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In Old California (PG) 1942 A Boston pharmacist joins the California gold rush. However, when he arrives in Sacramento, the crooked brothers who run the town take an instant dislike to him, and frame him by poisoning his medical supplies. Rejected by the people, he plans to leave but when the town is hit by an epidemic, he resolves to save those who turned on him. Western, starring John Wayne, Binnie Barnes, Albert Dekker, Helen Parrish and Edgar Kennedy (888)

Flame of the Barbary Coast (U) 1945 A cattle rancher falls for a San Francisco saloon-bar singer, but his new love seems to bring him nothing but bad luck when a ruthless card sharp she's in cahoots with wins all his money. Not to be outdone, the hapless would-be gambler sets out to hone his card-playing skills for a rematch, unaware that the whole city is poised on the brink of disaster. Romantic drama, starring John Wayne, Ann Dvorak and Joseph Schildkraut (888)

There's No Business Like Show Business (U) 1954 The showbiz parents of the vaudevillian Donahue family realise their children seem to be drifting away from the family tradition one of their sons choosing the priesthood over the stage while another is distracted by his infatuation with a chorus singer. Musical, with Ethel Merman, Marilyn Monroe, Donald O'Connor and Johnnie Ray (888)

The Lost World (U) 1960 An egocentric Edwardian professor sets out on a journey into the Amazon on a mission to prove his theory that dinosaurs still exist there. Fantasy adventure, based on Arthur Conan Doyle's classic novel, starring Claude Rains, Michael Rennie, Richard Haydn, David Hedison and Jill St John (888)

Unconditional Love (15) 2002 A middle-aged woman is shocked when her husband unexpectedly leaves her. In a bid to cheer herself up she plans to attend a concert by her favourite singer only for the star to be murdered before the show takes place. With nothing left to lose, she flies to Wales to attend the funeral, and quickly forms an unlikely friendship with her late hero's gay lover. Comedy drama, starring Kathy Bates, Dan Aykroyd, Rupert Everett and Meredith Eaton

Little Miss Sunshine (15) 2006 A struggling motivational speaker and his long-suffering wife embark on a disastrous journey across America when their seven-year-old daughter Olive gets the chance to fulfil her dream of competing in a beauty pageant. Along for the ride are her foul-mouthed drug-taking grandfather, a suicidal uncle, and her sullen teenage brother who has taken a vow of silence. Comedy drama, with Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Abigail Breslin and an Oscar-winning Alan Arkin (888)

The Hole (15) 2001 Four school friends escape the tedium of a field trip by hiding in an underground bunker, only to realise they are inexplicably sealed in. As panic gnaws away at them, tensions inevitably rise, and they desperately try to work out how they can escape. Thriller, starring Thora Birch, Keira Knightley, Desmond Harrington, Daniel Brocklebank, Embeth Davidtz and Steven Waddington (888)

Election (18) 2005 A Hong Kong crime syndicate needs to appoint a new boss, and two ambitious gangsters compete for the position. The matter is settled by a vote, but when a ceremonial walking stick carried by the leader goes missing, all hell breaks loose, as the losing party sees a chance to gain power by recovering it, infighting erupts among the other mobsters and the police set out to bring down the organisation once and for all. Crime thriller, starring Simon Yam and Tony Leung Ka Fai

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