December 2006 Movies




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The Nativity Story

The story centers on the two-year period of Mary and Joseph's life, culminating in their leaving Nazareth and journeying 100 miles to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus. Key characters and events such as King Herod, John the Baptist's parents (Zachariah and Elizabeth), the shepherds who were witness to Jesus' birth; and the arrival of the three kings from the Orient will be fleshed out.
Oscar Isaac, Ciaran Hinds, Shaun Toub, Catherine Hardwicke, Mike Rich, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Shohreh Aghdashloo
Drama Historical

Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj

The story will focus on Taj (Kal Penn), Van Wilder's sidekick and protégé from the first film, as he arrives at Oxford University to show the stuffy Brits how to party.
Mort Nathan, David Drew Gallagher, Kal Penn, Shobu Kapoor, Dan Percival, Holly Davidson, Anthony Cozens
Comedy Sequel

Turistas

Six college students, while backpacking across Brazil, get stranded in the jungles and imprisoned by a military group.
Josh Duhamel, Scott Lastaiti, Bo Zenga, Todd Wagner, Scott Steindorff, Michael Ross, Melissa George, Olivia Wilde
Drama
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Apocalypto

From Academy Award winning filmmaker Mel Gibson, comes "Apocalypto" a heart stopping mythic action-adventure set against the turbulent end times of the once great Mayan civilization. When his idyllic existence is brutally disrupted by a violent invading force, a man is taken on a perilous journey to a world ruled by fear and oppression where a harrowing end awaits him. Through a twist of fate and spurred by the power of his love for his woman and his family he will make a desperate break to return home and to ultimately save his way of life.
Mel Gibson, Bruce Davey, Mayra Serbulo, Gerardo Taracena, Raoul Trujillo, Rudy Youngblood
Drama Action Adventure

The Holiday

In writer/director Nancy Meyers' "The Holiday", two women on opposite sides of the globe, Amanda Woods (Cameron Diaz) and Iris Simpkins (Kate Winslet) find themselves in a similar predicament. Desperate for a change of scenery, the two women meet on the internet and swap houses for the Christmas holiday discovering that a change of address really can change your life. In addition to Diaz and Winslet, "The Holiday" also stars Jude Law, Jack Black, Eli Wallach, Edward Burns and Rufus Sewell.
Nancy Meyers, Kate Winslet, Jack Black, Jude Law, Shannyn Sossamon, Cameron Diaz, Jon Prescott
Comedy Romance

Breaking and Entering

A story about theft, both criminal and emotional, "Breaking and Entering" follows a disparate group of long-term Londoners and new arrivals whose lives intersect in the inner-city area of King's Cross. "Breaking and Entering" tells the story of a series of thefts - some criminal, some emotional - set against the backdrop of a changing London whose geographical and cultural landscape is in flux. The central character, Will (Jude Law), is a successful landscape architect. His young, vibrant company, which he runs with business partner, Sandy (Martin Freeman), has recently relocated to King's Cross, the centre of the most ambitious urban regeneration site in Europe. Their state-of-the-art office immediately attracts the attention of a local group of thieves. After one of the break-ins, Will follows 15-year-old freerunner Miro (Rafi Gavron) back to the apartment he shares with his mother, Amira (Juliette Binoche) - a refugee from Bosnia. With his relationship to Liv (Robin Wright Penn) - his beautiful Swedish partner - already in crisis, Will embarks on a passionate journey into both the wilder side of himself and the city in which he lives.
Jude Law, Vera Farmiga, Martin Freeman, Ray Winstone, Mark Benton, Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack
Drama

