Release date: Friday May 6, 2011 (Wide) Genre: Action Running time: 2 hr. 10 min. Director: Kenneth Branagh Studio: Paramount Pictures Producer(s): Kevin Feige Screenplay: Ashley Edward Miller, Zack Stentz, Don Payne Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo, Stellan Skarsgård, Jaimie Alexander, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Joshua Dallas, Tadanobu Asano, Idris Elba, Clark Gregg, Colm Feore, Dakota Goyo Official Site:thor.marvel.com Rated:Not Yet Rated Available film art:Thor movie posters
Synopsis: The epic adventure “Thor” spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard.
At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans as punishment. Once here, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.
Release date: Friday November 4, 2011 (Wide) Genre: Family, Animation Director: Chris Miller Studio: Paramount/Dreamworks Animation Producer(s): Michelle Raimo, Joe Aguilar Screenplay: Tom Wheeler, Chris Miller Cast: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis Official Site:pussinbootsthemovie.com Rated:Not Yet Rated Available film art:Puss in Boots movie posters
Synopsis Puss In Boots – one of the most beloved characters of the Shrek universe – tells the hilarious and courageous (daring, bold, brave) tale of Puss’s (Antonio Banderas) early adventures as he teams with mastermind Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis) and the street-savvy Kitty (Salma Hayek) to steal the famed Goose that lays the Golden Eggs.
Release date: Friday May 13, 2011 (Wide) Genre: Thriller, Western, Action, Horror Director: Scott Charles Stewart Studio: Screen Gems/SONY PICTURES Producer(s): Michael De Luca, Mitchell Peck, Joshua Donen Screenplay: Cory Goodman Cast: Paul Bettany, Cam Gigandet, Stephen Moyer, Christopher Plummer, Brad Dourif, Karl Urban, Maggie Q, Lily Collins Official Site: priest-themovie.com Rated:Not Yet Rated Available film art:Priest movie posters
Official Synopsis: Priest is set in a world ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires. Paul Bettany is Priest, a legendary warrior priest during the last Vampire War, who now lives in obscurity among the other human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities controlled by the Church. But when his 18-year-old niece is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires in the desolate wastelands outside, Priest breaks his sacred vows and ventures out to find her and seek vengeance upon those responsible, especially their brutal leader (Karl Urban). Priest is joined on his crusade by his niece’s boyfriend, Hicks (Cam Gigandet), a local outpost sheriff, and Priestess (Maggie Q), a member of his former legion of vampire-killers who has otherworldly fighting skills.
Release date: Friday April 8, 2011 (Wide) Genre: Thriller Director: Joe Wright Studio: Focus Features Producer(s): Marty Adelstein, Scott Nemes, Leslie Holleran Screenplay: David Farr, Seth Lochhead Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, Cate Blanchett, Olivia Williams, Anna Popplewell, Tom Hollander Official Site:hannathemovie.com Rated:PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sexual material and languageRunning time: 1 hr. 51 min. Available film art:Hanna movie posters
Synopsis Hanna stars Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan, Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett, and Eric Bana. Hanna (Ms. Ronan) is a teenage girl. Uniquely, she has the strength, the stamina, and the smarts of a solider; these come from being raised by her father (Mr. Bana), an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of Finland. Living a life unlike any other teenager, her upbringing and training have been one and the same, all geared to making her the perfect assassin. The turning point in her adolescence is a sharp one; sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys stealthily across Europe while eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless intelligence operative with secrets of her own (Ms. Blanchett). As she nears her ultimate target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence and unexpected questions about her humanity. Hanna also stars Jason Flemyng, Tom Hollander, Olivia Williams, and Martin Wuttke. Seth Lochhead wrote the initial screenplay and has written subsequent drafts, as have David Farr, Joe Penhall, and Mr. Wright. Academy Award nominee Leslie Holleran (Chocolat) is producing Hanna with the team of Marty Adelstein and Scott Nemes.
Release date: Friday May 18, 2011 (Wide) Genre: Drama Director: Brad Furman Studio: Lionsgate Films Producer(s): Gary Lucchesi, Tom Rosenberg, Scott Steindorff Screenplay: John Romano Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe, Josh Lucas, John Leguizamo, Michael Peña, Bob Gunton, Frances Fisher, Bryan Cranston, William H. Macy, Trace Adkins Official Site:thelincolnlawyermovie.com Rated:R for some violence, sexual content and language Running time: 1 hr. 59 min. Available film art:The Lincoln Lawyer movie posters
Synopsis Mick Haller (Matthew McConaughey) is a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who operates out of the back of his Lincoln Continental sedan. Having spent most of his career defending petty gutter-variety criminals, he unexpectedly lands the case of a lifetime: defending a rich Beverly Hills realtor (Ryan Phillippe) who is accused of attempted rape and murder. However, what appears in the beginning to be a straightforward case with a big money pay-off swiftly develops into a deadly match between two masters of manipulation, in Lionsgate and Lakeshore Entertainment’s “The Lincoln Lawyer.”
