Jordan Alison Pettitt , Actor David Seddon.
Producer Marc Beeby.
Series of plays by Frederic Raphael reuniting the characters from his novel The Glittering Prizes, which followed the fortunes of scholarship boy Adam Morris and his contemporaries at Cambridge University in the early s. Decades have passed, and we now catch up with Adam and his friends and enemies in the days of John Major's government. Adam is now a successful novelist and screenwriter, and his daughter Rachel is living in California with his old classicist friend Bill Bourne.
But Bill is now terminally ill, and Adam faces the prospect of a trip to Los Angeles that will turn out to have some unexpected consequences. Adam Morris Tom Conti, Barbara Morris Barbara Kellermann, Rachel Morris Flora Montgomery, Mike Clode Mark Wing-Davey, Jason Singer Simon Greenall, Clifford Ayres Colin Macfarlane, Samantha Sabatini Laurence Bouvard, Joann Lachele Carl, Frank Skipton Kenneth Danziger, Mitchell Ambrose Ben Onwukwe.
Produced by Jo Wheeler. Directed by Pete Atkin. Back in Britain with Rachel's manuscript, Adam asks his old mentor for his opinion on it. Mark Wing-Davey, Alan Parks Alistair McGowan, Gavin Pope Malcolm Sinclair, Lars Waring Ian Kelly, Patricia Reece Annabel Leventon, Sheridan Reece Julian Glover. It was the best performance of his career, and the worst few months of his life. This play takes a light-hearted look behind the scenes of the making of this classic British film. Vincent Price Nickolas Grace, Tony Tenser Kenneth Cranham, Michael Reeves Blake Ritson , Philip Waddilove Richard Nichols, Hilary Dwyer Phoebe Waller Bridge, Ian Ogilvy Gareth Pierce.
Other parts played by Simon Ludders and Lynne Seymour. Produced and directed by Sam Hoyle. David Tennant, Lennie Jude Akuwudike, Lennie Liam Brennan, Candy Christopher Fairbank, Curley's Wife Melody Grove, Slim Neil McKinven, Curley's Richard Madden, George David Tennant. Jonathan and Laura are celebrating their 30th anniversary with family and friends, but there is a shock in store when they announce to the guests that they are getting divorced.
Is it possible to have a happy divorce? Tamara Kennedy, Jonathan Andy Gray, Caroline Corinne Harris. Produced and directed by David Ian Neville. Continuing to follow the fortunes of dotcom entrepreneurs Erik and Mike. Keely Beresford, Jeannie Alison Pettit , Jurgen Bruce Alexander, Sylvie Rachel Atkins. Frank brings a rabbit home, who gets pride of place in the sitting room. Mackenzie Crook, Miss Bradfield Emerald O'Hanrahan, Mum Kate Layden, Sophie Tessa Nicholson, Mr Vincent Directed by Peter Kavanagh.
By Frederic Raphael. A publisher's launch party. Flora Montgomery, Joyce Hadleigh Angela Down, Dan Bradley Malcolm Stoddard, Samuel Marcus Cohen Alistair McGowan, Terry Slater Stephen Mangan, Innes Maclean Struan Rodger, Connie Simpson Lorelei King, Jason Singer Simon Greenall, Tamara Singer Georgina Rich, Tom Morris Rupert Degas, Alexi Morris Gene Goodman, Juliana Morris Raquel Cassidy, Jonty Logan Julian Rhind-Tutt.
Angela Down, Juliana Morris Raquel Cassidy, Mike Clode Mark Wing-Davey, Denis Porson Nigel Havers, Samuel Marcus Cohen Alistair McGowan, Bruno Laszlo Simon Greenall, Jill Tabard Annabel Leventon, Jonty Logan Production details as before. Mr Parker is a sincere and kind man who, in search of a higher meaning to life, has moved from conventional religion to seances and spiritualism. He believes he has met his saviour in the guise of Mr Thomson, a charming, erudite and utterly mesmerising medium.
