Archive for February, 2008

Meet Dave

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

All Genres:
Adventure, Comedy, Family, Romance, Sci-Fi

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA

Runtime: 90 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: Eddie Murphy in Eddie Murphy in Meet Dave

 

Cast: Eddie Murphy … Dave Ming Cheng / The Captain
Elizabeth Banks … Gina Morrison
Gabrielle Union … No. 3 – Cultural Officer
Scott Caan … Officer Dooley
Ed Helms … No. 2 – 2nd In Command
Kevin Hart … No. 17
Mike O'Malley … Officer Knox
Pat Kilbane … No. 4 – Security Officer
Judah Friedlander … Engineer
Marc Blucas … Mark Rhodes
Jim Turner … Doctor
Austyn Myers … Josh Morrison (as Austyn Lynd Myers)
Adam Tomei … No. 35
Brian Huskey … Lieutenant Right Arm
Shawn Christian … Lieutenant Left Arm

 

Plot: A crew of miniature aliens operate a spaceship that has a human form. While trying to save their planet, the aliens encounter a new problem, as their ship becomes smitten with an Earth woman.

 

Awards: 4 nominations

Taken

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

All Genres:
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Release Year: 2008

Country: France

Runtime: 93 min

Languages: English | French | Albanian | Arabic

Director:

Tagline: They took his daughter. He'll take their lives.

 

Cast: Liam Neeson … Bryan Mills
Maggie Grace … Kim
Leland Orser … Sam
Jon Gries … Casey
David Warshofsky … Bernie
Holly Valance … Sheerah
Katie Cassidy … Amanda
Xander Berkeley … Stuart
Olivier Rabourdin … Jean-Claude
Gérard Watkins … St-Clair
Famke Janssen … Lenore
Marc Amyot … Pharmacist
Arben Bajraktaraj … Marko
Radivoje Bukvic … Anton (as Rasha Bukvic)
Mathieu Busson … Undercover agent

 

Plot: A former spy relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who has been forced into the slave trade.

 

Awards: 1 win & 1 nomination

10,000 BC

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

All Genres:
Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA

Runtime: 109 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: It takes a hero to change the world.

 

Cast: Steven Strait … D'Leh
Camilla Belle … Evolet
Cliff Curtis … Tic'Tic
Joel Virgel … Nakudu
Affif Ben Badra … Warlord (as Ben Badra)
Mo Zinal … Ka'Ren (as Mo Zainal)
Nathanael Baring … Baku
Mona Hammond … Old Mother
Marco Khan … One-Eye
Reece Ritchie … Moha
Joel Fry … Lu'kibu
Omar Sharif … Narrator
Kristian Beazley … D'Leh's Father
Junior Oliphant … Tudu
Louise Tu'u … Baku's Mother

 

Plot: A prehistoric epic that follows a young mammoth hunter’s journey through uncharted territory to secure the future of his tribe. add synopsis

Semi-Pro

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

All Genres:
Comedy, Sport

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA

Runtime: 91 min | 98 min (unrated DVD version) | 99 min (unrated version)

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: The Greatest Fro on Earth

 

Cast: Will Ferrell … Jackie Moon
Woody Harrelson … Monix
André Benjamin … Clarence
Maura Tierney … Lynn
Andrew Daly … Dick Pepperfield
Will Arnett … Lou Redwood
Andy Richter … Bobby Dee
David Koechner … Commissioner
Rob Corddry … Kyle
Matt Walsh … Father Pat the Ref
Jackie Earle Haley … Dukes
DeRay Davis … Bee Bee Ellis
Josh Braaten … Twiggy Munson
Jay Phillips … Scootsie Double Day
Peter Cornell … Vakidis

 

Plot: Jackie Moon, the owner-coach-player of the American Basketball Association’s Flint Michigan Tropics, rallies his teammates to make their NBA dreams come true

 

Awards: 1 win & 4 nominations

The Bank Job

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

All Genres:
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Release Year: 2008

Country: UK

Runtime: 111 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: The true story of a heist gone wrong… in all the right ways.

