October 2008 Movies




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Religulous

Comedian Bill Maher examines the presence of religion in big news stories of recent years, from Muslim riots over cartoons to the Ten Commandments in front of courthouses, a born-again Christian in the White House and Scientology in the birthing room.
Larry Charles, Bill Maher, Jonah Smith, Palmer West
Documentary Political

How to Lose Friends and Alienate People

In this hilariously funny fish-out-of-water tale, "How to Lose Friends and Alienate People" tracks the outrageous escapades of Sidney Young (Simon Pegg), a smalltime, bumbling, British celebrity journalist who is hired by an upscale magazine in New York City. In spectacular fashion Sidney enters high society and burns bridges with bosses, peers and superstars.

After disrupting one black-tie event by allowing a wild pig to run rampant, Sidney catches the attention of Clayton Harding (Jeff Bridges), editor of Sharp, and accepts a job with the magazine in New York City. Clayton warns Sidney that he'd better impress and charm everyone he can, if he wants to succeed. Instead, Sidney instantly insults and annoys fellow writer Alison Olsen (Kirsten Dunst). He dares to target the star clients of power publicist Eleanor Johnson (Gillian Anderson). He upsets his direct boss Lawrence Maddox (Danny Huston) and tries to make amends by hiring a stripper to dance for Lawrence during a staff meeting. Sidney, of course, doesn't stop there, finding creative ways to annoy nearly everyone. His saving graces: a rising, sexy starlet (Megan Fox) develops an odd affection for him, and in time, Alison whose friendship with him might be the only thing saving Sidney from torpedoing his career.
Simon Pegg, Kirsten Dunst, Megan Fox, Jeff Bridges, Robert B. Weide, Peter Straughan, Toby Young, Danny Huston
Comedy

Beverly Hills Chihuahua

A pampered Beverly Hills Chihuahua named Chloe finds herself accidentally lost in the mean streets of Mexico without a day spa or Rodeo Drive boutique anywhere in sight. Now alone for the first time in her spoiled life, she must rely on some unexpected new friends -- including a street-hardened German Shepherd named Delgado and an amorous pup named Papi -- to lend her a paw and help her to find her inner strength on their incredible journey back home.
Cheech Marin, Drew Barrymore, Raja Gosnell, John L. Jacobs, Jeff Bushell, George Lopez, Steven Nicolaides, David Hoberman
Action Adventure Comedy Family Kids Animation

Blindness

When a sudden plague of blindness devastates a city, a small group of the afflicted band together to triumphantly overcome the horrific conditions of their imposed quarantine. "Blindness", starring Julianne Moore, Gael Garcia Bernal, Mark Ruffalo, Sandra Oh and Danny Glover, is a harrowing tale about the fragility of mankind.
Mark Ruffalo, Don McKellar, Gael García Bernal, Danny Glover, Andrea Barata Ribeiro, José Saramago, Julianne Moore, Alice Braga
Drama Thriller Suspense

Drona

A young man learns he is the latest in line of a dynasty of ancestral warriors dedicated to guarding a mystic source of cosmic energy, and the time has come for him to take the role.
Abhishek Bachchan, Jaydeep Sarkar, Goldie Behl, Jaya Bachchan
Drama Action Adventure

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

"Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist" is a comedy about two people thrust together for one hilarious, sleepless night of adventure in a world of mix tapes, late-night living, and live, loud music. Nick (Michael Cera) frequents New York's indie rock scene nursing a broken heart and a vague ability to play the bass. Norah (Kat Dennings) is questioning pretty much all of her assumptions about the world. Though they have nothing in common except for their taste in music, their chance encounter leads to an all-night quest to find a legendary band's secret show and ends up becoming the first date in a romance that could change both their lives.
Joe Drake, Nathan Kahane, Jay Baruchel, Pete Sollett, Kerry Kohansky, Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz, Andrew Miano
Drama Romance Teen

