Immigrants of different nationalities struggle to earn their legal status in Los Angeles. Their plight includes dealing with crossing the border, obtaining fraudulent documents, gaining asylum and the green card process. In addition to the difficulties of entering the US and living in a new countries, the immigrants must also deal with work-site enforcement and the office of counter terrorism. Directed by Wayne Kramer. With Harrison Ford, Sean Penn, Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, Summer Bishil, Cliff Curtis and Alice Braga. Categories: Drama. Year: 2009.
Tuvia (Daniel Craig), Zus (Liev Schreiber), Asael (Jamie Bell) and Aron Bielski (George MacKay), four Jewish brothers, escape Nazi-occupied Poland and join a group of Russian resistance fighters. While building a village deep inside the forest to be a home for other Jewish refugees, the brothers help to save hundreds of lives and prepare to protect themselves from the Nazi's wrath. Directed by Edward Zwick. With Tomas Arana and Alexa Davalos. Categories: Drama, War, Independent Film, Based on a True Story. Year: 2008.
A group of relationship-challenged twenty and thirtysomethings try to understand the mixed signals they receive from the opposite sex. While Gigi (Ginnifer Goodwin) just wants a man who will call her back, Alex (Justin Long) tries to convince her to stop waiting by the phone. Beth (Jennifer Aniston) is growing tired of waiting for Neil (Ben Affleck) to pop the question. And, Mary (Drew Barrymore) searches in vain for a loving, supportive man who is straight. Directed by Ken Kwapis. With Jennifer Connelly, Scarlett Johansson, Bradley Cooper and Kevin Connolly. Categories: Comedy. Year: 2009.
He's Just Not That Into You
Unable to deal with the suspense any longer, Eric (Sam Huntington), Linus (Chris Marquette), Hutch (Dan Fogler), Zoe (Kristen Bell) and Windows (Jay Baruchel), five huge Star Wars fans and best friends, set out on a cross-country road trip in order to infiltrate Skywalker Ranch and steal an early print of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Along the way, they run into William Shatner, Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), some obsessed Trekkies and a gang of unruly bikers. Directed by Kyle Newman. With Jaime King, Craig Robinson, Seth Rogen, Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Ethan Suplee and Billy Dee Williams. Categories: Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Drama. Year: 2008.
Ten years ago as an inexperienced coal miner, Tom Hanniger (Jensen Ackles) was responsible for an accident that resulted in the deaths of five men and left Harry Warden (Richard John Walters) in a coma. On Valentine's Day exactly one year after the accident, Harry awoke and sought out revenge by massacring 22 people with a pickax. Returning to his hometown on the anniversary of the killings, Tom struggles to make amends for his past and reconnect with his ex-girlfriend, Sarah (Jaime King). But, when the killings start up again, Tom becomes a suspect and it seems that Sarah is the only one who believes he's innocent. Directed by Patrick Lussier. With Kerr Smith, Andrew Larson, Tom Atkins, Edi Gathegi, Betsy Rue and Megan Boone. Categories: Horror, Thriller. Year: 2009.
My Bloody Valentine 3-D
Transferred to rural Minnesota to oversee the restructuring of a manufacturing plant, Lucy Hill (Renée Zellweger), a high-powered Miami business woman, struggles to adjust to small town life. Overcoming an icy reception and her inital reluctance to embrace the isolated town's charm, Lucy is eventually accepted by the community and grows close to Ted Mitchell (Harry Connick Jr.), a no-nonsense voluntary transplant. But, when Lucy is ordered to close the plant, she in forced to re-examine her big city values and find a way to save the plant and its workers' jobs. Directed by Jonas Elmer. With Nathan Fillion, Siobhan Fallon, Frances Conroy, Rashida Jones and J.K. Simmons. Categories: Comedy, Romance. Year: 2009.
New in Town
After Carmen (Diane Lane) and Wayne Colson (Thomas Jane) witness a violent crime, they are placed into the Federal Witness Protection program. Although they think they are safe for a time, Carmen and Wayne find out that Armand "The Blackbird" Degas (Mickey Rourke), the vicious hitman they outed, and Richie Nix (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), his sociopathic partner, have tracked them down. In the tense struggle that follows, Carmen will have to take matters into her own hands and fight for her life. Directed by John Madden. With Hal Holbrook and Rosario Dawson. Categories: Action, Drama, Thriller. Year: 2009.
