Oct 28 2013

Review: The Bling Ring

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Sofia Coppola’s career seems to be divided almost equally between two polar opposites: there are introspective style pieces like The Virgin Suicides and the sublime Lost in Translation; and then there are movies about characters that are defined and obsessed by celebrity. Her Marie Antoinette portrayed the Queen of France as the fanciful It-Girl of the 18th Century while her much maligned Somewhere explored the navel-gazing ennui of a fading movie star.

In The Bling Ring, Coppola has perhaps found her most vacuous subjects yet – and we don’t actually mean that as an insult.

Based on a true crime story, it sees a group of semi-privileged Los Angeles teenagers who burgled the homes of celebrities, stealing over $3million in cash and designer goods. Marc, a gay teen with self-diagnosed low self esteem, starts attending a new school only to immediately fall in with the LA equivalent of the Queen Bees from Mean Girls (led by newcomer Katie Chang). There is little attempt to portray these characters as anything but what they are — and what they are is the worst.

As Marc follows his new friends into a dark world of celebrity B&Es, we find ourselves less inclined to sympathise with him. They break into the mansions of stars like Paris Hilton, posting incriminating pictures on Facebook. They steal things from Megan Fox‘s house, all the while talking about her as though they were friends. All the characters display classic psychotic behaviour.

Despite what the posters may tell you, Emma Watson isn’t necessarily the star of this film. Her character is merely one of the gang: a home-schooled rich-girl whose mother (Leslie Mann) is raising her with a weird blend of Christianity, new-age positive thinking and reverence for celebrity culture. Watson’s valley girl accent is a little too mannered to fully blend in with her American co-stars but to her credit, there’s never a moment when you go ‘Hey, that’s Hermione’. She succeeds in becoming the film’s most odious character, a title for which she has plenty of competition.

If reality television has taught us anything, it’s this: while shows like The Kardashians and TOWIE are masquerading as car-crash TV (made from a superficial perspective of disapproval), they’ve actually created aspiration figures for a generation of youths who would like nothing more than to be famous for nothing other than being famous. In a turn of events that can only be seen as a cruel trick played on humanity, one of the real-life gang has since scored her own TV show on the back of her crimes.

Coppola has succeeding in intentionally making a movie with no redeeming characters – one that leaves you with a sense of disbelief and frustration at where society is heading. By dissecting modern celebrity worship and self-obsessive youth culture, she’s created her tightest film and most entertaining effort since Lost in Translation.

Rating: ★★★★

The Bling Ring is now available at blinkbox

Oct 28 2013

The final ‘Catching Fire’ trailer will have you holding your ears, shrieking

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The last time we left Katniss Everdeen, the poor rural girl had become the biggest celebrity in all of future-dystopia land. Having won the hearts of her adoring public by slaughtering leagues of other children, her fate was left uncertain. By saving the life of her friend Peeta, she had incurred the ire of her totalitarian government.
In this final trailer before the release of Catching Fire, we’re getting a pretty shocking preview of what Katniss can expect from her next adventure.

For a final trailer, this clip is actually pretty short on story details. In place, there’s an emphasis on tension that suggests there will be a lot more action this time round. And also more Donald Sutherland, of whom the kids simply can’t get enough.

Coming off the back of an Oscar win this year for Silver Linings Playbook, we’re expecting Jennifer Lawrence to shine as usual, bringing strength and gravitas to a genre that rarely deserves it. We know this movie is kind of meant for teenagers but we can’t help being a little excited by it.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will fight all other movies to the death from 21 November

Oct 28 2013

Win a Hudl with our Halloween Costume Competition!

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In this week’s competition, we’re asking you to send us your best TV and Movie themed Halloween Costumes.

Other users will then vote on their favourite costume –the entry with the most votes will win a new Hudl tablet from Tesco.

Boasting a 7″ screen and loaded with the Android operating system, it will allow customers to access everything on Google and over a million apps. On top of that, this great new device will provide you instant access to many of Tesco’s services including banking, grocery shopping and –most importantly– blinkbox!

Additionally, anyone who votes for their favourite costume will be entered into a draw with the chance to win a £50 blinkbox voucher!

Click here to enter

The competition is now closed for entries. Good Luck to all those who entered!