Flash of Genius

Based on the true story of college professor and part-time inventor Robert Kearns' long battle with the U.S. automobile industry, a tale of one man whose fight to receive recognition for his ingenuity would come at a heavy price. But this determined engineer refused to be silenced, and he took on the corporate titans in a battle that nobody thought he could win. The Kearns were a typical 1960s Detroit family, trying to live their version of the American Dream. Local university professor Bob married teacher Phyllis and, by their mid-thirties, had six kids who brought them a hectic but satisfying Midwestern existence. When Bob invents a device that would eventually be used by every car in the world, the Kearns think they have struck gold. But their aspirations are dashed after the auto giants who embraced Bob's creation unceremoniously shunned the man who invented it. Ignored, threatened and then buried in years of litigation, Bob is haunted by what was done to his family and their future. He becomes a man obsessed with justice and the conviction that his life's work -- or for that matter, anyone's work -- be acknowledged by those who stood to benefit. And while paying the toll for refusing to compromise his dignity, this everyday David will try the unthinkable: to bring Goliath to his knees.
Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Marc Abraham, Philip Railsback, Aaron Abrams, Michael Lieber, Greg Kinnear, Lauren Graham
Drama Biography Adaptation

Rachel Getting Married

When Kym returns to the Buchman family home for the wedding of her sister Rachel, she brings a long history of personal crisis and family conflict along with her. The wedding Party's abundant cast of friends and relations have gathered for an idyllic weekend of feating, music and love, but Kym -- with her black-comic one-liners and knack for bombshell drama -- is a catalyst for long-simmering tensions in the family dynamic.
Anne Hathaway, Bill Irwin, Anna Deavere Smith, Jonathan Demme, Ilona Herzberg, Carol Cuddy, Debra Winger, Tunde Adebimpe
Drama

An American Carol

An filmmaker who's out to abolish the 4th of July holiday is visited by three ghosts who try to show him the good sides of the U.S.A.
Kelsey Grammer, David Zucker, Steve McEveety, John Shepherd, Myrna Sokoloff, Kevin Farley, Jon Voight, Trace Adkins
Comedy Spoof

RocknRolla

When a Russian mobster orchestrates a crooked land deal, millions of dollars are up for grabs, and all of London's criminal underworld wants in on the action. Everyone from a dangerous crime lord to a sexy accountant, a corrupt politician and down-on-their-luck petty thieves conspire, collude and collide with one another in an effort to get rich quick.
Gerard Butler, Susan Downey, Idris Elba, Jeremy Piven, Guy Ritchie, Steve Richards, Steve Clark Hall, Joel Silver
Action Adventure Comedy
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Body of Lies

Based on Washington Post columnist David Ignatius' 2007 novel about a CIA operative, Roger Ferris (Leonardo DiCaprio), who uncovers a lead on a major terrorist leader suspected to be operating out of Jordan. When Ferris devises a plan to infiltrate his network, he must first win the backing of cunning CIA veteran Ed Hoffman (Russell Crowe) and the collegial, but perhaps suspect, head of Jordanian intelligence. Although ostensibly his allies, Ferris questions how far he can really trust these men without putting his entire operation – and his life – on the line.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Oscar Isaac, Ridley Scott, Golshifteh Farahani, Michael Costigan, Donald De Line, William Monahan
Drama Thriller

Quarantine

Television reporter Angela Vidal (Jennifer Carpenter) and her cameraman (Steve Harris) are assigned to spend the night shift with a Los Angeles Fire Station. After a routine 911 call takes them to a small apartment building, they find police officers already on the scene in response to blood curdling screams coming from one of the apartment units. They soon learn that a woman living in the building has been infected by something unknown. After a few of the residents are viciously attacked, they try to escape with the news crew in tow, only to find that the CDC has quarantined the building. Phones, internet, televisions and cell phone access have been cut-off, and officials are not relaying information to those locked inside. When the quarantine is finally lifted, the only evidence of what took place is the news crew's videotape.
Doug Davison, Jennifer Carpenter, Drew Dowdle, John Erick Dowdle, Columbus Short, Johnathon Schaech, Steve Harris, Glenn S. Gainor
Thriller Suspense Horror Remake

