Release date: Friday March 18, 2011 (Wide) Genre: Thriller Director: Neil Burger Studio: Relativity Media Screenplay: Leslie Dixon Producer(s): Ryan Kavanaugh, Leslie Dixon, Scott Kroopf Cast: Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Abbie Cornish, Anna Friel Official Site: iamrogue.com/limitless.html Rating:Not Yet Rated Available film art: Limitless movie posters
Synopsis A struggling writer unlocks the full potential of his brain by taking a cutting-edge pharmaceutical, only to find that his newfound abilities have made him a target for some of the most greedy and dangerous men on the planet. Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper) is an author without a novel. No matter how hard he tries, he just can’t summon the inspiration to write a single word. That all changes when an old friend wanders back into Eddie’s life, and opens his eyes to a powerful new drug called NZT. The moment Eddie takes NZT, his brain begins functioning at 100 percent, giving him the ability to quickly recall every event in his life down to the smallest detail, learn new languages in a flash, and harness the untapped power of complex mathematical equations. But when Eddie’s supply of NZT runs out, the party is over. Of course, it doesn’t take Eddie long to make a mint on Wall Street, and when he does, it draws the attention of Carl Van Loon (Robert De Niro), one of the world’s most powerful and prominent businessmen. With Eddie’s help, Carl plots to arbitrate a complex corporate merger that will shake the establishment to its very core. Just as the deal is about to be brokered, however, some dangerous characters discover Eddie’s secret and come gunning for his dwindling supply of medicine. Now, if Eddie can just endure the debilitating side effects of NZT long enough to run for his life, he may just survive to see another day.
Release date: Mar 11, 2011 (Limited) Genre: Crime, Drama, Action, Adventure Director: Jonathan Hensleigh Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment Running Time: 1 hr. 46 min. Screenplay: Jeremy Walters, Jonathan Hensleigh Producer(s): Bryce Dallas Howard, Gus Van Sant, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard Cast: Ray Stevenson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Val Kilmer, Christopher Walken, Linda Cardellini Official Site:killtheirishman.com Rating:R for strong violence, language and some sexual content/nudity. Available film art:Kill the Irishman movie posters
Over the summer of 1976, thirty-six bombs detonate in the heart of Cleveland while a turf war raged between Irish mobster Danny Greene (Ray Stevenson) and the Italian mafia. Based on a true story, KILL THE IRISHMAN chronicles Greene’s heroic rise from a tough Cleveland neighborhood to become an enforcer in the local mob. Turning the tables on loan shark Shondor Birns (Christopher Walken) and allying himself with gangster John Nardi (Vincent D’Onofrio), Greene stops taking orders from the mafia and pursues his own power. Surviving countless assassination attempts from the mob and killing off anyone who went after him in retaliation, Danny Greene’s infamous invincibility and notorious fearlessness eventually led to the collapse of mafia syndicates across the U.S. and also earned him the status of the man the mob couldn’t kill.
The are the movies opening in this Friday, Biutiful starring Oscar Nominated Javier Bardem opens in 57 theaters and The Rite starring Anthony Hopkins opens in 2,985 theaters.
MPAA Rating: R for disturbing images, language, some sexual content, nudity and drug use.
Running time: 148 minutes
Synopsis: Biutiful is the stunning fourth feature from acclaimed Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Babel, 21 Grams, Amores Perros). Displaying the hallmarks of his unique, humanist brand of filmmaking, his latest work once again portrays and tackles the eternal dialogue of mortality. Academy Award winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men) is simply sensational as Uxbal, a small–time grifter trying to find his way through the moral maze of contemporary Barcelona while supporting his two young children. Biutiful is a moving tale of life, loss and the eternal love that exists between a father and his children. As compassionate as it is hard–hitting, this is Inarritu at his most direct and assured. Powerful, provocative and intensely personal, Biutiful will get under your skin and stay there.
MPAA Rating: PG:13 for disturbing thematic material, violence, frightening images, and language including sexual references.
