Two software entrepreneurs go to Moscow for a business trip, when invisible aliens attack and begin slaughtering the populace. After several days in hiding, they emerge into a deserted city and, with the aid of other survivors, search for a way to get to safe territory and defend themselves against the invaders. Sci-fi horror, starring Emile Hirsch and Olivia Thirlby.
Perfectionist TV producer Katherine Heigl is horrified when chauvinist mouthpiece Gerard Butler is hired in a bid to increase ratings on her morning show. In spite of their mutual antagonism, Butler persuades the romantically challenged Heigl to follow his dating advice (centring on push-up bras and giggling) so she can land handsome doctor Eric Winter. The two leads are alluring solo performers despite a lack of on-screen chemistry, and both enjoy exploring the deep flaws of their characters. Uneven though the script is, it still supplies a steadyish stream of prickly if hardly memorable banter, while the direction by Robert Luketic (Monster-in-Law, Legally Blonde) is solid. As a battle of the sexes, it isn't insightful or surprising. However, despite its predictability, this stirs up just enough trouble to amuse.
Other than the presence of action-movie stalwart Dolph Lundgren and a few flashes of his trademark slow-mo gunplay, this is a depressingly ordinary action movie from Face/Off director John Woo. The mishmash of a plot finds ex-bodyguard Lundgren coming out of retirement to protect a supermodel from a deranged failed actor, while overcoming a bizarre phobia of the colour white (tricky really, particularly when he gets caught up in a fight in a milk factory). Made as a pilot for a television series that never materialised and released direct to video, this is really only for die-hard Woo fans.
Made a year before her sitcom success in Caroline in the City, this TV movie stars Lea Thompson as a wife who is so loyal to her abusive husband (James Marshall of Twin Peaks fame) that she agrees to share the blame for a murder he has committed. If that isn't sensational enough, the drama then switches to her bid to retain custody of her daughter and her sister's determination to leak a dark family secret to secure her release. This outlandish melodrama is so full of unlikely events and resistible characters that it could only have been based on a true story.
Gory horror in small town America. Teenager Todd is locked up for murder, while twin Terry goes free. Years later Todd escapes, and the carnage starts over. But who is the killer? (1987)
An unstable ventriloquist falls under the influence of his dummy. Seeking solace in a remote resort run by an old flame, he finds his feelings for her returning - and his mental state deteriorating. Richard Attenborough's psychological horror based on William Goldman's novel, starring Anthony Hopkins, Ann-Margret and Burgess Meredith.
In this charming oddball comedy, awkward teenage sci-fi fan Benjamin (Michael Angarano) yearns to escape his humdrum life in small-town Utah by becoming a published novelist. When his best manuscript, Yeast Lords: The Bronco Years, is plagiarised by Dr Ronald Chevalier (Flight of the Conchords's Jemaine Clement), an arrogant star author suffering from writer's block, Benjamin springs into action to prove the extraterrestrial yarn is his own original work. Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess once again trains his camera on misfit adolescents, mocking the obsessions of sci-fi geeks with genuine affection and gentle humour that leads to an unsurprisingly heart-warming pay-off. Angarano is winningly naturalistic as the jittery hero of the piece, but it's Clement's pompous and self-important Chevalier who steals the picture, with Sam Rockwell as ludicrous space warrior Bronco in fantasy sequences running him a close second.
It's George Houston again, battling baddies and supported by lovable sidekick Al "Fuzzy" St John. Just as well the releases in the Lone Rider series were staggered, because these B-westerns took three days to shoot and were made consecutively, with virtually the same casts and crews so only the liberal use of cheap library footage really told them apart. Fans of the series should enjoy watching anyway: this was a film factory at work, hitting specified standards and satisfying audiences all over the world.
A film crew undertakes a series of gruelling night shoots in an abandoned psychiatric hospital with a sinister past. The disturbing surroundings take a psychological toll on the film-makers, but they soon discover there are supernatural forces at work that do not want them to leave with their sanity intact. Horror, starring Andy Rudick and Victoria Nugent.
A secret agent teams up with a cat burglar to stop terrorists stealing a deadly virus being transported on a high-speed train. However, the situation becomes more fraught when the hero discovers his family is also on board. Action adventure, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Laura Elena Harring, Tomas Arana and Van Damme's real-life son, Kristopher Van Varenberg.
A spy in the employ of the French foreign legion is sent on an undercover mission disguised as an Algerian nightclub singer. Her goal is to expose an Arab leader's plot to seize control of oil-rich lands, but when her cover is blown, it falls to her soldier lover to save her. Spy adventure, starring Yvonne De Carlo and Carlos Thompson.
