January 2009 Movies




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Bride Wars

Liv (Kate Hudson) and Emma (Anne Hathaway) are best friends who since childhood have planned every detail of their respective weddings. At the top of their bridal "must have" list: a ceremony at New York's ultimate bridal destination, the Plaza Hotel.

Now, at age 26, they're both about to get married; they're about to realize their dreams; and they're about to live happily ever after.

Or maybe not...

When a clerical error causes a clash in wedding dates - they're now to be married on the same date! - Liv, Emma and their lifelong friendship are put to the ultimate test. Liv, a successful lawyer who is used to getting what she wants, including the perfect job and the perfect man, won't settle for anything less than the perfect wedding she has dreamed of for years. Emma, a schoolteacher who has always been good at taking care of others, but not so much in looking after herself, discovers her inner Bridezilla and comes out swinging when her own dream wedding is imperiled.

Now, the two best friends who'd do anything for each other, find themselves in a no-holds-barred, take-no-prisoners struggle that threatens to erupt into all-out war.
Anne Hathaway, Kate Hudson, June Raphael, Bryan Greenberg, Julie Yorn, Alan Riche, Gary Winick, Casey Wilson
Comedy Romance
Nationwide
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

The Unborn

Casey Bell (Odette Yustman) hated her mother for leaving her as a child. But when inexplicable things start to happen, Casey begins to understand why she left. Plagued by merciless dreams and a tortured ghost that haunts her waking hours, she must turn to the only spiritual advisor, Sendak (Gary Oldman), who can make it stop.

With Sendak's help, Casey uncovers the source of a family curse dating back to Nazi Germany—a creature with the ability to inhabit anyone or anything that is getting stronger with each possession. With the curse unleashed, her only chance at survival is to shut a doorway from beyond our world that has been pried open by someone who was never born.
Gary Oldman, David S. Goyer, Odette Yustman, Meagan Good, Michael Bay, Cam Gigandet, Carla Gugino, James Remar
Drama Thriller Suspense Supernatural
Nationwide
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Not Easily Broken

The faith-themed drama revolves around a couple whose strength and faith are tested after the wife is injured in a car crash and the husband becomes attracted to another woman.
Kevin Hart, Bill Duke, T.D. Jakes, Cannon Jay, Wood Harris, Clint Culpepper, Aaron Norris, Curtis Wallace
Drama
Nationwide
3 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Che

Based on the life of revolutionary Che Guevara (played by Benicio Del Toro), this film follows the Argentinian from his beginnings as a doctor to his involvement in Cuban politics and his eventual murder in Bolivia.
Benicio Del Toro, Steven Soderbergh, Ryan Gosling, Benjamin Bratt, Terrence Malick, Javier Bardem, Julia Ormond, Franka Potente
Drama Historical Biography
Limited
4 / 5
Info Buy / Rent

Billo Barber

A humble small town barber with a wife, and a famous friend. Their unlikely friendship is rooted in Indian mythology about lord Krishna’s childhood friendship with mortal Sudama.
Priyadarshan, Manisha Korde, Mushtaq Sheikh, Irfan Khan
Comedy
Limited
2 / 5
Info Buy / Rent

Yonkers Joe

"Yonkers Joe" is an exciting, high-stakes con film and moving family drama written and directed by Robert Celestino, and starring Academy Award-nominee Chazz Palminteri, Academy Award-winner Christine Lahti, Tom Guiry ("The Black Donnellys"), Golden Globe-nominee Linus Roache, and Academy Award-nominee Michael Lerner. An ode to old time gamblers, now outdated in an age of powerful upscale casinos, "Yonkers Joe" tells the story of a dice hustler (Palminteri) whose determination to make one last grab for a big score in Vegas is complicated by the reappearance of his estranged, mentally challenged son into his life.
Christine Lahti, Robert Celestino, Trent Othick, Chazz Palminteri
Drama
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My Bloody Valentine 3-D

