Release date: Friday April 11, 2008 Genre: Thriller/Action/Crime Director: David Ayer Fox Searchlight Pictures Producer(s): Alexandra Milchan, Erwin Stoff, Lucas Foster Screenplay: James Elroy, David Ayer Cast: Keanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker, Hugh Laurie, Chris Evans, Naomie Harris, Jay Mohr, John Corbett, Cedric the Entertainer, Amaury Nolasco, Terry Crews, Common , The Game Official Site:foxsearchlight.com Rating:R for strong violence and pervasive language Available Poster Art:Street Kings movie posters
Synopsis: Their city. Their rules. No prisoners.
In STREET KINGS, a police thriller directed by David Ayer, Keanu Reeves plays Tom Ludlow, a veteran LAPD Vice Detective. Ludlow sets out on a quest to discover the killers of his former partner, Detective Terrance Washington (Terry Crews). Academy® Award winner Forest Whitaker plays Captain Wander, Ludlow’s supervisor, whose duties include keeping him within the confines of the law and out of the clutches of Internal Affairs Captain Biggs (Hugh Laurie). Ludlow teams up with a young Robbery Homicide Detective (Chris Evans) to track Washington’s killers through the diverse communities of Los Angeles. Their determination pays off when the two Detectives track down Washington’s murderers and confront them in an attempt to bring them to justice.
Release date: Friday April 11, 2008 Genre: Drama Director: Noam Murro Studio: Touchstone Pictures Producer(s): Bridget Johnson, Bruna Papandrea, Michael Costigan, Michael London Screenplay: Mark Jude Poirier Cast: Dennis Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker, Thomas Haden Church, Ellen Page, Ashton Holmes, Christine Lahti Official Site:smartpeople-themovie.com Rating: None Available Poster Art:Smart People movie posters
Synopsis: Sometimes the smartest people have the most to learn.
Professor Lawrence Wetherhold (Dennis Quaid) might be imperiously brilliant, monumentally self-possessed and an intellectual giant – but when it comes to solving the conundrums of love and family, he’s as downright flummoxed as the next guy. His teenaged daughter (Ellen Page) is an acid-tongued overachiever who follows all too closely in dad’s misery-loving footsteps, and his adopted, preposterously ne’er-do-well brother (Thomas Haden Church) has perfected the art of freeloading. A widower who can’t seem to find passion in anything anymore, not even the Victorian Literature in which he’s an expert, it seems Lawrence is sleepwalking through a very stunted middle age. When his brother shows up unexpectedly for an extended stay at just about the same time as he accidentally encounters his former student Janet (Sarah Jessica Parker), the circumstances cause him to stir from his deep, deep freeze, with often comical, sometimes heartbreaking, consequences for himself and everyone around him.
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Run Fat Boy Run (Comedy) – Five years ago Dennis (Pegg) was at the altar about to marry Libby (Newton), his pregnant fiancée. He got cold feet and ran for the hills and he’s been going in circles ever since. When Dennis discovers Libby’s hooked up with high-flying-go-getter Whit (Azaria), he realizes it’s now or never. He enters a marathon to show he’s more than a quitter but then finds out just how much sweat, strain and tears it takes to run for 26 miles. Nobody gives him a chance but Dennis knows this is his only hope to more than a running joke.
Cast: Simon Pegg, Thandie Newton, Hank Azaria; Directed by: David Schwimmer
Stop Loss (Drama) – After serving his tour of duty in Iraq, a young American soldier who is ordered to return to the front lines as part of the military’s controversial stop-loss opts instead to go AWOL in a thought-provoking military drama directed by Kimberly Peirce. Sgt. Brandon King (Ryan Philippe) is a decorated Iraq War veteran who once served his country with pride. After his tour of duty comes to an end, King returns to his Texas hometown and attempts to pick up where he once left off with a little help from his family, as well as long-time best friend and war buddy Steve Shriver (Channing Tatum). But just as Brandon, Steve, and the rest of their war buddies begin to setle back into civilian life, Uncle Sam comes calling on them once again. Suddenly ordered back into active duty, the disillusioned war veteran begins to question not just his ties to family and his longtime friendships, but his capacity for love and sense of honor as well.
Cast: Ryan Phillippe, Abbie Cornish, Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ciarán Hinds, Timothy Olyphant, Victor Rasuk, Rob Brown; Directed by: Kimberly Pierce
21 (Drama) – Inspired by the true story of five students who changed the game forever.
A shy M.I.T. student needs to find a way to pay for school and does so by playing cards. He joins a group of students as they make their way towards vegas for a big pay day. They making their riches by working the gambling tricks of the trade. All they have to do is stay one step ahead of the casino enforcer.
