Drama set against the backdrop of South Africa's Emerald Coast, tracing the fortunes of a family of diamond-hunters as an estranged son gets sucked back into the business - and finds himself pitted against his half-brother for control of the empire. Alyssa Milano, Sean Patrick Flanery, Roy Scheider, Michael Easton and Jolene Blalock star.
A fossilised alien comes to life on board the Trans-Siberian Express and wreaks murderous havoc among the helpless passengers. Low-budget chiller, strictly for fans of the genre, starring Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Telly Savalas.
A woman makes a series of life choices that have effects on the rest of her family, including deciding to abandon her son to goes on the run with a drug dealer- leaving her father and sister to take care of the child. Katell Quillevere's romantic drama, starring Sara Forestier, Paul Hamy, Francois Damiens and Adele Haenel. In French.
A US Special Forces agent is called into action to take out a Chechen nuclear power plant before a renegade Soviet general sets off a live reactor in an act of terrorism. However, the situation spirals out of control when a hostage crisis erupts, and the American military's intervention threatens to undermine the covert operation. Action adventure, with Wesley Snipes, Anthony Warren and Ryan McCluskey.
1930. Mystery. Director: Alfred Hitchcock. Stars Herbert Marshall, Norah Baring & Phyllis Konstam. A juror in a murder trial, after voting to convict has second thoughts and begins investigating alone
A man goes looking for his missing brother in a country house, and finds it is home to a decadent society. Troubled by strange hallucinations and the warnings of a mysterious professor, he investigates further, and stumbles on a cult worshipping an ancient witch with human sacrifices. Horror, starring Boris Karloff, Christopher Lee, Mark Eden and Barbara Steele.
A 15-year-old with a remarkable talent for art is abandoned by his mother in a village on the Californian coast. He falls in with a group of criminals who offer him the chance to make some money by putting his talents to use producing counterfeit artwork. Crime drama, starring Josh Hutcherson, Hayden Panettiere, Lauren Bacall, Alfred Molina and Tricia Helfer.
1958. Sci-Fi. Directed By Charles Saunders. Stars George Coulouris & Vera Day. A mad scientist captures women and feeds them to a flesh eating tree.
The cannons come across a wounded bandit leader and hold him captive - but he warns them that his gang will be coming to rescue him. Ricardo Montalban guest stars.
A songwriter living in New York falls in love with a widowed ranch owner, and hastily marries him. However, she finds adapting to country living far from her glamorous Manhattan roots proves difficult, as does winning the acceptance of her stepchildren. Romantic comedy, with Irene Dunne, Fred MacMurray and Natalie Wood.
A peyote-crazed half-Comanche believes he is destined to lead his people to war against encroaching settlers. But his brother steps up to the challenge of preventing a massacre. Western, starring William Shatner in a dual role alongside Joseph Cotten and Rosanna Yani.
1946. Crime drama directed by John Argyle and starring Anthony Hulme and Joy Shelton. Scotland Yard calls in novelist and amateur detective Paul Temple to help track down a gang of diamond robbers.
Lana Parrilla stars as a divorcee who discovers that a stranger has assumed her identity. She soon embarks on a dangerous path to uncover the mysterious woman's identity. (2008)
A town populated by arable farmers comes under constant attack by outlaws, who are secretly in the pay of a conspiracy of cattle ranchers. One of the townsfolk summons his friend, a famous US marshal, who takes on the role of sheriff to protect the locals and help them with their plans to grow a new strain of wheat. Western, with Randolph Scott and Robert Ryan.
1950. Horror. Directed by Oswald Mitchell and screenplay by John Gilling. Set in Edinburgh in the 1800s and starring Tod Slaughter as William Hart the infamous grave robber.
An innocent man is locked up for a robbery he did not commit and his loyal girlfriend tracks down the culprit, but her plans to bring him to justice go horribly awry. With John Dumelo.
John Ford won his fourth best director Oscar for this immensely popular chunk of old blarney (why did he never win for his westerns?). John Wayne is, of course, splendid as the boxer looking for some peace by returning to his Irish roots, with fiery Maureen O'Hara more than a match for him - fans may remember Steven Spielberg's affectionate and memorable homage to this iconic pairing in a scene from ET. There's fantastic support from Barry Fitzgerald as a mischievous matchmaker who never says no to a drink and Victor McLaglen as O'Hara's blustering and bullying brother who takes an instant dislike to Wayne. Victor Young's lilting score is also very enjoyable, while Winton C Hoch and Archie Stout's Technicolor photography deservedly won the film a second Oscar. Though the picture-book view of Ireland may seem rose-tinted and dated now, if you're in the right mood, this is still a movie that can make you laugh and cry.