 

Cast: Jason Statham … Terry Leather
Saffron Burrows … Martine Love
Stephen Campbell Moore … Kevin Swain
Daniel Mays … Dave Shilling
James Faulkner … Guy Singer
Alki David … Bambas
Michael Jibson … Eddie Burton
Georgia Taylor … Ingrid Burton
Richard Lintern … Tim Everett
Peter Bowles … Miles Urquart
Alistair Petrie … Philip Lisle
Hattie Morahan … Gale Benson
Julian Lewis Jones … Snow
Andrew Brooke … Quinn
Rupert Frazer … Lord Drysdale

 

Plot: Martine offers Terry a lead on a foolproof bank hit on London’s Baker Street. She targets a roomful of safe deposit boxes worth millions in cash and jewelry. But Terry and his crew don’t realize the boxes also contain a treasure trove of dirty secrets – secrets that will thrust them into a deadly web of corruption and illicit scandal. add synopsis

 

Awards: 1 nomination

The Other Boleyn Girl

Friday, February 15th, 2008

All Genres:
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Release Year: 2008

Country: UK | USA

Runtime: 115 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: The only thing that could come between these sisters… is a kingdom.

 

Writers: Peter Morgan (screenplay) Philippa Gregory (novel)

 

Cast: Natalie Portman … Anne Boleyn
Scarlett Johansson … Mary Boleyn
Eric Bana … Henry Tudor
Jim Sturgess … George Boleyn
Mark Rylance … Sir Thomas Boleyn
Kristin Scott Thomas … Lady Elizabeth Boleyn
David Morrissey … The Duke of Norfolk
Benedict Cumberbatch … William Carey
Oliver Coleman … Henry Percy
Ana Torrent … Katherine of Aragon
Eddie Redmayne … William Stafford
Tom Cox … Rider
Michael Smiley … Physician
Montserrat Roig de Puig … Lady in Waiting
Juno Temple … Jane Parker

 

Plot: Two sisters contend for the affection of King Henry VIII.

 

Awards: 3 nominations

Step Up 2: The Streets

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

All Genres:
Drama, Music, Romance

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA

Runtime: 98 min

Languages: English | Russian

Director:

Tagline: It's not where you're from. It's where you're at.

 

Cast: Briana Evigan … Andie
Robert Hoffman … Chase Collins
Adam G. Sevani … Moose
Cassie Ventura … Sophie
Danielle Polanco … Missy
Christopher Scott … Hair
Mari Koda … Jenny Kido
Janelle Cambridge … Fly
Luis Rosado … Monster
Harry Shum Jr. … Cable
LaJon Dantzler … Smiles
Telisha Shaw … Felicia
Black Thomas … Tuck
Kmel Howell … K-Mel (as Kejamel 'K-Mel' Howell)
Jeff 'Rapid' Ogle … Rapid

 

Plot: Romantic sparks occur between two dance students from different backgrounds at the Maryland School of the Arts.

 

Awards: 2 wins & 2 nominations

Il y a longtemps que je t'aime

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

All Genres:
Drama, Mystery

Release Year: 2008

Country: France | Germany

Runtime: 117 min

Languages: French

Director:

Tagline:

 

Cast: Kristin Scott Thomas … Juliette Fontaine
Elsa Zylberstein … Léa
Serge Hazanavicius … Luc
Laurent Grévill … Michel (as Lauren Grevill)
Frédéric Pierrot … Capitaine Fauré
Claire Johnston … La mère de Juliette et Léa
Catherine Hosmalin … La conseillère d'insertion
Jean-Claude Arnaud … Papy Paul
Olivier Cruveiller … Gérard
Lise Ségur … P'tit Lys (as Lise Segur)
Mouss … Samir (as Mouss Zouheyri)
Souad Mouchrik … Kaisha
Nicole Dubois … La DRH hôpital
Laurent Claret … Directeur hôpital
Marcel Ouendeno … Bamakalé

 

Plot: A woman struggles to interact with her family and find her place in society after spending fifteen years in prison.

 

Awards: Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 10 wins & 14 nominations

Vantage Point

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

All Genres:
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA

Runtime: 90 min

Languages: English | Spanish

Director:

Tagline: 8 Strangers. 8 Points of View. 1 Truth.