Ten years ago, a tragedy changed the town of Harmony forever. Tom Hanniger, an inexperienced coal miner, caused an accident in the tunnels that trapped and killed five men and sent the only survivor, Harry Warden, into a permanent coma. But Harry Warden wanted revenge. Exactly one year later, on Valentine's Day, he woke up...and brutally murdered twenty-two people with a pickaxe before being killed. Ten years later, Tom Hanniger returns to Harmony on Valentine's Day, still haunted by the deaths he caused. Struggling to make amends with his past, he grapples with unresolved feelings for his ex-girlfriend, Sarah, who is now married to his best friend, Axel, the town sheriff. But tonight, after years of peace, something from Harmony's dark past has returned. Wearing a miner's mask and armed with a pickaxe, an unstoppable killer is on the loose. And as his footsteps come ever closer, Tom, Sarah and Axel realize in terror that it just might be Harry Warden who's come back to claim them.
Kerr Smith, John Dunning, Patrick Lussier, Mike Paseornek, John Sacchi, Zane Smith, Jaime King, Jensen Ackles
Thriller Suspense Horror Remake
Nationwide
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Hotel for Dogs

"Hotel for Dogs", stars Emma Roberts, Jake T. Austin, Lisa Kudrow, Kevin Dillon and Don Cheadle in a smart, funny comedy adventure that shows how far love and imagination can take you. When their new guardians forbid 16-year old Andi (Roberts) and her younger brother, Bruce (Austin) to have a pet, Andi has to use her quick wit to help find a new home for their dog, Friday. The resourceful kids stumble upon an abandoned hotel and using Bruce's talents as a mechanical genius, transform it into a magical dog-paradise for Friday--and eventually for all Friday's friends. When barking dogs make the neighbors suspicious, Andi and Bruce use every invention they have to avoid anyone discovering "who let the dogs in."
Emma Roberts, Thor Freudenthal, Marc Haimes, Lisa Kudrow, Tom Pollock, Lauren Shuler Donner, Jimmy Bennett, Ivan Reitman
Comedy Family
Nationwide
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Notorious

"Notorious" is about the life of rapper Christopher Wallace a.k.a. The Notorious B.I.G. In just a few short years, The Notorious B.I.G. rose from the streets of Brooklyn to become one of the most influential hip hop artists of all time. B.I.G. was a gifted storyteller; his narratives about violent life on the streets were told with a gritty, objective realism that won him enormous respect and credibility. His stories were universal and gave a voice to his generation.
Angela Bassett, Anthony Mackie, Jamal Woolard, Derek Luke, George Tillman, Jr., Voletta Wallace, Wayne Barrow, Mark Pitts
Drama Biography Music
Nationwide
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Paul Blart: Mall Cop

In Columbia Pictures' comedy "Paul Blart: Mall Cop," Kevin James stars as the title character, a single, suburban dad, trying to make ends meet as a security officer at a New Jersey mall. Though no one else takes his job seriously, Paul considers himself on the front lines of safety. When a heist shuts down the megaplex, Jersey's most formidable mall cop will have to become a real cop to save the day.
Kevin James, Steve Carr, Todd Garner, Keir O'Donnell, Jayma Mays, Barry Bernardi, Nick Bakay, Shirley Knight
Comedy
Nationwide
5 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Chandni Chowk to China

From Chutney in India to Chow Mein in China, "Chandni Chowk to China" follows one man's passage from simple cook to kung fu fighter on a thrilling, madcap journey from the by-lanes of Chandni Chowk in Delhi, India, to the grandeur of the Great Wall of China and beyond. The first-ever Bollywood kung fu action comedy, the film brings together the two largest Asian communities, India and China, on one cinematic canvas.

Starring Bollywood's biggest action star, Akshay Kumar, the film parallels the actor's own journey to fame: Kumar worked as a cook before pursuing his passion for martial arts.

"Chandni Chowk to China" also stars stunning model-turned-actress Deepika Padukone, Bollywood veteran Mithun Chakraborty, Ranvir Shorey, and Chinese martial arts expert and actor Gordon Liu ("Kill Bill: Vols. 1 and 2").

Nikhil Advani ("Kal Ho Na Ho") directed the film from a screenplay by Shridhar Raghavan ("Bluff Master," "Khakhee"). Ramesh Sippy, Mukesh Talreja and Rohan Sippy are the producers.

The film also features stunts choreographed by veteran martial arts stunt coordinator Huen Chiu-Ku, whose credits include "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," "Kill Bill: Vols. 1 and 2" and "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor." The musical trio Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy composing the eclectic score, an eclectic Indo-Chinese fusion inspired by the music of China and India.

