Release date: Friday August 5, 2011 (Wide) Genre: Comedy Director: David Dobkin Studio: Universal Pictures Producer(s): Neal H. Moritz, David Dobkin Screenplay: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Jason Bateman, Leslie Mann, Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin Official Site:thechangeupmovie.com Rated:R Available film art:The Change-Up movie posters
Synopsis: In director David Dobkin’s, The Change-Up best friends Mitch and Dave wake up in each other’s bodies following a drunken night out together.
Release date: Friday June 24, 2011 (Wide) Genre: Comedy Runtime: 1 hr. 29 min. Director: Jake Kasdan Studio: Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Producer(s): David Householter, Jimmy Miller Screenplay: Lee Eisenberg, Gene Stupnitsky Cast: Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Lucy Punch, John Michael Higgins, Jason Segel Official Site:areyouabadteacher.com Rated:R Available film art:Bad Teacher movie posters
Synopsis Some teachers just don’t give an F. For example, there’s Elizabeth (Cameron Diaz). She’s foul-mouthed, ruthless, and inappropriate. She drinks, she gets high, and she can’t wait to marry her meal ticket and get out of her bogus day job. When she’s dumped by her fiancé, she sets her plan in motion to win over a rich, handsome substitute (Justin Timberlake) – competing for his affections with an overly energetic colleague, Amy (Lucy Punch). When Elizabeth also finds herself fighting off the advances of a sarcastic, irreverent gym teacher (Jason Segel), the consequences of her wild and outrageous schemes give her students, her coworkers, and even herself an education like no other.
Release date: Friday Friday June 10, 2011 (Wide) Genre: Drama Running time: 2 hr. 18 min. Director: Terrence Malick Studio: Entertainment One, Fox Searchlight Producer(s): Bill Pohlad, Sarah Green, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Grant Hill Screenplay: Terrence Malick Cast: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Joanna Going, Fiona Shaw, Kari Matchett Official Site:foxsearchlight.com/thetreeoflife Rated:PG-13 for some thematic material Available film art: Tree of Life movie posters
Synopsis From Terrence Malick, the acclaimed director of such classic films as Badlands, Days of Heaven and The Thin Red Line, The Tree of Life is the impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950′s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father (Brad Pitt). Jack (played as an adult by Sean Penn) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. Through Malick’s signature imagery, we see how both brute nature and spiritual grace shape not only our lives as individuals and families, but all life.
Release date: Friday September 30, 2011 (Wide) Genre: Drama Director: Roland Emmerich Studio: Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Producer(s): Roland Emmerich, Robert Léger, Larry Franco Screenplay: John Orloff Cast: Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, David Thewlis, Xavier Samuel, Sebastian Armesto, Rafe Spall, Edward Hogg, Jamie Campbell Bower, Derek Jacobi Official Site:anonymous-movie.com Rated:Not Yet Rated Available film art:Anonymous movie posters
Synopsis A political thriller about who actually wrote the plays of William Shakespeare: Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford. Set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I, and the Essex Rebellion against her.
Release date: Friday July 1, 2011 (Wide) Genre: Action Director: Michael Bay Studio: Paramount Pictures Producer(s): Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Ian Bryce, Tom DeSanto, Don Murphy Screenplay: Ehren Kruger Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, Patrick Dempsey, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand, John Turturro, Ken Jeong, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Official Site:transformersmovie.com Rated:Not Yet Rated Available film art: Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Synopisis: Shia LaBeouf returns as Sam Witwicky in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. This time around the villain will be Shockwave.
The summer blockbuster season opens with a bang this weekend with Thor.
Thor is an excellent start to summer blockbuster season as it is funny (in a good way) and the character development is excellent. The acting is also excellent as everyone brought their A game to the arena. I can’t say enough about this movie other than it’s a-must-see (and Chris Helmsworth is easy on the eyes ladies).
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.