September 2006 Movies




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Idiocracy

A man goes to sleep only to wake up 1,000 years in the future due to a top-secret hibernation program he was selected for. Living in the future, he realizes that civilization is so dumbed-down that he is the most intelligent person alive.
Luke Wilson, Dax Shepard, Mike Judge, Etan Cohen, Maya Rudolph, David Herman, Sara Rue, Stephen Root
Comedy Fantasy Sci-Fi
Limited
4 / 5
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Lassie

Set in 1938, a loyal collie travels over 1,000 miles from northern Scotland to Yorkshire to return to her young friend. The dog, having been sold to a wealthy Duke because the boy's father was out of work, runs away and braves starvation and treacherous conditions to follow the pull of her heart toward the family who loves her.
Jamie Lee, John Lynch, Charles Sturridge, Kelly MacDonald, Ken Drury, Samantha Morton, Peter Dinklage, Gregor Fisher
Drama Adventure Family Kids

Crank

Chev Chelios is about to begin his morning with an unexpected wake-up call. Groggy, practically unable to move and with a heart that's barely beating, he hears the voice of thug Ricky Verona, who reveals Chev has been poisoned in his sleep and only has an hour to live.

As it turns out, Chev is a hit man who freelances for a major West Coast syndicate. A run of the mill job the night before instead went awry: he let his target slip away in an effort to quit professional killing and start a new life with his girlfriend Eve.

Now, Chev must keep moving to stay alive: the only way to prolong the poison from stopping his heart is to keep his adrenaline flowing. As the clock ticks, Chelios cuts a swath through the streets of Los Angeles, wreaking havoc on those who dare stand in his way. He must rescue Eve from danger, stay two steps ahead of his nemeses and search for an antidote to save his own life.
Jason Statham, Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor, Jay Xcala, Richard S. Wright, Michael Davis, Keone Young, Efren Ramirez
Drama Action Thriller

The Return

Sarah Michelle Gellar stars as Joanna Mills, a tough young Midwesterner determined to learn the truth behind the increasingly terrifying supernatural visions that have been haunting her. Joanna has made a successful career for herself, as sales representative for a trucking company. But her private life has been difficult; estranged from her father (Mr. Shepard), stalked by an obsessed ex-boyfriend (Mr. Scott), and with few friends, Joanna fears that she is losing control. She sees and feels the brutal murder of a young woman she's never met, at the hands of a heartless killer – a man who appears to be making Joanna his next target. Determined to fight back, Joanna is guided by her nightmares to the murdered woman's hometown. Once there, she will discover that some secrets can't be buried; some spirits never die; and that the murder she is trying to solve may be her own.
Adam Scott, Amy Kaufman, Kahli Small, Adam Sussman, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kate Beahan, J.C. MacKenzie, Peter O'Brien
Drama Thriller Suspense

This Film is Not Yet Rated

A breakthrough investigation into Hollywood's best-kept secret: the MPAA film ratings system and it's profound impact on American culture.
Eddie Schmidt, Kevin Smith, Kimberly Peirce, Kirby Dick, John Waters, Matt Stone, Atom Egoyan
Documentary

Crossover

Noah Cruise, a naturally talented basketball player, is determined to become a doctor using his basketball scholarship to UCLA pre-med, rather than succumbing to the lure of a former sports agent Vaughn, and his push for Noah to go for the NBA. Noah's best friend, Tech, the buddy that covered for him and did time for an assault charge, is also an outstanding basketball player, but has less lofty ambitions--he wants to get his GED and win an underground street ball game against an arrogant rival, Jewelz. Noah and Tech's lives drastically change when they both fall in love with two local girls, Vanessa Lilly and Eboni Jackson, and take a fateful trip out to L.A. together.
Wesley Jonathan, Kristen Wilson, Anthony Mackie, Preston A. Whitmore, Wayne Brady, Eva Pigford, Little JJ, Allen Payne
Drama Action Sports