This sequel to The Mummy takes place nine years after the events of the first film. Rick (Brendan Fraser) and Evelyn (Rachel Weisz) have married and are raising their son in England. But when the evil mummy Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo) returns to life and breaks out of the British Museum, where he was housed, the couple gets involved in the struggle between Imhotep and the Scorpion King (Dwayne Johnson). It's a struggle that involves Meela (Patricia Velasquez), a sorceress, and threatens the life of their son. Directed by Stephen Sommers. Categories: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller. Year: 2001.
The Mummy Returns
Paul Blart (Kevin James), a single, suburban dad, makes his living as a security guard at a New Jersey mall, after falling short of his dream of being a police officer. Despite his disappointment, Blart takes his job seriously, though he struggles to get respect from shoppers at the mall. But, when the mall is overtaken by a gang of theives, it's up to Blart to save the day and prove he has what it takes to be a real cop. Directed by Steve Carr. With Keir O'Donnell, Jayma Mays, Bobby Cannavale, Adam Ferrara and Stephen Rannazzisi. Categories: Comedy. Year: 2009.
Paul Blart: Mall Cop
Joe (Chazz Palminteri) is a card sharp from Yonkers. But his comfortable life is disrupted when his 20-year-old son, Joe Jr. (Tom Guiry), who was institutionalized because of Down Syndrome over ten years ago, has to leave his residence because he has become violent. Although Joe's girlfriend, Janice (Christine Lahti), tries to befriend Joe Jr., he's a handful and Joe can't face having to take care of his son in the long run. So he comes up with a scheme to try to introduce rigged dice into a casino so he can make a big score that will give him enough cash to place Joe Jr. in a pricey private hospital. But things don't go quite as he planned. Directed by Robert Celestino. With Michael Lerner and Linus Roache. Categories: Drama. Year: 2008.
When a criminal organization kidnaps his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace), former government operative Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) must use the special skills he developed while working as a spy to save her life. Following clues through the darkest reaches of Paris's underworld, as well as the rooms of it's richest mansions, Mills will stop at nothing to end this nightmare and make those responsible pay with their lives. Directed by Pierre Morel. With Xander Berkeley, Radivoje Bukvic, Katie Cassidy, Famke Janssen and Leland Orser. Categories: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller. Year: 2008.
Lucian (Michael Sheen), a young Lycan, emerges as their leader and compels them to rise up against Viktor (Bill Nighy), the cruel vampire king who has persecuted them for hundreds of years. Joining Lucian in this battle is his secret lover Sonja (Rhona Mitra), a beautiful vampire who helps to free the Lycans from their brutal enslavement. Directed by Patrick Tatopoulos. With Steven Mackintosh and Kevin Grevioux. Categories: Action, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller. Year: 2009.
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
Already on the verge of losing his job as a jingle writer, Harvey Shine (Dustin Hoffman) travels to London for his daughter's (Liane Balaban) wedding only to learn that she has asked her stepfather (James Brolin) to walk her down the aisle. Leaving the reception to hide his devastation and make his flight home, Harvey heads to the airport and learns that he has missed his plane anyway. While trying to drown his sorrows at an airport bar, Harvey ends up striking up a conversation with Kate Walker (Emma Thompson), a 40-something workaholic who ends up reinvigorating his lust for life and helps him see what really matters. Directed by Joel Hopkins. With Kathy Baker and Eileen Atkins. Categories: Drama, Romance. Year: 2008.
Last Chance Harvey
Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt) is born as an old man and physically ages backwards. Abandoned by his biological parents just after his birth, Benjamin struggles to live in a world where his appearance doesn't quite match up with what's inside of him. At 50, Benjamin falls in love with 30-year-old Daisy (Cate Blanchett). And, as Benjamin grows younger and Daisy grows older, the two must come to terms with the limits of their relationship and the unusual circumstances of Benjamin's life. Directed by David Fincher. With Tilda Swinton, Julia Ormond and Elle Fanning. Categories: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance. Year: 2008.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
After writing a story about a government scandal in which she reveals the name of a covert CIA agent, political journalist Rachel Armstrong (Kate Beckinsale) finds herself facing a possible jail sentence for refusing to reveal her source. Struggling to defend the principles she has built her career upon, Rachel finds an ally in Alan Burnside (Alan Alda), an attorney who works to win her freedom. Directed by Rod Lurie. With Preston Bailey, Noah Wyle, Angela Bassett, Matt Dillon and Kristen Bough. Categories: Drama, Thriller, Independent Film. Year: 2008.