A comet collides with Earth, causing a devastating series of quakes, floods and volcanic eruptions. However, when the dust has settled, it turns out worse is to come. The impact has pushed the planet off its axis, and if a team of scientists cannot put it right, the crust will shift, wiping out all life. Disaster thriller, starring Jack Coleman, Holly Dignard and Tyler Johnston.
A Civil War veteran returns home to find a ruthless landowner has sold the family house and his land has been confiscated as so-called enemy property. When the soldier retaliates by breaking into his former home and barricading himself in, the land baron hires a mysterious gunslinger to force the rebel out - but once unleashed, the hired gun has ideas of his own. Western, starring Yul Brynner, George Segal, Janice Rule and Pat Hingle.
1955. Starring Ruth Dunning, Edward Evans, Sidney James, Sheila Sweet, Peter Bryant, Nancy Roberts and Vera Day. Comedy based on the hugely successful TV series 'The Groves'
Twelve years after snarling his way through a New York education as a student in The Blackboard Jungle, Sidney Poitier graduated to the chalkface here. He plays a teacher in London's East End who tries to motivate his surly pupils to become responsible citizens. Director James Clavell's adaptation of ER Braithwaite's novel is a soft-centred affair and is probably best remembered for Lulu singing the title song, though Judy Geeson gives a credible performance as a lovelorn pupil. It may be on the naive side, but it still became one of the year's top box-office hits.
A meteorite collides with the Earth and releases a virulent, flesh-eating, gelatinous monster that threatens to consume the population of a small American town. A couple of teenagers set out to warn the townsfolk of the danger they face, but nobody believes them until it is too late. Sci-fi horror, starring Steve McQueen and Aneta Corseaut. Burt Bacharach contributes the theme song.
In one of the more enjoyable (and less schmaltzy) adaptations of a Danielle Steel romantic novel, Dallas star Patrick Duffy tries to cope after his wife, Kate Mulgrew (of Star Trek: Voyager fame), leaves him and their children. Of course, this being a Mills and Boon-style affair, there is romance on the horizon in the form of Wonder Woman Lynda Carter, so expect lots of gushing proclamations of love against stunning Californian scenery.
A gambler becomes the sheriff of a frontier town, planning to use his position to avenge his brother's murderers - but the arrival of a face from the past muddies the water, and leaves him doubting the identity of the killer. Western, starring Joel McCrea, Julie Adams, John McIntire, Nancy Gates and Richard Anderson.
Marshal Jim Cole leaves his job, packs up his family and heads out to the high plains and mountains of Wyoming when he inherits his uncle's ranch. However, any hopes of a quiet life raising livestock are soon dashed by a greedy neighbour, an ex-con turned bounty hunter and the emergence from hibernation of a vicious grizzly bear known to the locals as Satan. Western, starring Clint Walker.
1959. Comedy. Set in WW2, this is the story of an ENSA troupe of entertainers. Starring Sid James, Dora Bryan, Alfred Marks and Liz Fraser.
This routine reworking of the 1960s Robert Culp/Bill Cosby TV espionage series has US secret agent Alex Scott (Owen Wilson) going undercover as the assistant to boxing champion Kelly Robinson (Eddie Murphy). Scott uses Robinson to get close to a billionaire industrialist (Malcolm McDowell), who is intent on selling an invisible plane to the highest bidder. The laid-back Wilson and the motormouthed Murphy have an engaging on-screen chemistry - the movie is at its best during their obviously improvised bouts of bickering - and there is some fun spy gadgetry on display. However, the likeable twosome are sold short by witless writing, predictable plotting and bog-standard action sequences that fail to spark this action comedy into any sort of life.
A former child star buys her grandmother's house to rescue it from ruin, but her hope for serenity is soon eclipsed by haunting dreams of her famous dead grandmother. (2009)
A woman turns to the internet for romance after breaking up with her unfaithful boyfriend. She thinks she has found the perfect man in the wealthy, charming head of a real-estate company, but soon comes to realise he has an obsessive nature and intends to take control of her life. Thriller, starring Meredith Monroe and Jason Gray-Stanford. Edited to reduce language and violence.