 

Cast: Dennis Quaid … Thomas Barnes
Matthew Fox … Kent Taylor
Forest Whitaker … Howard Lewis
Bruce McGill … Phil McCullough
Édgar Ramírez … Javier (as Edgar Ramirez)
Saïd Taghmaoui … Suarez
Ayelet Zurer … Veronica
Zoe Saldana … Angie Jones (as Zoë Saldana)
Sigourney Weaver … Rex Brooks
William Hurt … President Ashton
James LeGros … Ted Heinkin (as James Le Gros)
Eduardo Noriega … Enrique
Richard T. Jones … Holden
Holt McCallany … Ron Matthews
Leonardo Nam … Kevin Cross

 

Plot: The attempted assassination of the American President is told and re-told from several different perspectives.

 

Awards: 1 win & 1 nomination

Standard Operating Procedure

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

All Genres:
Documentary, Crime, War

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA

Runtime: 116 min | Germany:118 min (Berlin International Film Festival)

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: I wouldn't recommend a vacation to Iraq anytime soon

 

Cast: Christopher Bradley … Military Police (as Chris Bradley)
Sarah Denning … Military Police
Robin Dill … OGA
Joshua Feinman … Military Police (as Josh Feinman)
Jeff L. Green … Military Police (as Jeff Green)
Roy Halo … Detainee
Cyrus King … Military Intelligence
Alim Kouliev … OGA / Interrogator
Daniel Novy … Military Police
Zhubin Rahbar … Detainee
Shaun Russell … Military Police
Kami Shahab … Detainee
Charity Sills … Military Intelligence

 

Plot: Errol Morris examines the incidents of abuse and torture of suspected terrorists at the hands of U.S. forces at the Abu Ghraib prison.

 

Awards: 1 win & 5 nominations

Happy-Go-Lucky

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

All Genres:
Comedy, Drama

Release Year: 2008

Country: UK

Runtime: 118 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: The one movie this fall that will put a smile on your face.

 

Cast: Sally Hawkins … Poppy
Elliot Cowan … Bookshop Assistant
Alexis Zegerman … Zoe
Andrea Riseborough … Dawn
Sinead Matthews … Alice (as Sinéad Matthews)
Kate O'Flynn … Suzy
Sarah Niles … Tash
Eddie Marsan … Scott
Joseph Kloska … Suzy's Boyfriend
Sylvestra Le Touzel … Heather
Anna Reynolds … Receptionist
Nonso Anozie … Ezra
Trevor Cooper … Patient
Karina Fernandez … Flamenco Teacher
Philip Arditti … Flamenco Student

 

Plot: A look at a few chapters in the life of Poppy, a cheery, colorful, North London schoolteacher whose optimism tends to exasperate those around her.

 

Awards: Nominated for Oscar. Another 21 wins & 15 nominations

Fireflies in the Garden

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

All Genres:
Drama

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA

Runtime: 99 min

Languages: English

Director: Dennis Lee

Tagline: For one family, a chance to start again…

 

Writers: Robert Frost (poem), Dennis Lee

 

Cast: Ryan Reynolds … Michael Taylor
Willem Dafoe … Charles Taylor
Emily Watson … Jane Lawrence
Carrie-Anne Moss … Kelly Hanson (as Carrie Anne Moss)
Julia Roberts … Lisa Taylor
Ioan Gruffudd … Addison Wesley
Hayden Panettiere … Young Jane Lawrence
Shannon Lucio … Ryne Taylor
Cayden Boyd … Young Michael Taylor
George Newbern … Jimmy Lawrence (as George Newburn)
Chase Ellison … Christopher Lawrence
Brooklynn Proulx … Leslie Lawrence
Diane Perella … Flight Attendant
Natalie Karp … Social Worker
John C. Stennfeld … Reverend Byers (as Reverend John Stennfeld)

 

Plot: A family with an abusive father, a sensitive son, and a mother out of her depth: we see them when Michael is about 12 and when he's in his 30's, a writer of romance novels, going home for his mother and sister's college graduations. We go back and forth between the two periods: when Michael is a boy, the pressure builds until a break is threatened and there's a fight; during his trip home, there's an unexpected death, and renewed relationships between father and son, Michael and his aunt, and Michael and his aunt's young children. Michael's estranged wife joins them for the funeral. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>   Plot Keywords: Unpaid Bill  Cheese  Windshield  Abusive Father  Rap Music   See »

Elegy

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

All Genres:
Drama, Romance

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA

Runtime: 112 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline:

 

