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Review: Taken Not Exceptional But Works

Tue, 03 Feb 2009 03:42:00 +0000

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Eh, not bad. That's all I can muster for this decent Liam Neeson thriller. I was worried it was going to be atrocious -- hasn't this movie been delayed forever? -- but I didn't dislike it. Part of the reason why is that I like Liam Neeson a lot. I think most of us are on board the Neeson Express, no? Why doesn't he get more (and better) parts?

This is a fairly absorbing thriller at times. Much of that can be attributed to the Neeson factor -- he gives the movie credibility. There's just enough solid work by the filmmakers and other actors as well.

Plot? Liam Neeson is Bryan Mills, a retired CIA "preventer." We know he's taken part in operations in South America, the Middle East and, oh yeah, Alaska. His old CIA buddies wax nostalgic about his antics. We know the drill. The movie is setting up what a badass he used to be. We've seen the trailers. We know what's coming. His daughter gets kidnapped. Mills has 96 hours to save her. He's going to walk over more than a few dead bodies to get to her. He may live. He may die. But damn it, he's going to save his daughter.

Director Pierre Morel deserves some credit. We've seen movies like Taken before. Yet, I still went "Oh!" a couple times and "Ow!" a few others. There's violence in this film but it isn't overly gruesome.

In its own way, this is a satisfying picture. It has just enough edge and semblance of quality to make it a passable time at the movies. There is at least one really shocking (and welcomed) scene where Mills ruthlessly shoots an innocent person. And here's the thing: I believed it. It worked. It made sense. There's another good scene where Mills impersonates a corrupt official. This act goes on longer than I expected, to the point where I was surprised when he finally takes off his mask.

The performances aren't bad either. I already mentioned Neeson, but there's also Maggie Grace as his daughter. I was struck by how young she looks and acts in this film, particularly after watching her play the older, bitchier Shannon on Lost. Then I realized, Oh yeah, she's an actress! Here she plays a very naive, overly sweet 17-year-old and it's totally believable.

Should you see this movie? Look, these days there aren't many good options out there as far as new movies go. What do you have to lose? I'll put it this way: If you're debating between Paul Blart and this, see Taken.

Source: http://www.film.com/movies/taken/story/review-taken-not-exceptional-works/25805797



12 (2009)

Tue, 03 Feb 2009 02:35:00 +0000

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Theatrical Release:Mar 4, 2009 Limited
Starring: Sergei Makovetsky, Sergei Garmash, Aleksei Petrenko, Yuri Stoyanov

Synopsis
After winning the Foreign Language Film Oscar for 1995's BURNT BY THE SUN, Russian helmer Nikita Mikhalkov added another nod to his résumé with this Academy Award-nominated film. In 12, an... After winning the Foreign Language Film Oscar for 1995's BURNT BY THE SUN, Russian helmer Nikita Mikhalkov added another nod to his résumé with this Academy Award-nominated film. In 12, an 18-year-old boy is on trial for murder, and it's up to a dozen jurors to decide his fate. This Russian drama might bear passing resemblance to the American classic 12 ANGRY MEN, but it's a story deeply rooted in contemporary Russian culture.

Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1194846-12/



Robert Blecker Wants Me Dead (2009)

Tue, 03 Feb 2009 02:33:00 +0000

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Rated: Not Rated
Genre: Education/General Interest
Theatrical Release:Feb 27, 2009 Limited
Director: Ted Schillinger

Synopsis
How far would you go for your beliefs? That question, along with many others, is pondered in this thought-provoking film. The man of the title is on a mission to promote the death penalty in... How far would you go for your beliefs? That question, along with many others, is pondered in this thought-provoking film. The man of the title is on a mission to promote the death penalty in America. As a professor at Manhattan's New York Law School, Robert Blecker champions the importance of capital punishment, espousing the idea that the death penalty is justice for the worst of crimes. But when Blecker meets death-row inmate Daryl Holton, his ideals are put to the test. Daryl Holton committed the atrocious crime of killing his four children (earning him four death sentences), but the man is also well-spoken and he and Blecker bond, even as Blecker supports Holton's death. This complex documentary addresses a variety of issues and goes beyond just the death penalty debate.

Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/robert_blecker_wants_me_dead/



Dog Eat Dog (2009)

Tue, 03 Feb 2009 02:32:00 +0000

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Runtime: 1 hr 46 mins
Genre: Dramas
Theatrical Release:Feb 27, 2009 Limited
Starring: Eusebio Benitez, Oscar Borda
Director: Carlos Moreno

Synopsis
Dog Eat Dog, a tale of double-crosses and retribution that's Colombia's official entry to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign-Language Film, plays midnights at IFC Center Friday, January 23 and... Dog Eat Dog, a tale of double-crosses and retribution that's Colombia's official entry to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign-Language Film, plays midnights at IFC Center Friday, January 23 and Saturday, January 24.