The crew and passengers of an ambulance become stranded in the Libyan desert and face a perilous journey back to civilisation. Leading the trek is an alcoholic Army captain, who vows to remain sober until he has completed the task - but his resolve is threatened by a stranger they rescue who is secretly an enemy spy. Second World War drama, with John Mills, Sylvia Syms, Anthony Quayle and Harry Andrews.
1943. Comedy. Director: David Butler. Stars Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour & Donald Meek. During WW2, A Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper reporter returns to the U.S. from Moscow as a correspondent.
A submarine commander orders an attack on an enemy vessel, but takes pity on the surviving crew members and decides to transport them to safety. Second World War drama, starring Renato Baldini, Lois Maxwell and Carlo Bellini. In Italian. Includes Flight Bites at 12.10pm.
A new modern house is constructed in a quiet neighbourhood, and soon after a series of disturbing events take place. The woman living next door is convinced the newly built home is the cause of the strange happenings and goes in search of its mysterious architect. Thriller, starring Lara Flynn Boyle and Colin Ferguson.
A poet has a history of ruining relationships due to his paranoia, but when he meets the woman of his dreams, he resolves to make this romance last. However, as their wedding day approaches, he becomes convinced she is a notorious serial killer the police are hunting for. Comedy, starring Mike Myers and Nancy Travis.
Like the much-loved series of novels by Patrick O'Brian, to which this adaptation will no doubt be scrupulously compared, Peter Weir's film immerses the audience in the day-to-day life on board a 19th-century British warship as it pursues a "phantom" French vessel with the avowed intent of sending her to Davy Jones's locker. Purists will endlessly discuss the casting of Russell Crowe as Captain Jack Aubrey (here deploying his self-described "RSC two pints after lunch" English accent) and Paul Bettany as his ship's doctor and best friend, Maturin, but both give full-blooded performances. It might have been a little repetitive, but thankfully the likeable characters, Weir's meticulous attention to period detail and the stunningly realised action (The Surprise's rounding of Cape Horn is as exciting a seaborne sequence as has ever been committed to celluloid) more than make up for the slightly anorexic story. Sadly for the placated fans, the film wasn't enough of a box-office success to generate the sequels that it seemed to promise.
1955. Romcom. Director: Ken Annakin. Stars John Gregson, Diana Dors, Joan Hickson & Susan Stephen. Chayley falls for a nightclub performer after inheriting a large sum of money from his father.
Probably the most lightweight of Lawrence Kasdan's movies, this is bit of a disappointment if judged in comparison with his other films. However, if you manage to banish The Big Chill and The Accidental Tourist from your mind, you can still enjoy the amiably fluffy confection. Meg Ryan, in her trademark "ever-so-ditzy" mode, sets off for France to reclaim wandering fiancé Timothy Hutton, only to find herself stuck with slobby French thief Kevin Kline. The latter's role was reported to have been created for Gérard Depardieu, but Kline acquits himself well as the Gallic rogue, and the chemistry between him and Ryan is spot-on.
When a space station is mysteriously disabled, a CIA operative teams up with a group of astronauts to try and rectify the situation. Sci-fi thriller, starring Robert Carradine and Jeff Speakman.
1954. Drama. Director: Don Chaffey. Stars Dennis Price, Renee Asherson, Susan Shaw, William Franklyn & Patrick Barr. A re-married woman is blackmailed by her first husband, who she believed was dead.
This pure adrenaline-pumping entertainment of the highest order sees action man Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock trapped on a crowded LA bus that crazed extortionist Dennis Hopper has primed to explode if its speed falls below 50mph. Slipping smoothly into top gear from the nail-biting scene-setting opening, director Jan De Bont's "Die Hard on the Buses" moves into the fast lane with a nonstop barrage of brilliantly filmed action, nerve-jangling thrills and death-defying stunts. Completely outrageous, over-the-top and as exciting as can be, this wild ride will make you wish your sofa came equipped with seat belts.
