December 2008 Movies




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Extreme Movie

Frankie Muniz plays a teen who loses his virginity to his girlfriend (Ashley Schneider), only to find she wants to take things much further, including farm animals and midgets.
Richard Suckle, Adam Jay Epstein, Warren Zide, Jamie Kennedy, Michael Cera, Andrew Jacobson, Laura Lichstein, Frankie Muniz
Comedy Teen

Punisher: War Zone

Waging his one-man war on the world of organized crime, ruthless vigilante-hero Frank Castle sets his sights on overeager mob boss Billy Russoti. After Russoti is left horribly disfigured by Castle, he sets out for vengeance under his new alias: Jigsaw. With the "Punisher Task Force" hot on his trail and the FBI unable to take Jigsaw in, Frank must stand up to the formidable army that Jigsaw has recruited before more of his evil deeds go unpunished.
Avi Arad, Art Marcum, Ray Stevenson, Matt Holloway, Wayne Knight, Dash Mihok, Lexi Alexander, Nick Santora
Action Adventure Sequel Crime

Cadillac Records

Adrien Brody and Jeffrey Wright will portray blues/R&B record exec Leonard Chess and blues musician Muddy Waters, respectively. Leonard Chess launched the Chicago blues label Chess Records and traveled throughout the south, discovering artists and selling records from the back of his Cadillac.
Emmanuelle Chriqui, Mos Def, Jeffrey Wright, Gabrielle Union, Columbus Short, Cedric the Entertainer, Tammy Blanchard, Darnell Martin
Drama Biography Music

Nobel Son

"Nobel Son" is a venomous tale of familial dysfunction, lust, betrayal and ultimately revenge. Barkley Michaelson (Bryan Greenberg) is struggling to finish his Ph.D. thesis when his father, the learned Eli Michaelson (Alan Rickman), wins the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. But Eli's past indiscretions begin to collide with the present. When Barkley is kidnapped on the eve of his father accepting the prize, Eli refuses to pay the ransom. So starts a game of intrigue and deception that proves that payback's a bitch.
Bryan Greenberg, Danny DeVito, Randall Miller, Jody Savin, Alan Rickman, Mary Steenburgen, Bill Pullman, Eliza Dushku
Comedy Thriller
Limited
3 / 5
Info Buy / Rent
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The Reader

"The Reader" opens in post-WWII Germany when teenager Michael Berg becomes ill and is helped home by Hanna, a stranger twice his age. Michael recovers from scarlet fever and seeks out Hanna to thank her. The two are quickly drawn into a passionate but secretive affair.

Michael discovers that Hanna loves being read to and their physical relationship deepens. Hanna is enthralled as Michael reads to her from "The Odyssey," "Huck Finn," and "The Lady with the Little Dog." Despite their intense bond, Hanna mysteriously disappears one day and Michael is left confused and heartbroken.

Eight years later, while Michael is a law student observing the Nazi war crime trials, he is stunned to find Hanna back in his life – this time as a defendant in the courtroom. As Hanna's past is revealed, Michael uncovers a deep secret that will impact both of their lives. "The Reader" is a haunting story about truth and reconciliation, about how one generation comes to terms with the crimes of another.
Kate Winslet, Bruno Ganz, Stephen Daldry, Robert Fox, David Kross, Karoline Herfurth, Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack
Drama Period
Nationwide
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Wendy and Lucy

Wendy Carroll (Michelle Williams) is driving to Ketchikan, Alaska, in hopes of a summer of lucrative work at the Northwestern Fish cannery, and the start of a new life with her dog, Lucy. When her car breaks down in Oregon, however, the thin fabric of her financial situation comes apart, and she confronts a series of increasingly dire economic decisions, with far-ranging repercussions for herself and Lucy.
Michelle Williams, Kelly Reichardt, Will Oldham, John Robinson, Jon Raymond, Will Patton, Larry Fessenden
Drama

