Archive for May, 2009

The Hangover

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

All Genres:
Adventure, Comedy, Crime

Release Year: 2009

Country: USA | Germany

Runtime: 100 min | 108 min (unrated version)

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: Feel it June 5

 

Cast: Bradley Cooper … Phil Wenneck
Ed Helms … Stu Price
Zach Galifianakis … Alan Garner
Justin Bartha … Doug Billings
Heather Graham … Jade
Sasha Barrese … Tracy Garner
Jeffrey Tambor … Sid Garner
Ken Jeong … Mr. Chow
Rachael Harris … Melissa
Mike Tyson … Himself
Mike Epps … Black Doug
Jernard Burks … Leonard
Rob Riggle … Officer Franklin
Cleo King … Officer Garden
Bryan Callen … Eddie Palermo

 

Plot: A Las Vegas-set comedy centered around three groomsmen who lose their about-to-be-wed buddy during their drunken misadventures, then must retrace their steps in order to find him.

 

Awards: Won Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 12 nominations

Dance Flick

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

All Genres:
Action, Comedy, Music

Release Year: 2009

Country: USA

Runtime: USA:83 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline:

 

Cast: Shoshana Bush … Megan
Damon Wayans Jr. … Thomas
Essence Atkins … Charity
Affion Crockett … A-Con
Luis Dalmasy Jr. … Dancer #9 (as Luis Dalmasy)
Chris Elliott … Ron
Christina Murphy … Nora
David Alan Grier … Sugar Bear
Amy Sedaris … Ms. Cameltoe
Kim Wayans … Ms. Dontwannabebothered
Lauren Bowles … Glynn
Brennan Hillard … Jack
George Gore II … Ray
Chelsea Makela … Tracy Transfat
Ross Thomas … Tyler

 

Plot: Street dancer Thomas Uncles is from the wrong side of the tracks, but his bond with the beautiful Megan White might help the duo realize their dreams as the enter in the mother of all dance battles.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

All Genres:
Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery

Release Year: 2009

Country: UK | Canada | France

Runtime: 123 min

Languages: English | Russian

Director:

Tagline:

 

Writers: Terry Gilliam (written by) Charles McKeown (written by)

 

Cast: Johnny Depp … Imaginarium Tony #1
Heath Ledger … Tony
Jude Law … Imaginarium Tony #2
Lily Cole … Valentina
Colin Farrell … Imaginarium Tony #3
Christopher Plummer … Doctor Parnassus
Tom Waits … Mr. Nick
Andrew Garfield … Anton
Peter Stormare … The President
Verne Troyer … Percy
Paloma Faith … Sally
Daniel Newman … Gavin
Quinn Lord … Young Boy
Carrie Genzel … Female Journalist
Cassandra Sawtell … Olga
Michael Eklund … Tony's Assistant
Charles McKeown … Fairground Inspector
Lucy Russell … Classy Shopper #3
Emil Hostina … Serge
Johnny Harris … Policeman
Ryan Grantham … Little Anton
Montserrat Lombard … Sally's Friend
Carolyn Pickles … Shopper
Katie Lyons … Martin's Girlfriend
Richard Riddell … Martin
Amanda Walker … Shopper
Maggie Steed … LV Woman
Mark Benton … Dad
Simon Day … Uncle Bob (as Simon Daye)
Michael Bean … Dancing Policeman
Vitaly Kravchenko … Piotr
Sian Scott … Linda
Fraser Aitcheson … Dancing Policeman
Scott A. McGillivray … Dancing Policeman (as Scott McGillivray)
Ian A. Wallace … Third Monk (as Ian Wallace)
Mark Oliver … Male Journalist
Bobby Bysouth … LV Woman's Reflection
Peter New … Paramedic #1
Emma Karwandy … Valentina's Daughter
Michael Jonsson … Paramedic #2
John Stewart … Dancing Policeman
Jason Griffith … Dancing Policeman (as Jase-Anthony Griffith)
Ray Cooper … Vladimir
Amy Marston … Classy Shopper #1
Moya Brady … Aunty Flo
Raahul Singh … Security Guard
Ben Cartwright … Policeman #1
Bart Anderson … Young Boy's Father
Georgina Hegedos … Baboushka
Sarah Groundwater … Sales Girl
Lorraine Cheshire … Mum
Erika Conway … Young Boy's Mother
Gwendoline Christie … Classy Shopper #2
Joann Condon … Shopper
Bruce Crawford … Face Changed Martin
Craig Fraser … Debonaire Gent
Kis Yurij … Second Monk
Lisa Bunting … Charity Guest #3
D. Harlan Cutshall … Charity Guest #1
Deni DeLory … Charity Guest #2
Igor Ingelsman … Gregor
Wendy Carson … Nun #1
Lewis Gott … Diego
Chris Cochrane … Dancing Policeman
Pearce Visser … Dancing Policeman
Donna Lysell … President's Wife
Richard Shanks … Friend of Martin
Patrick Bahrich … Dancing Policeman
Christine McMahon … Nun #2
Dean Moen … Smiling Policeman
Gavin Rolph … Policeman #2

