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« on: February 24, 2013, 01:36:00 PM »

Watch A Good Day To Die Hard Online : For a nation bewitched by period dramas in which men wear hats and sip whiskey while making eyes at crimson-lipped women who smoke an endless succession of unfiltered cigarettes, the Sundance Channel miniseries "Restless" offers all that and more. Adapted by William Boyd from his novel of the same name, the miniseries, which premieres Friday, centers on a secret British intelligence agency attempting to draw the reluctant United States into World War II. Which means in addition to the fabulous clothes, there's a fabulous British cast, not to mention the endlessly fascinating world of espionage and a bit of revelatory World War II history.

Watch Warm Bodies Online: Oh, and if that weren't enough, it stars Michelle Dockery, enjoying PBS iconic status for her portrayal of Lady Mary in "Downton Abbey." Here, Dockery plays Ruth Gilmartin, a single mother and modern woman — or modern-ish, as the action begins in the 1970s. During an obligatory daughterly visit, Ruth's mother, Sally (Charlotte Rampling), expresses a seemingly paranoid concern that she is being watched. When Ruth matter-of-factly, if not kindly, suggests she see a doctor, Sally levels her daughter with a Ramplingesque look and hands her a dossier that reveals Sally's true past.

Watch Beautiful Creatures Online : Far from being Ruth's plain old British mother, Sally is really a native Russian who, after her brother was killed by fascists in the early '40s, was drafted by British intelligence and trained as a spy. As Ruth begins to read her mother's story, the narrative goes into flashback where we meet the young Eva Delectorskaya, played by Hayley Atwell. After swallowing the major inconsistency so often accompanying such past/present roles — Atwell's eyes are brown, Rampling's hypnotically blue — it's easy to get swept up in Eva's tale.  Seduced by Lucas Romer, who puts her through spy training at a Downton-like estate, Eva takes to her new life with alacrity, even though the missions we see her undertake often go horribly wrong.

Watch A Good Day To Die Hard Online : Ruth, meanwhile, is trying to come to terms with a mother she apparently never really knew — "none of us really knows anyone," Sally tells her at one point, "even those closest to us" — though any woman who looks like Rampling clearly has a past worth knowing. Sally is convinced that someone from that past has found her, with murderous intent. As the wartime narrative unfolds to reveal the events that might put Sally's life in danger 30 years later, Ruth struggles to believe. Co-produced by Sundance and the BBC, it's a very British story, a dimly lighted labyrinth of clipped sentences, meaningful glances and sudden bursts of passion rather than rock 'em, sock 'em car chases and gunplay.

Watch Dark Skies Online : The work Eva and her compatriots are doing consists mostly of introducing false intelligence into the foreign press in the hopes of confusing the Germans and, later, persuading the United States to come to the aid of the Allied forces. (So there are no Nikita-like acrobatics, which would have only split Eva's skirt anyway.) The subtle nature of the action makes the pace a bit slow at times, but since we all know that something will eventually cause Eva to ditch her ties to the British government and her identity, even the most staid scenes contain possible clues to the future. In both time frames, the period is richly evoked, and the performances are universally fine.

Watch Warm Bodies Online : Rather than go full-bore feisty, Atwell's Eva is a delicate mixture of fear and resolve; each time she manages to extricate herself from a bad situation, we see the palsied aftermath of relief, disbelief and delight. Sewell is an actor born to seduce, and Dockery proves that her brand of slender steeliness plays just as well in bell bottoms as in evening gowns. Even in such splendid company, though, Rampling is a beacon, radiating a carefully contained and riveting vitality. When, in the second episode, we finally meet the older Lucas, played by Michael Gambon, it's difficult not to wish that the scene would never end.

