Movies Released April 24, 2009

Friday, April 24

109 mins

The Soloist

In "The Soloist," an emotionally soaring drama about the redemptive power of music, journalist Steve Lopez (Oscar nominee Robert Downey Jr.) discovers Nathaniel Anthony Ayers (Oscar winner Jamie Foxx), a former classical music prodigy, playing his violin on the streets of L.A. As Lopez endeavors to help the homeless man find his way back, a unique friendship is formed, one that transforms both their lives. "The Soloist" is directed by Joe Wright (Golden Globe winner for Best Drama and Oscar nominee for Best Picture "Atonement").
Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx, Gary Foster, LisaGay Hamilton, Joe Wright, Russ Krasnoff, Susannah Grant, Catherine Keener
Drama Music


Shawn MacArthur (Channing Tatum) has come to New York City with nothing. Barely earning a living selling counterfeit goods on the streets, his luck changes when scam artist Harvey Boarden (Terrence Howard) sees that he has a natural talent for streetfighting. When Harvey offers Shawn help at making the real cash, the two form an uneasy partnership.

As Shawn's manager, Harvey introduces him to the corrupt bare-knuckle circuit, where rich men bet on disposable pawns. Almost overnight, he becomes a star brawler, taking down professional boxers, mixed martial arts champs and ultimate fighters in a series of staggeringly intense bouts. But if Shawn ever hopes to escape the dark world in which he's found himself, he must now face the toughest fight of his life.
Channing Tatum, Brian White, Lisa Bruce, Dito Montiel, Kevin Misher, Robert Munic, Terrence Howard, Luis Guzman
Drama Action
105 mins


Derek Charles (Idris Elba), a successful asset manager who has just received a huge promotion, is blissfully happy in his career and in his marriage to the beautiful Sharon (Beyoncé Knowles). But when Lisa (Ali Larter), a temp worker, starts stalking Derek, all the things he's worked so hard for are placed in jeopardy.
David Loughery, Beyonce Knowles, Idris Elba, Scout Taylor-Compton, Jerry O'Connell, Steve Shill, William Packer, Ali Larter
Thriller Suspense
90 mins


"Tyson" is acclaimed indie director James Toback's stylistically inventive portrait of a mesmerizing Mike Tyson. Toback allows Tyson to reveal himself without inhibition and with eloquence and a pervasive vulnerability. Through a mixture of original interviews and archival footage and photographs, a startlingly complex, fully-rounded human being emerges. The film ranges from Tyson's earliest memories of growing up on the mean streets of Brooklyn through his entry into the world of boxing, to his rollercoaster ride in the funhouse of worldwide fame and fortunes won and lost. It is the story of a legendary and uniquely controversial international athletic icon, a figure conjuring radical questions of race and class. In its depiction of a man rising from the most debased circumstances to unlimited heights, destroyed by his own hubris, "Tyson" emerges as a modern day version of classic Greek tragedy.
James Toback, Mike Tyson
Sports Documentary

Nursery University

The oddly competitive process of nursery school admissions.
Matthew Makar, Marc H. Simon

The Informers

Bret Easton Ellis (“Less Than Zero” and “American Psycho”) adapts his own acclaimed novel for the screen, returning to the Los Angeles of the early 1980’s with a multi-strand narrative that deftly balances a vast array of characters who represent both the top of the heap (a Hollywood dream merchant, a dissolute rock star, an aging newscaster) and the bottom (a voyeuristic doorman, an amoral ex-con). Connecting all his intertwining strands are the quintessential Ellis protagonists—a group of beautiful, blonde young men and women who sleep all day and party all night, doing drugs—and one another—with abandon, never realizing that they are dancing on the edge of a volcano. Filmed with uncommon glamour and grit by acclaimed Australian director Gregor Jordan, "The Informers" is an alternately blistering and chilling portrait of hedonism run amuck. The film stars Billy Bob Thornton, Kim Basinger, Mickey Rourke, Winona Ryder, Jon Foster and Amber Heard.
Mickey Rourke, Marco Weber, Nicholas Jarecki, Billy Bob Thornton, Austin Nichols, Amber Heard, Gregor Jordan, Kim Basinger
Drama Adaptation
111 mins

The Mutant Chronicles

Thomas Jane stars as Major Mitch Hunter, a 23rd century soldier who leads humans in a fight against a demonic, marauding army of underworld NecroMutants.
John Malkovich, Simon Hunter, Ron Perlman, Thomas Jane, Benno Furmann, Ross Jameson, Stephen Rea, Devon Aoki
Action Adventure Fantasy Sci-Fi
New York / Los Angeles
3 / 5
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Il Divo

The story of Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti.
Paolo Sorrentino, Toni Servillo
New York / Los Angeles
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The Garden

The Garden is an look at the struggle between urban farmers and the City of Los Angeles and a powerful developer who want to evict them and build warehouses.
Scott Hamilton Kennedy

Friday, April 24