Oct 28 2013

“Anything you want, old sport”: New Releases Monday 28 October 2013

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The Great Gatsby
Perhaps most famous for his OTT adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, Australian director Baz Luhrmann puts his hyper-kinetic spin on The Great American Novel. As seen from the eyes of young Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) it tells the story of Jay Gatsby, a mysterious millionaire known for throwing the biggest parties on Long Island. Despite his immense wealth, Gatsby seems to have his sights solely fixed on Daisy Buchanan (Carrie Mulligan), a married woman from his past.

Luhrmann’s film is bigger and louder than anyone could have reasonably expected but a stonking soundtrack and a handful of breakout performances (Elizabeth Debicki, excellent as tomboy Jordan Baker) ensure that this screaming locomotive stays on its tracks.

Now You See Me
Slighted by some as a Christopher Nolan tribute act, this high-stakes thriller is a lot of fun in its own right. Jesse Eisenberg leads a group of Las Vegas illusionists who have been mysteriously assembled for reasons far grander than to entertain gamblers. During one show, they manage to teleport all the money from a French bank into their audience thousands of miles away, sparking off an investigation from the FBI.

The all-star cast includes Woody Harrelson and The Dark Knight’s Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine!

The Internship
Bringing back the Wedding Crashers super team of Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, this new comedy sees the pair of them play a pair of recently unemployed middle-aged men who somehow luck into an internship at Google. Naturally, they have no idea about how a computer works, which is where the humour comes from! Wilson and Vaughn are some of the most naturally charming actors working in comedy, so it’s always good to spend an hour or two in their company, right?

The Bling Ring
Based on a true crime story, Sofia Coppola’s latest film sees a group of semi-privileged Los Angeles teenagers who burgled the homes of celebrities, stealing over $3 million in cash and designer goods. Emma Watson continues her foray into non-Potter acting as one of these vacuous girls, succeeding in creating the most unlikeable character in a story full of odious characters. A dark and bitter indictment of our modern celebrity-worshipping culture, this is Coppola’s best film since Lost in Translation.

Before Midnight (New to Rent)
Following on from the indie classics Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, this latest film picks up with Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke’s characters already married for nine years. On a lazy summer holiday in Greece we find them strolling across beaches, drinking ouzo and shooting the breeze about life, love, family and the future. If you haven’t seen either of the previous films, do yourself a favour by watching them in order – in our estimation, this is perhaps the finest film trilogy of all time.

Snitch (New to Rent)
Dwayne Johnson plays John, the owner of a successful construction company who puts his career and life on the line when his son is convicted for a drug crime he didn’t commit. Sentenced to a minimum of ten years in prison, the boy is offered a deal by the district’s attorney (Susan Sarandon): inform on a drug dealer in exchange for time off. Knowing the old prison maxim of “snitches get stitches”, The Rock shoulders the responsibility and dives headfirst into the criminal underworld as a mole. Not quite the action-fest one might be expecting from a Dwayne Johnson movie, this film provides a great showcase for his skills as a genuine dramatic actor.

For more of the latest films, head over to New Releases

Oct 25 2013

Halloween Horrors: Scary Films for Kids of all Ages

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Halloween is just around the corner and kids all around the country are getting into the spirit of the season. Between stocking up on chocolates and preparing their costumes, there’s a good chance that the wee’uns are going to want to watch something scary! Not just creepy but something to really shock them.

We’re fully aware of the fact that it’s now 2013. In the old days, fathers could get away with showing their 6 year-old sons The Shining and terrifying the hell out of him (true story: thanks, Dad!) but in this age of PC-gone-mad, parents are noticeably less keen to let their kids watch anything that has the potential to upset them.

So as to help parents and guardians navigate the murky waters of Family Chillers this Halloween, we’ve put together this list of excellent scary films, organised by age suitability:


Any Scooby-Doo Cartoon
Bounding in at the lowest end of the scare-spectrum are the continuing adventures of Scooby, Shaggy, Velma, Fred and Daphne. The gang have been travelling the world in The Mystery Machine since the late 60s but their exploits are as disposable and fun as ever. In fact, the string of straight-to-video animated features from the past few years are actually better than Scooby-Doo episodes from its heyday. (The secret was to eliminate Scrappy-Doo)

And don’t worry about your kids getting nightmares: without fail, the paranormal mystery always turns out to be an evil property developer or something!