Blood Diamond

Set against the backdrop of civil war and chaos in 1990's Sierra Leone, Blood Diamond is the story of Danny Archer (Leonardo DiCaprio) - a South African mercenary - and Solomon Vandy (Djimon Hounsou) - a Mende fisherman. Both men are African, but their histories as different as any can be, until their fates become joined in a common quest to recover a rare pink diamond that can transform their lives. While in prison for smuggling, Archer learns that Solomon - who was taken from his family and forced to work in the diamond fields - has found and hidden the extraordinary rough stone. With the help of Maddy Bowen (Jennifer Connelly), an American journalist whose idealism is tempered by a deepening connection with Archer, the two men embark on a trek through rebel territory, a journey that could save Solomon's family and give Archer the second chance he thought he would never have.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Zwick, Djimon Hounsou, Marshall Herskovitz, Gillian Gorfil, Darrell Roodt, Paula Weinstein
Drama Action Adventure

Marebito

Masuoka is a cameraman possessed by the craving to understand fear--what it is and where it ultimately leads. He wanders the Tokyo streets, a voyeur, hungrily looking for clues. Obsessing over the haunted expressions of the faces he has captured in his daily filming, in particular a man who committed a grisly suicide on the metro. He returns to the scene to better comprehend the dead man's reasoning. Following his final gaze leads Masuoka to a door, an entry into a bizarre, cavernous underworld. Here among the ghosts and the subterranean robots called DERO's he finds a beautiful young girl chained to a rock. Saving her from her imprisonment, he takes her home. But watching her from his web-cam at work each day he begins suspect there is something truly inhuman about this girl with sharp teeth and who walks on all fours. When he begins to uncover her horrifying secrets Masuoka realises that he has found the key to gaining the terrible knowledge he so craves.
Takashi Shimizu, Tatsuhiko Hirata, Chiaki Konaka, Shinya Tsukamoto, Shun Sugata, Kazuhiro Nakahara, Tomomi Miyashita, Miho Ninagawa
Suspense Horror Foreign

The Pursuit of Happyness

Based on the life of Chris Gardner, a self-made millionaire, this untitled project will star Will Smith as a man who finds himself jobless and homeless at age 30, living in a San Francisco train station with his infant son. Determined to beat the odds, he finds work as a trainee at a brokerage and climbs the corporate ladder, eventually becoming partner and owner of his own Chicago-based firm.
Todd Black, Will Smith, Steve Tisch, Jason Blumenthal, Jaden Smith, Gabriele Muccino, James Lassiter, Teddy Zee
Drama Biography

The Queen

The story of the death of Princess Diana of Wales and the relationship between British Prime Minister Tony Blair and the British Royal Family upon hearing of her death.
Helen Mirren, James Cromwell, Michael Sheen, Stephen Frears, Andy Harries, Christine Langan, Tracey Seaward, Peter Morgan
Drama

Eragon

Based on the best-selling novel, this is an epic fantasy-adventure about a young farm boy named Eragon whose destiny is revealed with the help of a dragon. Eragon, now a Dragon Rider, is swept into a world of magic and power, discovering that he can save – or destroy – an Empire.
Wyck Godfrey, John Malkovich, Djimon Hounsou, John Davis, Ed Speleers, Jeremy Irons, Stefen Fangmeier, Peter Buchman
Action Adventure Fantasy Sci-Fi Family Kids

The Good German

A U.S. journalist returns to Berlin after the second World War to find his mistress, only to become embroiled in a murder.
George Clooney, Tobey Maguire, Steven Soderbergh, Paul Attanasio, Cate Blanchett
Drama Thriller Romance
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Charlotte's Web

The classic story of loyalty, trust, and sacrifice comes to life in this live-action adaptation. Fern (Dakota Fanning) is one of only two living beings who sees that Wilbur is a special animal as she raises him, the runt of the litter, into a terrific and radiant pig. As Wilbur moves into a new barn, he begins a second profound friendship with the most unlikely of creatures—a spider named Charlotte—and their bond inspires the animals around them to come together as a family. When the word gets out that Wilbur's days are numbered, it seems that only a miracle will save his life. A determined Charlotte—who sees miracles in the ordinary—spins words into her web in an effort to convince the farmer that Wilbur is "some pig" and worth saving.
Dakota Fanning, Oprah Winfrey, John Cleese, Steve Buscemi, Jennifer Garner, Karen Rosenfelt, Karey Kirkpatrick, Julia Roberts
Drama Family Kids Animation
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Notes on a Scandal

