October 2006 Movies

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Journey to the End of the Night

One of the most dangerous cities in the world is São Paulo, Brazil. It's in the city's underworld of sex, drugs, money, and corruption that a father and son plan to finally escape this vicious and dangerous underworld.
Brendan Fraser, James Acheson, RIchard Gladstein, Eric Eason, Avi Lerner, Boaz Davidson, Frank DeMartini, Mos Def
Drama Thriller Suspense
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Little Children R

A suburban town is full of perfect parents who are fully devoted to rearing their children for Harvard futures and keeping them safe from predators. The adults escape the excruciatingly bore-fests their lives have become via Internet porn and extramarital affairs. A stay-at-home mom has an affair with an ex-jock stay-at-home dad who rebels against his wife's wishes that he become a big-bucks lawyer.
Scott Rudin, Albert Berger, Kate Winslet, Patrick Wilson, Sadie Goldstein, Jackie Earle Haley, Raymond J. Barry, Ron Yerxa
Drama Comedy Romance

Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker PG

Alex Rider (Alex Pettyfer) is a normal teenager who lives with his uncle, a nondescript bank manager… or so it seems until his uncle—Ian Rider (Ewan McGregor)—disappears under mysterious circumstances. Alex soon learns that his uncle was a spy for Britain's secret intelligence service MI6, and he is recruited to take on a dangerous mission for the British secret service to infiltrate the organization of a sinister billionaire (Mickey Rourke). Within days he's gone from schoolboy to super spy—but will Alex's first assignment be his last?
Bill Nighy, Missi Pyle, Sarah Bolger, Geoffrey Sax, Mickey Rourke, Sophie Okonedo, Alicia Silverstone, Andy Serkis
Action Adventure Family Kids

The Last Kiss R

A remake of the 2001 Italian film "L'Ultimo bacio", the story concerns a couple who live together and could be undone by questions of whether they are meant to be together.
Zach Braff, Casey Affleck, Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Jacinda Barrett, Rachel Bilson, Tony Goldwyn, Paul Haggis
Comedy Romance Remake

The Departed R

"The Departed" is set in South Boston, where the state police force is waging war on organized crime. Young undercover cop Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate run by gangland chief Costello (Jack Nicholson). While Billy is quickly gaining Costello's confidence, Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon), a hardened young criminal who has infiltrated the police department as an informer for the syndicate, is rising to a position of power in the Special Investigation Unit. Each man becomes deeply consumed by his double life, gathering information about the plans and counter-plans of the operations he has penetrated. But when it becomes clear to both the gangsters and the police that there's a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin are suddenly in danger of being caught and exposed to the enemy—and each must race to uncover the identity of the other man in time to save himself.
Roy Lee, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Scorsese, Alec Baldwin, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, G. Mac Brown
Drama Action Adventure Crime Remake Gangster

Employee of the Month PG-13

For customers of Super Club, the largest high-volume, bulk-discount retailer in the country, membership has its privileges. For workers at the cavernous store, the most coveted honor is the "Employee of the Month" award, and having one's photo immortalized on the wall of fame in the staff lounge. Enter Zack Bradley (Dane Cook) and Vince Downey (Dax Shepard), two ultra competitive Super Club workers whose ten years of employment have resulted in drastically different career paths. While Vince—with the aid of his trusty sidekick Jorge (Efren Ramirez)—has advanced to become head cashier and winner of 17 consecutive "E of M" awards, Zack is the ultimate slacker whose scruffy appearance and laid back attitude has made him popular with his colleagues, but kept him stuck in the lowly ranks of the store's box boys. The duo's longtime rivalry comes to a bitter head when Amy (Jessica Simpson) – a beautiful new cashier with a reputation of only dating "Employee of the Month" winners—transfers to the store, immediately becoming the object of both Zack and Vince's affection and often comical gamesmanship.

While Vince instantly impresses Amy with his crowd pleasing, flamboyant style behind his checkstand register, Zack's feeble attempts to charm his beautiful new co-worker quickly backfire against him. With the race to win Amy's affections slipping away, Zack determines his only chance rests in winning the store's next "Employee of the Month" award. A battle to the end, "Employee of the Month" shows that the only failure in life is when one fails to try.
Dane Cook, Efren Ramirez, Jessica Simpson, Peter Abrams, Robert L. Levy, Andrew Panay, Joe Simpson, Brian Volk-Weiss

Shortbus NR

Written and directed by John Cameron Mitchell, "Shortbus" explores the lives of several characters living in present-day New York as they navigate the comic and tragic intersections between love and sex. Male and female, straight and gay, the characters find one and other -- and eventually find themselves -- when they all converge at a weekly underground salon called "Shortbus," a mad nexus of art, music, politics, and polysexual carnality.
Tim Perell, Jeff Sackman, Howard Gertler, John Cameron Mitchell, Sook-Yin Lee, Paul Dawson, Lindsay Beamish, PJ DeBoy
Drama Comedy Re-Release

Babel R

Armed with a Winchester rifle, two Morrocan boys set out to look after their family's herd of goats. In the silent echoes of the desert, they decide to test the rifle… but the bullet goes farther than they thought it would.

