One of television's most critically acclaimed programs, the Peabody Award-winning drama series 'The Wire' continues to challenge viewers with a "cop show" unlike anything on air. The fifth and final season of 'The Wire' centers on the media's role in addressing - or failing to address - the fundamental political, economic and social realities depicted over the course of the series, while also resolving storylines of the numerous characters woven throughout the narrative arc of the show.
The epic graphic novel by Frank Miller (Sin City) assaults the screen with the blood, thunder and awe of its ferocious visual style faithfully recreated in an intense blend of live-action and CGI animation. Retelling the ancient Battle of Thermopylae, it depicts the titanic clash in which king Leonidas (Gerald Butler) and 300 Spartans fought to the death against Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and his massive Persian army. Experience history at swordpoint and movie making with a cutting edge.
With the fall of Barksdale and the ascent of young Marlo Stanfield as West Baltimore's drug king, the detail continues to "follow the money" up the political ladder in the midst of a mayoral election that pits the black incumbent, Clarence Royce against an ambitious white councilman, Tommy Carcetti.
The theme of urban education is explored through four new characters - Michael Lee, Namond Brice, Randy Wagstaff and "Dukie" Weems as they traverse adolescence in the stunted, drug-saturated streets of West Baltimore.
The world that awaits these boys and the American commitment to equal opportunity are depicted brilliantly in the edgy, all-too-realistic Season 4 of The Wire.
Everyone is feeling the heat in Baltimore. As Stringer Bell looks to diversify and Omar looks for revenge, the drug war is a losing campaign.
Bodies are piling up and a desperate mayor demands to see some victories before Election Day. But the police are running out of ammunition - wiretaps aren't working, and neither are stakeouts or street busts. Can one senior officer's radical reform really make a difference?
Barksdale's in jail, but the team is no better off. McNulty has been demoted to harbour patrol, Daniels is in the police archive dungeon, Prez is chafing in the suburbs and Greggs is stuck behind a desk.
Meanwhile, on the docks of the Baltimore harbour, the rank and file scrounge for work and the union bosses take illegitimate measures to reinvigorate business. But the discovery of 13 dead bodies in a shipping container is about to blow the whole port inside out. While the detail is on ice, a new case begins...
In West Baltimore, the narcotics and homicide divisions begrudgingly launch a sprawling investigation at the insistence of a frustrated judge.
Led by Lt. Daniels, the half-hearted detail focuses on Avon Barksdale and his partner, Stringer Bell, the two men behind a drug operation that reigns in the high-rises. Barksdale and Bell are also responsible for a string of murders - raps they always manage to beat. Despite resistance from up high, the Barksdale investigation will culminate in a complex series of dangerous wiretaps and surveillance.
Told from the point of view of both the police and their targets, the series captures a universe of subterfuge and surveillance, where easy distinctions between good and evil, and crime and punishment, are challenged at every turn.
Chris Cole (Mark Wahlberg) was born to rock. His long-time girlfriend Emily (Jennifer Aniston) believes he has the talent to go all the way but instead of writing his own music, Chris worships at the altar of Bobby Beers, the fiery frontman for Steel Dragon, the heavy metal rock legends that inspire and consume his life.
Soon his luck is about to change. When fellow band mates boot him out of the group he gets an unexpected phone call that changes his life forever. He has been scouted to replace Bobby Beers the lead singer of Steel Dragon. In an instant, Chris rockets to the dizzying heights of sudden stardom, rising from devotee to icon, from the ultimate rock fan to the ultimate rock god – the wanna-be who got to be. So what happens when an average guy gets everything he wants... and discovers it’s not enough? Rock Star is directed by Stephen Herek and stars Mark Wahlberg, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Flemyng, Timothy Olyphant, Timothy Spall and Dominic West.