Sunday, November 30, 2008

Amusement 2008



Rated: R for horror violence, terror and disturbing images.
Runtime: 85 mins
Genre: Horror/Suspense
Theatrical Release: Dec 26, 2008 Wide
Starring: Keir O'Donnell, Katheryn Winnick, Laura Breckenridge, Jessica Lucas, Tad Hilgenbrink
Director: John Simpson

Synopsis
A disturbing childhood incident links the fate of three women terrorized by diabolical ordeals in Amusement. Directed by John Simpson (Freeze Frame) from a screenplay from Jake Wade Wall ("When A Stranger Calls", "The Hitcher"),... A disturbing childhood incident links the fate of three women terrorized by diabolical ordeals in Amusement. Directed by John Simpson (Freeze Frame) from a screenplay from Jake Wade Wall ("When A Stranger Calls", "The Hitcher"), Amusement is an anthology of seemingly unrelated vignettes shockingly tied together by a common, twisted thread from the past of three former schoolmates.

Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1190333-amusement/

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Twilight (2008)



Rated: PG-13 for some violence and a scene of sensuality
Genre: Dramas
Theatrical Release: Nov 21, 2008 Wide
Starring: Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Cam Gigandet, Nikki Reed
Director: Catherine Hardwicke

Synopsis
Based on the best-selling book series by Stephenie Meyer. BELLA SWAN has always been a little bit different. Never one to run with the crowd, Bella never cared about fitting in with the trendy, plastic girls at her Phoenix, Arizona high... Based on the best-selling book series by Stephenie Meyer.

BELLA SWAN has always been a little bit different. Never one to run with the crowd, Bella never cared about fitting in with the trendy, plastic girls at her Phoenix, Arizona high school. When her mother remarried and sent Bella to live with her father in the rainy little town of Forks, Washington, she didn't expect much of anything to change. But things do change when she meets the mysterious and dazzlingly beautiful EDWARD CULLEN. For Edward is nothing like any boy she's ever met. He's nothing like anyone she's ever met, period. He's intelligent and witty, and he seems to see straight into her soul. In no time at all, they are swept up in a passionate and decidedly unorthodox romance — unorthodox because Edward really isn't like the other boys. He can run faster than a mountain lion. He can stop a moving car with his bare hands. Oh, and he hasn't aged since 1918. Like all vampires, he's immortal. That's right — VAMPIRE. But he doesn't have fangs — that's just in the movies. And he doesn't drink human blood, though Edward and his family are unique among vampires in that lifestyle choice.

To Edward, Bella is that thing he has waited 90 years for — a soul mate.

But the closer they get, the more Edward must struggle to resist the primal pull of her scent, which could send him into an uncontrollable frenzy.

Somehow or other, they will have to manage their unmanageable love. But what will they do when LAURENT and JAMES, the Cullens' mortal vampire enemies, come to town, looking for Bella?

Based on the #1 New York Times Bestselling series by Stephenie Meyer, Twilight is a cultural phenomenon, with a fanatic fanbase that eagerly awaits this movie. Critically acclaimed director Catherine Hardwicke brings to life this modern, visual, and visceral Romeo and Juliet story of the ultimate forbidden love affair — between vampire and mortal.

Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/twilight/

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Timecrimes (2008)



Rated: R for nudity and language
Runtime: 88 mins
Genre: Foreign Films
Theatrical Release: Dec 5, 2008 Limited
Starring: Karra Elejalde, Nacho Vigalondo, Candela Fernandez, Barbara Goenaga
Director: Nacho Vigalondo

Synopsis
As it happens, this smart, feisty thriller begins quite sedately. Hector sits on a lawn chair outside his country home surveying the nearby hillside through a pair of binoculars. But, catching sight of what appears to be a nude woman amidst... As it happens, this smart, feisty thriller begins quite sedately. Hector sits on a lawn chair outside his country home surveying the nearby hillside through a pair of binoculars. But, catching sight of what appears to be a nude woman amidst the trees, he hikes up to investigate. When he’s attacked by a sinister figure wrapped in a grotesque, pink head bandage, Hector takes refuge in a laboratory atop the hill. He tries to elude the stalker by hiding in a peculiar scientific contraption, and moments later, he emerges--only to find that it’s hours earlier. But time has a lot in store for Hector. Nacho Vigalondo, who directed the ingenious, Oscar-nominated short 7:35 in the Morning, has a great instinct for the aesthetic, moving effortlessly between a tense, disquieting atmosphere and a relentless, driving energy. But drawing from a tradition of more cerebral science fiction, his story of an ordinary man flung into circumstances far beyond his comprehension (and perhaps his control) is propelled by a deeper curiosity than genre antics alone will satisfy. Ever more desperate to decipher the web of cause and effect surrounding him, Hector becomes increasingly complicit in the very situation he’s trying to escape. Any physicist would tell him that the more you try to fix things, the more they fall apart. When you mess with time, you mess with nature.

Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/time_crimes/

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Hunger (2008)



Rated: Not Rated
Runtime: 1 hr 36 mins
Genre: Dramas
Theatrical Release: Dec 5, 2008 Limited
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Liam Cunningham, Stuart Graham, Brian Milligan, Liam McMahon, Helena Bereen, Larry Cowan
Director: Steve McQueen

Synopsis
Renowned English video artist Steve McQueen's feature film debut, HUNGER, is a cinematic punch to the gut. McQueen brings a visceral intensity to his retelling of the hunger strike instigated by Bobby Sands (Michael Fassbender) and... Renowned English video artist Steve McQueen's feature film debut, HUNGER, is a cinematic punch to the gut. McQueen brings a visceral intensity to his retelling of the hunger strike instigated by Bobby Sands (Michael Fassbender) and several other detained Irish Republican Army members in the early 1980s, who were determined to live in a Northern Ireland free from British rule. In prison, Sands and other IRA members--including Davey Gillen (Brian Milligan) and Gerry Campbell (Liam McMahon)--at first protest by refusing to wear the standard prison garb, but soon, they take their protest dangerously further. McQueen comes from an experimental background, and it shows. He and co-screenwriter, the acclaimed Irish playwright Enda Walsh, blow all the prison movie clich├ęs out of the water. They break their film into three distinct acts. In the first, Gillen and Campbell are tormented by prison guards and made to suffer in a cramped, feces-smeared cell. In the second, Sands and Father Moran (Liam Cunningham) have a startling battle of wits--and emotions--that occurs in a dazzling extended one-take sequence. Lastly, we watch as Sands slowly withers away to nothing. It's impossible not to make a political film out of this furiously political material, but McQueen chooses to concentrate on the more visceral, tactile elements of the story to drive his point home. HUNGER is one of the more exciting directorial debuts of recent memory.

Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1200841-hunger/

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Cadillac Records (2008)



Rated: R for pervasive language and some sexuality.
Genre: Dramas
Theatrical Release: Dec 5, 2008 Wide
Starring: Emmanuelle Chriqui, Jeffrey Wright, Adrien Brody, Columbus Short, Beyonce, Gabrielle Union, Mos Def, Cedric the Entertainer
Director: Darnell Martin

Synopsis
Cadilac Records chronicles the rise of Chess Records and its recording artists. In this tale of sex, violence, race and rock and roll in Chicago of the 1950s and 60s, the film follows the exciting but turbulent lives of some of America's...

Cadilac Records chronicles the rise of Chess Records and its recording artists. In this tale of sex, violence, race and rock and roll in Chicago of the 1950s and 60s, the film follows the exciting but turbulent lives of some of America's greatest musical legends.

The story of how the blues became popular and gave birth to rock and roll begins at a dingy bar on the rough South Side of Chicago in 1947, where an ambitious young Polish emigre, bar owner Leonard Chess (Academy Award-winner ADRIEN BRODY), hires a talented but undisciplined blues combo that includes quiet and thoughtful guitar prodigy Muddy Waters (JEFFREY WRIGHT) and impulsive and colorful harmonica player Little Walter (COLUMBUS SHORT). Fascinated by the sound of the music - and eager to cash in on the record burgeoning record business - Chess arranges a recording session for Waters. Waters' early recordings start moving up the R+B charts and receiving heavy play.

Chess treats his musicians like family -- he buys them a Cadillac when they record their first hit record -- although the line between business and personal sometimes causes conflict with his increasingly talented and successful stable of artists. After backing up Muddy on his early recordings, Little Walter becomes a star in his own right, but his quick temper and loud manner often run him afoul of friends and the law. He also finds that the only woman he can talk to is Muddy's girl, Geneva (GABRIELLE UNION), who struggles to remain loyal despite Muddy's poorly concealed affairs. Big Willie Dixon (CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER), a songwriter and bandleader, also is a key member of the Chess Records family, as is Howlin' Wolf (EAMONN WALKER), an intense and proud blues singer who develops a musical rivalry with Muddy.

But it's not until 1955 when a Chess artist finally "crosses over" into the realm of mainstream ("white") America - a skinny guy from St. Louis named Chuck Berry (MOS DEF), whose dynamic "duck walk" and catchy, country-tinged tunes mark the birth of rock-and-roll. When Berry is arrested and jailed at the height of his career, Chess finds another talented performer to cross over singer Etta James (BEYONCE KNOWLES), an emotionally scarred young woman whose vulnerability tempts Chess' loyalty and concern in unexpected ways.

As rock-and-roll grows more popular, the Chess artists find themselves revered by a new generation of musicians, but they have also each earned and lost a small fortune on booze, women and the high life, and their addictions begin to take their toll. Even as tragedy befalls, their music and their spirit remain strong: as the sixties wind down and Leonard Chess gets out of the record business, the blues live on.

Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/cadillac_records/

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Local Color 2008



Rated: R for language.
Runtime: 1 hr 39 mins
Genre: Dramas
Theatrical Release: Dec 5, 2008 Limited
Starring: Armin Mueller-Stahl, Trevor Morgan, Ray Liotta, Samantha Mathis, Charles Durning, Ron Perlman
Director: George Gallo

Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/10008993-local_color/

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Punisher: War Zone 2008



Rated: R for pervasive strong brutal violence, language and some drug use
Genre: Action/Adventure
Theatrical Release: Dec 5, 2008 Wide
Starring: Ray Stevenson, Dominic West, Doug Hutchison, Colin Salmon, Wayne Knight, Dash Mihok, Julie Benz
Director: Lexi Alexander

Synopsis:
Waging his one-man war on the world of organized crime, ruthless vigilante-hero Frank Castle sets his sights on overeager mob boss Billy Russoti. After Russoti is left horribly disfigured by Castle, he sets out for vengeance under his new alias: Jigsaw. With the "Punisher Task Force" hot on his trail and the FBI unable to take Jigsaw in, Frank must stand up to the formidable army that Jigsaw has recruited before more of his evil deeds go unpunished.

Starring Ray Stevenson (HBO’s Rome) as Punisher, Punisher: War Zone is directed by Lexi Alexander and produced by Gale Anne Hurd and Ari Arad. The film’s executive producers are Kevin Feige, Ogden Gavanski, Oliver Hengst and Jeremy Latcham.

Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/punisher_war_zone/

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Frost/Nixon (2008)



Rated: R for some language
Runtime: 28 hrs
Genre: Dramas
Theatrical Release: Dec 5, 2008 Wide
Starring: Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Rebecca Hall, Toby Jones, Matthew MacFadyen, Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt, Sam Rockwell
Director: Ron Howard

Synopsis
Oscar®-winning director Ron Howard brings to the screen writer Peter Morgan's (The Queen, The Last King of Scotland) electrifying battle between Richard Nixon, the disgraced president with a legacy to save, and David Frost, a... Oscar®-winning director Ron Howard brings to the screen writer Peter Morgan's (The Queen, The Last King of Scotland) electrifying battle between Richard Nixon, the disgraced president with a legacy to save, and David Frost, a jet-setting television personality with a name to make, in the untold story of the historic encounter that changed both: Frost/Nixon. Reprising their roles from Morgan's stageplay are Frank Langella, who won a Tony for his portrayal of Nixon, and Michael Sheen, who fully inhabited the part of Frost onstage in London and New York.

For three years after being forced from office, Nixon remained silent. But in summer 1977, the steely, cunning former commander-in-chief agreed to sit for one all-inclusive interview to confront the questions of his time in office and the Watergate scandal that ended his presidency. Nixon surprised everyone in selecting Frost as his televised confessor, intending to easily outfox the breezy British showman and secure a place in the hearts and minds of Americans.

Likewise, Frost's team harbored doubts about their boss' ability to hold his own. But as cameras rolled, a charged battle of wits resulted. Would Nixon evade questions of his role in one of the nation's greatest disgraces? Or would Frost confound critics and bravely demand accountability from the man who'd built a career out of stonewalling? Over the course of their encounter, each man would reveal his own insecurities, ego and reserves of dignity -- ultimately setting aside posturing in a stunning display of unvarnished truth.

Frost/Nixon not only re-creates the on-air interview, but the weeks of around-the-world, behind-the-scenes maneuvering between the two men and their camps as negotiations were struck, deals were made and secrets revealed...all leading to the moment when they would sit facing one another in the court of public opinion.

Frost/Nixon is a collaboration between Imagine Entertainment and Working Title Films, with Academy Award® winners Brian Grazer and Ron Howard joining Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner as producers. Joining Langella and Sheen as the colorful real-life personalities who provide the men counsel is a formidable roster of actors including Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt, Sam Rockwell, Toby Jones and Matthew Macfadyen.

Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/frostnixon/

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Iron Man 2 - In Theaters April 30, 2010


"Iron Man 2" - "Iron Man 2" director Jon Favreau planned Iron Man as a trilogy - even before the first "Iron Man" hit movie theaters - and tried signing on all the original actors.

The day following the "Iron Man" $200 million + worldwide opening weekend, Marvel Entertainment announced a release date of April 30, 2010, for "Iron Man 2."

Jon Favreau feels depicting "Iron Man's" nemesis, the Mandarin, who was created as a metaphor for communism, will be challenging, as he finds the character dated. He also wants to streamline the effort it takes for Stark to put on his armor, considering the "assembly line" effort he makes in the first "Iron Man" film. Terrence Howard (who on October 13, 2008, was replaced by Don Cheadle in "Iron Man 2") said he would like to follow the slow arc of the comics with Rhodes temporarily becoming "Iron Man" while Stark succumbs to alcohol, joking, "I don't want to introduce War Machine too early for my own monetary benefit."