In an instant, the lives of four separate groups of strangers on three different continents collide. Caught up in the rising tide of an accident that escalates beyond anyone's control are a vacationing American couple (Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett), a rebellious deaf Japanese teenager and her father, and a Mexican nanny who, without permission, takes two American children across the border. None of these strangers will ever meet; in spite of the sudden, unlikely connection between them, they will all remain isolated due to their own inability to communicate meaningfully with anyone around them.
Cate Blanchett, Steve Golin, Elle Fanning, Jon Kilik, Guillermo Arriaga, Brad Pitt, Gael García Bernal, Koji Yakusho

Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning R

On one last road trip before they're sent to serve in Vietnam, two friends (Handley and Bomer) and their girlfriends (Baird and Brewster) get into an accident that calls their local sheriff (Ermey) to the scene. Thus begins a terrifying experience where the teens are taken to a secluded house of horrors, where a young, would-be killer is being nurtured.
Michael Bay, Jonathan Liebesman, Diora Baird, Sheldon Turner, Mike Fleiss, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, Jordana Brewster
Thriller Suspense Horror Prequel

The U.S. vs. John Lennon

A compelling and provocative look at John Lennon's transformation from beloved musical artist to anti-war activist to iconic inspiration for peace that also reveals the true story of why and how the U.S. Government tried to silence him.
David Leaf, John Scheinfeld, John Lennon, Yoko Ono


From the imagination of Oscar-winning writer/director Sofia Coppola ("Lost in Translation") comes a vibrant retelling of the classic story of "Marie Antoinette", the naïve Austrian princess, who is thrown into the scandal-ridden world of the French aristocracy, when she is betrothed to King Louis XVI. While still a teenager, Marie Antoinette conquers her fears and becomes France's iconic queen. Marie Antoinette stars Kirsten Dunst in the title role with Jason Schwartzman as King Louis XVI. Other members of the ensemble, portraying various members of the elitist court of Versailles include Rip Torn (in the role of King Louis XV), Judy Davis (as the Comtesse de Noailles), Steve Coogan (as Mercy), Asia Argento (playing the Comtesse du Barry), Danny Huston (as Joseph), Rose Byrne (in the role of Polignac), Molly Shannon (as Aunt Victoire) and Shirley Henderson (as Aunt Sophie).
Sofia Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola, Kirsten Dunst, Rip Torn, Judy Davis, Ross Katz, Jason Schwartzman, Asia Argento
Drama Period

The Marine PG-13

The action-adventure picture tells the story of a Marine (John Sena) who races against the clock to free his wife (Kelly Carlson), being held hostage by a murderous diamond thief.
John Cena, Robert Patrick, Drew Powell, John Bonito, Joel Simon, Vince McMahon, Michell Gallagher, Alan McElroy
Drama Action Adventure

Man of the Year

Robin Williams will play a Jon Stewart-like host of a latenight political talkshow who runs for president to make noise on the campaign trail. The stunt backfires after a series of unusual circumstances leads him to victory.
Barry Levinson, Robin Williams, Christopher Walken, Lewis Black, Laura Linney, Jeff Goldblum
Comedy Political

Driving Lessons PG-13

This rites of passage comedy introduces a shy and downtrodden Ben (Rupert Grint) with yet another dreary school holiday coming around. Seventeen years of living in an absurdly conservative and traditional household with his highly-strung and overbearing mother (Laura Linney) and quiet, mild mannered vicar father have taken its toll on young Ben. While the other kids are out having fun, Ben spends these precious few weeks attending bible classes, having driving lessons with his mother and helping out at a local old people's home.

However, Ben's world is turned upside down when he's employed by an eccentric retired actress Evie (Julie Walters). Vulgar, dignified and childish all at once, she certainly is not the kind of person Ben expected when searching through the job listings in the stuffy parish magazine, "Hello Jesus". Evie enters Ben's life with a cataclysmic force, whisking him away on a series of adventures from camping, to performing Shakespeare in the garden, to attending the Edinburgh festival — where he finally meets a girl much nearer his own age.

