- Directors: Giuseppe Tornatore
- Writers: Giuseppe Tornatore
- Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Music
- Actors: Tim Roth, Pruitt Taylor Vince
The story is told in media res as a flashforward. Max Tooney, a musician, enters a secondhand music shop just as it’s closing, broke and badly in need of money. He only has a trumpet, which he sells for less than he had hoped. Clearly torn at parting from his prized possession, he asks to play it one last time. The shopkeeper agrees, and as the musician plays, the shopkeeper immediately recognizes the song from a broken record master he found inside a recently acquired secondhand piano. He asks who the piece is by, and Max tells him the story of 1900.
1900 was found abandoned on the four stacker SS Virginian, a mere baby in a hand basket, and likely the son of poor immigrants from steerage. Danny, a coal-man from the boiler room, is determined to raise the boy as his own. He names the boy Danny Boodman T. D. Lemon 1900 (a combination of his own name, the year, and an advertisement found in the basket) and hides him from the ship’s officers. During the early years of his life 1900 comes across an advertisement for an man with the initials of T.D, however Danny upon seeing the advertisement and possibly 1900’s biological father decides not to tell 1900 the truth. Sadly, a few years later, Danny is killed in a workplace accident, and 1900 is forced to survive aboard the Virginian as an orphan. For many years, he travels back and forth across the Atlantic, keeping a low profile and apparently learning the languages spoken by the immigrants in Third Class.
The story flashes back to the mid-1940s periodically, as we see Max (who leaves the ship’s orchestra in 1933) trying to lure 1900 out of the now-deserted hulk of the ship. Having served as a hospital ship and transport in World War II, she is scheduled to be scuttled and sunk far offshore. Max manages to get aboard the ship with the recording 1900 made long ago and plays it, hoping to attract 1900’s attention. When it does, Max attempts to convince 1900 to leave the ship. But he is simply too daunted by the size of the world. And feeling that his fate is tied to the ship, 1900 cannot bring himself to leave the only home he has known. In the end, the Virginian blows up and sinks, presumably with 1900 still aboard.
- Directors: Jake West
- Producers: Michael Loveday, Terry Stone
- Writers: Dan Schaffer
- Genres: Comedy, Horror
- Actors: Danny Dyer, Stephen Graham, Lee Ingleby, Terry Stone, Noel Clarke
Vince (Stephen Graham) is depressed following his divorce. Six of his friends decide to take him on a trip into the countryside for a “boys’ weekend”.
As they approach the town of Moodley the road is blocked by the corpses of two dead sheep and they joke “welcome to the countryside” as they leave the bus driver Candy (Christina Cole) to drag the dead animals out of the way and continue on to the village. A phone rings to the tune of the Match of the Day but all the boys have the same ringtone and are not sure whose phone it is, prompting Neil to insist they all hand over their phones to prevent the weekend being spoiled by constant long distance nagging. They leave their bags on the bus with Candy and head to the pub The Cock & Bull. As they leave Candy puts drops on on her already bloodshot eyes. Mikey goes to his grandmothers house to check they have a place to stay for the night.
As the town is quiet and they are unable to get service in the pub the boys head back to the bus. They notice a hooded girl stumbling around perhaps drunk, they reach for change to buy The Big Issue from her but she is then tackled by a man in military uniform who starts beating her. They rush to her aid, not giving the man any chance to explain, knocking a knife from his hand. As they fight him off the teen takes the knife and stabs Neil through the hand and his friends begin to realise what is happening. They run for the bus dragging the unconscious soldier with them but Candy has already become infected and blocks their escape. More women attack them and they retreat to Mikey’s mothers house. They realise the virus only affects women, Vince puns it must be “bird flu” and must be airborne since Candy had not even left the bus. The soldier states his name Sergeant Gavin Wright (Terry Stone) reluctantly admits the town has been infected by a biological agent that turns women into man-hating cannibals.
As they finally escape the town the voice of Graham crackles over the walkie-talkie, he had been dragged to pile of bodies and left for dead in the nest under the church. The men are determined to go back for him. As Graham he makes his way out from the church he discovers the control box and machine behind the stun device and reconnects the power. With the working stun device the men are able to stop the women in their tracks. Neil plays around turning the device on and off, freezing the crowd and taunting them by allowing them to move for just a second. He throws the device to give the others a turn but it breaks and the women are unleashed and begin to charge at them. Pushing the injured Graham in a shopping trolley, the four surviving men make a run for it.
