Archive for June, 2008

Mamma Mia!

Monday, June 30th, 2008

All Genres:
Comedy, Musical, Romance

Release Year: 2008

Country: UK | USA | Germany

Runtime: 108 min

Languages: English | Hungarian

Director:

Tagline: Take a trip down the aisle you'll never forget

 

Writers: Catherine Johnson (screenplay) Catherine Johnson (musical book)

 

Cast: Amanda Seyfried … Sophie
Stellan Skarsgård … Bill
Pierce Brosnan … Sam
Nancy Baldwin … Sam's PA
Colin Firth … Harry
Heather Emmanuel … Harry's Housekeeper
Colin Davis … Harry's Driver
Rachel McDowall … Lisa
Ashley Lilley … Ali
Meryl Streep … Donna Sheridan
Julie Walters … Rosie
Christine Baranski … Tanya
Ricardo Montez … Stannos
Mia Soteriou … Arina
Enzo Squillino Jr. … Gregoris

 

Plot: The story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father told using hit songs by the popular ’70s group ABBA.

 

Awards: Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 9 wins & 13 nominations

Chi bi

Monday, June 30th, 2008

All Genres:
Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War

Release Year: 2008

Country: China

Runtime: Singapore:150 min (PG version) | China:146 min | South Korea:134 min | UK:148 min

Languages: Mandarin

Director:

Tagline: The future will be decided.

 

Writers: John Woo (screenplay) & Khan Chan (screenplay) …

 

Cast: Tony Leung Chiu Wai … Zhou Yu (as Tony Leung)
Takeshi Kaneshiro … Zhuge Liang
Fengyi Zhang … Cao Cao
Chen Chang … Sun Quan
Wei Zhao … Sun Shangxiang
Jun Hu … Zhao Yun
Shido Nakamura … Gan Xing (as Shidou Nakamura)
Chiling Lin … Xiao Qiao (as Chi-Ling Lin)
Yong You … Liu Bei
Yong Hou … Lu Su
Dawei Tong … Sun Shucai
Jia Song … Li Ji
Ba Sen Zha Bu … Guan Yu
Jinsheng Zang … Zhang Fei
Shan Zhang … Huang Gai

 

Plot: The first chapter of a two-part story centered on a battle fought in China’s Three Kingdoms period (220-280 A.D.).

 

Awards: 11 wins & 17 nominations

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

All Genres:
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA | Germany

Runtime: 120 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: Saving the world is a hell of a job

 

Cast: Ron Perlman … Hellboy
Selma Blair … Liz
Doug Jones … Abe Sapien / Chamberlain / Angel of Death
John Alexander … Johann Krauss / Bethmoora Goblin
James Dodd … Johann Krauss
Seth MacFarlane … Johann Krauss (voice)
Luke Goss … Prince Nuada
Anna Walton … Princess Nuala
Jeffrey Tambor … Tom Manning
John Hurt … Professor Broom
Brian Steele … Wink / Cronie / Spice Shop Troll / Cathedral Head / Fragglewump
Andrew Hefler … Agent Flint
Iván Kamarás … Agent Steel
Mike Kelly … Agent Marble
Jeremy Zimmerman … Auctioneer

 

Plot: The mythical world starts a rebellion against humanity in order to rule the Earth, so Hellboy and his team must save the world from the rebellious creatures.

 

Awards: Nominated for Oscar. Another 7 wins & 12 nominations

WALL·E

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

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

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA

Runtime: 98 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: An Adventure Beyond the Ordinar-E

 

Writers: Andrew Stanton (original story) & Pete Docter (original story) …

 

Cast: Ben Burtt … WALL·E / M-O (voice)
Elissa Knight … EVE (voice)
Jeff Garlin … Captain McCrea (voice)
Fred Willard … Shelby Forthright – BnL CEO
MacInTalk … AUTO (voice)
John Ratzenberger … John (voice)
Kathy Najimy … Mary (voice)
Sigourney Weaver … Ship's Computer (voice) rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kim Kopf … Hoverchair Mother (voice)
Sherry Lynn … Additional voices (voice)

 

Plot: In the distant future, a small waste collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.