The Wicker Man

"The Wicker Man" follows the story of Sheriff Edward Malus (Nicolas Cage) as he investigates the disappearance of a young girl on a remote island off the coast of Maine. Things and people are not as they seem on the island and when Sheriff Malus discovers evidence of pagan rituals his hope of unraveling the girl's disappearance become increasingly uncertain.
Molly Parker, Nicolas Cage, Neil LaBute, Leelee Sobieski, Ellen Burstyn, Tania Saulnier, Michael Wiseman
Drama Thriller Suspense Remake
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The Covenant

The movie will follow a group of four families whose patriarchs wield a vast eldritch power. Those powers have been passed down from father to son for generations. The story begins with the boys learning about the Covenant and how to use their powers. During that summer of fun and experimentation, they unknowingly release an evil out into the world. Four years later, the Covenant has to stop the menace they unleashed.
Sebastian Stan, Toby Hemingway, Steven Strait, Renny Harlin, J.S. Cardone, Gary Lucches, Tom Rosenberg, Laura Ramsey
Thriller Suspense Horror

Trust the Man

Set in New York City, our story finds two disillusioned couples facing the collapse of their relationships. Things seem to go from bad to worse as they encounter and explore adultery, separation, the single's scene and even stalking.
David Duchovny, Bart Freundlich, Julianne Moore, Billy Crudup, Eva Mendes, Ellen Barkin, Sidney Kimmel, Maggie Gyllenhaal
Comedy Romance

Hollywoodland

A uniquely compelling exploration of fame and identity. The drama, inspired by one of Hollywood's most infamous real-life mysteries, follows a 1950s private detective (Academy Award winner Adrien Brody) who, investigating the mysterious death of "Superman" star George Reeves (Academy Award winner Ben Affleck), uncovers unexpected connections to his own life as the case turns ever more personal. The torrid affair Reeves had with the wife (Diane Lane) of a studio executive (Bob Hoskins) might hold the key to the truth.
Ben Affleck, Adrien Brody, Brad William Henke, Lois Smith, Robin Tunney, Allen Coulter, Glenn Williamson, Paul Bernbaum
Drama Biography

Neo Ned

They say opposites attract. What about a misguided racist who falls for a Black woman in a mental institution? What starts out as an impossible connection of opposites slowly turns into a wild, emotional story of love, romance, and disillusionment revolving around two people who shouldn't be together, but after meeting them you'll know they should never be apart.
Eddie Kaye Thomas, Van Fischer, Jeffrey Renner, Gabrielle Union, Ethan Suplee, Robert Peters, Rickey Medlocke
Drama Romance

Haven

Looking to avoid the feds, two white-collar criminals flee to the Cayman Islands, but fleeing results in a British citizen committing a crime that has a wide-ranging impact.
Gabriel Byrne, Anthony Mackie, Joy Bryant, Robert Wisdom, Frank E. Flowers, Bill Paxton, Victor Rasuk, Agnes Bruckner
Drama Crime Gangster

Gridiron Gang

"Gridiron Gang" tells the uplifting story of detention camp probation officer, Sean Porter ("The Rock"), who creates a high-school-level football team from a ragtag group of dangerous teenage inmates as a means to teach them self-respect and social responsibility. He is joined in this experiment by co-worker, Malcolm Moore (Xzibit). But Porter must first overcome almost universal resistance from the powers that be — his skeptical bosses and coaches at rival high schools who don't want their players mixing it up with convicted criminals on the football field.
Dwayne Johnson, Neal H. Moritz, Xzibit, Danny Martinez, Michael J. Pagan, Phil Joanou, Lee Stanley, Shane Stanley
Drama Sports

The Black Dahlia

"The Black Dahlia" weaves a fictionalized tale of obsession, love, corruption, greed and depravity around the true story of the brutal murder of a fledgling Hollywood starlet that shocked and fascinated the nation in 1947 and remains unsolved today. Two ex-pugilist cops, Lee Blanchard (Aaron Eckhart) and Bucky Bleichert (Josh Hartnett), are called to investigate the homicide of ambitious silver-screen B-lister Betty Ann Short (Mia Kirshner) A.K.A. "The Black Dahlia"—an attack so grisly that images of the killing were kept from the public.

