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The blockbuster Seven Psychopaths, starring Colin Farrell and Sam Rockwell, is released this month. From the makers of In Bruges, don't miss your chance to check out the highest grossing crime comedy of 2013.

There's also the latest film from Academy-Award winning director Paul Thomas Anderson, the enthralling The Master, starring acting heavyweights Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

And if you loved Bridesmaids you'll love the hilarious Bachelorette starring Kirsten Dunst and Australia's Rebel Wilson and Isla Fisher.

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FROM THE MAKERS OF IN BRUGES
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Starring: Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken

Andrew says: An incredibly funny crime film from the writer and director of the worldwide hit In Bruges. Seven Psychopaths will have you laughing on the edge of your seat from the very first scene.

The comedy Seven Psychopaths follows a struggling screenwriter (Colin Farrell) who inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends (Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell) kidnap a gangster's (Woody Harrelson) beloved Shih Tzu.

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THE ACCLAIMED MASTERPIECE COMES TO DVD
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Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams,  Laura Dern

Andrew says: Academy-Award winning director Paul Thomas Anderson explores the beginnings of Scientology in this brilliant portrait of a troubled drifter taken in by a seemingly extraordinary man. Jouquin Phoenix was robbed of a Best Actor Oscar in my opinion, his performance is stunning.

A striking portrait of drifters and seekers in post World War II America, Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master unfolds the journey of a Naval veteran who arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future - until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader.

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FIFTY SHADES OF GREY CASTING NEWS
Fans of E.L. James' steamy romance series Fifty Shades of Grey have been eagerly awaiting official word on casting for Focus Features and Universal's anticipated feature adaptation.

Who will play the Anastasia Steele in the film?

Judging by the tone of her recent Tweet on the subject, it won't be Emma Watson. Via Twitter, the Harry Potter star questioned people who actually thought she was going to do the movie.

Watson tweeted, "Who here actually thinks I would do 50 Shades of Grey as a movie? Like really. For real. In real life."
 
Watson seemed to inch up to the top of the potential-Ana list recently when her name was reportedly listed on internal documents obtained from a hacker attack on the Germany studio Constantin Film. At the time that rumor started making the rounds, Universal Pictures denied it, stating that "no one has been cast yet." And now comes Watson's Tweet, which not only dispels the rumours but indicates a not-in-this-lifetime sentiment toward the part.

It's been about a year since Universal and Focus Features nabbed the rights to the erotic juggernaut. Clearly, they're not in a huge rush to get the movie cast and into production, or if they are, things aren't working out that way. Buzz on the novel has died down some since the Fifty Shades craze last year, but it's likely that fans would be happy to wait for the film if it means a quality adaptation. That includes finding the right Ana, the virginal college grade ripe at the center of the story, and the right Christian, the wealthy, handsome masochistic businessman with emotional issues, who takes a liking to her.

LIKED BRIDESMAIDS? YOU'LL LOVE BACHELORETTE
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Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Rebel Wilson, Lizzy Caplan

Andrew says: The next film in the line of raunchy comedies about the days leading up to the wedding day. Bachelorette features the comic talents of Kirsten Dunst and Australia's Rebel Wilson and Isla Fisher. An outrageous laugh out loud adults-only comedy showing once and for all that women can be hilarious!

On the night of one of their old high school friend's wedding three irresponsible and capricious bridesmaids reunite for one last bachelorette bacchanal in the Big Apple.

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TIM BURTON STRIKES GOLD AGAIN WITH FRANKENWEENIE

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Starring: Martin Landau, Catherine O'Hara, Winona Ryder, Martin Short

Andrew says: Frankenweenie has been Tim Burton's pet-project (no pun intended) for over a decade, and he finally brings the tale to us with beautiful animation and an age old message.

From creative genius Tim Burton ("Alice in Wonderland," The Nightmare Before Christmas") comes "Frankenweenie," a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog.

After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life--with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor's fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new "leash on life" can be monstrous.

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FRIENDSHIP DOESN'T HAVE AN OFF SWITCH

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Starring: Frank Langella, Liv Tyler, Susan Sarandon, Peter Sarsgaard, James Marsden

Andrew says: That rare movie which will have you laughing while you shed a tear. A stellar cast and a brilliant premise make this a movie everyone will enjoy.

In the near future, Frank is a retired cat burglar living alone while his successful son, Hunter, tries to care for him from afar.

Soon, Frank receives a gift from his son: a robot butler programmed to look after him. But soon the two companions try their luck as a heist team.

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The film tie-in edition of David Mitchell's prize-winning novel.

By the author of The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet, David Mitchell's bestselling and Booker Prize-shortlisted novel, one of Richard & Judy's 100 Books of the Decade, Cloud Atlas has now been adapted for film. The major motion picture, directed by the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer, stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent and Hugh Grant.

The novel features six characters in interlocking stories, each interrupting the one before it: a reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a hig-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified dinery server on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation. The narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history, and their destinies are changes in ways great and small.

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The film tie-in edition of the Hollywood Blockbuster starring James Franco and Mila Kunis

Small-time circus magician Oscar Diggs's life suddenly changes when he's hurled away in a hot air balloon from uneventful Kansas into the enchanting Land of Oz. The inhabitants there see Oscar as the Great Wizard, and they shower him with the fame and fortune he has always imagined would be his.

That is, until three very powerful witches start to question Oscar's abilities. Drawn into an increasingly dangerous world, Oscar must quickly figure out who is good and who is evil in order to combat the wicked forces at large.

Putting his limited magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity-and even a bit of wizardry - Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.



 
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AN EXPERIENCE YOU WILL NEVER FORGET

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Starring: Franois Cluzet, Omar Sy

Andrew says: Hailed as one of the greatest French films of all time, The Intouchables is the extraordinary true story loved the world over.

An irreverent, uplifting comedy about friendship, trust and human possibility, The Intouchables has broken box office records in its native France and across Europe.

Based on a true story of friendship between a handicap millionaire and his street smart ex-con caretaker, The Intouchables depicts an unlikely camaraderie rooted in honesty and humor between two individuals who, on the surface, would seem to have nothing in common

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SAVAGE BY NAME, SAVAGE BY NATURE
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SAVAGES

Starring: John Travolta, Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek, Blake Lively, Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson

Andrew says: The must-see action flick of the year so far. A brutal depiction of good and evil, directed by the master Oliver Stone.

Entrepreneurs Ben, a peaceful and charitable marijuana producer, and friend Chon, a former Navy SEAL, run a lucrative business growing their marijuana crop.

They also share a one-of-a-kind love with Ophelia. Life is idyllic in their Southern California town... until the Mexican Baja Cartel decides to move in and demands that the trio partners with them. When the merciless head of the BC, Elena and her enforcer, Lado, underestimate the unbreakable bond of the three friends, Ben and Chon - with the reluctant assistance of a dirty DEA agent - wage a seemingly unwinnable war against the cartel.

And so begins a series of increasingly vicious ploys and maneuvers in a high stakes, savage battle of wills.
 
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