Synopsis: “Conviction” is the inspirational true story of a sister’s unwavering devotion to her brother. When Betty Anne Waters’ (two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank) older brother Kenny (Sam Rockwell) is arrested for murder and sentenced to life in 1983, Betty Anne, a Massachusetts wife and mother of two, dedicates her life to overturning the murder conviction. Convinced that her brother is innocent, Betty Anne puts herself through high school, college and, finally, law school in an 18 year quest to free Kenny. With the help of best friend Abra Rice (Academy Award nominee Minnie Driver), Betty Anne pours through suspicious evidence mounted by small town cop Nancy Taylor (Academy Award nominee Melissa Leo), meticulously retracing the steps that led to Kenny’s arrest. Belief in her brother – and her quest for the truth – pushes Betty Anne and her team to uncover the facts and utilize DNA evidence with the hope of exonerating Kenny.
Cast: Hilary Swank, Minnie Driver, Sam Rockwell, Loren Dean, Melissa Leo; Directed by: Tony Goldwyn
Synopsis: Clint Eastwood steps behind the camera for this DreamWorks supernatural thriller penned by Frost/Nixon’s Peter Morgan. Kathleen Kennedy produces, with Matt Damon, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Haute Tension’s Cécile De France starring.
Cast: Matt Damon, Cécile de France, Frankie McLaren, George McLaren, Jay Mohr, Bryce Dallas Howard, Marthe Keller, Thierry Neuvic, Derek Jacobi ; Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Release date: Friday October 15, 2010 (Wide) Genre: Drama, Thriller Running Time: 2 hr. 6 min. Director: Clint Eastwood Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Producer(s): Robert Lorenz, Kathleen Kennedy, Clint Eastwood Screenplay: Peter Morgan Cast: Matt Damon, Cécile de France, Frankie McLaren, George McLaren, Jay Mohr, Bryce Dallas Howard, Marthe Keller, Thierry Neuvic, Derek Jacobi Official Site:hereafter.warnerbros.com Rating:PG-13 for mature thematic elements including disturbing disaster and accident images, and for brief strong language Available film art:Hereafter movie posters
Synopsis An American laborer (Matt Damon), a French journalist (Cécile de France) and a London schoolboy set out on a spiritual journey after death touches their lives in different ways.
Synopsis: Romantic-comedy regulars Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker finally unite in this fish-out-of-water laugher. The actors play Paul and Meryl Morgan, a Manhattan couple whose marriage is in danger. But it turns out all they may need is a change of scenery: when the Morgans witness a murder and are sent by the government to small-town Wyoming to hide from the killers, their marriage shows signs of recovery. DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE MORGANS? also stars Sam Elliott, Mary Steenburgen, and Elisabeth Moss.
Cast: Hugh Grant, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sam Elliott, Mary Steenburgen, Elisabeth Moss, Michael Kelly; Directed by: Marc Lawrence
Synopsis: The film tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa’s rugby team, Francois Pienaar, to help unite their country. Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa’s underdog rugby team as they make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship match.
Cast: Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Robert Hobbs; Director: Clint Eastwood
The Princess and the Frog
Synopsis: Walt Disney Animation Studios presents the musical THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG, an animated comedy set in the great city of New Orleans. From the creators of “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin” comes a modern twist on a classic tale, featuring a beautiful girl named Tiana (ANIKA NONI ROSE), a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again, and a fateful kiss that leads them both on a hilarious adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana.
THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG marks the return to hand-drawn animation from the revered team of John Musker and Ron Clements, with music by Oscar®-winning composer Randy Newman.
Cast: Anika Noni Rose, Oprah Winfrey, Keith David, Jenifer Lewis, John Goodman, Terrence Howard, Jim Cummings; Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker
Release date: Friday December 11, 2009 Genre: Drama Director: Clint Eastwood Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Screenplay: Anthony Peckham Producer(s): Robert Lorenz, Lori McCreary, Clint Eastwood, Mace Neufeld Cast: Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Robert Hobbs Inspiration: Nelson Mandela Official Site:invictusmovie.warnerbros.com Rating:PG for brief strong language Available film art: Invictus movie posters
Synopsis The film tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa’s rugby team to help unite their country. Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa’s underdog rugby team as they make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship match.
Clint Eastwood stars in the drama “Gran Torino,” marking his first film role since his Oscar-winning “Million Dollar Baby.” Eastwood also directs the film in which he plays Walt Kowalski, an iron-willed veteran living in a changing world, who is forced by his immigrant neighbors to confront his own long-held prejudices.
