This drama about the Iraq War features Ben Foster as a soldier sent back to America who is given the task of notifying families when their sons have been killed in overseas fighting. He works with an older, more experienced officer (Woody Harrelson). It's a difficult job at best, but becomes more complicated when he becomes infatuated with the widow of a fallen soldier (Samantha Morton). Jena Malone plays his loyal girlfriend. Directed by Oren Moverman. Categories: Drama, Romance, War. Year: 2009.
Jena Malone in The Messenger
When Amy (Jena Malone) and her friends head to Mexico on vacation, they intend to use their time to party and learn a little bit about a different culture. Instead, while exploring an ancient Mayan temple, they learn that the practice of human sacrifice is very much alive. As the friends try to fight against a group of locals who force them to stay at the ruins, the unsuspecting tourists are overrun by thousands of mysterious, slithering creatures that want to crawl beneath their skin. Directed by Carter Smith. With Jonathan Tucker, Shawn Ashmore and Laura Ramsey. Categories: Horror, Thriller. Year: 2008.
Jena Malone in The Ruins
Based on the nonfiction bestseller, this film tells the story of Chris (Emile Hirsch), a bright young college graduate from a troubled family who decides to go off on his own and live off the land. On the road, he makes friends with a sweet teenage girl (Kristen Stewart) and a lonely widower (Hal Holbrook). His parents (William Hurt and Marcia Gay Harden) and sister (Jena Malone) become frantic, since they have no idea where he is. Eventually he abandons his new friends as he heads deep into the Alaskan wilderness, determined to live by his wits alone. With Catherine Keener and Vince Vaughn. Directed by Sean Penn. Categories: Adventure, Biography, Drama. Year: 2007.
Jena Malone in Into the Wild
Mrs. Bennet (Brenda Blethyn) has always raised her five daughters to be aware of the importance of marrying a wealthy husband to secure their futures. But, the situation becomes desperate when the family learns that if Mr. Bennet (Donald Sutherland) dies before one of his daughters marries, their estate will be handed over to a distant cousin. Luckily, wealthy bachelor Mr. Bingley (Simon Woods) and his friend Mr. Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen) arrive in town to spend the summer, bringing with them a sense of hope. But, while the shy, beautiful Jane (Rosamund Pike) quickly falls in love with Mr. Bingley, independent, strong-willed Lizzie (Keira Knightley) finds Mr. Darcy snobbish and swears to loathe him forever. Directed by Joe Wright. With Jena Malone, Tom Hollander and Judi Dench. Categories: Drama, Romance, Based on a Novel. Year: 2005.
Jena Malone in Pride & Prejudice
Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal) is your average 1980s suburban teenager, except that he is beset by visions of a giant, sinister rabbit and recently had an airplane engine fall through the roof of his bedroom. After the demonic bunny tells him that the world will end in 28 days, Donnie falls for the new girl in town (Jena Malone) and tries to make sense of his life before time runs out. Directed by Richard Kelly. With Holmes Osborne, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Mary McDonnell, Patrick Swayze, Noah Wyle, Seth Rogen and Drew Barrymore. Categories: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Independent Film. Year: 2001.
Jena Malone in Donnie Darko
Dr. Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster) is an independent radio astronomer who rockets into celebrity after she finds a coherent radio signal emanating from deep space. Deciphering the message with the help of Palmer Joss (Matthew McConaughey), Ellie discovers plans for building an advanced machine of unknown power. As Ellie prepares to test the device, she stands at the precipice of what may be the greatest moment in human history, or possibly its last. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. With William Fichtner, James Woods and Angela Bassett. Categories: Drama, Sci-Fi, Mystery. Year: 1997.
Jena Malone in Contact