What begins as a hopeful journey to seek a better life becomes a harrowing and primal fight for survival when a deranged, rifle-toting vigilante chases a group of unarmed men and women through the treacherous US-Mexican border. In the harsh, unforgiving desert terrain, the odds are stacked firmly against them as they continuously discover there's nowhere to hide from the unrelenting, merciless killer.
Having made his shock entrance into London society, James Delaney sets about reclaiming his legacy and establishing a new life for himself. While the city views him with hostility and suspicion, James begins to enlist allies in unlikely places and with irregular loyalties.
Royal Tenenbaum and his wife Etheline had three children, Chas, Margot and Richie, and then they separated. Chas started buying real estate in his early teens and seemed to have an almost preternatural understanding of international finance. Margot was a playwright and received a Braverman Grant of $50,000 in the ninth grade. Richie was a junior champion tennis player and won the US Nationals three years in a row. Virtually all memory of the brilliance of the young Tenenbaums was subsequently erased by two decades of betrayal, failure and disaster.
A group of college students venture into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to uncover the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of James' sister, who many believe is connected to the legend of the Blair Witch. At first the group is hopeful, especially when a pair of locals offer to act as guides through the dark and winding woods, but as the endless night wears on, the group is visited by a menacing presence. Slowly, they begin to realise the legend is all too real and more sinister than they could have imagined.
This film is the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss, who in Okinawa, during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic he single-handedly rescued the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was injured by a grenade and hit by snipers.
Brianna grapples with life-changing revelations and Claire must help her come to terms with the fact that she is her father's daughter; Roger brings news that forces Claire and Brianna to face an impossible choice.
From the bitter quest of a jealous queen who forfeits the life of her husband, to two mysterious sisters who provoke the passion of a king, to a king obsessed with a giant flea leading to heartbreak for his young daughter, these stories weave the beautiful with the grotesque, creating a stunning and unique work of gothic imagination.
On the day after the Cronulla riots, hotheaded Nick convinces his studious cousin Hassim to join a small group of Lebanese men looking for retribution. Meanwhile, Jason brings together a gang of racist whites including stoner, S***-Stick and heavily bandaged Ditch, whose body is liberally tattooed with Ned Kelly. Armed with baseball bats, crowbars and the odd firearm of dubious origin, the two groups pile into their cars to patrol the gaudily Christmas-decorated streets of The Shire in search of trouble. Sincere, though misguided, intent gives way to farcical ineptitude as this hilarious, yet poignant story of ignorance, fear and kebab-cravings unfolds, and what was meant to be a retaliation mission turns into something neither side could have imagined.
Rocky, a young woman wanting to start a better life for her and her sister, agrees to take part in the robbery of a house owned by a wealthy blind man with her boyfriend Money and their friend Alex. But when the blind man turns out to be a more than he seems, the group must find a way to escape his home before they become his newest victims.
Set in the world of electronic music and Hollywood night life, an aspiring 23-year-old DJ named Cole spends his days scheming with his childhood friends and his nights working on the one track that will set the world on fire. All of this changes when he meets a charismatic but damaged older DJ named James, who takes him under his wing. Things get complicated, however, when Cole starts falling for James' much younger girlfriend, Sophie. With Cole's forbidden relationship intensifying and his friendships unravelling, he must choose between love, loyalty, and the future he is destined for.
Welcome to Camp Crystal Lake, its history is bloody and the locals say it's cursed. It's the perfect place for a psychopath to slay amorous camp counsellors one by one under the light of a romantic full moon.
After years of estrangement, Texan brothers, Toby and Tanner, decide to rob the branches of the bank threatening to foreclose on their family land. For them, the hold-ups are part of a last-ditch scheme to take back a future that was stolen from under them. Vengeance seems to be theirs until they find themselves on the radar of Marcus, a Ranger looking for one last grand pursuit on the eve of his retirement, and his partner Alberto. As the brothers plot a final bank heist to complete their scheme, and with the Rangers on their heels, a murderous showdown looms.
