Thursday December 11, 2008
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Hey Insiders,

We're back again with another fortnight's worth of unrestrained entertainment for you, and what better way to kick it off with a completely unrestrained comedy hit for you? Ben Stiller ropes in some of his famous friends (including Jack Black and Robert Downey, Jr) for the war comedy Tropic Thunder, and while it's not exactly politically correct (Downey, Jr plays an Australian playing a black man), it is very funny. Plus there are some great cameos, including a memorable performance from one T. Cruise.

We've also got something that will scare your socks off in The Strangers. After watching this incredibly tense home invasion horror/thriller starring Liv Tyler, you'll quadruple check every room in your house before you go to sleep each night. If you like to scream, this has got you well and truly covered, but don't say we didn't warn you.

Sci-fi fans have also got reason to be excited with the release of a new Star Wars film, even if it is an animated Star Wars flick. But don't worry, The Clone Wars isn't just some cheapie release designed purely to get the Star Wars tragics forking over their hard-earned; this is a stylish and engaging story that bridges the gap between Episodes II and III.

Hands up if you like fast cars. While Speed Racer might not have three very funny if badly dressed Englishmen powersliding across an airfield, it does have the talents of the Wachowski brothers behind the camera (you know them, they did The Matrix), and the result is a car movie like you've never seen before. Emile Hirsch plays the titular man behind the wheel, and you'll be entranced as he races on tracks that defy the laws of psychics, let alone FIA regulations.

And as usual, we've got a lot of other movies as well, so come into your local Network store to give yourself a time-out in front of the telly before you brave the Christmas shopping crowds again. (And if you're running out of gift ideas, we can help you there too.)

See you in-store.

The Strangers
Rose petals. Candlelight. It was supposed to be a night of celebration for Kristen McKay (Liv Tyler) and James Hoyt (Scott Speedman). But after leaving a friend's wedding reception and returning to the house, everything had collapsed for the happy couple. Then came a 4 a.m. knock on the door and a haunting voice. The subsequent confrontation forces Kristen and James to go far beyond what they thought themselves capable of if they hope to survive.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
As the Clone Wars sweep through the galaxy, the heroic Jedi Knights struggle to maintain order and restore peace. More and more systems are falling prey to the forces of the dark side as the Galactic Republic slips further and further under the sway of the Separatists and their never-ending droid army. Anakin Skywalker and his Padawan learner Ahsoka Tano find themselves on a mission with far-reaching consequences, one that brings them face-to-face with crime lord Jabba the Hutt.
Speed Racer
After the success of the films in the Matrix series, the Wachowski Brothers return to the director's chair with this adaptation of the classic cartoon. Into the Wild's Emile Hirsch jumps into the Mach 5 car as Speed Racer, while John Goodman and Susan Sarandon play his parents. Christina Ricci costars as Speed's girlfriend Trixie, and Matthew Fox is Racer X, his biggest competitor.
Hellboy 2: The Golden Army
Hellboy fights the good fight when duty calls from his employer: the top-secret Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense .He would, however, much rather kick back with a cigar, six-pack, his pyrokinetic girlfriend Liz Sherman (Selma Blair) and their clutter of cats. But destiny has bigger plans for them. After an ancient truce between humankind and the original sons of the Earth is broken, all hell is about to break loose. The anarchical underworld Prince Nuada (Luke Goss) has grown weary of centuries of deference to mankind. He plots to awaken a long-dormant army of killing machines that will return what belongs to his people; all magical creatures shall finally be free to roam again. Now, only Hellboy can stop the dark ruler and save our world from annihilation.
Pineapple Express
Process Server Dale Denton has a grudging business relationship with the laconic Saul Silver, deigning to visit only to purchase Saul's primo product - a rare new strain of pot called Pineapple Express. But when Dale becomes the only witness to a murder by a crooked cop and the city's most dangerous drug lord, he panics and dumps the Pineapple Express at the scene. When it's traced back to him, Dale and Saul run for their lives; and they quickly discover that they're not just suffering from weed-fueled paranoia. If they survive, these two just might become real friends.
Bryan (Liam Neeson), a former secret agent living in the US. He is skilled in hand to hand combat, divorced; and loves his 17-year-old daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) who lives with his ex-wife and her new husband Stuart (Xander Berkeley). Kim wants to take a vacation in Europe with her friend Amanda (Katie Cassidy), and together follow U2's European tour. But things go wrong and now he has to rely on his old skills to save his estranged daughter (Grace), who has been forced into the slave trade.

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Tropic Thunder (MA15+)

Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr. lead an ensemble cast in Tropic Thunder, an action comedy about a group of self-absorbed actors who set out to make the most expensive war film. After ballooning costs force the studio to cancel the movie, the frustrated director refuses to stop shooting, leading his cast into the jungles of Southeast Asia, where they encounter real bad guys.
And When Did You Last See Your Father (M)

Blake Morrison (Colin Firth) travels to Yorkshire to stay with his mother in the village where he grew up and visits his father at the hospital where he had spent so much time with his own patients as a GP. As his father's condition worsens Blake contemplates their shared experiences, the intimacies and the irritations of their relationship. After his father's death Blake questions the nature of the bond between them, articulately expressing the contradictions, frustrations, love and loss bound into the complicated relationships which most of us have with our parents as we grow up.
Rise of the Footsoldier (R18+)

Rise of the Footsoldier follows the inexorable rise of Carlton Leach from one of the most feared generals of the football terraces to becoming a member of a notorious gang of criminals who rampaged their way through London and Essex in the late eighties and early nineties. It is three decades of his life following him from football hooliganism, through to his burgeoning career as a bouncer, his involvement in the crimal aspects of the early 'rave' scene and subsequently to his rise to power as one of the most feared and respected criminals in the country.
Scrubs: Season 7 (M)

A series like no other, Scrubs: The Complete Seventh Season keeps its creative edge scalpel sharp in 11 unforgettable episodes full of surreal escapades and bittersweet life lessons.
Prince of Persia (PG)

The Prince of Persia series is a deserved classic, with it's fast paced action gameplay winning fans since 1989. Now the series gets a reboot, but still with all the acrobatics, exploration and combat that veteran PoP players expect. One change is that the game goes back to its roots of one-on-one combat rather than keeping hordes of enemies at bay. There hasn't been a bad game in the Prince of Persia series yet, and we certainly expect that streak to continue with this next-generation episode.

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