 

Awards: Won Oscar. Another 44 wins & 40 nominations

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl

Friday, June 20th, 2008

All Genres:
Drama, Family, Mystery

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA | Canada

Runtime: 101 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline:

 

Cast: Abigail Breslin … Margaret Mildred 'Kit' Kittredge
Julia Ormond … Margaret Kittredge
Chris O'Donnell … Jack Kittredge
Jane Krakowski … Miss May Dooley
Wallace Shawn … Mr. Gibson
Max Thieriot … Will Shepherd
Willow Smith … Countee Garby
Glenne Headly … Louise Howard
Zach Mills … Stirling Howard IV
Kenneth Welsh … Uncle Hendrick
Madison Davenport … Ruthie Smithens
Joan Cusack … Miss Lucinda Bond
Dylan Smith … Freidreich (as Dylan Scott Smith)
Stanley Tucci … Jefferson Jasper Berk
Douglas Nyback … William 'Billy' Peabody

 

Plot: Set in Cincinnati at the height of the Great Depression, Kit Kittredge, a resourceful young girl, helps her mother run a boardinghouse after her father loses his job.

 

Awards: 1 win & 3 nominations

The Love Guru

Friday, June 20th, 2008

All Genres:
Comedy, Romance, Sport

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA | UK | Germany

Runtime: 87 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: His Karma is Huge

 

Cast: Mike Myers … Maurice / Guru Pitka / Young Pitka / Teenage Pitka / Himself
Jessica Alba … Jane Bullard
Justin Timberlake … Jacques 'Le Coq' Grande
Romany Malco … Darren Roanoke
Meagan Good … Prudence Roanoke
Ben Kingsley … Guru Tugginmypudha
Verne Troyer … Coach Punch Cherkov
Jessica Simpson … Herself
Kanye West … Himself
Deepak Chopra … Himself
Rob Blake … Himself
Manu Narayan … Rajneesh
John Oliver … Dick Pants
Stephen Colbert … Jay Kell
Jim Gaffigan … Trent Lueders

 

Plot: Pitka an American raised outside of his country by gurus, returns to the States in order to break into the self-help business. His first challenge: To settle the romantic troubles and subsequent professional skid of a star hockey player whose wife left him for a rival athlete.

 

Awards: 3 wins & 7 nominations

Get Smart

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

All Genres:
Action, Adventure, Comedy

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA

Runtime: 110 min

Languages: English | Russian

Director:

Tagline: Saving The World. And Loving It.

 

Cast: Steve Carell … Maxwell Smart / Agent 86
Anne Hathaway … Agent 99
Dwayne Johnson … Agent 23
Alan Arkin … The Chief
Terence Stamp … Siegfried
Terry Crews … Agent 91
David Koechner … Larabee
James Caan … The President
Bill Murray … Agent 13
Patrick Warburton … Hymie
Masi Oka … Bruce
Nate Torrence … Lloyd
Ken Davitian … Shtarker
David S. Lee … Krstic
Dalip Singh … Dalip

 

Plot: Maxwell Smart, Agent 86 for CONTROL, battles the forces of KAOS with the-competent Agent 99 at his side.

 

Awards: 2 wins & 6 nominations

Hancock

Monday, June 16th, 2008

All Genres:
Action, Comedy, Crime, Fantasy

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA

Runtime: 92 min | USA:102 min (unrated version)

Languages: English | Japanese

Director:

Tagline: There are heroes. There are superheroes. And then there's…

 

Cast: Will Smith … John Hancock
Charlize Theron … Mary Embrey
Jason Bateman … Ray Embrey
Jae Head … Aaron Embrey
Eddie Marsan … Kenneth 'Red' Parker Jr.
David Mattey … Man Mountain
Maetrix Fitten … Matrix
Thomas Lennon … Mike
Johnny Galecki … Jeremy
Hayley Marie Norman … Hottie
Dorothy Cecchi … Woman in Dive Bar
Martin Klebba … Convict #12
Akiva Goldsman … Executive #1
Michael Mann … Executive #2
Brad Leland … Executive #3

 

Plot: A hard-living superhero who has fallen out of favor with the public enters into a questionable relationship with the wife of the public relations professional who’s trying to repair his image.

 

Awards: 2 wins & 7 nominations

Wanted

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

All Genres:
Action, Crime, Thriller

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA | Germany

Runtime: 110 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: Choose your destiny.

 

Cast: James McAvoy … Wesley Gibson
Morgan Freeman … Sloan
Angelina Jolie … Fox
Terence Stamp … Pekwarsky
Thomas Kretschmann … Cross
Common … Gunsmith
Kristen Hager … Cathy
Marc Warren … The Repairman
David O'Hara … Mr. X (as David Patrick O'Hara)
Konstantin Khabenskiy … The Exterminator (as Konstantin Khabensky)
Dato Bakhtadze … The Butcher
Chris Pratt … Barry
Lorna Scott … Janice
Sophiya Haque … Puja
Brian Caspe … The Pharmacist

 

Plot: A frustrated office worker learns that he is the son of a professional assassin, and that he shares his father’s superhuman killing abilities.

