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(1976) A book publisher becomes embroiled in a murder-mystery aboard an LA-Chicago express. Action comedy starring Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor.A book publisher becomes embroiled in a murder-mystery aboard an LA-Chicago express. Action comedy starring Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor.
Silver Streak Silver Streak is the name of the train that publisher Gene Wilder boards to get away from it all. However, on the long journey from LA to Chicago he stumbles across a murder, and soon finds himself at the mercy of the perpetrator.
(1956) Marilyn Monroe turns in one of her best performances as a saloon singer who becomes the object of cowboy Don Murray's affections.Uneasy and spiky musical, with an eye-openingly adept performance from Marilyn Monroe
Bus Stop Monroe plays a Phoenix cabaret singer with eyes set on Hollywood who hops on a bus to avoid the crazed attentions of rookie rodeo cowboy Murray. But undeterred he sets out to make an honest woman of her. Which is weird, because if you reduced his costume to chaps and a posing pouch he couldn't come across any more gay than he does already.
The Tall Men
(1955) Rousing action Western starring Clark Gable and Cameron Mitchell.By the time he made this spectacular western Walsh had been making movies for well over 50 years and presented a superficially no-nonsense cattle-drive adventure. But the period is just after the Civil War and the Allinsons (Gable, Mitchell) are from the defeated South, now determined to make a new life. They join Stark (Ryan) a Northern businessman on a cattle drive. The further complication is a rivalry over a woman (Russell). The blend of superbly handled action - including a stampede - with some sharp dialogue (especially between Gable and Russell) is complimented by the underlying tension and a complicated resolution when neither side 'wins'.
Cheaper By The Dozen
(2003) Family comedy starring Steve Martin as the stressed-out father of 12 brats. Shawn Levy's warm-hearted family comedy also stars Piper Perabo.Family comedy starring Steve Martin as the stressed-out father of 12 brats
Cheaper By The Dozen Cheaper By The Dozen is loosely based on a best-selling memoir from the 1940s about growing up in a large family, so it's hardly surprising that it is so unashamedly old-fashioned.
The Italian Job
(2003) A group of crooks plan to steal a gold shipment from the middle of an LA traffic jam. Action movie remake of the much-loved British film.A group of crooks plan to steal a gold shipment from the middle of an LA traffic jam. Action movie remake of the much-loved British film, with Mark Wahlberg in the Mini's driving seat
Everyone expected this to be rubbish. After all, Hollywood's track record in remakes of Michael Caine classics isn't exactly glowing (anyone fancy watching the Sylvester Stallone Get Carter?). But, for once, 'everyone' was wrong - the The Italian Job remake may be different, but in its own way it's almost as much fun as the 1969 original.
(2000) Geoffrey Rush stars as the Marquis de Sade, imprisoned in the Charenton Asylum for the Insane for his scandalous writings and behaviour.Gothic melodrama with the mad, bad Marquis De Sade fighting for artistic freedom and writing in blood. Camp comedy, immorality, an all-star cast... it's Carry On Coprophilia
Quills You would expect a dramatisation of the life of the man who gave his name to sadism to be filled with blood, whips and ingenious uses of consumer durables. Kaufman, however, has used Sade's final days at Charenton Asylum as a chance to champion the indomitability of the artistic spirit. His quills removed, the author of some of the dirtiest books ever written does whatever it takes to continue to write, even if it means using his own blood.
(2005) Yang Zhang's decades-spanning film tells both the story of an artist and his relationship with his son and of China.A soap opera of a movie that inspires very little in the way of real emotion, as Loren marries 12 days before Second World War, loses her husband in the conflict, discovers him alive and well and remarried several years later and sets about getting him back. There's so much plot to wallow in here that it's a great pity so much of it is overwrought. The Russian settings (it was the first Italian film shot behind the Iron Curtain) may look beautiful, but they can't make up for the shallowness of the movie. Both Loren and director de Sica should have known better.