Release date: August 22nd, 2008 Genre: Documentary Director: Patrick Creadon Studio: Roadside Attractions Screenplay: Patrick Creadon, Christine O’Malley Cast: Ron Paul Official Site:iousathemovie.com Rating:PG for some thematical elements Available film art:I.O.U.S.A. movie posters
One nation. Under stress. In debt.
Wake up, America! We’re on the brink of a financial meltdown. “I.O.U.S.A.” boldly examines the rapidly growing national debt and its consequences for the United States and its citizens. Burdened with an ever-expanding government and military, increased international competition, overextended entitlement programs, and debts to foreign countries that are becoming impossible to honor, America must mend its spendthrift ways or face an economic disaster of epic proportions.
Throughout history, the American government has found it nearly impossible to spend only what has been raised through taxes. Wielding candid interviews with both average American taxpayers and government officials, Sundance veteran Patrick Creadon (Wordplay) helps demystify the nation’s financial practices and policies. The film follows former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker as he crisscrosses the country explaining America’s unsustainable fiscal policies to its citizens.
Release date: Friday September 5/19, 2008 Genre: Drama/Historical Director: Saul Dibb Studio: Paramount Vantage Producer(s): Gabrielle Tana, Michael Kuhn Screenplay: Jeffrey Hatcher, Anders Thomas Jensen Cast: Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Charlotte Rampling, Hayley Atwell, Dominic Cooper, Simon McBurney Official Site:theduchessmovie.com Rating:PG-13 for sexual content, brief nudity and thematic material Available film art:The Duchess movie posters
There were three people in her marriage.
Set at the end of the eighteenth century, The Duchess is the story of the beautiful and, glamorous Georgiana Spencer, the most fascinating woman of the age.
While her beauty and charisma made her name, her extravagant tastes and appetite for gambling and love made her infamous. Married young to the older, distant Duke of Devonshire, intimate of ministers and princes, Georgiana became a fashion icon, a doting mother, a shrewd political operator and darling of the common people. But at the core of her story is a desperate search for love.
From Georgiana’s passionate and doomed affair with Earl Grey to the complex ménage à trois with her husband and her best friend, Lady Bess Foster, The Duchess is a very contemporary tale of fame, notoriety and the search for love.
Release date: Friday August 22, 2008 (select cities; August 29 (nationwide) Genre: Comedy Director: Andrew Fleming Studio: Alliance Films/Focus Features (Universal) Producer(s): Aaron Ryder, Eric Eisner, Leonid Rozhetskin Screenplay: Andrew Fleming, Pam Brady Cast: Steve Coogan, Catherine Keener, Amy Poehler, David Arquette, Elisabeth Shue Official Site:Hamlet2.com Rating:R for language including sexual references, brief nudity and some drug content Available film art: Hamlet 2 movie posters Runtime: 92 minutes
One high school teacher is about to make a huge number 2.
Centered on a teacher who tries to save his drama department by writing a sequel to William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” It stars Coogan as a high school drama teacher who creates a musical sequel to “Hamlet” based on the premise that no one died in the original play.
Release date: September 2008 Genre: Comedy Director: S.R. Bindler Studio: j.k. livin productions Screenplay: S.R. Bindler, Cory Van Dyke Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Alexie Gilmore, Jeffrey Nordling, Sarah Wright, Zachary Knighton, Todd Stashwick, Nathan Phillips, Ramon Rodriguez, Travis Fimmel, K.D. Aubert, Brooke Allison, Nancy Fish, Cassandra Hepburn, Stacy Stas, Willie Nelson Official Site:surfer-dude-trailer.blogspot.com Rating:R for pervasive drug use, language and nudity Available film art:Surfer, Dude movie posters
Surfer, Dude tells the tale of a soul-searching surfer who is experiencing an existential crisis. McConaughey stars as Steve Addington a throwback to the ’70s: Peace, love, and a righteous wave – who finishes a world surf tour and returns to his hometown of Malibu. At first, it’s a great reunion but reality quickly sets in.
“Surfer, Dude” is about a surfer who lives to surf – When the waves disappear for an entire summer — he goes mad. said producer Mark Gustawes.