 

Awards: Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 11 nominations

The Rocker

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

All Genres:
Comedy, Music

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA

Runtime: 102 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: Opportunity rocks

 

Cast: Rainn Wilson … Robert 'Fish' Fishman
Christina Applegate … Kim
Teddy Geiger … Curtis
Josh Gad … Matt Gadman
Emma Stone … Amelia
Jeff Garlin … Stan
Jane Lynch … Lisa
Jason Sudeikis … David Marshall
Will Arnett … Lex
Howard Hesseman … Gator
Fred Armisen … Kerr
Bradley Cooper … Trash
Lonny Ross … Sticks
Jon Glaser … Billy
Jane Krakowski … Carol

 

Plot: The Rocker tells the story of a failed drummer who is given a second chance at fame. Robert “Fish” Fishman…

Enlighten Up!

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

All Genres:
Documentary

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA

Runtime: USA:82 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: A Skeptic's Journey into the World of Yoga

 

Writers: Kate Churchill (writer) Jonathon Hexner (writer)

 

Cast: Norman Allen
Alan Finger
Sharon Gannon
B.K.S. Iyengar
Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
Cyndi Lee
David Life
Dharma Mittra
Dallas Page
Nick Rosen

 

Plot: Filmmaker Kate Churchill is determined to prove that yoga can transform anyone. Nick Rosen is skeptical but agrees to be her guinea pig… add synopsis

The Happening

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

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

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA | India

Runtime: 91 min

Languages: English | French

Director:

Tagline: We've Sensed It. We've Seen The Signs. Now… It's Happening.

 

Cast: Mark Wahlberg … Elliot Moore
Zooey Deschanel … Alma Moore
John Leguizamo … Julian
Ashlyn Sanchez … Jess
Betty Buckley … Mrs. Jones
Spencer Breslin … Josh
Robert Bailey Jr. … Jared
Frank Collison … Nursery Owner
Jeremy Strong … Pvt. Auster – MP
Alan Ruck … Principal
Victoria Clark … Nursery Owner's Wife
M. Night Shyamalan … Joey (voice)
Alison Folland … Claire – Woman Reading on Bench with Hair Pin
Kristen Connolly … Woman Reading on Bench
Cornell Womack … Construction Foreman

 

Plot: A strange, horrible and unprecedented crisis begins in Central Park. A high school science teacher, his wife and a young girl do what they can to survive it.

 

Awards: 1 win & 4 nominations

You Don't Mess with the Zohan

Friday, June 6th, 2008

All Genres:
Action, Comedy, Drama

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA

Runtime: 113 min

Languages: English | Hebrew

Director:

Tagline: Lather. Rinse. Save the world.

 

Cast: Adam Sandler … Zohan Dvir
John Turturro … The Phantom / Fatoush
Emmanuelle Chriqui … Dahlia
Nick Swardson … Michael
Lainie Kazan … Gail
Ido Mosseri … Oori
Rob Schneider … Salim
Dave Matthews … James
Michael Buffer … Walbridge
Charlotte Rae … Mrs. Greenhouse
Keana Texeira … Rock-throwing Girl
Sayed Badreya … Hamdi
Daoud Heidami … Nasi
Kevin Nealon … Kevin
Robert Smigel … Yosi

 

Plot: An Israeli Special Forces Soldier fakes his death so he can re-emerge in New York City as a hair stylist. add synopsis

 

Awards: 1 win & 1 nomination

The Incredible Hulk

Friday, June 6th, 2008

All Genres:
Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA

Runtime: 112 min

Languages: English | Portuguese | Spanish

Director:

Tagline: On June 13, get ready to unleash the beast.

 

Cast: Edward Norton … Bruce Banner
Liv Tyler … Betty Ross
Tim Roth … Emil Blonsky
William Hurt … Gen. 'Thunderbolt' Ross
Tim Blake Nelson … Samuel Sterns
Ty Burrell … Leonard
Christina Cabot … Major Kathleen Sparr
Peter Mensah … General Joe Greller
Lou Ferrigno … The Incredible Hulk / Security Guard (voice)
Paul Soles … Stanley
Débora Nascimento … Martina
Greg Bryk … Commando #1
Chris Owens … Commando #2
Al Vrkljan … Commando #3
Adrian Hein … Commando #4

 

Plot: Dr. Bruce Banner, thanks to a gamma ray experiment gone wrong, transforms into a giant green-skinned hulk whenever his pulse rate gets too high. Meanwhile, a soldier uses the same technology to become an evil version of the original.

 

Awards: 4 nominations