Teenager Sarah (Jennifer Connolly) is tired of babysitting her infant brother. She wants to do grown-up things and flippantly wishes that goblins would just take the boy away. But you know what they say about wishes coming true? In Sarah case, she’s transported to the magical world of the Labyrinth where she must make her way past the challenges set by The Goblin King (David Bowie) if she has any chance of saving her baby bro.

An indispensable part of any 80s child’s upbringing, this film directed by Jim Henson functions as a nostalgic Rorschach Test. Many of us remember wanting to be besties with Hoggle and Ludo, the two adorable creatures Sarah picks up on her quest; some of us recall Jennifer Connolly as our first movie crush; and most of us have never forgotten the image of Bowie in those tight, tight, tight trousers.


Taking a page out of the Tim Burton playbook, Laika Animation Studios brings this spooky, good-natured film about a lonely young boy who –much like Haley Joel Osment– can see dead people. And talk to them too. Nobody believes him, of course, making him an outside in his own town and even in his own family. But when zombies start coming alive and pursuing the townspeople, it’s Norman who must come to the rescue! Usually, we try to avoid movies with puns in the title but in the case of ParaNorman, we happily made an exception.

Monster House
It’s no surprise that this film has that mythical suburban Spielberg vibe to it. After all, the ‘berg executive produced this animated movie along with Back to the Future director Robert Zemeckis.

DJ is an adolescent boy whose parents have gone away for Halloween weekend. Like any child his age, he’s terrified of the creepy man in the run-down house across the street. The thing is, it’s not the man he should be scared of but the house itself, which turns into a child-eating monster when nobody else is watching.

Teaming up with his best friend, Chowder and a cute girl from the local private school, DJ has to find a way to stop the house before Halloween evening, when it gobble-up unsuspecting trick or treaters!

Based on an original idea, the screenplay was co-written by Dan Harmon, who has gone on to become one of TV’s most respected comedy writers and the creator of Community. The film has some genuinely scary moments but nothing that a smart 7 year-old won’t be able to handle.


While their divorcee dad is off working, two brothers are left alone to get on each other’s nerves in the way that all young siblings always do. In their dusty basement, they find an old clockwork board game called Zathura, which they begin to play. Of course, this is no ordinary set of snakes and ladder and the boys quickly realise that the game’s cards have the power to affect their reality, taking their entire house on a magical space adventure!

Directed by a pre-Iron Man Jon Favreau, Zathura is a spiritual sequel to Jumanji in the sense that the two are based on books by Chris Van Allsburg and both of them are about magical board games. It’s less a ‘spooky film’ than a thrilling, Goonies-style adventure but this is such an underrated film, we wanted to show it some love. Keep an eye out for its young cast including Josh Hutcherson from The Hunger Games and Twilight star Kristen Stewart!

When her family uproots to a dreary new town thousands of miles away, young Coraline couldn’t be more frustrated: with her broken-down home, with her aged neighbours, and with her inattentive parents (Teri Hatcher and John Hodgman). Discovering a secret hatch in the house, she is spirited away to another place: a magical world populated by colourful and fantastical versions of everyone she knows: her new mother looks just like her old one, only cheerier and with terrifying buttons for eyes. In fact, everyone here has buttons for eyes.

Adapted from a book by Neil Gaiman, the real visionary behind this film is Henry Selick, the man who actually directed The Nightmare Before Christmas (and not Tim Burton, as everyone assumes). Like one of Grimm’s fairy tales, this film is much darker than your average kiddie-flick but with its beautiful visuals, haunting score and endearing female lead, Coraline is a cut above the rest.


The Witches

When his parents tragically pass away, young Luke is taken up by his wise Norwegian grandmother, who teaches him about the secret lives of witches. As it would happen, these hideous crones live amongst us and adopt elaborate disguises – all for the express purpose of exterminating children.

Accompanying his Nana to an English seaside resort, Luke inadvertently stumbles upon Britain’s largest convention of witches, who have gathered in the ballroom for their AGM!

For the most part, this is a very faithful adaptation Roald Dahl’s darkest children’s novel, thanks in part to the Jim Henson Company’s truly gruesome make-up effects. Behind the camera is legendary director Nic Roeg, who lends the same mastery of atmosphere he brought to grown-up classics like Don’t Look Now and The Man Who Fell to Earth. The Witches has haunted the dreams of many a child who saw it back in the 90s and for the most part, it still holds up over 20 years later.

