A futuristic story of a world owned by corporations that control a machine that can transform all humans into mutants, the film is about the leader (Ron Perlman) of an ancient brotherhood. He recruits an army of 20 warriors to save the human race. Led by Major Hunter (Thomas Jane), they include Devon Aoki and Anna Walton. John Malkovich plays an evil corporate executive. Can this small band really save the world? Directed by Simon Hunter. With Shauna Macdonald. Categories: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi. Year: 2008.
After tumbling down the stairs on prom night, Eugene Bell (Zach Cregger) falls into a four year coma. Woken up by his best friend Tucker (Trevor Moore), Eugene learns that his once innocent girlfriend Cindi (Raquel Alessi) has become a Playboy centerfold. To try to win Cindi back, Eugene and Tucker set out on a cross-country mission to gain entry to the Playboy mansion. Directed by Zach Cregger and Trevor Moore. With Craig Robinson, Molly Stanton, Alexis Raben and Eve Mauro. Categories: Comedy. Year: 2009.
A group of friends from college live together in a kind of urban commune in New York. They are both gay and straight and are from all different backgrounds and races. Seven years after they move to New York, things start to change. Julie (Nicole Bilderback) and Andrew (Ryan Locke) announce they are engaged. Everyone is happy for them, but their adult commitment seems to spell the end of the group's idyll. The arrival of Louie (Terry Serpico), a charismatic older figure, also changes the group dynamic forever. Directed by Chris Mason Johnson. With Thomas Sadoski, Colin Fickes, Andrew Wei Lin, Bill Sage, Larisa Polonsky, Cordelia Reynolds and Heather Litteer. Categories: Drama. Year: 2009.
The New Twenty
John Malkovich stars as Buck Howard, an aging hypnotist/magician whose career takes a turn for the better when he hires an eager young assistant (Colin Hanks, son of Tom Hanks). Toby, the assistant, is a law-school dropout, happy to get some life experience, and genuinely impressed by the antics of his temperamental boss. Emily Blunt plays a tough publicist who helps Buck get his name back in the headlines, and also becomes involved in a romance with Toby. Tom Hanks has a brief role as Toby's disapproving father, and several other celebrities have cameos, including Jon Stewart, Martha Stewart, Regis Philbin, Kelly Ripa and George Takei (Star Trek). Directed by Sean McGinly. With Steve Zahn. Categories: Comedy, Drama. Year: 2008.
The Great Buck Howard
After moving from Michigan to Oregon, Coraline Jones (Dakota Fanning), a feisty, adventurous young girl, finds a mysterious door that transports her to a parallel world. There, Coraline finds alternate versions of her mother (Teri Hatcher) and father (John Hodgman) and her eccentric neighbors, Miss Forcible (Dawn French), Miss Spink (Jennifer Saunders) and Mr. Bobinsky (Ian McShane) and the Cat (Keith David). Where Coraline felt ignored and neglected in the real world, she feels like the center of attention in this strange new land. But, when things start to get a little scary and her alternate mother sets out to keep her trapped in this other world, Coraline will have to use all her strength and courage to get back home. Directed by Henry Selick. Categories: Animation, Family, Fantasy, Based on a Novel. Year: 2009.
A romantic drama based on the life of poet Dylan Thomas, it stars Matthew Rhys as the hard-drinking poet and Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller as the women who compete for his love. Knightley plays Vera, his first love, whom he left behind years ago. They reconnect when she is a singer in London during World War II. But he is married then to the tempestuous Caitlin (Miller), a free spirit who loves him fiercely. Although they are rivals, the two women form a close friendship. Cillian Murphy plays a soldier who falls in love with Vera. Directed by John Maybury. Categories: Biography, Drama, Romance, War. Year: 2008.
The Edge of Love
Twelve jurors must decide the fate of a Chechen teenager (Apti Magamaev) who allegedly killed his Russian stepfather. While all signs point to the boy being the killer, one juror (Sergei Makovetsky) votes for aquittal. With the knowledge that they hold a life in their hands, the jurors review every detail of the case to see if they can come to a unanimous decision. Directed by Nikita Mikhalkov. With Mikhail Yefremov, Nikita Mikhalkov, Sergey Garmash, Aleksei Petrenko, Yuriy Stoyanov, Sergei Gazarov, Valentin Gaft, Mikhail Yefremov, Aleksey Gorbunov, Sergei Artsybashev, Viktor Verzhbitsky and Roman Madyanov. Categories: Crime, Drama, Thriller, War, Foreign Film. Year: 2007.