Cast: Clint Eastwood, Cory Hardrict, John Carroll Lynch, Geraldine Hughes, Brian Haley, Dreama Walker; Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Director Christopher Nolan’s, The Prestige worked it’s magic on the
movie-going audience last weekend to top the North American Box with $14.8
million. Surprisingly enough, The Prestige managed to hold off Clint
Eastwood’s, WWII drama, Flags of our Fathers, which debuted in third
place with $10.8 million. Martin Scorsese scores his biggest hit in recent years
with the The Departed, which is holding strong at second place with $13.6
million for a grand total of $77.0 million to date.
Sony’s animated feature, Open Season places fourth with $8.0 million,
and Flicka, Fox’s family drama, debuts in fifth place bringing in $7.7
million. Tied for fifth place, with Flicka was last week’s box office
winner, The Grudge 2 with $7.7 million.
Falling to seventh place is Universal’s political comedy Man of the Year
with $7 million. Director Sofia Coppola’s, Marie Antoinette opened in
limited release and places eight with $5.3 million.
Rounding out the Top 10 was Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning,
which placed ninth with $3.9 million, and The Marine fell to10th place
with $3.7 million.
Sony’s Running With Scissors opened in limited
release, in only 8 theaters for a strong debut of $225,000, while the 3-D
version of Tim Burton’s, The Nightmare Before Christmas made $3.3 million
in limited release.
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Eastwood scores another winner with Flags of Our Fathers, solidifying him as one of the great filmmakers of our time. Read on:
Hey, everyone. Capone in Chicago here. Whenever a film is released that seems so obviously aimed at winning awards, my defenses rise up and my cynicism kicks into overdrive. But the simple fact remains that some “event” films are actually good enough to deserve every last accolade they will inevitably generate.
The undeniable fact remains that Clint Eastwood is one of our greatest living filmmakers, and never has he been so clearly angling for awards as he is with Flags of Our Fathers. Does that mean the movie is not good? Absolutely not. The story behind the six men who raised the flag at the Battle of Iwo Jima, which resulted in the single most famous wartime image in history, is beyond fascinating. Eastwood has gone the extra step to tell this story right by hiring two-time Oscar winner Paul Haggis (Crash, Million Dollar Baby) to co-write the screenplay (with William Broyles Jr.), and the results are largely phenomenal and endlessly fascinating, especially to those who know nothing about the true facts behind this legendary flag event.
The battle scenes–and there are many of them–are some of the bloodiest a studio film has ever released, and I applaud Eastwood and Co. for giving an unflinching look at how dirty, gory, and borderline unmentionable this part of WWII really was. But fighting isn’t what this movie is about. Flags of Our Fathers is about manufacturing heroes during wartime. There is absolutely no doubt that the men in the flag-raising photo are heroes (three of them died on that same battlefield), but as the truth is revealed to us about the circumstances of that event, one can’t help but be reminded of the military repeatedly inventing or exaggerating events during wartime to generate support for causes and wars that may not have been popular at the time. For those who don’t know the details, I’ll let the movie tell the facts. Part of the entertainment value of the film is learned piece by piece the truth. But the rest of the film follows the three surviving soldiers in the photo as they are sent across the country to drum up support for the war and drive war bond sales.
The events these three men attend are often embarrassing and troubling to them, as they are faced time after time with the image of them with that flag. What troubles them the most is that one of the men who died was misidentified in the original photograph, and the family of the real sixth man don’t find out for many years that it was their son in the photo. But more than that, the three men feel more like mascots than soldiers.
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February 1945. Even as victory in Europe was finally within reach, the war in the Pacific raged on. One of the most crucial and bloodiest battles of the war was the struggle for the island of Iwo Jima, which culminated with what would become one of the most iconic images in history: five Marines and a Navy corpsman raising the American flag on Mount Suribachi.
The inspiring photo capturing that moment became a symbol of victory to a nation that had grown weary of war and made instant heroes of the six American soldiers at the base of the flag, some of whom would die soon after, never knowing that they had been immortalized. But the surviving flag raisers had no interest in being held up as symbols and did not consider themselves heroes; they wanted only to stay on the front with their brothers in arms who were fighting and dying without fanfare or glory.
Based on the bestselling book by James Bradley with Ron Powers.
Cast: Patrick Dollaghan, Jon Kellam, Andri Sigurðsson, Adam Beach, Allison Appleby; Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Flags of our Fathers opens in theaters, October 20, 2006