Barbara Covett (Dame Judi Dench) is a veteran and cynical schoolteacher who is close to retirement. She is barely tolerated by her less brilliant and acerbic colleagues who know nothing about her private life which consists mainly of taking care of Portia, her aging cat, and spending countless hours alone. The only means she has found to take the edge off her desperate loneliness is writing in her journal. When Sheba Hart (Cate Blanchett), a younger, attractive woman, joins the faculty as an art teacher, Barbara watches her from afar and has nothing but caustic things to say in her diary about her clothing and her care-free manner. Despite her disdain for this woman, Barbara finds herself reaching out to her. Sheba responds by inviting her to dinner at her house to meet Sheba's lecturer husband (Bill Nighy), who is twenty years her senior, and their two children, a sexy and rebellious 16-year-old daughter and a younger boy with Downs Syndrome. Instead of opening herself to these people, Barbara immediately sees them as competition to be beaten in the battle for Sheba's attention. Later, when Barbara discovers her new friend in a classroom having sex with Steven (Andrew Simpson), a 15-year-old from the school who has artistic talent; she realizes that knowledge of this secret gives her power over Sheba which she can use for her own purposes. Barbara promises to not tell anyone but insists that the affair must end immediately. Sheba says she will but finds herself drawn back to the boy again and again. Sheba seems uneasy with Barbara's friendship and is appalled when she discovers the older woman might have a sexual interest in her. The tenuous relationship between the two women reaches a crisis point when Barbara's cat is dying and she asks Sheba to go with her to the vet. She chooses to go with her family to see their son in a play instead. In revenge, Barbara sets in motion the scandal that will rock both their lives in ways they never imagined.
Bill Nighy, Richard Eyre, Robert Fox, Patrick Marber, Judi Dench, Scott Rudin, Cate Blanchett, Juno Temple
Drama

Dreamgirls

Set in the turbulent late 1960s and early '70s, "Dreamgirls" follows the rise of a trio of women)—Effie (Jennifer Hudson), Deena (Beyonce Knowles) and Lorrell (Anika Noni Rose)—who have formed a promising girl group called The Dreamettes. At a talent competition, they are discovered by an ambitious manager named Curtis Taylor, Jr. (Jamie Foxx), who offers them the opportunity of a lifetime: to become the back-up singers for headliner James "Thunder" Early (Eddie Murphy). Curtis gradually takes control of the girls' look and sound, eventually giving them their own shot in the spotlight as The Dreams. That spotlight, however, begins to narrow in on Deena, finally pushing the less attractive Effie out altogether. Though the Dreams become a cross-over phenomenon, they soon realize that the cost of fame and fortune may be higher than they ever imagined.
Eddie Murphy, Beyonce Knowles, Jamie Foxx, Anika Noni Rose, Bill Condon, Jennifer Hudson, Danny Glover, Laurence Mark
Drama Musical

We Are Marshall

The movie revolves around the events following the 1970 plane crash that killed members of the West Virginia-based Marshall football team, along with most of its coaching staff, sports commentators and many of its local boosters.
Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Fox, Ian McShane, Anthony Mackie, David Strathairn, McG, Basil Iwanyk, Jamie Linden
Drama Sports

Night at the Museum

Good-hearted dreamer Larry Daley (Ben Stiller), despite being perpetually down on his luck, thinks he's destined for something big. But even he could never have imagined how "big," when he accepts what appears to be a menial job as a graveyard-shift night watchman at a museum of natural history. But during Larry's watch, something extraordinary happens: the museum's exhibits magically come to life. A fearsome T-Rex insists on a game of fetch (with one of his own skeleton bones); Mayans, Roman Gladiators, and cowboys emerge from their diorama to wage epic battles; and a wax figure of Teddy Roosevelt gives Larry important advice while harboring a crush for an Indian princess. As things spiral wildly out of control, Larry must find a way to control the magic to stop a nefarious plot and save the museum.
Dick Van Dyke, Chris Columbus, Owen Wilson, Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Carla Gugino, Bill Cobbs, Michael Barnathan
Comedy Family Kids Animation

Rocky Balboa

"Rocky Balboa" is the next story in the saga of Philadelphia boxer Rocky Balboa, one of Hollywood's most beloved characters.

