Archive for January, 2009

The Uninvited

Friday, January 30th, 2009

All Genres:
Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Release Year: 2009

Country: USA | Canada | Germany

Runtime: 87 min

Languages: English

Director: Charles Guard

Thomas Guard

Tagline: Fear moves in

 

Cast: Emily Browning … Anna
Arielle Kebbel … Alex
David Strathairn … Steven
Elizabeth Banks … Rachel Summers
Maya Massar … Mom
Kevin McNulty … Sheriff Emery
Jesse Moss … Matthew Hendricks
Dean Paul Gibson … Dr. Silberling
Don S. Davis … Mr. Henson
Lex Burnham … Iris Wright
Matthew Bristol … David Wright
Danny Bristol … Samuel Wright
Heather Doerksen … Mildred Kemp
Alf Humphreys … Priest (as Alfred E. Humphreys)
Ryan Cowie … Orderly #1

 

Plot: Anna Rydell returns home to her sister (and best friend) Alex after a stint in a mental hospital, though her recovery is jeopardized thanks to her cruel stepmother, aloof father, and the presence of a ghost in their home.

 

Awards: 1 nomination

New in Town

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

All Genres:
Comedy, Romance

Release Year: 2009

Country: USA | Canada

Runtime: 97 min

Languages: English | Spanish

Director:

Tagline: She's an executive on the move. But her career is taking her a little farther than she expected.

 

Cast: Renée Zellweger … Lucy Hill
Harry Connick Jr. … Ted Mitchell
Siobhan Fallon … Blanche Gunderson (as Siobhan Fallon Hogan)
J.K. Simmons … Stu Kopenhafer
Mike O'Brien … Lars Ulstead
Frances Conroy … Trudy Van Uuden
Ferron Guerreiro … Bobbie Mitchell
Barbara James Smith … Joan
James Durham … Rob Deitmar
Robert Small … Donald Arling
Wayne Nicklas … Harve Gunderson
Hilary Carroll … Kimberley
Nancy Drake … Flo
Stewart J. Zully … Wallace Miller (as Stewart Zully)
Marilyn Boyle … Winnie

 

Plot: A Miami businesswoman adjusts to her new life in a tiny Minnesota town.

Push

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

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

Release Year: 2009

Country: Canada | UK | USA

Runtime: 111 min

Languages: English | Cantonese

Director:

Tagline: One push can change everything.

 

Cast: Colin Ford … Young Nick
Joel Gretsch … Nick's Father
Djimon Hounsou … Henry Carver
Dakota Fanning … Cassie Holmes
Robert Tsonos … Division Doctor #1
Brandon Rhea … Division Doctor #2
Camilla Belle … Kira Hudson
Neil Jackson … Victor Budarin
Chris Evans … Nick Gant
Kai Cheung Leung … Dice Man
Sun Nan Hung … Dice Man's Heavy
Corey Stoll … Agent Mack
Scott Michael Campbell … Agent Holden
Wai Man Tam … Cook in Fish Market
Hal Yamanouchi … Pop Father (as Haruihko Yamanouchi)

 

Plot: Two young Americans with special abilities must race to find a girl in Hong Kong before a shadowy government organization called Division does.

 

Awards: 1 nomination

Moon

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

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

Release Year: 2009

Country: UK

Runtime: 97 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: The last place you'd ever expect to find yourself

 

Writers: Duncan Jones (original story) Nathan Parker (screenplay)

 

Cast: Sam Rockwell … Sam Bell
Kevin Spacey … GERTY (voice)
Dominique McElligott … Tess Bell
Rosie Shaw … Little Eve
Adrienne Shaw … Nanny
Kaya Scodelario … Eve
Benedict Wong … Thompson
Matt Berry … Overmeyers
Malcolm Stewart … Technician
Robin Chalk … Sam Bell Clone

 

Plot: Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet’s power problems.

