Archive for November, 2008

Four Christmases

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

All Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA | Germany

Runtime: 88 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: His father, her mother, his mother and her father all in one day.

 

Cast: Vince Vaughn … Brad
Reese Witherspoon … Kate
Robert Duvall … Howard
Sissy Spacek … Paula
Jon Voight … Creighton
Jon Favreau … Denver
Mary Steenburgen … Marilyn
Dwight Yoakam … Pastor Phil
Tim McGraw … Dallas
Kristin Chenoweth … Courtney
Katy Mixon … Susan
Colleen Camp … Aunt Donna
Jeanette Miller … Gram-Gram
Jack Donner … Grandpa
Steve Wiebe … Jim

 

Plot: A couple struggles to visit all four of their divorced parents on Christmas Day.

 

Awards: 1 win & 1 nomination

Transporter 3

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

All Genres:
Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller

Release Year: 2008

Country: France | UK

Runtime: 104 min

Languages: English | French | Ukrainian | Russian | Hungarian

Director:

Tagline: This time, the rules are the same. Except one.

 

Cast: Jason Statham … Frank Martin
Natalya Rudakova … Valentina
François Berléand … Inspector Tarconi
Robert Knepper … Johnson
Jeroen Krabbé … Leonid Vasilev
Alex Kobold … Leonid's Aide
David Atrakchi … Malcom Manville
Yann Sundberg … Flag
Eriq Ebouaney … Ice
David Kammenos … Driver Market
Silvio Simac … Mighty Joe
Oscar Relier … Thug / Driver
Timo Dierkes … Otto
Igor Koumpan … Cop Ukraine
Paul Barrett … Captain

 

Plot: Frank Martin puts the driving gloves on to deliver Valentina, the kidnapped daughter of a Ukranian government official, from Marseilles to Odessa on the Black Sea. En route, he has to contend with thugs who want to intercept Valentina’s safe delivery and not let his personal feelings get in the way of his dangerous objective.

 

Awards: 1 nomination

Australia

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

All Genres:
Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War, Western

Release Year: 2008

Country: Australia | USA

Runtime: 165 min

Languages: English | Aboriginal

Director:

Tagline:

 

Writers: Stuart Beattie (screenplay) and Baz Luhrmann (screenplay) …

 

Cast: Shea Adams … Carney Boy #3
Eddie Baroo … Bull
Ray Barrett … Ramsden
Tony Barry … Sergeant Callahan
Jamal Bednarz-Metallah … Mission Boy
Damian Bradford … Constable #1
Bryan Brown … King Carney
Nathin Butler … Carney Boy #1
Tara Carpenter … Essential Services Woman
Rebecca Chatfield … Magarri's Niece
Lillian Crombie … Bandy Legs
Max Cullen … Old Drunk
Essie Davis … Cath Carney
Arthur Dignam … Father Benedict
Michelle Dyzla … Hairdresser

 

Plot: Set in northern Australia before World War II, an English aristocrat who inherits a sprawling ranch reluctantly pacts with a stock-man in order to protect her new property from a takeover plot. As the pair drive 2,000 head of cattle over unforgiving landscape, they experience the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by Japanese forces firsthand.

 

Awards: Nominated for Oscar. Another 7 wins & 19 nominations

Winter in Wartime

Monday, November 17th, 2008

All Genres:
Drama, History, War

Release Year: 2008

Country: Netherlands | Belgium

Runtime: 103 min

Languages: Dutch | English | German

Director: Martin Koolhoven

Tagline: In 1945 Holland, a boy must choose between good and evil.

 

Writers: Martin Koolhoven (screenplay), Paul Jan Nelissen (screenplay)

 

Cast: Martijn Lakemeier … Michiel
Yorick van Wageningen … Oom Ben
Jamie Campbell Bower … Jack
Raymond Thiry … Johan
Melody Klaver … Erica
Anneke Blok … Lia
Mees Peijnenburg … Dirk
Jesse van Driel … Theo
Dan van Husen … Auer
Ad van Kempen … Schafter
Tygo Gernandt … Bertus
Ben Ramakers … Veerman
Tibo Vandenborre … Duitse Soldaat Redding
Jens Roth … Duitse Soldaat 1
Peter Eberst … Duitse Soldaat 2

 

Plot: Near the end of World War II, 14-year-old Michiel becomes involved with the Resistance after coming to the aid of a wounded British soldier. With the conflict coming to an end, Michiel comes of age and learns of the stark difference between adventure fantasy and the ugly realities of war. Written by Pusan International Film Festival   Add Synopsis Plot Keywords: British Soldier  Soldier  Horse  Ice  Small Town   See »

Twilight

Monday, November 17th, 2008

All Genres:
Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA

Runtime: 122 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: When you can live forever what do you live for?

