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Kim Barker is an American journalist working as a war correspondent in Afghanistan and Pakistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (or WTF) follows her experiences reporting on the tumultuous conflict, including the friendship she forms with a fellow journalist from Scotland and the difficulties she encounters working as a woman in the Middle Eastern war zone.
Harvard symbologist and religious expert Robert Langdon is summoned to the Louvre by the French version of the FBI, led by Captain Bezu Fache, and soon discovers that he is the prime suspect for the murder of a historian he had been scheduled to meet with.
Assisted by a French cryptographer and government agent named Sophie, Langdon is challenged to decipher a chain of cryptic codes and puzzles, all the while trying to stay ahead of Fache's lawmen in a chase through the Louvre, out into the Parisian cityscape, and finally across the channel to England.
Can Langdon and Sophie decipher the nature of a secret dating back to Leonardo Da Vinci, and even earlier, before those responsible for the historian's murder add them to their hit list?
The Amazing Spider-Man
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
The Front Runner follows the rise and fall of Senator Gary Hart, who captured the imagination of young voters and was considered the overwhelming front runner for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination when his campaign was sidelined by the story of an extramarital relationship with Donna Rice.
As tabloid journalism and political journalism merged for the first time, Senator Hart was forced to drop out of the race - events that left a profound and lasting impact on American politics and the world stage.
When the CEO of Chicago-based headhunting firm, Blackrock Recruiting, announces that he will retire from the position in three months, he invites Dane Jensen and Lynn Vogel and their respective teams to compete for the most sales. Whichever team succeeds, their leader will be rewarded with the position of CEO.
Jensen is determined to emerge victorious but everything changes when he is left devastated by the news that his son has been diagnosed with a rare strain of leukaemia.
Keith Parmer directs this action drama starring Lennie James as sheriff of a sleepy town in the middle of the Nevada desert. Bishop (James) is an unconventional sheriff choosing to use his hands rather than his gun to keep the peace in his town. When his dark past comes back to haunt him in the form of ex-cons Cole (Grant Bowler), Kane (Daniele Favilli), Stillman (Jean-Claude Van Damme) and Boyd (Josh Henderson), he regrets not covering his tracks when he had the chance.
The true story of immigration attorney Judy Wood as she represents and fights for Asefa Ashwari, an Afghan woman who fled her home country after being persecuted by the Taliban.
Despite setbacks and losses, their efforts culminate in arguments before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, as they seek to save not only Asefa's life, but countless others across the world.
A young man's secret past is set to collide with a dangerous reality.
After uncovering a deadly lie, Nathan is propelled on a lethal, no-holds barred mission to learn the truth.
Aided by a devoted family friend, Nathan’s hunt for the facts pits him against ruthless assassins and questionable allies.
Julie Taymor's big-screen version of Shakespeare's last play sees the sorcerer Prospero undergo a gender transformation into the sorceress Prospera, Duchess of Milan (Helen Mirren). Usurped and dispossessed by her scheming brother, Prospera is banished to a remote island with her young daughter Miranda. As Miranda (Felicity Jones) grows into a beautiful young woman, Prospera's greatest wish is to see her married back into society, and she uses her magic powers to orchestrate a union between Miranda and Ferdinand, Prince of Naples (Reeve Carney). The supporting cast includes Djimon Hounsou, Ben Whishaw, Jeremy Irons, Alfred Molina and Russell Brand.
The box-office smash hit sequel to the 2002 live action film based on the Marvel comic strip. Two years have passed since the events of the first film, and the mild-mannered Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) faces new challenges as he struggles with 'the gift and the curse', desperately trying to balance his dual identities as the web-slinging superhero Spider-Man and his life as a college student. Tormented by his secrets, Peter finds that his relationships with all those he holds dear are in danger of unraveling. His life-long yearning for Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst) becomes even stronger as he fights the impulse to reveal his secret life and declare his love. His friendship with Harry Osborn (James Franco) is complicated by the young Osborn's bitterness over his father's death and his growing vendetta against Spider-Man. Even Peter's beloved Aunt May (Rosemary Harris), who has fallen on hard times since the death of her husband, begins to have doubts about her nephew.
Taylor Lautner stars in this action thriller about a young man who sets out to uncover his true identity. Nathan (Lautner) is an ordinary teenager whose life is blown apart when a classmate spots his baby picture on a missing person's website. Nathan begins to suspect that his 'parents' are in fact secret agents, and must fight tooth and nail to get to the bottom of the sinister plot behind his so-called reality. Maria Bello, Alfred Molina and Sigourney Weaver co-star.
When Jenny, a bright young school girl who longs for adulthood, meets David, a dashing older man, he introduces her to his vibrant world of glamorous friends, chic jazz clubs and her own sexual awakening.
But will she let this affair ruin her dreams of attending Oxford, as her headmistress fears?
