Thursday July 23, 2009
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Hi there Movie Clubbers!

Welcome back to your fortnightly inside look at what's new at your local Network Video. And we're kicking it off with a big one; one of the most anticipated films in recent memory surely must be Watchmen. After all, it took a monumental struggle just to get the cameras rolling. Well, now it's here on DVD and it's good. Actually, scratch that - it's really good. This tale of superheroes isn't your usual costumed epic, it's actually quite a bit smarter than that, but it doesn't skimp on the action either. If you've read the landmark comic book, you know what you're in for; if you haven't, you're in for quite a ride.

Nic Cage always gives us something a bit unusual in his performances, but Knowing might be the strangest thing he's done for a little while now. With religious overtones, sci-fi and mystery all over the shop, Knowing isn't the easiest movie to peg down, but with an old hand like Cage in the lead role, it never goes too far into out and out weirdness.

Something that isn't strange is a bit of retail therapy, but in Confessions of a Shopholic Isla Fisher might take it a little too far as she racks up debt after debt after debt. And her dream job of writing for a fashion magazine isn't as close to reality as she'd like. Throw in a boss that she can't help falling for, and you've got the makings of a fun little comedy in the style of Legally Blonde.

Speaking of laughs, someone who can deliver big chuckles is the fun-sized Kevin James. In Paul Blart: Mall Cop, he plays, er, Paul Blart, who is a (you guessed it) mall cop. Sure, a security guard for a shopping mall doesn't carry quite the same status as a real cop, but when a gang of robbers invade the mall, it's a chance for Blart to man up and show us what he's made of.

And finally, we're going to move away from the movies for a second and talk about hunger. Did you know that over 2 million Australians rely on hunger relief each year? At Network we're doing our part to help provide meals to those who would otherwise go without by running the Cans4Films Festival once again. How does it work? It's simple - rock up to your local participating Network store in August with a can of food, donate it and we'll give you a free weekly rental. Give us two cans, and you'll get three rentals. All cans will be given to The Salvation Army, who will distribute the cans to local hunger relief centres.

Check out www.cans4films.com.au to find your nearest participating store.

We'll see you in-store.

Knowing
29/07/09
After his son brings home a letter found in a 50 year old time capsule, John Koestler deciphers the encrypted numbers on the letter revealing a list of dates and death tolls for every major disaster over the last five decades. This sets John on a journey to save his son and the world from a global catastrophe.
Confessions of a Shopaholic
05/08/09
Rebecca Bloomwood is a fun-loving girl who is really good at shopping - a little too good, perhaps. She dreams of working for her favorite fashion magazine, but can't quite get her foot in the door - until ironically, she snags a job as an advice columnist for a financial magazine.
Paul Blart: Mall Cop
05/08/09
Paul Blart is a single, suburban dad, trying to make ends meet as a security officer at a New Jersey mall. Though no one else takes his job seriously, Paul considers himself on the front lines of safety. When a heist shuts down the megaplex, Jersey's most formidable mall cop will have to become a real cop to save the day.
The Boat That Rocked
12/08/09
From Richard Curtis, the creator of many of the Working Title's most successful comedies such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually and Notting Hill, comes this outrageous 'semi-true' story of a pirate radio station located on a boat in the English Channel.
The International
19/08/09
Clive Owen and Naomi Watts star in an adrenaline-pumping, action-packed thrill ride about a man determined to deliver justice to a corrupt international arms-dealing ring that funds worldwide genocide and terrorism...no matter the cost!
Inkheart
06/08/09
A young girl discovers her father has an amazing talent to bring characters out of their books and must try to stop a freed villain from destroying them all, with the help of her father, her aunt, and a storybook's hero.
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Watchmen (MA 15+)
30/07/09


Set in an alternate 1985 in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society. When a former colleague is murdered, the masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future.
Easy Virtue(M)
29/07/09


Young upper-class John Whittaker returns home from holiday married to the wrong sort of girl. Larita is a widow and a racing car driver, sophisticated, fiercely independent and - gasp! - American. John's frosty mother Veronica is horrifed, his father Jim enthralled, and his sisters are first delighted with, then despairing, of the new addition to the family. Pretty soon the battle lines are drawn.
Sugarhouse (MA 15+)
28/07/09


A middle-class accountant attempts to purchase a .38 from an inner-city addict, unaware that the gun actually belongs to a psychotic drug lord who would kill to get his weapon back. Gritty and suspenseful, Sugarhouse is an edgy urban thriller about deception and a gun to die for.
Rush - Series One (M)
06/08/09


Rush is the Australian CSI. This Channel 10 drama boasts a loyal fanbase, with over 1 million viewers each week when it aired. Big, bold and broad in its appeal, the show features a who's who of credible local television, including Rodger Corser, Calvan Mulvey, Catherine McClements, Samuel Johnston and Clare van der Boom. Rush follows the actions of a critical response police unit.
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (PG) - 30/07/09

With the latest Harry Potter about to hit the big screen, here comes the next Harry Potter game. This plays very similarly to its predecessor Order of the Phoenix, but the environments are larger and more detailed, giving you your best look around Hogwarts yet. You'll be able to cast spells, make potions and much, much more. If you're a Harry Potter fan (and who isn't), this is the game for you.

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