Bill Nighy, Parker Daryl Fishwick, Pianist Daniel Browell. Heiress Clarissa Harlowe is dangerously attracted by notorious libertine Robert Lovelace. Dramatisation by Hattie Naylor of the novel by Samuel Richardson. Clarissa Harlowe Zoe Waites, Robert Lovelace Richard Armitage, James Harlowe Oliver Milburn, Solmes Stephen Critchlow, Bella Harlowe Sophie Thompson, Lady Harlowe Alison Steadman, Lord Harlowe John Rowe, Mrs Norton Deborah Findlay, Anna Howe Cathy Sara.
Soon the entire village is consumed by hysteria, and innocent victims are put on trial, leading to a devastating climax. Cohen Media Group. Balaji , A. A zombie outbreak in London. His friend shows him a telescope which is used for spying on a neighborhood building which houses a beautiful woman. Masses, politicians, celebrities, everyone adored him. His left arm spin can pose a serious treat to anyone for he is really good at changing his pace and has a lethal arm ball with which he has outfox many a batsman.
First of two plays by Doug Lucie which satirise our obsession with weddings and happy-ever-afters. Betrothed couple Emma and Richard have done their best to keep their respective families apart, but as their wedding day approaches it is time for the in-laws-to-be to finally meet. William Gaunt, Ruby Sylvia Sims, Emma Lydia Leonard, Richard Joe Armstrong, Max Stephen Moore, Ellie Frances Barber, Barry Ian Reddington, Jenny Cheryl Campbell, Peter Guy Henry.
Emma and Richard's wedding day arrives - will it go without the proverbial 'hitch'? Production details as yesterday. Why do you rarely see a black face in the country - apart from the sheep? Elijah is a black man who likes to go for lovely walks in the countryside. One day his girlfriend points out the obvious - that he was the only black face she saw all day.
Nicholas Bailey, Tina Nadine Marshall , Vernon Dermot Daly , Malachi Marcus Hercules , Boasie Marlon G Day , Frank Lloyd Peters. An old friend invites Adam on to his radio programme to talk about his new book - and incidentally to make an uncharacteristic revelation. Flora Montgomery, Alan Parks Alistair McGowan, Derek Morris Adrian Lukis, Inspector Siddons Ben Onwukwe, Josiah Idun Kobna Holdbrook Smith, Leila Georgina Rich.
It's Adam's brother Derek who holds the key to how the story ends. Adrian Lukis, Mike Clode Mark Wing-Davey, Lars Waring Ian Kelly, Terry Slater Stephen Mangan, Tom Morris Rupert Degas, Bernice Georgina Rich, Anna Cunningham Emily Richard. Adaptation of Stephen Poliakoff's RSC play about an entrepreneurial engineer and his relationship with his son and daughter. After making his fortune in the gramophone industry in the s, Bill Galpin becomes a champion of inventors and sets out to change the conservative attitude of British industry.
His ambition and drive lead him into difficult waters with his talented daughter and son. Bill Galpin Timothy Spall, Roxanna Galpin Zoe Tapper, Danny Galpin Geoffrey Streatfeild, Frances Helen Longworth, Mick Joseph Kloska, Gant Michael Fenton Stevens , Vernon Boyce Produced and directed by Peter Leslie Wild.
Clarissa has been persuaded to flee with the notorious libertine Lovelace, escaping an arranged marriage. In London she begins to learn of the darker side of Lovelace's character as he secures her lodgings in a brothel and begins to use lies, trickery and cruel delusions in an attempt to seduce her.
Richard Armitage, Anna Howe Cathy Sara, Mrs Sinclair Miriam Margolyes, Dorcas Lisa Hammond, Sally Sophie Thompson, Belford Adrian Scarborough, Tourville Julian Rhind-Tutt, Captain Tomlinson Stephen Critchlow. A Catherine Bailey production. Hans and Anna meet by chance when visiting one of the remote Aran Islands.
Kate Buffery, Hans David Troughton, Mrs O'Flaherty Joanna Munro, German voices Michael Shelford. Directed by Cherry Cookson.
The headlines were dramatic: a desperate car chase along winding country lanes, a vicious attack on two innocent lovers and the brutal murder of a young man. But it soon became apparent that the killing of Lee Harvey outside Keeper's Cottage was an incident even more astonishing than it first appeared. Tracie Andrews Michael Higgs, Superintendant Ian Johnstone Roderick Smith, Pathologist John Rowe, Sister Hadley Penelope Freeman, Child witness Brittany Skye-Parnaby.