The Hole
This film is a rarity in our modern age: a nuts-and-bolts horror film that’s both scary and perfect for younger viewers. Like quite a few of the entries on this list, it involves two boys and one girl stumbling upon something creepy in their house. In this case, it’s a hole in their basement that seems to contain their greatest fears. Behind the camera is director Joe Dante, whose trademark blend of horror and humour has always shone through in films of his like Gremlins, The Howling and Inner Space. If your tweens and early teens are looking for something to watch from behind a sofa cushion or through their fingers, you could do a lot worse than renting The Hole.


Pan’s Labyrinth
Guillermo del Toro’s undisputed masterpiece is, for us, also one of the finest films made this century. Taking place during the Spanish Civil War it centres on Ofelia, a young girl whose mother is getting re-married to a sadistic general. She discovers a creature she believes to be a fairy and follows it down to magical labyrinth where she’s given three challenges by a hulking faun.

Ofelia’s quest brings her in contact with a number of wonderful and terrifying creatures that test her wits and courage amidst her grim reality. Del Toro does a masterful job contrasting the surrounding horror with her mythical journey — playing with the audience’s suspicions that it may just be a product of her imagination.

A few moments of graphic violence have resulted in a 15 Certificate so parents may want to pre-watch this before they screen it for their young teens*. But if they do, they’ll be treating their kids to one of the most profound cinematic experiences of recent years.

*As always, the BBFC’s ratings are advisements. It’s up to you as a parent to determine whether your child is ready for these films. But seriously: kids are more robust than we give them credit for.

For more family-friendly Halloween films, go to our Treat or Treat Collection at blinkbox

Oct 25 2013

Fifty Shades: Who is this Jamie Dornan guy and why is he in the news?

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Last week, we reported that Charlie Hunnam had walked away from the lead role in Sam Taylor-Wood’s upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation, leaving the door open for another star to waltz right in and steal the show

Well, strike up the orchestra and pull back the curtain because the film world has found its newest star: Jamie Dornan!

Who’s that?

Well, we’re glad you asked…

From a cursory internet search, we’ve discovered that Mr Dornan is a 31 year old model-turned-actor from County Down in Northern Ireland. Before making his acting debut in 2005′s Marie Antoinette, he was largely know from his appearances in the weekly glossies as Keira Knightley‘s gentleman companion in the early 2000s. Since then, he’s been building his own profile through a number of roles in film and television.

With his background as a model for Calvin Klein and Armani, he certainly has the ‘babe-factor’ Fifty Shades fans have been clamouring for, but there’s more to him than just that. Anyone who saw this year’s Irish crime drama The Fall will know what we’re talking about: playing a Belfast serial killer who hides his crimes and urges from his young family, he showed a haunted darkness that impressed audiences and critics alike. We imagine its a quality that will come in handy playing a kinky millionaire.

In short, we think he’s more than just another model-turned actor. With his chiseled features and seemingly tortured soul, he could very well be the new Michael Fassbender should he play his cards right.

We’ll leave you on a final piece of trivia: Dornan’s high profile role will almost certainly make him the most famous alumnus of Teesside University!

Fifty Shades of Grey is still on track for a Summer 2014 release


Oct 24 2013

Trailer: A first look at ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

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Phase 2 of Marvel’s grand scheme of box-office domination continues with the sequel to 2011′s under-rated Captain America. Following directly on from The Avengers, Winter Soldier sees  the iconic fish-out-of-water hero return with Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie and Samuel L Jackson in tow.

Making his first foray into the world of superhero movies is screen legend Robert Redford as a yet-unknown government figure. Whether he’ll turn out to be a villain or a mentor has yet to be seen, but he’ll undoubtedly bring another layer of legitimacy to the Marvel Universe.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier suits up 28 March 2014

Oct 23 2013

“And Starring Seth Rogen as Himself”: 13 Actors Who Played Themselves

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In Seth Rogen‘s directorial debut This Is the End, a number of well known actors (playing themselves) attend an opulent shindig at James Franco‘s house when the apocalypse brings the party to a grinding halt. Faced with demons and newly murderous celebrities roaming the streets of Los Angeles, Rogen and Franco barricade the doors along with Jonah Hill and Danny McBride. It’s all fun and games to start with but eventually, their various egos will get the better of them.