Inside a remote, top-secret lab, a group of scientists are working on an experiment that is leading the way for the next steps in human evolution. But when the experiment's subject - a genetically designed 'human' - triggers a terrifying event, those involved must decide if the promise of infinite potential outweighs the incalculable danger.
In November 1939, Georg Elser's attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler fails, and he is arrested. During his confinement, he recalls the events leading up to his plot and his reasons for deciding to take such drastic action. In German.
Winner of the 2007 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In East Berlin in 1984, an agent of the secret police who is conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover finds himself becoming increasingly drawn into their lives.
Two close friends, Palestinians Said and Khaled, are recruited by an extremist group for a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. However, things go wrong and both friends must separate at the border. One of them maintains his purpose to carry on the attack, while the other has growing doubts about it. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2006.
The dazzling 1960s in cinema around the world: In Hollywood, legendary cinematographer Haskell Wexler reveals how documentary influenced mainstream movies. Easy Rider and 2001: A Space Odyssey signal a new era in America cinema.
An extraordinary tale of hope, friendship and survival inside a maximum security prison. Andy Dufresne is a soft-spoken, respected Maine banker who is convicted for the murders of his unfaithful wife and her lover. He receives a double-life sentence and is shipped off to Shawshank State Prison, Maine's toughest maximum security penitentiary. Despised at first by the other inmates because of his introverted manner, he slowly forges an unlikely friendship with the prison fixer, Red, and they both learn that hope is the ultimate means of survival.
Rachel Barber is a confident and a gifted Melbourne girl who follows her passion of dancing and is loved unconditionally by her moderately liberal parents and her caring boyfriend. The film begins on an unusual night when the 15-year-old girl, Rachel Barber misses her train to home leading her parents, Elizabeth Barbe and Mike Barber, to begin a frantic search for her. Rachel goes missing with her backpack gone leading the police to believe her disappearance was merely an act of runaway kid. Everybody in Rachel's known circle is astounded by this runaway story as she was believed to be very content in her life. Despite the pleas of the Barber family, the police takes the case lightly and refuses to hold an extensive search for their daughter.
A powerful tale of love and fatherhood. Uxbal, a petty criminal, struggles to take care of his two children after his alcoholic wife abandons them. But his world falls apart when he is diagnosed with a terminal illness and his death becomes imminent. Nominated for two Academy Awards in 2011.
National cinemas produced extraordinary talents, including Germany's Wim Wenders, the Australian New Wave filmmakers and audacious new offerings from South America. The 1970s also introduced Bruce Lee and the new American cinema. In the late 1980s, brave filmmakers around the world challenged and protested social and political norms by speaking the truth through film.
Brilliant, flashy, playful movies in the English speaking world in the nineties. We look at what was new in Tarantino's dialogue and the edginess of the Coen Brothers. The writer of Starship Troopers and Robocop talks exclusively about the films' irony. In Australia, Baz Luhrmann talks about Romeo & Juliet and Moulin Rouge, and we plunge into the digital world to see how it has changed the movies forever.
Two boys growing up in a violent neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer. Shocking, confronting, and based on a true story, this film was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Cinematography, and Best Director Fernando Meirelles.
There is a psychopath, named Stuntman Mike, who enjoys killing women in his car, a virtually indestructible vehicle. Whenever he arrives in a new town he selects a group of girls and sets his perverse plan into motion. And unless he runs into someone who is as crazy or drives as well as him, there is no way to stop him.
In John Cameron Mitchell's Golden Globe nominated performance, based on the long-running New York smash hit, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a high-powered rock musical that tells the hilarious but emotional tale of a German glam-rock diva on a journey to find love and stardom in her new home - a trailer park in Kansas!
A group of disaffected Scottish youths turn to heroin to escape the banalities of modern-day existence. It's from the point of view of Rent-Boy that we experience the highs and lows of heroin addiction and the disaster it creates of one's life.
