Release date: Friday September 18, 2009 Genre: Comedy, Drama Director: Steven Soderbergh Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Screenplay: Scott Z. Burns Producer(s): Gregory Jacobs, Howard Braunstein, Jennifer Fox, Kur Eichenwald Cast: Matt Damon, Scott Bakula, Joel McHale, Melanie Lynskey Official Site:theInformantmovie.com Rating:R for language Available film art: The Informant movie posters
Synopsis What was Mark Whitacre thinking? A rising star at agri-industry giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Whitacre suddenly turns whistleblower. Even as he exposes his company’s multi-national price-fixing conspiracy to the FBI, Whitacre envisions himself being hailed as a hero of the common man and handed a promotion. But before all that can happen, the FBI needs evidence, so Whitacre eagerly agrees to wear a wire and carry a hidden tape recorder in his briefcase, imagining himself as a kind of de facto secret agent. Unfortunately for the FBI, their lead witness hasn’t been quite so forthcoming about helping himself to the corporate coffers. Whitacre’s ever-changing account frustrates the agents and threatens the case against ADM as it becomes almost impossible to decipher what is real and what is the product of Whitacre’s rambling imagination. Based on the true story of the highest-ranking corporate whistleblower in U.S. history.
Release date: Friday October 16, 2009 Genre: Horror Director: Nelson McCormick Studio: Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems (Sony Screenplay: J. S. Cardone Producer(s): Greg Mooradian, Mark Morgan Cast: Dylan Walsh, Sela Ward, Penn Badgley, Amber Heard, Jon Tenney Official Site:welcometothefamily.com Rating:PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, disturbing images, mature thematic material and brief sensuality Available film art: The Stepfather movie posters
Synopsis Dylan Walsh stars as David Harris, very much a “family values” man who mysteriously comes into the lives of single mothers with children and becomes the dream man they always wanted. When he woos Susan Harding (Sela Ward) and eventually moves in with her family, her teenage son Michael (Penn Bagdley) begins to suspect that David is not quite the dream man he pretends to be. Along with his girlfriend Kelly (Amber Heard) and Susan’s friends (Paige Turco and Sherry Stringfield) they slowly start to piece together the mystery of the man who is set to become their stepfather, but they may be too late in getting to the truth.
Release date: Friday March 5, 2010 Genre: Family, Fantasy, Adventure Director: Tim Burton Studio: Walt Disney Pictures Screenplay: Linda Woolverton Producer(s): Jennifer Todd, Joe Roth, Richard D. Zanuck, Suzanne Todd, Tim Burton Cast: Mia Waskikowska, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Sheen, Crispin Glover, Christopher Lee, Alan Rickman, Eleanor Tomlinson Official Site:disney.go.com/disneypictures/aliceinwonderland Rating:Not Yet Rated Available film art: Alice in Wonderland movie posters
Synopsis Based on the classic Lewis Carroll story, this adaptation will combine live-action footage with performance-capture technology.
Release date: Friday July 24, 2009 Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Drama Running time: 1 hour 45 minutes Director: Jaume Collet-Serra Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Screenplay: David Leslie Johnson Producer(s): Erik Olsen, Jennifer Davisson Killoran, Joel Silver, Susan Downey Cast: Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Isabelle Fuhrman, CCH Pounder Official Site:orphan-movie.warnerbros.com Rating:R for disturbing violent content, some sexuality and language Available film art: Orphan movie posters
Synopsis The tragic loss of their unborn child has devastated Kate and John, taking a toll on both their marriage and Kate’s fragile psyche as she is plagued by nightmares and haunted by demons from her past. Struggling to regain some semblance of normalcy in their lives, the couple decides to adopt another child. At the local orphanage, both John and Kate find themselves strangely drawn to a young girl named Esther. Almost as soon as they welcome Esther into their home, however, an alarming series of events begins to unfold, leading Kate to believe that there’s something wrong with Esther–this seemingly angelic little girl is not what she appears to be. Concerned for the safety of her family, Kate tries to get John and others to see past Esther’s sweet facade. But her warnings go unheeded until it may be too late…for everyone.
Release date: Friday September 18, 2009 Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller Director: Christian Alvart Studio: Alliance Films, Overture Films Screenplay: Travis Milloy Producer(s): Jeremy Bolt, Paul W.S. Anderson, Robert Kulzer Cast: Dennis Quaid, Ben Foster, Cam Gigandet, Antje Traue, Cung Le, Eddie Rouse, André Hennicke, Norman Reedus Official Site:pandorummovie.com Rating:R for strong horror violence and language Available film art: Pandorum movie posters
Synopsis From the creators of the “Resident Evil” film franchise comes “Pandorum,” a terrifying thriller in which two crew members wake up on an abandoned spacecraft with no idea who they are, how long they’ve been asleep, or what their mission is. The two soon discover they’re actually not alone — and the reality of their situation is more horrifying than they could have imagined.