Featuring cameo appearances from dozens of well-known celebrities, This Is the End has  inspired us to compile this list of our 13 favourite film performances by actors playing themselves!

1. Neil Patrick Harris – Harold and Kumar
This is the role that transformed Neil Patrick Harris from being a former child actor and Broadway hoofer into a full-blown Hollywood star. After his second appearance as the skirt-chasing ‘Neil Patrick Harris’ in the Harold & Kumar series, he went public as a gay man. So when it came time for NPH’s re-appearance in the third film, they had some serious ‘splaining to do!

2. Bruce Willis – Ocean’s Twelve & What Just Happened
We all remember that part in Ocean’s Twelve where Julia Roberts’ character pretends to be Julia Roberts in order to con the actual Bruce Willis, right?. You may not, however, remember Willis’ fun cameo as the ranting prima donna ‘Bruce Willis’ in What Just Happened. Based on a true Hollywood memoir by producer Art Linson, there’s a scene in which the main character (Robert De Niro) tries to convince a massive star to alter his look for a project.

This incident was based entirely on an experience Linson had with actor Alec Baldwin, who allegedly refused to shave his beard off for his role in The Edge.

3 & 4. Ben Affleck & Matt DamonJay and Silent Bob Strike Back

This doesn’t quite rank with the funniest scene Kevin Smith has ever written. In fact, it’s an embarrassing little riff on Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s finest moment. On the upside, though, we do get to see director Gus Van Sant on-screen for once!

5. Al Pacino – Jack and Jill
It’s accepted that Jack and Jill was a terrible movie. Adam Sandler plays a pair of twins: one’s a curmudgeonly advertising executive, the other one a fart-prone woman! However, the one redeeming feature of the film comes in the form of Al Pacino playing a lusty, eccentric version of himself! As you might expect, it’s not long before Pacino claps eyes on Jill and goes about getting his wicked way with her. Hoo-hah!

6. Bill Murray – Space Jam & Zombieland

The king of the comic deus ex machina, Bill Murray rocks up at the third act to save the day in both of these films! In Space Jam, he’s the much-needed fifth man in Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny’s last-minute comeback; in Zombieland he provides enough Bill Murray to turn a good film into a great one!

7. Sam Jones Ted
Mark Wahlberg knows he’s got to spend less time messing around with his friends and pay more attention to girlfriend Mila Kunis. But when presented with the opportunity to party with Sam Jones a.k.a. Flash Gordon a.k.a. Saviour of the Universe, how could he say no?

8. & 9. Steve Coogan & Alfred Molina – Coffee and Cigarettes
After perennially popular Alan Partridge, the most successful character in Steve Coogan’s comedy arsenal is that of ‘Steve Coogan’: self-absorbed actor. He’s reared his ugly head in a number of projects including A Cock and Bull Story and BBC’s The Trip — but he’s never been better than in Jim Jarmusch’s short anthology, Coffee and Cigarettes. In one of the film’s best vignettes, Coogan meets up with actor Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2), who claims to have found evidence to suggest they’re distantly related. Coogan is seemingly more concerned about his Hollywood career however, and is less than excited about the discovery.

10. & 11. Ray Romano & Eminem — Funny People (clip contains swearing)

Adam Sandler plays George Simmons, a famous film star who looks and sounds a lot like Adam Sandler. When he’s given only months to live, he starts to consider his own mortality with the help of his celebrity friends, who are allowed to keep their real names for some reason.

12. Billy Zane – Zoolander
“Listen to your friend Billy Zane. He’s a cool dude.”

13. John Malkovich – Being John Malkovich

Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich? Malkovich.

This Is the End is now available to buy on early digital release at blinkbox


Oct 23 2013

Today in Trailers: a Double Helping of Ron Burgundy!

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It goes without saying that Anchorman sequel has been our most anticipated comedy of the year. Reuniting the Channel 4 news team of Ron Burgundy, Brian Fantana, Champ Kind and Brick Tamland, the upcoming comedy promises to be just as quotable as the original film if today’s two new trailers are anything to go by:

Did you spot Harrison Ford and Kristen Wiig? Did you check out all the wigs? Did you see the bottle-fed shark? If this movie is anything short of great, you can count us disappointed!

