July 2008 Movies




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Hancock

A tortured superhero crash-lands in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, and tries to revitalize himself by romancing an alluring housewife, causing chaos in the city.
Will Smith, Jason Bateman, Charlize Theron, Peter Berg, Vince Gilligan, Adam Del Rio, James Lassiter, Akiva Goldsman
Drama Romance Superhero

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl

American Girl is a popular line of dolls and books for girls. While the doll line runs the gamut from pre-Revolutionary War to World War II, the film will focus on Kit Kittredge, who grows up in the early years of the Great Depression.
Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Abigail Breslin, Patricia Rozema, Lisa Gillan, Ann Peacock, Glenne Headly, Chris O'Donnell, Julie Goldstein
Comedy Family Kids

Ne Le Dis à Personne

The pediatrician Alexandre Beck misses his beloved wife Margot Beck, who was brutally murdered eight years ago when he was the prime suspect. When two bodies are found near where the corpse of Margot was dumped, the police reopen the case and Alex becomes suspect again. The mystery increases when Alex receives an e-mail showing Margot older and alive.
François Cluzet, Guillaume Canet, Philippe Lefebvre, Kristin Scott Thomas
Drama Crime Mystery
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The Wackness

It's the summer of 1994, and the streets of New York are pulsing with hip-hop and wafting with the sweet aroma of marijuana--but change is in the air. The newly-inaugurated mayor, Rudy Giuliani, is beginning to implement his anti-fun initiatives against "crimes" like noisy portable radios, graffiti and public drunkenness. Set against this backdrop, Luke Shapiro (Josh Peck) spends his last summer before college selling dope throughout New York City, trading it with his shrink (Ben Kingsley) for therapy, while crushing on his step-daughter (Olivia Thirlby). Famke Janssen, Mary Kate Olsen,and Method Man round out the cast in this edgy, bittersweet, and funny coming of age story.
Famke Janssen, Felipe Marino, Method Man, Jonathan Levine, Ben Kingsley, Keith Calder, Josh Peck, Olivia Thirlby
Drama Comedy Teen

August

The drama is about a young dot-com entrepreneur (Josh Hartnett) in New York City who struggles after the stock market begins to falter in the weeks leading up to 9/11/01.
Austin Chick, Naomie Harris, David Bowie, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Josh Hartnett, Adam Scott, Howard A. Rodman, Rip Torn
Drama

Meet Dave

A massive fireball from space hits New York's Central Park and an ordinary man emerges unscathed. The man turns out to be a spaceship operated by 100 human-looking aliens who are one-quarter inch tall and seeking a way to save their planet; complications ensue when their captain falls in love with an Earth woman who's always picked losers for previous romances.
Elizabeth Banks, Eddie Murphy, Gabrielle Union, Ed Helmsn, Brian Robbins, Jon Berg, Rob Greenberg, Todd Komarnicki
Comedy Fantasy Sci-Fi

Journey to the Center of the Earth - 3-D

A science professor's untraditional hypotheses have made him the laughing stock of the academic community. But on an expedition in Iceland, he and his nephew stumble upon a major discovery that launches them on a thrilling journey deep beneath the Earth's surface, where they travel through never-before-seen worlds and encounter a variety of unusual creatures.
Brendan Fraser, Eric Brevig, Cary Granat, Mark McNair, D.V. DeVincentis, Josh Hutcherson, Anita Briem
Drama Action Adventure Family Kids

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

After an ancient truce existing between humankind and the invisible realm of the fantastic is broken, hell on Earth is ready to erupt. A ruthless leader who treads the world above and the one below defies his bloodline and awakens an unstoppable army of creatures. Now, it's up to the planet's toughest, roughest superhero to battle the merciless dictator and his marauders. He may be red. He may be horned. He may be misunderstood. But when you need the job done right, it's time to call in Hellboy (Ron Perlman).

Along with his expanding team in the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense—pyrokinetic girlfriend Liz (Selma Blair), aquatic empath Abe (Doug Jones) and protoplasmic mystic Johann—the BPRD will travel between the surface strata and the unseen magical one, where creatures of fantasy become corporeal. And Hellboy, a creature of two worlds who's accepted by neither, must choose between the life he knows and an unknown destiny that beckons him.
Ron Perlman, Jeffrey Tambor, Mike Mignola, Doug Jones, Guillermo del Toro, Selma Blair, Ladislav Beran
Action Adventure Sequel Fantasy Horror Sci-Fi
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The Dark Knight

Batman (Christian Bale) raises the stakes in his war on crime in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight." With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the city streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as The Joker (Heath Ledger).
Christopher Nolan, Charles Roven, David S. Goyer, Morgan Freeman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart
Action Adventure Sequel Crime Superhero Gangster

Mamma Mia!