 

Plot: A traveling theater company gives its audience much than they were expecting.

 

Awards: Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 7 nominations

Das weisse Band – Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

All Genres:
Crime, Drama, Mystery

Release Year: 2009

Country: Austria | Germany | France | Italy

Runtime: 144 min

Languages: German | Italian | Polish | Latin

Director:

Tagline:

 

Cast: Christian Friedel … The School Teacher
Ernst Jacobi … The School Teacher (voice)
Leonie Benesch … Eva
Ulrich Tukur … The Baron
Ursina Lardi … The Baronin
Fion Mutert … Sigi
Michael Kranz … The Home Teacher
Burghart Klaußner … The Pastor
Steffi Kühnert … The Pastor's Wife
Maria-Victoria Dragus … Klara
Leonard Proxauf … Martin
Levin Henning … Adolf
Johanna Busse … Margarete
Thibault Sérié … Gustav
Josef Bierbichler … The Steward

 

Plot: Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years just before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. The abused and suppressed children of the villagers seem to be at the heart of this mystery.

 

Awards: Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 11 nominations

Inglourious Basterds

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

All Genres:
Drama, Thriller, War

Release Year: 2009

Country: USA | Germany

Runtime: 153 min

Languages: English | German | French | Italian

Director:

Tagline: Once upon a time in Nazi occupied France…

 

Cast: Brad Pitt … LT. Aldo Raine
Mélanie Laurent … Shosanna
Christoph Waltz … COL. Hans Landa
Eli Roth … SGT. Donny Donowitz
Michael Fassbender … LT. Archie Hicox
Diane Kruger … Bridget von Hammersmark
Daniel Brühl … Fredrick Zoller
Til Schweiger … SGT. Hugo Stiglitz
Gedeon Burkhard … CPL. Wilhelm Wicki
Jacky Ido … Marcel
B.J. Novak … PFC. Smithson Utivich
Omar Doom … PFC. Omar Ulmer
August Diehl … Major Hellstrom
Denis Menochet … Perrier LaPadite
Sylvester Groth … Joseph Goebbels

 

Plot: In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as “The Basterds” are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis.

 

Awards: Nominated for 8 Oscars. Another 41 wins & 41 nominations

Antichrist

Monday, May 18th, 2009

All Genres:
Drama, Horror

Release Year: 2009

Country: Denmark | Germany | France | Sweden | Italy | Poland

Runtime: 108 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: When nature turns evil, true terror awaits. (UK)

 

Cast: Willem Dafoe … He
Charlotte Gainsbourg … She

 

Plot: A grieving couple retreats to their cabin in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse.

 

Awards: 5 wins & 3 nominations

Un prophète

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

All Genres:
Crime, Drama

Release Year: 2009

Country: France | Italy

Runtime: 155 min | France:150 min

Languages: French | Arabic | Corsican

Director:

Tagline:

 

Writers: Thomas Bidegain (screenplay) and Jacques Audiard (screenplay) …

 

Cast: Tahar Rahim … Malik El Djebena
Niels Arestrup … César Luciani
Adel Bencherif … Ryad
Hichem Yacoubi … Reyeb
Reda Kateb … Jordi
Jean-Philippe Ricci … Vettori
Gilles Cohen … Prof
Antoine Basler … Pilicci
Leïla Bekhti … Djamila
Pierre Leccia … Sampierro
Foued Nassah … Antaro
Jean-Emmanuel Pagni … Santi
Frédéric Graziani … Chef de détention
Slimane Dazi … Lattrache
Rabah Loucif … L'avocat de Malik

 

Plot: A young Arab man is sent to a French prison where he becomes a mafia kingpin.

 

Awards: Nominated for Oscar. Another 8 wins & 13 nominations

Taking Woodstock

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

All Genres:
Comedy, Music

Release Year: 2009

Country: USA

Runtime: 120 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: "A Generation Began In His Backyard."