Casey Beldon (Odette Yustman) never knew she had a twin. But, when the dead boy's spirit begins to torment her soul from within, she must turn to Rabbi Sendak (Gary Oldman), a spiritual advisor, in order to save herself from total possession. Directed by David S. Goyer. With Cam Gigandet, Meagan Good, Jane Alexander, Idris Elba, Carla Gugino and James Remar. Categories: Horror, Thriller. Year: 2009.
Hiding in China from a secret US government agency, Cassie Holmes (Dakota Fanning), Nick Gant (Chris Evans), Alyssa English (Camilla Belle) and the other members of a group of young American expats with telekinetic and clairvoyant abilities must band together to fight for their freedom. Using their unique talents, the group faces off with Agent Henry Carver (Djimon Hounsou), a government official with powers of his own. Directed by Paul McGuigan. With Maggie Siff, Cliff Curtis, Joel Gretsch, Neil Jackson and Nate Mooney. Categories: Sci-Fi, Thriller, Action. Year: 2009.
After a recent breakup, Leonard (Joaquin Phoenix), an aspiring photographer, moves back to his childhood home in Brooklyn. Concerned fo rhis future, Leonard's parents set him up with Sandra (Vinessa Shaw), the kind, sweet daughter of a close family friend. But, around the same time, Leonard becomes infatuated with Michele (Gwyneth Paltrow), a beautiful woman who is having a self-destructive affair with a married man. Forced to make a choice between the two women, Leonard must decide between love and desire, and risks the possibility that he could end up all alone. Directed by James Gray. With Isabella Rossellini, Elias Koteas and Moni Moshonov. Categories: Drama, Romance. Year: 2008.
After her father is kidnapped, Chun-Li (Kristin Kreuk) sets out into the streets of Hong Kong looking for revenge. With her sights set on a seemingly unstoppable foe, Chun-Li will have to push the limits of her martial arts skills to bring him to justice. Directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak. With Michael Clarke Duncan, Moon Bloodgood, Neal McDonough, Chris Klein and Robin Shou. Categories: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller. Year: 2009.
Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li
Charlie Banks (Jesse Eisenberg) is an insecure college student who reconnects with Mick (Jason Ritter), a bully who tormented him when they were kids. Now he is drawn into a strange friendship with Mick, but then he learns that Mick may have committed a horrible crime and isn't sure what to do. The film was directed by Fred Durst, the frontman for the band Limp Bizkit. Directed by Fred Durst. With Eva Amurri, Sebastian Stan, Gloria Votsis and Chris Marquette. Categories: Drama. Year: 2007.
The Education of Charlie Banks
Chaz Davenport (Gabriel Mann) is the proprietor of what promises to be the most popular nightclub in town. Although Chaz is surrounded by the music he loves and has his pick of gorgeous women, he also has to deal with the city's constant blackouts and a menacing loan shark, both of which threaten his dream. Making matters worse, Chaz finds himself in a love triangle with Crystal (Bijou Phillips), the club's star performer, and Madelaine (Izabella Miko), a mysterious and seductive new singer. And, when people close to him begin turning up dead, Chaz must decide who he can trust as he's drawn into the city's darkest recesses. Directed by Rachel Samuels. With Elias Koteas, Jarreth J. Merz and Michael Fairman. Categories: Drama, Thriller, Music, Musical. Year: 2008.
Discovering that he has no memory of an Israeli Army mission he participated in during the first Lebanon War of the early 1980s, filmmaker Ari Folman sets out on a journey to recover a piece of his life that has been missing for over 20 years. Interviewing old friends and comrades around the world, Folman begins to remember the events as a series of surreal images that lead him deeper and deeper into the mystery of this lost period. Directed by Ari Folman. With Ori Sivan. Categories: Documentary, Animation, Biography, Drama, War. Year: 2008.