 

Awards: Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 14 wins & 9 nominations

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

All Genres:
Action, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Release Year: 2009

Country: USA | New Zealand

Runtime: 92 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline:

 

Cast: Michael Sheen … Lucian
Bill Nighy … Viktor
Rhona Mitra … Sonja
Steven Mackintosh … Tannis
Kevin Grevioux … Raze
David Aston … Coloman
Geraldine Brophy … Nobleman's Wife
Leighton Cardno … Fearful Lycan
Alex Carroll … Young Lucian (as Alexander Carroll)
Elizabeth Hawthorne … Orsova
Jared Turner … Xristo
Jason Hood … Death Dealer
Mark Mitchinson … Nobleman
Tania Nolan … Luka
Craig Parker … Sabas

 

Plot: An origins story centered on the centuries-old feud between the race of aristocratic vampires and their onetime slaves, the Lycans.

In the Loop

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

All Genres:
Comedy

Release Year: 2009

Country: UK

Runtime: 106 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: The fate of the world is on the line.

 

Writers: Harold Manning (French adaptation) and Jesse Armstrong (written by)

 

Cast: Peter Capaldi … Malcolm Tucker
Tom Hollander … Simon Foster
Gina McKee … Judy Molloy
James Gandolfini … Lt. Gen. George Miller
Chris Addison … Toby Wright
Anna Chlumsky … Liza Weld
Enzo Cilenti … Bob Adriano
Paul Higgins … Jamie MacDonald
Mimi Kennedy … Karen Clarke
Alex Macqueen … Sir Jonathan Tutt
Johnny Pemberton … A.J. Brown
Olivia Poulet … Suzy
David Rasche … Linton Barwick
Joanna Scanlan … Roz
James Smith … Michael Rodgers

 

Plot: The US President and UK Prime Minister fancy a war. But not everyone agrees that war is a good thing…

 

Awards: Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 16 nominations

Motherhood

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

All Genres:
Comedy

Release Year: 2009

Country: USA

Runtime: USA:90 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: There are no time-outs in…

 

Cast: Uma Thurman … Eliza Welsh
Anthony Edwards
Minnie Driver … Sheila rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Samantha Bee
Carol Commissiong … Bakery Customer #2
Alice Drummond
Arjun Gupta
Jenny Kirlin … Bakery Clerk
Clea Lewis
Aaron Mathias … Model boyfriend
Javier Picayo … Male College Student
Vincent James Russo … Pedestrain
David Schallipp … Lucas Welsh
Matthew Schallipp … Lucas Welsh
Jake M. Smith … PA
Jackie Stewart … Model
Stephanie Szostak … Sandrine Dumas
Daisy Tahan … Clara

 

Plot: In Manhattan, a mother of two preparing for her daughter’s sixth birthday party has no idea of the challenges she’s about to face in order to pull off the event.

The Girlfriend Experience

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

All Genres:
Drama

Release Year: 2009

Country: USA

Runtime: 77 min

Languages: English | French

Director:

Tagline: See it with someone you ****

 

Cast: Sasha Grey … Chelsea / Christine Brown
Chris Santos … Chris
Philip Eytan … Phillip
T. Colby Trane … Waiter
Peter Zizzo … Zizzo
Ron Stein … Vegas Buddy #1
Marshall Gilman … Vegas Buddy #2
Michael Roberts … Vegas Buddy #3
Vincent Dellacera … Chelsea's Driver
Jim Kempner … Art Gallery Owner
David Levien … David
Mark Jacobson … Interviewer
Alan Milstein … Pete
Sukhdev Singh … Super
Ted Jessup … Chatty 'John'

 

Plot: A drama set in the days leading up to the 2008 Presidential election, and centered on a high-end Manhattan call girl meeting the challenges of her boyfriend, her clients, and her work.

Adam

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

All Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Release Year: 2009

Country: USA

Runtime: 99 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: A story about two strangers. One a little stranger than the other…

 

Cast: Hugh Dancy … Adam Raki
Rose Byrne … Beth Buchwald
Peter Gallagher … Marty Buchwald
Amy Irving … Rebecca Buchwald
Frankie Faison … Harlan
Mark Linn-Baker … Sam Klieber
Haviland Morris … Lyra
Adam LeFevre … Mr. Wardlow
Mike Hodge … Judge
Peter O'Hara … Williams
John Rothman … Beranbaum
Terry Walters … Michael
Susan Porro … Jen
Maddie Corman … Robin
Jeff Hiller … Rom

 

Plot: Adam, a lonely man with Asperger’s Syndrome, develops a relationship with his upstairs neighbor, Beth.