This captivating film sparkles with the wit, charm and style of 1960's Britain.
The #1 New York Times Bestseller "A powerful story of an exhilarating mind and life...a study in creativity: how to define it, how to achieve it."-The New Yorker "Vigorous, insightful."-The Washington Post "A masterpiece."-San Francisco Chronicle "Luminous."-The Daily Beast He was history's most creative genius. What secrets can he teach us? The author of the acclaimed bestsellers Steve Jobs, Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography. Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo's astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo's genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy. He produced the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and technology. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry. His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of Vitruvian Man, made him history's most creative genius. His creativity, like that of other great innovators, came from having wide-ranging passions. He peeled flesh off the faces of cadavers, drew the muscles that move the lips, and then painted history's most memorable smile. He explored the math of optics, showed how light rays strike the cornea, and produced illusions of changing perspectives in The Last Supper. Isaacson also describes how Leonardo's lifelong enthusiasm for staging theatrical productions informed his paintings and inventions. Leonardo's delight at combining diverse passions remains the ultimate recipe for creativity. So, too, does his ease at being a bit of a misfit: illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left-handed, easily distracted, and at times heretical. His life should remind us of the importance of instilling, both in ourselves and our children, not just received knowledge but a willingness to question it-to be imaginative and, like talented misfits and rebels in any era, to think different.
In 1993, the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence Project receives a transmission detailing an alien DNA structure, along with instructions on how to splice it with human DNA. The result is Sil, a sensual but deadly creature who can change from a beautiful woman to an armour-plated killing machine in the blink of an eye. Government agent Xavier Fitch assembles a team of scientists and mercenaries to locate and destroy Sil before she manages to find a mate and breed.
Children's CGI-animated adventure featuring the voice talents of Johnny Depp, Bill Nighy and Timothy Olyphant. Rango (voiced by Depp), a pet chameleon who has long harboured dreams of being a swashbuckling hero, is offered a chance to prove himself when he becomes stranded in the Mojave Desert after tumbling from his owner's car. Rango is guided to the nearby town of Dirt by friendly iguana Beans (Isla Fisher), where an act of accidental heroism earns him the respect of the town's residents and sees the Mayor (Ned Beatty) appoint him Sheriff. Top of Rango's priority list in his new position is to find out what is happening with the town's dangerously low water supply. He uncovers a conspiracy that goes right to the heart of the town's power structure; one that will require the intervention of a true hero to overturn. Is Rango up to the task? The movie won the 2012 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film.
It is 1830, and the Berrybender family -- rich, aristocratic, English, and fiercely out of place -- is on its way up the Missouri River to see the American West as it begins to open up.
Lord and Lady Berrybender have abandoned their palatial home in England to explore the frontier and to broaden the horizons of their children, who include Tasmin, a budding young woman of grit, beauty, and determination, her vivacious and difficult sister, and her brother.
As they journey by rough stages up the Missouri River, they meet with all the dangers, difficulties, temptations, and awesome natural scenery of the untamed West.
At the very core of the story is Tasmin's fast-developing relationship with Jim Snow, frontiersman, ferocious Indian fighter, and part-time preacher. Known up and down the Missouri as "the Sin Killer," he's the handsome, silent Westerner who eventually captures her heart.
Against the immense backdrop of the American West, Larry McMurtry tracks this engaging family as they make their way up the great river, surviving attacks, discomfort, savage weather, and natural disaster. Sin Killer is an adventure story full of incident, and suspense, as well as a charming love story between a headstrong and aristocratic young Englishwoman and the stubborn, shy, and very American Jim Snow. As big as the West itself, this is the kind of story that only Larry McMurtry can write.
Disney fantasy action adventure based on the video game of the same name. Rogue royal Prince Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal) reluctantly teams up with the mysterious Princess Tamina (Gemma Arterton) to battle dark forces in order to safeguard an ancient dagger capable of releasing the Sands of Time - a gift from the gods that can reverse time and allow its possessor to rule the world. Ben Kingsley and Alfred Molina co-star.
In the London of 1922, downtrodden housewife Lottie Wilkins (Josie Lawrence) feels the sudden need to get away from things, and invites her neighbour Rose (Miranda Richardson) - to whom she has never even spoken before - to share a holiday in an Italian villa. In order to save their finances, they share their holiday home with haughty dowager Mrs Fisher (Joan Plowright) and beautiful socialite Lady Caroline Dester (Polly Walker). Upon arrival the foursome clash almost instantly, but gradually learn to live with one another as their respective personalities are transformed by the surroundings.
Jim Jarmusch's black and white urban comedy features a series of separate vignettes, all based around characters (most of them famous) sitting around drinking coffee, smoking cigarettes and discussing life. Originally released as three separate shorts, the main narrative strands feature famous faces including Steve Buscemi, Roberto Benigni and musicians Iggy Pop and Tom Waits. These are interspersed with sketches featuring luminaries as diverse as Bill Murray, Steve Coogan, Cate Blanchett and the Wu-Tang Clan. This full-length version was screened at the 2003 Venice Film Festival.