Long since retired, and with his beloved Adrian passed away and his grown son too busy to spend time with him, Philadelphia's favorite boxer is a lonely man. Running a small restaurant in his old neighborhood, Rocky passes the time by recounting stories of his glory days to his patrons.

To keep himself busy and in shape, he decides to step back into the ring against a few small-time boxers in local gyms. When an ESPN sports show runs a simulated fight between Balboa and the current champ, Mason "The Line" Dixon, Balboa wins, prompting a resurgence of interest in his illustrious career.

Presented with the opportunity to fight one last exhibition fight, Rocky accepts the challenge, despite the protests of his friends and family. Facing a powerful champion, personal tragedy and ultimately his own doubts, Rocky steps into the ring one last time to prove that he still has the heart of a champion.
Sylvester Stallone, Burt Young, Charles Winkler, William Chartoff, David Winkler, Milo Ventimiglia, Antonio Tarver, Jim Lampley
Drama Sequel Sports

The Good Shepherd

Starring in this epic drama set in the high stakes world of espionage, Matt Damon plays Edward Wilson, an exceptionally bright and talented son of privilege who is recruited from the campus of Yale University to join the Office of Strategic Services, the precursor to the CIA, at the beginning of World War II. Wilson's acute mind, spotless reputation and sincere belief in American values render him a prime candidate for a career in intelligence, as do his deeply embedded commitment to honor and quite secretive nature. As Wilson becomes a veteran operative in counter-intelligence during the Cold War, not even his wife Clover, played by Angelina Jolie, nor his beloved son Edward Jr., can divert him from a path that will force him to sacrifice everything in service to his country.
Eddie Redmayne, Joe Pesci, Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Billy Crudup, Lee Pace, Robert De Niro, Eric Roth
Drama Action Adventure Spy Mystery

Black Christmas

"Black Christmas" is about a killer who terrorizes a sorority house with phone calls before he begins to murder various sorority sisters during the holiday break.
Marc Butan, Steve Hoban, Michelle Trachtenberg, Andrea Martin, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Katie Cassidy, Todd Wagner, Glen Morgan
Thriller Suspense Horror

Children of Men

"Children of Men" envisages a world one generation from now that has fallen into anarchy on the heels of an infertility defect in the population. The world's youngest citizen has just died at 18, and humankind is facing the likelihood of its own extinction.

Set against a backdrop of London torn apart by violence and warring nationalistic sects, Children of Men follows disillusioned bureaucrat Theo (Owen) as he becomes an unlikely champion of Earth's survival. When the planet's last remaining hope is threatened, this reluctant activist is forced to face his own demons and protect her from certain peril.
David Arata, Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Caine, Eric Newman, Timothy J. Sexton, Charlie Hunnam
Drama Thriller Suspense Mystery

The Flying Scotsman

The true story of celebrated Scottish cyclist Graeme Obree, a former world champion who broke the world one-hour record on a bike of his own design, made partly out of sections of a washing machine. It follows his life's victories as well as his debilitating battles with mental health problems.
Brian Cox, Douglas MacKinnon, Alan Kaplan, John Brown, Declan Hughes, Jonny Lee Miller, Laura Fraser, Billy Boyd
Drama

The Dead Girl

The project centers on the dark mystery surrounding a young woman's death, which is gradually revealed when the lives of seemingly uninvolved people intersect.
James Franco, Josh Brolin, Rose Byrne, Giovanni Ribisi, Tom Rosenberg, Kerry Washington, Henry Winterstern, Gary Lucchesi
Drama Thriller Suspense