Nothing But the Truth
Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Liv (Kate Hudson) have been best friends their entire lives. And, when they both become engaged within hours of one another, they couldn't be happier. But, when a clerical error ends up having their weddings doublebooked at the Plaza Hotel, neither one will budge and the old friends find themselves in an all-out bridal feud. Directed by Gary Winick. With Candice Bergen, Kristen Johnston, Bryan Greenberg, Steve Howey and Chris Pratt. Categories: Comedy, Romance. Year: 2009.
When Anna (Emily Browning) returns home after spending time in the hospital following her mother's death, she is surprised to learn that her father (David Strathairn) has become engaged to Rachel (Elizabeth Banks), her mother's former nurse. After Anna is visited by her mother's ghost and warned of Rachel's true intentions, she and her sister Alex (Arielle Kebbel) try to convince their father that his Rachel hides a dark secret and is not who she pretends to be. Directed by Charles Guard and Thomas Guard. With Maya Massar. Categories: Drama, Horror, Thriller, Remake. Year: 2009.
When their new guardians forbid them from having a pet, Andi (Emma Roberts) and Bruce (Jake T. Austin) are forced to find a new home for their dog, Friday. Scouring the city, the siblings stumble upon an abandoned hotel and employ Bruce's mechanical talents to transform it into the ultimate doggie paradise. Eventually, the hotel attracts hundreds of stray dogs, and Andi and Bruce must use an array of amazing inventions to keep their canine friends a secret. Directed by Thor Freudenthal. With Don Cheadle, Lisa Kudrow, Kevin Dillon, Kyla Pratt, Johnny Simmons and Troy Gentile. Categories: Comedy, Family. Year: 2009.
Hotel for Dogs
Randy "The Ram" Robinson (Mickey Rourke) is a former champion professional wrester whose glory days have passed him by. When the opportunity for a rematch with his former arch rival comes along, Randy begins to hope that the bout will be his ticket back into the big time. But, after suffering a heart attack, Randy is forced to reexamine his life and makes an effort to reconnect with his estranged daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) and admit his true feelings to an emotionally unavailable stripper (Marisa Tomei). Directed by Darren Aronofsky. With Mark Margolis and Judah Friedlander. Categories: Comedy, Drama, Sports. Year: 2008.
Years after his affair with Hanna Schmitz (Kate Winslet), an attractive older woman, came to a mysterious end, Michael Berg (David Kross), now a law student, encounters his former love at the Nazi war trials. Hanna is on trial for a horrible crime, but refuses to defend herself. As the proceedings move along, Michael gradually realizes that Hanna is guarding a secret she considers to be more shameful than murder. Directed by Stephen Daldry. With Ralph Fiennes, Jeanette Hain, Hannah Herzsprung and Karoline Herfurth. Categories: Drama, History, Romance, Thriller, War. Year: 2008.
Carl Allen (Jim Carrey) avoids unwanted human interaction and commitments by refusing every favor, request, suggestion and offer he receives. But, after attending a self-help seminar where he is challenged to say "Yes" to any and every opportunity that comes his way, Carl discovers the power of endless possibilities and finds his life changed in amazing, unexpected ways. Directed by Peyton Reed. With Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper, Danny Masterson, Terence Stamp, John Michael Higgins and Rhys Darby. Categories: Comedy. Year: 2008.
Looking for a neverending party, seven British tourists who meet at a Mediterranean nightclub board a luxury yacht and set out into the ocean. But, when a freak accident leaves one of them dead, the survivors must decide who they trust and fight for their lives. Directed by Oliver Blackburn. With Robert Boulter, Sian Breckin, Tom Burke, Nichola Burley, Julian Morris, Jay Taylor and Jaime Winstone. Categories: Thriller, Foreign Film. Year: 2008.
In 1964, Father Brendan Flynn (Philip Seymour Hoffman) brings the winds of change to a Catholic school in the Bronx. Already upset with Father Flynn challenging her strict way of running the school, Sister Aloysius Beauvier (Meryl Streep) finds an even greater reason to face off against him when Sister James (Amy Adams) confesses that she suspects that he is abusing Donald Miller (Joseph Foster), the school's first black student. Beginning a crusade to discover the truth and remove Father Flynn from the school, Sister Aloysius moves forward with no proof but her moral certainity and enters a battle of wills that threatens to tear the community apart. Directed by John Patrick Shanley. With Viola Davis and Alice Drummond. Categories: Drama, Mystery. 2008.