Release date: September 5th, 2008 Genre: Comedy/Romance Runtime 103 minutes Director: Jason Todd Ipson Studio: Asgaard Entertainment Screenplay: Jason Todd Ipson Cast: Cerina Vincent, Jay Jablonski, John Kapelos, John Enos III, Marisa Petroro, Penny Marshall Official Site:everybodywantstobeitalian.com Rating:PG-13 for some sexual references Available film art:Everybody Wants to be Italian movie posters
“Soulmates are like fish, they’re everywhere.”
A lovelorn fishmonger who has spent nearly a decade trying to win back his ex-girlfriend gets involved in a case of mistaken ethnicity in this warm-hearted romantic comedy. It’s been eight years since Jake’s girlfriend left him, and despite the fact that she’s now married with three children he refuses to move on. Fed up with their depressive pal’s unwillingness to let go of the past, Jake’s friends set him up on a blind date with a beautiful Italian woman from Boston’s North End. Though Jake is convinced that such a woman would never even consider dating a non-Italian, a quick crash course in how to fake it may prove just the trick to helping him learn to love once again.
Release date: Friday December 12, 2008 Genre: Sci-fi Director: Scott Derrickson Studio: 20th Century Fox Producer(s): Erwin Stoff, Gregory Goodman, Paul Harris Boardman Screenplay: David Scarpa Cast: Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates, Jaden Smith Official Site: None Rating:None Available film art:The Day the Earth Stood Still movie posters
“Klaatu barada nikto”
“The Day the Earth Stood Still” is 20th Century Fox’s contemporary reinvention of its 1951 classic. Keanu Reeves portrays Klaatu, an alien whose arrival on our planet triggers a global upheaval. As governments and scientists race to unravel the mystery behind the visitor’s appearance, a woman (Jennifer Connelly) and her young stepson get caught up in his mission – and come to understand the ramifications of his being a self-described “friend to the Earth.”
Release date: Friday August 15, 2008 Genre: Action, Adventure, Animation, Fantasy, Sci-Fi Director: Dave Filoni Running time: 121 min. Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Producer(s): Catherine Winder, George Lucas Screenplay: George Lucas, Henry Gilroy Cast: Anthony Daniels, Matthew Wood Official Site: starwars.com Rating:PG-13 for sci-fi action violence throughout, brief language and momentary smoking Available film art:Star Wars: The Clone Wars movie posters
First alluded to in 1977’s ‘Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope,’ the Clone Wars are a conflict between the Galactic Republic, led by the Jedi Knights and their clone army, and the nefarious separatist movement of Chancellor Palpatine (who later becomes the emperor). Not previously seen in any of the saga’s six films, the Clone Wars take place between the events of 2002’s Episode II and 2005’s Episode III.
Release date: Friday August 22, 2008 Genre: Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi/Thriller Director: Paul W.S. Anderson Studio: Universal Pictures Producer(s): Jeremy Bolt, Paul W.S. Anderson, Paula Wagner Screenplay: Paul W.S. Anderson Cast: Jason Statham, Joan Allen, Tyrese Gibson, Ian McShane Official Site:deathracemovie.net Rating:R for strong violence and language Available film art:Death Race movie posters
Jason Statham leads the cast of an action-thriller set in the post-industrial wasteland of tomorrow, with the world’s most brutal sporting event as its backdrop. A penitentiary full of felons has inspired the jailers to create a grisly pastime ripe for lucrative kickbacks. Now, adrenalized inmates, a global audience hungry for televised violence and a spectacular arena come together to form the “Death Race.”
Three-time speedway champion Jensen Ames (Statham) is an expert at survival in the harsh landscape that has become our country. Just as he thinks he has turned his life around, the ex-con is framed for a gruesome murder he didn’t commit. Forced to don the mask of the mythical driver Frankenstein — a crowd favorite who seems impossible to kill — Ames is given an easy choice by Terminal Island’s warden (Joan Allen): suit up or rot away in a cell.
His face hidden by a metallic mask, one convict will be put through an insane three-day challenge. Ames must survive a gauntlet of the most vicious criminals in the country’s toughest prison to claim the prize of freedom. Driving a monster car outfitted with machine guns, flamethrowers and grenade launchers, one desperate man will destroy anything in his path to win the most twisted spectator sport on Earth.