 

Awards: 2 wins & 2 nominations

Did You Hear About the Morgans?

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

All Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Release Year: 2009

Country: USA

Runtime: USA:103 min

Languages: English | Ukrainian

Director:

Tagline: We're not in Manhattan anymore.

 

Cast: Hugh Grant … Paul Morgan
Sarah Jessica Parker … Meryl Morgan
Natalia Klimas … Monique Rabelais
Vincenzo Amato … Girard Rabelais
Jesse Liebman … Adam Feller
Elisabeth Moss … Jackie Drake
Michael Kelly … Vincent
Seth Gilliam … U.S. Marshal Lasky
Sándor Técsy … Anton Forenski (as Sandor Tecsy)
Kevin Brown … U.S. Marshal Henderson
Steven Boyer … U.S. Marshal Ferber
Sharon Wilkins … U.S. Marshal King
Sam Elliott … Clay Wheeler
Mary Steenburgen … Emma Wheeler
Kim Shaw … Nurse Kelly

 

Plot: In New York City, an estranged couple who witness a murder are relocated to small-town Wyoming as part of a witness-protection program. add synopsis

 

Awards: 1 nomination

Adventureland

Monday, January 19th, 2009

All Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Release Year: 2009

Country: USA

Runtime: Argentina:107 min | USA:107 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: It was the worst job they ever imagined… and the best time of their lives.

 

Cast: Jesse Eisenberg … James Brennan
Kelsey Ford … Arlene
Michael Zegen … Eric
Ryan McFarland … Brad
Jack Gilpin … Mr. Brennan
Wendie Malick … Mrs. Brennan
Matt Bush … Tommy Frigo
Todd Cioppa … Velvet Touch Manager
Stephen Mast … Rich
Kristen Wiig … Paulette
Bill Hader … Bobby
Martin Starr … Joel
Adam Kroloff … Adult Contestant
Kristen Stewart … Em Lewin
Kevin Breznahan … Molly Hatchet T-Shirt Guy

 

Plot: A comedy set in the summer of 1987 and centered around a recent college grad (Eisenberg) who takes a nowhere job at his local amusement park, only to find it’s the perfect course to get him prepared for the real world.

 

Awards: 2 nominations

Five Minutes of Heaven

Monday, January 19th, 2009

All Genres:
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Release Year: 2009

Country: UK | Ireland

Runtime: 89 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: To face the future, they must face the past.

 

Cast: Liam Neeson … Alistair Little
James Nesbitt … Joe Griffen
Anamaria Marinca … Vika rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Juliet Crawford … Cathy
Niamh Cusack … Alistair's Mum
Mark David … Young Alistair (as Mark Davison)
Gerry Doherty … Joe's Dad
Richard Dormer … Michael
Paul Garret … Alistair's Dad
Katy Gleadhill … Fiona
Jonathan Harden … David
Pauline Hutton … Sharon
Andrea Irvine … Sarah
Gerard Jordan … Jim
Paul Kennedy … Sound recordist
Conor MacNeill … Dave
Mark Matthews … Martin – Cameraman at Loughfinn Centre
Mathew McElhinney … Stuart
Barry McEvoy … Joe's Chauffeur
Paula McFetridge … Joe's Mum
Diarmuid Noyes … Andy
Richard Orr … Alistair's Chauffeur
Lalor Roddy … LandLord

 

Plot: The story of former UVF member Alistair Little. Twenty-five years after Little killed Joe Griffen’s brother, the media arrange an auspicious meeting between the two. add synopsis

 

Awards: 2 wins & 1 nomination

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

Monday, January 19th, 2009

All Genres:

Release Year: 2009

Country: USA

Runtime: USA:80 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline:

 