Directed by Brad Furman from a screenplay by John Romano, based on the novel by Michael Connelly, the cast also includes Marisa Tomei, Josh Lucas, John Leguizamo, Frances Fisher, Bob Gunton, Laurence Mason, with Bryan Cranston and William H. Macy. Lionsgate and Lakeshore Entertainment present a Lakeshore Entertainment Lionsgate production in association with Sidney Kimmel Entertainment Stone Village Pictures.
Synopsis: For years, there have been documented cases of UFO sightings around the world – Buenos Aires, Seoul, France, Germany, China. But in 2011, what were once just sightings will become a terrifying reality when Earth is attacked by unknown forces. As people everywhere watch the world’s great cities fall, Los Angeles becomes the last stand for mankind in a battle no one expected. It’s up to a Marine staff sergeant (Aaron Eckhart) and his new platoon to draw a line in the sand as they take on an enemy unlike any they’ve ever encountered before.
Cast: Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Ramon Rodríguez, Bridget Moynahan, Ne-Yo, Michael Peña; Directed by: Jonathan Liebesman
Red Riding Hood
Synopsis: In “Red Riding Hood,” Amanda Seyfried plays Valerie, a beautiful young woman torn between two men. She is in love with a brooding outsider, Peter (Shiloh Fernandez), but her parents have arranged for her to marry the wealthy Henry (Max Irons). Unwilling to lose each other, Valerie and Peter are planning to run away together when they learn that Valerie’s older sister has been killed by the werewolf that prowls the dark forest surrounding their village. For years, the people have maintained an uneasy truce with the beast, offering the creature a monthly animal sacrifice. But under a blood red moon, the wolf has upped the stakes by taking a human life. Hungry for revenge, the people call on famed werewolf hunter, Father Solomon (Gary Oldman), to help them kill the wolf. But Solomon’s arrival brings unintended consequences as he warns that the wolf, who takes human form by day, could be any one of them. As the death toll rises with each moon, Valerie begins to suspect that the werewolf could be someone she loves. As panic grips the town, Valerie discovers that she has a unique connection to the beast–one that inexorably draws them together, making her both suspect…and bait.
Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Julie Christie, Gary Oldman, Lukas Haas, Virginia Madsen, Shiloh Fernandez, Billy Burke; Director: Catherine Hardwicke
Kill the Irishman
Synopsis: The true story of Danny Greene, a tough Irish thug working for mobsters in Cleveland during the 1970s. Based on the book by Rick Porrello.
Cast: Ray Stevenson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Val Kilmer, Christopher Walken, Linda Cardellini; Director: Jonathan Hensleigh
Release date: Friday May 13, 2011 (Wide) Genre: Comedy Director: Paul Feig Studio: Universal Pictures Producer(s): Barry Mendel, Judd Apatow Screenplay: Annie Mumolo, Kristen Wiig Cast: Kristen Wiig, Rose Byrne, Jon Hamm, Maya Rudolph, Matt Lucas, Dianne Wiest, Melissa McCarthy Official Site:bridesmaidsmovie.com Rating:R Available film art:Bridesmaids movie posters
Synopsis This spring, producer Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, Superbad) and director Paul Feig (creator of Freaks and Geeks) invite you to experience Bridesmaids. Kristen Wiig leads the cast as Annie, a maid of honor whose life unravels as she leads her best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), and a group of colorful bridesmaids (Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper) on a wild ride down the road to matrimony. Annie’s life is a mess. But when she finds out her lifetime best friend is engaged, she simply must serve as Lillian’s maid of honor. Though lovelorn and broke, Annie bluffs her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals. With one chance to get it perfect, she’ll show Lillian and her bridesmaids just how far you’ll go for someone you love.
These are the movies opening in wide release this Friday. There is something for everyone this weekend.
The Adjustment Bureau
2,840 theaters Rating: PG-13 Runtime 99 mins.
Synopsis: Do we control our destiny, or do unseen forces manipulate us? Matt Damon stars in the thriller The Adjustment Bureau as a man who glimpses the future Fate has planned for him and realizes he wants something else. To get it, he must pursue the only woman he’s ever loved across, under and through the streets of modern-day New York.