Release date: Friday August 7, 2009 Genre: Comedy, Drama Director: Nora Ephron Studio: Columbia Pictures Screenplay: Nora Ephron Producer(s): Amy Robinson, Eric Steel, Laurence Mark, Nora Ephron Cast: Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, Chris Messina, Linda Emond Official Site:julieandjulia.com Rating:PG-13 for brief strong language and some sensuality Available film art: Julie and Julia movie posters
Synopsis Based on Julie Powell’s book “Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen.” Julie Powell recounts how she conquered every recipe in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking and saved her soul. Julie Powell is 30-years-old, living in a rundown apartment in Queens and working at a soul-sucking secretarial job that’s going nowhere. She needs something to break the monotony of her life, and she invents a deranged assignment. She will take her mother’s dog-eared copy of Julia Child’s 1961 classic Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and she will cook all 524 recipes. In the span of one year.
At first she thinks it will be easy. But as she moves from the simple Potage Parmentier (potato soup) into the more complicated realm of aspics and crepes, she realizes there’s more to Mastering the Art of French Cooking than meets the eye. With Julia’s stern warble always in her ear, Julie haunts the local butcher, buying kidneys and sweetbreads. She sends her husband on late-night runs for yet more butter and rarely serves dinner before midnight. She discovers how to mold the perfect Orange Bavarian, the trick to extracting marrow from bone, and the intense pleasure of eating liver. And somewhere along the line she realizes she has turned her kitchen into a miracle of creation and cuisine. She has eclipsed her life’s ordinariness through spectacular humor, hysteria, and perseverance.
Release date: Friday September 18, 2009 Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family Director: Chris Miller, Phil Lord Studio: Columbia Pictures Screenplay: Phil Lord, Chris Miller Producer(s): Pam Marsden Cast: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Bruce Campbell, Andy Samberg, Mr. T, Tracy Morgan Official Site:cloudywithachanceofmeatballs.com Rating:Not Yet Rated Available film art: Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs movie posters
Synopsis The timeless tale has been adapted from Ron and Judi Barrett’s book, which illustrates a world where giant pancakes and pasta fall from the sky as a scientist tries to solve world hunger. However, things go terribly wrong when excess amounts of food overload cities and towns.
Release date: Friday December 25, 2009 Genre: Thriller, Action, Crime, Drama Director: Guy Ritchie Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Screenplay: Max Mayer Producer(s): Dan Lin, Joel Silver, Lionel Wigram, Steve Clark-Hall, Susan Downey Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong, Kelly Reilly Official Site:sherlock-holmes-movie.warnerbros.com Rating:Not Yet Rated Available film art: Sherlock Holmes movie posters
Synopsis In a dynamic new portrayal of Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous characters, Sherlock Holmes sends Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and his stalwart partner Watson (Jude Law) on their latest challenge.
Revealing fighting skills as lethal as his legendary intellect, Holmes will battle as never before to bring down a new nemesis and unravel a deadly plot that could destroy the country.
Release date: Wednesday July 29, 2009 Genre: Drama Running time: 95 min. Director: Max Mayer Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures Screenplay: Max Mayer Producer(s): Dean Vanech, Leslie Urdang, Miranda de Pencier Cast: Hugh Dancy, Rose Byrne, Peter Gallagher, Amy Irving, Frankie Faison Official Site:foxsearchlight.com/adam Rating:PG-13 for thematic material, sexual content and language Available film art: Adam movie posters
Synopsis Romance can be risky, perplexing and filled with the perils of miscommunication – and that’s if you aren’t Adam, for whom life itself is this way. In this heartfelt romantic comedy, Hugh Dancy (“The Jane Austen Book Club,” “Confessions of a Shopaholic”) stars as Adam, a handsome but intriguing young man who has all his life led a sheltered existence – until he meets his new neighbor, Beth (Rose Byrne, “Damages,” “28 Weeks Later,” “Knowing”), a beautiful, cosmopolitan young woman who pulls him into the outside world, with funny, touching and entirely unexpected results. Their implausible and enigmatic relationship reveals just how far two people from different realities can stretch in search of an extraordinary connection.
Release date: Friday November 13, 2009 Genre: Action/Drama/Adventure. Director: Roland Emmerich Studio: Columbia Pictures Screenplay: Roland Emmerich, Harald Kloser Producer(s): Harald Kloser, Larry Franco, Mark Gordon Cast: John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Thandie Newton, Danny Glover, Woody Harrelson Official Site:sonypictures.com/movies/2012 Rating:Not yet rated Available film art:2012 movie posters
Synopsis With the Mayan calendar ending in 2012, a large group of people must deal with natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions, typhoons and glaciers.