A hard-boiled detective is assigned to ensure a gangster's widow testifies in court and escorts her to Los Angeles by train - but their mutual enmity looks set to guarantee an eventful journey, even without the intervention of hit-men. It's not long before paranoia takes hold and their fellow passengers fall under suspicion. Suspenseful thriller from director Richard Fleischer. Charles McGraw, Marie Windsor, Jacqueline White, Gordon Gebert and Queenie Leonard star.
1952. Crime Drama. Directed by John Gilling. Starring Valerie Hobson, James Robertson Justice & Sam Kydd. A dying author frames a radio narrator for killing his secretary.
Probably the most interesting fact about this B-western for viewers today is that it was co-produced by the great comedian Stan Laurel. It's a very average tale, featuring former opera singer-turned-singing cowboy Fred Scott, who's aided and abetted in his battle against villain John Merton by comic sidekick Al St John. Laurel's involvement seems to have been purely financial, and this is no different from other Scott star vehicles: it's mercifully short and has a sort of period charm, but is unlikely to convert new fans. B-western aficionados, however, will be delighted that films like this are now resurfacing.
Three outlaws transform a bookish dude into a true western hero. Stars Terence Hill. (1974)
A wealthy couple take a honeymoon cruise in Tahiti, but the husband disappears without trace. The captain asks an FBI agent on vacation to investigate, believing he may have been murdered. Suspicion falls on his wife, who may have objected to his infidelities, but also a trio of Hungarian gamblers with shady secrets. Mystery, with Zoe McLellan and Summer Glau.
1959. Crime thriller directed by Terry Bishop and stars Derren Nesbitt. A child murderer escapes from an asylum.
1951. Drama. Director Joseph M. Newman. Stars George Raft, Coleen Gray & Enzo Staiola. A gambler discovers he has been framed for the murder of a Treasury Agent and goes on a journey to clear his name
A married corporate employee enlists the aid of a colleague he is having an affair with to con their bosses out of millions with a fake sexual harassment case. However, they find themselves facing blackmail when their scheme is uncovered by a private investigator. Thriller, starring Dina Meyer, Jonathan Higgins and John H Brennan.
Wealthy eccentric Sir Vincent Brampton arrives in Nairobi intent on hunting a legendary man-eating lion, and employs the services of disgraced big-game hunter Ken Duffield, who decides to use the expedition as an opportunity to settle an old score with the ruthless Kenyan terrorist who murdered his son. Adventure set during the Mau Mau Uprising in Kenya, starring Victor Mature, Roland Culver and Earl Cameron.
Action thriller. Captain Ahab has an unhealthy obsession with tracking down a whale that once maimed him - how far will he go for revenge? (2010)
Two brothers take revenge on a gang of outlaws when one of them is falsely charged with a robbery. Stars Tony Kendall. (1971)
1949. War. Director: Ken Annakin. Stars Michael Denison, Patricia Plunkett & Kathleen Harrison. At Coastal Command in Southern England, an RAF pilot is suspended after possibly sinking a British sub.
When a gunman opens fire on campus, psychology professor Suzanne Hollander (Katee Sackhoff) must put her life on the line to bargain for her class's freedom. (2012)
An American tank crew get lost in the desert during the retreat from El Alamein and face a desperate race against time to reach a source of water in an abandoned fortress - only to discover the Nazis are heading for the same location. World War Two melodrama which is all the more effective thanks to the straightforward nature of the plot and action. Humphrey Bogart, J Carrol Naish, Dan Duryea and Rex Ingram are among the excellent cast.
David Banner and his green-skinned alter ego clash with Thor, the Viking god of thunder - but the battling duo are forced to put their differences aside when a group of power-hungry industrialists threaten to destroy Banner's only chance of regaining his humanity. Comic-book adventure, starring Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno and Eric Kramer.
1956. Western. Directed by Roger Corman. Stars John Ireland, Beverly Garland & Allison Hayes. When the sheriff of a town is slain by outlaws, his widow takes over as sheriff and cleans up the town.
1962. Comedy. Director: Montgomery Tully. Stars Hylda Baker, Cyril Smith, Joan Sanderson & Alfred Burke. A young girl's sudden pregnancy unfolds dramas between two families.
