Wednesday, December 31, 2008
In this quirky update on a classic fairy tale, freshman Sydney White (Amanda Bynes) pledges a once dignified sorority, only to find it has devolved into a nasty, backhanded clique. Disenchanted by the experience, Sydney takes up with a group of seven outcasts. Together with her band of merry misfits, she challenges the school's social hierarchy and looks to take down sorority president Rachel (Sara Paxton), the wicked campus villain.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Bob Fosse's autobiographical film celebrates the raunchy underbelly of show business. Successful director-choreographer Joe Gideon (Roy Scheider) is at the top of the Broadway heap. But he stands powerless as his world slowly collapses around him; his obsession with work has almost destroyed his personal life, and only his bottles of Dexedrine keep him going. Soon, it's clear Gideon will have to make a choice -- his art or his life.
Monday, December 01, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Director Quentin Tarentino added his deft touch to nicely placed wry humor, combined that with an all-star cast (including Samuel L. Jackson, Pam Grier and Robert De Niro) and delivered the action-crime caper Jackie Brown. Jackie is a flight attendant who smuggles cash on the side. When busted and pressured to help with an investigation, she plans to play the opposing forces against each other and walk away with the dough.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Impish gamine Amélie (Audrey Tautou) lives alone and works in a café. When she finds a trove of toys hidden for 40 years behind a baseboard in her apartment, she's inspired to repatriate the items, an impulse of generosity that sparks more benevolent acts. A celebration of life, Amélie reminds us of the small wonders that abound around us … if only we paused to look.
Based on Stephenie Meyer's best-selling novel, Twilight follows the saga of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), who moves to a small town to live with her father. At school, she meets Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), a mysterious classmate who reveals himself to be a 108-year-old vampire. Despite his cautions, Bella falls in love with Edward, which endangers her life when a coven of bloodsuckers arrives to challenge Edward and his family.
Friday, November 14, 2008
After his TV star girlfriend, Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell), breaks his heart, Peter (Jason Segel) wants nothing more than to enjoy his vacation in Hawaii. One problem: Sarah's vacationing at the same resort he is, and even worse, she's bringing her new beau. Produced by Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, Superbad), this hilarious comedy also stars Mila Kunis, Paul Rudd and Bill Hader.
Saturday, November 08, 2008
Zack (Seth Rogen) and Miri (Elizabeth Banks) have been platonic friends for years. When they both find themselves in financial hot water, they hit upon the idea of making an adult film to bring in some easy money. But when "action" is called, these two friends discover that unspoken feelings for each other may threaten the whole enterprise. Writer-director Kevin Smith helms this comic look at the line between friendship and romance.
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Curiosity overcomes five innocent teenagers vacationing at a cabin in the Tennessee woodlands, and their cellar-snooping unleashes spirits of the evil dead. After all his pals have become possessed, flesh-eating zombies, the one remaining teen (Bruce Campbell) tries to solve the nightmarish mystery and save his friends. Spider-Man director Sam Raimi uses impressively freaky special effects to make this low-budget horror classic.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Made on a shoestring budget by director Kevin Smith, this classic indie comedy won awards at both the Sundance and Cannes film festivals. Convenience and video store clerks Dante Hicks (Brian O'Halloran) and Randal Graves (Jeff Anderson) are sharp-witted, potty-mouthed … and bored out of their minds. Between serving nonstop shoppers, the overworked counter jockeys play hockey on the roof, visit a funeral home and deal with their offbeat love lives.
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Friday, September 05, 2008
Members of the original 1996 Broadway cast star in Chris Columbus's adaptation of the award-winning musical set in New York's East Village. Based on Puccini's "La Boheme," the story follows a group of bohemians through life's ups and down as they face true love, broken hearts, HIV, drug addiction … and of course, paying the rent. Rosario Dawson, Adam Pascal, Anthony Rapp, Jesse L. Martin, Taye Diggs, Idina Menzel and Wilson Jermaine Heredia star.
When a deadly viral epidemic breaks out in present-day Britain, killing hundreds of thousands of people, the government quarantines the infected behind a walled city -- only to be confronted with a resurgence of the disease 30 years in the future. In the vein of Mad Max and 28 Days Later, this morality tale veiled as a sci-fi hypothetical features enough action, combat and suspense to keep audiences wondering, "What if?"