After over a decade of marriage, Dave (Morris Chestnut) and Clarice Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), find that their relationship has lost some of its luster. With Dave's big league aspirations dashed by an injury in college, he now finds himself in an unfulfilling job as the head of a small construction firm. Clarice on the otherhand is wrapped up in her desire to succeed as a real estate star. When Clarice is injured in a car accident, the couple are forced to deal with long hidden resentments and must decide if their marriage is truly meant to be. Directed by Bill Duke. With Maeve Quinlan and Cannon Jay. Categories: Drama, Based on a Novel. Year: 2009.
Not Easily Broken
Despereaux (Matthew Broderick), a tiny mouse with big ears and an even bigger heart, refuses to accept life as a mere mouse, learning how to read and befriending a beautiful princess named Pea (Emma Watson). Banished from Mouseworld for his unconventional ways, Depereaux sets out to rescue Princess Pea when he learns that she has been kidnapped by Roscuro (Dustin Hoffman), a rat whose affections the princess earlier dismissed. Inspired by stories of knights, dragons and fair maidens, Depereaux finds the courage to become a legendary hero. Directed by Sam Fell and Robert Stevenhagen. With Tracey Ullman, Kevin Kline, William H. Macy, Stanley Tucci and Sigourney Weaver. Categories: Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy. Year: 2008.
The Tale of Despereaux
Jamal Malik (Dev Patel), an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, finds himself on India's version of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him for alleged cheating. To prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life, from his adventures with his brother to encounters with gangs, and explains that he wanted to be on the show to find Latika (Freida Pinto), the girl he loved and lost. Directed by Danny Boyle and Loveleen Tandan. With Anil Kapoor, Irfan Khan and Madhur Mittal. Categories: Comedy, Drama, Romance. Year: 2008.
John (Owen Wilson) and Jenny Grogan (Jennifer Aniston), two ambitious, recently married reporters, adopt a Yellow Lab named Marley to get a taste of parenthood. Before they know what hit them, the hyperactive puppy wreaks havoc on their lives, embarrassing them in public and even getting kicked out of obedience school. But, over the years, as Marley's behavior continues to rage out of control, he manages to become a rollicking, indespensable part of their growing family. Directed by David Frankel. With Haley Bennett, Eric Dane, Alan Arkin and Nathan Gamble. Categories: Comedy, Based on a Novel. Year: 2008.
Marley & Me
Ben Thomas (Will Smith), an IRS agent with a painful secret, sets out on a personal mission for redemption. Tracking down seven seemingly disconnected strangers, Thomas uses every means at his disposal to change the circumstances of their lives in order to redeem his past transgressions. Directed by Gabriele Muccino. With Rosario Dawson, Woody Harrelson, Michael Ealy, Bill Smitrovich, Robinne Lee and Barry Pepper. Categories: Drama. Year: 2008.
Les Franken (Michael Rapaport), a lonely, unremarkable metermaid, leads a boring life until he decides to enroll in a study for an experimental anti-depressant. Once on the drug, Les believes that he has developed special powers and quits his job in order to devote his life to becoming a superhero. Directed by Hal Haberman and Jeremy Passmore. With Paul Blackthorne, Josh Peck Robert Baker, Jack Kehler, Alexandra Holden and Michael Shamus Wiles. Categories: Drama, Comedy, Independent Film. Year: 2006.
When Bella Swan( Kristen Stewart) is sent to live with her father, she meets a mysterious young man named Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson. Unlike anyone she's ever ment, Bella begins a passionate romance with Edward, even though she senses that there is more to his story than Edward is willing to admit. Before long, it is revealed that Edward is a vampire who hasn't aged since 1918, and Bella must come to grips with her love's true identity, even as he faces off with his most evil enemies. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke. With Taylor Lautner, Michael Welch and Justin Chon. Categories: Action, Horror,Romance, Thriller. Year: 2008.
A.K. (Eugene Hutz), a Ukrainian immigrant living in England, moonlights as a cross-dressing dominatrix to fund his dreams of rock superstardom. A self-described poet and philosopher, A.K. believes that his rollicking gypsy punk bank, Gogol Bordello, is destined for greatness and will do whatever it takes to turn his dream into a reality. Joining A.K. in his crazy life are his flatmates, Holly (Holly Weston), an aspiring ballet dancer reduced to working as a stripper, and Juliette (Vicky McClure), a pharmacy assistant who dreams of going to Africa to help starving children. Directed by Madonna. With Ade, Olegar Fedoro, Stephen Graham, Richard E. Grant and Inder Manocha. Categories: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance. Year: 2008.
