Release date: Wednesday April 4, 2012 (Wide) Genre: Drama, Romance, Adventure Runtime: 194 min. Director: James Cameron Studio: Paramount Pictures Producer(s): James Cameron, Jon Landau Screenplay: James Cameron Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Bill Paxton, Bernard Hill, Gloria Stuart, Frances Fisher, Victor Garber Official Site:titanicmovie.com Rated:PG-13 – for disaster related peril and violence, nudity, sensuality and brief language
To celebrate the centenary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, James Cameron has rereleased Titanic in 3D. He hasn’t reworked the story, so the movie that we know and love is pretty much the same except that it is in 3D making it that much better.
Release date: Friday March 30, 2012 (Wide) Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure Runtime: 1 hr. 35 mins. Director: Tarsem Singh Studio: Relativity Media Producer(s): Bernie Goldmann, Ryan Kavanaugh, Brett Ratner Screenplay: Melissa Wallack, Jason Keller Cast: Lily Collins, Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane, Mare Winningham, Michael Lerner Official Site: mirrormirrorfilm.com Rated:PG
Julia Roberts plays the evil Queen in Mirror Mirror – a reimagining of the beloved children’s fairytale. In this version the evil Queen is attempting to usurp Snow White’s throne and win the heart of Prince Charming (Arnie Hammer). Unfortunately for the Queen, the Prince only has eyes for the beautiful Snow White. This enrages the Queen, who banishes poor Snow to the forest where a carnivorous beast is waiting to devour her. Luckily, a band of pint sized robbers (also known as the seven dwarves) rescues her and takes Snow to live with them. Fast forward a few years and she has grown into a strong willed young woman and the day of reckoning has arrived as she fights to regain her birthright from the Evil Queen.
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Release date: Friday May 4, 2012 (Wide) Genre: Action, Sci-Fi Director: Joss Whedon Studio: Walt Disney Pictures Producer(s): Kevin Feige Screenplay: Joss Whedon Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Stellan Skarsgård, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Paul Bettany, Clark Gregg Official Site: marvel.com/avengers_movie Rated: Unrated
Nick Fury, the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D is forced to assemble a team of iconic superheroes which includes: Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and the Incredible Hulk to fight a dangerous new enemy, who is threatening the safety of the world.
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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.
The new Natalie Portman movie, Black Swan will open in only 18 theaters this Friday, while The Warrior’s Way will debut in 1,622 theaters.
Synopsis: Black Swan follows the story of Nina (Portman), a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her retired ballerina mother Erica (Barbara Hershey) who zealously supports her daughter’s professional ambition. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Winona Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Kunis), who impresses Leroy as well. Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side with a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.
Cast: Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder, Toby Hemingway; Directed by: Darren Aronofsky
The Warrior’s Way
Synopsis:The Warrior’s Way is a visually-stunning modern martial arts western starring Korean actor Dong-gun Jang who plays an Asian warrior assassin forced to hide in a small town in the American Badlands. Rounding out the ensemble cast are Kate Bosworth, Oscar-winner Geoffrey Rush, Danny Houston, and Tony Cox. The fantasy action film was written and directed by newcomer Sngmoo Lee, and is being produced by Barrie Osborne, Michael Peyser and Jooick Lee
Cast: Geoffrey Rush, Kate Bosworth, Danny Huston, Jang Dong Gun, Tony Cox, Ti Lung; Directed by: Sngmoo Lee
Milla Jovovich reprises her role as Alice in Resident Evil: Afterlife, the fourth installment in the Resident Evil series. Resident Evil: Afterlife arrive in theaters, September 10, 2010.
Premise: Resident Evil: Afterlife picks up where the third film ended. Since the events of Resident Evil: Extinction, Alice has been roaming the world searching for any remaining survivors. Alice also comes face to face with her arch-nemesis, Albert Wesker, for the first time in the series. As she enters the ruined Los Angeles, she stumbles onto a base of Umbrella, surrounded by zombies. She then teams up with a group of survivors who had been hiding in Los Angeles since the T-virus outbreak, and helps them to free another group held-up in a prison, among them Claire’s brother, Chris Redfield.
Release date: Friday July 30, 2010 Genre: Comedy, Action, Adventure, Family Director: Brad Peyton Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Screenplay: Ron J. Friedman, Steve Bencich Producer(s): Andrew Lazar, Polly Cohen Cast: Chris O’Donnell, Paul Rodriguez, Christina Applegate, James Marsden, Leslie Mann, Ray Liotta, Katt Williams, Neil Patrick Harris, Joe Pantoliano, Michael Clarke Duncan, Roger Moore Official Site:catsanddogsmovie.warnerbros.com Rating:Not yet rated Available film art: Cats and Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore original movie posters
Synopsis The epic struggle for control of planet Earth continues in this sequel to the 2001 comedy that had pet owners all across the world looking at their house pets in a whole new light. Chris O’Donnell and 30 Rock’s Jack McBrayer head up the cast of the production, with scripting duties being handled by Brother Bear’s Ron J. Friedman and Steve Bencich.
