January 2011 Movies




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If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle

Romania's official selection for the 2011 Academy Award centers around an 18-year-old about to be released from a juvenile detention center.
Catalin Mitulescu, Florin Serban, Pistireanu George, Ada Condeescu, Mihai Constantin
Drama
New York
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune

A documentary about the folk singer Phil Ochs.
Kenneth Bowser
Documentary
New York
3 / 5
Info Buy / Rent
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Season of the Witch

Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman star in this supernatural action adventure about a heroic Crusader and his closest friend who return home after decades of fierce fighting, only to find their world destroyed by the Plague. The church elders, convinced that a girl accused of being a witch is responsible for the devastation, command the two to transport the strange girl to a remote monastery where monks will perform an ancient ritual to rid the land of her curse. They embark on a journey that will test their strength and courage as they discover the girl’s dark secret and find themselves battling a powerful force that will determine the fate of the world.
Nicolas Cage, Charles Roven, Alex Gartner, Stephen Campbell Moore, Ulrich Thomsen, Claire Foy, Stephen Graham, Christopher Lee
Action Adventure Fantasy Supernatural
Nationwide
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

The Absent

A high school teacher is forced to choose between his career and a love affair with one of his students. The pressure mounts when his twin brother, Oscar, returns after serving 25 years in jail for killing their parents.
Damon Abdallah, Sage Bannick, Chris Sivertson, Ari Bernstein
Thriller Horror

The Time That Remains

An examination of the creation of the state of Israel in 1948 through to the present day.
Elia Suleiman, Ali Suliman, Saleh Bakri
Drama
New York
3 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

No One Killed Jessica

Jessica, a young attractive model trying her hand at bartending, is shot dead at a celebrity party for refusing to serve a drink after closing hours. The culprit Manish, son of a prominent politician, inebriated by a deadly cocktail of alcohol and a sense of entitlement, pulls the trigger in a fit of rage. With 300 of Delhi's swish set present at the party, many of whom are witnesses to the murder, Manish looks all set to go to the gallows. Except, that it doesn't quite turn out that way. Now two women, Jessica's sister, Sabrina and the feisty TV reporter, Meera will have to drum up every resource at their disposal to outwit Manish at his own game, if the truth is to have any chance of prevailing over money and political clout.
Raj Kumar Gupta
Drama Thriller Crime
Limited
3 / 5
Info Buy / Rent

The Dilemma

Ronny (Vince Vaughn) has idealized his business partner and best friend Isaac (Kevin James) marriage for years, so when he discovers that Isaac's wife is cheating, his faith in relationships is shattered and he becomes unhinged -- but he doesn't know the whole story, and his increasingly erratic behavior is about to jeopardize his own relationship with his loving and patient girlfriend.
Vince Vaughn, Kim Roth, Channing Tatum, Queen Latifah, Kevin James, Todd Hallowell, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer
Comedy Romance
Nationwide
3 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

The Green Hornet

Britt Reid (Seth Rogen), son and heir to Los Angeles’ largest newspaper fortune, is a rich, spoiled playboy who has been happy to maintain a direction-less existence. When his father James Reid (Tom Wilkinson) dies, Britt meets an impressive and resourceful company employee, Kato (Jay Chou). They realize that they have the resources to do something worthwhile with their lives and finally step out of James Reid’s shadow. Kato builds the ultimate weapon, The Black Beauty, an indestructible car with every weapon imaginable and Britt decides that in order to be heroes, they will pose as villains. With the help of Britts new secretary, Lenore Case (Cameron Diaz), they learn that the chief criminal in the city is named Benjamin Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz). He has united all the gangs under his power, and he quickly sees that the Green Hornet is a direct threat to the prosperous criminal underworld he controls.
Michael Peña, Adam Sandler, Cameron Diaz, Neal H. Moritz, Jay Chou, Seth Rogen, David Harbour, Evan Goldberg
Action Adventure Crime Superhero Martial Arts 3D Post-3D
Nationwide
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

The Heart Specialist

Wood Harris, Mya, Dennis Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Method Man
Comedy

Burning Palms

Five dark and comedic stories that take place in Los Angeles.
Rosamund Pike, Dylan McDermott, Christopher B. Landon, Jamie Chung, Nick Stahl, Zoe Saldana, Lake Bell, Paz Vega
Drama Comedy

Ong Bak 3

Tien is captured and almost beaten to death before he is saved and brought back to the Kana Khone villagers.
Tony Jaa, Panna Rittikrai
Action Sequel
New York / Los Angeles
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Plastic Planet

Reveals the far-flung reaches of our plastic problem with interviews with the world’s foremost experts in biology, pharmacology, and genetics shed light on the perils of plastic to our environment and expose the truth of how plastic affects our bodies and the health of future generations.
Werner Boote
Documentary
New York
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

A Somewhat Gentle Man

An ex-convict released from prison tries to live a normal, quiet life but is also looking for vengeance against the snitch who put him in jail.
Stellan Skarsgard, Hans Petter Moland
Comedy Crime
New York
3 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Every Day

Liev Schreiber and Helen Hunt play a couple whose troubled marriage escalates into crisis when a sexy colleague, played by Carla Gugino, enters the mix.
Liev Schreiber, Carla Gugino, Helen Hunt, Eddie Izzard, Richard Levine, Brian Dennehy
Drama Comedy
New York / Los Angeles
2 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Barney's Version