Monday, September 01, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Washington D.C. alderman Mays Gilliam (Chris Rock) is about to lose his job when the sudden death of his party's front-runner in the presidential elections breathes new life into his political career. He's immediately pegged as the substitute and must deal with his bumbling brother and running mate, Mitch (Bernie Mac), and his social-climbing ex-girlfriend, Kim (Robin Givens), while trying to win the race.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
In this stirring coming-of-age story, a Spokane, Wash., high school wrestler (Matthew Modine) pursues his "vision quest" -- winning the state championship and finding true love. Advising the young man on his quest are his half-American Indian best friend (Michael Schoeffling) and a seductive, slightly older woman (Linda Fiorentino, in one of her first roles). Madonna makes her first appearance in a major film, crooning "Crazy for You" in a bar.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Set in 1962, this colorful adaptation of the Tony-winning musical (spawned by director John Waters' cult classic of the same name) follows ambitious teen Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky), who tries to integrate a racially divided Baltimore one watusi at a time. The film's star-studded cast includes John Travolta, Queen Latifah, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Allison Janney, James Marsden and Amanda Bynes.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Saturday, August 09, 2008
Batman (Christian Bale) teams with Lt. James Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) to continue dismantling Gotham City's criminal organizations in this sequel to Batman Begins. But a psychotic new villain known as the Joker (Heath Ledger) threatens to undo all their good work. The star-studded cast includes Maggie Gyllenhaal, Morgan Freeman, Anthony Michael Hall, Michael Caine and Eric Roberts.
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Friday, August 01, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Police officer Anna Mari tries to stop a cardplaying serial killer in this chilling horror tale from Dario Argento. Anna's forced into a dangerous game with the maniac, and if she loses, she must witness the gruesome deaths of the killer's victims via webcam. With little information to go on, she teams with British officer John Brennan to uncover the murderer's identity. Liam Cunningham, Stefania Rocca and Claudio Santamaria star.
Delivering action, adventure, chills and thrills, this precedent-setting monster movie tells a timeless tale of man vs. beast. While shooting in the jungle, filmmaker Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong) discovers an awe-inspiring marvel of nature: a 50-foot gorilla dubbed Kong. Subduing the mighty beast, the crew returns to New York with the primate, who promptly escapes, spreading mayhem and going ape for the production's leading lady (Fay Wray).
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
As 12-year-old Timothy (Matthew Knight) prepares to turn 13, he's blissfully unaware that he's a half blood slated to transform -- and that his extended family of good-hearted werewolves has been protecting him since the day he was born. Elsewhere, lurking in the shadows, an evil pack of werewolves (led by Jason Behr) has been waiting for more than a decade to pounce on him and claim him as its own.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
During the great war-torn upheaval in medieval Japan, a poverty-stricken mother and her daughter-in-law scratch out a desperate existence by murdering lost samurai, disposing of their bodies and selling their belongings for grain. But when a neighbor returns from the war, lust, jealousy and rage threaten to drive a wedge between the mother and daughter-in-law. It isn't long before the presence of an ominous demon mask seals the trio's fate.
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
When virtuous high school student Dawn (Jess Weixler) becomes the victim of a sexual assault, she discovers that she has an unexpected line of defense: a toothed vagina. But for Dawn, coming to terms with the power and dangers of her anatomical anomaly may be easier said than done. Director Mitchell Lichtenstein's provocative feminist horror flick also stars John Hensley, Hale Appleman and Josh Pais.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
This gory giallo film from writer-director duo Ernesto Gastaldi and Sergio Martino follows the trials of Italian writer Oliviero Rouvigny (Luigi Pistilli), who's haunted by the ghost of his mother and can't seem to start a successful career, much to the chagrin of his wife (Anita Strindberg). When Oliviero's mistress turns up dead, however, the incident kicks off a string of savage murders that drag everyone into hell.
Friday, June 06, 2008
Shy teen Jonathan Bellah (Doug McKeon) goes from gawky to cocky when he starts hanging out with cool new neighbor Gene Harbrough (Chris Nash), whose "guidance" includes taking his protégé on escapades with fast cars and fast women. Meanwhile, Jonathan lusts after the sexy Marilyn (Kelly Preston). Set in 1956, this amiable comedy costars Catherine Mary Stewart and Jami Gertz, and features the music of Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly.
Sunday, June 01, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
Shortly after moving to a California coastal town, Mike (Jason Patric) gets mixed up with a rough biker crowd. There have been some strange deaths and rumors of vampires in the town, and Mike's younger brother Sam (Corey Haim) fears his sibling might be in more trouble than anyone realizes. In an effort to save Mike, Sam teams up with two vampire-hunter friends and tries to rid the town of evil in this 1987 thriller.
