February 2007 Movies




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East of Havana

Calling themselves "El Cartel," a trio of underground rappers in Cuba struggle to get their music heard while bypassing the official government-sanctioned music industry. Growing by word of mouth thanks to their electrifying performances, they put all of their energy into creating a music festival, even as government officials and Hurricane Charley close in.
Jauretsi Saizabitoria, Emilia Menocal
Documentary

The Messengers

The Solomon family has left the fast paced life of Chicago for the secluded world of a North Dakota farm. Amidst the tranquil sway of the farm's field of sunflowers, Jess, 16, soon realizes how terrifying seclusion can be when she and her brother Ben, 3, begin seeing ominous apparitions invisible to everyone else. When those specters become violent, Jess' sanity is questioned--a double jeopardy for the tormented teen. Her troublesome past comes face to face with the past of those who once lived in the house, a perilous confrontation that leaves her believability in question with those she desperately tries to warn before it is too late.
Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Stuart Beattie, Kristen Stewart, Dylan McDermott, Penelope Ann Miller, Joe Drake, Oxide Pang
Thriller Suspense Horror

Because I Said So

Daphne Wilder is a mother whose love knows no bounds or boundaries. As a single parent, she has raised three fantastic girls--klutzy, adorable Milly, stable psychologist Maggie and sexy and irreverent Mae--to become the kind of women any mom would die to have. The only problem is they're about to strangle her. In order to prevent her youngest, Milly, from making the same romantic mistakes she did, Daphne decides to set her up with the perfect man. The one thing Daphne decides not to tell Milly, however, is that she placed an ad in the online personals to find him. If anyone knows exactly what her daughter does and doesn't need out of a long-term relationship (or clothes or her career), it's Daphne. Comic mayhem unfolds as the well-intended mom continues to do the wrong thing for the right reasons--all in the name of love for her beloved daughter. Is the man of Daphne's (erm, Milly's) dreams the responsible architect Jason, or is he the free-spirited rocker Johnny? Daphne will continue to push, cajole, suggest and nudge her way into Milly's smallest of decisions until she rights the wrongs of her own life choices or drives her girl nuts. But once Johnny's own father, Joe, catches a buried spark within Daphne, things really start to heat up for the Wilder matriarch. Finally letting herself begin to fall, Daphne begins to wonder if she is just pushing her girls as a way of ignoring her own issues.
Mandy Moore, Jessie Nelson, Gabriel Macht, Paul Brooks, Diane Keaton, Piper Perabo, Tom Everett Scott, Michael Lehmann
Comedy

Factory Girl

The film is set in 1965, the year Sedgwick met Andy Warhol and became known as his muse and later died of a barbiturate overdose in 1971 at the age of 28.
Guy Pearce, Holly Wiersma, Hayden Christensen, Sienna Miller, Mena Suvari, Simon Monjack, George Hickenlooper, Aaron Richard Golub
Drama Biography
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Norbit

A meek guy is pressed into marrying a monstrous woman When he subsequently meets the woman of his dreams, he has to figure out a way to be with her.
Eddie Murphy, Charlie Murphy, David Ronn, Terry Crews, Brian Robbins, Michael Tollin, John Davis, Jay Scherick
Comedy

The Lives of Others

A secret agent wiretaps the apartment of an artistic couple, and finds himself sucked into their lives, with tragic consequences.
Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Sydney Pollack, Anthony Minghella
Drama Thriller

Hannibal Rising

Mischa and Hannibal (Gaspard Ulliel), baby brother and sister, are inseparable; it is their love for each other that ties their bond. Their companionship is forever binding, until, with their family, while hiding from the Nazi war machine a twisted set of circumstance sets the pace for a most vicious attack on the future of one Hannibal Lecter for the sworn vengeance for the brutal killing of his baby sister. Years later, we find Hannibal, the teenager, setting up in Paris, and living with his aunt Lady Murasaki Shikibu (Li Gong) and studying at medical school here he finds his forte. Still searching for his sister's murderers, still bitter and still ever hopeful of satisfying his desire for retribution. This chance arrives, and soon we are to learn that for a pound of flesh lost a pound of flesh must be repaid. This is the horrific tale of justice and honour, a young mans growing pains that will have the guilty paying with more than just flesh and bone. This is the up and rising tale of the young Hannibal, prey you do not meet him, for meat you shall be to him. Taste his wroth.
Dino De Laurentiis, Martha De Laurentiis, Ivan Marevich, Rhys Ifans, Peter Webber, Thomas Harris, Gaspard Ulliel, Gong Li
Thriller Suspense Horror Prequel

Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls

A single father, Monty, is a garage mechanic who lives in a poor neighborhood and struggles to make ends meet as he raises his three young daughters on his own. But when the courts award custody of his daughters to his corrupt, drug-dealing ex-wife, Monty desperately tries to win them back, enlisting the help of Julia, a beautiful--and hard-nosed--attorney he meets during his short stint as a chauffeur. While Monty and the Ivy-League-educated Julia couldn't be less alike, an unexpected romance blossoms--and it soon begins to feel like true love. But in order for their relationship to survive, the couple must reconcile their two very different worlds--and overcome the forces that threaten to tear Monty's family apart.
Idris Elba, Tyler Perry, Reuben Cannon, Gabrielle Union, Tracey Ellis Ross, Malinda Williams, Terri Vaughn, Lou Gossett Jr.
Comedy Romance

Music and Lyrics

Alex Fletcher (Hugh Grant) is a washed-up 80s pop star who's been reduced to working the nostalgia circuit at county fairs and amusement parks. The charismatic and talented musician gets a chance at a comeback when reigning diva Cora Corman invites him to write and record a duet with her, but there's a problem—Alex hasn't written a song in years, he's never written lyrics, and he has to come up with a hit in a matter of days. Enter Sophie Fisher (Drew Barrymore), Alex's beguilingly quirky plant lady, whose flair for words strikes a chord with the struggling songwriter. On the rebound from a bad relationship, Sophie is reluctant to collaborate with anyone, especially commitment-phobe Alex. As their chemistry heats up at the piano and under it, Alex and Sophie will have to face their fears—and the music—if they want to find the love and success they both deserve. The film co-stars Brad Garrett as Alex's steadfast manager, Kristen Johnston as Sophie's sister, Rhonda, and Campbell Scott as Sophie's novelist ex-boyfriend. Newcomer Haley Bennett plays young, pop princess Cora Corman.
Bruce Berman, Hugh Grant, Haley Bennett, Marc Lawrence, Nancy Juvonen, Drew Barrymore, Brad Garrett, Kristen Johnston
Comedy Romance
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Bridge to Terabithia

An 11-year-old boy has his life changed forever when he befriends the class outsider, a girl. Together they create the world of Terabithia, an imaginary kingdom filled with giants, trolls and other magical beings.
AnnaSophia Robb, Zooey Deschanel, Josh Hutcherson, Gabor Csupo, Lauren Levine, David Paterson, Jeff Stockwell, Lauren Clinton
Drama Fantasy Sci-Fi Family Kids

Breach

When young Eric O'Neill (Phillippe) is promoted out of his low-level surveillance job and into the headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, his dream of becoming a full-fledged agent is on the verge of becoming a reality. Even more impressive, O'Neill is handpicked to work for renowned operative Robert Hanssen (Cooper), within "information assurance," a new division created to protect all classified FBI Intelligence. O' Neill is quickly confronted with the true reason behind his hire: Hanssen is the sole subject of a long-term, top-secret investigation, a suspected mole made all the more dangerous by the sheer global import of the information he is charged with protecting.

The Bureau asks O'Neill to use Hanssen's growing trust to slowly draw the traitor out of deep cover. Engaged in a lethal game of spy-versus-spy, O'Neill finds himself fighting to bring down Hanssen before the treacherous double agent can destroy O'Neill, his family and the nation they are both sworn to serve.