City of Ember

When the planet's atmosphere grows too toxic, Earth's citizens move to underground cities. Two teenagers dominate the story, one who longs to be a messenger because the job will allow her to venture above ground, while the other dreams of working underground to repair a generator whose failure will doom the city's power supply.
Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Gil Kenan, Toby Jones, Bill Murray, Saoirse Ronan, John D. Schofield, Jeanne Duprau
Action Adventure Fantasy Sci-Fi

Happy-Go-Lucky

Poppy is a teacher from north London whose life, at first glance, seems to be full of complications. It is hard to figure if she is a little crazy and irresponsible or deeply sane and sensible. Either way, everybody falls in love with her for better or for worse.
Sally Hawkins, Eddie Marsan, James Clayton, Gail Egan, Andrea Riseborough, Mike Leigh, David Garrett, Sinead Matthews
Drama Comedy Foreign

The Express

True story of football great Ernie Davis, the man who broke college football records and racial barriers in the early 1960s, becoming the first black player to win the Heisman Trophy. The running back was drafted into the NFL, but his career was cut short when he was diagnosed with leukemia.
Dennis Quaid, Frank Grillo, Charles Leavitt, Gary Fleder, John Davis, Robert Gallagher, Rob Brown
Drama Sports

Filth And Wisdom

Madonna's directorial debut, "Filth and Wisdom," is a hilariously sexy tale of three roommates who must delve into mischievous and naughty behavior in pursuit of bigger and brighter futures. A Ukrainian immigrant, A.K. (Eugene Hutz), finances his dreams of 'trans-continental superstardom' with his band, Gogol Bordello, by turning tricks as a role-playing cross dresser. As A.K. literally whips the privileged of London into shape, he also secretly pines for the object of his affection, Holly (Holly Weston), an aspiring ballerina looking for her big break while moonlighting as a slippery stripper. Meanwhile, Juliette (Vicky Mclure) steals medicine from her pharmaceutical job in hopes of quenching her dreams of helping Africa's youth. "Filth and Wisdom" is every bit as erotic and playful as it is poignant and touching, revealing the universal struggles we all face in our pursuits of happiness.
Madonna, Dan Cadan, Eugene Hutz, Holly Weston, Vicky McClure
Drama Comedy Romance

The Secret Life of Bees

"The Secret Life of Bees", based on the New York Times best selling novel and set in South Carolina in 1964, is the moving tale of Lily Owens (Fanning) a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother (Burton). To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father (Bettany), Lily flees with Rosaleen (Hudson), her caregiver and only friend, to a South Carolina town that holds the secret to her mother's past. Taken in by the intelligent and independent Boatwright sisters (Latifah, Okonedo and Keys), Lily finds solace in their mesmerizing world of beekeeping.
Dakota Fanning, Will Smith, Jennifer Hudson, Sophie Okonedo, Joe Pichirallo, Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys, Gina Prince-Bythewood
Drama Adaptation

Morning Light

Fifteen young sailors...six months of intense training... one chance at the brass ring. This exciting true-life documentary tells the inspiring story of a group of intrepid and determined young men and women, on the cusp of adulthood, as they embark on life's first great adventure. Racing a high-performance 52-foot sloop in the Transpac, the most revered of open-ocean sailing competitions, the crew of "Morning Light" matches wits and skills in a dramatic 2,300-mile showdown against top professionals. From their earliest training sessions in Hawaii conducted by world-class teachers through their test of endurance on the high seas, they form an unbreakable bond in the process of becoming singular team that is greater than the sum of its parts.
Mark Monroe, Roy E. Disney, Leslie DeMeuse
Family Documentary

The Elephant King

"The Elephant King" is a provocative and stirring story of two American brothers, Oliver and Jake Hunt, adrift in an exotic world they don't fully understand. When a domineering mother dispatches her young, introverted son Oliver off to Thailand to do everything he can to lure his reckless, older brother back home to the United States to face pending fraud charges, Oliver finds the intoxication of Thailand hard to resist--especially when it has a face as alluring as Lek's. As Oliver falls deeply in love for the first time, Jake slips deeper into despair, and the seams of their relationship begin to come undone. When the true extent of Jake's decadence and self-destruction is revealed to Oliver, he is forced to decide whether he will save his brother's life or his own.
Ellen Burstyn, Pawalit Mongkolpisit, Seth Grossman, Emanuel Michael, Tamar Sela, Tom Waller, Tate Ellington, Jonno Roberts
Drama

W.

