Dog Day Afternoon
(1975) Starring:Al Pacino, James Broderick, Charles Durning Director:Sidney Lumet Certificate: Watch now: Unavailable
Based on a true 1972 story, Sidney Lumet's 1975 drama chronicles a unique bank robbery on a hot summer afternoon in New York City. Shortly before closing time, scheming loser Sonny (Al Pacino) and his slow-witted buddy, Sal (John Cazale), burst into a Brooklyn bank for what should be a run-of-the-..read more »
...a cynical reporter manipulates a rescue effort to try to regain a job on a major newspaper...
Ace in the Hole(1951) Starring:Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Porter Hall Director:Billy Wilder Certificate:
A cave collapse in New Mexico traps a man, and all eyes turn toward the tragedy, including those of Charles "Chuck" Tatum (Kirk Douglas), a washed-up newspaper reporter who sees the incident as a ticket back to his former days at the top of the journalism heap. As the media circus begins to swirl ..read more »
...a television journalist uses a hostage situation to try to further his career...
(1997) Starring:Blythe D, Dustin Hoffman, Mia Kirshner Director:Costa Gavras Certificate:
Sacked museum security guard Sam Bailey (John Travolta) returns to his old place of employment to beg for his job back. Unfortunately, his method of negotiation involves pulling a gun on his boss and the situation suddenly escalates into a siege. TV reporter Max Brackett (Dustin Hoffman) happens to ..read more »
...a Hollywood film producer is hired to distract the electorate from a sex scandal by constructing a fake war...
Wag the Dog(1997) Starring:Dustin Hoffman, Woody Harrelson, Denis Leary Director:Barry Levinson Certificate: Watch now: Unavailable
In a 29-day shoot, Barry Levinson filmed this $15 million political and media satire, adapted by Hilary Henkin and David Mamet from Larry Beinhart's novel, American Hero. Two weeks prior to re-election, the President (Michael Belson) is accused of cornering an underage girl in the Oval Office. To ..read more »
...a man allows his life to becomes a 24/7 TV show...
(1999) Starring:Martin Landau, Ellen DeGeneres, Sally Kirklan Director:Ron Howard Certificate:
Ordinary guy Ed Pekurny (Matthew McConaughey) agrees to star in a new reality-based TV show which will follow his life twenty-four hours a day. The show isn't much of a success, until Ed begins to fall for Shari (Jenna Elfman), the girlfriend of his brother Ray (Woody Harrelson). Suddenly the ..read more »
...a television show where convicted criminal "runners" must escape death at the hands of professional killers...
The Running Man
(1987) Starring:Jim Brown, Jesse Ventura, Erland Van Lidth Director:Paul Michael Glaser Certificate:
Los Angeles, 2017: America has become a police state and its citizens are mollified with a steady diet of violent television shows. The most popular one is 'The Running Man' where convicts try to survive an invariably lethal obstacle course. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a prison escapee and sometime ..read more »
...a man is unaware that his whole life is a constructed reality soap opera.
How's It Going to End?
The Truman Show
(1998) Starring:Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich Director:Peter Weir Certificate:
Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey) has a seemingly idyllic lifestyle: a secure job, a loving family and a peaceful home. Yet, unbeknownst to him, his entire existence has been one long TV series, the people around him Hollywood actors, the town a massive studio set, and the whole show orchestrated by a ..read more »