From Francis Ford Coppola comes the ground-breaking masterpiece, Apocalypse Now, starring Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, and Robert Duvall. The movie follows the central character, U.S. Army special operations officer Captain Benjamin L. Willard on a mission to kill the renegade and presumed insane U.S. Army Special Forces Colonel Walter E. Kurtz.
In Mexico, "sicario" means hitman. In the lawless border area stretching between the US and Mexico, an idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by an elite government task force official to aid in the escalating war against drugs. Led by an enigmatic consultant with a questionable past, the team sets out on a clandestine journey forcing Kate to question everything that she believes in, in order to survive.
Trusting in Claire's knowledge of history, Jamie leads the Jacobite army into a critical battle with British opposition near the town of Preston. Meanwhile, Claire attends to the dead and dying, a reminder of the truest costs of war.
After throwing caution to the wind and taking the ultimate leap, the most recent crop of RAW Comedy finalists, the best of Australia's undiscovered comedy talent, thrash it out in the 2016 RAW Comedy National Grand Being crowned this year's RAW Comedy Champion results in a fast-track to the Edinburgh Fringe where they'll be catapulted into the international spotlight.
Movie star Vincent Chase, together with his boys, Eric, Turtle and Johnny, are back - and back in business with super agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold. Some of their ambitions have changed, but the bond between them remains strong as they navigate the capricious and often cutthroat world of Hollywood.
Jerome has joined his wife and daughters in the Domaine, but the Returned prevent them from leaving. Thanks to Berg's research, the military have found a way to lower the water level. They are now in a position to retake the Domaine, which puts Lucy and the Horde on the move again.
Macbeth is the story of a fearless warrior and inspiring leader brought low by ambition and desire. A thrilling interpretation of the dramatic realities of the times and a truthful reimagining of what wartime must have really been like for one of Shakespeare's most famous and compelling characters, a story of all-consuming passion and ambition set in war-torn 11th century Scotland.
Middle-aged Hideo lives an ordinary life - except for the fact that his live-in lover is actually an inflatable doll he calls Nozomi. Hideo treats Nozomi as a real woman and they live together in Hideo's imagined domestic bliss. But when the doll develops human consciousness, she falls for another man.
Louis is gravely ill. This offers opportunity for the conspiracy to act. Cassel, Montcourt, Beatrice and the Chevalier de Lorraine are now united with the aim: to put Philippe on the throne, with the help of William of Orange, the sworn enemy of the King and General of Holland. But Louis makes a miraculous recovery and the Chevalier is arrested for treason. He's thrown in jail and awaits execution. Philippe's deeply agitated at his arrest. Louis receives the ambassador of Charles II, King of England, to propose a secret agreement to invade Holland. Unknown to Louis, his most dangerous enemy is among his closest friends. (Class. tba)
Hong Kong filmmaker Ann Hui paints a realistic picture of domestic violence in this dark family drama. Beginning at the end of the story, the film opens with the brutal murder by a man of his wife and daughters. Going back through witness testimonies and flashbacks, we learn how turmoil and violence lurked underneath the surface of a seemingly idyllic family. Nominated for three Hong Kong Film Awards in 2010, including Best Director. Stars Simon Yam, Jingchu Zhang and Amy Chum.
Tracy Flick, is a straight-A go-getter determined to be president of Carver High's student body in this satirical comedy. Popular teacher Jim McAllister decides to derail Tracy's obsessive overachieving by recruiting an opposition candidate as her perfection offends McAllister's sense of democracy (not to mention the fact he doesn't like her very much). Mr M never imagines that stopping Tracy is like trying to put toothpaste back in the tube.
In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly persuades Irish mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the story of this unholy alliance, which spiralled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history.
Set in the Los Angeles of the slight future, this film follows Theodore Twombly, a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive entity in its own right, individual to each user. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet "Samantha", a bright, female voice, who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other. An original love story that explores the evolving nature - and the risks - of intimacy in the modern world.