El Orejon is an agoraphobic crime boss who lives surrounded by telescopes in a luxury high-rise apartment in the center of Cali, Colombia. When his godson is killed he asks a voodoo priestess to avenge the murder by casting a deadly spell on the shooter, Eusebio. Miles away, Victor is hired by the boss to carry out a job to collect money from a slippery pair of twins. He makes a disastrous decision to break the sacred law of the crime world and keeps the cash for himself. Under suspicion by El Orejon he hides the money in a downtown hotel room which he shares with Eusebio, where they try everything in their power to outsmart the boss and escape the underworld's thick tangle of unpredictable, dangerous alliances. As the stash of money passes from hand to hand, who will have the wits to be the last one standing?

Dog Eat Dog is the first feature from Carlos Moreno, an award-winning television and video director whose work has been featured at festivals around the world.

Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/perro_come_perro/



Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li (2009)

Tue, 03 Feb 2009 02:29:00 +0000

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Rated: Not Rated
Genre: Action/Adventure
Theatrical Release:Feb 27, 2009 Wide
Starring: Kristin Kreuk, Neal McDonough, Chris Klein, Michael Clarke Duncan, Robin Shou, Moon Bloodgood, Edmund Chen, Josie Ho, Taboo, Pei Pei Cheng
Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak

Synopsis
Capcom's STREET FIGHTER vaults back onto the screen with this film from director Andrzej Bartkowiak (ROMEO MUST DIE). Fanboys can start drooling now over SMALLVILLE's Kristin Kreuk in the role of... Capcom's STREET FIGHTER vaults back onto the screen with this film from director Andrzej Bartkowiak (ROMEO MUST DIE). Fanboys can start drooling now over SMALLVILLE's Kristin Kreuk in the role of high-kicking heroine Chun Li, while Neal McDonough, Chris Klein, Michael Clarke Duncan, and a number of impressive actors round out the rest of the cast.

Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/street_fighter_the_legend_of_chun_li/



Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail

Tue, 03 Feb 2009 02:27:00 +0000

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Rated: PG-13 for mature thematic material, drug content, some violence and sexual situations
Genre: Comedies
Theatrical Release:Feb 20, 2009 Wide
Starring: Tyler Perry, Derek Luke, Keshia Knight Pulliam, David Mann, Tamela Mann, Ronreaco Lee, Ion Overman, Vanessa Ferlito, Viola Davis, Sofia Vergara
Director: Tyler Perry

Synopsis
Tyler Perry dons Madea's floral dress--and prison garb--in this comedy that finds the wisecracking woman behind bars. Fans who saw Perry's last film, MEET THE BROWNS, won't be surprised that this... Tyler Perry dons Madea's floral dress--and prison garb--in this comedy that finds the wisecracking woman behind bars. Fans who saw Perry's last film, MEET THE BROWNS, won't be surprised that this is Madea's destination since she spent that film on the lam.

Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/tyler_perrys_madea_goes_to_jail/



Gomorrah (2009)

Tue, 03 Feb 2009 02:24:00 +0000

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Rated: Not Rated
Runtime: 2 hrs 15 mins
Genre: Foreign Films
Theatrical Release:Feb 13, 2009 Limited
Starring: Salvatore Abruzzese, Gianfelice Imparato, Maria Nazionale, Toni Servillo, Carmine Paternoster, Salvatore Cantalupo, Marco Macor, Ciro Petrone, Italo Celoro
Director: Matteo Garrone

Synopsis
Matteo Garrone's Gomorrah is a dense, sprawling exposé of the corruption plaguing the communities of Naples and Caserta in modern-day Italy. The all-powerful Camorra syndicate influences the lives... Matteo Garrone's Gomorrah is a dense, sprawling exposé of the corruption plaguing the communities of Naples and Caserta in modern-day Italy. The all-powerful Camorra syndicate influences the lives of even the most innocent citizens. In a manner similar to The Wire, Garrone tells his story from many different angles, resulting in a complicated narrative that often feels novelistic. In many cases, the revolving stories never overlap or intersect. While that may be jarring to those viewers who are used to having their strings tied neatly for them by a film's conclusion, Garrone's decision results in an experience that feels much more honest and true. We witness the syndicate's impact from the top down and from the inside out, following a cavalcade of characters who are all trying in their own ways to escape the deadly world in which they live.

Based on the book by Roberto Saviano, Garrone's crime epic is a powerful indictment of the corruption that is running rampant in Italy. His decision to present such a wide spectrum of characters enables him to show just how deeply everyone is impacted by this terrifying, unchecked display of criminal power. Cinematically, he employs a dizzying array of styles in order to further establish the frighteningly ungoverned atmosphere that pervades this community. Gomorrah succeeds as both visceral entertainment and thoughtful social commentary.

Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/gomorrah/



Harry Potter stuntman badly injured

Tue, 03 Feb 2009 02:13:00 +0000

Reuters Life! | LONDON - Harry Potter’s stunt double has been injured during a flying scene for the series’ last movie, British newspapers reported on Thursday.
The 25-year-old double for actor Daniel Radcliffe was rehearsing at the Leavesden Studios near Watford northwest of London on Wednesday when he crashed to the ground.
“A man with back injuries was brought to the hospital yesterday, but was transferred to another hospital in the evening,” said a spokeswoman at Watford General Hospital, without elaborating.

No further details were immediately available.
The movie, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” is the seventh and final adaptation of the hugely popular novels by author J. K. Rowling.
It is expected to be released in the UK in November 2010.

Source: http://www.ikuwaderno.com/2009/01/harry-potter-stuntman-badly-injured/



'WALL-E,' 'Man on Wire' top Golden Tomato Awards

Fri, 23 Jan 2009 08:19:00 +0000

NEW YORK — Critics loved a love-struck robot and a tightrope-walking Frenchman in 2008. The sci-fi romance "WALL-E" and the documentary "Man on Wire" took top honors from the 10th annual Golden Tomato Awards.

The awards honor the best-reviewed films of the year as determined by the Web site RottenTomatoes.com, which compiles reviews from critics to measure the percentage of favorable critiques.

"WALL-E" won the Golden Tomato for wide-release with a "Tomatometer" score of 96 percent. "Man on Wire," a film that recalls Philippe Petit's tightrope feat between the World Trade Center towers in 1974, scored 100 percent and won the Golden Tomato for limited-release films.

"Man on Wire" is only the second film in the first decade of the Golden Tomatoes to earn a perfect score. Pixar's "Toy Story 2" is the other.

"WALL-E" is the fifth Pixar film to rank above all others. "Ratatouille" was the best-reviewed film of 2007, along with the lauded Irish romance "Once." ''Toy Story 2," ''Finding Nemo" and "The Incredibles" are Pixar's other Golden Tomato winners.

"Pixar has won more Golden Tomatoes than anyone else," said Rotten Tomatoes Editor-in-Chief Matt Atchity. "They're not quite batting a thousand, but they're pretty close. Ever since 'Toy Story 2' came out — which is still one of the highest-rated films of all time on Rotten Tomatoes — they've just had this series of really critically loved films."

The Moldy Tomato — given to the worst-reviewed film of the year — was awarded to the horror film "One Missed Call." That movie had the unfortunate distinction of not finding a single positive review, earning a goose egg on the Tomatometer. - AP

Source: http://www.gmanews.tv/story/144150/WALL-E-Man-on-Wire-top-Golden-Tomato-Awards



Oscars 2009 Nominees Announced

Fri, 23 Jan 2009 08:15:00 +0000

The nominations for the 81st Academy Awards, otherwise known as the Oscars, were revealed on Thursday.Here is the complete list for the 2009 Oscar Awards, happening at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles on February 22, 2009:Best pictureThe Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonFrost/NixonMilkThe ReaderSlumdog MillionaireBest directorDanny Boyle - Slumdog MillionaireStephen Daldry - The ReaderDavid Fincher - The Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonRon Howard - Frost/NixonGus Van Sant - MilkBest actorRichard Jenkins - The VisitorFrank Langella - Frost/NixonSean Penn - MilkBrad Pitt - The Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonMickey Rourke - The WrestlerBest actressAnne Hathaway - Rachel Getting MarriedAngelina Jolie - ChangelingMelissa Leo - Frozen RiverMeryl Streep - DoubtKate Winslet - The ReaderBest supporting actressAmy Adams - DoubtPenelope Cruz - Vicky Cristina BarcelonaViola Davis - DoubtTaraji P Henson - The Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonMarisa Tomei - The WrestlerBest supporting actorJosh Brolin - MilkRobert Downey Jr - Tropic ThunderPhilip Seymour Hoffman - DoubtHeath Ledger - The Dark KnightMichael Shannon - Revolutionary RoadBest foreign language filmRevanche - AustriaThe Class - FranceThe Baader Meinhof Complex - GermanyDepartures - JapanWaltz With Bashir - IsraelBest animated feature filmBoltKung Fu PandaWall-EBest adapted screenplayThe Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonDoubtFrost/NixonThe ReaderSlumdog MillionaireBest original screenplayHappy-Go-LuckyMilkWall-EIn BrugesFrozen RiverBest original scoreThe Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonDefianceMilkSlumdog MillionaireWall-EBest original songDown To Earth - Wall-EJai Ho - Slumdog MillionaireO Saya - Slumdog MillionaireArt directionThe Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonChangelingThe Dark KnightThe DuchessRevolutionary RoadCinematographyThe Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonChangelingThe Dark KnightSlumdog MillionaireThe ReaderCostume designThe Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonAustraliaMilkThe DuchessRevolutionary RoadBest documentary featureThe BetrayalEncounters at the End of the WorldThe GardenMan on WireTrouble The WaterBest documentary short subjectThe Conscience of Nhem EnThe Final InchSmile PinkiThe Witness - From the Balcony of Room 306Film editingThe Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonThe Dark KnightFrost/NixonMilkSlumdog MillionaireMake-upThe Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonThe Dark KnightHellboy II: The Golden ArmyBest live action short filmAuf der Strecke (On The Line)Manon on the AsphaltNew BoyThe PigSpielzeugland (Toyland)Best animated short filmLa Maison en Petits CubesLavatory - LovestoryOktapodiPrestoThis Way UpSound editingThe Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonIron ManWantedSlumdog MillionaireWall-ESound mixingThe Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonThe Dark KnightWantedSlumdog MillionaireWall-EVisual effectsThe Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonThe Dark KnightIron ManSource: http://www.starmometer.com/2009/01/23/oscars-2009-nominees-announced/[...]



