Release date: Friday April 11, 2008 Genre: Horror/Thriller Director: Nelson McCormick Studio: Alliance Films Producer(s): Neal H. Moritz, Toby Jaffe Screenplay: J.S. Cardone Cast: Brittany Snow, Scott Porter, Jessica Stroup, Dana Davis, Collins Pennie, Kelly Blatz, James Ransone, Brianne Davis, Johnathon Schaech, Idris Elba Official Site: anighttodiefor.com Rating:PG-13 for violence and terror, some sexual material, underage drinking, and language Available Poster Art:Prom Night movie posters
It’s Midnight Everyone’s Ready To Go Home…But Someone Has Other Plans.
Donna’s senior prom is supposed to be the best night of her life, one of magic, beauty, and love. Surrounded by her best friends, she should be safe from the horrors of her past. But when the night turns from magic to murder there is only one man who could be responsible… the man she thought was gone forever. Now, Donna and her friends must find a way to escape the sadistic rampage of an obsessed killer, and survive their Prom Night.
Release date: Friday April 18, 2008 Genre: Action Director: Rob Minkoff Studio: Lionsgate Producer(s): Casey Silver Screenplay: John Fusco Cast: Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Michael Angarano, Crystal Liu, Collin Chou, Li Bing Bing, Ye Xiaokeng, Morgan Benoit, Alexis Bridges, Wang De Shun Official Site:theforbiddenkingdom.com Rating:PG-13 for sequences of martial arts action and some violence Available poster art:The Forbidden Kingdom movie posters
Synopsis: In “Forbidden Kingdom,” American teenager Jason (Michael Angarano), who is obsessed with Hong Kong cinema and kungfu classics, finds an antique Chinese staff in a pawn shop: the legendary stick weapon of the Chinese sage and warrior, the Monkey King (Jet Li). With the lost relic in hand, Jason unexpectedly finds himself transported back to ancient China.
There, he meets the drunken kungfu master, Lu Yan (Jackie Chan); an enigmatic and skillful Silent Monk (Jet Li); and a vengeance-bent kungfu beauty, Golden Sparrow (Crystal Liu Yi Fei), who lead him on his quest to return the staff to its rightful owner, the Monkey King – imprisoned in stone by the evil Jade Warlord (Collin Chou) for five hundred years. Along the way, while attempting to outmaneuver scores of Jade Warriors, Cult Killers and the deadly White Hair Demoness, Ni Chang (Li Bing Bing), Jason learns about honor, loyalty and friendship, and the true meaning of kungfu, and thus frees himself.
Supersite DarkHorizons.com is reporting that the next trailer for The Dark Knight is slated to debut with Warners’ prehistoric epic 10,000 B.C., which opens March 7th.
The site adds that this new trailer, unlike the Joker-heavy first one, will feature more of Christian Bale and Aaron Eckhart as Bruce Wayne and Harvey Dent, respectively. It was previously reported that Warners had always intended on building the initial marketing phase for The Dark Knight around the Joker before switching the focus to Dent.
IGN reviews The Spiderwick Chronicles (in theaters now).
Because of the sheer volume of movies that I’ve seen in 2008, I’ve recently gotten into the habit of “pitching” movies to my friends and colleagues — you know, that long-established Hollywood process of telling someone what a movie is by comparing it to previous ones. For example, Cloverfield is Godzilla meets The Blair Witch Project and Fool’s Gold is How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days meets National Treasure. By that same token, The Spiderwick Chronicles is a sanitized version of Evil Dead 2 meets Gremlins — a scrappy and sometimes scary supernatural tale that features a dangerous book and some even more dangerous critters who will stop at nothing to get it. Directed with competence if not flair by Mark Waters (Mean Girls) from the book series by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black, the film is a fun adolescent-themed adventure. But it seems a little too short and superficial to attract more than the source material’s already established fan base, if not also the duty-bound pre-teen audience that attends every movie made for its demographic.
The ubiquitous Freddie Highmore (The Golden Compass, August Rush) plays Jared and Simon Grace, twin brothers who recently relocated with their frazzled mom, Helen (Mary-Louise Parker), and pushy older sister, Mallory, (Sarah Bolger) to a secluded old mansion once owned by their great-great-uncle, Arthur Spiderwick. Almost immediately strange things start happening around the estate and Jared, who is adjusting uneasily to his parents’ recent separation, immerses himself in investigating what’s going on behind the walls, in a secret dumbwaiter, and up in Arthur’s study. After uncovering a mysterious book penned by his relative, he begins to study its pages, in the process discovering an entire, unseen universe populated by magical creatures.
Release date: Friday March 7, 2008 Genre: Comedy Director: Roger Kumble Studio: Walt Disney Pictures producer(s): Andrew Gunn Screenplay: Emi Mochizuki, Carrie Evans, Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio Cast: Martin Lawrence, Raven Symone, Donny Osmond Official Site:disney.com Rating:None Available Poster Art:College Road Trip movie posters
Synopsis Choosing which college to attend can be the most exciting and thrilling time of a young woman’s life…unless your overprotective father isn’t quite ready to let you go. In the Disney family comedy, COLLEGE ROAD TRIP, Melanie (RAVEN-SYMONÉ) is eagerly looking forward to her first big step towards independence when she plans a “girls only” road trip to check out prospective universities. But when her overbearing police chief father (MARTIN LAWRENCE) insists on escorting her instead, she soon finds her dream trip has turned into a hilarious nightmare adventure full of comical misfortune and turmoil.
Release date: Friday April 18, 2008 Genre: Thriller Running time: 107 min. Director: Jon Avnet Studio: TriStar Pictures (Sony) Producer(s): Gary Scott Thompson, Jon Avnet, Randall Emmett Screenplay: Gary Scott Thompson Cast: Al Pacino, Alicia Witt, Leelee Sobieski, Amy Brenneman, Deborah Kara Unger, Ben McKenzie, Neal McDonough Official Site: sonypictures.com Rating:R for disturbing violent content, brief nudity and language Available Poster Art:88 Minutes movie posters
Synopsis: He has 88 minutes to solve a murder. His own.
In Seattle, the successful forensic psychiatrist and college professor Jack Gramm is in evidence since he was responsible for the condemnation of the serial killer Jon Forster, influencing the jury to sentence him to the death row. Jon accuses Jack of manipulation, inducing one witness and sister of one of his victims to testify against him. On the eve of Jon’s execution, Jack receives a phone call telling him that he has only eighty-eight minutes of life, while a killer is copycatting Jon, killing women with the same “modus-operandi” and is investigated by Seattle Slayer Task Force. With the support of his former wife and associated Shelly Barnes, the FBI agent and his friend Frank Parks and his assistant Kim Cummings, Jack investigate some weird and problematic students, a security guard of the campus and the woman with whom he had one night stand.