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Angelina Jolie celebrates her 40th birthday today (June 4), and to mark the occasion here at Digital Spy we've rifled through our DVD collections to pick out our favourite Jolie films.
Remember her breakthrough with Hackers way back in the '90s? How about the ass-kicking turn in Tomb Raider or her soulful performance in A Mighty Heart? Read on to find out our Jolie favourites then have your say on her best big screen roles in the comments below...
With Hackers already spoken for, and Morgan Freeman's ridiculous 'loom of fate' ruining the otherwise rather decent Wanted, Jolie's turn as gaming icon Lara Croft looms largest over her career for me – largest in that it's still somehow seen as a rather huge mistake that she inexplicably recovered from. That reputation is one really worth reassessing, though. Sure, Jolie only narrowly missed out »
40. Empire Records
Directed by: Allan Moyle
Ah, the coming-of-age story. There was no sub-genre more hijacked for a quick buck in the 1990′s. In between the good ones (“Dazed and Confused,” “Boyz in the Hood”), the cheesy ones (“She’s All That,” “She Drives Me Crazy”), and the under-appreciated ones (“The Man in the Moon,” “Angus”), there were the middling ones that, if anything, boasted a cast that would go on to bigger, better things. Enter “Empire Records,” which is not only a coming-of-age story, but one that takes place at a record store, no less. Talk about the double dip. The entire film takes place over the course of one day, focusing on the employees, played by Anthony Lapaglia, Ethan Embry, Renee Zellweger, Rory Cochrane, and Liv Tyler. The independent record store is in Delaware – the hot spot of American music – and sees Joe (Lapaglia) allowing night manager Lucas »
- Joshua Gaul
We're currently in a cinematic climate fearful of the power of the internet, but cyber-stalking in particular has been a popular flavor with filmmakers going all the back to "The Net," in which Sandra Bullock found out just how much of your life can be erased through the nefarious use of computers. Two decades later, it's not just computers where we can be compromised, but on our smartphones, too. And if you're a really determined bad guy (or any kind of governmental security agency) you can even log every keystroke, password, and communication from a targeted piece of digital equipment. That seems to be of particular fascination to writer/director Branden Kramer who has turned his short film "Webcam" into the feature length "Ratter," a stalking tale that purports to be told through the eye of the omnipresent but unseen hacker himself. "Spring Breakers" star Ashley Benson leads the film as Emma, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
If we've learned anything from Hollywood lately, it's that the internet is a place where bad things happen and where we lose our very souls. Recent bummer movies about the online world have included the little-seen indie ensemble "Disconnect," Jason Reitman's misfire "Men, Women & Children" (which featured a harrowing sequence of what happens when a "Guild Wars" account is deleted), the laptop-set thriller "Open Windows" (get it?), and next week Michael Mann will deliver his hackers-gone-wild opus, "Blackhat." But perhaps nothing can prepare you for the trailer for "Cyberbully." "Game Of Thrones" star Maisie Williams stars in this Channel 4 TV movie about a young woman who is stalked online — Insert Frantic Keyboard Typing. This promo is a thing of wonder to behold in 2015, with production values and drama more reminiscent of Sandra Bullock's hard drive drama classic "The Net" than anything »
- Kevin Jagernauth
4 items from 2015
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