The Day the Earth Stood Still

In the film, a renowned scientist (Jennifer Connelly) finds herself face to face with an alien called Klaatu (Keanu Reeves), who has traveled across the universe to warn of an impending global crisis. She quickly discovers the deadly ramifications of Klaatu's claim that he is "a friend to the Earth." Now she must find a way to convince the entity who was sent to destroy us that mankind is worth saving - but it may be too late.
Keanu Reeves, Scott Derrickson, Jaden Smith, John Cleese, Jon Hamm, Erwin Stoff, Paul Boardman, Ryne Douglas Pearson
Action Adventure Fantasy Remake Sci-Fi
Nationwide
3 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

A Match Made in Heaven

A middle-aged man who has lost his love for life recovers it through the love of a vivacious young girl.
Aditya Chopra, Yash Chopra, Shahrukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra
Drama Romance Musical

What Doesn't Kill You

Brian and Paulie are two young punks running loose on the hard streets of South Boston. Coming from separate but equally broken homes, the boys bond of friendship makes them brothers. They do whatever it takes to survive, living by the code of their dog eat dog neighborhood.

As Brian (Mark Ruffalo) and Paulie (Ethan Hawke) get older, petty crimes and misdemeanors grow into more serious offenses. Eventually, they fall under sway to the organized crime boss Pat Kelly (Brian Goodman) who runs the felonious backroom businesses and illicit trades in Southie. They also find themselves the targets of unwanted attention from Detective Moran (Donnie Wahlberg) one of Boston’s finest. And Brian in particular becomes lost in haze of drugs and rebellion. Even the love he has for his wife Stacy (Amanda Peet) and his children isn't enough to redeem him.

In time, the friends find themselves in jail – just a part of doing business on the mean streets they call home. Although not gone away forever Brian and Paulie are incarcerated long enough to learn a few lessons, but will they lead to changed lives on the outside? A storm of trouble is brewing: Paulie has big plans to liberate them from their life of crime – just one more job – one last heist – a bold and potentially violent daylight robbery. But Brian has used his time in jail to make amends to his family and get clean. When Paulie comes to him for help, Brian must face the biggest challenge to his code of honor that he could ever imagine: stand by his friend or salvage his family … he cannot do both!

"What Doesn't Kill You" reveals the true life drama that writer/director Brian Goodman underwent in his struggle to honor the people he loved – on both sides of the law.
Mark Ruffalo, Marc Frydman, Bob Yari, Paul T. Murray, Brian Goodman, Rod Lurie, Ethan Hawke, Donnie Whalberg
Drama Crime Gangster

Delgo

The land of Jhamora is torn apart by the mutual prejudice of two peoples—the winged Nohrin, masters of the skies, and the terrestrial Lockni, who harness the mystical powers of the land. When Delgo (Freddie Prinze, Jr.), a reckless Lockni teenager, forms an outlawed friendship with the spunky Nohrin Princess Kyla (Jennifer Love Hewitt), hostilities between the two peoples escalate, setting the stage for an exiled Empress Sedessa (Ann Bancroft) to exact her revenge and reclaim her rule.
Val Kilmer, Louis Gossett Jr., Michael Clarke Duncan, Chris Kattan, Eric Idle, Anne Bancroft, Malcolm McDowell, Marc F. Adler
Adventure Family Kids Animation

Dark Streets

A blues musical set in the 1930’s where a young playboy gets drawn into a deceptive work through a love triangle with two singers.
Rachel Samuels, Wallace King, Gabriel Mann, Bijou Phillips, Izabella Miko
Musical Mystery

Gran Torino

Clint Eastwood stars in the drama "Gran Torino," marking his first film role since his Oscar-winning "Million Dollar Baby." Eastwood also directs the film in which he plays Walt Kowalski, an iron-willed veteran living in a changing world, who is forced by his immigrant neighbors to confront his own long-held prejudices. .
Clint Eastwood, Nick Schenk, Billy Gerber, Cory Hardrict, Dreama Walker, Jenette Kahn, Rob Lorenz, Dave Johannson
Drama