Writers: John Krasinski (screenplay) David Foster Wallace (story)

 

Cast: Julianne Nicholson … Sara Quinn
Ben Shenkman … Subject #14
Timothy Hutton … Professor Adams / Subject #30
Michael Cerveris … Subject #15
Corey Stoll … Subject #51
Chris Messina … Subject #19
Max Minghella … Kevin / Subject #28
Lou Taylor Pucci … Evan / Subject #28
Will Arnett … Subject #11
John Krasinski … Ryan / Subject #20
Will Forte … Subject #72
Joey Slotnick … Tad / Subject #59
Dominic Cooper … Daniel / Subject #46
Benjamin Gibbard … Harry / Subject #20
Bobby Cannavale … Subject #40

 

Plot: A graduate student (Nicholson) copes with a recent breakup by conducting interviews with various men.

 

Awards: 1 nomination

Dare

Monday, January 19th, 2009

All Genres:
Drama

Release Year: 2009

Country: USA

Runtime: USA:92 min | Germany:100 min (European Film Market)

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline:

 

Cast: Emmy Rossum … Alexa Walker
Zach Gilford … Johnny Drake
Ashley Springer … Ben Berger
Ana Gasteyer … Ruth Berger
Rooney Mara … Courtney
Sandra Bernhard … Dr. Serena Mohr
Alan Cumming … Grant Matson
Cady Huffman … Dr. Kolton
Brianne Berkson … Gabby
Chris Riggi … Josh
Brea Bee … Mel Drake
Lucy McMichael … Ms. Davis
Suzanne Savoy … Deirdre Walker
Wayne Pyle … Alan Berger
Adam Fleming

 

Plot: A drama centered around three high school seniors – an aspiring actress, her misfit best friend, and a loner – who become engaged in an intimate and complicated relationship. add synopsis

 

Awards: 1 nomination

The Messenger

Monday, January 19th, 2009

All Genres:
Drama, Romance, War

Release Year: 2009

Country: USA

Runtime: Germany:105 min (Berlin International Film Festival) | USA:112 min

Languages: English | Spanish

Director:

Tagline:

 

Cast: Ben Foster … Staff Sergeant Will Montgomery
Jena Malone … Kelly
Eamonn Walker … Colonel Stuart Dorsett
Woody Harrelson … Captain Tony Stone
Yaya DaCosta … Monica Washington
Portia … Mrs. Burrell
Lisa Joyce … Emily
Steve Buscemi … Dale Martin
Peter Francis James … Dr. Grosso
Samantha Morton … Olivia Pitterson
Paul Diomede … Motorcycle Cop
Jahmir Duran-Abreau … Matt Pitterson
Gaius Charles … Recruiter Brown
Brendan Sexton III … Recruiter Olson
Brian Adam DeJesus … Teenager #1 (as Brian DeJesus)

 

Plot: An American soldier struggles with an ethical dilemma when he becomes involved with a widow of a fallen officer. add synopsis

 

Awards: Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 16 nominations

Mammoth

Monday, January 19th, 2009

All Genres:
Drama

Release Year: 2009

Country: Sweden | Denmark | Germany

Runtime: USA:125 min

Languages: English | Tagalog | Thai

Director:

Tagline:

 

Cast: Gael García Bernal … Leo Vidales
Michelle Williams … Ellen Vidales
Marife Necesito … Gloria
Sophie Nyweide … Jackie Vidales
Thomas McCarthy … Bob
Natthamonkarn Srinikornchot … Cookie (as Run Srinikornchot)
Jan David G. Nicdao … Salvador
Martin Delos Santos … Manuel
Maria Esmeralda del Carmen … Grandmother
Perry Dizon … Uncle Fernando rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rudina Hatipi … Linda – Air hostess

 

Plot: While on a trip to Thailand, a successful American businessman tries to radically change his life. Back in New York, his wife and daughter find their relationship with their live-in Filipino maid changing around them. At the same time, in the Philippines, the maid’s family struggles to deal with her absence.