Filth and Wisdom
Surveying a nearby hillside with a pair of binoculars, Hector (Karra Elejalde) spots a nude woman amidst the trees. While investigating, he is attacked by a man whose head is wrapped in a grotesque, pink bandages. Taking refuge in a laboratory atop the hill, Hector is ushered into a contraption that turns out to be a time machine by the laboratory's lone attendant (Nacho Vigalondo). Emerging moments later, Hector finds that he has traveled back hours in time, and ends up in a deadly confrontation with multiple versions of himself. Directed by Nacho Vigalondo. With Candela Fernández, Bárbara Goenaga and Juan Inciarte. Categories: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Foreign Film. Year: 2007.
Sick of being bullied, Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant), a lonely, fragile 12-year-old, dreams of revenge, but can never work up the courage to confront his young tormentors. When Eli (Lina Leandersson), a pale, serious girl of his own age, moves into his apartment complex, Oskar believes that he has at last found a friend. But, when a series of murders, disappearances and attacks begin shortly after Eli's arrival, Oskar begins to suspect that Eli, who only comes out at night and seems unaffected by the freezing temperatures, is behind the killings. Directed by Tomas Alfredson. With Per Ragnar, Mikael Rahm and Pale Olofsson. Categories: Drama, Horror, Foreign Film. Year: 2008.
Let the Right One In
Frank Martin (Jason Statham), an ex-Special Forces operative, returns to complete one of his patented, high-risk deliveries. A mercenary delivery driver who will transport any cargo, no questions asked, Martin is tasked with escorting Valentina (Natalya Rudakova), the kidnapped daughter of Leonid Vasilev (Jeroen Krabbé), the head of the Ukraine's EPA, from Marseilles to Odessa. To make the trip alive, Martin must contend with his bosses, Vasilev's agents and Valentina's cynical disposition. Directed by Olivier Megaton. With François Berléand and Robert Knepper. Categories: Action. Year: 2008.
Kym (Anne Hathaway), a troubled ex-model who has been in and out of rehab for the last decade, returns home for her sister Rachel's (Rosemarie DeWitt) wedding. With a long history of crisis and conflict with her family, Kym's dark humor and tendency for drama brings long standing tensions to the surface on what should be a happy occasion. Directed by Jonathan Demme. With Mather Zickel, Bill Irwin, Debra Winger and Tunde Adebimpe. Categories: Drama, Romance, Independent Film. Year: 2008.
Rachel Getting Married
Poppy (Sally Hawkins) is a freespirited school teacher who brightens up the lives of everyone she meets and brings unlimited optimism to every situation she encounters. But, when her bike is stolen, Poppy's positive attitude is put to the test. Forced to take driving lessons, Poppy meets her opposite in Scott (Eddie Marsan), an uptight cynic. In addition to her weekly tension-filled meetings with Scott, Poppy must also deal with a fiery flamenco instructor, her bitter pregnant sister (Caroline Martin), a troubled homeless man and a young bully in her class. But, despite in all, Poppy never loses sight of what's really important in life. Directed by Mike Leigh. With Alexis Zegerman, Andrea Riseborough, Samuel Roukin and Sylvestra Le Touzel. Categories: Comedy, Drama, Independent Film. Year: 2008.
Leonard Chess (Adrien Brody), founder of Chess Records, scours the South looking for hot new blues talent. After discovering some of the biggest names in music history, including Muddy Waters (Jeffrey Wright), Etta James (Beyoncé Knowles), Chuck Berry (Mos Def) and Willie Dixon (Cedric the Entertainer), Chess sets out to make them famous by selling records out of the trunk of his Cadillac. Directed by Darnell Martin. With Emmanuelle Chriqui, Gabrielle Union, Norman Reedus, Columbus Short, Jay O. Sanders and Eric Bogosian. Categories: Drama, Music, Musical. Year: 2008.
A thriller full of twists in which Eli (Alan Rickman), a brilliant chemist, wins the Nobel Prize, only to learn that his son has just been kidnapped. The kidnapper (Shawn Hatosy), demands the $2 million Nobel Prize money as the ransom. While Eli and his wife (Mary Steenburgen), try to decide what to do, a police detective (Bill Pullman), begins investigating and a mysterious woman (Eliza Dushku) gets involved in the case. Directed by Randall Miller. With Bryan Greenberg and Danny DeVito. Categories: Comedy, Crime, Drama. Year: 2007.
Oscar-winning actor Roberto Benigni stars in and also directed this new version of the classic children's tale. This live-action film features beautiful costumes and lavish sets, along with Benigni's performance as a wooden doll who longs to be a boy. Directed by Roberto Benigni. With Nicoletta Braschi and Carlo Giuffrè. Categories: Comedy, Family, Fantasy. Year: 2002.