While She Was Out

A suburban housewife is forced to fend for herself when she becomes stranded in a desolate forest with four murderous thugs. What starts off as a quick trip to the mall ends in the woods with a fight for her life. All she has is a toolbox and her will to survive.
Kim Basinger, Susan Montford, Guillermo del Toro, Don Murphy, Kirk Shaw, Lukas Haas, Luis Chavez, Leonard Wu
Drama Thriller

Timecrimes

A man accidentally gets into a time machine and travels back in time nearly an hour. Finding himself will be the first of a series of disasters of unforeseeable consequences.
Nacho Vigalondo, Eduardo Carneros, Karra Elejalde, Flavio Martínez Labiano
Drama Action Thriller Sci-Fi

Doubt

It's 1964, St. Nicholas in the Bronx. A vibrant, charismatic priest, Father Flynn (Academy Award® winner Philip Seymour Hoffman), is trying to upend the schools' strict customs, which have long been fiercely guarded by Sister Aloysius Beauvier (Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep), the iron-gloved Principal who believes in the power of fear and discipline. The winds of political change are sweeping through the community, and indeed, the school has just accepted its first black student, Donald Miller. But when Sister James (Academy Award® nominee Amy Adams), a hopeful innocent, shares with Sister Aloysius her guilt-inducing suspicion that Father Flynn is paying too much personal attention to Donald, Sister Aloysius sets off on a personal crusade to unearth the truth and to expunge Flynn from the school. Now, without a shard of proof besides her moral certainty, Sister Aloysius locks into a battle of wills with Father Flynn which threatens to tear apart the community with irrevocable consequence.
Viola Davis, John Patrick Shanley, Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Scott Rudin, Mark Roybal, Amy Adams, Alice Drummond
Drama Adaptation Mystery

Where God Left His Shoes

A failed boxer struggles to find a job and an apartment for his family on Christmas Eve.
Salvatore Stabile, Michael Caldwell, Daniel Edelman, Richard Hutton, John Leguizamo
Drama
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Nothing but the Truth

Washington, DC political journalist Rachel Armstrong writes an explosive story about a government scandal in which she reveals the name of a covert CIA agent. When a special government prosecutor demands she divulge her source, she refuses and finds herself behind bars, struggling to defend the principles she has based her career upon.
Marc Frydman, Edie Falco, Bob Yari, Kate Beckinsale, Vera Farmiga, David Schwimmer, Rod Lurie, Matt Dillon
Drama

The Wrestler

Back in the late ‘80s, Randy “The Ram” Robinson (Mickey Rourke) was a headlining professional wrestler. Now, twenty years later, he ekes out a living performing for handfuls of diehard wrestling fans in high school gyms and community centers around New Jersey. Estranged from his daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) and unable to sustain any real relationships, Randy lives for the thrill of the show and the adoration of his fans. However, a heart attack forces him into retirement. As his sense of identity starts to slip away, he begins to evaluate the state of his life -- trying to reconnect with his daughter, and striking up a blossoming romance with an exotic dancer (Marisa Tomei) who is ready to start a new life. Yet all this cannot compare to the allure of the ring and passion for his art, which threatens to pull Randy “The Ram” back into his world of wrestling. Director Darren Aronofsky presents a powerful portrait of a battered dreamer, who despite himself and the odds stacked against him, lives to be a hero once again in the only place he considers home – inside the ring.
Marisa Tomei, Mickey Rourke, Darren Aronofsky, Robert Siegel, Ernest Miller, Todd Barry, Evan Rachel Wood
Drama
New York / Los Angeles
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent
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Seven Pounds

Academy Award® nominee Will Smith reunites with the directors and producers of "The Pursuit of Happyness" for the emotional drama "Seven Pounds." In the film, Smith plays Ben Thomas, an IRS agent with a fateful secret who embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers.
Rosario Dawson, Todd Black, Steve Tisch, Will Smith, Woody Harrelson, Jason Blumenthal, Grant Nieporte, Barry Pepper
Drama
Nationwide
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Yes Man