This film uses a mix of 3D model and 2D animation to tell the story of Christ through the eyes of a child.
In ancient Israel, young Tamar meets Jesus, a carpenter, whose ability to perform miracles and teachings on God draw a band of loyal followers around him.
As Jesus' popularity grows, he comes to challenge the authority of the established Judaic religious leaders, who begin to plot his downfall.
Triple bill featuring the first three movies from the hugely popular 'Spider-Man' franchise. In 'Spider-Man' (2002) high school student Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is bitten by a genetically-altered spider while on a visit to a scientific institute, and he soon begins to experience unusual side effects such as increased strength, enhanced wall-climbing skills and the ability to spin webs out of his wrists. Peter first attempts to make use of these skills to impress girl-next-door Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), but after his Uncle Ben (Cliff Robertson) is killed in an armed robbery, he is compelled to work for the greater good and reinvents himself as Spider-Man, the enemy of criminals everywhere. Meanwhile, arms manufacturer Norman Osborn (Willem Dafoe) transforms himself into the Green Goblin, begins to terrorise the city, and lays down the gauntlet to Spider-Man by abducting his beloved Mary Jane. In 'Spider-Man 2' (2004) two years have passed since the events of the first film, and the mild-mannered Peter Parker faces new challenges as he struggles with trying to balance his dual identities as the web-slinging superhero Spider-Man and his life as a college student. Tormented by his secrets, Peter finds that his relationships with all those he holds dear are in danger of unravelling. His life-long yearning for Mary Jane becomes even stronger as he fights the impulse to reveal his secret life and declare his love. His friendship with Harry Osborn (James Franco) is complicated by the young Osborn's bitterness over his father's death and his growing vendetta against Spider-Man. In 'Spider-Man 3' (2007) Peter Parker and Mary Jane are on the cusp of contentment - but not for long, as Peter's former friend Harry Osborn, son of the Green Goblin, becomes the New Goblin in his desire for revenge against Spider-Man. Fugitive Flint Marko (Thomas Haden Church), killer of Peter's Uncle Ben, has been transformed into the shape-shifting Sandman, possibly Spider-Man's toughest foe so far. To complicate matters further, a parasitic alien symbiote has attached itself to Peter's suit, giving him even greater powers but also bringing out the evil side of his personality. He has to struggle not only against two major adversaries but also against himself.
Ira Sachs writes and directs this gay-themed domestic drama starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina. Forced to separate after George (Molina) loses his job teaching music at a nearby Catholic school, the recently married gay couple Ben (Lithgow) and George have trouble adapting to life without the other being nearby at all times. Ben, who moves in with his nephew Elliott (Darren Burrows), his wife Kate (Marisa Tomei) and their teenage son Joey (Charlie Tahan), soon begins to suspect he is overstaying his welcome. Meanwhile, George crashes on the couch of a much-younger gay couple who frequently have lots of visitors.
Feature-length animated adventure for the ultimate female warrior. On the mystical island of Themyscira, a proud and fierce warrior race of Amazons have raised a daughter of untold beauty, grace and strength: Princess Diana (voiced by Keri Russell). When Army fighter pilot Steve Trevor (Nathan Fillion) crash-lands on the island, the rebellious and headstrong Diana defies Amazonian law by accompanying him back to civilisation. Meanwhile, Ares (the God of War) has escaped his imprisonment at the hands of the Amazonians and has decided to exact his revenge, intending to start a world war that will not only last for centuries but will wipe out every living being on the planet, starting with the Amazons. It is up to Princess Diana to save her people and the world by using her gifts and becoming the ultimate Wonder Woman.
WATERSTONES BOOK OF THE YEAR 2013 'It's the most marvellous discovery for everyone who loves literature' Ian McEwan, BBC Radio 4 Colum McCann once called Stoner one of the great forgotten novels of the past century, but it seems it is forgotten no longer - in 2013 translations of Stoner began appearing on bestseller lists across Europe. Forty-eight years after its first, quiet publication in the US, Stoner is finally finding the wide and devoted readership it deserves. Have you read it yet? William Stoner enters the University of Missouri at nineteen to study agriculture. A seminar on English literature changes his life, and he never returns to work on his father's farm. Stoner becomes a teacher. He marries the wrong woman. His life is quiet, and after his death his colleagues remember him rarely. Yet with truthfulness, compassion and intense power, this novel uncovers a story of universal value. Stoner tells of the conflicts, defeats and victories of the human race that pass unrecorded by history, and reclaims the significance of an individual life. A reading experience like no other, itself a paean to the power of literature, it is a novel to be savoured.
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