In this outing from the people behind Being John Malkovich, the real and fictional intertwine in a story about an explosive bid for survival between a blocked screenwriter and his talentless, but successful, twin brother. A writer whose life careens out of control when he starts writing himself into his screenplay.
In Cairo at the height of the Arab Spring, hotel night manager Jonathan Pine receives a plea for help from an elegant, well-connected guest. His actions draw him into the terrifying world of Richard Roper, businessman, arms dealer, worst man in the world.
As Teresa begins to acclimate herself to her new life as a mule, she is assigned her first solo drug run, but when a deadly mistake threatens the delivery, she finds herself in peril and must rely on her courage and skills in order to complete her task.
An indelible prison drama as a naive traveller whose life is changed as he is caught up in a nightmare he created when he is thrown into a Turkish jail after smuggling drugs. Billy Hayes encounters squalor, official ambivalence, violence and rape as he copes with his sentence being extended from three years to 30 years.
As the German army advances across Europe in 1941, Armenian poet Missak Manouchian leads a ragtag band of freedom fighters against a powerful enemy. And as their guerrilla attacks become increasingly daring - culminating in the assignation of an SS general - Missak and his freedom fighters come to the attention of the Nazi top brass in Berlin.
The Bride wakes up after a long coma. The baby that she carried before entering the coma is gone. The only thing on her mind is to have revenge on the assassination team that betrayed her - a team she was once part of.
Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa. They are escaping a Citadel tyrannised by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows.
The second chapter of this epic sci-fi fantasy trilogy continues in the year 2015. Kenji, the hero from the first film, has been missing in action for 15 years and the evil Friend rules an apocalyptic vision of the world. Kenji's niece, Kanna, is a high school student with a rebellious streak. But when a New Book of Prophesies surfaces, it appears that Kanna is the chosen one who has the power to defeat Friend's empire and reveal the fate of her uncle. In Japanese.
When an aggressive, charismatic Harlem teenager acquires a handgun, he convinces three of his friends to help him hold up a local store, a crime that he believes will help them gain respect. This robbery attempt leads to tragic consequences in this affecting drama.
Adam wants to do the honourable thing and ask Sarah's dad for permission to marry his daughter. Problem is, Sarah's parents live in Nambour, Queensland. After an eventful train-ride and some hitchhiking, they arrive in Nambour and are confronted with Sarah's nudist parents and Wilfred's disapproving dad, Arthur.
In Wes Craven's award-winning send-up that stays scary from beginning to end, Neve Campbell stars as a freaked-out teen whose friends think that horror is a hoot, but the last laugh is on them. Unleashing his pop obsessions on a host of Hollywood hopefuls, Craven stays true to his mission which is to both subvert and pay tribute to some of the darker fantasies of the past two decades including virgin-sacrifice. The Fonz as a teen-hating headmaster and Courteney Cox as the ghoulish reporter are shades of genius.
Her family home is in danger of being repossessed after her meth-cooking dad skips bail and disappears; teenager, Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) breaks the local code of conduct by confronting her kin about their conspiracy of silence. The film explores the interrelated themes of close and distant family ties, the power and speed of gossip, self-sufficiency, and poverty as they are changed by the pervasive underworld of illegal methamphetamine labs.
Tipped off by the wire, Greggs, Herc, Carver and Freamon look to bust a 're-up' (drug restocking) in the low rises. Their effort pays off, but the bust makes Avon and Stringer suspicious, leading them to bust up phone booths and close shop in the Pit.
A witness who testified against D'Angelo has been found slain, putting even more heat on McNulty. Daniels is frustrated that 'deadwood' is being dumped into his detail; case in point is trigger-happy 'Prez' Pryzbylewski, who accidentally shoots a hole in the office his first day.
Harry Brown is an elderly ex-marine living in a dingy English housing estate apartment. The escalating crime and violence has made him so frightened that he won't even use the underpass near his home. Shortly after his wife dies, Harry's best friend is murdered, prompting Harry to seek revenge on the criminal lowlifes who have made his life hell.
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