Raised on a Greek island by a formerly rebellious mom who never disclosed the identity of her father, a bride-to-be locates three men who might be her father and invites them to her wedding. The resulting conflict triggers 22 Abba hits like "Dancing Queen," "Take a Chance on Me" and "The Winner Takes It All."
Tom Hanks, Colin Firth, Gary Goetzman, Stellan Skarsgard, Amanda Seyfried, Rita Wilson, Christine Baranski, Phyllida Lloyd
Comedy Musical

Transsiberian

The crime thriller revolves around an American couple (Woody Harrelson, Emily Mortimer) traveling on the Trans-Siberian Railway from China to Moscow. When they meet another couple (Kate Mara, Eduardo Noriega), the result is a train ride full of deception and murder. Kingsley and Kretschmann will play Russian police officers pursuing the couples.
Woody Harrelson, Emily Mortimer, Kate Mara, Ben Kingsley, Will Conroy, Brad Anderson, Eduardo Noriega, Thomas Kretschmann

Space Chimps

When a $5 billion NASA probe disappears into an intergalactic wormhole, the agency recruits Ham III, grandson of the first chimpanzee in space, to help retrieve the wayward craft. But Ham is a free-spirited circus performer more interested in zero gravity high jinks than living up to his illustrious heritage. The simian slacker becomes a reluctant hero and learns the true meaning of courage as he and his crewmates, the fearless Lt. Luna and their uptight commander, Titan, risk everything in an effort to save the peaceful inhabitants of a distant planet from an evil dictator. A hilarious, out of this world adventure the whole family can enjoy, "Space Chimps" features cutting edge CGI animation and the voice talent of Andy Samberg ("Saturday Night Live"), Cheryl Hines ("Curb Your Enthusiasm"), Patrick Warburton ("Rules of Engagement"), Kristin Chenoweth ("The West Wing") and Stanley Tucci ("Robots").
Andy Samberg, Cheryl Hines, Patrick Warburton, Ralph Kamp, Donovan Cook, Norton Virgien, Curtis Augspurger, Tom Jacomb
Comedy Family Kids Animation
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The X-Files: I Want to Believe

The always-complicated relationship between Fox Mulder and Dana Scully moves in unexpected directions. Mulder continues his unshakable quest for the truth, and Scully, the passionate, ferociously intelligent physician, remains inextricably tied toMulder's pursuits.
Chris Carter, David Duchovny, Billy Connolly, Callum Keith Rennie, Frank Spotnitz, Gillian Anderson, Xzibit, Adam Godley
Drama Action Adventure Sequel Thriller
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American Teen

"American Teen" is the touching and hilarious Sundance hit that follows the lives of five teenagers - a jock, a popular girl, a heartthrob, an artsy girl and a geek – in one small town in Indiana through their senior year of high school. We see the insecurities, the cliques, the jealousies, the first loves and heartbreaks, and the struggle to make profound decisions about the future. Filming daily for ten months, filmmaker Nanette Burstein developed a deep understanding of her subjects. The result is a film that goes beyond the enduring stereotypes of high school to render complex young people trying to find their way into adulthood. Hannah Bailey is smart and beautiful, but a misfit in her high school. She is a liberal, atheist living in a traditional, Christian, conservative town and dreams of moving to California after graduation. Colin Clemens is the star of the high school basketball team - and in Indiana, basketball is everything. Colin is under enormous pressure this year playing not only to make his town, his school, and his father proud, but for a college scholarship. Jake Tusing is considered to be a nerd in high school. Though quite funny and charming one-on-one, he is painfully shy in group situations and crushed with self-doubt. In his senior year he vows that nothing will stand in the way of him finding a girlfriend. Megan Krizmanich is the student council Vice President and the youngest daughter of a prominent local surgeon, anxiously awaiting word from Notre Dame University admissions. Wealthy, pretty, smart and popular, she rules her high school - just don't get on her bad side. When Megan's peers challenge her authority, she can't help but take action, even if it means risking her future. Mitch Reinholdt is an attractive and charming Varsity basketball jock with a soft side. When he puts his social status on the line, avoiding his popular friends for dates with artsy Hannah Bailey, he strains to maintain his reputation while discovering a new side of himself. With extraordinary intimacy and a great deal of humor, "American Teen" captures the pressures of growing up – pressures that come from one's peers, one's parents, and not least, oneself.
Nancy Dubuc, Molly Thompson, Nanette Burstein, Elisa Pugliese, Mitch Reinholdt, Hannah Bailey, Colin Clemens, Jake Tusing
Teen Documentary

Step Brothers

Brennan Huff, a sporadically employed thirty-nine-year-old, lives with his mother, Nancy. Dale Doback, a terminally unemployed forty-year-old lives with his father, Robert. When Robert and Nancy marry and move in together, Brennan and Dale are forced to live with each other as step brothers. As their narcissism and downright aggressive laziness threaten to tear the family apart, these two middle-aged, immature, overgrown boys will orchestrate an insane, elaborate plan to bring their parents back together. To pull it off, they must form an unlikely bond that maybe, just maybe, will finally get them out of the house.
Will Ferrell, David Householter, John C. Reilly, Adam Scott, Adam McKay, Mary Steenburgen, Kathryn Hahn
Comedy

Brideshead Revisited

The movie, based on the novel by Evelyn Waugh, is set in the years before World War Two, when Oxford student Charles Ryder gets entangled with the Marchmains, a seductive but troubled family of Anglo-Catholic aristocrats. Whishaw plays the alcoholic Sebastian, and Atwell his enigmatic sister Julia, between whom Charles (Goode) is caught in a forbidden love triangle. Gambon will play the dissolute patriarch Lord Marchmain, and Thompson his devout and controlling wife.
Emma Thompson, Hayley Atwell, Evelyn Waugh, Michael Gambon, Julian Jarrold, Andrew Davies, Jeremy Brock, Ben Whishaw
Drama Romance