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 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: 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: (New York and LA) Friday June 26, 2009 /(Wide Release) Friday July 10, 2009 Genre: Drama Running time: 130 min. Director: Kathryn Bigelow Studio: Maple Pictures/Summit Entertainment Screenplay: Mark Boal Producer(s): Greg Shapiro, Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Nicolas Chartier Cast: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Ralph Fiennes, David Morse, Evangeline Lilly, Guy Pearce Official Site:thehurtlocker-movie.com Rating:R for war violence and language Available film art:The Hurt Locker movie posters
Synopsis “The Hurt Locker,” winner of the 2008 Venice Film Festival SIGNIS Grand Prize, is a riveting, suspenseful portrait of the courage under fire of the military’s unrecognized heroes: the technicians of a bomb squad who volunteer to challenge the odds and save lives in one of the world’s most dangerous places. Three members of the Army’s elite Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) squad battle insurgents and each other as they search for and disarm a wave of roadside bombs on the streets of Baghdad—in order to try and make the city a safer place for Iraqis and Americans alike. Their mission is clear—protect and save—but it’s anything but easy, as the margin of error when defusing a war-zone bomb is zero. This thrilling and heart-pounding look at the effects of combat and danger on the human psyche is based on the first-hand observations of journalist and screenwriter Mark Boal, who was embedded with a special bomb unit in Iraq. These men spoke of explosions as putting you in “the hurt locker.
Acclaimed director Kathryn Bigelow brings together groundbreaking realistic action and intimate human drama in a landmark film starring Jeremy Renner (“Dahmer,” “The Assassination of Jesse James”), Anthony Mackie (“Half Nelson,” “We Are Marshall”) and Brian Geraghty (“We Are Marshall,” “Jarhead”), with cameo appearances by Ralph Fiennes (“The Reader”), David Morse (“John Adams”), Evangeline Lilly (“Lost”) and Guy Pearce (“Memento”). “The Hurt Locker” is produced by Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Greg Shapiro and Nicolas Chartier. The screenplay is written by Mark Boal (“In the Valley of Elah,” story). Barry Ackroyd, BSC (“United 93,” “The Wind That Shakes the Barley”) is director of photography. Production designer is Karl Juliusson (“K19: The Widowmaker,” “Breaking the Waves”). Editors are Bob Murawski (“Spider-Man 2,” “Spider-Man 3″) and Chris Innis. Costume designer is George Little (“Jarhead,” “Crimson Tide”). Music is by Academy Award Nominee Marco Beltrami (“Knowing”) and Buck Sanders (“3:10 to Yuma”), and sound design by Academy Award Nominee Paul N.J. Ottosson (“Spider-Man 2,” “Spider-Man 3″).
In the summer of 2004, Sergeant J.T. Sanborn (Anthony Mackie) and Specialist Owen Eldridge (Brian Geraghty) of Bravo Company are at the volatile center of the war, part of a small counterforce specifically trained to handle the homemade bombs, or Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), that account for more than half of American hostile deaths and have killed thousands of Iraqis. The job, a high-pressure, high-stakes assignment, which soldiers volunteer for, requires a calm intelligence that leaves no room for mistakes, as they learn when they lose their team leader on a routine mission.
When Staff Sergeant William James (Jeremy Renner) cheerfully takes over the team, Sanborn and Eldridge are shocked by what seems like his reckless disregard for military protocol and basic safety measures. And yet, in the fog of war, appearances are never reliable for long. Is James really a swaggering cowboy who lives for peak experiences and the moments when the margin of error is zero – or is he a consummate professional who has honed his esoteric craft to high-wire precision? As the fiery chaos of Baghdad threatens to engulf them, the men struggle to understand and contain their mercurial new leader long enough for them to make it home. They have only 38 days left in their tour, but with each new mission comes another deadly encounter, and as James blurs the line between bravery and bravado, it seems only a matter of time before disaster strikes.
With a visual and emotional intensity that makes audiences feel like they have been transported to Iraq’s dizzying, 24-hour turmoil, The Hurt Locker is both a gripping portrayal of real-life sacrifice and heroism, and a layered, probing study of the soul-numbing rigors and potent allure of the modern battlefield.
Bringing a semblance of dignity to the Twilight film series, award-winning British actor Michael Sheen has joined the cast of the currently shooting second movie in the franchise, The Twilight Saga: New Moon.
Variety has the report on the casting of the Frost/Nixon actor. Sheen also has appeared in The Queen, Blood Diamond and of course the Underworld series. He played a werewolf in the latter films, though in the case of New Moon he’ll be appearing as the leader of the Volturi, those ancient Italian vampires from Stephenie Meyer’s hugely popular books.
New Moon focuses on the series’ heroine Bella as she’s “drawn into the world of werewolves while threatened by the Volturi.” Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson will once again star in the film as, respectively, Bella and Edward, her vampire lover.
The Twilight Saga: New Moon hits theaters on November 20th.
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“The Reader” opens in post-WWII Germany when teenager Michael Berg becomes ill and is helped home by Hanna, a stranger twice his age. Michael recovers from scarlet fever and seeks out Hanna to thank her. The two are quickly drawn into a passionate but secretive affair.