 

Cast: Henry Goodman … Jake Teichberg
Edward Hibbert … British Gentleman
Imelda Staunton … Sonia Teichberg
Demetri Martin … Elliot Tiber
Emile Hirsch … Billy
Paul Dano … VW Guy
Kelli Garner … VW Girl
Clark Middleton … Frank
Bette Henritze … Annie
Sondra James … Margaret
Jeffrey Dean Morgan … Dan
Christina Kirk … Carol
Gail Martino … Town Clerk
Lee Wong … George the Doorman (as Takeo Lee Wong)
Adam LeFevre … Dave

 

Plot: A man working at his parents’ motel in the Catskills inadvertently sets in motion the generation-defining concert in the summer of 1969.

 

Awards: 2 nominations

Bitch Slap

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

All Genres:
Action

Release Year: 2009

Country: USA

Runtime:

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline:

 

Writers: Eric Gruendemann (screenplay) Rick Jacobson (screenplay)

 

Cast: Julia Voth … Trixie
Erin Cummings … Hel
America Olivo … Camero
Michael Hurst … Gage
Ron Melendez … Deputy Fuchs
William Gregory Lee … Hot Wire
Minae Noji … Kinki
Scott Hanley … Black Ice
Kevin Sorbo … Mr. Phoenix
Dennis Keiffer … MacDaddy
Lucy Lawless … Mother Superior
Renée O'Connor … Sister Batrill
Mark Lutz … Deiter Von Vondervon
Debbie Lee Carrington … Hot Pocket
Zoe Bell … Rawhide

 

Plot: Three bad girls travel to a remote desert hideaway to steal $200 million in diamonds from a ruthless underworld kingpin. add synopsis

Bright Star

Friday, May 15th, 2009

All Genres:
Biography, Drama, Romance

Release Year: 2009

Country: UK | Australia | France

Runtime: Canada:119 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: First Love Burns Brightest

 

Cast: Ben Whishaw … John Keats
Abbie Cornish … Frances 'Fanny' Brawne
Kerry Fox … Mrs. Brawne
Paul Schneider … Charles Armitage Brown
Edie Martin … Margaret 'Toots' Brawne
Thomas Sangster … Samuel Brawne
Gerard Monaco … Charles Dilke
Antonia Campbell-Hughes … Abigail O'Donaghue Brown
Samuel Roukin … John Reynolds
Amanda Hale … Reynolds' Sister I
Lucinda Raikes … Reynolds' Sister II
Samuel Barnett … Joseph Severn
Jonathan Aris … Leigh Hunt
Olly Alexander … Tom Keats
Theresa Watson … Charlotte

 

Plot: The drama based on the three-year romance between 19th century poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne, which was cut short by Keats’ untimely death at age 25.

 

Awards: Nominated for Oscar. Another 3 wins & 14 nominations

Crazy on the Outside

Friday, May 15th, 2009

All Genres:
Comedy

Release Year: 2009

Country: USA

Runtime:

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: He survived three years of hard time. Now comes a little family time.

 

Cast: Sigourney Weaver … Vicky
Julie Bowen … Christy
Ray Liotta … Gray
Jeanne Tripplehorn … Angela
J.K. Simmons … Ed
Tim Allen … Tommy
Kelsey Grammer … Frank
Jon Gries … Edgar
Darla Delgado … Gray's Girlfriend
Daniel Booko … Cooper Luboja
Robert Baker … Lance
Karle Warren … Alex Luboja
Malcolm Goodwin … Rick
Vanessa Ross … Christie's Friend
Casey Sander … Prison Guard
Hector Atreyu Ruiz … Prisoner
Kenton Duty … Ethan Papadopolous
Kate Clarke … Tommy's Mother
Meeghan Holaway … Tina
Tahmus Rounds … Pee Man
Helen Slayton-Hughes … Grandma
Tommy Gerrits … Dentist Patient
John Hayden … Judge Pierce
Wayne Morse … Holding Cell Cop
Brian Graham … Convict
Evelyn Iocolano … Denise
Kat Rogers … Pirate Burger Employee
Jeff Kueppers … Steve – Walking Couple
Ricky Marciano … Parent

 

Plot: A recently paroled ex-con who has trouble adjusting to the wacky normalcy of life outside of prison. He has spent the last three years behind bars after getting caught committing a crime and taking the rap for his much dangerous pal. add synopsis

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

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

Release Year: 2009

Country: USA | Canada

Runtime: 105 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: When the lights go off the battle is on.