Jon Favreau believes the sequel, "Iron Man 2," will allow a latitude in tone, and explore darker story elements such as alcoholism, which he intentionally set aside from the first film. Robert Downey Jr. noted "the next one is about what do you do with the rest of your life once you've completely changed. I think the drinking and all that stuff would be a good way to confront his age, to confront his doubts, to confront the fact that maybe Pepper gets a boyfriend."

STARRING: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Jon Favreau
DIRECTOR: Jon Favreau
STUDIO: Paramount Pictures
RATING: PG-13 (For violence, language, adult situations)
THEATER COUNT (Opening Weekend): 4500+
RUNNING TIME: 2 hours
TOTAL DOMESTIC BOX OFFICE: TBD
U.S. DVD RELEASE DATE: TBD

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Role Models (2008)



Rated: R for crude and sexual content, strong language and nudity
Genre: Comedies
Theatrical Release: Nov 7, 2008 Wide
Starring: Paul Rudd, Seann William Scott, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jane Lynch, Bobb'e J. Thompson, Elizabeth Banks
Director: David Wain

Synopsis
In this comedy, Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott play two men who are hardly model citizens. But their bad behavior puts them in trouble with the law, and soon the men must act as mentors as a part of their community service. Christopher... In this comedy, Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott play two men who are hardly model citizens. But their bad behavior puts them in trouble with the law, and soon the men must act as mentors as a part of their community service. Christopher Mintz-Plasse, who made his debut as McLovin in SUPERBAD, costars in this film from THE TEN director David Wain.

Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/role_models/

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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa



All the loveable characters are back - Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo, King Julien, Maurice and the penguins - in "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa." Left marooned on the distant shores of Madagascar, the New Yorkers have hatched a plan so crazy it just might work. With military precision, the penguins have repaired an old crashed plane - sort of. Once aloft, this unlikely crew stays airborne just long enough to make it to the wildest place of all - the vast plains of Africa itself - where our zoo-raised crew encounters species of their own kind for the very first time. While discovering their roots, they quickly realize the differences between the concrete jungle and the heart of Africa. Despite long-lost relatives, romantic rivals and scheming hunters, Africa seems like a "crack-a-lackin" great place...but is it better than their Central Park home?

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Zack and Miri Make a Porno



Rated: R for strong crude sexual content including dialogue, graphic nudity and pervasive language
Runtime: 1 hr 41 mins
Genre: Comedies
Theatrical Release: Oct 31, 2008 Wide
Starring: Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Traci Lords, Jason Mewes, Ricky Mabe, Craig Robinson, Katie Morgan, Jeff Anderson
Director: Kevin Smith

Synopsis
After the success of KNOCKED UP, Seth Rogen pairs up with another comely comedienne in ZACK & MIRI MAKE A PORNO. In this Kevin Smith comedy, two desperate friends (Rogen and SLITHER's Elizabeth Banks) decide to earn a little extra money by... After the success of KNOCKED UP, Seth Rogen pairs up with another comely comedienne in ZACK & MIRI MAKE A PORNO. In this Kevin Smith comedy, two desperate friends (Rogen and SLITHER's Elizabeth Banks) decide to earn a little extra money by creating their own adult film, but they also discover that they may be more than just pals.

Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/10008989-10008989-zack_and_miri_make_a_porno/

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007 Quantum Of Solace



Rated: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and some sexual content
Genre: Action/Adventure
Theatrical Release: Nov 14, 2008 Wide
Starring: Daniel Craig, Mathieu Amalric, Olga Kurylenko, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright, Giancarlo Giannini, Gemma Arterton
Director: Marc Forster

Synopsis
Daniel Craig orders another martini shaken, not stirred, with this sequel to 2006's reboot of the James Bond franchise, CASINO ROYALE. Marc Forster (THE KITE RUNNER) directs.

Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/quantum_of_solace/

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Sunday, November 2, 2008

Otto; Or, Up with Dead People



Rated: Not Rated
Runtime: 1 hr 35 mins
Genre: Comedies
Theatrical Release: Nov 26, 2008 Limited
Starring: Gio Black Peter, Katharina Klewinghaus, Marcel Schlutt, Susanne Sachsse
Director: Bruce LaBruce

Synopsis
Otto is a handsome, sensitive, neo-Goth zombie with an identity crisis. He looks and smells like a zombie but isn't certain that he is one. He wanders the streets of the city, never sleeping, until one day--as he is being harassed by... Otto is a handsome, sensitive, neo-Goth zombie with an identity crisis. He looks and smells like a zombie but isn't certain that he is one. He wanders the streets of the city, never sleeping, until one day--as he is being harassed by hooligans--he ducks into an alley and spots a poster announcing auditions for a zombie film. He soon meets aspiring filmmaker/revolutionary Medea Yarn, who is convinced that Otto, as a confused zombie, is the perfect embodiment of the effects of advanced capitalism on individuals. Medea begins to make a film about Otto, while simultaneously shooting a film about a gay zombie revolt against consumerist society. After moving in with an actor, Otto begins to remember fragments of his pre-zombie life with a sweet boyfriend. As Medea directs the final, orgiastic scene of her gay zombie film, Otto struggles to access the human emotions buried beneath his zombie exterior. Otto; or, Up with Dead People is a clever modern fable about alienation and the problems created by a mass-produced society, where even the members most on the fringe find it hard to resist being pulled into the mainstream. Toying with genre conventions, combining different media, and making use of Medea's often-humorous films-within-the-film, Bruce LaBruce creates a new, sexy, hyperpoliticized zombie mythology.

Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/otto_or_up_with_dead_people/

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Lake City (2008)



Genre: Dramas
Theatrical Release: Nov 26, 2008 Limited
Starring: Mary Elizabeth Spacek, Troy Garity, Rebecca Romijn, Dave Matthews, Drea de Matteo, Colin Ford
Director: Hunter Hill, Perry Moore

Synopsis
In this searing Southern drama, a mother and son reunite under desperate circumstances years after a family tragedy drove them far apart.

Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/lake_city/

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Christmas Tale (2008)



Rated: Not Rated
Runtime: 2 hrs 32 mins
Genre: Foreign Films
Theatrical Release: Nov 14, 2008 Limited
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Mathieu Amalric, Melvil Poupaud, Anne Consigny, Chiara Mastroianni, Laurent Capelluto, Jean-Paul Roussillon
Director: Arnaud Desplechin

Synopsis
Junon (Catherine Deneuve) and Abel (Jean-Paul Roussillon) are the parents of three grown children: Elizabeth (Anne Consigny), a melancholic playwright with a mathematician husband (Hippolyte Girardot) and a tortured teenage son,... Junon (Catherine Deneuve) and Abel (Jean-Paul Roussillon) are the parents of three grown children: Elizabeth (Anne Consigny), a melancholic playwright with a mathematician husband (Hippolyte Girardot) and a tortured teenage son, Paul (Emile Berling); Henri (Mathieu Amalric), the self-destructive black sheep, banished from family events by Elizabeth five years prior; youngest Ivan (Melvil Poupaud), the peacemaker, is married to the beautiful Sylvia (Chiara Mastroianni) and has two eccentric little boys; while a fourth - Joseph, the eldest - died from leukemia as a boy. When the disease reappears again in the family, all are tested to see who can be a donor, and then everyone - including lovesick cousin Simon (Laurent Capelluto) and Henri's girlfriend, Faunia (Emmanuelle Devos) - return home for a long Christmas weekend. All crowded again under the same roof, solidarity quickly - and hilariously - devolves into feuding, drunkenness and bed-hopping, as everyone struggles to make sense of the mysteries of family, life, and what lies ahead.

Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/10009929-a_christmas_tale/

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The Beautiful Truth (2008)



Rated: Not Rated
Genre: Dramas
Theatrical Release: Nov 14, 2008 Limited
Director: Steve Kroschel

Synopsis
Is it possible the cure for cancer was discovered in the 1920s? After the death of his mother, Garrett becomes disaffected with life. But a research assignment on a controversial book by Dr. Max Gerson propels him on a mission that may offer... Is it possible the cure for cancer was discovered in the 1920s? After the death of his mother, Garrett becomes disaffected with life. But a research assignment on a controversial book by Dr. Max Gerson propels him on a mission that may offer humanity the ultimate gift--life.

Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/beautiful_truth/

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Secrets (2008)

Genre: Dramas
Theatrical Release: Nov 28, 2008 Limited
Starring: Fanny Ardant, Ania Bukstein, Michal Shtamler
Director: Avi Nesher

Synopsis
Naomi, the brilliant and pious daughter of an ultra orthodox rabbi finds herself at a crossroads of life choices when her mother dies and she is expected to immediately marry her father's prodigy. Distressed yet determined, she begs that... Naomi, the brilliant and pious daughter of an ultra orthodox rabbi finds herself at a crossroads of life choices when her mother dies and she is expected to immediately marry her father's prodigy. Distressed yet determined, she begs that her father allow her one year to study at a women's religious seminary in Safed, the birthplace of the Kabala in order to prepare herself for the sacrifices she will make as a wife. Her father relents and Naomi's life begins to take an unexpected turn.

Devote but lively, Naomi and her new friend Michelle befriend a beautiful, mysterious older woman, Anouk, (Fanny Ardant) who is ill and living nearby who may or may not be Jewish, and may have committed a crime of passion. Naomi devises a series of rituals which will somehow "purify" Anouk and purge her of her sins, but as these stretch the borders of Jewish law they must be kept secret. Eventually this journeys into the forbidden and leads to a growing attraction between the two girls and more crossroads are faced.

The Secrets presents the complexities of a religious lifestyle in a vibrant environment of youth, rebellion and desire.

Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/10010456-the_secrets/

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Transporter 3 (2008)



Rated: PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence, some sexual content and drug material
Genre: Action/Adventure
Theatrical Release: Nov 26, 2008 Wide
Starring: Jason Statham, Robert Knepper, Francois Berleand, Natalya Rudakova, Jeroen Krabbe, Alex Kobold, David Atrakchi, Yann Sundberg, Eriq Ebouaney, David Kammenos, Silvio Simac
Director: Olivier Megaton

Synopsis
This fast-paced action film marks the third outing with Jason Statham playing the role of Frank Martin. For THE TRANSPORTER 3, Olivier Megaton (THE RED SIREN) takes over the directorial reins from Corey Yuen and Louis Leterrier.... This fast-paced action film marks the third outing with Jason Statham playing the role of Frank Martin. For THE TRANSPORTER 3, Olivier Megaton (THE RED SIREN) takes over the directorial reins from Corey Yuen and Louis Leterrier.

Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/transporter_3/

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Four Christmases



Rated: Not Rated
Genre: Comedies
Theatrical Release: Nov 26, 2008 Wide
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Duvall, Jon Favreau, Mary Steenburgen, Dwight Yoakam, Tim McGraw, Kristin Chenoweth, Jon Voight, Sissy Spacek
Director: Seth Gordon

Synopsis
Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn pair up for this Christmas comedy about a couple who has to visit four different sets of parents as a result of divorce. Seth Gordon, director of the highly praised documentary THE KING OF KONG: A FISTFUL OF... Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn pair up for this Christmas comedy about a couple who has to visit four different sets of parents as a result of divorce. Seth Gordon, director of the highly praised documentary THE KING OF KONG: A FISTFUL OF QUARTERS, makes a move into narrative territory with this holiday film.

Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/four_christmases/

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Milk (2008)



Rated: R for language, some sexual content and brief violence
Genre: Dramas
Theatrical Release: Nov 26, 2008 Limited
Starring: Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch, James Franco, Brandon Boyce
Director: Gus Van Sant

Synopsis
In 1977, Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, becoming the first openly gay man to be voted into public office in America. His victory was not just a victory for gay rights; he forged coalitions across the... In 1977, Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, becoming the first openly gay man to be voted into public office in America. His victory was not just a victory for gay rights; he forged coalitions across the political spectrum. From senior citizens to union workers, Harvey Milk changed the very nature of what it means to be a fighter for human rights and became, before his untimely death in 1978, a hero for all Americans. Sean Penn stars as Harvey Milk under the direction of Gus Van Sant in Milk, filmed on location in San Francisco from an original screenplay by Dustin Lance Black, and produced by Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen. Milk charts the last eight years of Harvey Milk’s life. While living in New York City, he turns 40. Looking for more purpose, Milk and his lover Scott Smith (James Franco) relocate to San Francisco, where they found a small business, Castro Camera, in the heart of a working-class neighborhood. With his beloved Castro neighborhood and beautiful city empowering him, Milk surprises Scott and himself by becoming an outspoken agent for change. With vitalizing support from Scott and from new friends like young activist Cleve Jones (Emile Hirsch), Milk plunges headfirst into the choppy waters of politics. Bolstering his public profile with humor, Milk’s actions speak even louder than his gift-of-gab words. When Milk is elected supervisor for the newly zoned District 5, he tries to coordinate his efforts with those of another newly elected supervisor, Dan White (Josh Brolin). But as White and Milk’s political agendas increasingly diverge, their personal destinies tragically converge. Milk’s platform was and is one of hope – a hero’s legacy that resonates in the here and now.

Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/10009495-milk/

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Australia (2008)




Rated:
Not Rated
Genre: Action/Adventure
Theatrical Release: Nov 26, 2008 Wide
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, David Wenham, Jack Thompson, Bryan Brown
Director: Baz Luhrmann

Synopsis
Set in northern Australia before World War II, an English aristocrat (Kidman) who inherits a sprawling ranch reluctantly pacts with a cattle driver (Jackman) in order to protect her new property from a takeover plot. As the pair drive... Set in northern Australia before World War II, an English aristocrat (Kidman) who inherits a sprawling ranch reluctantly pacts with a cattle driver (Jackman) in order to protect her new property from a takeover plot. As the pair drive 2,000 head of cattle over unforgiving landscape, they experience the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by Japanese forces firsthand.

Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/australia/

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Bolt (2008)



Rated: PG [See Full Rating] for some mild action and peril.
Genre: Comedies
Theatrical Release: Nov 21, 2008 Wide
Starring: John Travolta, Miley Cyrus, Susie Essman, Malcolm McDowell, Diedrich Bader, Mark Walton
Director: Chris Williams

Synopsis
For super-dog Bolt (voice of JOHN TRAVOLTA), every day is filled with adventure, danger and intrigue—at least until the cameras stop rolling. When the star of a hit TV show is accidentally shipped from his Hollywood soundstage to New York... For super-dog Bolt (voice of JOHN TRAVOLTA), every day is filled with adventure, danger and intrigue—at least until the cameras stop rolling. When the star of a hit TV show is accidentally shipped from his Hollywood soundstage to New York City, he begins his biggest adventure yet—a cross-country journey through the real world to get back to his owner and co-star, Penny (voice of MILEY CYRUS). Armed only with the delusions that all his amazing feats and powers are real, and the help of two unlikely traveling companions—a jaded, abandoned housecat named Mittens (voice of SUSIE ESSMAN) and a TV-obsessed hamster named Rhino (voice of MARK WALTON) -- Bolt discovers he doesn’t need superpowers to be a hero.

Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bolt/

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Eden (2008)



Runtime: 83 mins
Genre: Dramas
Theatrical Release: Nov 21, 2008 Limited
Starring: Eileen Walsh, Padraic Delaney, Aidan Kelly
Director: Declan Recks

Synopsis
Approaching their 10th anniversary, Billy (Aidan Kelly) and Breda (Eileen Walsh) seem to have the ideal marriage. But at night, behind closed doors, Breda knows their intimate bond is slowly unraveling: she tells a friend can’t remember... Approaching their 10th anniversary, Billy (Aidan Kelly) and Breda (Eileen Walsh) seem to have the ideal marriage. But at night, behind closed doors, Breda knows their intimate bond is slowly unraveling: she tells a friend can’t remember how long it’s been since they’ve made love. In fact, Billy has become fascinated with Imelda (Sarah Green), the vivacious daughter of a colleague. Breda hopes that the upcoming anniversary will provide the couple a chance to relive their earlier, carefree days together. She suggests that they go out separately with friends and meet up at the local club. At first things seem to go well, but under the prying eyes of their friends and the influence of Imelda’s nearby presence, Billy begins to crumble. An intimate, universal drama about a couple in crisis, Eden is adapted by Eugene O’Brien from his acclaimed stage play and directed by Declan Recks.

Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/10009872-eden/

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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)



Rated: Not Rated
Genre: Dramas
Theatrical Release: Nov 21, 2008 Limited
Starring: Dev Patel, Irrfan Khan, Anil Kapoor, Madhur Mittal, Freida Pinto
Director: Danny Boyle

Synopsis
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE is the story of Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, who is about to experience the biggest day of his life. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a staggering 20... SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE is the story of Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, who is about to experience the biggest day of his life. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India’s “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how could a street kid know so much? Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up, of their adventures together on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latika, the girl he loved and lost. Each chapter of his story reveals the key to the answer to one of the game show’s questions. Intrigued by Jamal’s story, the jaded Police Inspector begins to wonder what a young man with no apparent desire for riches is really doing on this game show? When the new day dawns and Jamal returns to answer the final question, the Inspector and sixty million viewers are about to find out

Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/slumdog_millionaire/

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The Soloist Trailer (2008)



Rated: Not Rated
Genre: Dramas
Theatrical Release: Nov 21, 2008 Wide
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey, Catherine Keener, Tom Hollander, Lisa Gay Hamilton
Director: Joe Wright

Synopsis
Hollywood heavyweights Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. team up in this drama based on a true story. Foxx (RAY) stars as Nathaniel Ayers, a homeless man with remarkable musical talent, and Downey Jr. (IRON MAN) plays a writer who realizes... Hollywood heavyweights Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. team up in this drama based on a true story. Foxx (RAY) stars as Nathaniel Ayers, a homeless man with remarkable musical talent, and Downey Jr. (IRON MAN) plays a writer who realizes the man's gift. ATONEMENT and PRIDE AND PREJUDICE filmmaker Joe Wright moves away from historical Britain to direct this film.

Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/soloist/

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First Basket



Genre: Education/General Interest
Theatrical Release: Nov 14, 2008 Limited
Director: David Vyorst

Synopsis
David Vyorst’s documentary The First Basket explores the impact that basketball had on modern Jewish history, as well as the profound influence that unsung Jewish pioneers had on the evolution of basketball, as it grew from a game... David Vyorst’s documentary The First Basket explores the impact that basketball had on modern Jewish history, as well as the profound influence that unsung Jewish pioneers had on the evolution of basketball, as it grew from a game played with ash-cans on tenement steps to the second most popular sport in the world.

Though basketball was invented by Dr. James Naismith in Massachusetts, the game spread like wildfire through turn-of-the-century New York settlement houses and proved a perfect fit for urban Jewish kids. By the 1920s, basketball had become a staple of life in American Jewish communities, and many of the top teams grew out of these neighborhoods. The First Basket is the first documentary to comprehensively examine both the role that Jewish players had in the evolution of the game and the impact that basketball played in the assimilation of American Jews.

In The First Basket, Washington, DC based writer/producer/director David Vyorst and narrator Peter Riegert explore the little-known, yet very important, Jewish history of the game. Chock full of vivid anecdotes and distinctive characters, the film brings back famous as well as unsung basketball legends such as Red Auerbach, Red Holzman, Dolph Schayes, Red Sarachek, Barney Sedran, Eddie Gottlieb, Abe Saperstein, Ossie Schectman, Ralph Kaplowitz, Sammy Kaplan and many more.

