April 2009 Movies




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Enlighten Up!

Filmmaker Kate Churchill is determined to prove that yoga can transform anyone. Nick Rosen is skeptical but agrees to be her guinea pig.
Kate Churchill, Jonathon Hexner
Documentary
New York
3 / 5
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Adventureland

It's the summer of 1987, and James Brennan (Jesse Eisenberg), an uptight recent college grad, can't wait to embark on his dream tour of Europe. But when his parents (Wendie Malick and Jack Gilpin) announce they can no longer subsidize his trip, James has little choice but to take a lowly job at a local amusement park. Forget about German beer, world-famous museums and cute French girls-James' summer will now be populated by belligerent dads, stuffed pandas, and screaming kids high on cotton candy. Lucky for James, what should have been his worst summer ever turns into quite an adventure as he discovers love in the most unlikely place with his captivating co-worker Em (Kristen Stewart), and learns to loosen up.
Kristen Stewart, Kristen Wiig, Jesse Eisenberg, Ryan Reynolds, Mary Birdsong, Greg Mottola, Ted Hope, Anne Carey
Comedy Teen
Nationwide
3 / 5
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The Escapist

Frank Perry is an institutionalized convict twelve years into a life sentence without parole. When his estranged daughter falls ill, he is determined he make peace with her before it's too late.
Brian Cox, Damian Lewis, Rupert Wyatt, Daniel Hardy, Joseph Fiennes
Thriller
New York
4 / 5
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The Song of Sparrows

Karim works at an ostrich farm outside of Tehran, Iran. He leads a simple and contented life with his family in his small house, until one day when one of the ostriches runs away. Karim is blamed for the loss and is fired from the farm. Soon after, he travels to the city in order to repair his elder daughter’s hearing aid but finds himself mistaken for a motorcycle taxi driver. Thus begins his new profession: ferrying people and goods through heavy traffic. But the people and material goods that he deals with daily starts to transform Karim’s generous and honest nature, much to the distress of his wife and daughters. It is up to those closest to him to restore the values that he had once cherished…
Majid Majidi
Drama
New York / Los Angeles
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Sugar

'Sugar' follows the story of Miguel Santos, a.k.a. Sugar, a Dominican pitcher from San Pedro De Macorís, struggling to make it to the big leagues and pull himself and his family out of poverty. Playing professionally at a baseball academy in the Dominican Republic, Miguel finally gets his break at age 19 when he advances to the United States’ minor league system; but when his play on the mound falters, he begins to question the single-mindedness of his life’s ambition. Blending the genres of sports drama, immigrant journey, and coming-of-age story, 'Sugar' is a unique film about self-discovery.
Andre Holland, Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck, Paul S. Mezey, Jamie Patricof, Jeremy Kipp Walker, Michael Gaston, Rayniel Rufino
Drama Sports
New York / Los Angeles
Trailer Buy / Rent

Fast & Furious

Vin Diesel and Paul Walker reteam for the ultimate chapter of the franchise built on speed—"Fast and Furious." Heading back to the streets where it all began, they rejoin Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster to blast muscle, tuner and exotic cars across Los Angeles and floor through the Mexican desert in the new high-octane action-thriller. When a crime brings them back to L.A., fugitive ex-con Dom Toretto (Diesel) reignites his feud with agent Brian O'Conner (Walker). But as they are forced to confront a shared enemy, Dom and Brian must give in to an uncertain new trust if they hope to outmanuever him. And from convoy heists to precision tunnel crawls across international lines, two men will find the best way to get revenge: push the limits of what's possible behind the wheel.
Jeff Kirschenbaum, Michelle Rodriguez, Gal Gadot, Chris Morgan, Vin Diesel, Jordana Brewster, John Ortiz, Amanda Lewis
Action Adventure Sequel
Scope TBA
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Paris 36

Set in a suburb of north-east Paris between December 1935 and July 1936 during the "revolutionary" period of the Popular Front (who introduced the first paid holidays and a shorter working week). Three unemployed performers decide to take over by force the music hall where they worked a few months earlier and stage a show there.
Nicolas Mauvernay, Christophe Barratier, Jacques Perrin, Julien Rappeneau
Drama
Limited
3 / 5
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$9.99

