Archive for December, 2007

Ballet Shoes

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

All Genres:
Drama, Family

Release Year: 2007

Country: UK

Runtime: 90 min | UK:180 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: Dreams do come true…

 

Writers: Noel Streatfeild (novel) Heidi Thomas (screenplay)

 

Cast: Emilia Fox … Sylvia Brown
Victoria Wood … Nana
Emma Watson … Pauline Fossil
Yasmin Paige … Petrova Fossil
Lucy Boynton … Posy Fossil
Richard Griffiths … Great Uncle Matthew
Marc Warren … Mr. Simpson
Lucy Cohu … Theo Dane
Gemma Jones … Dr. Jakes
Harriet Walter … Dr. Smith
Eileen Atkins … Madame Fidolia
Heather Nicol … Winifred
Mary Stockley … Miss Jay
Teresa Churcher … Clara
Skye Bennett … Young Sylvia

 

Plot: The story of three orphan girls (Pauline, Petrova, and Posy), adopted by an eccentric explorer, Great Uncle Matthew, and his niece Sylvia, in 1930s London. add synopsis

 

Awards: 2 wins

O' Horten

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

All Genres:
Comedy, Drama

Release Year: 2007

Country: Norway | Germany | France

Runtime: 90 min

Languages: Norwegian

Director:

Tagline:

 

Writers: Bent Hamer (writer) Harold Manning (french adaptation)

 

Cast: Baard Owe … Odd Horten (as Bård Owe)
Espen Skjønberg … Trygve Sissener
Ghita Nørby … Fru Thøgersen
Henny Moan … Svea
Bjørn Floberg … Flo
Kai Remlow … Steiner Sissener (as Kai Remlov)
Per Jansen … Lokfører
Bjarte Hjelmeland … Konduktør rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tone Stern Bergersen … Jente i svømmebasseng
Peter Bredal … Brevmann
Einar Breian … Flyveleder
Dag Brekke … Skliende forretningsmann
Bård Brinchmann … Toller
Andreas Cappelen … Cateringpersonell
Kjell Ove Carlsen … Ground service luggage
Øyvind Dahle … Sivilpoliti
Øyvind Dvergsdal … Lokomotivfører
Gard B. Eidsvold … Stinesen
Nils Gaup … Same
Anton Lohne Hamer … Nordahls storebror
Peder Anders Lohne Hamer … Nordahl
Jørn Hansen … Arrestert kokk
Elin Hamnes Holm … Ground service
Peter Hredal … Man with letter and stamp
Trond Hultgren … Stamgjest på Valkyrien
Lina Jagels … Jente i svømmebasseng
Bjørn Jenseg … Valkyrijen kelner
Kari Loland … Vera Horten
Nils Petter Mørland … Lokomotivfører
Kjell Arvid Odden … Sivilpoliti
Tor Øines … Ground service security
Lars Øyno … Connery
Claus Plapp … Cateringpersonell
Lasse Ramstad … Nordahls far
Morten Rudå … Röhmer
Anette Sagen … Ung Vera Horten
Paal Schøyen … Mann i badstu
Kristine Rui Slettebakken … Nordahls mor
Thorolv Stangnes … Valkyrienpar
Elisabeth Stavenes … Valkyrienpar
Fredrik Steen … Ground service luggage
Ronald Stiansen … Flyveleder
Karl Sundby … Kjell
Trond-Viggo Torgersen … Opsahl
Michael Tung … Engineer
Terje Alsvik Walløe … Man på pissoar
Lena Wermelin … Gate service

 

Plot: A drama focused on a life-changing moment in 67-year-old train engineer Odd Horten’s existence: the evening of his retirement. add synopsis

 

Awards: 3 wins & 7 nominations

AVPR: Aliens vs Predator – Requiem

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007

All Genres:
Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

Release Year: 2007

Country: USA

Runtime: 94 min | USA:102 min (unrated version)

Languages: English

Director: Colin Strause

Greg Strause

Tagline: This Christmas there will be no peace on Earth.

 

Cast: Steven Pasquale … Dallas
Reiko Aylesworth … Kelly
John Ortiz … Morales
Johnny Lewis … Ricky
Ariel Gade … Molly
Kristen Hager … Jesse
Sam Trammell … Tim
Robert Joy … Col. Stevens
David Paetkau … Dale
Tom Woodruff Jr. … Alien
Ian Whyte … Predator
Chelah Horsdal … Darcy
Meshach Peters … Curtis
Matt Ward … Mark
Michal Suchánek … Nick (as Michal Suchanek)

 

Plot: Warring alien and predator races descend on a small town, where unsuspecting residents must band together for any chance of survival.

 

Awards: 3 nominations

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

Friday, December 21st, 2007

All Genres:
Comedy, Music

Release Year: 2007

Country: USA

Runtime: 96 min | 120 min (extended edition)

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: Life made him tough. Love made him strong. Music made him hard.