"Yes Man" stars Jim Carrey as Carl Allen, a guy whose life is going nowhere - the operative word being "no" - until he signs up for a self-help program based on one simple covenant: say "yes" to everything and anything. Unleashing the power of "YES" begins to transform Carl's life in amazing and unexpected ways, getting him promoted at work and opening the door to a new romance. But his willingness to embrace every opportunity might just become too much of a good thing.
Jim Carrey, Peyton Reed, John Michael Higgins, Bruce Berman, David Heyman, Andrew Mogel, Zooey Deschanel, Danny Masterson
Drama Comedy
Nationwide
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

The Tale of Despereaux

Once upon a time, in the faraway kingdom of Dor, there was magic in the air, laughter aplenty and gallons of mouthwatering soup. But an accident left the King broken-hearted, the Princess filled with longing and the townsfolk without their soup. Sunlight disappeared. The world became gray. All hope was lost in this land...until Despereaux Tilling was born.

A modern fairy tale from visionary filmmaker Gary Ross, together with directors Sam Fell & Rob Stevenhagen, The Tale of Despereaux tells the story of several unlikely heroes: Despereaux (Matthew Broderick), a brave mouse banished to the dungeon for speaking with a human; Roscuro (Dustin Hoffman), a good-hearted rat who loves light and soup, but is exiled to darkness; Pea (Emma Watson), a Princess in a gloomy castle who is prisoner to her father's grief; and Mig (Tracey Ullman), a servant girl who longs to be a Princess, but is forced to serve the jailer (Robbie Coltrane).

Tiny and graced with oversized ears, Despereaux was born too big for his little world. Refusing to live his life cowering, he befriends a Princess named Pea and learns to read (rather than eat) books—reveling in stories of knights, dragons and fair maidens. Banished from Mouseworld for being more man than mouse, Despereaux is rescued by another outcast, Roscuro, who also wants to hear the tales. But when the Princess dismisses Roscuro's friendship, he becomes the ultimate rat and plots revenge with fellow outsider Mig.

After Pea is kidnapped, Despereaux discovers he is the only one who can rescue her...and that even the tiniest mouse can find the courage of a knight in shining armor. In this tale of bravery, forgiveness and redemption, one small creature will teach a kingdom that it takes only a little light to show the truth: what you look like doesn't equal what you are.
Stanley Tucci, Emma Watson, William H. Macy, Ryan Kavanaugh, Gary Ross, Christopher Lloyd, Ciaran Hinds, Sam Fell
Drama Adventure Family Kids Animation
Nationwide
3 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Adam Resurrected

The story focuses on a former Nazi collaborator who later becomes the head of an asylum.
Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe, Derek Jacobi, Paul Schrader, Noah Stollman, Ayelet Zurer, Ulf Israel
Drama Historical

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

"I was born under unusual circumstances." And so begins "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," adapted from the 1920s story by F. Scott Fitzgerald about a man who is born in his eighties and ages backwards: a man, like any of us, who is unable to stop time. We follow his story, set in New Orleans from the end of World War I in 1918, into the 21st century, following his journey that is as unusual as any man's life can be. Directed by David Fincher and starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett with Taraji P. Henson, Tilda Swinton, Jason Flemyng, Elias Koteas and Julia Ormond, "Benjamin Button," is a grand tale of a not-so-ordinary man and the people and places he discovers along the way, the loves he finds, the joys of life and the sadness of death, and what lasts beyond time.
Brad Pitt, David Fincher, Kathleen Kennedy, Ceán Chaffin, Taraji P. Henson, Jason Flemyng, Eric Roth, Frank Marshall
Drama Fantasy
Nationwide
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Marley & Me

As the snow falls on their wedding night, newlyweds John and Jenny Grogan (Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston) decide to leave behind the harsh winters of Michigan and head south to begin their new lives in West Palm Beach, Florida. They obtain jobs as journalists at competing local newspapers, buy their first home, and begin to make their way through the challenges of a new marriage, new careers and, possibly, the life-changing decision to start a family.

Unsure of his preparedness for raising children, John confesses his fears to his friend and fellow journalist Sebastian, who comes up with the perfect solution: John should get Jenny a puppy. "There's nothing to it," says Sebastian. "You walk 'em. You feed 'em, you let 'em out now and then."

