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STRANGE WILDERNESS (Cert 15, 82 mins)

DRUG-ADDLED slacker Peter Gaulke (Steve Zahn) has followed in the footsteps of his father as the less than gregarious host of an ailing natural history television show. When the boss of the network (Jeff Garlin) sensibly threatens to cancel the programme, Peter launches a last-gasp effort to stay on air by travelling to Costa Rica in search of Bigfoot, with his trusty crewin tow. The expedition leads the team into the snarling jaws of danger as they tussle with carnivorous beasties and a deranged Vietnamveteran (Robert Patrick). ***

CHILDREN OF GLORY(Cert 15, 115 mins)

A TALE of sporting triumph unfolds against the backdrop of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 in Krisztina Goda's historical drama. Water polo star Karcsi Szabo (Ivan Fenyo) cares only about representing his beloved Hungary at the Melbourne Olympic Games, using his good looks to bed any woman who takes his fancy. During a student protest in Budapest against the USSR, Karcsi meets student Viki (Kata Dobo), who believes he bears a responsibility to unshackle her homeland from communist rule. **

DARK CITY (Director's Cut) (Cert 15, 107 mins)

SET in an anonymous future, Dark City stars Rufus Sewell as John Murdoch, an everyman who wakes to find himself covered in blood with the mutilated body of a woman in his bedroom. He doesn't remember committing the crime, and as he begins to piece together the fragments of his memory, strange things begin to happen. Alien beings, William Hurt's tenacious police inspector, Jennifer Connelly's vastly underwritten love interest and Richard O'Brien in a raincoat all get thrown into the mix. ***
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 3, 2008
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