"Chandni Chowk to China" focuses on the epic heroic journey of Sidhu (Kumar), a simple cook from Chandni Chowk who longs to escape his dreary existence and looks for shortcuts with everything from astrologers and tarot readers to a magic potato, believing in anything and everything except himself. His fate changes when two strangers from China claim him to be a reincarnation of a war hero from the past and enlist him to come back with them to their village in China.

His opportunistic translator, Chopstick (Ranvir Shorey), tells Sidhu of the women, wine and princely existence that await him in foreign lands; what Chopstick doesn't tell him is that he has become the village's best hope to take on the vicious gangster Hojo (Gordon Liu), who has been terrorizing them. Along the way, Sidhu meets Sakhi, played by Deepika Padukone ("Om Shanti Om"), a stunning TV model who has embarked on her own adventure to pay homage to the land of her birth, her dead father and twin. Padukone also portrays Sakhi's long-lost twin sister, Meow.

Soon, Sidhu realizes he is in way over his head and faces imminent defeat without a miracle. Only at his lowest point does he meet a Kung Fu master (Roger Yuan) who can help Sidhu find his inner hero, set the village free, and pursue the love of his life.
Akshay Kumar, Nikhil Advani, Shridhar Raghavan
Action Comedy

Of Time and the City

The film is both a love song and a eulogy to the directors birthplace of Liverpool. It is also a response to memory, reflection and the experience of losing a sense of place as the skyline changes and time takes it toll.
Terence Davies, Roy Boulter, Sol Papadopoulos, Tim Pollard
Documentary
New York
4 / 5
Info Buy / Rent
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Inkheart

"Inkheart" is a thrilling adventure that stars Brendan Fraser as Mo Folchart, a father who possesses a secret ability to bring characters from books to life when he reads them aloud. But when Mo accidentally brings a power-hungry villain from a rare children's fable to life, the villain kidnaps Mo's daughter and demands Mo bring other evil fictional characters to life. In an attempt to rescue his daughter, Mo assembles a disparate group of friends - both real and magic - and embarks on a journey to save her and set things right.
Andy Serkis, Brendan Fraser, Paul Bettany, Helen Mirren, Diana Pokorny, Jim Broadbent, David Lindsay-Abaire, Eliza Hope Bennett
Drama Fantasy Sci-Fi Family Kids
Nationwide
3 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

"Underworld: Rise of the Lycans" delves into the origins of the centuries-old blood feud between the aristocratic vampires, known as Death Dealers, and the barbaric Lycans (werewolves). A young Lycan, Lucian (Michael Sheen), emerges as a powerful leader who rallies the werewolves to rise up against Viktor (Bill Nighy), the cruel vampire king who has persecuted them for hundreds of years. Lucian is joined by his secret lover, the beautiful vampire Sonja (Rhona Mitra), in his battle to free the Lycans from their brutal enslavement.
Tom Rosenberg, Len Wiseman, Patrick Tatopoulos, Bill Nighy, Gary Lucchesi, Danny McBride, Michael Sheen, Steven Mackintosh
Action Adventure Fantasy Thriller Horror Sci-Fi Prequel
Nationwide
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Outlander

"Outlander" begins when a space craft crashes into the majestic fjords of ancient Norway and into the time of the Vikings. From the wreckage emerge two bitter enemies: a soldier from another world – Kainan – and a bloodthirsty creature known as the Moorwen. Man and monster both seeking revenge for violence committed against them. As the Moorwen ravages the Viking world, killing everything in its path, Kainan forms an unlikely alliance with the primitive but fierce warriors. Combining his advanced technology with ancient Iron Age weapons, the hero leads a desperate attempt to kill the monster - before it destroys them all.
Don Carmody, Chris Roberts, John Hurt, Kia Jam, Andreas Schmid, Jim Caviezel, Jack Huston, Ron Perlman
Action Adventure Fantasy Sci-Fi

Killshot

In the thriller, based on the Elmore Leonard novel, a woman and her blue-collar husband become the targets of two killers after they stumble on an extortion plot hatched by the bad guys. Carmen (Lane) saw the scam and now she and Wayne (Jane), her ironworker husband, have to pay.