 

Cast: Kristen Stewart … Bella Swan
Robert Pattinson … Edward Cullen
Billy Burke … Charlie Swan
Peter Facinelli … Dr. Carlisle Cullen
Elizabeth Reaser … Esme Cullen
Cam Gigandet … James
Ashley Greene … Alice Cullen
Christian Serratos … Angela
Anna Kendrick … Jessica Stanley
Nikki Reed … Rosalie Hale
Taylor Lautner … Jacob Black
Kellan Lutz … Emmet Cullen
Jackson Rathbone … Jasper Hale
Michael Welch … Mike Newton
Gil Birmingham … Billy Black

 

Plot: A teenage girl risks everything when she falls in love with a vampire.

 

Awards: 19 wins & 8 nominations

Bolt

Monday, November 17th, 2008

All Genres:
Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA

Runtime: 96 min

Languages: English

Director: Byron Howard

Chris Williams

Tagline: A hero is unleashed 2008.

 

Writers: Dan Fogelman (screenplay) & Chris Williams (screenplay) …

 

Cast: John Travolta … Bolt (voice)
Miley Cyrus … Penny (voice)
Susie Essman … Mittens (voice)
Mark Walton … Rhino (voice)
Malcolm McDowell … Dr. Calico (voice)
James Lipton … The Director (voice)
Greg Germann … The Agent (voice)
Diedrich Bader … Veteran Cat (voice)
Nick Swardson … Blake (voice)
J.P. Manoux … Tom (voice)
Dan Fogelman … Billy (voice)
Kari Wahlgren … Mindy (voice)
Chloe Moretz … Young Penny (voice)
Randy Savage … Thug (voice)
Ronn Moss … Dr. Forrester (voice)

 

Plot: The canine star of a fictional sci-fi/action show that believes his powers are real embarks on a cross country trek to save his co-star from a threat he believes is just as real.

 

Awards: Nominated for Oscar. Another 20 nominations

Killshot

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

All Genres:
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA

Runtime: 95 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: Yesterday she was a witness. Today she's a target.

 

Cast: Mickey Rourke … Blackbird
Brandon McGibbon … Blackbird's Kid Brother
Peter Kelly Gaudreault … Blackbird's Brother
Michelle Arvizu … Nurse
Richard Zeppieri … Son-in-Law / Mafia Boss
Alexis Butler … Girl in Hotel Room
Hal Holbrook … Papa
Diane Lane … Carmen
Robert Gow … Prospective Buyer
Catherine Hayos … Prospective Buyer
Thomas Jane … Wayne
Craig Blair … Construction Site Foreman
Joseph Gordon-Levitt … Richie
Lynne Deragon … Mrs. Palino
Rosario Dawson … Donna

 

Plot: Beautiful Carmen Colson and her ironworker husband Wayne are placed in the Federal Witness Protection program after witnessing an “incident”. Thinking they are at last safe, they are targeted by an experienced hit man and a psychopathic young upstart killer. The ensuing struggle will test Carmen to the limit. add synopsis

Nothing Like the Holidays

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

All Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA

Runtime: 98 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline:

 

Cast: Alfred Molina … Edy Rodriguez
Elizabeth Peña … Anna Rodriguez
Freddy Rodríguez … Jesse Rodriguez
Luis Guzmán … Johnny
Jay Hernandez … Ozzy
John Leguizamo … Mauricio Rodriguez
Debra Messing … Sarah Rodriguez
Vanessa Ferlito … Roxanna Rodriguez
Melonie Diaz … Marissa
Alexander Bautista … Hector
Ramses Jimenez … Fernando
Manny Perez … Alexis
Claudia Michelle Wallace … Tina
Cheryl Hamada … Dr. Susan Lee
Manny Sosa … Father Torres

 

Plot: A Puerto Rican family living in the area of Humboldt Park in west Chicago face what may be their last Christmas together.