Release date: Friday February 12, 2010 Genre: Horror, Action, Thriller Director: Joe Johnston Studio: Universal Pictures Screenplay: Andrew Kevin Walker, David Self Producer(s): Scott Stuber, Sean Daniel, Rick Yorn, Benicio Del Toro Cast: Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt, Hugo Weaving, Art Malik Official Site:thewolfmanmovie.com Rating:Not Yet Rated Available film art: The Wolf Man movie posters
Synopsis myth of a cursed man back to its iconic origins. Oscar® winner Benicio Del Toro stars as Lawrence Talbot, a haunted nobleman lured back to his family estate after his brother vanishes. Reunited with his estranged father (Oscar® winner Anthony Hopkins), Talbot sets out to find his brother…and discovers a horrifying destiny for himself.
Lawrence Talbot’s childhood ended the night his mother died. After he left the sleepy Victorian hamlet of Blackmoor, he spent decades recovering and trying to forget. But when his brother’s fiancée, Gwen Conliffe (Emily Blunt), tracks him down to help find her missing love, Talbot returns home to join the search. He learns that something with brute strength and insatiable bloodlust has been killing the villagers, and that a suspicious Scotland Yard inspector named Aberline (Hugo Weaving) has come to investigate.
As he pieces together the gory puzzle, he hears of an ancient curse that turns the afflicted into werewolves when the moon is full. Now, if he has any chance at ending the slaughter and protecting the woman he has grown to love, Talbot must destroy the vicious creature in the woods surrounding Blackmoor. But as he hunts for the nightmarish beast, a simple man with a tortured past will uncover a primal side to himself…one he never imagined existed.
Joe Johnston (Jurassic Park III) directs The Wolfman, and six-time Oscar®-winning special effects artist Rick Baker brings his design and makeup talents to transform Del Toro into the fearsome title character.
For a filmmaker who’s known for making ultra-violent genre fare, Robert Rodriguez has never failed to balance his cinematic machismo with his softer, more kid-friendly role as a father, taking time out between bloodbaths to create something for both his family and ours. Shorts is perhaps Rodriguez’s best and most inspired young-adult film since the original Spy Kids. Whether this is faint praise or a legitimate compliment is entirely up to your taste, and quite possibly your age, but there’s little doubt that this sci-fi fairy tale is the perfect piece of back-to-school entertainment for children and their young-at-heart parents.
The set-up is relatively simple. A magical wishing rock falls into the center of a residential community built around a super-advanced technology company responsible for the creation of the “black box,” a device which can become, essentially, any other electronic device you need it to be. In an interconnecting series of – you guessed it — shorts, Rodriguez spotlights four groups of neighbors whose wishes produce what one might best describe as shenanigans.
The first follows young Toe Thompson – ignored by his distant, work-addicted parents and bullied by the daughter of his parents’ boss, Helvetica Black – as he wishes for friends who appear as troublesome, super-powered, miniature alien spacecraft. The second story follows a group of three children whose wishes create walking alligators, giant pterodactyls, venomous snakes and one incredibly smart, telepathic baby. The third chapter focuses on super-scientist Dr. Noseworthy (William H. Macy), his son and the family tutor (Toe’s sister Stacey, played here by Kat Dennings), as young “Nose” Noseworthy accidently mutates a booger into a giant, flesh-eating monster. The fourth section finds Toe’s parents wishing to be closer and suddenly being joined, quite literally, at the hip. The fifth and final chapter illustrates how all the madness comes together as the company’s CEO, Cole Black, wishes himself into a massive, unstoppable, all-powerful robot.
The real success of the film is in the tone it strikes. It’s colorful, but not overly cartoonish; it’s good, silly fun, but it never panders; it’s aimed at children, yet it has enough maturity to entertain the adults. It is, in a sense, the kind of bed-time story a parent might make up with their children, incorporating the enthusiastic suggestions shouted from beneath the covers. The presentation of the film as a set of short movies is fun and inspired – and certainly on DVD kids will watch and re-watch their favorite chapters – but it’s not, critically speaking, entirely necessary. Shifting around the timeline and showing how one event leads up to something you’ve already seen is a clever invention, but the story never really gains anything from the structure. That said, given the film in question, if an idea is fun, it has a place here within the craziness, regardless of the questions or criticisms that might apply to more straightforward movies.
Rodriguez doesn’t really flex the visual style here that we’ve seen in his higher-budget productions, but he manages a narrative and tonal juggling act that’s no less impressive for the film’s being aimed at younger audiences. The effects are surprisingly well rendered and while, for this critic, the booger-monster seemed a bit sillier than the rest of the film, each of the wild creations – from walking reptiles to five-story mechanical behemoths – look relatively respectable.
Overall, when a critic can see a film that’s meant for children in a child-less room filled with fellow film critics and still have a good time, that’s absolutely a credit to the filmmaker and his cast. Adults will no doubt be forced to find their inner child to enjoy the movie, but one wouldn’t suppose they’d be flocking to theatres without children of their own – children who will no doubt have a blast making their way through Shorts.