During a foreign affairs mission, a specialist black ops team makes the wrong choice. Sam Blake (Martin Kemp) is ordered to kill their target in the streets, leading to a massive media backlash and the disbanding of his team. Back on home soil, Blake is trying to adjust to normal life. But when a sinister and unknown figure kidnaps his daughter and five other people, Blake is forced into a dangerous game. He has six seemingly unrelated targets, and six hours to kill them all - if he fails, takes too long, or misses a shot, the hostages lives will be at risk.
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Scottish cinema does 'grit' very well, from Trainspotting to Sweet Sixteen and Red Road, the order of the day tends to be sex, drugs and violence. The latest movie from Ray Burdis (The Krays) is called The Wee Man, and once again fulfills the expectations of the generic 'Scottish gritty movie', but doesn't do so with quite the finesse or quality that an audience may want. Initial reviews are in, and it's not looking good.
The plot follows Paul Ferris growing up in Glasgow, by the age of 11 he's learnt that "life on the street is tough," and, having been tormented all his life, by the time he reaches his late teens he's had enough, so "he decides to take on his tormentors alone and systematically wreak vengeance on them."
The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw has given it a distinctly underwhelming 2/5 stars. While he praises the good cast, he likens it to countless other 'real life' crime stories from "the self-pitying and self-serving books by ex-criminals who explain how their crime career began". Despite the good cast, he says "as a whole, it's forgettable."
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The oddly titled film, adapted from Jennifer Egan's book, tells of Phoebe (Brewster), a mid-70s San Francisco teenager who is compelled to trace the European travel path of her sister Faith (Diaz), whose trip six years earlier apparently ended in her suicide.
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The Eye's current assignment is to follow Joanna Eris (Ashley Judd), a woman accused of blackmailing a British official. But she is far more than a simple blackmailer. She is a crafty, seductive spider woman, capable of killing as quickly as she can seduce. As The Eye continues to watch Eris, he becomes entranced by her disguises and cunning charm. Soon he begins to feel that they are kindred spirits.
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Turns out it doesn't matter much. Ford is of course a talented action/adventure hero, maybe the best ever. It's too bad that this Jack Ryan adventure has less epic-ness than Red October; it's written small, with Ryan caught up in an IRA attack on British bigwigs. After capping off a few of them in an impromptu streetfight, Ryan finds his family hunted down in America. Eventually -- of course -- he has to save them (using his litany of superspy tricks and tactics).
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Beneath Loch Ness borrows a page from Jaws, with mysterious deaths attributed not to Nessie but to prankster teenagers, while researchers and a TV crew try to pull off a Geraldo-worthy expose show in the decidedly southern California-looking "Loch Ness." But of course the real Nessie is out there somewhere, savagely marauding people while the local police chief repeatedly refuses to close the Loch, and damn the tourists!
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"Eye of the Beholder" isn't a title, it's a warning label. What's going on in this movie is anybody's guess.
An erotic thriller/mystery/failed cerebral art film, starring Ashley Judd as an esoteric serial killer and Ewan McGregor as her high-tech stalker/guardian, this flick is steeped in spiraling twists and volatile psyches which seemingly build toward a shock finale that never arrives.
Based on a novel by Marc Behm, it raises dozens of questions that go unanswered. It provides only snippets of backstory, leaving its characters half-revealed. And all the while, it's readily apparent that writer-director Stephen Elliott ("Welcome to Woop Woop," "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert") considers himself terribly cagey.
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Following in the footsteps of the "Fractured Fairy Tales" cartoons, "The Princess Bride," "Ever After," "Shrek" and "A Knight's Tale" -- but never quite matching any of their wit or novelty -- "Ella Enchanted" is an amusingly self-aware fable of handsome princes, evil kings and one very plucky heroine caught up in a magic spell.
Aiming at the tween-ager crowd that made a hit of "The Princess Diaries," 2001's more modern twist on such girlish daydreams, light-hearted director Tommy O'Haver ("Get Over It," "Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss") enlists "Diaries" charming star Anne Hathaway in the title role as a medieval teenager who was hexed at birth with an obedience spell by an irksome but well-meaning fairy (Vivica A. Fox, stuck in a mock-ghetto-fabulous stereotype).
Having grown up quite stubborn yet unable to resist any demand upon her, Ella manages to get through life keeping her curse on the QT until her widowed father brings home a wicked stepmother (Joanna Lumley) and two even worse and obnoxiously over-played step-sisters (Lucy Punch and Jennifer Higham), who quickly and cruelly figure out that they can make Ella their plaything.
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