Macaulay Culkin may have his name high up on the credits, but luckily he doesn't have enough screen time to spoil this occasionally charming tale. Anna Chlumsky plays a young tomboy who is trying to come to terms with life and the fact that her mortician father (Dan Aykroyd) is starting a relationship with the woman (Jamie Lee Curtis) who makes up the bodies at his funeral parlour. It's one for the less cynical members of the family, although younger viewers may find some of the unhappier moments distressing.
(1954) Western. Van Johnson stars as a Confederate agent who steals a Gatling gun prototype from the Yankees and attempts to smuggle it south through enemy lines to his own side. [S]
A US Marine (David Berman) is transferred to Paris, where he has discovered the Nazi who killed his grandparents and crippled his mother. When the Nazi is found dead, David asks Perry for help. (1990)
A young Amish woman visits her cousin in Charm, Ohio for the summer, where she discovers another world and finds friendship. But she soon has to choose which life she wants. Drama, starring Trevor Donovan and Daniella Chuchran.
This pleasant little crime drama - not quite a thriller and a shade too bright for a film noir - is directed with consummate skill by up-and-coming Edward Dmytryk, who had also worked with former crooner Dick Powell in their masterpiece Farewell My Lovely in the same year. Powell here continues to erase memories of his Busby Berkeley days at Warners, delivering a high-octane performance as he hunts down his wife's murderer in a Buenos Aires peopled with veteran character actors such as Walter Slezak and Morris Carnovsky. Unfortunately, the women (Micheline Cheirel, Nina Vale) are a shade uninteresting, but Powell's tough demeanour more than compensates.
A psychotic playboy persuades three equally troubled crooks to help rob a mail van. However, while the heist itself succeeds, violent tensions among the gang members threaten to ruin their triumph. Thriller, starring Laurence Harvey, Richard Basehart and Joan Collins.
A former Marine and three ex-convicts are kidnapped and used as prey for wealthy hunters on an island inhabited by a deadly hydra. Horror, starring Texas Battle, Dwayne Adway, Frank Alvarez and Ed Blinn.
An American war correspondent joins Allied troops in 1944 as they prepare for their landing in Italy. A strategic blunder by their commanding officer gives German forces time to reinforce the area, leaving the reporter caught up in one of the campaign's fiercest battles. Second World War drama, starring Robert Mitchum, Peter Falk, Arthur Kennedy, Robert Ryan and Earl Holliman.
Mimi Leder (who's gone from directing episodes of ER to films such as The Peacemaker and 1998's Deep Impact) was responsible for this slight TV movie that features Cybill Shepherd in the lead role. Shepherd plays a wealthy LA doctor whose wish to adopt a child is about to be realised, but whose dream turns into a nightmare. The role gives Shepherd a bit more range than usual, but the film ultimately gets bogged down by its predictable plot and the run-of-the-mill performances from the rest of the cast.
1955. Drama. Director: Laurence Olivier. Stars Laurence Olivier, Cedric Hardwicke, Claire Bloom & John Gielgud. An adaptation of the Shakespeare performance about the wicked King's rise to power.
It's hard to believe the co-creator of Yes, Minister was the optimum choice for this comedy about a Deep South gospel choir. Yet even if Jonathan Lynn is au fait with the milieu, he's rarely in control of the tone or pacing of this messy amalgam of African-American social attitudes and musical tastes. Cuba Gooding Jr clowns to excess as the cynical ad executive determined to galvanise the choristers at his aunt's church in order to inherit her fortune. But the diverse singing styles of Melba Moore, T-Bone and Beyoncé Knowles, and a feisty turn from LaTanya Richardson, provide some compensation.
Based on the bestselling novel by Jodi Picoult, this drama attempts to take a fresh look at the hardship of terminal disease. Cameron Diaz stars as the frantic mother of two daughters, one (Abigail Breslin) conceived specifically to donate blood cells to her sister (Sofia Vassiieva), who is dying of leukaemia. Writer/director Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook) can't keep the story from feeling maudlin at times, regardless of numerous pop montages, but the casting of Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) as the donor child certainly helps. Her candid remarks challenge the softly-softly approach of her parents, especially when she decides that she doesn't want to give up a kidney, going so far as to hire a lawyer (Alec Baldwin). Unfortunately, the intriguing court case that ensues too often takes second place to the clichéd soap opera at home, and while there are touching and sincere moments, even these are undermined by an unlikely last-minute twist.
A scientist working on an energy project discovers his family have undergone strange changes in their personalities, while a series of natural disasters are happening across the globe. He realises that his work has accidentally pushed the planet forward in time seven seconds - and the loss of those few moments has had devastating effects on the world and the human race. Sci-fi thriller, starring Robin Dunne and Amy Bailey.
