Mamma Mia (Comedy) – Cast: Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård, Christine Baranski; Directed by: Phyllida Lloyd
Meryl Streep will play the rebellious single mother of a bride-to-be who never met her father. The daughter invites three likely paternal candidates to her wedding, and the ensuing conflict triggers the performance of 22 Abba hits including “Dancing Queen,” “Take a Chance on Me” and “The Winner Takes It All.” Based on the crowd-pleasing musical that has played in 130 cities around the world and has grossed $1.6 billion since its 1999 opening.
Death Race (2008) – Cast: Jason Statham, Ian McShane, Joan Allen Tyrese Gibson, Robin Shou, Natalie Martinez, Janaya Stephens, Jacob Vargas, Nathalie Girard; Directed by: Paul W.S. Anderson
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.”
Traitor (Thriller) – Cast: Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Neal McDonough, Jeff Daniels; Directed by: Jeffrey Nachmanoff
Academy Award nominee Don Cheadle (Hotel Rwanda, Crash) and Guy Pearce (Memento, L.A. Confidential) star in Traitor, a taut international thriller set against a jigsaw puzzle of covert counter-espionage operations. Traitor is written and directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff (screenwriter of The Day After Tomorrow).
Burn After Reading (Comedy) – Cast: Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand, George Clooney, John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton, J.K. Simmons, Richard Jenkins, David Rasche; Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
A dark spy-comedy from Academy Award winners Joel and Ethan Coen. An ousted CIA official’s (Academy Award nominee John Malkovich) memoir accidentally falls into the hands of two unwise gym employees intent on exploiting their find.
The blockbuster global “Mummy” franchise takes a spellbinding turn as the action shifts to Asia for the next chapter in the adventure series, “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.” Brendan Fraser returns as explorer Rick O’Connell to combat the resurrected Han Emperor (Jet Li) in an epic that races from the catacombs of ancient China high into the frigid Himalayas. Rick is joined in this all-new adventure by son Alex (newcomer Luke Ford), wife Evelyn (Maria Bello) and her brother, Jonathan (John Hannah). And this time, the O’Connells must stop a mummy awoken from a 2,000-year-old curse who threatens to plunge the world into his merciless, unending service.
Release date: Thursday December 25, 2008 Genre: Drama/Fantasy Director: David Fincher Studio: Paramount Pictures Screenplay: Eric Roth Producer(s): Ceán Chaffin, Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy Cast: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Taraji P. Henson, Jason Flemyng, Elias Koteas, Julia Ormond Official Site:benjaminbutton.com Rating:PG-13 for brief war violence, sexual content, language and smoking Available film art:The Curious Case of Benjamin Button movie posters
Synopsis “I was born under unusual circumstances.”
And so begins “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” adapted from the 1920s story by F. Scott Fitzgerald about a man who is born in his eighties and ages backwards: a man, like any of us, who is unable to stop time. We follow his story, set in New Orleans from the end of World War I in 1918, into the 21st century, following his journey that is as unusual as any man’s life can be. Directed by David Fincher and starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett with Taraji P. Henson, Tilda Swinton, Jason Flemyng, Elias Koteas and Julia Ormond, “Benjamin Button,” is a grand tale of a not-so-ordinary man and the people and places he discovers along the way, the loves he finds, the joys of life and the sadness of death, and what lasts beyond time.
Release date: Friday January 9, 2009 Genre: Drama Director: Clint Eastwood Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Screenplay: David Hare Producer(s): Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz Cast: Clint Eastwood, Cory Hardrict, Brian Haley Official Site:thegrantorino.com Rating:R for language throughout, and some violence Available film art: Gran Torino movie posters Running time: 1 hour 56 minutes
Synopsis Walt Kowalski is a widower, grumpy, tough-minded, borderline-hateful, unhappy old man who can’t get along with either his kids or his neighbors, a Korean War veteran whose prize possession is a 1973 Gran Torino he keeps in cherry condition. When his neighbor Tao, a young Hmong teenager, tries to steal his Gran Torino, Kowalski sets out to reform the youth. Drawn against his will into the life of Tao’s family, Kowalski is soon taking steps to protect them form the gangs that foul their neighborhood.