Linney portrays Special Agent Kate Burroughs, the FBI staffer in charge of O'Neill, and Dennis Haysbert (Far From Heaven, TV's 24) is Special Agent Dan Plesac, who teams with Burroughs to bring Hanssen down. Also
Billy Ray, Ryan Phillippe, Kathleen Quinlan, Scott Kroopf, Adam Mazer, Chris Cooper, Laura Linney, Bobby Newmyer
Drama Thriller Suspense

Ghost Rider

It's based on the Marvel Comics book character, Johnny Blaze, a motorcycle stuntman who becomes the host of a "spirit of vengeance" in exchange for the safety of his true love, but at night he's transformed into a fiery demon with superpowers who chases the bad guys.
Nicolas Cage, Michael De Luca, Eva Mendes, Norm Golightly, Avi Arad, Gary Foster, Shane Salerno, Jon Voight
Action Adventure Fantasy Sci-Fi
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The Number 23

Spiraling into a dark obsession with the number 23, Walter Sparrow twists his once idyllic life into an inferno of psychological torture that could possibly lead to his death as well as the deaths of his loved ones. Spurred on by a mysterious novel, The Number 23, that he doesn't dare put down, Walter is forced to unlock the secrets of his past before he can continue his future with his wife, Agatha, and teenage son, Robin. The novel, given to Walter by Agatha as a birthday gift, depicts a chilling murder mystery that seems to mirror Walter's life in dark and uncontrollable ways. The life of the book's main character, a brooding detective named Fingerling, is filled with moments that echo Walter's own history. As the world of the book starts to come alive, Walter becomes infected by the most frightening and evocative part of it: Fingerling's obsession with the hidden power of the number 23. This obsession permeates the book and begins to control Walter. He sees the number everywhere in his own life and becomes convinced that he is damned to commit the same horrific crime as Fingerling--murder. Nightmarish fantasies come to haunt Walter, ones that portend terrible fates for his wife as well as family friend Isaac French, placing him on a desperate quest to understand the mysteries of the book. If he can unlock the power behind the number 23, he may be able to change his future.
Logan Lerman, Rhona Mitra, Beau Flynn, Virginia Madsen, Tripp Vinson, Fernley Phillips, Jim Carrey, Joel Schumacher
Drama Thriller Suspense

The Astronaut Farmer

The story follows an eccentric farmer who dreams of space travel and sets out to build a rocket inside his barn. His neighbors consider him an oddity, the government thinks he is a threat, and the media sees him as a story.
Bruce Willis, Virginia Madsen, Mark Polish, Michael Polish, Paula Weinstein, Len Amato, Billy Bob Thornton, Bruce Dern
Drama

Reno 911: Miami

The police officers of Reno visit a national police convention in Miami Beach at the height of spring break. When the convention center is bio-attacked, it's up to Reno's "finest" to save the day.
Cedric Yarbrough, Robert Ben Garant, Danny DeVito, Thomas Lennon, Niecy Nash, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher, Kerri Kenney
Comedy Crime Spoof Based on TV

Amazing Grace

Based on the life of British anti-slavery crusader William Wilberforce. The story will center on Wilberforce's efforts as a member of Parliament in 18th-century England to end slavery and the slave trade in the British empire. Wilberforce was elected to the House of Commons when he was 21 years old and focused on the issue of slavery, successfully organizing a diverse coalition that went up against the most powerful men of the time.
Rufus Sewell, Steven Knight, Ciaran Hinds, Ed Pressman, Romola Garai, Michael Apted, Terrence Malick, Michael Gambon
Drama Historical

Gray Matters

They finish each other's sentences, dance like Fred and Ginger, and they're all hearing wedding bells. All? No ménage-a-tois here--just Gray and Sam, a sister and brother so compatible they wind up falling for the same woman. But while Charlie adores her sister-in-law to be, and Sam has finally found the perfect mate, Gray has feelings for Charlie that are about to turn her life inside out.
Sissy Spacek, James Marsden, Sue Kramer, Margaret Riley, Ted Liebowitz, Alan Cumming, Heather Graham, Saffron Burrows
Comedy Romance