 

Cast: Nat Faxon … Awards Show Stage Manager
John C. Reilly … Dewey Cox
Tim Meadows … Sam
Conner Rayburn … Dewey – Age 8
Chip Hormess … Nate
Raymond J. Barry … Pa Cox
Terrence Beasor … Country Doctor
Margo Martindale … Ma Cox
Honeyboy Edwards … Old Bluesman (as David Honeyboy Edwards)
Gerry Black … Harmonica Player
Aron Johnson … Teenage Band
Jack Donovan Saperstein … Teenage Band (as Jack Saperstein)
Taylor Hubert … Teenage Band (as Taylor Jamison Hubert)
Christopher Hurt … Teenage Band
Matt Price … MC

 

Plot: Singer Dewey Cox overcomes adversity to become a musical legend. add synopsis

 

Awards: Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 2 nominations

P.S. I Love You

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

All Genres:
Drama, Romance

Release Year: 2007

Country: USA

Runtime: 126 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: Sometimes there's only one thing left to say.

 

Cast: Hilary Swank … Holly
Gerard Butler … Gerry
Lisa Kudrow … Denise
Gina Gershon … Sharon
James Marsters … John
Kathy Bates … Patricia
Harry Connick Jr. … Daniel
Nellie McKay … Ciara
Jeffrey Dean Morgan … William
Christopher Whalen … George
Dean Winters … Tom
Anne Kent … Rose Kennedy
Brian McGrath … Martin Kennedy
Sherie Rene Scott … Barbara
Susan Blackwell … Vicky

 

Plot: A young widow discovers that her late husband has left her 10 messages intended to help ease her pain and start a new life.

 

Awards: 1 win & 3 nominations

The Bucket List

Sunday, December 16th, 2007

All Genres:
Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Release Year: 2007

Country: USA

Runtime: 97 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: When he closed his eyes, his heart was opened

 

Cast: Jack Nicholson … Edward Cole
Morgan Freeman … Carter Chambers
Sean Hayes … Thomas
Beverly Todd … Virginia Chambers
Rob Morrow … Dr. Hollins
Alfonso Freeman … Roger Chambers
Rowena King … Angelica
Annton Berry Jr. … Kai
Verda Bridges … Shandra
Destiny Brownridge … Maya
Brian Copeland … Lee
Ian Anthony Dale … Instructor
Jennifer Defrancisco … Emily (as Jennifer DeFrancisco)
Angela Gardner … Female Administrator
Noel Gugliemi … Mechanic

 

Plot: Two terminally ill men escape from a cancer ward and head off on a road trip with a wish list of to-dos before they die.

 

Awards: 3 nominations

Alvin and the Chipmunks

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

All Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Music

Release Year: 2007

Country: USA

Runtime: 92 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: Here comes trouble.

 

Cast: Jason Lee … Dave
David Cross … Ian
Cameron Richardson … Claire
Jane Lynch … Gail
Justin Long … Alvin (voice)
Matthew Gray Gubler … Simon (voice)
Jesse McCartney … Theodore (voice)
Allison Karman … Female Intern #1
Tiara Parker … Female Intern #2
Kira Verrastro … Female Intern #3
Veronica Alicino … Amy
Beth Riesgraf … Mother in Store
Adriane Lenox … Vet
Don Tiffany … Engineer
Lorne Green … Director

 

Plot: A struggling songwriter named Dave Seville finds success when he comes across a trio of singing chipmunks: mischievous leader Alvin, brainy Simon, and chubby, impressionable Theodore. add synopsis

 

Awards: 2 wins & 1 nomination

The Perfect Holiday

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

All Genres:
Comedy, Family, Romance

Release Year: 2007

Country: USA

Runtime: USA:96 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: This Christmas, the perfect man just happens to be Santa.

 

Cast: Morris Chestnut … Benjamin Armstrong
Gabrielle Union … Nancy
Faizon Love … Jamal
Charles Q. Murphy … J-Jizzy (as Charlie Murphy)
Katt Williams … Delicious
Jill Marie Jones … Robin
Rachel True … Brenda
Malik Hammond … John-John
Khail Bryant … Emily
Pedro Kim … Clerk
David Anzuelo … Maintenance Man
Frank Bonsangue … Police Sergeant
John Bryant … Rottweiler
Paul Woodburn … Driver
Modi … Father in Line

 

Plot: A young girl turns to a department store Santa in the hopes that he will help find a new husband for her divorced mother.

The Great Debaters

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

All Genres:
Biography, Drama

Release Year: 2007

Country: USA

Runtime: 126 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: When the nation was in need, he inspired them to give us hope.

