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.
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: 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.
Release date: Friday April 4, 2008 (Conventional Theaters and Imax) Genre: Documentary Director: Martin Scorsese Studio: Paramount Pictures Producer(s): Michael Cohl, Steve Bing, Victoria Pearman, Zane Weiner cast: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ron Wood, Charlie Watts Official Site:shinealightmovie.com Rating:PG-13 for brief strong language, drug references and smoking Available Poster Art:Shine A Light movie posters
Synopsis: Rolling Stones documentary that focuses on the two concerts from the group’s current “A Bigger Bang” tour as well as historical and contemporary behind-the-scenes footage and interviews. A recent concert in Austin, Texas, was also filmed
Release date: Friday April 4, 2008 Genre: Comedy Director: George Clooney Studio: Universal Pictures Producer(s): Casey Silver, Grant Heslov Screenplay: George Clooney, Duncan Brantley, Rick Reilly Cast: George Clooney, Renée Zellweger, John Krasinksi Official Site:leatherheadsmovie.com Rating:PG-13 for brief strong language Available Poster Art: Leatherheads movie posters
Synopsis: Oscar winners George Clooney and Renée Zellweger match wits in “Leatherheads,” a rapid-fire romantic comedy set against the backdrop of America’s pro-football league in 1925.
Release date: Friday March 7, 2008 Genre: Thriller Running time: 110 min. Director: Roger Donaldson Studio: Maple Pictures Producer(s): Charles Roven, Steve Chasman Screenplay: Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais Cast: Jason Statham, Saffron Burrows, Stephen Campbell Moore, Daniel Mays, James Faulkner, Alki David, Michael Jibson Official Site:bankjobmovie.co.uk Rating:R for for sexual content, nudity, violence and language. Available Poster Art: The Bank Job Movie Posters
Synopsis: “The Bank Job” was inspired by a real-life 1971 London bank robbery that was never solved. A band of thieves tunneled their way into a safe deposit vault, taking millions of dollars in cash and jewelry. The robbery made headlines for several days, but then all reporting stopped as a result of a government gag order. In “Bank Job,” the crime involves murder, corruption and a sex scandal with links to the royal family. Ultimately, the thieves are among the most innocent involved.