Then came Marley.

The Grogans adopt the cute, twelve pound yellow Labrador, who in no time at all, grows into a 100-pound steamroller of unbridled energy that turns the Grogan home into a disaster area. He flunks obedience school, chews off dry-wall, takes a bite out of the sofa, overturns garbage cans, steals a Thanksgiving turkey, consumes pillows and flowers, drinks toilet water, and chases the UPS guy. Even a newly-purchased, expensive necklace isn't safe from Marley's voracious antics.

Amidst the mayhem he generates through the years, Marley sees the Grogans through the ups and downs of family life, through job and home changes, and most of all, through the myriad challenges of a growing family. As John and Jenny come to realize, Marley - "the world's worst dog" - somehow brings out the best in them.
Scott Frank, Owen Wilson, Gil Netter, Alan Arkin, Jennifer Aniston, Eric Dane, David Frankel, Karen Rosenfel
Comedy Adaptation
Nationwide
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Frost/Nixon

For three years after being forced from office, Nixon remained silent. But in summer 1977, the steely, cunning former commander-in-chief agreed to sit for one all-inclusive interview to confront the questions of his time in office and the Watergate scandal that ended his presidency. Nixon surprised everyone in selecting Frost as his televised confessor, intending to easily outfox the breezy British showman and secure a place in the hearts and minds of Americans. Likewise, Frost's team harbored doubts about their boss' ability to hold his own. But as cameras rolled, a charged battle of wits resulted. Would Nixon evade questions of his role in one of the nation's greatest disgraces? Or would Frost confound critics and bravely demand accountability from the man who'd built a career out of stonewalling? Over the course of their encounter, each man would reveal his own insecurities, ego and reserves of dignity--ultimately setting aside posturing in a stunning display of unvarnished truth. "Frost/Nixon" not only re-creates the on-air interview, but the weeks of around-the-world, behind-the-scenes maneuvering between the two men and their camps as negotiations were struck, deals were made and secrets revealed--all leading to the moment when they would sit facing one another in the court of public opinion.
Eric Fellner, Ron Howard, Sam Rockwell, Toby Jones, Matthew Macfadyen, Michael Sheen, Tim Bevan, Brian Grazer
Drama Political
Nationwide
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Last Chance Harvey

Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson reunite in "Last Chance Harvey", a hopeful romance that celebrates new beginnings—at any age. The film is directed and written by Joel Hopkins.

New Yorker Harvey Shine (Dustin Hoffman) is on the verge of losing his dead-end job as a jingle writer. Warned by his boss (Richard Schiff) that he has just one more chance to deliver, Harvey goes to London for a weekend to attend his daughter’s (Liane Balaban) wedding but promises to be back on Monday morning to make an important meeting—or else. Harvey arrives in London only to learn his daughter has chosen to have her stepfather (James Brolin) walk her down the aisle instead of him. Doing his best to hide his devastation, he leaves the wedding before the reception in hopes of getting to the airport on time, but misses his plane anyway. When he calls his boss to explain, he is fired on the spot. Drowning his sorrows at the airport bar, Harvey strikes up a conversation with Kate (Emma Thompson), a slightly prickly, 40-something employee of the Office of National Statistics. Kate, whose life is limited to work, the occasional humiliating blind date and endless phone calls from her smothering mother (Eileen Atkins), is touched by Harvey, who finds himself energized by her intelligence and compassion.

