Thursday October 16, 2008
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Hey Insiders,

To kick off this fortnight’s look at all things movies, let’s talk about sex. Or at least, let’s talk about Sex and the City. If you’ve happened to turn on a TV in the past decade, you’ve probably seen Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda strutting down New York streets as they continue their hunt for a decent (or decently salaried) man. The good news is that Sex and the City (the movie) is really no different, but serves as a fitting conclusion to one of TV’s best loved shows. Of course, all of this really only applies if you’re a female; but don’t worry fellas, we’ve got movies for you too.

And you don’t get much more blokey than a guy who is 3 metres tall and weighs 400 kilos. Sure, The Incredible Hulk might also be green, but in this day and age, isn’t that a good thing? Whatever colour he comes in, Hulk smashes his way across the screen, and quickly racks up the insurance bills – just the way we like him. Both sexes will relate to the shenanigans in What Happens in Vegas, where a drunken night to remember results in a quickie marriage to forget, and the small issue of a few million dollars. With both Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher serving up the eye candy along with the laughs, there really is something for everyone.

Speaking of Vegas, if you’ve ever wanted to win big in the casinos, don’t bother with a Danny Ocean style heist, not when 21 shows you another way to win. With Kevin Spacey calling the shots and Jim Sturgess (the latest hot young thing from the UK) and Kate Bosworth on the casino floor, this look at a true story of students cheating while beating the odds is both easy on the eyes and heavy on the thrills.

Plus we’ve got some other great films in-store for you: Goal II, Leatherheads, Doomsday and so much more. Whatever you’ve got planned this fortnight, clear your schedule and settle down for a fun time on the couch.

See you in-store.

Inspired by the true story of MIT students who mastered the art of card counting and took Vegas casinos for millions in winnings. Looking for a way to pay for tuition, Ben Campbell (Jim Sturgess) finds himself quietly recruited by MIT's most gifted students in a daring plot to break Vegas. With the help of a brilliant statistics professor (Kevin Spacey) and armed with fake IDs, intelligence and a complicated system of counting cards, Ben and his friends succeed in breaking the impenetrable casinos. Now, his challenge is keeping the numbers straight and staying one step ahead of the casinos before it all spirals out of control.
What Happens In Vegas
Two strangers awaken together to discover theyve gotten married following a night of debauchery in sin city and that one of them has won a huge jackpot after playing the other's quarter. The newlyweds devise ever-escalating schemes to undermine each other and get their hands on the money, only to find themselves falling in love amid the mutual backstabbing.
The Incredible Hulk
Scientist Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) desperately hunts for a cure to the gamma radiation that poisoned his cells and unleashes the unbridled force of rage within him: The Hulk. Living in the shadows - cut off from a life he knew and the woman he loves, Betty Ross (Liv Tyler) - Banner struggles to avoid the obsessive pursuit of his nemesis, General Thunderbolt Ross (William Hurt), and the military machinery that seeks to capture him and brutally exploit his power. As all three grapple with the secrets that led The Hulk's creation, they are confronted with a monstrous new adversary known as The Abomination, whose destructive strength exceeds even The Hulk's own.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
On his way out of town, Indiana meets rebellious young Mutt (Shia LaBeouf), who carries both a grudge and a proposition for the adventurous archaeologist: If he'll help Mutt on a mission with deeply personal stakes, Indy could very well make one of the most spectacular archaeological finds in history - the Crystal Skull of Akator, a legendary object of fascination, superstition and fear. But as Indy and Mutt set out for the most remote corners of Peru - a land of anchient tombs, forgotten exploreres and a rumoured city of gold - they quickly realise they are not alone in their search. The Soviet agents are also hot on the trail of the Crystal Skull.
You Don't Mess With The Zohan
Comedy superstar Adam Sandler is back - and funnier than ever - as The Zohan, the finest counterterrorist agent the Israeli army has. That is, until he fakes his death and travels to Manhattan to live his a hairdresser. Now this skilled fighting machine who used to clip bad guys is out to prove he can make the cut as a top stylist. All goes silky smooth until his cover is blown when he's recognized by a Palestinian cab driver (Rob Schneider). Now, The Zohan must fight to live a peaceful new life in New York in this razor-sharp action-packed comedy from Adam Sandler, Robert Smigel, Judd Apatow and Dennis Dugan.
Mamma Mia!
From the smash hit stage show comes this larger than life musical epic. Bringing you an all-star cast, the songs of ABBA and extravaganza of dancing and laughter, Mamma Mia! The Movie is the feel good film of the year. Bride to be Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) is on a quest to find her father before her big day. There is just one problem she's just not sure who he is. After secretly reading her mother Donna's (Meryl Streep) old diaries, she discovers he is one of three past loves. Knowing her mother would not approve, she invites them all. Sophie desperately tries to keep their presence hidden but it's not long before the secret is out and the fun begins.

Also Showing

Iron Man
Goal II
Smart People
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The Flock
Anaconda 3: Offspring
Everyone's Hero
Shine a Light

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Sex and The City: The Movie (MA15+)

Set four years after the events of the series finale, Sex and the City: The Movie sees Carrie's (Sarah Jessica Parker) life making Big moves, as she prepares for a new apartment, a new marriage and a new life with James - Mr. Big (Chris Noth). Meanwhile, Charlotte (Kristen Davis) is settling into her perfect married life with Harry and their adopted daughter Lily with a few surprises on the way; Samantha (Kim Cattrall) is finding monogamy more monotonous with every passing week; and Miranda's (Cynthia Nixon) domestic bliss is threatened by a single mistake. Will Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha get their happy endings?
Love in the Time of Cholera (M)

A chronicle which takes in the fifty-year period straddling the 19th and 20th centuries. We are privy to the feelings of the central character, Fiorentino Ariza. He cannot help staring at the lovely but shy Fermina Daza. The film is framed by the accidental death from a fall out of a mango tree by the 80-year-old Dr. Juvenal Urbino (Benjamin Bratt), married for a half century to the 72-year-old Fermina Daza. Visited on the day of the funeral by Florentino Ariza she is enraged at the gall of a man who professes his lifetime love for her, at which point director Newell flashes back to the early courtship and proceeds through some fifty-two years of their lives.
First Sunday (PG)

Sentenced to 5,000 hours of community service, Durell Jefferson's (Cube) life quickly goes from bad to worse. Realizing that the Lord helps those who help themselves, he eventually decides to help himself to the neighborhood church's building fund. Accompanied by his dimwitted partner-in-crime LeeJohn (Morgan), the two down-on-their-luck men are dismayed to discover the cash has already been stolen, so they hold the congregation hostage in a Hail Mary attempt to learn who amongst the righteous has already run away with their loot!
My Name Is Earl Season 3 (M)

Karma is a funny thing. Just ask Earl (Jason Lee), who's learning the hard way that when you do something bad, it has a way of coming back and biting you in the ass! Hoping to turn his life around, Earl continues his mission to right the wrongs he's committed in his life.
Saints Row 2 (MA15+)

The original Saint’s Row was a great game, but it followed the Grand Theft Auto model a little too heavily. Number Two in the series gives it more of its own style; set in Stillwater (based on Chicago) you rejoin your street gang and attempt to take over the city. Along the way you’ll steal cars, bikes, boats, planes, jet skis, quad bikes and helicopters. Oh, and there’s also some incredible weaponry like chainsaws, swords, sledgehammers and stun guns to use too. Yes, Saint’s Row 2 isn’t a game for the young ones, but if you’re old enough, this is the next best thing to the legendary GTA series, and in some ways it might even be better.

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