Not all the ideas work, but this straight-to-video thriller comes up with some nice spins on the Top Gun formula. The setting is a secret defence project where a group of crack flyers are undergoing a secret virtual reality programme. When some of his fellow pilots start to crack up, Billy Wirth begins to suspect a conspiracy. There are good turns from Corbin Bernsen and Steve Railsback, but budgetary constraints mean that a lot of the ideas are never being fully realised.
This moderately absorbing military whodunnit is let down by the lazy hamming of star John Travolta. He plays an army cop called in to investigate the horrific rape and murder of a woman officer (Leslie Stefanson) who also happens to be the daughter of top military man James Cromwell. However, as Travolta and colleague Madeleine Stowe start digging, they find some nasty skeletons in Stefanson's closet. Travolta aside, the performances are strong, with James Woods effortlessly stealing the show as one of the prime suspects. Con Air director Simon West demonstrates that there's more to him than just spectacular set pieces, yet the wayward script's derivative twists and turns weaken what should have been a hard-hitting drama.
John Carpenter's 1980 ghost yarn The Fog wasn't one of his best, but it scarcely deserved the indignity of this inept remake by Stigmata director Rupert Wainwright. The story remains much the same, as the seaside community of Antonio Bay is terrorised by vengeful spooks who emerge from a haunted pea-souper. Leading the insipid, less-than-enthusiastic cast are Smallville's Tom Welling, Lost's Maggie Grace and Selma Blair, who attempt to unravel the mystery of the marine invaders. The original film was a reasonably tightly wrought tale, relying on the ratcheting up of tension for its pleasingly hokey thrills. But Wainwright jettisons atmosphere in favour of a cacophonous soundtrack and ineptly timed "shocks", while Carpenter's ghostly shapes in the mist give way to naff-looking zombies.
Just as Londoner Shaun (Simon Pegg) decides to get his aimless life back on track, the capital becomes Zombie Central as the dead rise to eat the living. If you like Pegg and director Edgar Wright's cult Channel 4 series Spaced, you'll enjoy this deadpan blend of undergraduate humour and hardcore horror, which ransacks George A Romero's Dead saga and virtually every Italian zombie flick for inspiration. It may seem like a one-joke conceit but you do actually care about the characters, which sustains the narrative. Shaun's mates are all played by familiar TV faces - Spaced's Nick Frost, The Office's Lucy Davis, Black Books's Dylan Moran. But the real stars are his mum, the magnificent Penelope Wilton, and stepdad, Bill Nighy, who move the splatter farce into more resonant areas. It's proof that British film comedy can work without Richard Curtis.
1958. Drama starring Max Bygraves, Barbara Murray and Colin Petersen. A welfare worker becomes emotionally involved with a group of homeless children. Music by Larry Adler.
A mysterious swordsman wandering across a post-apocalyptic wasteland comes to the aid of a settlement under attack from a marauding gang after their supply of water. Sci-fi adventure, starring Patrick Swayze, Lisa Niemi and Anthony Zerbe.
Brutal Aussie sequel. A young man takes on a sadistic killer who lives in a booby-trapped lair in the Australian outback.
A power-mad ancient Greek king raises an army with the intention of not only conquering the known world, but using a mystical weapon to unleash the legendary titans and overthrow the gods. The immortal deities are unable to interfere directly, so select a mortal man to be their champion and defeat the tyrant. Mythological adventure, starring Henry Cavill and Mickey Rourke.
It's not often that you get to hear characters thinking, but this is just one of the unusual tactics adopted by Hong Kong director Po Chih Leong in this otherwise workaday Steven Seagal vehicle. The idea that Seagal's retired government agent would be the penpal of an orphan at a hostel he helped establish in Poland is pretty unlikely. But once Ida Nowakowska is abducted by sex trafficker Matt Schulze, this seems one of the premise's more feasible aspects, as Seagal (who is less invincible than usual) finds his former employers are as keen as his adversary to thwart his mission.
At this stage of his career, Jean-Claude Van Damme was having trouble convincing people that he was up to handling one role, so it was a tad ambitious for him to take on two in this otherwise straightforward action thriller. In a performance that adds new meaning to the term identical twins, Van Damme is equally wooden as the two brothers - one good, one a bit of a rogue - who are reunited to avenge the death of their parents. However, there's plenty of biffing, kicking and explosions for those who like that sort of thing, and reliable support from Geoffrey Lewis.