 

Awards: 5 nominations

Last Chance Harvey

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

All Genres:
Drama, Romance

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA

Runtime: 93 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: It's about first loves, last chances and everything in between.

 

Cast: Dustin Hoffman … Harvey Shine
Emma Thompson … Kate Walker
Eileen Atkins … Maggie Walker
Kathy Baker … Jean
Liane Balaban … Susan
James Brolin … Brian
Richard Schiff … Marvin
Tim Howar … Johnnie
Wendy Mae Brown … Aggie
Bronagh Gallagher … Oonagh
Jeremy Sheffield … Matt
Daniel Lapaine … Scott
Patrick Baladi … Simon
Adam James … Josh Hillman
Michael Landes … Peter Turner

 

Plot: In London for his daughter’s wedding, a rumpled man finds his romantic spirits lifted by a new woman in his life.

 

Awards: Nominated for 2 Golden Globes.

Role Models

Friday, November 7th, 2008

All Genres:
Comedy

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA | Germany

Runtime: 99 min | 101 min (unrated version)

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: Danny and Wheeler were just sentenced to 150 hours mentoring kids. Worst idea ever.

 

Cast: Seann William Scott … Wheeler
Paul Rudd … Danny Donahue
Christopher Mintz-Plasse … Augie Farks
Bobb'e J. Thompson … Ronnie Shields
Elizabeth Banks … Beth
Jane Lynch … Gayle Sweeny
Ken Jeong … King Argotron
Ken Marino … Jim Stansel
Kerri Kenney … Lynette (as Kerri Kenney-Silver)
A.D. Miles … Martin Gary
Joe Lo Truglio … Kuzzik
Matt Walsh … Davith of Glencracken
Nicole Randall Johnson … Karen
Alexandra Stamler … Esplen (as Allie Stamler)
Carly Craig … Connie

 

Plot: Wild behavior forces a pair of energy drink reps to enroll in a Big Brother program.

 

Awards: 3 nominations

Soul Men

Friday, November 7th, 2008

All Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Music

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA

Runtime: 100 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: Out of sync. Never out of style.

 

Cast: Samuel L. Jackson … Louis Hinds
Bernie Mac … Floyd Henderson
Sharon Leal … Cleo
Adam Herschman … Phillip
Sean Hayes … Danny Epstein
Affion Crockett … Lester
Fatso-Fasano … Pay-Pay
Jackie Long … Zig-Zag
Mike Epps … Duane Henderson
John Legend … Marcus Hooks
Isaac Hayes … Himself
Vanessa del Rio … Full-Figured Neighbor
P.J. Byrne … Floyd's Doctor
Ken Davitian … Ardesh Kezian
Jennifer Coolidge … Rosalee

 

Plot: Though it’s been some twenty years since they have spoken with one another, two estranged soul-singing legends agree to participate in a reunion performance at the Apollo Theater to honor their recently deceased band leader. add synopsis

 

Awards: 2 nominations

Transylmania

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

All Genres:
Comedy, Horror

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA

Runtime: 92 min

Languages: English

Director: David Hillenbrand

Scott Hillenbrand

Tagline: Euro-trashed! Euro-smashed! Euro-slashed!

 

Writers: Patrick Casey (writer) Worm Miller (writer)

 

Cast: Oren Skoog … Rusty / Radu
Worm Miller … Brady (as Joshua 'Worm' Miller)
Patrick Casey … Mike
Jennifer Lyons … Lynne
Tony Denman … Newmar
Patrick Cavanaugh … Pete
Paul H. Kim … Wang
David Steinberg … Dean Floca
Natalie Garza … Lia
Nicole Garza … Danni
Musetta Vander … Teodora Van Sloan
James DeBello … Cliff
Irena A. Hoffman … Draguta Floca
Claudiu Trandafir … Van Sloan
Radu Andrei Daniel … Edward Van Sloan

 

Plot: Spoof horror in which a group of college kids do a semester abroad in Romania and realise that if the partying doesn’t kill them, the vampires just might! add synopsis