Waltz with Bashir
Rebecca Bloomwood (Isla Fisher) lives to shop. Dreaming of working at a top fashion magazine, she lands a job as an advice columnist for a new financial magazine published by the same company. But, when her rampant spending threatens her career and her love life, Rebecca is forced to reevaluate her way of life and decide what's really important to her. Directed by P.J. Hogan. With Hugh Dancy, Krysten Ritter, Joan Cusack, John Goodman, Leslie Bibb, John Lithgow and Lynn Redgrave. Categories: Comedy, Romance, Based on a Novel. Year: 2009.
Confessions of a Shopaholic
Phoebe (Elle Fanning) is a little girl who loses herself completely in fantasies about the book "Alice in Wonderland." She imagines that one of her teachers (Patricia Clarkson) is her guide to a secret world of magic. Her parents (Felicity Huffman and Bill Pullman) can't quite understand her. She begins to exist so much in the fantasy world that they start to worry. Is her obsession with Alice healthy and imaginative, or dangerous? Has she withdrawn so much from the real world that she won't be able to find her way back? Directed by Daniel Barnz. With Campbell Scott and Peter Gerety. Categories: Drama. Year: 2008.
Phoebe in Wonderland
Inspector Jacques Clouseau (Steve Martin), the bumbling French detective, returns in a new adventure. Teaming up with an equally inept squad on international law enforcement officers, Clouseau must stop a globe-trotting thief who specializes in stealing historical artifacts. Directed by Harald Zwart. With Jean Reno, Emily Mortimer, Andy Garcia, Yuki Matsuzaki, Alfred Molina, Aishwarya Rai and John Cleese. Categories: Comedy, Mystery, Crime. Year: 2009.
The Pink Panther 2
Inga (Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden), a tormented woman struggling to be a responsible parent, is forced to confront her past. She realizes that unresolved conflicts she had with her own mother are affecting her relationship with her daughter (Eulala Scheel). Now is her chance to put right the wrongs in her past. Directed by Mary Haverstick. With Michael Gaston and Marian Seldes. Year: 2008
After a high-speed chase on the freeway and an angry outburst in court, Madea (Tyler Perry) finds herself behind bars. While Madea's eccentric family, the Browns, rally behind her, Madea befriends a troubled young woman named Candy (Keshia Knight Pulliam) and protects her in her own unique, motherly way. Directed by Tyler Perry. With Sofía Vergara, Vanessa Ferlito, Derek Luke and David Mann. Categories: Comedy. Year: 2009.
Madea Goes to Jail
When a group of unfortunate young adults happen upon the boarded up Camp Crystal Lake, they quickly discover that Jason Voorhees (Derek Mears), a hockey mask-wearing psychopath, has no intention of letting them leave in one piece. Directed by Marcus Nispel. With Jared Padalecki, Amanda Righetti, Danielle Panabaker, Travis Van Winkle, Aaron Yoo and Jonathan Sadowski. Categories: Horror. Year: 2009.
Friday the 13th
Unable to get along with his grown children or his foreign neighbors, Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood), a surly, gruff widower set in his ways, passes his time taking care of a 1973 Gran Torino muscle car that he keeps in perfect condition. When Tao (Bee Vang), a young Hmong teenager, tries to steal his prize possession as part of a gang initiation, Kowalski sets out to reform the youth by teaching him the value of hard work. Eventually, Kowalski is begrudgingly drawn into the life of Tao's family and devotes himself to protecting the boy and his sister Sue (Ahney Her) from the dangerous gang. Directed by Clint Eastwood. With Geraldine Hughes, Brian Haley, Chee Thao, Brooke Chia Thao and Sonny Vue. Categories: Action, Drama, Thriller. Year: 2008.
Faced with the prospect of another summer spent at football camp, Shawn Colfax (Nicholas D'Agosto) and Nick Brady (Eric Christian Olsen), the two most popular guys in their high school, decide to change things up and go to cheerleading camp instead. While their initial plan is just to take advantage of being surrounded by beautiful young women all day, Shawn and Nick eventually start to take things seriously so that they can do well in the cheer competition finals, and help Shawn win over Carly (Sarah Roemer), the head cheerleader. Directed by Will Gluck. With Molly Sims, John Michael Higgins and Danneel Harris. Categories: Comedy. Year: 2009.