Watch Snitch Online : Real passion, we are reminded, is not the province of young lovers; it's something much more complicated and dangerous than that, and despite our best efforts, it cannot remain hidden. "Restless" comes on the heels of more than a few films about hidden wartime pasts, most of them about Nazis. Not so in this richly textured World War II spy-thriller based on a novel by William Boyd. Its heroine Sally Gilmartin (Charlotte Rampling) is, like all her spy colleagues, devoted to the Allied cause, as the film makes amply clear from the start. It doesn't take much longer to recognize that the story she has to tell is a deeply sinister one. To know that, it's only necessary to look at Sally in the opening scenes, set in the mid-1970s, as she reveals her past to her astounded adult daughter, Ruth (Michelle Dockery).

Watch Warm Bodies Online : It's hard to think of another actress with as formidable a gift as Ms. Rampling's for exuding a sense of menace. A power all the more potent in characters like Sally—that is, proud, assertive women, self-possessed and, in one way or another, haunted. It's a testament to the crackling intelligence of the script (written by Mr. Boyd) that the nature of that menace hangs elusively in the air until the end. Still, the real heart of this two-part series lies in the dazzling action scenes involving a British secret-service unit, told in flashback and set in splendidly evocative wartime (and prewartime) backgrounds—Paris, London, Washington, and there's a brief stop at 33rd Street and Third in New York.

Watch Beautiful Creatures Online : That's not to mention a long solo drive down a frightfully isolated road in New Mexico, past a prominent roadside sign announcing the way to Alamogordo—a name with a certain ring to it, Alamogordo having been the site of the first atomic-bomb test. The driver of that car had been Sally's younger self, British agent Eva Delectorskaya, Sally's real name. As her daughter, and we, learn at the outset, the person known as Sally Gilmartin had been born of Russian parents, had been a member of a British secret-service unit during the war and an espionage agent. One taught to use her wits, go behind enemy lines, and find her way back alone in strange terrain, miles from safety—the section on the spy training school.

Watch Beautiful Creatures Online : Its training exercises is itself worth tuning in for, if only for the blood chilling scenery—and to dispense with the enemy physically when necessary. Agent Eva's wartime history, revealed in those flashbacks (Hayley Atwell plays the young Eva), includes some spectacular instances in which she's shown doing just that. Thirty years after the war, she's preparing to use her wits again, to go behind enemy lines once more, so to speak, and even to take physical action against a foe. She's in danger from certain enemies over matters related to her wartime work, people determined to kill her, whose identities she will not disclose till the very end. Fearful—and much to her daughter's dismay—this widow of a respected academic visits the local arms dealer to buy protection.

Watch Identity Thief Online : She knows guns well, as she shows during that visit—an encounter eloquent in its detail, in her expertise on weaponry and bullets on casual display in her discussion with the gun dealer. A scene like numerous others in the show whose small moments deliver a large quotient of the heft and color in "Restless." When it comes to color, and for that matter heft, none of the characters, Ms. Rampling's Sally aside, is the equal of Lucas Romer. He's played by Rufus Sewell, who brings majestic verve to the role of the dashing spymaster and unrelenting disciplinarian, and also a boss who becomes something more than a friend to young Eva—one of the few revelations allowable about this drama perilously awash in potential spoilers.

Watch Die Hard 5 Online : There's not much, to be sure, likely to spoil the pleasures of this work, one of whose charms is a refreshingly unhurried air even as it goes ripping sharply along, suspenseful to the end. The latest Mel Brooks special comes titled "Mel Brooks Strikes Back!"—though at what it would be hard to say given this hour packed with Mr. Brooks at his most endearing. That doesn't, unsurprisingly, prevent him from sending his audience into gales of laughter over every mumbled half-sentence he utters, over his memories of Brooklyn and the Catskill Mountains, and also subjects a lot less rich in comic possibilities, like tomato sandwiches. The kind his mother used to make for his lunch, he explains, which she then delivered to her young son, sitting outdoors, by tossing them from the window of their apartment. That son proceeds to relate in extraordinary detail, and even more extraordinary confidence, how the tomato got squashed into the Kaiser roll, how he ate it, how he arranged for more squashed-tomato sandwiches, and a lot more it's impossible to find the confidence to describe here.