Blackbird (Rourke) kills smart and deadly. Richie kills stupid and crazy. Both are out to erase any living evidence--and when these lethal partners take up the chase, a safe place from killing is awfully hard to find.
Christopher McQuarrie, Diane Lane, Rosario Dawson, Thomas Jane, John Madden, RIchard Gladstein, Hossein Amini, Johnny Knoxville
Action Adventure Thriller Suspense Crime

Donkey Punch

After meeting at a nightclub in a Mediterranean resort, seven young adults decide to continue partying aboard a luxury yacht in the middle of the ocean. But when one of them dies in a freak accident, the others argue about what to do, which leads to a ruthless fight for survival.
Robin Gutch, Oliver Blackburn, Mark Herbert, Angus Lamont, David Bloom, Nichola Burley
Thriller

Possession

A woman's life turns surreal after an automobile accident leaves both her husband Ryan and her brother-in-law Roman in a coma. Things take an even darker turn when Roman wakes believing that he is Ryan. As Jess tries to deal with these increasingly disturbing events, she also struggles with the possibility that either the spirit of her husband has returned to her or that something very sinister is at work.
Lee Pace, Sonny Mallhi, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Joel Bergvall, Alex Brunner, Nigel Sinclair, Won-mi Byun, Michael Petroni
Thriller Suspense Remake Supernatural
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New in Town

Lucy Hill (Renée Zellweger) is an ambitious, up and coming executive living in Miami. She loves her shoes, she loves her cars and she loves climbing the corporate ladder. When she is offered a temporary assignment - in the middle of nowhere - to restructure a manufacturing plant, she jumps at the opportunity, knowing that a big promotion is close at hand. What begins as a straight forward job assignment becomes a life changing experience as Lucy discovers greater meaning in her life and most unexpectedly, the man of her dreams (Harry Connick, Jr.).
Rashida Jones, Nathan Fillion, J.K. Simmons, Peter Safran, Harry Connick Jr., Renée Zellweger, C. Jay Cox, Jonas Elmer
Comedy
Nationwide
3 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

The Uninvited

"The Uninvited" revolves around Anna (Emily Browning), who returns home after spending time in the hospital following the tragic death of her mother. Her recovery suffers a setback when she discovers her father (David Strathairn) has become engaged to her mother’s former nurse, Rachel (Elizabeth Banks). That night, Anna is visited by her mother's ghost, who warns her of Rachel's intentions. Together, Anna and her sister (Arielle Kebbel) try to convince their father that his current fiancée is not who she pretends to be, and what should have been a happy family reunion becomes a lethal battle of wills between stepdaughters and stepmother.
Laurie MacDonald, Doug Davison, Roy Lee, Kim Jee-woon, Elizabeth Banks, David Strathairn, Tom Pollock, Tom Guard
Thriller Horror Remake
Nationwide
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Taken

"Taken" stars Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills, an ex-government operative who has less than four days to find his kidnapped daughter, who has been taken on her first day of vacation in Paris.
Liam Neeson, Pierre Morel, Katie Cassidy, Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen, Famke Janssen, Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, India Osborne
Drama Action Adventure
Nationwide
5 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

The Class

"The Class" is based on an autobiographical novel by Francois Begaudeau, a drama that follows the year in the life of a French schoolteacher working at a high-school in a tough neighborhood of Paris. Ethnicities, cultures and attitudes often clash in the classroom. As amusing and inspiring as the teenage students can be, their difficult behavior can still jeopardize any teacher's enthusiasm for the low-paying job. Francois insists on an atmosphere of respect and diligence. Neither stuffy nor severe, his extravagant frankness often takes the students by surprise. But his classroom ethics are put to the test when his students begin to challenge his methods.
Caroline Benjo, Juliette Demaille, Laura Baquela, Laurent Cantet, Carole Scotta, François Bégaudeau, Robin Campillo, Nassim Amrabt
Drama
Limited
2 / 5
Info Buy / Rent

Luck by Chance

A struggling actor comes from Delhi to Bombay and enters the Hindi film industry.
Zoya Akhtar, Farhan Akhtar, Ritesh Sidhwani
Comedy Thriller