Produced and directed by Alan Hall and John Taylor. Thomas suffers a crisis of confidence when he is asked to investigate a potential serial killer. An old girlfriend, Kat, persuades him to take a break, but when they drive north for a few days, Thomas soon becomes convinced that they are being followed. Robin Laing , Kat Daniela Nardini, Young Man Iain Robertson, Mrs Soutar Sheila Donald, Crawford Simon Tait, WPC Suzanne Donaldson. Directed by Bruce Young. When a delirious Irishman arrives in a Cornish harbour, baker Mary Kneebone takes him in, and soon the sick and gullible are queuing at her door.
Mary Kneebone Mary Woodvine, Edna Lugg Barbara Jefford, Declan Credan Stephen Hogan, Virgin Mary Alison Pettit, Eamon Credan John O'Mahony, Davey Ellis Charles Barnecut. Directed by Claire Grove. A householder confronts a burglar with his legally-owned shotgun. The Intruder Alex Jennings, Jonathan Zoe King.
Produced by Nick Russell-Pavier. Stephen Poliakoff's story continues into the s, with Bill Galpin facing a major libel. The play tells the story of the rise and fall of Bill Galpin, a flambuoyant entrepreneur who pools his fortune into backing risky inventions which are concerned with safeguarding the environment, while at the same time having a tempestuous relationship with his two children Roxanna and Danny.
Beginning in the late s, Playing With Trains deals with the fact that Britain invents so much, yet manufactures so little. Galpin makes a fortune from a brilliant development in gramophone technology, and then turns himself into a self-appointed patron and champion of inventors and innovators everywhere, clashing with the establishment through the libel courts, speeches to captains of industry, Civil Service offices and even TV shows. His children develop in totally different ways; he doesn't approve of the lives of either of them.
Playing With Trains is a drama set over two decades. It was originally staged at the RSC in By Sebastian Baczkiewicz. The first of three Arabian Afternoons - contemporary plays inspired by tales from The Arabian Nights. Junior diplomat Bob Goldacre is in trouble: the American businessman he was looking after has vanished from a Baghdad street.
As the suspects pile up, Goldacre is going to have his work cut out if he wants to save his career and make sure that justice is done. Directed by Abigail le Fleming. The Story The Casper Logue Affair is based on the story "The Hunchback", found in The Arabian Nights, which deals with the extraordinary events that take place after the death of the king's favourite fool. The Writer Sebastian Baczkiewicz is a radio writer of great range and experience. He also writes the series Pilgrim, based on the old myths and legends of Britain. Betrayed in love himself, his custom was to enjoy his brides on their wedding night and then kill them at dawn.
But one woman managed to survive, night after night, by telling the king stories. Her name was Shahrazad. These three Afternoon Plays are framed by Shahrazad's voice as she describes rare and strange places for her husband, the murderous king. But these places are not the markets and deserts of medieval Arabia - with the help of some of our best radio writers, she conjures the Middle East of , a landscape against which stories from the original 14th century "Thousand and One Nights" can breathe again.
The stakes are high: as each tale comes to a close, Shahrazad will learn whether it has earned her a night's reprieve. Each play is a tale within a tale - the stakes are also high for the storytellers Shahrazad introduces. Taken together, the plays reflect the humour, magic and savagery of the old tales. Shahrazad has one last night to tell a story before the King kills her in the morning. She chooses one about freedom: the adventures of an out of luck journalist, Joe, who has been sent by his ruthless editor to find the story that sells newspapers or he will lose his job.
But what Joe discovers in Damascus are three beautiful women with a terrible secret. Can Joe win his job back with their story? He resists, but when disguised dignitaries and one-eyed dervishes arrive and break the rule, they are all imprisoned and can only buy their freedom with stories. Shared roots and scattered families in the melting pot of modern Jerusalem. Tired after a stressful trip, Ajib is stopped by security officers as he tries to fly out of Ben Gurion airport on his way home to the U.