 

Cast: Ben Stiller … Larry Daley
Amy Adams … Amelia Earhart
Owen Wilson … Jedediah
Hank Azaria … Kahmunrah / The Thinker / Abe Lincoln
Robin Williams … Teddy Roosevelt
Christopher Guest … Ivan The Terrible
Alain Chabat … Napoleon
Steve Coogan … Octavius
Ricky Gervais … Dr. McPhee
Bill Hader … General Custer
Jon Bernthal … Al Capone
Patrick Gallagher … Attila The Hun
Jake Cherry … Nick Daley
Rami Malek … Ahkmenrah
Mizuo Peck … Sacajawea

 

Plot: Security guard Larry Daley infiltrates the Smithsonian Institute in order to rescue Jedediah and Octavius, who have been shipped to the museum by mistake.

 

Awards: 1 win & 3 nominations

Terminator Salvation

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

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

Release Year: 2009

Country: USA | Germany | UK | Italy

Runtime: 115 min | 118 min (director's cut)

Languages: English | Italian

Director:

Tagline: The End Begins

 

Cast: Christian Bale … John Connor
Sam Worthington … Marcus Wright
Moon Bloodgood … Blair Williams
Helena Bonham Carter … Dr. Serena Kogan
Anton Yelchin … Kyle Reese
Jadagrace … Star
Bryce Dallas Howard … Kate Connor
Common … Barnes
Jane Alexander … Virginia
Michael Ironside … General Ashdown
Ivan G'Vera … General Losenko (as Ivan Gvera)
Chris Browning … Morrison
Dorian Nkono … David
Beth Bailey … Lisa
Victor J. Ho … Mark (as Victor Ho)

 

Plot: After Skynet has destroyed much of humanity in a nuclear holocaust, a group of survivors led by John Connor struggles to keep the machines from finishing the job.

 

Awards: 6 nominations

Tetro

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

All Genres:
Drama, Mystery

Release Year: 2009

Country: USA | Italy | Spain | Argentina

Runtime: 127 min

Languages: English | Spanish | French

Director:

Tagline: Every Family Has a Secret

 

Cast: Vincent Gallo … Tetro
Maribel Verdú … Miranda
Alden Ehrenreich … Bennie
Klaus Maria Brandauer … Carlo
Carmen Maura … Alone
Rodrigo De la Serna … Jose
Leticia Brédice … Josefina
Mike Amigorena … Abelardo
Sofía Castiglione … Maria Luisa
Francesca De Sapio … Amalia rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adriana Mastrángelo … Angela
Silvia Pérez … Silvana
Erica Rivas … Ana

 

Plot: Bennie travels to Buenos Aires to find his long-missing older brother, a once-promising writer who is now a remnant of his former self. Bennie’s discovery of his brother’s near-finished play might hold the answer to understanding their shared past and renewing their bond. add synopsis

 

Awards: 1 nomination

Fish Tank

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

All Genres:
Drama

Release Year: 2009

Country: UK

Runtime: 123 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline:

 

Cast: Katie Jarvis … Mia
Rebecca Griffiths … Tyler
Carrie-Ann Savill … Tyler's Friend
Toyin Ogidi … Tyler's Friend
Grant Wild … Keeley's Dad
Sarah Bayes … Keeley
Charlotte Collins … Sophie
Kirsty Smith … Dancing Girl
Chelsea Chase … Andree
Brooke Hobby … London
Harry Treadaway … Billy
Syrus … Tennents the Dog
Kierston Wareing … Joanne
Alan Francis … Free Runner
Ben Francis … Free Runner

 

Plot: Everything changes for 15yr old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend. add synopsis

 

Awards: Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 9 wins & 16 nominations

Up

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

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

Release Year: 2009

Country: USA

Runtime: 96 min

Languages: English

Director: Pete Docter

Bob Peterson (co-director)

Tagline:

 

Writers: Pete Docter (story) and Bob Peterson (story) …

 

Cast: Edward Asner … Carl Fredricksen (voice) (as Ed Asner)
Christopher Plummer … Charles Muntz (voice)
Jordan Nagai … Russell (voice)
Bob Peterson … Dug / Alpha (voice)
Delroy Lindo … Beta (voice)
Jerome Ranft … Gamma (voice)
John Ratzenberger … Construction Foreman Tom (voice)
David Kaye … Newsreel Announcer (voice)
Elie Docter … Young Ellie (voice)
Jeremy Leary … Young Carl (voice)
Mickie McGowan … Police Officer Edith (voice)
Danny Mann … Construction Worker Steve (voice)
Donald Fullilove … Nurse George (voice)
Jess Harnell … Nurse AJ (voice)
Josh Cooley … Omega (voice)

 

Plot: By tying thousands of balloon to his home, 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen sets out to fulfill his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America. Right after lifting off, however, he learns he isn’t alone on his journey, since Russell, a wilderness explorer 70 years his junior, has inadvertently become a stowaway on the trip.