A man leads a reckless life highlighted by three marriages, two children and being a "person of interest" in the mysterious disappearance of his bosom buddy.
Minnie Driver, Rosamund Pike, Scott Speedman, Robert Lantos, Domenico Procacci, Michael Konyves, Paul Giamatti, Rachelle Lefevre
Drama
New York / Los Angeles
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent
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No Strings Attached

A guy and a girl struggle to have an exclusively sexual relationship as they both come to realize they want much more.
Lisa Bruce, Natalie Portman, Kevin Kline, Gary Barber, Jeffrey Clifford, Tom Pollock, Joe Medjuck, Ashton Kutcher
Comedy Romance
Nationwide
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

The Way Back

Based on a memoir by Slavomir Rawicz about his escape from a Siberian gulag and subsequent 4000-mile walk to freedom in India.
Mark Strong, Colin Farrell, Joni Levin, Peter Weir, Duncan Henderson, Nigel Sinclair, Saoirse Ronan, Ed Harris
Drama
Nationwide
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

The Company Men

The story centers on a year in the life of three men trying to survive a round of corporate downsizing at a major company - and how that affects them, their families, and their communities.
Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Maria Bello, Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, John Wells, Paula Weinstein, Claire Polstein
Drama

Dhobi Ghat

Four people from different background intersect in Mumbai and alter eachother's lives profoundly.
Kiran Rao
Drama

The Housemaid

A man's affair with his family's housemaid leads to a dark consequences.
Jeon Do-yeon, Im Sang-soo
Thriller Romance Remake
New York
3 / 5
Info Buy / Rent

Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance

In the battle to prevent the apocalyptic Third Impact, Shinji and Rei were forced to carry humanity's hopes on their shoulders. As the onslaught of monstrous Angels escalates, a group of young Eva pilots find their burden shared by two new pilots: the fiery Asuka and the mysterious Mari.
Animation
Limited
3 / 5
Info Buy / Rent
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The Mechanic

Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) is a well-paid assassin who executes people at the request of the American government. But after assassinating a former close associate, Bishop does something that's unprofessional and out of control: he takes on a apprentice (Ben Foster), the son of the man he just killed.
Jason Statham, Ben Foster, David Winkler, William Chartoff, Trevor Short, Shane Salerno, Donald Sutherland, Christa Campbell
Drama Action Remake
Nationwide
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

The Rite

Follows skeptical seminary student Michael Kovak (Colin O’Donoghue), who reluctantly attends exorcism school at the Vatican. While he’s in Rome, Michael meets an unorthodox priest, Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins), who introduces him to the darker side of his faith, uncovering the devil’s reach even to one of the holiest places on Earth.
Beau Flynn, Ciaran Hinds, Alice Braga, Marta Gastini, Mikael Hafstrom, Tripp Vinson, Anthony Hopkins, Colin O'Donoghue
Drama Thriller Suspense True Story
Nationwide
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster

Set in Foshan, China, during the Sino Japanese War, one man rises to the fore, Grandmaster Ip Man. Upon refusing to teach his fighting art to the invading Japanese soldiers, he is forced to fight for the honor of his country in a series of battles that will culminate in a kill or be killed showdown with Japan’s greatest fighter, General Miura.
Donnie Yen, Wilson Yip, Sammo Hung
Action

From Prada to Nada

It's a whimsical fish-out-of-water story of two spoiled sisters: Nora (Camilla Belle), a law student, and Mary (Alexa Vega), an undergrad party girl, living with their father in a luxurious mansion in Beverly Hills. Mary has become so "90210" she refuses to admit she is of Mexican descent. When dad suddenly passes away, their posh lives are turned upside down. They discover they have been left penniless and are forced to move into their estranged aunt Aurelia's (Adriana Barraza) modest but lively home in the Latino-centric Boyle Heights neighborhood of East LA. They are terrified to leave their world of privilege; neither Nora nor Mary speak Spanish or have ever had to take on actual responsibility. The girls gradually adapt to their new environment; their BMW and Prius are traded for the public bus and a used car. As they embrace the culture that for so long they refused to accept, they both discover romance, the true meaning of family, and they learn that the life of PRADA actually means NADA without love, family and community.
Camilla Belle, Fina Torres, Luis Alfaro, Alexa Vega, Gigi Pritzker, April Bowlby, Wilmer Valderrama, Kuno Becker
Drama Comedy Romance Adaptation

Biutiful

The story is about a troubled man who is confronted by a former friend, now a police officer.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Maricel Alvarez, Javier Bardem
Drama

Kaboom

An ambisexual 18-year-old college student stumbles upon a monstrous conspiracy in a seemingly idyllic Southern California seaside town.
Rooney Mara, Thomas Dekker, Gregg Araki, Roxane Mesquida, Kelly Lynch, Juno Temple
Comedy
New York
3 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Seconds Apart

Judging by their privileged lifestyles, one would never guess that Seth and Jonah are murderous twins who share an evil kinship. Damned from the moment of their births, the brothers possess a gruesome talent for telekinesis - a power they use in the most horrific ways imaginable. As fellow students meet gory fates, local law enforcement begins to suspect the twins' connection to the depraved murders.
Orlando Jones, Edmund Entin, Gary Entin, Antonio Negret, Samantha Droke
Thriller Suspense Horror