They don't think his story adds up. Can he make them believe him? And does he actually know the whole story himself? A Dish of Pomegranates is loosely based on story "The Two Viziers": Two brothers have a terrible argument and one leaves home forever. Years later and miles away, their grandson is magically drawn to his long-lost father through the power of a pomegranate dish only his father can make, and the family is reunited. Britain, newly emerged from the shadow of war is in a time of austerity. Five million victorious men and women have returned from the war effort to a peacetime of few jobs.
Money, food and decent housing are also scarce.
The Government has failed to stem accumulating social problems. The jubilation of VE day has evaporated. Life is difficult. The party is over. Paul Watson, Old Dorothy Truscott Janet Amsden, Young Dorothy Flora Newbigin, Dad"Charlie" Jonathan Tafler, Mum "Marjorie" Jacqui Sharpe, Frank Tony Longhurst, Arthur Russell Floyd, Nurse Lucie Fitchett.
Jackie, a bored housewife, is in love with Stephen Fry. R Terry discovers his wife is in love with a man known only as 'Steve'. He's no idea who Steve is. Should he confront Steve? Or should he keep quiet and wait for his wife's affair with Steve to blow over. Stephen Fry Himself, Jackie Lesley Sharp, Terry Phil Davis, Margaret Carolyn Pickles, Ron Ron Cook, Chloe Sinead Matthews, Carl Karl Theobald.
An Allegra producton. A dramatisation of the novel. When Bond begins his pursuit of a monstrous international criminal he discovers that a daring robbery is on the agenda - plus mass murder. Ian McKellen , James Bond Toby Stephens, 'M' John Standing, Col. Ian Ogilvy , Pussy Galore Rosamund Pike , Tilly Masterton Lisa Dillon , Du Pont Henry Goodman , Hawker Alistair McGowan , Helmut Springer Hector Elizondo , Jill Masterton Anna Louise Plowman , Johnny Solo Tim Pigott-Smith, Mr Strap Tom Hollander , Felix Leiter Lloyd Owen, Jed Midnight Nigel Anthony, Oddjob Jon David Yu, Alfred Alan Shearman, Nigel Matthew Wolf , Fleming Martin Jarvis, Doctors and Pilot Kyle Stoller , Nurse Tracy Pattin.
Dramatised by Archie Scottney. Music composed by Mark Holden and Sam Barbour. Director Martin Jarvis. Producer Rosalind Ayres. Clarissa hopes for reconciliation with her family, while an unrepentant Lovelace seeks once again to find her and conquer her soul. Final episode. Production details - see last week's entry. By Bert Coules. A disused lighthouse in Kent is the scene of a bizarre double death. Part 1 of 2. In his accounts of the career of his friend Sherlock Holmes, Dr.
Watson often makes passing reference to a mystery which his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, never wrote about in full. Bert Coules, the chief writer behind BBC Radio 4's celebrated dramatisations of the complete Sherlock Holmes canon of fifty-six short stories and four novels, once again takes up the pen where Sir Arthur left off.
Cast: Sherlock Holmes Clive Merrison, Dr John Watson Andrew Sachs, Mycroft Holmes James Laurenson, Constable Powell Piers Wehner, Sir Charles Steele Nigel Hastings , Mrs Chang Pik-Sen Lim, Harold Jefferstone Joseph Cohen-Cole, Mr Jefferstone Bruce Alexander, Mr Lade Richard Dillane, Elizabeth Tessa Nicholson, Postmaster Bert Coules. Violinists: Leonard Friedman and Ian Humphries.
ProducerPatrick Rayner. R Adaptation of Mary Norton's children's classic. Adaptation of Mary Norton's children's classic. Having emigrated to the field at the back of the house, the Clock family must find shelter before the sparrowhawks get them. Written for David Bower. Joe who has been Deaf since he was born, works in a council office. Every day he makes the same journey to work on the bus, seeing the same people. Then one day a young girl signs her name to him.
The play examines how society deals with deafness through the character of Joe. The Merseybeat boom is about to take off. And with it, The Believers, a Christian pop band determined to spread the Word. If only they were all singing from the same hymn sheet.