Movies Released May 1, 2009

Friday, May 1

107 mins

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Hugh Jackman reprises the role that made him a superstar – as the fierce fighting machine who possesses amazing healing powers, retractable claws and a primal fury. Leading up to the events of "X-Men," "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" tells the story of Wolverine’s epically violent and romantic past, his complex relationship with Victor Creed, and the ominous Weapon X program. Along the way, Wolverine encounters many mutants, both familiar and new, including surprise appearances by several legends of the X-Men universe whose appearances in the film series have long been anticipated.
Ryan Reynolds, Liev Schreiber, Taylor Kitsch, Avi Arad, Hugh Jackman, Lynn Collins, Dominic Monaghan, Gavin Hood
Action Adventure Sequel Fantasy Superhero Sci-Fi

Battle for Terra

The story tells of a conflict between the inhabitants of a peaceful world and the human warriors who want to colonize it.
Dennis Quaid, Luke Wilson, Danny Glover, Evan Spiliotopoulos, Justin Long, Brian Cox, Ron Perlman, Danny Trejo
Comedy Fantasy Sci-Fi Animation 3D Shot-In-3D

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

Celebrity photographer Connor Mead loves freedom, fun and that order. A committed bachelor who thinks nothing of breaking up with multiple women on a conference call, Connor's mockery of romance proves a real buzz-kill for his kid brother, Paul, and a houseful of well wishers on the eve of Paul's wedding. Just when it looks like Connor may single-handedly ruin the wedding, he is visited by the ghosts of his former jilted girlfriends, who take him on a revealing and hilarious odyssey through his failed relationships--past, present and future. Together they attempt to find out what turned Connor into such an insensitive jerk and whether there is still hope for him to find true love...or if he really is the lost cause everyone thinks he is.
Emma Stone, Matthew McConaughey, Robert Forster, Jeff Nathanson, Jennifer Garner, Michael Douglas, Brad Epstein, Scott Moore
Comedy Romance


A remake of The Postman always Rings Twice.
Christian Petzold
121 mins


At once a gripping thriller and a tragic drama of nearly Greek proportions, "Revanche" is the stunning, Oscar–nominated, international breakthrough film from Austrian filmmaker Götz Spielmann. In a ragged section of Vienna, hardened ex-con Alex (the mesmerizing Johannes Krisch) works as an assistant in a brothel, where he falls for Ukrainian hooker Tamara (Irina Potapenko). Their desperate plans for escape unexpectedly intersect with the lives of a rural cop (Andreas Lust) and his seemingly content wife (Ursula Strauss). With meticulous, elegant direction, Spielmann creates a tense, existential, and surprising portrait of vengeance and redemption, and a journey into the darkest forest of human nature, in which violence and beauty exist side by side.
Götz Spielmann
Drama Romance
109 mins

The Merry Gentleman

Running away from a troubled marriage, Kate Frazier (Kelly Macdonald, No Country for Old Men) hopes to find anonymity with a new home and a new job in Chicago. What Kate finds instead is Frank Logan (Michael Keaton, Batman), a veteran hit man who intends to kill her when he learns she may be a witness to his latest hit. But when he realizes she is like him, a troubled soul haunted by the past, their relationship deepens, and his plans change. Now, Logan must decide if he should walk away from his old life or use it as a way to secure their future.
Michael Keaton, Kelly MacDonald, Steven Jones, Ron Lazzeretti, William Dick, Bobby Cannavale, Tom Bastounes
116 mins

The Limits of Control

The story of a mysterious loner, a stranger (Isaach De Bankolé), whose activities remain meticulously outside the law. He is in the process of completing a job, yet he trusts no one, and his objectives are not initially divulged. The new picture from independent filmmaker Jim Jarmusch is set in the striking and varied landscapes of contemporary Spain (both urban and otherwise).
Jim Jarmusch, Tilda Swinton, Isaach De Bankolé, Hiam Abbass, Gael García Bernal, Alex Descas, John Hurt, Youki Kudoh
New York / Los Angeles
4 / 5
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The Skeptic

After the mysterious death of his Aunt, Bryan Becket dismisses reports that the Aunt's house is haunted and moves in.
Edward Herrmann, Tim Daly, Zoe Saldana, Tennyson Bardwell, Isen Robbins, Aimee Schoof, Mary-Beth Taylor, Tom Arnold
Thriller Horror


Life for a family in a rural town is is upended when a major highway is constructed nearby.
Ursula Meier, Denis Delcampe, Denis Freyd, Thierry Spicher, Elena Tatti, Isabelle Huppert, Olivier Gourmet

A Wink and a Smile

Ten ordinary women learn the art of the striptease when they dive into the glamorous world of burlesque.
Deirdre Allen Timmons

Friday, May 1