The First Basket reveals the rich history and amazing contributions of Jewish athletes who became role models and heroes to generations of fans and changed the face and perception of Jews in all athletics. The First Basket is indeed ‘the greatest Jewish basketball documentary in the world.’

Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/first_basket/

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JCVD (2008)



Runtime: 1 hr 36 mins
Genre: Comedies
Theatrical Release: Nov 14, 2008 Limited
Starring: Jean-Claude van Damme, Francois Beukelaers, Zinedine Soualem, Karim Belkhadra
Director: Mabrouk El Mechri

Synopsis
JCVD is an action-packed, comedic satire of the life of movie hero Jean-Claude Van Damme (Bloodsport, Universal Soldier), who’s known throughout the world as the “Muscles from Brussels.” In a bold and self-deprecating role,... JCVD is an action-packed, comedic satire of the life of movie hero Jean-Claude Van Damme (Bloodsport, Universal Soldier), who’s known throughout the world as the “Muscles from Brussels.” In a bold and self-deprecating role, Jean-Claude finds himself out of money, fighting for custody of his daughter and losing every good action role to Steven Seagal. In an attempt to escape, the aging star walks away from his shrinking spotlight and returns home to his native Brussels. But when he is thrown into a real-life hostage situation, everyone sees a side of Van Damme they’ve never seen before as he takes on the police, battles the perpetrators and creates a media firestorm that captures the attention of the world.

Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/jcvd/

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Other End of the Line



Rated: PG-13 for some suggestive material
Genre: Comedies
Theatrical Release: Nov 14, 2008 Wide
Starring: Jesse Metcalfe, Larry Miller, Sara Foster, Austin Basis

Synopsis
It's a case of mistaken identity and love across the oceans in this romantic comedy. In THE OTHER END OF THE LINE, an Indian woman living in her native country works as a phone operator for an American company, but she uses an American accent to... It's a case of mistaken identity and love across the oceans in this romantic comedy. In THE OTHER END OF THE LINE, an Indian woman living in her native country works as a phone operator for an American company, but she uses an American accent to hide her location. Sparks fly across the wires when she talks to a man in New York, and she decides to meet him in San Francisco without telling him where she is from.

Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/other_end_of_the_line/

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Antarctica (2008)



Genre: Dramas
Theatrical Release: Nov 14, 2008 Limited
Starring: Dvir Benedek, Hana Coller, Yael Deckelbaum, Lucy Dubinchik
Director: Yair Hochner

Synopsis
From acclaimed director/writer Yair Hochner arriving the first Israeli queer romantic sexy comedy. In two days, Omer will hit a milestone; his 30th birthday. Like many his age, he hasn’t found himself. But then Omer is hardly... From acclaimed director/writer Yair Hochner arriving the first Israeli queer romantic sexy comedy.

In two days, Omer will hit a milestone; his 30th birthday. Like many his age, he hasn’t found himself. But then Omer is hardly looking. Instead he chooses to loose himself among the stacks of books at the local library, where he works. It is a respite from real life. From time to time he goes on blind dates. He meets Danny on one of his dates. 20 years old and full of enthusiasm, Danny dreams of becoming a dancer.

Shirley, Omer’s little sister, has her own problems. Aside from being Omer’s greatest annoyance, she is in an unconventional relationship with, Michal, owner of the city’s hippest coffeehouse and her boss.

Just when it seems that Omer has completely lost his spark and all seems lost. Enter Ronen, the handsome journalist who ignites the flame Omer has been seeking.

Everyone is hoping for a change. They are waiting for the light. The light that will thaw their frozen hearts. But only one person has the answer, Matilda Rose, the alien loving best-selling novelist can solve the issue; Is love dead or are we just looking in all the wrong places?

Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/10010415-antarctica/

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Dukes



Rated: PG-13 for brief sexuality and drug references
Genre: Comedies
Theatrical Release: Nov 14, 2008 Limited
Starring: Chazz Palminteri, Robert Davi, Peter Bogdanovich, Frank D'Amico, Elya Baskin, Miriam Margolyes, Melora Hardin, Bruce Weitz, Eloise DeJoria, Dominic Scott Kay
Director: Robert Davi

Synopsis
In this heist comedy, a pair of doo-wop singers called the Dukes (Chazz Palminteri and Robert Davi) have seen better days. They can no longer support themselves on just their music, so they take a chance, hoping to raise their income by... In this heist comedy, a pair of doo-wop singers called the Dukes (Chazz Palminteri and Robert Davi) have seen better days. They can no longer support themselves on just their music, so they take a chance, hoping to raise their income by stealing a huge amount of gold from a dental lab. Since they lack experience, there's plenty of laughter and learning for the Dukes as they attempt the theft. In addition to his starring role, Davi wrote, directed, and produced this film, which also features Peter Bogdanovich, Miriam Margolyes, and Melora Hardin.

Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dukes/

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