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Jim Sturgess, Kate Bosworth, Laurence Fishburne, Aaron Yoo, Liza Lapira, Jacob Pitts, Josh Gad, Jack McGee, Spencer Garrett; Directed by: Robert Luketic
Joshua Jackson plays a professional photographer who discovers disturbing, ghostly images in photographs he develops after a tragic accident
Shutter is a new take on horror.
Shutter is based on the 2004 Thai film of the same name and follows a young married couple in their travels to Japan where the photographer husband, played by Joshua Jackson, begins to spot a strange “presence” in his photographs after the two encounter a tragic accident. Rachel Taylor, the blonde Auzzie most noted for her role in 2007′s Transformers, plays wife Jane, whose stark isolation in Tokyo makes her the perfect victim of a haunting.
Jane does not speak Japanese, she is a bit naïve and she is an outsider in a very private community. Husband Benjamin’s new job is time consuming and he’s not around enough to help his despairing wife adjust to her new life. Ultimately, the physical distance between the two causes them to drift emotionally apart and the distance leaves room for a ghost to settle in.
As the story progresses, both Jane and Ben begin to see the ghost more frequently. But unlike other films of the same genre, the ghost does little harm to them. She is merely present. On occasion, she reveals herself to Benjamin as a sexual creature; she caresses his back and softly kisses his cheek. These sequences are more disturbing than when the violence finally ensues. Watching a dead girl fraught with black boils caress a sleeping man with her hair is far worse than seeing her angry.
The most unique element of this movie is that it uses intimacy as a subtle device to draw the ghost and the main characters together. The lighting is done in the normal shades of grey, typical of these films, but the difference is that the most vibrant scenes have the ghost in them. Normally, a shadow forms when the angry ghost appears; but in this film, the camera’s flashes highlight her features and force the audience to share a much more intimate space than is common in horror flicks.
The movement from scene to scene is also unusual. Rather than using a slow-moving camera capturing the short and unsteady breaths of the protagonists, Shutter is filmed in snapshots. At the climax of each scene, the movie camera simulates a quick-clicking photo camera that shifts between one angle and another. These quick transitions are off-putting — you never can tell when the ghost will move from outside of the frame to right in the face of the camera. And there is no knowing if she has come for a late night romp or if she is finally angry enough to start doing more than emotional damage.
Release Date: January 25th, 2008 (NY, LA; expands: Feb. 1) Director: Jieho Lee Screenplay: Jieho Lee, Bob DeRosa Cast: Kevin Bacon, Forest Whitaker, Andy Garcia, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Brendan Fraser, Julie Delpy, Emile Hirsch Studio: THINKFilm Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance Official Site: theairibreathemovie.com Rating:R for violence, language and some sexual content/nudity Available Poster Art:The Air I Breathe movie posters
Synopsis: A businessman (Forest Whitaker) bets his life on a horse race, a gangster (Brendan Fraser) sees the future, a pop star (Sarah Michelle Gellar) falls prety to a crime boss (Andy Garcia) and a doctor (Kevin Bacon) must save the love of his life. Based on a Chinese proverb, these four overlapping stories dramatize the four emotional cornerstones of life: happiness, pleasure, sorrow and love.
Release date: Friday April 4, 2008 Genre: Horror Director: Carter Smith Studio: DreamWorks Pictures (Paramount) Producer(s): Chris Bender, Jeremy Kramer, Stuart Cornfeld Screenplay: Scott B. Smith Cast: Jonathan Tucker, Jena Malone, Shawn Ashmore, Laura Ramsey, Joe Anderson Official Site:ruinsmovie.com Rating:R for Strong violence and gruesome images, language, some sexuality and nudity Available Poster Art:The Ruins movie posters
Synopsis: Six friends on vacation in Cancun go on an excursion to visit an archaeological dig near Coba. The friends include Jeff, a type A guy who is set to begin medical school in the fall; Amy, Jeff’s girlfriend, who is also set to begin medical school, and who is smart and emotional; Stacy, Amy’s best friend, an aspiring social worker whose nickname is “Spacy” and who is irresponsible and promiscuous; Eric, Stacy’s boyfriend, who is immature, and set to become a high school teacher; a fun-loving Greek guy who everyone calls “Pablo,” but who lacks a common language with any of the others; and Mathias, an intense, thoughtful German tourist. Mathias’ brother, Henrich, vanished shortly before the Americans and Greeks met Mathias–he met a beautiful Dutch archaeologist and decided to meet her at her dig, leaving a hastily drawn map for Mathias to follow in case he wanted to join him. The five others decide to accompany Mathias in his search for his brother, and take a bus to Coba for the day. Things immediately start to go wrong, as the group isn’t well prepared for the heat and insects, and the journey becomes creepy. The poorly drawn map leads them to a Mayan village, where the grievously poor inhabitants appear hostile to the foreigners. Further searching leads them to an almost-hidden trail that they follow to the ruins.