Cast: Penélope Cruz … Consuela Castillo
Ben Kingsley … David Kepesh
Dennis Hopper … George O'Hearn
Patricia Clarkson … Carolyn
Peter Sarsgaard … Kenny Kepesh
Deborah Harry … Amy O'Hearn
Charlie Rose … Charlie Rose
Antonio Cupo … Younger Man
Michelle Harrison … 2nd Student
Sonja Bennett … Beth
Emily Holmes … 1st Student
Chelah Horsdal … Susan Reese
Marci T. House … Administration Nurse
Alessandro Juliani … Actor #3 in Play
Tiffany Lyndall-Knight … Actor #2 in Play

 

Plot: Cultural critic David Kepesh finds his life — which he indicates is a state of “emancipated manhood” — thrown into tragic disarray by Consuela Castillo, a well-mannered student who awakens a sense of sexual possessiveness in her teacher.

 

Awards: 2 wins & 4 nominations

The Hottie & the Nottie

Friday, February 8th, 2008

All Genres:
Comedy, Romance

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA

Runtime: 91 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: That's hot. That's not.

 

Cast: Paris Hilton … Cristabel Abbott
Joel Moore … Nate Cooper (as Joel David Moore)
Christine Lakin … June Phigg
Johann Urb … Johann Wulrich
Adam Kulbersh … Cole Slawsen
The Greg Wilson … Arno Blount
Marianne Muellerleile … Mrs. Blount
Kathryn Fiore … Jane
Scott Prendergast … Randy – Creepy Albino Guy
Morgan Rusler … Stan – 'Marry Me' Guy
Ryan Alvarez … Extremely Unattractive Guy
Erin Cardillo … Yoga Teacher
Samantha Bailey … Little Girl
Jeremy Scott Johnson … Little Girl's Dad
Gino Anthony Pesi … Cheesy Guy

 

Plot: Nate moves to L.A. to track down Cristabel, the woman he’s been in love with since childhood, only to discover that his plan to woo her only has one hurdle to overcome: what to do with June, Cristabel’s ever-present, not-so-hot best friend? What’s even complicating is Nate’s growing feelings for June, whose true beauty starts to emerge. add synopsis

 

Awards: 2 wins & 5 nominations

Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins

Friday, February 8th, 2008

All Genres:
Comedy, Romance

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA

Runtime: USA:114 min | Argentina:114 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: Going home is no vacation.

 

Cast: Martin Lawrence … R.J.
James Earl Jones … Papa Jenkins
Margaret Avery … Mama Jenkins
Joy Bryant … Bianca Kittles
Cedric the Entertainer … Clyde (as Cedric 'The Entertainer')
Nicole Ari Parker … Lucinda
Michael Clarke Duncan … Otis
Mike Epps … Reggie
Mo'Nique … Betty
Damani Roberts … Jamaal
Brooke Lyons … Amy
Liz Mikel … Ruthie
Carol Sutton … Ms. Pearl
Deetta West … Ms. Addy
Louis C.K. … Marty

 

Plot: A successful talk show host leaves Los Angeles to reunite with his family in the Deep South. add synopsis

The Children of Huang Shi

Friday, February 8th, 2008

All Genres:
Drama, War

Release Year: 2008

Country: Australia | China | Germany

Runtime: 125 min

Languages: English | Japanese | Mandarin

Director:

Tagline: War made them orphans, one man made them legends

 

Writers: Jane Hawksley (writer) James MacManus (writer)

 

Cast: Jonathan Rhys Meyers … George Hogg
Radha Mitchell … Lee Pearson
Yun-Fat Chow … Chen Hansheng
Michelle Yeoh … Mrs. Wang
Guang Li … Shi-Kai
Lin Ji … Horse Rider
Matt Walker … Andy Fisher
Anastasia Kolpakova … Duschka
Ping Su … Eddie Wei
Imai Hideaki … Japanese Officer
Sciichiro Hashimoto … Urbane Japanese Officer
Shinichi Takashima … Hostile Kempetai Officer
Xing Mang … Young Communist
Ruixiang Zhu … Japanese Officer II
Yuelong Fang … Rou Ding

 

Plot: About young British journalist, George Hogg, who with the assistance of a courageous Australian nurse, saves a group of orphaned children during the Japanese occupation of China in 1937. add synopsis

 