Friday, May 16, 2008
The second film in George Lucas and Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones trilogy takes Indy (Harrison Ford), his young sidekick Short Round (Jonathan Ke Quan) and spoiled songbird Willie Scott (Kate Capshaw) to a mysterious fortress in India. The trio risks everything to find a village's missing magic stone -- and in the process stumbles upon the rituals of a demonic cult. It's a jam only the whip-toting adventurer could get out of alive!
Saturday, May 03, 2008
Popular cult filmmaker Quentin Tarantino wrote and directed this high-octane thriller that stars Kurt Russell as a serial murderer who uses his revved-up car as a killing machine. After transforming his Dodge Charger into an indestructible weapon, Stuntman Mike climbs behind the wheel to terrorize a group of women on the road. Rose McGowan, Rosario Dawson, Jordan Ladd and Vanessa Ferlito also star in the ultimate road rage film.
Friday, May 02, 2008
From the director of the Lord of the Rings comes a chilling true-life drama about an obsessive friendship that led to murder. In 1950s New Zealand, introvert Pauline (Melanie Lynskey) befriends self-confident Juliet (Kate Winslet, in her film debut); soon, the two are inseparable, retreating to an imaginary world. Their relationship intensifies in the face of opposition from their families ... opposition that ultimately has bloody consequences.
Thursday, May 01, 2008
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Censored in several countries for its gratuitous violence, this controversial faux documentary from director Ruggero Deodato presents footage from a team of New York University filmmakers mysteriously lost in the Amazon jungle. The film, allegedly recovered by Professor Harold Moore, reveals the deplorable treatment of a tribe of suspected South American cannibals and, ultimately, the fate of the crew that initially set out to film the natives
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
The deadly curse continues to gain strength with each victim it claims in this sequel to the international smash hit. After learning her sister Karen (Sarah Michelle Geller) has been hospitalized, Aubrey Davis (Amber Tamblyn) flies to Tokyo, where she teams with a journalist (Edison Chen) to investigate the sinister supernatural mystery. Meanwhile, the curse spreads around the globe, afflicting a Chicago housewife (Jennifer Beals), among others.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Thirty-something slacker Shaun (Simon Pegg) has no clue what to do with his life or with his relationship with girlfriend Liz (Kate Ashfield). But when the unthinkable happens and zombies begin to roam the streets of London terrorizing residents, including his beloved and his mother, Shaun realizes he must act quickly to save Liz from danger and keep their relationship from spiraling out of his hands forever. But is it too late for heroics?
Friday, April 04, 2008
A group of relatively harmless youngsters living in an anarchist commune in Dallas and led by a college dropout named Puck (Devon Gummersall) are joined by a truly dangerous nihilist named Johnny Black. Trouble looms large when Johnny challenges the youths to become more violent.
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
A terrible virus has spread across the planet and turned the human race into bloodthirsty monsters. Mankind's only hope for survival is scientist Robert Neville (Will Smith), the one person left unaffected by the epidemic. When he's not fighting for his life against the hordes of the infected, Neville searches for a cure to reverse the virus's effects -- all the while battling his own doubt and despair as he spends every day alone.
Friday, March 28, 2008
From Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain) comes this intriguing espionage thriller set in World War II-era Shanghai. Based on the writings of author Eileen Chang, this Chinese-language tale stars Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Wei Tang, Joan Chen and Lee-Hom Wang. Lee reteams with his longtime producer James Schamus, who has collaborated with the director on nine of his films.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Two German-American brothers vow to defend their family's beer-guzzling honor in this outrageous comedy. During a trip to Germany to scatter their grandfather's ashes, Wolfhouse siblings Todd (Erik Stolhanske) and Jan (Paul Soter) discover Beerfest, the secret Olympics of downing stout, and want to enter the contest. When their Old Country cousins sneer at the Yanks' chances, they return to America to prepare for a showdown the following year.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
After his skating partner is injured, handsome ice skater Zack (Matt Lanter) asks hockey player Alejandra "Alex" Delgado (Francia Raisa) to join him on the ice. The new partners set their sights on the internationals, but it won't be easy, especially when love gets in the way. Alex transforms with training, and the pair learns to anticipate each other's moves, but their relationship off the ice threatens to destroy their chances of winning.