New DVD Releases: Tuesday April 7, 2009
These are the movies arriving on DVD this Tuesday:
Bedtime Stories (Comedy)
An adventure comedy starring Adam Sandler as Skeeter Bronson, a hotel handyman whose life is changed forever when the bedtime stories he tells his niece and nephew start to mysteriously come true. He attempts to take advantage of the phenomenon, incorporating his own aspirations into one outlandish tale after another, but it’s the kids’ unexpected contributions that turn Skeeter’s life upside down.
Cast: Adam Sandler, Keri Russell, Guy Pearce, Courteney Cox, Russell Brand, Lucy Lawless, Jonathan Pryce, Aisha Tyler, Dana Goodman; Directed by: Adam Shankman
The Day the Earth Stood Still (2009 Sci-Fi)
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.”
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates, John Cleese, Jaden Smith; Directed by: Scott Derrickson
I t’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.
Cast: Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Viola Davis, Lloyd Clay Brown; Directed by: John Patrick Shanley
In rural Alabama, two couples find themselves in a fight for survival. Running from a maniac (The Tin Man) bent on killing them, they flee deep into the woods and seek refuge in a house. They soon realize the killer has purposely lured them to this house and that they are now trapped. As they huddle around an old fireplace, a tin can falls through the chimney. Scrawled on its side is a message from the killer, establishing his House Rules. The rules call for their deaths unless they kill at least one of the four.
They have less than 12 hours to find a way to survive. At sunrise the game is over and everyone dies if the killer’s demands aren’t met. What they quickly learn is that the only way out . . . is in. But going further into this house–where unknown challenges await them–is equally deadly.
Cast: Michael Madsen, Allana Bale, J.P. Davis, Leslie Easterbrook; Directed by: Robby Henson
Not Easily Broken (Drama)
Director Bill Duke steps behind the camera for this adaptation of the T.D. Jakes novel concerning a newly married couple that finds their union threatened by pressures involving faith, family, and finances. As the couple exchanges their vows, the minister lays a cord around them while uttering the blessing, “a threefold cord is not easily broken.” Later, during their darkest hour, the minister’s advice to always keep God at the center of their marriage could be the only thing that keeps this troubled pair together.
Cast: Morris Chestnut, Taraji P. Henson, Maeve Quinlan, Cannon Jay, Gregg Bello; Directed by: Bill Duke
Yes Man (Comedy)
A man (Carrey) who finds himself very depressed, and is always saying no. When friends ask him out, he always says no, “Yes Man” will explore what happens when he decides to say YES to every thing that comes his way.
Cast: Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel, Danny Masterson, Bradley Cooper, Terence Stamp, Sasha Alexander, Molly Sims, Patrick Labyorteaux, John Michael Higgins; Directed by: Peyton Reed
Tale of Despereaux (Animation/Adventure/Family)
Once upon a time, in the faraway kingdom of Dor, there was magic in the air, laughter aplenty and gallons of mouthwatering soup. But an accident left the King broken-hearted, the Princess filled with longing and the townsfolk without their soup. Sunlight disappeared. The world became gray. All hope was lost in this land…until Despereaux Tilling was born.
A modern fairy tale from visionary filmmaker Gary Ross, together with directors Sam Fell & Rob Stevenhagen, The Tale of Despereaux tells the story of several unlikely heroes: Despereaux (Matthew Broderick), a brave mouse banished to the dungeon for speaking with a human; Roscuro (Dustin Hoffman), a good-hearted rat who loves light and soup, but is exiled to darkness; Pea (Emma Watson), a Princess in a gloomy castle who is prisoner to her father’s grief; and Mig (Tracey Ullman), a servant girl who longs to be a Princess, but is forced to serve the jailer (Robbie Coltrane).
Tiny and graced with oversized ears, Despereaux was born too big for his little world. Refusing to live his life cowering, he befriends a Princess named Pea and learns to read (rather than eat) books—reveling in stories of knights, dragons and fair maidens. Banished from Mouseworld for being more man than mouse, Despereaux is rescued by another outcast, Roscuro, who also wants to hear the tales. But when the Princess dismisses Roscuro’s friendship, he becomes the ultimate rat and plots revenge with fellow outsider Mig.
Cast: Matthew Broderick, Dustin Hoffman, Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Lloyd, Kevin Kline, Stanley Tucci, William H. Macy; Directed by: Sam Fell, Robert Stevenhagen