Awards: 3 nominations

Miss Conception

Friday, February 8th, 2008

All Genres:
Comedy, Romance

Release Year: 2008

Country: UK | USA | Germany

Runtime: 104 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline:

 

Writers: Camilla Leslie (written by) and Katherine Chandler (additional dialogue)

 

Cast: Heather Graham … Georgina Salt
Mia Kirshner … Clem
Tom Ellis … Zak
Will Mellor … Brian
Orlando Seale … Justin
Ruta Gedmintas … Alexandra
Nicholas Le Prevost … Dr. Dupompe
Jeremy Sheffield … James
Cathal Sheahan … Malcolm
Vivienne Moore … Mrs. Salt
Jo Donnelly … Sales Assistant
Maria Watton-Graham … Rebecca
Debbie Javor … Dalia
Mark Mulholland … Fisherman
Charlie Kranz … Bob Tushy

 

Plot: Georgina is an ambitious young London professional who learns she has only one month left in which to conceive a child…

Surveillance

Friday, February 8th, 2008

All Genres:
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA | Germany

Runtime: 97 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline:

 

Writers: Kent Harper (writer) Jennifer Chambers Lynch (writer)

 

Cast: Caroline Aaron … Janet
Hugh Dillon … Dad
David Gane … Grocery Man
Gill Gayle … Officer Degrasso
Kent Harper … Officer Jack Bennett
Michael Ironside … Captain Billings
Pell James … Bobbi Prescott
Daryl Haney … Drug Dealer (as D.R. Haney)
Shannon Jardine … Elaine Meyer
Angela Lamarsh … Maid
Gerald Lenton-Young … Coroner
Jennifer Miles … TV Reporter
Mac Miller … Johnny
Charlie Newmark … Officer Wright
Julia Ormond … Elizabeth Anderson

 

Plot: Two FBI agents attempt to clarify the murders occurring in a desolate region. They approach the witnesses of the latest incident with the help of the local police. All of them hide something and all have wildly different stories to tell.

 

Awards: 3 wins

Fool's Gold

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

All Genres:
Adventure, Comedy, Romance, Thriller

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA

Runtime: 113 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: This February True Love Takes a Dive.

 

Cast: Matthew McConaughey … Benjamin Finnegan
Kate Hudson … Tess Finnegan
Donald Sutherland … Nigel Honeycutt
Alexis Dziena … Gemma Honeycutt
Ewen Bremner … Alfonz
Ray Winstone … Moe Fitch
Kevin Hart … Bigg Bunny
Malcolm-Jamal Warner … Cordell
Brian Hooks … Curtis
David Roberts … Cyrus
Michael Mulheren … Eddie
Adam LeFevre … Gary
Rohan Nichol … Stefan
Roger Sciberras … Andras
Elizabeth Connolly … Precious Gem Crew Nurse

 

Plot: A new clue to the whereabouts of a lost treasure rekindles a married couple’s sense of adventure — and their estranged romance.

 

Awards: 4 nominations

Shine a Light

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

All Genres:
Documentary, Music

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA | UK

Runtime: USA:122 min | Argentina:122 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline:

 

Cast: Mick Jagger … Himself – The Rolling Stones: vocals / guitar / harmonica (also archive footage)
Keith Richards … Himself – The Rolling Stones: guitar / vocals (also archive footage)
Charlie Watts … Himself – The Rolling Stones: drums (also archive footage)
Ron Wood … Himself – The Rolling Stones: guitar (as Ronnie Wood)
Christina Aguilera … Herself
Buddy Guy … Himself
Jack White … Himself (as Jack White III)
Darryl Jones … Himself – The Rolling Stones: bass guitar
Chuck Leavell … Himself – The Rolling Stones: keyboards
Bobby Keys … Himself – The Rolling Stones: saxophone
Bernard Fowler … Himself – The Rolling Stones: vocals
Lisa Fischer … Herself – The Rolling Stones: vocals
Blondie Chaplin … Himself – The Rolling Stones: vocals
Tim Ries … Himself – The Rolling Stones: saxophone / keyboards
Kent Smith … Himself – The Rolling Stones: trumpet

 

Plot: A career-spanning documentary on the Rolling Stones, with concert footage from their “A Bigger Bang” tour. add synopsis

 

Awards: 1 nomination