 

Awards: 1 nomination

Sin nombre

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

All Genres:
Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Release Year: 2009

Country: Mexico | USA

Runtime: USA:96 min (Sundance Film Festival)

Languages: Spanish

Director:

Tagline: The greatest sin of all is risking nothing.

 

Cast: Marco Antonio Aguirre … Big Lips
Leonardo Alonso … Policía Judicial
Karla Cecilia Alvarado … Marera
Juan Pablo Arias Barrón … Niño #3
Rosalba Belén Barrón … Niño #2
Felipe Castro … Marero (as Sixto Felipe Castro)
Rosalba Quintana Cruz … Tierra Blanca Mujer
Marcela Feregrino … Kimberly
Kristian Ferrer … El Smiley
Édgar Flores … Willy / El Casper
Giovanni Florido … El Sipe
Paulina Gaitan … Sayra
Ariel Galvan … Migrante #1
Diana Garcia … Martha Marlene
Gabriela Garibaldi … Diana

 

Plot: Honduran teenager Sayra reunites with her father, an opportunity for her to potentially realize her dream of a life in the U.S…

 

Awards: 12 wins & 9 nominations

Arlen Faber

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

All Genres:
Comedy, Romance

Release Year: 2009

Country: USA

Runtime: USA:95 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: He wrote the book on life's big questions. But the truth is he hasn't got a clue.

 

Cast: Jeff Daniels … Arlen Faber
Lauren Graham … Elizabeth
Lou Taylor Pucci … Kris Lucas
Olivia Thirlby … Anne
Kat Dennings … Dahlia
Nora Dunn … Terry Fraser
Tony Hale … Mailman
Annie Corley … Mrs. Gold
Max Antisell … Alex
Thomas Roy … Riley Lucas
Peter Patrikios … Ross
Greg Wood … Businessman #1
Richard G. Lyntton … Journalist
Richard Barlow … Paul
Sally Mercer … Customer

 

Plot: A reclusive author of spiritual books, is pursued for advice by a single mother and a man fresh out of rehab.

 

Awards: 1 nomination

An Education

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

All Genres:
Drama

Release Year: 2009

Country: UK

Runtime: USA:95 min

Languages: English | French

Director:

Tagline:

 

Writers: Lynn Barber (memoir) Nick Hornby (screenplay)

 

Cast: Carey Mulligan … Jenny
Olivia Williams … Miss Stubbs
Alfred Molina … Jack
Cara Seymour … Marjorie
William Melling … Small Boy #1
Connor Catchpole … Small Boy #2
Matthew Beard … Graham
Peter Sarsgaard … David
Amanda Fairbank-Hynes … Hattie
Ellie Kendrick … Tina
Dominic Cooper … Danny
Rosamund Pike … Helen
Nick Sampson … Auctioneer
Kate Duchêne … Latin Teacher (as Kate Duchene)
Bel Parker … Small Girl

 

Plot: A coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London, and how her life changes with the arrival of a playboy nearly twice her age.

 

Awards: Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 12 wins & 41 nominations

Good Hair

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

All Genres:
Documentary, Comedy

Release Year: 2009

Country: USA

Runtime: 96 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: Sit back and relax.

 

Writers: Lance Crouther (written by) Paul Marchand (ghostwriter)

 

Cast: Maya Angelou … Herself
Vanessa Bell Calloway … Herself
Sandra 'Pepa' Denton … Herself (as Salt-N-Pepa)
Eve … Herself
Melyssa Ford … Herself
Meagan Good … Herself
Andre Harrell … Himself
Ice-T … Himself
Cheryl 'Salt' James … Herself (as Salt-N-Pepa)
Sarah Jones … Herself
KRS-One … Himself
Nia Long … Herself
Paul Mooney … Himself
Faheem Najm … Himself (as T-Pain)
Raven-Symoné … Herself
Salli Richardson-Whitfield … Herself
Chris Rock … Himself
Al Sharpton … Himself
Tracie Thoms … Herself
Kerry Washington … Herself

 

Plot: Chris Rock explores the wonders of African-American hairstyles. add synopsis

 

Awards: 1 win & 5 nominations