Cast: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Anthony Mackie, John Slattery, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Michael Kelly, Terence Stamp; Directed by: George Nolfi
1,952 theaters Rating: PG-13 Runtime: 95 mins.
Synopsis: Seventeen year old Kyle (Alex Pettyfer) is the spoiled, shallow and incredibly popular prince of his high school kingdom. Entirely captivated and empowered by his own physical appearance, Kyle foolishly chooses Kendra (Mary-Kate Olsen), a witch masquerading as a high school student, as his latest target for humiliation. Unfazed by his cruel behavior, Kendra decides to teach him a lesson – she transforms him into someone as unattractive on the outside as he is on the inside. Now he has one year to find someone who can see past the surface and love him, or he will remain “Beastly” forever. His only hope, a quiet classmate he never
Cast: Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens, Mary-Kate Olsen, Peter Krause, Neil Patrick Harris; Directed by: Daniel Barnz
3,917 theaters Rating: PG Runtime: 107 mins.
Synopsis: From the director of The Pirates of the Caribbean comes Rango, featuring Johnny Depp in an original animated comedy-adventure that takes moviegoers for a hilarious and heartfelt walk in the Wild West. The story follows the comical, transformative journey of Rango (Depp), a sheltered chameleon living as an ordinary family pet, while facing a major identity crisis. After all, how high can you aim when your whole purpose in life is to blend in? When Rango accidentally winds up in the gritty, gun-slinging town of Dirt – a lawless outpost populated by the desert’s most wily and whimsical creatures – the less-than-courageous lizard suddenly finds he stands out. Welcomed as the last hope the town has been waiting for, new Sheriff Rango is forced to play his new role to the hilt . . . until, in a blaze of action-packed situations and encounters with outrageous characters, Rango starts to become the hero he once only pretended to be. With a cast that includes Depp, Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Alfred Molina, Bill Nighy, Harry Dean Stanton, Ray Winstone and Timothy Olyphant as the Spirit of the West, Rango is an exciting new twist on the classic Western legend of the outsider who saves a town – and himself in the process.
Cast: Johnny Depp, Abigail Breslin, Isla Fisher, Alfred Molina, Ray Winstone, Harry Dean Stanton, Ned Beatty, Bill Nighy, Timothy Olyphant, Alanna Ubach, Gil Birmingham; Directed by: Gore Verbinski
Take Me Home Tonight
2,003 theaters Rating: R Runtime: 97 mins.
Synopsis: Recent MIT grad Matt Franklin should be working for a Fortune 500 company and starting his upward climb to full-fledged yuppie-hood. Instead, the directionless 23-year-old takes 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, 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 and best friend Barry, Matt embarks on a once-in-a-lifetime evening that will change the course of their lives on one unforgettable night in the Go-Go ’80s.
Cast: Topher Grace, Dan Fogler, Anna Faris, Teresa Palmer, Chris Pratt; Director: Michael Dowse
Release date: Friday May 26, 2011 (Wide) Genre: Comedy, Animation, Family, Adventure Director: Jennifer Yuh Nelson Studio: Paramount Studios/DreamWorks Animation Producer(s): Melissa Cobb Screenplay: Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger Cast: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, James Hong, Gary Oldman, Michelle Yeoh, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Victor Garber Official Site:kungfupanda.com Rating:Not yet rated Available film art:Kung Fu Panda 2 movie posters
Synopsis In KUNG FU PANDA 2, Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five. But Po’s new life of awesomeness is threatened by the emergence of a formidable villain, who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu. Po must look to his past and uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins; only then will he be able to unlock the strength he needs to succeed (Souce official “Kung Fu Panda 2″ site).
Release date: Friday June 24, 2011 (Wide) Genre: Animation, Comedy Director: Brad Lewis , John Lasseter Studio: Walt Disney Pictures Producer(s): Denise Ream Cast: Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, John Turturro, Eddie Izzard Official Site:disney.go.com/cars/cars2 Rating:Not yet rated Available film art:Cars 2 movie posters
Official Synopsis: Star racecar Lightning McQueen and the incomparable tow truck Mater take their friendship to exciting new places in ‘Cars 2′ when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world’s fastest car. But the road to the championship is filled with plenty of potholes, detours and hilarious surprises when Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage. Torn between assisting Lightning McQueen in the high-profile race and towing the line in a top-secret spy mission, Mater’s action-packed journey leads him on an explosive chase through the streets of Japan and Europe, trailed by his friends and watched by the whole world. Adding to the fast-paced fun is a colorful new all-car cast that includes secret agents, menacing villains and international racing competitors.