The Break Up Murder is afoot

The Break Up

Murder is afoot, and Miss Marple is up to the task of determining whodunit. She may look like a pensioner, but she doesnt miss a clue on the way to solving heinous crimes. Each story unfolds against a rich background of grand English estates, gorgeous scenery, and post-WWII period detail. Julia McKenzie proves delightful to watch Los Angeles Times, and shes supported by a stellar cast of veteran British actors including Joanna Lumley, Lindsay Duncan, Pauline Collins, Hugh Bonneville, Edward Fox, Caroline Quentin, and Toby Stephens. Controversial and popular from the moment it opened, The Exorcist marks its historic Blu-ray premiere in a 2-Disc Edition featuring Stunning Hi-Def Presentations of the Original 1973 Theatrical Version and the 2000 Extended Director s Cut. The frightening and realistic tale of an innocent girl inhabited by a terrifying entity, her mother s frantic resolve to save her and two priests one doubt-ridd Controversial and popular from the moment it opened, The Exorcist marks its historic Blu-ray premiere in a 2-Disc Edition featuring Stunning Hi-Def Presentations of the Original 1973 Theatrical Version and the 2000 Extended Director s Cut. The frightening and realistic tale of an innocent girl inhabited by a terrifying entity, her mother s frantic resolve to save her and two priests one doubt-ridden, the other a rock of faith joined in battling ultimate evil always leaves viewers breathless. This greatest supernatural thriller of all time astonishes and unsettles like no other movie. Director William Friedkin was a hot ticket in Hollywood after the success of The French Connection, and he turned heads in more ways than one when he decided to make The Exorcist as his follow-up film. Adapted by William Peter Blatty from his controversial bestseller, this shocking 1973 thriller set an intense and often-copied milestone for screen terror with its unflinching depiction of a young girl Linda Blair who is possessed by an evil spirit. Jason Miller and Max von Sydow are perfectly cast as the priests who risk their sanity and their lives to administer the rites of demonic exorcism. Ellen Burstyn plays Blair s mother, who can only stand by in horror as her daughter s body is wracked by Satanic disfiguration. One of the most frightening films ever made, The Exorcist was mysteriously plagued by trouble during production, and the years since have not diminished its capacity to disturb even the most stoic viewers. Jeff Shannon This first film adaptation of a John Grisham novel is a crackerjack popcorn movie that satisfies even though it radically changes the last half of the book. The novel s dynamic setup is intact: Mitch McDeere, a hot law graduate a well-suited Tom Cruise, finds a dream job in a luxurious Memphis law firm. His superiors Gene Hackman, Hal Holbrook provide Mitch and his young wife, Abby Jeanne Tripplehorn, with a house and plenty of money in exchange for lots of work, and maybe something more. Soon FBI agents including a bald Ed Harris encircle Mitch, telling him his firm has a sinister secret, forcing Mitch into a heck of a pickle. How Mitch deals with his situation is where the book and movie differ, yet by the time Mitch is running from bad guys with suitcase in hand, the movie delivers Grisham s goods. For Sydney Pollack s film, Mitch is more confrontational and heroic. Plot aside, the care Pollack put into this fair-weather thriller is unimpeachable, as is his cast. There s hardly a better all-star cast in any 90s thriller, from Hackman and Harris in key roles to actors in smaller parts, sometimes with only a scene or two. Standouts include David Strathairn as Mitch s wayward brother, Wilford Brimley as the head of security, film producer Jerry Weintraub as an angry client, Gary Busey as a private investigator, and Holly Hunter in a delicious, Oscar-nominated supporting role as Busey s most loyal of secretaries. The cast seems to have had as much fun making the film as we do watching it. It s slick Hollywood product, but first-rate The Break Up the way. Doug Thomas By far the best adaptation of a John Grisham bestseller, this smart, fast-paced 1993 film directed by Sydney Pollack Out of Africa offers up the dilemma of a young lawyer whose life is turned upside down when he takes a job at a Southern law firm owned by the mob. Mitch McDeere Tom Cruise, having just graduated from Harvard Law, is besieged with offers but takes a job, too good to be true, with a small Memphis firm. He and his wife, Abby Jeanne Tripplehorn, are sucked in by the seemingly close-knit, collegial nature of the firm s partners and the expensive perks that come with the job. His mentor, Avery Gene Hackman, teaches him the ropes, but Mitch and Abby begin to sense there s something wrong with this idyllic life. When a couple of associates turn up dead, Mitch begins to investigate the history of the firm; and when the FBI asks him to spy on the firm for them, Mitch realizes his life will never be the same and that, if discovered, he, his wife, and his long-lost brother will be in mortal danger. Mitch must use all his talents as a lawyer to outsmart the firm, the FBI, and the mob in The Break Up to reclaim control over his life. A very entertaining thriller that engages the audience at a breakneck pace while not taking itself too seriously. It also features some fine writing and strong performances from a large cast of exceptional actors. Robert Lane Fasten your seatbelt and get ready for the ride of your life! Super Speedway puts you in the driver s seat of an Indy-type race car tearing up asphalt at speeds of over 230 miles per hour. Follow the excitement and drama of championship auto racing with narrator and celebrated actor Paul Newman, and join racing star Michael Andretti and his legendary father, Mario, as they craft a state-of-the-art race car. Then, follow the pulse-pounding action of Michael s high-speed quest for victory as he pushes the limits of the new car at the PPG CART World Series. So start your engines Super Speedway is about to begin! PLUS: Ever wonder how did they do that? The Making of Super Speedway 47 min. , shot on High-Definition Video, takes you behind the of the best directors of IMAX films, Stephen Low Titanica has always been a race fan. After obtaining permission from CART, a governing body of Indy car racing and Newman/Haas racing a Championship team co-owned by Paul Newman, Low found his stars for Super Speedway : the racing Andrettis, father Mario and son Michael. Mounting cameras fore and aft on the Andrettis cars, IMAX offers a better vantage point than an ESPN camera, at a superior grade of clarity. Add to that the excellent sound and you can feel the bumps on the asphalt as the cars zoom in and out of corners. The large format can turn a pit stop into a dramatic 12 seconds as we see the driver s eyes dart away from his cockpit for a few brief seconds. We watch Michael Andretti on oval tracks and exciting road courses going over hills and sharp turns.

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