Release date: December 12th, 2008 Genre: Drama/Romance Director: Stephen Daldry Studio: Alliance Films/Weinstein Co. Screenplay: David Hare Producer(s): Anthony Minghella, Scott Rudin, Sydney Pollack Cast: Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, David Kross, Bruno Ganz, Linda Bassett Official Site: thereader-movie.com Rating:R for some scenes of sexuality and nudity Available film art:The Reader movie posters Running time: 2 hours 03 minutes
Synopsis “The Reader” opens in post-WWII Germany when teenager Michael Berg becomes ill and is helped home by Hanna, a stranger twice his age. Michael recovers from scarlet fever and seeks out Hanna to thank her. The two are quickly drawn into a passionate but secretive affair.
Michael discovers that Hanna loves being read to and their physical relationship deepens. Hanna is enthralled as Michael reads to her from “The Odyssey,” “Huck Finn” and “The Lady with the Little Dog.” Despite their intense bond, Hanna mysteriously disappears one day and Michael is left confused and heartbroken.
Eight years later, while Michael is a law student observing the Nazi war crime trials, he is stunned to find Hanna back in his life – this time as a defendant in the courtroom. As Hanna’s past is revealed, Michael uncovers a deep secret that will impact both of their lives. “The Reader” is a haunting story about truth and reconciliation, about how one generation comes to terms with the crimes of another.
“The Reader” stars Ralph Fiennes, David Kross and Kate Winslet, and is directed by Stephen Daldry (the Academy Award nominated director of “The Hours”), from a script by David Hare, and based on the award winning novel by Bernhard Schlink. Schlink’s The Reader has been translated into 40 languages and was the first German novel to reach number one on The New York Times Bestseller List.
Release date: December 12th, 2008 Genre: Drama Director: John Patrick Shanley Studio: Maple Pictures/Miramax Films Screenplay: John Patrick Shanley Producer(s): Mark Roybal, Scott Rudin Cast: Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Viola Davis Official Site: doubt-themovie.com Rating:PG-13 for thematic material Available film art:Doubt movie posters Running time: 1 hour 44 minutes
Synopsis John Patrick Shanley brings his Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play to the screen as a gripping story about the quest for truth, the forces of change, and the devastating consequences of blind justice in an age defined by moral conviction.
It’s 1964, St. Nicholas in the Bronx. A vibrant, charismatic priest, Father Flynn (Academy Award® winner Philip Seymour Hoffman), is trying to upend the schools’ strict customs, which have long been fiercely guarded by Sister Aloysius Beauvier (Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep), the iron-gloved Principal who believes in the power of fear and discipline. The winds of political change are sweeping through the community, and indeed, the school has just accepted its first black student, Donald Miller. But when Sister James (Academy Award® nominee Amy Adams), a hopeful innocent, shares with Sister Aloysius her guilt-inducing suspicion that Father Flynn is paying too much personal attention to Donald, Sister Aloysius sets off on a personal crusade to unearth the truth and to expunge Flynn from the school. Now, without a shard of proof besides her moral certainty, Sister Aloysius locks into a battle of wills with Father Flynn which threatens to tear apart the community with irrevocable consequence.
Academy Award® winning screenwriter John Patrick Shanley (“Moonstruck”) adapted his own play for the screen and directs “Doubt,” starring Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viola Davis. The film is produced by Scott Rudin and Mark Roybal, with Celia Costas as executive producer.
Release date: December 12th, 2008 Genre: Thriller Director: Susan Montford Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment Screenplay: Susan Montford, Edward Bryant Cast: Kim Basinger, Lukas Haas, Jamie Starr, Leonard Wu, Luis Chávez, Craig Sheffer Official Site:whileshewasout.com Rating:R for strong violence and language Available film art:While She Was Out movie posters
Synopsis A suburban housewife is forced to fend for herself when she becomes stranded in a desolate forest with four murderous thugs. What starts off as a quick trip to the mall ends in the woods with a fight for her life. All she has is a toolbox and her will to survive.