- Directors: Cy Endfield
- Producers: Stanley Baker, Cy Endfield
- Writers: John Prebble, Cy Endfield
- Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
- Actors: Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins, Ulla Jacobsson, James Booth, Michael Caine
In 1879, a communiquÃ© from British South Africa to the government in London, narrated by Richard Burton, details the crushing defeat of a British force at the hands of the Zulus at the Battle of Isandhlwana. The first scene shows a grassy landscape with many dead British soldiers, while victorious Zulus gather their weapons.
A mass Zulu marriage ceremony witnessed by missionary Otto Witt (Jack Hawkins), his daughter (Ulla Jacobsson) and Zulu King Cetshwayo (Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi) is interrupted by a messenger who informs Cetshwayo of the great victory earlier in the day.
A company of the British Army’s 24th Regiment of Foot, depicted as a Welsh regiment, is using the missionary station of Rorke’s Drift in Natal as a supply depot and hospital for their invasion force across the border in Zululand. Upon receiving news of Isandhlwana from the Witts and that a large enemy force is advancing their way, Lieutenant John Chard (Stanley Baker) of the Royal Engineers assumes command of the small British detachment, being senior to Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead (Michael Caine). Realising that they cannot outrun the Zulu army, especially with wounded soldiers, Chard decides to fortify the station and make a stand, using wagons, sacks of mealie, and crates of ship’s biscuit. When Witt becomes drunk and starts demoralising the men with his dire predictions, causing the soldiers of the Natal Native Contingent to desert, Chard orders him and his daughter to leave in their carriage.
The next morning, at dawn, the Zulus withdraw several hundred yards and begin singing a war chant; the British respond by singing “Men of Harlech”. In the last assault, just as it seems the Zulus will finally overwhelm the tired defenders, a reserve of soldiers Chard had hidden behind a final redoubt emerge, form into three ranks, and pour volley after volley into the stunned natives. They withdraw after sustaining heavy casualties. Later, the Zulus sing a song to honour the bravery of the British defenders and leave. The film ends with a narration by Richard Burton, listing defenders who received the Victoria Cross, including Private Hook. Eleven were awarded for the actual fighting at Rorke’s Drift, the most ever for a regiment in a single battle in British military history.
- Directors: Scott Mann
- Producers: Gina Fegan, Glenn M Stewart, Keith Bell
- Writers: Jonathan Frank, Nick Rowntree, Gary Young
- Genres: Action
- Actors: Robert Carlyle, Kelly Hu, Ving Rhames, Sebastien Foucan, Liam Cunningham, Ian Somerhalder and Scott Adkins
Every seven years in an unsuspecting town, The Tournament takes place. A battle royale among 30 of the worldâ€™s deadliest assassins. The last man standing receives the $10,000,000 cash prize and the title of World’s No 1 (which itself carries the legendary million-dollar-a-bullet price tag). The Tournament is set up by a group of sick high-stake billionaires who watch the mayhem unfold via CCTV and bet on its outcome. Each of the assassins carry a tracking device, embedded under their skin, allowing the observers to monitor the Tournaments movements and the assassins to track each other. When one removes his tracker and throws it into a coffee machine, a local priest (Robert Carlyle) who inadvertently swallows it is caught in the crossfire.
- Directors: Peter Berg
- Writers: Matthew Michael Carnahan
- Genres: Action, Drama, Thriller
- Actors: Jamie Foxx, Ashraf Barhom, Chris Cooper, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Kyle Chandler, Richard Jenkins, Jeremy Piven, Ali Suliman
The opening scene of the movie explains the origins of U.S.-Saudi diplomatic relations and how energy exploitation has transformed the Middle East through a timeline sequence. It portrays the conflicts that have risen since the late 1940s for the rightful ownership of the oil industry. This includes the Gulf War in Iraq and al-Qaeda’s growing network of terrorism. Eventually, it explains the 9/11 terrorist attacks and how the majority of the hijackers were Saudis. This raises serious questions on the relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States. The plot begins with the current struggle of Saudi Arabia and the kingdom’s efforts to stand control of their country against terrorist extremists.