Running time: 112 minutes
Synopsis: “The Rite” is an upcoming exorcism drama horror film directed by Mikael Hafstrom. The Rite centers on a disillusioned young American who studied to become a priest. In the Vatican, he learns to carry out exorcisms and finds his faith through encounters with demons.
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Colin O’Donaghue, Alice Braga, Ciarán Hinds, Rutger Hauer; Director: Mikael Håfström
Release date: Friday March 4, 2011 (Wide) Genre: Comedy, Drama Director: Michael Dowse Studio: Relativity Media Screenplay: Jeff Filgo, Michael Dowse Producer(s): James Whitaker, Ryan Kavanaugh, Sarah Bowen Cast: Topher Grace, Dan Fogler, Anna Faris, Teresa Palmer, Chris Pratt Official Site: iamrogue.com/takemehometonight.html Rating:R for language, sexual content and drug use. Available film art:Take Me Home Tonight movie posters
Synopsis As the summer of 1988 winds down, three friends on the verge of adulthood attend an out-of-control party in celebration of their last night of unbridled youth.
Recent MIT grad Matt Franklin (Topher Grace) should be working for a Fortune 500 company and starting his upward climb to full-fledged yuppie-hood. Instead, the directionless 23-year-old confounds family and friends by taking a part-time job behind the counter of a video store at the Sherman Oaks Galleria.
But Matt’s silent protest against maturity comes to a screeching halt once his unrequited high school crush, Tori Frederking (Teresa Palmer), walks into the store. When she invites him to an epic, end-of-summer party, Matt thinks he finally might have a chance with the girl of his dreams. With his cynical twin sister Wendy (Anna Faris) and best friend Barry (Dan Fogler), Matt embarks on a once-in-a-lifetime evening. From stealing a car to a marriage proposal to an indescribable, no-holds-barred dance-off, these friends share experiences that will change the course of their lives on one unforgettable night in the Go-Go ’80s.
Release date: Friday March 25, 2011 (Wide) Genre: Action Director: Zack Snyder Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Screenplay: Zack Snyder, Steve Shibuya Producer(s): Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder Cast: Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Jamie Chung, Carla Gugino, Jon Hamm, Oscar Isaac Official Site:suckerpunchmovie.warnerbros.com Rating:R for violence, language and some Available film art:Sucker Punch movie posters
Synopsis Zack Snyder presents a hyper-violent spin on Alice in Wonderland for his directorial follow-up to Watchmen with this Cruel and Unusual Films production for Warner Bros. The plot details the action-packed fantasy world of a mental patient (Emily Browning), who escapes from her reality to deal with her abusive stepfather. The pic was written by Snyder and Steve Shibuya, and features a supporting cast headed by Abbie Cornish, Vanessa Hudgens, Jena Malone, Jamie Chung, Carla Gugino, and Mad Men’s Jon Hamm.
Release date: Friday April 1, 2011 (Wide) Genre: Comedy, Family Director: Tim Hill Studio: Universal Pictures Screenplay: Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio, Brian Lynch Producer(s): Chris Meledandri, John Cohen Cast: Russell Brand, James Marsden, Kaley Cuoco, Hugh Laurie, Gary Cole, Jack McBrayer, Bill Hader, Chelsea Handler, David Hasselhoff Official Site:iwantcandy.com Rating:Not Yet Rated Available film art: Hop movie posters
Synopsis Jobless slacker Fred (James Marsden) discovers that hares make horrible houseguests after injuring the Easter Bunny (Russell Brand) and agreeing to nurse the little hopper back to health. Somewhere along the way, however, Fred discovers a newfound sense of responsibility.
Without much competiton, No Strings Attached open in wide release this weekend. The Ivan Reitman romantic comedy starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher looks like it will do well this weekend. The Way Back, starring Saoirse Ronan, Colin Farrell, Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess and Mark Strong also open in wide release this weekend.
