Thursday February 19, 2009
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Hi there Insiders!

We're going to kick off this fortnight with something serious. No doubt you've all heard about the bushfires that have ravaged large parts of Victoria a week and a half ago. With over 2000 homes lost and, tragically, over 180 lives lost, it's one of the biggest natural disasters our country has ever faced. So Network is doing what it can to raise money for the relief efforts. You can enter the great movie raffle (with a prize valued at over $300) at your local Network store, with all proceeds going to the Red Cross; or just donate some cash to the Red Cross. We, and the victims, appreciate every bit of help.

But onto happier matters, and what could make us happier than old mates Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott teaming up again? Oh, we know - Crowe and Scott teaming up with Leonardo DiCaprio. That's a pretty impressive trio right there; and Body of Lies doesn't disappoint, with Crowe playing the mentor to DiCaprio's CIA field agent. Full of powerhouse performances, this spy thriller is a tense, thrilling tale.

Also tense and thrilling is Max Payne, starring Mark Wahlberg. Now, videogamers probably already know about the Max Payne games, and the film keeps the game's dark, grimy feel. Even the normally sunshiny Mila Kunis plays an assassin in this film, so it's certainly gritty. But to be honest, that's just the way we like it. Full of great stunts and anchored by the always engaging Wahlberg, Max Payne is maximum awesome! In fact, if you're a bloke, there are a few movies that should be right down your alley: Guy Ritchie goes back to his UK gangster film roots with RocknRolla; and Jason Statham has the Ford Mustang to beat them all in Death Race.

But don't worry ladies, we also have some movies for you: The Women, starring almost every actress in Hollywood; Girl's Best Friend (hint: it might be man's best friend) and Nights in Rodanthe is just around the corner. So, it's a jam packed couple of weeks at your local Network store once again.

We'll see you in-store.

Max Payne
Based on the legendary, hard-hitting interactive video game, Max Payne tells the story of a maverick cop determined to track down those responsible for the brutal murder of his family and partner. Hell-bent on revenge, his obsessive investigation takes him on a nightmare journey into a dark underworld. As the mystery deepens, Max (Mark Wahlberg) is forced to battle enemies beyond the natural world and face an unthinkable betrayal. Viewers will relish watching Wahlberg in this stylish, action-packed flick.
"I own this town." But owning is getting expensive for old-school London gangster Lenny Cole (Tom Wilkinson). A wealthier foreign mob is moving in with a riverfront property swindle. A small-timer (Gerard Butler) and his crew think they can play both sides and become big time. Now add a hard-as-ice accountant (Thandie Newton), a rocker playing dead to boost sales, wannabe music moguls (Jeremy Piven and Chris Bridges), a missing painting and a mad mosh of money and muscle, and you've got a real RocknRolla.
Death Race
"Ex-speedway champion Jensen Ames (Statham) is a master of survival in a futuristic post-industrial wasteland. Framed and imprisoned for the murder of his family, Ames is forced to face the country's most violent criminals in a brutal televised car race run by the prison warden. With monster cars, machine guns, and bone crunching crashes, Ames will destroy anything in his path to claim his prize of freedom. Welcome to the most evil spectator sport on Earth... Welcome to Death Race."
Nights in Rodanthe
Adrienne Willis (Diane Lane), a woman with her life in chaos, retreats to the tiny coastal town of Rodanthe, to tend to a friend's inn for the weekend. Here she hopes to find the tranquility she needs to rethink the conflicts surrounding her--a wayward husband who has asked to come home, and a daughter who resents her every decision. Almost as soon as Adrienne gets to Rodanthe, a major storm is forecast and Dr. Paul Flanner (Richard Gere) arrives. The only guest at the inn, Flanner is there to face his own crisis of conscience. With the storm closing in, the two turn to each other for comfort.
Saw V
Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) might be dead, but his traps live on in this fifth Saw entry, which finds the series' production designer David Hackl at the helm for his debut directing gig. Costas Mandylor reprises his role as Hoffman, the detective whose involvement in the string of grisly murders turns out to be more than meets the eye. Picking up where the fourth entry left off, Hoffman is revealed to be a hidden accomplice in Jigsaw's grisly games of death, which look to be continued by the lawman.
How To Lose Friends And Alienate People
Sidney Young (Simon Pegg) is a disillusioned intellectual who both adores and despises the world of celebrity, fame and glamour. He works at Post Modern Review, where he goes against the grain and pokes fun at the media obsessed stars. So, when Young is offered a job at prestigious New York based Sharps Magazine, he thinks surely fame, success & beautiful women will follow... Pegg's character tries his version of "fitting in" with hilarious consequences!

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The Women
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Girl's Best Friend
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Body of Lies (MA15+)

Roger Ferris (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a covert CIA operative working in Jordan searching for terrorists who have been bombing civilian targets. Ferris uncovers information on the Islamist mastermind Al-Saleem (Alon Aboutboul). He devises a plan to infiltrate Al-Saleem's terrorist network with the help of his boss back in Langley, Ed Hoffman (Russell Crowe). Ferris enlists the help of the Chief of Jordanian Intelligence, Hani Salaam (Mark Strong) on this operation, but he doesn't know how far he can trust him without putting his life in danger.The uneasy alliance leads to a cultural and moral clash between the men.
Towelhead (MA15+)

Jasira wants something she can't define: attention, love, acceptance or a normal life. Unfortunately, she doesn't know the right way to find it. When Jasira's mother exiles her to Houston to live with her strict, quick-to-anger Lebanese father, she quickly learns what aspects of herself to suppress in front of him. In private, however, she conducts her sexual awakening with all the false confidence that pop culture and her neighbor's magazines have provided. The result is a funny, dark, bold and harrowing look at the confusion and misguided exploration of youth in America's track houses, public schools and suburban wastelands.
Just Buried (M)

Starring Rose Byrne and Jay Baruchel, and from the producers of Backdraft and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, comes this ruthlessly twisted dark comedy about ambition, greed, sex and death. After inheriting an almost bankrupt funeral home in a small town where nobody is dying, awkward Oliver (Baruchel) and the funeral home's bewitching embalmer (Byrne) decide to start bumping off townsfolk to make money. With his business and love life blossoming, Oliver gains confidence - or has he dug a grave for himself that's too deep to escape! Also starring Graham Greene, Just Buried is a sinfully delicious good time in the tradition of films like Heathers, The Last Supper and Fargo.
Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder (PG)

All the other galaxies will be green with envy! in this all-new Futurama extravaganza, mankind stands on the brink of a wondrous new green age. But ancient forces of darkness, three years older than time itself, have returned to wreak destruction. Even more shocking: Bender's in love with a married fembot, and Leela's on the run from the law - Zapp Brannigan's law! Fry is the last hope of the universe... So if you're in the universe, you might want to think about going somewhere else.
Street Fighter IV (PG)

The world's best fighting game series comes back with the hugely anticipated fourth edition, and it's looking better than ever. Using 3D graphics while keeping the 2D style of fighting, Street Fighter IV is just as fast and nuanced as its 2D predecessors. It also boasts four new characters along with over sixteen characters from previous Street Fighter games. Put simply, this is the granddaddy of fighting games, and it's going to be hugely popular.

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