 

Awards: Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 23 wins & 29 nominations

Angels & Demons

Monday, May 4th, 2009

All Genres:
Mystery, Thriller

Release Year: 2009

Country: USA

Runtime: 138 min | 146 min (extended edition)

Languages: English | Italian | Latin | French | Swiss German | German | Spanish

Director:

Tagline: The holiest event of our time. Perfect for their return.

 

Cast: Tom Hanks … Robert Langdon
Ewan McGregor … Camerlengo Patrick McKenna
Ayelet Zurer … Vittoria Vetra
Stellan Skarsgård … Commander Richter
Pierfrancesco Favino … Inspector Olivetti
Nikolaj Lie Kaas … Assassin
Armin Mueller-Stahl … Cardinal Strauss
Thure Lindhardt … Chartrand
David Pasquesi … Claudio Vincenzi
Cosimo Fusco … Father Simeon
Victor Alfieri … Lieutenant Valenti
Franklin Amobi … Cardinal Lamasse
Curt Lowens … Cardinal Ebner
Bob Yerkes … Cardinal Guidera
Marc Fiorini … Cardinal Baggia (as Marco Fiorini)

 

Plot: Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon works to solve a murder and prevent a terrorist act against the Vatican.

 

Awards: 3 nominations

Brothers at War

Friday, May 1st, 2009

All Genres:
Documentary, War

Release Year: 2009

Country: USA

Runtime: USA:110 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline:

 

Cast: Mahmoud Hamid Ali … Himself
Edward Allier … Himself
Ryan Baker … Himself
Zack Corke … Himself
Danelle Fields … Herself
Ben Fisher … Himself
Jason Grundy … Himself
Patrick Irvine … Himself
Kevin Keniston … Himself
Frank McCann … Himself
Brandon 'Mongo' Phillips … Himself
Claus Rademacher … Himself
Isaac Rademacher … Himself
Jake Rademacher … Himself
Jenny Rademacher … Herself
Joe Rademacher … Himself
Robert Smallwood … Himself

 

Plot: BROTHERS AT WAR is an intimate portrait of an American family during a turbulent time. Jake Rademacher sets out to understand the experience…

The Limits of Control

Friday, May 1st, 2009

All Genres:
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Release Year: 2009

Country: USA | Japan

Runtime: 116 min

Languages: English | Spanish | Hebrew | French | Japanese

Director:

Tagline: For every way in, there is another way out.

 

Cast: Isaach De Bankolé … Lone Man
Alex Descas … Creole
Jean-François Stévenin … French
Óscar Jaenada … Waiter
Luis Tosar … Violin
Paz de la Huerta … Nude
Tilda Swinton … Blonde
Youki Kudoh … Molecules
John Hurt … Guitar
Gael García Bernal … Mexican
Hiam Abbass … Driver
Bill Murray … American
Héctor Colomé … Second American
María Isasi … Flamenco Club Waitress
Norma Yessenia Paladines … Flight Attendant

 

Plot: The story of a mysterious loner, a stranger in the process of completing a criminal job.

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

Friday, May 1st, 2009

All Genres:
Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Release Year: 2009

Country: USA

Runtime: USA:100 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: You can't always run from your past

 

Cast: Matthew McConaughey … Connor Mead
Jennifer Garner … Jenny Perotti
Michael Douglas … Uncle Wayne
Emma Stone … Allison Vandermeersh
Breckin Meyer … Paul
Lacey Chabert … Sandra
Robert Forster … Sergeant Volkom
Anne Archer … Vonda Volkom
Daniel Sunjata … Brad
Noureen DeWulf … Melanie
Rachel Boston … Deena the Bridesmaid
Camille Guaty … Donna the Bridesmaid
Amanda Walsh … Denice the Bridesmaid
Emily Foxler … Nadja
Catherine Haena Kim … Charlece

 

Plot: A bachelor is haunted by the ghosts of his past girlfriends at his younger brother’s wedding.