No Strings Attached
Rated: R for sexual content, language and some drug content
Synopsis: Lifelong friends Emma (Natalie Portman) and Adam (Ashton Kutcher) take their relationship to the next level by having sex. Afraid of ruining their friendship, the new lovers make a pact to keep things purely physical, with no fighting, no jealousy and no expectations. Emma and Adam pledge to do whatever they want, wherever they want, as long as they do not fall in love. The question then becomes, which one will fall first?
Cast: Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher, Kevin Kline, Greta Gerwig, Cary Elwes; Director: Ivan Reitman
Release date: Friday July 29, 2011 (Wide Genre: Action, Western, Sci-Fi Director: Jon Favreau Studio: Universal Pictures Screenplay: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Damon Lindelof Producer(s): Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Ron Howard Cast: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell Official Site:cowboysandaliensmovie.com Rating:Not Yet Rated Available film art:Cowboys and Aliens Bureau movie posters
Synopsis A stranger with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The people of Absolution don’t welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford). But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he’s been, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a fighting chance against the alien force.
Release date: Friday March 4, 2011 (Wide) Genre: Thriller Director: George Nolfi Studio: Universal Pictures Screenplay: George Nolfi Producer(s): Chris Moore, Michael Hackett, George Nolfi, Bill Carraro Cast: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Anthony Mackie, John Slattery, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Michael Kelly, Terence Stamp Official Site:theadjustmentbureau.com Rating:PG-13 Brief strong language, some sexuality and a violent image Available film art:The Adjustment Bureau movie posters
Synopsis Just as he is on the brink of winning a senate seat, politician David Norris (Matt Damon) meets a ballerina named Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt). Though David is smitten, mysterious men conspire to keep him away from the beautiful dancer. David learns he is up against the powerful agents of Fate itself, and, glimpsing the future laid out before him, must either accept a predetermined path that does not include Elise, or defy Fate to be with her.
These are the movies arriving in theaters, in wide release, this Friday.
The Green Hornet
Rating: PG-13 for sequences of violent action, language, sensuality and drug content.
Runtime: 1 hour 48 minutes
Synopsis: Britt Reid (Seth Rogen), son and heir to Los Angeles’ largest newspaper fortune, is a rich, spoiled playboy who has been happy to maintain a direction-less existence. When his father James Reid (Tom Wilkinson) mysteriously dies, Britt meets an impressive and resourceful company employee, Kato (Jay Chou). They realize that they have the resources to do something worthwhile with their lives and finally step out of James Reid’s shadow. Kato builds the ultimate weapon, The Black Beauty, an indestructible car with every weapon and gadget imaginable and Britt decides that in order to be heroes, they will pose as villains. With the help of Britt’s new secretary, Lenore Case (Cameron Diaz), they learn that the chief criminal in the city is named Benjamin Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz). He has united all the gangs under his power, and he quickly sees that the Green Hornet is a direct threat to the prosperous criminal underworld he controls. Directed by Michel Gondry.
Cast: Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz, Christoph Waltz, Edward James Olmos, David Harbour, Tom Wilkinson; Directed by: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic elements involving sexual content
Runtime: 1 hour 58 minutes
Synopsis: Since college, confirmed bachelor Ronny and happily married Nick have been through thick and thin. Now partners in an auto design firm, the two pals are vying to land a dream project that would launch their company. With Ronny’s girlfriend, Beth, and Nick’s wife, Geneva, by their sides, they’re unbeatable. But, Ronny’s world is turned upside down when he inadvertently sees Geneva out with another man and makes it his mission to get answers. As the amateur investigation dissolves his world into comic mayhem, he learns that Nick has a few secrets of his own. Now, with the clock ticking and pressure mounting on the biggest presentation of their careers, Ronny must decide how and when he will reveal the truth to his best friend.
Cast: Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Jennifer Connelly, Winona Ryder, Channing Tatum, Queen Latifah; Directed by: Ron Howard