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues will almost certainly be kind of a big deal when it drops on 20 December

Oct 22 2013

John Grisham: The Lord Chief Justice of Legal Thrillers

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It’s 1984. In the state capitol of Jackson Mississippi, an attorney and newly elected congressman by the name of John Grisham is witnessing a trial involving the brutal sexual assault of a twelve year old girl.

“Her testimony was gut-wrenching, graphic, heartbreaking and riveting. Every juror was crying,” Grisham wrote, many years later in the New York Times. “I remember staring at the defendant and wishing I had a gun. And like that, a story was born.”

It took him four years to get that story on the shelves but the modestly successful A Time to Kill became the first brick in an impressive edifice of bestsellers by John Grisham. In many ways echoing To Kill a Mockingbird, the book centres around the trial of an African-American man who murders his daughter’s rapists in cold blood. Looking to avoid the death penalty, he turns to lawyer Jake Brigance and his team, who must contend with corrupt officials and institutional racism on their road to a verdict.

The book was turned into a memorable film in 1996 starring Matthew McConaughey and Sandra Bullock (two stars still going strong in 2013) and was one of many top-drawer legal thrillers inspired by Grisham’s work. In fact, it’s quite alarming how successfully his books have been adapted for the big screen. Part of that success comes from his strong sense of character and the fact that his stories aren’t really about courtroom intrigue; they simply use legal procedure as a means to slowly unveil a story.

Twenty four years after the publication of his debut novel, Grisham has returned to Ford County, Mississippi for a new Jake Brigance novel entitled Sycamore Row. To celebrate its release, we have this very special message from the man himself:

You heard what he said! We’ve got a load of quality titles in our John Grisham Collection including great films like:

The Firm (1993)
There was a point in Tom Cruise‘s career where the only character he played was a ‘young hot-shot whatever’. In The Firm, he’s a young hot-shot lawyer from Harvard who’s lured to a big firm in Memphis with promises of wealth and power. His boss  (Gene Hackman) is able to deliver on these promises but also neglects to explain how the partnership is deeply connected with the mob and gathers blackmail material on each of their employees. Whoops! Guess he should’ve asked some questions at the interview!

The Pelican Brief (1993)
When two US Supreme Court justices are assassinated, the public-at-large are led to believe that the killings were politically motivated. When a young hot-shot law student (Julia Roberts) stumbles upon a report connecting the two judges to an environmental ruling, she finds out there are darker, greedier forces at work. In a common Grisham motif, a little knowledge is a very dangerous thing indeed as she becomes their next target.

The Client (1994)
Susan Sarandon was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance as Reggie Love, a southern lawyer and recovering alcoholic who puts everything on the line to protect her client: a young boy who has witnessed something that the local mob wishes he didn’t. It’s up to her to protect the child from charismatic District Attorney (Tommy Lee Jones), who is looking to use the boy for his own political gain even if it means putting him in harm’s way!

In the high court judgment of Jones v Sarandon, the only winner is us: the audience!

The Chamber (1996)
Chris O’Donnell takes the Cruise role as the young hot-shot lawyer. Working for a big city firm, he threatens to derail his burgeoning career by representing his own grandfather (Gene Hackman), a Klansman on death row for a racially-motivated bombing in the 1960s. It’s a crackerjack set-up with a number of compelling twists and turns along the way. As with A Time to Kill, it finds Grisham investigating the root of modern racism in America’s Deep South while getting his word in about the death penalty. Also note: this is Hackman’s second appearance on this list!

Runaway Jury (2003)
It’s the final entry in Gene Hackman‘s Grisham trilogy. He plays a jury selection expert tasked with winning a massive firearms case by selecting individuals sympathetic to his clients’ cause. He makes an enormous mistake, however, when a jury member (John Cusack) turns out to be a professional grifter, who offers to sell the verdict to the highest bidder. As the lead defense council, Dustin Hoffman is in fine, subtle form opposite a blustering Hackman in his last great performance.

On top of this tremendous collection, we’re also pleased to host one of our most exciting competitions yet!

If you head to the competition page and enter your details, you will stand a chance to win a weekend trip to New York City to go and see A Time to Kill on Broadway!


So go ahead and enter now!

Sycamore Row is now available in hardback