The growing connection between the pair inspires both as they unexpectedly transform one another’s lives.
Emma Thompson, Kathy Baker, Richard Schiff, Eileen Atkins, Joel Hopkins, Tim Perell, Nicola Usborne, Dustin Hoffman
Drama Romance
Nationwide
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Bedtime Stories

The life of Skeeter Bronson, a hotel handyman, is changed forever when the bedtime stories he tells his niece and nephew start to mysteriously come true. He attempts to take advantage of the phenomenon, incorporating his own aspirations into one outlandish tale after another, but it's the kids' unexpected contributions that turn Skeeter's life upside down.
Adam Sandler, Matt Lopez, Adam Shankman, Keri Russell, Richard Griffiths, Garrett Grant, Jack Giarraputo, Andrew Gunn
Comedy Fantasy
Nationwide
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

The Spirit

"The Spirit" is a classic action-adventure-romance genre-twister written for the screen and directed by Frank Miller. It is the story of a former rookie cop who returns mysteriously from the dead as the Spirit (Gabriel Macht) to fight crime from the shadows of Central City. His arch-enemy, the Octopus (Samuel L. Jackson) has a different mission: he's going to wipe out Spirit's beloved city as he pursues his own version of immortality. The Spirit tracks this cold-hearted killer from Central City's rundown warehouses, to the damp catacombs, to the windswept waterfront ... all the while facing a bevy of beautiful women who either want to seduce, love or kill our masked crusader. Surrounding him at every turn are Ellen Dolan (Sarah Paulson), the whip-smart girl-next-door; Sliken Floss (Scarlett Johansson), a punk secretary and frigid vixen; Plaster of Paris (Paz Vega), a murderous French nightclub dancer; Lorelei (Jaime King), a phantom siren; and Morgenstern (Stana Katic), a sexy young cop. Then of course, there's Sand Saref (Eva Mendes), the jewel thief with dangerous curves. She's the love of his life turned bad. Will he save her or will she kill him?
Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Frank Miller, Deborah Del Prete, Gigi Pritzker, Michael E. Uslan, Will Eisner, Gabriel Macht
Drama Action Adventure
Nationwide
3 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Valkyrie

Superstar Tom Cruise heads an international cast as Col. Claus von Stauffenberg, the aristocratic German officer who led the heroic attempt to bring down the Nazi regime and end the war by planting a bomb in Hitler's bunker. The "July 20 Plot" on Hitler's life is one of the most heroic but least known episodes of World War Two. Severely wounded in combat, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg returns from Africa to join the German Resistance and help create Operation Valkyrie, the complex plan that will allow a shadow government to replace Hitler's once he is dead. But fate and circumstance conspire to thrust Stauffenberg from one of many in the plot to a double-edged central role. Not only must he lead the coup and seize control of his nation's government... He must kill Hitler himself.
Bill Nighy, Carice van Houten, Tom Cruise, Eddie Izzard, Bryan Singer, Paula Wagner, Chris McQuarrie, Tom Wilkinson
Drama Thriller Suspense

Waltz with Bashir

One night at a bar, an old friend tells director Ari about a recurring nightmare in which he is chased by 26 vicious dogs.
Ari Folman, Serge Lalou, Gerhard Meixner, Yael Nahlieli, Roman Paul
Drama War Animation

Revolutionary Road

Set in the 1950's, a happy suburban couple with two children find themselves caught between their true desires and the pressure to conform -- with explosive consequences.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, David Harbour, Sam Mendes, Zoe Kazan, John N. Hart, Scott Rudin, Bobby Cohen
Drama

Defiance

Based on an extraordinary true story, "Defiance" is an epic tale of family, honor, vengeance and salvation in World War II. The year is 1941 and the Jews of Eastern Europe are being massacred by the thousands. Managing to escape certain death, three brothers take refuge in the dense surrounding woods they have known since childhood. There they begin their desperate battle against the Nazis. Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber and Jamie Bell star as brothers who turn a primitive struggle to survive into something far more consequential -- a way to avenge the deaths of their loved ones by saving thousands of others.
Daniel Craig, Clayton Frohman, Edward Zwick, Pieter Jan Brugge, Liev Schrieber, Jamie Bell, Alexa Davalos, Allan Corduner
Drama War Adaptation
New York / Los Angeles
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Good

The story about one man's journey during the Nazi regime set against his chaotic private life.
Jason Isaacs, Viggo Mortensen, Mark Strong, Vicente Amorim, Miriam Segal, John Palermo, John Wrathall
Drama Historical
New York / Los Angeles
Trailer Buy / Rent