Whether you love him or hate him, there is no question that George W. Bush is one of the most controversial public figures in recent memory. In an unprecedented undertaking, acclaimed director Oliver Stone is bringing the life of our 43rd President to the big screen as only he can. "W" takes viewers through Bush's eventful life -- his struggles and triumphs, how he found both his wife and his faith, and of course the critical days leading up to Bush's decision to invade Iraq.

"W" stars Josh Brolin as George W. Bush, Elizabeth Banks as Laura Bush, James Cromwell as George Herbert Walker Bush, Ellen Burstyn as Barbara Bush, Thandie Newton as Condoleezza Rice, Jeffrey Wright as Colin Powell, Scott Glenn as Donald Rumsfeld, and Ioan Gruffud as Tony Blair.
Ellen Burstyn, Oliver Stone, Ioan Gruffudd, Moritz Borman, Jon Kilik, Elizabeth Banks, Richard Dreyfuss, Jeffrey Wright
Drama Historical Political

Sex Drive

Eighteen year old Ian finally gets the opportunity to lose his virginity when a woman he meets on-line offers to have sex with him if he drives to Knoxville to meet her. Accompanied by friends Lance and Felicia, whom Ian has a thing for, but she in turn has a thing for Lance, take off on a road trip in Ian's brother, Rex's beloved 1969 GTO -- without permission of course.
James Marsden, Leslie Morgenstein, John Morris, Clark Duke, Charlie McDermott, Sean Anders, Bob Levy, Josh Zuckerman
Comedy Teen

Max Payne

Maverick cop Max Payne (Wahlberg) is hell-bent on revenge against those responsible for the brutal murder of his family and partner. His obsessive investigation takes him on a nightmarish journey into a dark underworld. As the mystery deepens, Max is forced to battle enemies beyond the natural world and face an unthinkable betrayal.
Scott Faye, Beau Thorne, John Moore, Julie Yorn, Beau Bridges, Karen Lauder, Tom Karnowski, Mark Wahlberg
Drama Action Adventure Crime

Flashbacks of a Fool

The story of a hedonistic British actor whose Hollywood career begins to nosedive in his 40s.
Daniel Craig, Baillie Walsh, Helen McCrory, Olivia Williams, Emilia Fox
Drama

What Just Happened?

Two nail-biting, back-stabbing, roller-coaster weeks in the world of a middle-aged Hollywood producer as he tries to juggle an actual life with an outrageous series of crises in his day job. Ben is besieged by people who want him all to be sorts of things -- a money maker, an ego buster, a bad news breaker, an artistic champion, a loyal husband, an all-knowing father, not to mention sexy, youthful and tuned-in -- everything except for the one thing he and all the preposterously behaved people he's surrounded by really are: bumbling human beings just trying to survive by any means necessary.
Robin Wright, Barry Levinson, Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, Stanley Tucci, Kristen Stewart, Todd Wagner, Art Linson
Drama
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High School Musical 3: Senior Year

"High School Musical 3: Senior Year" finds high school seniors Troy (Zac Efron) and Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens) facing the prospect of separation as they head off to different colleges. Joined by the rest of the Wildcats, they stage an elaborate spring musical reflecting their experiences, hopes and fears about the future. With incredible new music and exciting dance numbers designed to take maximum advantage of the big screen, this motion picture extravaganza delivers plenty of high-energy entertainment from East High's talented ensemble.
Zac Efron, Kenny Ortega, Don Schain, Peter Barsocchini, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Monique Coleman, Bill Borden
Sequel Musical Teen Family Kids
Nationwide
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Saw V

