Movies Released November 13, 2009

Friday, November 13

158 mins

2012

Never before has a date in history been so significant to so many cultures, so many religions, scientists, and governments. "2012" is an epic adventure about a global cataclysm that brings an end to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors.
Woody Harrelson, Roland Emmerich, Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Cusack, Danny Glover, Thandie Newton, Oliver Platt, Harald Kloser
Drama Action Adventure Fantasy Sci-Fi Family
135 mins

Pirate Radio

Inspired by the British pirate radio revolution in the '60s, the majority of the film's shoot will take place in a large rusty metal fishing trawler moored off the coast of England in the very waters that kept the rock of the '60s booming into the U.K.

In 1966 -- arguably British pop music's finest era -- the BBC played only two hours of rock and roll every week. But pirate radio blasted rock and pop from the high seas 24 hours a day. And 25 million people -- more than half the population of Britain -- listened to these pirates every single day.

"The Boat That Rocked" is an ensemble comedy in which the romance takes place between the young people of the '60s and pop music. It's about a band of rogue DJs that captivated Britain, playing the music that defined a generation and standing up to a government that, incomprehensibly, preferred jazz. Leading the cast are Philip Seymour Hoffman as The Count, a big, brash, American god of the airwaves; Bill Nighy as Quentin, the boss of Radio Rock -- a pirate radio station in the middle of the North Sea that's populated by an eclectic crew of rock and roll DJs; Rhys Ifans as Gavin, the greatest DJ in Britain who has just returned from his drug tour of America to reclaim his rightful position; Nick Frost as Dave, an ironic, intelligent and cruelly funny co-broadcaster; and Kenneth Branagh (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Hamlet) as British Minister Dormandy, a fearsome government official out for blood against the drug takers and lawbreakers of a once-great nation.
Kenneth Branagh, Rhys Ifans, Eric Fellner, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Curtis, Bill Nighy, Chris O'Dowd, Tim Bevan
Comedy

Dare

Three very different teenagers discover that, even in the safe world of a suburban prep school, no one is who she or he appears to be.
Rooney Mara, Zach Gilford, Mary Jane Skalski, Emmy Rossum, Ana Gasteyer, Adam Salky, Jason Orans, David Brind
Drama
New York / Los Angeles
4 / 5
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105 mins

The Messenger

In his most powerful performance to date, Ben Foster stars as Will Montgomery, a U.S. Army officer who has just returned home from a tour in Iraq and is assigned to the Army’s Casualty Notification service. Partnered with fellow officer Tony Stone (Woody Harrelson) to bear the bad news to the loved ones of fallen soldiers, Will faces the challenge of completing his mission while seeking to find comfort and healing back on the home front. When he finds himself drawn to Olivia (Samantha Morton), to whom he has just delivered the news of her husband's death, Will’s emotional detachment begins to dissolve and the film reveals itself as a surprising, humorous, moving and very human portrait of grief, friendship and survival.
Woody Harrelson, Ben Foster, Jena Malone, Samantha Morton, Oren Moverman, Alessandro Camon
Drama
87 mins

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Mr. and Mrs. Fox (George Clooney and Meryl Streep) live an idyllic home life with their son Ash (Jason Schwartzman) and visiting young nephew Kristofferson (Eric Anderson). But after 12 years, the bucolic existence proves too much for Mr Fox’s wild animal instincts. Soon he slips back into his old ways as a sneaky chicken thief and in doing so, endangers not only his beloved family, but the whole animal community. Trapped underground and with not enough food to go around, the animals band together to fight against the evil Farmers - Boggis, Bunce and Bean - who are determined to capture the audacious, fantastic Mr Fox at any cost.
Meryl Streep, Michael Gambon, Cate Blanchett, Scott Rudin, Bill Murray, Jarvis Cocker, Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach
Comedy Kids Animation
New York / Los Angeles
4 / 5
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92 mins

Women in Trouble

A serpentine day in the life of ten seemingly disparate women: a porn star, a flight attendant, a psychiatrist, a masseuse, a bartender, a pair of call girls, etc. All of them with one crucial thing in common. Trouble.
Sebastian Gutierrez, Adrianne Palicki, Carla Gugino
Comedy

Uncertainty

A young couple find one seemingly ordinary July 4th cleaved in two by the flip of a coin on the Brooklyn Bridge.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scott McGehee, Lynn Collins, David Siegel (II)
Drama Thriller

Friday, November 13