(2015) Coming of Ages: Comedy-drama with Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel. A retired composer and his filmmaker friend reflect on ageing while they're on holiday. Strong language/sex/nudity.
In this brooding Irish crime drama, Eriq Ebouaney plays a Congolese refugee, still haunted by memories of war in his homeland, who's attempting to build a new life in Dublin with his wife and child. Despite the probing of a suspicious immigration officer (Gerard McSorley), he's managed to secure a job as a security guard. Unfortunately, a vicious mobster (James Frain) decides he's the perfect inside man for a robbery he's planning and kidnaps Ebouaney's family, threatening to kill them unless he co-operates. The thriller elements never really convince and the heist itself is nothing special, but writer/director David Gleeson is on surer ground with the emotional drama at the core of the story and Ebouaney brings a quiet intensity to his role as a good man who can't escape his dark past.
Tom Cruise stars in this Oscar-winning movie based on a true story. Cruise plays soldier Ron Kovic, who volunteers for the Vietnam War, but returns home a paralysed and embittered veteran. (1989)
As the bubonic plague sweeps across medieval Britain, one isolated community seems to be completely unaffected. A naive monk is sent to accompany a band of mercenaries to the village to determine if they have used witchcraft to ward off the disease. Thriller, starring Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne and Carice van Houten.
1949. Drama. Director: Derek N. Twist. Norman Wooland, Sarah Churchill, Bryan Forbes & James Hayter. After serving in the RAF during WW2, Nat Hearn struggles to return to his pre-war job.
Fact-based drama telling the story of the events of January 30, 1972, when soldiers attached to the Parachute Regiment opened fire on an apparently peaceful civil rights march taking place in Londonderry, killing 13 unarmed civilians. Starring James Nesbitt, Nicholas Farrell, Tim Pigott-Smith and Kathy Keira Clarke.
Sandwiched between his eco-warrior outings On Deadly Ground and Fire Down Below, this action thriller has Steven Seagal going back to the no-brainer fare that made his name. It's a partial success, but ultimately lacks the slick thrills of his early films thanks to John Gray's unexceptional direction. Here, the murky government past of Seagal's new-age cop comes back to haunt him as he pursues a serial killer. Keenen Ivory Wayans provides a lively foil as his partner, but Brian Cox, as Seagal's former boss, only succeeds in butchering an American accent again.
Chuck Palahniuk's bestseller is boldly brought to the screen here by Se7en director David Fincher. The result is a shocking, provocative and highly amusing macho fantasy, as insomniac loser Edward Norton teams up with seditious soap salesman Brad Pitt to form a no-holds-barred fight club as an outlet for their directionless aggression. The growing cult's Project Mayhem takes subversive vandalism into the outside world with a series of ludicrous acts of sabotage. Fincher's satirical fable brilliantly plays with cinematic conventions and climaxes with a shock twist. This charged slice of nihilistic angst is a mesmerising ride through the 1990s male psyche, aided by elaborate production design, unconventional editing, startling images and superlative acting from the leads. You'll either love it or hate it.
The first horror movie from Irish producer/director Paddy Breathnach (Blow Dry, I Went Down) adds some smart twists to the teen slasher movie formula. Five American students holiday in rural Ireland where their friend Jake (Jack Huston, grandson of director John) assures them that the magic mushrooms are the most powerful going. Tara (Lindsey Haun) ingests a particularly potent fungus just as her friends start getting brutally slain - seemingly by shadowy urban legend the Black Brother. Can she separate stark reality from psychedelic fantasy in order to survive? Breathnach uses some Asian horror-influenced trickery, and it's all beautifully photographed in high acid style, which allows for a few unusual scares. The performances are accomplished - particularly Huston, and Sean McGinley and Don Wycherley as a pair of backwoodsmen - and this gives the film a credibility beyond its genre, although the final revelation rather undercuts what has gone before.
A teenager gets involved with the volatile relationship of a pair of high-school lovers which leads to jealousy, obsession and eventually murder. Drama, starring Mary-Margaret Humes, Jennifer Finnigan and Marnette Patterson.
A Manhattan resident loses his job, so he and his wife leave the city in search of a fresh start. During their journey, they stumble on a commune of hippies and decide to join until they have decided what to do with their lives. However, living without the comforts of the modern world proves harder than expected. Comedy, starring Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd and Alan Alda.