Have you ever wondered what is the meaning of life? Why do we exist? The answer to this vexing question is now within your reach. The booklet, printed on the finest paper, contains illuminating exquisite color pictures and could be yours for a mere $9.99. The ad alters the life of Dave Peck--unemployed, 28-years-old and still living at home. His story, along with several others are woven together, examining the meaning of hell and heaven on earth.
Emile Sherman, Tatia Rosenthal, Amir Harel, Etgar Keret
Animation

Lifelines

Chronicles the hapless Bernstein family as they try to catch up to the life they are living.
Rob Margolies
Drama Comedy

Baby on Board

In the film, Jerry O'Connell and Heather Graham will play a married couple whose lives are tossed upside down because of an unplanned pregnancy.
John Corbett, Heather Graham, Lara Flynn Boyle, Brian Herzlinger, Jerry O'Connell, Katie Finneran, Ian Ziering
Comedy Romance
Los Angeles
2 / 5
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Alien Trespass

In 1957, local townspeople must hunt down the alien Ghota and neutralize it before it consumes all the local inhabitants and uses the human fuel to multiply and conquer the world.
R.W. Goodwin
Comedy Sci-Fi

Gigantic

An offbeat comedy revolving around Brian, a mattress store worker who wants to adopt a Chinese baby. Brian meets Happy, a hot, potty-mouthed girl who he falls head over heels for. Together, they negotiate their increasing intimacy, and the appearances of their many eccentric relatives, as Brian awaits the call from the adoption agency.
Mindy Goldberg, Matt Aselton, Christine Vachon, Charles Pugliese, Adam Nagata, Paul Dano, Zooey Deschanel
Comedy Romance
New York
4 / 5
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C Me Dance

A ballerina, who brings people closer to Christ through her dancing, is stalked by Satan.
Greg Robbins
Thriller

Hannah Montana: The Movie

Walt Disney Pictures takes the Disney Channel phenom to the big screen in a feature film extravaganza. Miley Stewart (Miley Cyrus) struggles to juggle school, friends and her secret pop-star persona; when Hannah Montana's soaring popularity threatens to take over her life—she just might let it. So her father (Billy Ray Cyrus) takes the teen home to Crowley Corners, Tenn., for a dose of reality, kicking off an adventure filled with the kind of fun, laughter and romance even Hannah Montana couldn't imagine.
Peter Chelsom, Miles Millar, Alfred Gough, Miley Cyrus, Mitchel Musso, Michael Poryes, Steven Peterman, Billy Ray Cyrus
Comedy Musical Teen Family Kids Based on TV
Nationwide
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Dragonball Evolution

The motion picture "Dragonball: Evolution" features a cast of rising young stars and veteran acclaimed actors. Justin Chatwin, who portrayed Tom Cruise's son in Steven Spielberg's "War of the Worlds," takes on the role of the heroic Goku, a powerful warrior who protects the Earth from an endless stream of rogues bent on dominating the Universe and controlling the mystical objects from which the film takes its name. Emmy Rossum ("The Day After Tomorrow") is Bulma, a beautiful woman intent on retrieving the mystical Dragonballs for her own reasons; Jamie Chung ("Samurai Girl") is Chi Chi, a young martial artist who captures Goku's eye; and screen legend Chow Yun-Fat ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon") is Roshi, the Master who guides Goku on the young man's epic quest to save the Earth from the forces of darkness.

James Marsters ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer") is Lord Piccolo, whose return could signal the Earth's destruction; international performing sensation Joon Park is Yamcha, a charismatic "bad boy" whose schemes could thwart the heroes' journey; popular Japanese actress Eriko ("Heroes") is Mai, an assassin who works with Piccolo; Ernie Hudson ("Ghostbusters") is Sifu Norris, a Master and contemporary of Roshi's; and Randall Duk Kim ("The Matrix Revolutions") is Goku's grandfather Gohan, whose lessons for Goku begins to prepare the young man for the monumental tasks that lie ahead.
Justin Chatwin, Emmy Rossum, Ernie Hudson, James Wong, Stephen Chow, Ben Ramsey, Tedi Sarafian, Akira Toriyama
Drama Action Adventure Fantasy Sci-Fi
Nationwide
3 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Observe and Report