10th Golden Tomato Awards - 2009 Winners

Fri, 23 Jan 2009 08:07:00 +0000

Rotten Tomatoes once again honors the best reviewed films of 2008 from various genres.

Here is the list of winners for the 10th Golden Tomato Awards:

Wide Release Top 10

1. Wall-E - 96%
2. The Dark Knight - 94%
3. Iron Man - 93%
4. U2 3D - 92%
5. Hellboy II: The Golden Army - 88%
6. Kung Fu Panda - 88%
7. Forgetting Sarah Marshall - 88%
8. Bolt - 85%
9. Tropic Thunder - 83%
10. Ghost Town - 83%

Limited Release Top 10

1. Man on Wire - 100%
2. Taxi to the Dark Side - 100%
3. The Wrestler - 98%
4. The Band’s Visit - 98%
5. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days - 97%
6. Let the Right One In - 97%
7. Bigger, Stronger, Faster - 97%
8. Trouble the Water - 97%
9. Slumdog Millionaire - 94%
10. My Winnipeg - 95%

Top UK:
Man on Wire

Top AU:
The Black Balloon

Moldy (Worst Film):
One Missed Call

Action Adventure:
The Dark Knight

Animation:
Wall-E

Comedy:
Happy Go Lucky

Documentary:
Man on Wire

Drama:
The Wrestler

Foreign:
The Band’s Visit

Horror:
Teeth

Kids/Family:
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl

Musical:
High School Musical 3 - Senior Year

Romance:
Ghost Town

Sci-fi/Fantasy:
Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Thriller:
Transsiberian

Source: http://www.starmometer.com/2009/01/19/10th-golden-tomato-awards-2009-winners/



O'Horten 2009

Fri, 23 Jan 2009 01:31:00 +0000

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Rated: PG-13 for brief nudity
Runtime: 90 mins
Genre: Foreign Films
Starring: Baard Owe, Espen Skjonberg, Ghita Norby, Bjorn Floberg, Kai Remlov, Henny Moan, Bjarte Hjelmeland, Per Jansen
Director: Bent Hamer

Synopsis
The moment the train leaves the station without engineer ODD HORTEN (Bard Owe) aboard, he realizes that the path ahead is a journey without printed timetables and well-known stations. Horten has... The moment the train leaves the station without engineer ODD HORTEN (Bard Owe) aboard, he realizes that the path ahead is a journey without printed timetables and well-known stations. Horten has been forced to retire after 40 years of traveling a very stable rail, and the platform does not feel like a safe place anymore. His orderly, solitary existence is about to give way to a future of unlikely adventures and puzzling dilemmas: will Horten ever travel by plane? Will he finally sell his prized boat? How does Horten end up in a pair of women's red high-heeled shoes? Will he survive a nighttime drive with a blindfolded man at the wheel? Proof positive that there is humor to be found in aging, and we don't have to be elderly Norwegians to identify, laugh and embrace life in all its idiosyncratic splendor. O’HORTEN is Bent Hammer's wonderfully skewed view of the human condition and gives us that somewhat absurdist vision with great warmth, a little melancholy and universal appeal. In memory of my mother and all other female ski jumpers

Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/o_horten/



Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail (2009)

Fri, 23 Jan 2009 01:28:00 +0000

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Rated: PG-13 for mature thematic material, drug content, some violence and sexual situations
Genre: Comedies
Theatrical Release: Feb 20, 2009 Wide
Starring: Tyler Perry, Derek Luke, Keshia Knight Pulliam, David Mann, Tamela Mann, Ronreaco Lee, Ion Overman, Vanessa Ferlito, Viola Davis, Sofia Vergara
Director: Tyler Perry

Synopsis
Tyler Perry dons Madea's floral dress--and prison garb--in this comedy that finds the wisecracking woman behind bars. Fans who saw Perry's last film, MEET THE BROWNS, won't be surprised that this... Tyler Perry dons Madea's floral dress--and prison garb--in this comedy that finds the wisecracking woman behind bars. Fans who saw Perry's last film, MEET THE BROWNS, won't be surprised that this is Madea's destination since she spent that film on the lam.

Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/tyler_perrys_madea_goes_to_jail/



International 2009

Fri, 23 Jan 2009 01:26:00 +0000

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Rated: R for some sequences of violence and language
Genre: Dramas
Theatrical Release: Feb 20, 2009 Wide
Starring: Clive Owen, Naomi Watts, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Brian F. O'Byrne
Director: Tom Tykwer

Synopsis
In The International, a gripping thriller, Interpol Agent Louis Salinger (Clive Owen) and Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Eleanor Whitman (Naomi Watts) are determined to bring to justice one... In The International, a gripping thriller, Interpol Agent Louis Salinger (Clive Owen) and Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Eleanor Whitman (Naomi Watts) are determined to bring to justice one of the world’s most powerful banks. Uncovering myriad and reprehensible illegal activities, Salinger and Whitman follow the money from Berlin to Milan to New York to Istanbul. Finding themselves in a high-stakes chase across the globe, their relentless tenacity puts their own lives at risk as their targets will stop at nothing – even murder – to continue financing terror and war. Directed by Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) from an original screenplay written by Eric Singer, The International is being shot on location in Germany and throughout Europe.

Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/10008684-international/



Two Lovers 2009

Fri, 23 Jan 2009 01:24:00 +0000

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Rated: R for language, some sexuality and brief drug use
Genre: Dramas
Theatrical Release: Feb 13, 2009 Limited
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Gwyneth Paltrow, Vinessa Shaw, Isabella Rossellini
Director: James Gray

Synopsis
Set in the insular world of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, Two Lovers is a classic romantic drama, with Joaquin Phoenix giving a raw and vulnerable performance as Leonard, a charismatic but troubled... Set in the insular world of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, Two Lovers is a classic romantic drama, with Joaquin Phoenix giving a raw and vulnerable performance as Leonard, a charismatic but troubled young man who moves back into his childhood home following a recent heartbreak. While recovering under the watchful eye of his parents (Isabella Rossellini and Moni Monoshov), Leonard meets two women in quick succession: Michelle (Gwyneth Paltrow), a mysterious and beautiful neighbor who is exotic and out-of-place in Leonard's staid world, and Sandra, the lovely and caring daughter of a businessman who is buying out his family's dry-cleaning business.

Leonard becomes deeply infatuated by Michelle, who seems poised to fall for him, but is having a self-destructive affair with a married man. At the same time, mounting pressure from his family pushes him towards committing to Sandra. Leonard is forced to make an impossible decision – between the impetuousness of desire and the comfort of love – or risk falling back into the darkness that nearly killed him.

Directed and co-written by James Gray (We Own the Night), Two Lovers stars Joaquin Phoenix, Gwyneth Paltrow, Vinessa Shaw, Isabella Rossellini, John Ortiz, and Moni Moshonov. The screenplay is by James Gray & Richard Menello. Two Lovers is produced by Donna Gigliotti, James Gray, and Anthony Katagas

Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1200889-two_lovers/



Friday the 13th

Fri, 23 Jan 2009 01:22:00 +0000

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Rated: Not Rated
Genre: Horror/Suspense
Theatrical Release: Feb 13, 2009 Wide
Starring: Jared Padalecki, Danielle Panabaker, Aaron Yoo, Amanda Righetti, Travis Van Winkle, Derek Mears
Director: Marcus Nispel

Synopsis
After making a bloody splash with his redo of THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, director Marcus Nispel tackles another beloved horror franchise with FRIDAY THE 13TH. SUPERNATURAL's Jared Padalecki,... After making a bloody splash with his redo of THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, director Marcus Nispel tackles another beloved horror franchise with FRIDAY THE 13TH. SUPERNATURAL's Jared Padalecki, DISTURBIA's Aaron Yoo, and CLOVERFIELD's Odette Yustman star in this remake that finds camp counselors being picked off one by one. FREDDY VS. JASON screenwriters Damian Shannon and Mark Swift provide the script, while Michael Bay serves as one of the film's producers.

Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/friday_the_13th_prequel/



Confessions of a Shopaholic 2009

Fri, 23 Jan 2009 01:20:00 +0000

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Rated: PG for some mild language and thematic elements
Genre: Comedies
Theatrical Release: Feb 13, 2009 Wide
Starring: Isla Fisher, Hugh Dancy, Joan Cusack, John Goodman, John Lithgow, Kristin Scott Thomas, Fred Armisen, Leslie Bibb, Julie Hagerty, Krysten Ritter, Robert Stanton, Christine Ebersole, Clea Lewis, Wendie Malick, Stephanie March
Director: P.J. Hogan

Synopsis
In the glamorous world of New York City, Rebecca Bloomwood (Isla Fischer) is a fun-loving girl who is really good at shopping –- a little too good, perhaps. She dreams of working for her favorite... In the glamorous world of New York City, Rebecca Bloomwood (Isla Fischer) is a fun-loving girl who is really good at shopping –- a little too good, perhaps. She dreams of working for her favorite fashion magazine, but can’t quite get her foot in the door –- until ironically, she snags a job as an advice columnist for a financial magazine published by the same company. As her dreams are finally coming true, she goes to ever more hilarious and extreme efforts to keep her past from ruining her future.

Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/confessions_of_a_shopaholic/



Dance Flick 2009

Fri, 23 Jan 2009 01:18:00 +0000

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Rated: Not Rated
Genre: Comedies
Theatrical Release: Feb 9, 2009 Wide
Starring: Damon Wayans, Craig Wayans, Shoshanna Bush, Essence Atkins, Affion Crockett
Director: Damien Dante Wayans

Synopsis
What the Wayans brothers' SCARY MOVIE did for the horror film, DANCE FLICK aims to do for the numerous dance movies that have graced the screen. This comedy takes a shot at films from SAVE THE LAST... What the Wayans brothers' SCARY MOVIE did for the horror film, DANCE FLICK aims to do for the numerous dance movies that have graced the screen. This comedy takes a shot at films from SAVE THE LAST DANCE to YOU GOT SERVED.

Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dance_flick/



Fanboys (2009)

Fri, 23 Jan 2009 01:13:00 +0000

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Genre: Comedies
Theatrical Release: Feb 6, 2009 Wide
Starring: Sam Huntington, Jay Baruchel, Dan Fogler, Kristen Bell, Pell James, Thom Bishops, William Shatner, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Ray Park, Christopher McDonald, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, Jaime King
Director: Kyle Newman

Synopsis
In this riotous new road movie from producer Kevin Spacey, a group of friends who are avid Star Wars fans travel west to see the Holly Grail of all sci-fi movies, Star Wars: Episode I. The year is... In this riotous new road movie from producer Kevin Spacey, a group of friends who are avid Star Wars fans travel west to see the Holly Grail of all sci-fi movies, Star Wars: Episode I. The year is 1999 and for these death star dorks, the Star Wars films are more than just movies; they are a way of life. So, after one of the group takes sick it is nothing short of a moral imperative that the friends break into George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranchi to watch the seminal sci-fi picture together before its release. Enlisting the help of an estranged friend, who has traded in his Darth Vader mask for a proper day job, the adventure lays way to some extremely funny situations, including an outrageous brawl with some hard-core Trekkies.

Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/fanboys/



Pink Panther 2

Fri, 23 Jan 2009 01:12:00 +0000

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Rated: PG for some suggestive humor, brief mild language and action
Genre: Comedies
Theatrical Release: Feb 6, 2009 Wide
Starring: Steve Martin, Jean Reno, Alfred Molina, Emily Mortimer, Aishwarya Rai, Rai Bachchan, Andy Garcia, John Cleese, Lily Tomlin
Director: Harald Zwart

Synopsis
In this sequel to the 2006 hit THE PINK PANTHER, Steve Martin is back as the less-than-smooth Inspector Clouseau. This time around, he matches wits with Chief Inspector Dreyfus, played by fellow... In this sequel to the 2006 hit THE PINK PANTHER, Steve Martin is back as the less-than-smooth Inspector Clouseau. This time around, he matches wits with Chief Inspector Dreyfus, played by fellow comedic genius John Cleese. THE PINK PANTHER 2 also features returning stars Jean Reno and Emily Mortimer, as well as newcomers to the series Andy Garcia, Alfred Molina, and Aishwarya Rai.

Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/pink_panther_2/



He's Just Not That Into You

Fri, 23 Jan 2009 01:10:00 +0000

Rated: PG-13 for sexual content and brief strong language.Genre: ComediesTheatrical Release: Feb 6, 2009 WideStarring: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Connelly, Kevin Connolly, Bradley Cooper, Ginnifer Goodwin, Scarlett Johansson, Justin Long, Kris KristoffersonDirector: Ken KwapisSynopsisBased on the wildly popular bestseller from Sex and the City scribes Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo, He's Just Not That Into You tells the stories of a group of interconnected, Baltimore-based... Based on the wildly popular bestseller from Sex and the City scribes Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo, He's Just Not That Into You tells the stories of a group of interconnected, Baltimore-based twenty- and thirtysomethings as they navigate their various relationships from the shallow end of the dating pool through the deep, murky waters of married life, trying to read the signs of the opposite sex... and hoping to be the exceptions to the "no-exceptions" rule.Gigi just wants a man who says he'll call--and does--while Alex advises her to stop sitting by the phone. Beth wonders if she should call it off after years of committed singlehood with her boyfriend, Neil, but he doesn't think there's a single thing wrong with their unmarried life. Janine's not sure if she can trust her husband, Ben, who can't quite trust himself around Anna. Anna can't decide between the sexy married guy, or her straightforward, no-sparks standby, Conor, who can't get over the fact that he can't have her. And Mary, who's found an entire network of loving, supportive men, just needs to find one who's straight.If you've ever sat by the phone wondering why he said he would call, but didn't, or if you can't figure out why she doesn't want to sleep with you anymore, or why your relationship just isn't going to the next level... he (or she) is just not that into you.The film boasts an all-star cast, including Academy Award® winner Ben Affleck (Good Will Hunting, Hollywoodland) as Neil; Jennifer Aniston (Marley & Me) as Beth; Drew Barrymore (Music and Lyrics) as Mary; Academy Award® winner Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind, The Day the Earth Stood Still) as Janine; Kevin Connolly (HBO's Entourage) as Conor; Bradley Cooper (Yes Man) as Ben; Ginnifer Goodwin (Walk the Line, HBO's Big Love) as Gigi; Scarlett Johansson (Vicky Cristina Barcelona) as Anna; Kris Kristofferson (Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story) as Ken; and Justin Long (Live Free or Die Hard) as Alex.A New Line Cinema Presentation, a Flower Films Production, He's Just Not That Into You is directed by Ken Kwapis (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, NBC's The Office) from a screenplay by Abby Kohn & Marc Silverstein (Never Been Kissed), based on the book by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo. Nancy Juvonen produced the film, with Drew Barrymore, Toby Emmerich, Michele Weiss and Michael Beugg serving as executive producers and Michael Disco and Gwenn Stroman co-producing.The behind-the-scenes creative team is led by director of photography John Bailey (Must Love Dogs), production designer Gae Buckley (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2), editor Cara Silverman (Keith), costume designer Shay Cunliffe (The Bourne Ultimatum), composer Cliff Eidelman (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants), and Grammy Award-winning music supervisor Danny Bramson (Mission: Impossible III, Almost Famous).He's Just Not That Into You will be distributed domestically by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/hes_just_not_tha[...]



Coraline 2009

Fri, 23 Jan 2009 01:08:00 +0000

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Rated: PG for thematic elements, scary images, some language and suggestive humor
Genre: Childrens
Theatrical Release: Feb 6, 2009 Wide
Starring: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Ian McShane
Director: Henry Selick

Synopsis
A high-definition stop-motion animated feature – the first to be originally filmed in 3-D – with spectacular CG effects, based on Neil Gaiman’s international best-selling book. A young girl (Dakota... A high-definition stop-motion animated feature – the first to be originally filmed in 3-D – with spectacular CG effects, based on Neil Gaiman’s international best-selling book. A young girl (Dakota Fanning) walks through a secret door in her new home and discovers an alternate version of her life. On the surface, this parallel reality is eerily similar to her real life – only much better. But when this wondrously off-kilter, fantastical adventure turns dangerous, and her counterfeit parents (including Other Mother [Teri Hatcher]) try to keep her forever, Coraline must count on her resourcefulness, determination, and bravery to get back home – and save her family.

Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/coraline/



Push (2009)

Fri, 23 Jan 2009 01:05:00 +0000

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Rated: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, brief strong language, smoking and a scene of teen drinking
Genre: Science-Fiction/Fantasy
Theatrical Release: Feb 6, 2009 Wide
Starring: Dakota Fanning, Chris Evans, Camilla Belle, Djimon Hounsou
Director: Paul McGuigan

Synopsis
A riveting action-thriller, Push burrows deep into the deadly world of psychic espionage where artificially enhanced paranormal operatives have the ability to move objects with their minds, see the... A riveting action-thriller, Push burrows deep into the deadly world of psychic espionage where artificially enhanced paranormal operatives have the ability to move objects with their minds, see the future, create new realities and kill without ever touching their victims. Against this setting, a young man and a teenage girl take on a clandestine agency in a race against time that will determine the future of civilization.

The Division, a shadowy government agency, is genetically transforming citizens into an army of psychic warriors—and brutally disposing of those unwilling to participate. Nick Gant (Chris Evans), a second-generation telekinetic or “mover,” has been in hiding since the Division murdered his father more than a decade earlier. He has found sanctuary in densely populated Hong Kong—the last safe place on earth for fugitive psychics like him—but only if he can keep his gift a secret.

Nick is forced out of hiding when Cassie Holmes (Dakota Fanning), a 13-year-old clairvoyant or “watcher,” seeks his help in finding Kira, (Camilla Belle), an escaped “pusher” who may hold the key to ending the Division’s program. Pushers possess the most dangerous of all psychic powers: the ability to influence others’ actions by implanting thoughts in their minds. But Cassie’s presence soon attracts the attention of the Division’s human bloodhounds, forcing Nick and Cassie to flee for their lives.