Michael discovers that Hanna loves being read to and their physical relationship deepens. Hanna is enthralled as Michael reads to her from “The Odyssey,” “Huck Finn” and “The Lady with the Little Dog.” Despite their intense bond, Hanna mysteriously disappears one day and Michael is left confused and heartbroken.
Eight years later, while Michael is a law student observing the Nazi war crime trials, he is stunned to find Hanna back in his life – this time as a defendant in the courtroom. As Hanna’s past is revealed, Michael uncovers a deep secret that will impact both of their lives. “The Reader” is a haunting story about truth and reconciliation, about how one generation comes to terms with the crimes of another.
“The Reader” stars Ralph Fiennes, David Kross and Kate Winslet, and is directed by Stephen Daldry (the Academy Award nominated director of “The Hours”), from a script by David Hare, and based on the award winning novel by Bernhard Schlink. Schlink’s The Reader has been translated into 40 languages and was the first German novel to reach number one on The New York Times Bestseller List.
Cast: Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, David Kross; Directed by: Stephen Daldry
Adapted from the legendary comic strip, THE SPIRIT is a classic action-adventure-romance told by genre-twister FRANK MILLER (creator of 300 and SIN CITY). It is the story of a former rookie cop who returns mysteriously from the dead as the SPIRIT (Gabriel Macht) to fight crime from the shadows of Central City. His arch-enemy, the OCTOPUS (Samuel L. Jackson) has a different mission: he’s going to wipe out Spirit’s beloved city as he pursues his own version of immortality. The Spirit tracks this cold-hearted killer from Central City’s rundown warehouses, to the damp catacombs, to the windswept waterfront … all the while facing a bevy of beautiful women who either want to seduce, love or kill our masked crusader. Surrounding him at every turn are ELLEN DOLAN (Sarah Paulson), the whip-smart girl-next-door; SILKEN FLOSS (Scarlett Johansson), a punk secretary and frigid vixen; PLASTER OF PARIS (Paz Vega), a murderous French nightclub dancer; LORELEI (Jaime King), a phantom siren; and MORGENSTERN (Stana Katic), a sexy young cop. Then of course, there’s SAND SAREF (Eva Mendes), the jewel thief with dangerous curves. She’s the love of his life turned bad. Will he save her or will she kill him?
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Eva Mendes, Gabriel Macht; Directed by: Frank Miller
Vin Diesel and Paul Walker reteam for the ultimate chapter of the franchise built on speed — “Fast and Furious.” Heading back to the streets where it all began, they rejoin Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster to blast muscle, tuner and exotic cars across Los Angeles and floor through the Mexican desert in the new high-octane action-thriller.
When a crime brings them back to L.A., fugitive ex-con Dom Toretto (Diesel) reignites his feud with agent Brian O’Conner (Walker). But as they are forced to confront a shared enemy, Dom and Brian must give in to an uncertain new trust if they hope to outmanuever him. And from convoy heists to precision tunnel crawls across international lines, two men will find the best way to get revenge: push the limits of what’s possible behind the wheel.
Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, John Ortiz, Laz Alonso, Gal Gadot, Shea Whigham, Tego Calderon, Liza Lapira; Directed by: Justin Lin
James (Jesse Eisenberg) is a recent college grad, who is looking forward to a dream trip to Europe. When he learns that his parents (Wendie Malick and Jack Gilpin) can no longer found his trip, James has no choice but to take a lowly job at a local amusement park. Once uptight, he learns to loosen up with the help of a captivating coworker, Em (Kristen Stewart).
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Martin Starr, Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig; Directed by: Greg Mottolalex Proyas
Release date: Friday March 27, 2009 Genre: Action/Adventure/Thriller Running time: 108 min. Director: Renny Harlin Studio: 20th Century Fox Screenplay: Daniel Kunka Producer(s): Josh McLaughlin, Mark Gordon Cast: John Cena, Aidan Gillen, Ashley Scott, Steve Harris, Brian White Official Site:12rounds-movie.com Rating:PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, brief strong language, smoking and a scene of teen drinking Available film art: 12 Rounds movie posters
Synopsis Detective Danny Fisher (John Cena) is about to have the worst day of his life. A nearly untraceable internationally-known terrorist named Miles Jackson (Aidan Gillen) has kidnapped his girlfriend Molly Porter (Ashley Scott) and forced him into “12 Rounds” of dangerous games carefully plotted throughout the streets of New Orleans. Danny struggles to keep focus while the obvious ticking clocks and crude consequences that accompany each one of these “rounds” do their best to derail him from rescuing the love of his life before it’s too late.
Release date: Friday February 6, 2009 Genre: Comedy Director: Harald Zwart Studio: Columbia Pictures (Sony), MGM Screenplay: Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber, Steve Martin Producer(s): Robert Simonds Cast: Steve Martin, Jean Reno, Emily Mortimer, Andy Garcia, Alfred Molina, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, John Cleese Official Site: sonypictures.com/movies/thepinkpanther2 Rating:PG for some suggestive humor, brief mild language and action Available film art:Pink Panther 2 movie posters
Synopsis Steve Martin reprises his role as the bumbling Inspector Jacques Clouseau in the modern-day farce. John Cleese will play chief inspector Dreyfus in the film. Garcia, Molina and Rai have signed on as detectives and experts who join forces with Clouseau to catch the thief who has been stealing artifacts around the world.