August 29, 2008
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FOOL'S GOLD (12)
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MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY stars as treasure hunter Ben 'Finn' Finnegan who discovers evidence of a legendary 18th-century sunken booty called The Queen's Dowry.
He shares the secret with ex-wife Tess (Kate Hudson) but she is unimpressed so Finn blags his way on board the luxury yacht owned by billionaire Nigel Honeycutt (Donald Sutherland), where Tess now works as a steward, but archrival Moe (Ray Winstone) isalready in hot pursuit of the prize.
Fool's Gold is all at sea from the opening frames, failing to remain afloat either as an action adventure or as a frothy comedy.
Co-stars compete to see who can create the most unintentional comedy with their accent and Sutherland's strained, plummy British tones are as unconvincing as Winstone's wandering American.
DVD extras include featurette and gag reel. *****
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ON April 3, 2008, the deadly Reaper virus explodes on the streets of Glasgow, forcing the UK government to quarantine the whole of Scotland.
Twenty-seven years later, the virus re-surfaces in the overcrowded squats of London and Bob Hoskins, as security chief Bill Nelson, has the job of assembling a crack team to infiltrate the deserted Scottish laboratory of scientist Dr Kane (MalcolmMcDowell) to find a cure.
Doomsday is a post-apocalyptic action romp with echoes of the vastly superior 28 Days Later, its sequel and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.
Neil Marshall's film begins promisingly but skitters into the realm of the ridiculous and he sates his appetite for on-screen carnage with gratuitous dismemberment and decapitation, including one character being flambeed alive then eaten by a carnivorousrabble.
Cheery. Bonus features include featurettes. *****
THE MUPPET SHOW - SEASON THREE (PG)
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RELIVE memorable appearances from special guests Alice Cooper, Liberace, Sylvester Stallone and Raquel Welch in 24 digitally remastered and restored episodes of Jim Henson's entertaining and educational series.
Kermit the Frog and his sweetheart Miss Piggy lead the fun and frolics, aided by Fozzie Bear, piano player Rolfe and a host of colourful characters who love to sing and dance.
Extras include several featurettes.
DOCTOR WHO - SERIES 4 VOLUME 4 (PG)
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THE Doctor's assistants Donna (Catherine Tate), Rose (Billie Piper) and Martha (Freema Agyeman) join forces to save the Timelord (David Tennant) and prevent the Daleks engineering their diabolical masterplan.
However, Davros reveals that one of the companions must die, as decreed by prophecy in the final three episodes of BBC1's iconic series.
NEW TRICKS - SERIES 4 (15)
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THE Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad, fronted by feisty superintendent Sandra Pullman (Amanda Redman), re-examines eight old investigations in search of the truth in the popular BBC1 series.
Previously retired officers Standing (Dennis Waterman), Halford (James Bolam) and Lane (Alun Armstrong) bring their expertise to bear to solve the mysteries, with guest stars George Baker, Eric Sykes and Jeremy Sheffield.
THE 4400 - THE FOURTH SEASON (12)
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THE self-confessed saviour of humanity Jordan Collier (Billy Campbell) pursues his destiny, establishing an enclave of Seattle called Promise City.
However, political tensions explode, culminating in a murder plot and a cliffhanger finale to 13 episodes from the fourth and final series of the award-winning sci-fi drama.
LOVE IN A COLD CLIMATE (PG)
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THIS lavish adaptation of Nancy Mitford's semi-autobiographical novel stars Rosamund Pike as Fanny, a young aristocrat in search of love and stability against the backdrop of 30s pre-war London.
With her future seemingly secure, Fanny watches best friends Linda (Elizabeth Dermot Walsh) and Polly (Megan Dodds) chase their dreams of happiness with limited success.
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