At the Forest Ridge Mall, head of security Ronnie Barnhardt patrols his jurisdiction with an iron fist, combating skateboarders, shoplifters and the occasional unruly customer while dreaming of the day when he can swap his flashlight for a badge and a gun. His delusions of grandeur are put to the test when the mall is struck by a flasher. Driven to protect and serve the mall and its patrons, Ronnie seizes the opportunity to showcase his underappreciated law enforcement talents on a grand scale, hoping his solution of this crime will earn a coveted spot at the police academy and the heart of his elusive dream girl Brandi, the hot make-up counter clerk who won't give him the time of day. But his single-minded pursuit of glory launches a turf war with the equally competitive Detective Harrison of the Conway Police, and Ronnie is confronted with the challenge of not only catching the flasher, but getting him before the real cops do.
Seth Rogen, Anna Faris, Collette Wolfe, Michael Peña, Jody Hill, Andrew Haas, Marty Ewing, Donald De Line
Comedy
Nationwide
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Lymelife

The movie, set in late '70s Long Island, is a coming-of-age story following two families who fall apart when precarious relationships, real estate problems and Lyme disease converge in the heart of suburbia.
Emma Roberts, Alec Baldwin, Cynthia Nixon, Jill Hennessy, Derick Martini, Timothy Hutton, Martin Scorsese, Steven Martini
Comedy
Limited
4 / 5
Info Buy / Rent

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh

Based on Michael Chabon's novel, the film chronicles the defining summer of a recent college graduate who crosses his gangster father and explores love, sexuality, and the enigmas surrounding his life and his city.
Jon Foster, Sienna Miller, Pete Chiarelli, Claus Clausen, Rawson Marshall Thurber, Michael London, Jason Ajax Mercer, Nick Nolte
Comedy

Anvil! The Story of Anvil

After making a promise to keep rocking forever at age 14, the members of Anvil!, now in their 50s, begin work on their 13th album.
Sacha Gervasi
Documentary
New York / Los Angeles
Info Buy / Rent

In a Dream

A renowned mosaic artist, who for the past 30 years has covered more than 40,000 square feet of Philadelphia top to bottom with tile, mirror, paint, and concrete.
Jeremiah Zagar
Documentary
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Crank: High Voltage

In this high-octane sequel, hitman Chev Chelios' (Jason Statham) launches himself on an electrifying chase through Los Angeles in pursuit of the Chinese mobster who has stolen his nearly indestructible heart.
Jason Statham, Tom Rosenberg, Skip Williamson, Richard Wright, Bai Ling, Efren Ramirez, Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor
Drama Action Sequel Thriller
Nationwide
3 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

17 Again

What would you do if you got a second shot at life? Class of 1989, Mike O'Donnell is a star on his high school basketball court with a college scout in the stands and a bright future in his grasp. But instead, he decides to throw it all away to share his life with his girlfriend Scarlett and the baby he just learned they are expecting. Almost 20 years later, Mike's glory days are decidedly behind him. His marriage to Scarlett has fallen apart, he has been passed over for a promotion at work, his teenage kids think he is a loser, and he has been reduced to crashing with his high school nerd-turned-techno-billionaire best friend Ned. But Mike is given another chance when he is miraculously transformed back to the age of 17. Unfortunately, Mike may look 17 again, but his thirtysomething outlook is totally uncool in the class of 2009. And in trying to recapture his best years, Mike could lose the best things that ever happened to him.
Zac Efron, Jennifer Gibgot, Michelle Trachtenberg, Keith Goldberg, Burr Steers, Adam Shankman, Jason Filardi, Matthew Perry
Comedy Teen
Nationwide
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

State of Play

Oscar® winner Russell Crowe leads an all-star cast in a blistering thriller about a rising congressman and an investigative journalist embroiled in an case of seemingly unrelated, brutal murders. Crowe plays D.C. reporter Cal McAffrey, whose street smarts lead him to untangle a mystery of murder and collusion among some of the nation's most promising political and corporate figures in "State of Play," from acclaimed director Kevin Macdonald ("The Last King of Scotland").

Handsome, unflappable U.S. Congressman Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck) is the future of his political party: an honorable appointee who serves as the chairman of a committee overseeing defense spending. All eyes are upon the rising star to be his party's contender for the upcoming presidential race. Until his research assistant/mistress is brutally murdered and buried secrets come tumbling out.