Hoffman is seemingly the last person alive to carry on the Jigsaw legacy. But when his secret is threatened, Hoffman must go on the hunt to eliminate all loose ends.
Marcus Dunstan, Daniel J. Heffner, James Wan, Mark Burg, Patrick Melton, Tobin Bell, David Hackl, Oren Koules
Sequel Thriller Suspense Horror

Changeling

A mother prays for the return of her kidnapped son. When her prayers are answered, however, she begins to suspect the boy who comes back is not her child. Inspired by true events that took place in Los Angeles in the 1920s.
Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Angelina Jolie, Jeffrey Donovan, James 'Jim' Whitaker, Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, J. Michael Straczynski
Drama Crime Gangster

Passengers

After a plane crash, a young therapist, Claire (Anne Hathaway), is assigned by her mentor (Andre Braugher) to counsel the flight's five survivors. When they share their recollections of the incident -- which some say include an explosion that the airline claims never happened -- Claire is intrigued by Eric (Patrick Wilson), the most secretive of the passengers. Just as Claire's professional relationship with Eric -- despite her better judgment -- blossoms into a romance, the survivors begin to disappear mysteriously, one by one. Claire suspects that Eric may hold all the answers and becomes determined to uncover the truth, no matter the consequences.
Anne Hathaway, Joe Drake, Patrick Wilson, Nathan Kahane, Judd Payne, Clea DuVall, Dianne Wiest, Rodrigo Garcia
Thriller Suspense

Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom

Based on a popular Logo TV series about four black gay friends living in Los Angeles.
Christian Vincent, Patrik-Ian Polk, Darryl Stephens, Doug Spearman, Rodney Chester
Comedy

Synecdoche, New York

Philip Seymour Hoffman will play a theater director who ambitiously attempts to put on a play by creating a life-size replica of New York inside a warehouse. Catherine Keener is set to play his first wife, Michelle Williams will play his second wife, Samantha Morton will appear as his sometime lover, and Tilda Swinton will portray Keener's best friend and the dubious mentor to the daughter of Hoffman and Keener's characters.
Tilda Swinton, Spike Jonze, Philip Seymour Hoffman, William Horberg, Charlie Kaufman, Catherine Keener, Michelle Williams, Samantha Morton
Drama

Pride and Glory

An authentic, gritty and emotional study of the New York City Police Department, "Pride & Glory" looks deeply into the professional and personal lives of the people who inhabit it. Told through the interwoven lives of a three-generation family of cops whose moral codes are tested when Ray Farrell, one of three sons on the job, investigates a case that reveals an incendiary police corruption scandal involving his own brother. When Ray is falsely implicated in a brutal crime related to the scandal, he and his family must choose among their loyalties to each other, the department, and the revelation of the truth that will atone them.
Joe Carnahan, Paula Weinstein, Gavin O'Connor, Edward Norton, Colin Farrell, Noah Emmerich, Jon Voight, Jennifer Ehle
Drama Crime Gangster
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Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Zack and Miri are two lifelong friends who are deep in debt and enlist the help of their friends to make a porno movie for some quick cash. But as everybody starts "doing" everybody, Zack and Miri realize that they may have more feelings for each other than they previously thought.
Seth Rogen, Kevin Smith, Elizabeth Banks, Craig Robinson, Traci Lords, Katie Morgan, Jason Mewes
Comedy
Nationwide
3 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

The Haunting of Molly Hartley

A teenage girl discovers that her parents made a pact with the devil to save her life. When the devil comes to collect, terrible things begin to happen and she must figure out if and how she can save herself.
Haley Bennett, Jake Weber, Shannon Marie Woodward, Mickey Liddell, Jennifer Hilton, Chace Crawford, Shanna Collins
Thriller Horror Teen

The Other End of the Line

A beautiful credit card phone operator lives in India but pretends to be American to her callers. Soon she travels to the United States without telling her family in order to meet a New York man that she's met over the phone. But problems arise when they meet in San Francisco and she decides not to reveal her true identity.
Anupam Kher, James Dodson, Patrick Aiello, Ashok Amritraj, Jesse Metcalfe, Sara Foster, Tara Sharma, Shriya Saran
Comedy