 

Cast: Denzel Washington … Melvin B. Tolson
Nate Parker … Henry Lowe
Jurnee Smollett … Samantha Booke
Denzel Whitaker … James Farmer Jr.
Jermaine Williams … Hamilton Burgess
Forest Whitaker … Dr. James Farmer Sr.
Gina Ravera … Ruth Tolson
John Heard … Sheriff Dozier
Kimberly Elise … Pearl Farmer
Devyn A. Tyler … Helen Farmer (as Devyn Tyler)
Trenton McClain Boyd … Nathaniel Farmer
Ritchie Montgomery … Deputy
Jackson Walker … Pig Owner
Tim Parati … Pig Farmer
Robert X. Golphin … Dunbar Reed

 

Plot: A drama based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College Texas. In 1935, he inspired students to form the school’s first debate team, which went on to challenge Harvard in the national championship. add synopsis

 

Awards: Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 7 wins & 8 nominations

Charlie Wilson's War

Monday, December 10th, 2007

All Genres:
Biography, Drama

Release Year: 2007

Country: USA

Runtime: 102 min

Languages: English | Dari | Arabic | Russian

Director:

Tagline: Based on a true story. You think we could make all this up?

 

Cast: Tom Hanks … Charlie Wilson
Amy Adams … Bonnie Bach
Julia Roberts … Joanne Herring
Philip Seymour Hoffman … Gust Avrakotos
Terry Bozeman … CIA Award Presenter
Brian Markinson … Paul Brown
Jud Tylor … Crystal Lee
Hilary Angelo … Kelly
Cyia Batten … Stacey
Kirby Mitchell … Stoned Guy
Ed Regine … Limo Driver
Daniel Eric Gold … Donnelly
Emily Blunt … Jane Liddle
Peter Gerety … Larry Liddle
Wynn Everett … Receptionist – Charlie's Angels

 

Plot: A drama based on a Texas congressman Charlie Wilson’s covert dealings in Afghanistan, where his efforts to assist rebels in their war with the Soviets have some unforeseen and long-reaching effects.

 

Awards: Nominated for Oscar. Another 3 wins & 10 nominations

St. Trinian's

Monday, December 10th, 2007

All Genres:
Comedy

Release Year: 2007

Country: UK

Runtime: Germany:100 min (European Film Market) | USA:97 min

Languages: English

Director: Oliver Parker

Barnaby Thompson

Tagline: School Can Be A Riot.

 

Writers: Piers Ashworth (screenplay) Jamie Minoprio (additional material)

 

Cast: Talulah Riley … Annabelle Fritton
Rupert Everett … Camilla Fritton / Carnaby Fritton
Jodie Whittaker … Beverly
Gemma Arterton … Kelly
Kathryn Drysdale … Taylor
Juno Temple … Celia
Antonia Bernath … Chloe
Amara Karan … Peaches
Tamsin Egerton … Chelsea
Lily Cole … Polly
Paloma Faith … Andrea
Holly Mackie … Tara
Cloe Mackie … Tania
Esme Thompson … 1st Year Bookie
Bel Parker … Aerial Girl

 

Plot: St Trinian’s, a school for “young ladies” with its anarchic doctrine of free expression, brings together a motley crew of ungovernable girls who, using their wit and ingenuity, save the school from bankruptcy.

 

Awards: 5 nominations

I Am Legend

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

All Genres:
Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Release Year: 2007

Country: USA

Runtime: 101 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: The last man on earth is not alone

 

Cast: Will Smith … Robert Neville
Alice Braga … Anna
Charlie Tahan … Ethan
Salli Richardson-Whitfield … Zoe (as Salli Richardson)
Willow Smith … Marley
Darrell Foster … Mike – Military Escort
April Grace … TV Personality
Dash Mihok … Alpha Male
Joanna Numata … Alpha Female
Abbey … Sam
Kona … Sam
Samuel Glen … Military Driver – Jay
James Michael McCauley … Male Evacuee (as James McCauley)
Marin Ireland … Woman Evacuee
Pedro Mojica … Sergeant

 

Plot: Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City struggles valiantly to find a cure.

 

Awards: 7 wins & 17 nominations

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

All Genres:
Drama, Horror, Musical, Thriller

Release Year: 2007

Country: USA | UK

Runtime: 116 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: Never Forget. Never Forgive.

 

Cast: Johnny Depp … Sweeney Todd
Helena Bonham Carter … Mrs. Lovett
Alan Rickman … Judge Turpin
Timothy Spall … Beadle
Sacha Baron Cohen … Pirelli
Jamie Campbell Bower … Anthony
Laura Michelle Kelly … Beggar Woman
Jayne Wisener … Johanna
Ed Sanders … Toby (as Edward Sanders)
Gracie May … Baby Johanna
Ava May … Baby Johanna
Gabriella Freeman … Baby Johanna
Jody Halse … Policeman
Aron Paramor … Policeman
Lee Whitlock … Policeman

 

Plot: The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, a.k.a Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett. Based on the hit Broadway musical.

 

Awards: Won Oscar. Another 20 wins & 31 nominations