Evie's unconventional and often downright bizarre behavior challenges Ben's beliefs, and forces him to confront the very idea of who he wants to be. Then, when it seems that his new-found freedom is about to be taken away, Ben has to suddenly choose; should he continue to conform, or break out and live his life as his own man?
Rupert Grint, Nicholas Farrell, Jeremy Brocks, Laura Linney, Julie Walters, Oliver Milburn, Michelle Duncan, Tamsin Eggerton
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Shut Up and Sing

Award winning documentarian Barbara Kopple (American Dream; Harlan County, U.S.A.) and Cecilia Peck created the movie, centering on the aftermath of Chicks singer Natalie Maines' infamous statement at a 2003 London concert: "Just so you know, we're ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas." The film chronicles the death threats the band received, as well as political attacks, radio and sales boycotts.
Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Emily Robison, Simon Renshaw
Documentary Music

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas 3-D PG

Enter an extraordinary world filled with magic and wonder -- where every holiday has its own special land ... and imaginative, one-of-a-kind characters! "The Nightmare Before Christmas" tells the heartfelt tale of Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, and all things that go bump in the night. Bored with the same old tricks and treats, he yearns for something more, and soon stumbles upon the glorious magic of Christmas Town! Jack decides to bring this joyful holiday back to Halloween Town. But as his dream to fill Santa's shoes unravels, it's up to Sally, the rag doll who loves him, to stitch things back together.
Catherine O'Hara, Ken Page, Debi Durst, Tim Burton, Caroline Thompson, Danny Elfman, William Hickey, Glenn Shadix
Fantasy Musical Family Animation

The Prestige PG-13

Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman will play rival magicians in turn-of-the-century London who battle each other for trade secrets. The rivalry is so intense that it turns them into murderers.
Scarlett Johansson, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan, David Bowie, Ezra Buzzington, Hugh Jackman
Thriller Supernatural

The Grudge 2

The sequel delves into the secrets behind the grudge's wrath and introduces a seemingly unrelated host of new characters who find themselves connected by the curse.
Roy Lee, Teresa Palmer, Sam Raimi, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Takashi Shimizu, Doug Davison, Robert Tapert, Takashige Ichise
Sequel Thriller Suspense Horror Supernatural

Flags of Our Fathers R

The Battle of Iwo Jima, which took place in the winter of 1945, was a turning point in the Pacific Theater. In one month, 22,000 Japanese and 26,000 Americans died, and the battle produced one of World War II's most enduring images: a photograph of U.S. servicemen raising an American flag on the flank of Mount Suribachi, the island's commanding high point.
Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg, Neal McDonough, Jesse Bradford, Paul Walker, Paul Haggis, Ryan Phillippe, Adam Beach
Drama Action Adventure War
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Jigsaw has disappeared. With his new apprentice Amanda (Shawnee Smith), the puppet-master behind the cruel, intricate games that have terrified a community and baffled police has once again eluded capture and vanished. While city detectives scramble to locate him, Doctor Lynn Denlon (Bahar Soomekh) is unaware that she is about to become the latest pawn on his vicious chessboard. One night, after finishing a shift at her hospital, Lynn is kidnapped and taken to an abandoned warehouse where she meets Jigsaw (Tobin Bell), bedridden and on the verge of death. She is told that she must keep the madman alive for as long as it takes Jeff (Angus Macfayden), another of his victims, to complete a game of his own. Racing against the ticking clock of Jigsaw's own heartbeat, Lynn and Jeff struggle to make it through each of their vicious tests, unaware that he has a much bigger plan for both of them...
James Wan, Gregg Hoffman, Tobin Bell, Angus MacFadyen, Dina Meyer, Lynn Bousman, Mark Burg, Oren Koules
Sequel Thriller Suspense Horror

Catch a Fire PG-13

In South Africa, Patrick Chamusso is a charming and loving husband to his wife Precious, and a caring father to his two young daughters. He works as a foreman at the centrally located Secunda oil refinery, which is a symbol of South Africa's self-sufficiency at a time when the world was protesting the country's oppressive apartheid system. In his spare time, Patrick coaches a local boys' soccer team. Carefully toeing the hard line imposed on blacks by apartheid, Patrick is completely apolitical. Nic Vos is a Colonel in the country's Police Security Branch. The shrewd and charismatic Vos strives to maintain order in volatile situations, which have become more and more frequent as the outlawed activist organization African National Congress (ANC) rallies blacks against apartheid. Vos is also concerned for the safety of his wife and two daughters. He and his family live a world away from the Chamusso family--until the innocent Patrick comes under suspicion and is arrested (in June 1980) for sabotage of the Secunda oil refinery. His alibi is compromised, and Patrick is desperate to shield Precious from a past indiscretion and keep his job. But he is ill-prepared to withstand brutal interrogations by Vos' men. As Vos further insinuates himself into the lives of the Chamussos, to Patrick's shock and shame, Precious herself is jailed and tortured. Although he and Precious are soon released from custody, Patrick is stunned into action and completely reorients his sense of self and purpose. He leaves his family to join up with the ANC. Becoming a rebel fighter and political operative, Patrick is radicalized on behalf of his people and his country. He ultimately envisions a formidable and dangerous follow-up strike against the Secunda refinery, risking his own life and future. Change must and will come, for Patrick and his family, and for South Africa itself.
Derek Luke, Debra Hayward, Phillip Noyce, Sydney Pollack, Liza Chasin, Shawn Slovo, Tim Robbins, Bonnie Henna
Drama Historical