During a softball game at an American oil company housing compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, al-Qaeda terrorists set off a bomb, killing many Americans and Saudis in the process. The terrorists impersonate members of the Saudi State Police. While one team hijacks a car and shoots up residents of the area, another runs out onto the softball diamond, pretending to aid the Americans, but then reveals that he is a suicide bomber and blows himself up, killing everyone near him. Sergeant Haytham (Ali Suliman) of the Saudi state police, disables the stolen Saudi Police vehicle and kills the terrorists. A short time later, the FBI Legal Attache in Saudi Arabia, Special Agent Francis Manner (Kyle Chandler), calls up his colleague Special Agent Ronald Fleury (Jamie Foxx) to tell him about the attack. Shortly afterwards, a second bomb explodes in the compound killing Manner and more people.
At Al-Ghazi’s house, Fleury and Haytham meet his family. Fleury tells his son that al-Ghazi was his good friend, mirroring a similar scene earlier in the movie where he comforted Special Agent Manner’s son. Fleury and his team return to the U.S., where they are commended by FBI Director James Grace (Richard Jenkins) for their outstanding work. Afterwards, Leavitt asks Fleury what he had whispered to Mayes (earlier in the film) to calm her down. The scene cuts to Abu Hamza’s daughter asking her son what his grandfather whispered to him as he was dying. Fleury recalls saying, “We’re gonna kill them all,” while the grandson tells his mother, “Don’t fear them, my child. We are going to kill them all.”
- Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Mystery
The Losers’ reimagining was set against events surrounding and including the War on Terror. Originally a Special Forces team seconded to the Central Intelligence Agency. in the 90s, the Losers were betrayed by their handler, Max, and left for dead following the conclusion of their operation. Eager for revenge and the opportunity to remove their names from a secret CIA death list, the Losers regroup and conduct covert operations against the CIA and its interests, uncovering startling operations spearheaded by the enigmatic Max, whose influence within the CIA and U.S. government is unparalleled.
- Directors: Olatunde Osunsanmi
- Producers: Paul Brooks, Joe Carnahan
- Writers: Olatunde Osunsanmi
- Genres: Thriller
- Actors: Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas, Will Patton
The film is supposedly based on actual events, and is set in Nome, Alaska, a town which (according to the movie) has a disproportionate number of reported missing people and alleged alien abductions over the last forty years. Milla Jovovich plays psychotherapist Dr. Abigail Tyler, who is allegedly based on a real psychologist who videotapes interviews with the abductees. The abductees all claim they see a strange looking owl at their window, before suffering strange psychological attacks. Recordings from videotapes reveal a distorted voice speaking in Sumerian, the oldest recorded language in Human history, and Tyler begins to suspect a government cover up.
- Directors: Ti West
- Producers: Josh Braun, Derek Curl, Roger Kass, Peter Phok
- Writers: Ti West
- Genres: Horror, Thriller
- Actors: Jocelin Donahue, Tom Noonan, Mary Woronov
College student Samantha Hughes takes on a babysitting job in a remote mansion in order to make the down payment on a one bedroom apartment she has had her eye on. The pay is good, but after Samantha is taken to the house by her friend, Megan, she realizes that something isn’t quite right. The old couple who live in the house, Mr. and Mrs. Ulman, confess that they in fact do not have any children, and it isn’t long before Samantha realizes that she is trapped. As a lunar eclipse darkens the night sky, her employers carry out a horrific ritual with Samantha at the center.
- Directors: Jared Hess
- Producers: Mike White
- Writers: Jared and Jerusha Hess
- Genres: Comedy
- Actors: Michael Angarano, Jemaine Clement, Sam Rockwell, Jennifer Coolidge, Suzanne May, Halley Feiffer
Gentlemen Broncos tells the story of a homeschooled teenage outcast and aspiring fantasy writer. He attends a fantasy convention to show off his work but his idea, Bronco, is ripped off by acclaimed novelist Ronald Chevalier, who has turned desperate for ideas.