With the help of a team of rogue psychics, the unlikely duo traverses the seedy underbelly of the city, trying to stay one step ahead of the authorities as they search for Kira. But they find themselves square in the crosshairs of Division Agent Henry Carver (Djimon Hounsou), a pusher who will stop at nothing to keep them from achieving their goal.

Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/push/



Eleven Minutes (2009)

Fri, 23 Jan 2009 00:59:00 +0000

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Rated: Not Rated
Runtime: 1 hr 43 mins
Genre: Education/General Interest
Theatrical Release: Feb 6, 2009 Limited
Starring: Jay McCarroll
Director: Michael Selditch, Robert Tate

Synopsis
It's been two long years since the sharp-witted Jay McCarroll was dubbed "the next great American designer" on season one of reality television's Project Runway, and he's anxious to finally show... It's been two long years since the sharp-witted Jay McCarroll was dubbed "the next great American designer" on season one of reality television's Project Runway, and he's anxious to finally show his first line of clothing. The feature documentary, Eleven Minutes, chronicles his year-long journey designing and preparing his first independent runway show for New York's Fashion Week in Bryant Park and the subsequent selling of his line to stores. The result is an in-depth, painfully raw and humorous exploration of the creative process and the constant conflict of balancing commerce with art, fame with talent, and reality-TV with actual reality.

Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/eleven_minutes/



66th Golden Globe Awards - 2009 Winners

Tue, 13 Jan 2009 22:53:00 +0000

Check out the winners (in red font) and nominees for the just concluded 66th Golden Globe Awards.Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion PictureKate Winslet – The ReaderAmy Adams – DoubtPenélope Cruz – Vicky Cristina BarcelonaViola Davis – DoubtMarisa Tomei – The WrestlerBest Original Song - Motion Picture“The Wrestler” – The Wrestler (Music & Lyrics By: Bruce Springsteen)“Down To Earth” – Wall-E (Music By: Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman)“Gran Torino” – Gran Torino (Music By: Clint Eastwood, Jamie Cullum, Kyle Eastwood and Michael Stevens)“I Thought I Lost You” – Bolt (Music & Lyrics By: Miley Cyrus and Jeffrey Steele)“Once In A Lifetime” – Cadillac Records (Music & Lyrics By: Beyoncé Knowles, Amanda Ghost, Scott McFarmon, Ian Dench, James Dring and Jody Street)Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionTom Wilkinson – John AdamsNeil Patrick Harris – How I Met Your MotherDenis Leary – RecountJeremy Piven – EntourageBlair Underwood – In TreatmentBest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionLaura Dern – RecountEileen Atkins – CranfordMelissa George – In TreatmentRachel Griffiths – Brothers & SistersDianne Wiest – In TreatmentBest Performance by an Actor In A Television Series - DramaGabriel Byrne – In TreatmentMichael C. Hall – DexterJon Hamm – Mad MenHugh Laurie – HouseJonathan Rhys Meyers – The TudorsBest Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - DramaAnna Paquin – True BloodSally Field – Brothers & SistersMariska Hargitay – Law & OrderJanuary Jones – Mad MenKyra Sedgwick – The CloserBest Animated Feature FilmWall-EBoltKung Fu PandaBest Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or ComedySally Hawkins – Happy-Go-LuckyRebecca Hall – Vicky Cristina BarcelonaFrances McDormand – Burn After ReadingMeryl Streep – Mamma Mia!Emma Thompson – Last Chance HarveyBest Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionJohn AdamsA Raisin In The SunBernard And DoriCranfordRecountBest Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion PictureHeath Ledger – The Dark KnightTom Cruise – Tropic ThunderRobert Downey Jr. – Tropic ThunderRalph Fiennes – The DuchessPhilip Seymour Hoffman – DoubtBest Foreign Language FilmWaltz With Bashir (Israel)The Baader Meinhof Complex (Germany)Everlasting Moments (Sweden, Denmark)Gomorrah (Italy)I’ve Loved You So Long (France)Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionLaura Linney – John AdamsJudi Dench – CranfordCatherine Keener – An American CrimeShirley MacLaine – Coco ChanelSusan Sarandon – Bernard And DorisBest Screenplay - Motion PictureSlumdog Millionaire - Simon BeaufoyThe Curious Case Of Benjamin Button - Eric RothDoubt - John Patrick ShanleyFrost/Nixon - Peter MorganThe Reader - David HareBest Performance by an Actor In A Television Series - Musical Or ComedyAlec Baldwin – 30 RockSteve Carell – The OfficeKevin Connolly – EntourageDavid Duchovny – CalifornicationTony Shalhoub – MonkBest Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionPaul Giamatti – John AdamsRalph Fiennes – Bernard And DorisKevin Spacey – RecountKiefer Sutherland – 24Tom Wilkinson – RecountBest Telev[...]