McAffrey has the dubious fortune of both an old friendship with Collins and a ruthless editor, Cameron (Oscar® winner Helen Mirren), who has assigned him to investigate. As he and partner Della (Rachel McAdams) try to uncover the killer's identity, McAffrey steps into a cover-up that threatens to shake the nation's power structures. And in a town of spin-doctors and wealthy politicos, he will discover one truth: when billions are at stake, no one's integrity, love or life is ever safe.
Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kevin Macdonald, Russell Crowe, E. Bennett Walsh, Helen Mirren, Paul Abbott, Andrew Hauptman
Drama Thriller Suspense
Nationwide
3 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Every Little Step

Follows the plight of real-life dancers as they struggle through auditions for the Broadway revival of "A Chorus Line."
James D. Stern, Adam Del Deo
Documentary
New York / Los Angeles
Trailer Buy / Rent

Is Anybody There?

A young boy fascinated with death, strikes up a friendship with a retired magician.
Peter Saraf, Michael Caine, John Crowley, David Heyman, Marc Turtletaub, Peter Harness
Drama
New York / Los Angeles
1 / 5
Info Buy / Rent

Lemon Tree

The true story of a Palestinian widow who must defend her lemontree field when a new Israeli Defense Minister moves next to her and threatens to have her lemon grove torn down.
Eran Riklis, Suha Arraf
Drama

American Violet

A woman takes on a powerful District Attorney in Texas when she was caught up in a drug raid.
Nicole Beharie, Tim Disney, Bill Haney
Drama
Limited
4 / 5
Info Buy / Rent

Empty Nest

Daniel Burman
Drama Comedy

Sleep Dealer

Set in a near-future, militarized world marked by closed borders, virtual labor and a global digital network that joins minds and experiences, three strangers risk their lives to connect with each other and break the barriers of technology.
Anthony Bregman, Jacob Vargas, Alex Rivera, David Riker
Sci-Fi
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earth

The first film in the Disneynature series, "Earth," narrated by James Earl Jones, tells the remarkable story of three animal families and their amazing journey across the planet we all call home. "Earth" combines rare action, unimaginable scale and impossible locations by capturing the most intimate moments of our planet's wildest and most elusive creatures. Directors Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield, the acclaimed creative team behind the Emmy Award®-winning "Planet Earth," combine forces again to bring this epic adventure to the big screen, beginning Earth Day 2009.
James Earl Jones, Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield
Documentary
Nationwide
5 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Treeless Mountain

In Seoul, Korea, two sisters must look after one another when their mother leaves them to search for their estranged father.
So Yong Kim
Drama

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., Joe Wright, Jamie Foxx, Gary Foster, Catherine Keener, Russ Krasnoff, Susannah Grant, LisaGay Hamilton
Drama Music
Nationwide
3 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Fighting

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.
Luis Guzman, Channing Tatum, Kevin Misher, Dito Montiel, Robert Munic, Terrence Howard, Zulay Henao, Brian White
Drama Action
Nationwide
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Obsessed

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.
Beyonce Knowles, Ali Larter, Idris Elba, Christine Lahti, Earvin Johnson, Jeff Graup, Steve Shill, William Packer
Thriller Suspense
Nationwide
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

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.
Winona Ryder, Jon Foster, Gregor Jordan, Billy Bob Thornton, Mickey Rourke, Marco Weber, Nicholas Jarecki, Kim Basinger
Drama Adaptation

Tyson

"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.
Marc H. Simon, Matthew Makar
Documentary
Limited
2 / 5
Info Buy / Rent

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
Documentary

Il Divo

The story of Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti.
Paolo Sorrentino, Toni Servillo
Drama
New York / Los Angeles
Info Buy / Rent

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.
Ron Perlman, Thomas Jane, Simon Hunter, Ross Jameson, Stephen Rea, Benno Furmann, Devon Aoki, John Malkovich
Action Adventure Fantasy Sci-Fi
New York / Los Angeles
3 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Gooby

Willy is terrified about moving into the family's new house. In response to his wish for someone to save him, a large creature named Gooby comes to life.
Wilson Coneybeare
Fantasy
Limited
3 / 5
Info Buy / Rent