These are the movies arriving in theaters this Friday. Meryl Streep receives a best actress Golden Globe nomination for her turn in “Doubt” and Kate Winslet receives a best supporting actress Golden Globe nomination for “The Reader.”
A remake of the 1951 sci-fi classic about a humanoid alien named Klaatu (Keanu Reeves) who arrives on Earth accompanied by an indestructible, heavily armed robot and a warning to world leaders that their continued aggression will lead to annihilation by species watching from afar.
Nothing Like the Holidays (Comedy) -Cast: John Leguizamo, Debra Messing, Freddy Rodríguez, Vanessa Ferlito, Alfred Molina, Luis Guzmán; Directed by: Alfredo De Villa
Story follows a family reunion during the holidays in the Chicago neighborhood of Humboldt Park. Molina is the father who owns a bodega, and Hernandez plays a friend of the family who works there. Diaz is a former lover of Rodriguez’s character and friends with the clan’s daughter (Ferlito). Ruehl is the matriarch.
Doubt (Drama) – Cast: Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Viola Davis, Lloyd Clay Brown; Directed by: John Patrick Shanley
John Patrick Shanley brings his Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play to the screen as a gripping story about the quest for truth, the forces of change, and the devastating consequences of blind justice in an age defined by moral conviction.
While She Was Out (Thriller) – Cast: Kim Basinger, Lukas Haas, Jamie Starr, Leonard Wu, Luis Chávez, Craig Sheffer; Directed by: Susan Montford
A suburban housewife is forced to fend for herself when she becomes stranded in a desolate forest with four murderous thugs. What starts off as a quick trip to the mall ends in the woods with a fight for her life. All she has is a toolbox and her will to survive.
The Reader (Drama) – Cast: Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, David Kross; Directed by: Stephen Daldry
“The Reader” opens in post-WWII Germany when teenager Michael Berg becomes ill and is helped home by Hanna, a stranger twice his age. Michael recovers from scarlet fever and seeks out Hanna to thank her. The two are quickly drawn into a passionate but secretive affair.
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Release date: Friday March 6, 2009 Genre: Action/Mystery Director: Zack Snyder Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Screenplay: David Hayter, Alex Tse Producer(s): Deborah Snyder, Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin Cast: Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Patrick Wilson Official Site:watchmenmovie.com Rating:R for graphic violence, sexuality, nudity and language Available film art:The Watchmen movie posters
Synopsis A complex, multi-layered mystery adventure, “Watchmen” is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the “Doomsday Clock” – which charts the USA’s tension with the Soviet Union – is permanently set at five minutes to midnight. When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the washed-up but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion – a ragtag group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers – Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity…but who is watching the watchmen?
Release date: Friday May 9, 2009 Genre: Animation Director: Pete Docter Studio: Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios Screenplay: Bob Peterson Producer(s): Jonas Rivera Cast: Ed Asner, Christopher Plummer, John Ratzenberger, Delroy Lindo, Jordan Nagai Official Site:disney.go.com/disneypictures/up Rating:Not Yet Rated Available film art: Up movie posters
Synopsis From Disney-Pixar comes “Up,” a comedy adventure about 78-year-old balloon salesman Carl Fredricksen, who finally fulfills his lifelong dream of a great adventure when he ties thousands of balloons to his house and flies away to the wilds of South America. But he discovers all too late that his biggest nightmare has stowed away on the trip: an overly optimistic 8-year-old Wilderness Explorer named Russell. From the Academy Award®-nominated director Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc.), Disney•Pixar’s “Up” invites you on a hilarious journey into a lost world, with the least likely duo on Earth. “Up” will be presented in Disney Digital 3-D in select theaters.