While Blanchard's growing preoccupation with the sensational murder threatens his marriage to Kay (Scarlett Johansson), his partner Bleichert finds himself attracted to the enigmatic Madeleine Linscott (two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank), the daughter of one of the city's most prominent families—'who just happens to have an unsavory connection to the murder victim.
Scarlett Johansson, Brian De Palma, Josh Hartnett, Avi Lerner, Hilary Swank, Aaron Eckhart, Boaz Davidson, Art Linson
Thriller Suspense Crime Mystery

The Ground Truth

Hailed as "powerful" and "quietly unflinching," Patricia Foulkrod's searing documentary feature includes exclusive footage that will stir audiences. The filmmaker's subjects are patriotic young Americans – ordinary men and women who heeded the call for military service in Iraq – as they experience recruitment and training, combat, homecoming, and the struggle to reintegrate with families and communities. The terrible conflict in Iraq, depicted with ferocious honesty in the film, is a prelude for the even more challenging battles fought by the soldiers returning home – with personal demons, an uncomprehending public, and an indifferent government. As these battles take shape, each soldier becomes a new kind of hero, bearing witness and giving support to other veterans, and learning to fearlessly wield the most powerful weapon of all – the truth.
Patricia Foulkroud
Drama War Documentary

Everyone's Hero

In this computer-generated animated feature, on which Christopher Reeve was the original director before his passing, a boy travels across the country on a mission to return Babe Ruth's bat before the deciding game of the 1932 World Series. Along the way, he meets a quirky array of characters that aid him on his comic journey.
Brian Dennehy, William H. Macy, Richard Kind, Robert Wagner, Colin Brady, Dan St. Pierre, Ron Tippe, Igor Khait
Adventure Family Kids Animation
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Running With Scissors

Based on Augusten Burroughs' best-selling memoir, the story follows Deirdre Burroughs (Annette Bening), a 1970s poet with bipolar disorder. Her instability after a messy divorce leads her to send her 12-year-old son to live with an unusual psychiatrist and his eccentric family.
Brad Pitt, Evan Rachel Wood, Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Aniston, Brian Cox, Ryan Murphy, Annette Bening, Brad Grey
Drama Biography

Jackass Number Two

Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O and the entire crew from the popular MTV franchise return in the most insane movie of the year, "jackass number two".
Ryan Dunn, Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Tabrez Noorani, Sean Cliver, Preston Lacy, Bam Margera
Comedy Sequel

All the King's Men

"All the King's Men" is a story of human nature, power, corruption, idealism, romance and betrayal. A uniquely American story, it is steeped in the atmosphere of the South during the 1940s and 50s, but its message is still timely and relevant today. "All the King's Men" uses politics as a framework to delve into the more profound dilemmas of human existence—sin, guilt and redemption. In its exploration of the corrupting aspects of power, the story focuses on a once just man who has lost his moral center and will use any means possible to achieve his goals.
Mark Ruffalo, Steve Zaillian, Kate Winslet, Steven Zaillian, Mike Medavoy, Sean Penn, Patricia Clarkson, Carrie Cline
Drama Remake

For Your Consideration

Three actors learn their respective performances in the film "Home for Purim," a drama set in the mid-1940s American South, are generating award-season buzz.
Larry Miller, Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy, Bob Balaban, Jennifer Coolidge, Paul Dooley, Ricky Gervais, Michael McKean
Comedy

Feast

One evening at a rural bar, a motley bunch of patrons struggle to survive a ravenous family of flying beasts bent on eating all of them.
Patrick Melton, Krista Allen, Jason Mewes, Duane Whitaker, John Gulager, Mike Leahy, Joel Soisson, Marcus Dunston
Thriller Suspense Horror
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The Last King of Scotland

In an incredible twist of fate, a Scottish doctor (James McAvoy) on a Ugandan medical mission becomes irreversibly entangled with one of the world's most barbaric figures: Idi Amin (Forest Whitaker). Impressed by Dr. Garrigan's brazen attitude in a moment of crisis, the newly self-appointed Ugandan President Amin hand picks him as his personal physician and closest confidante. Though Garrigan is at first flattered and fascinated by his new position, he soon awakens to Amin's savagery - and his own complicity in it. Horror and betrayal ensue as Garrigan tries to right his wrongs and get out of Uganda alive.
James McAvoy, Jeremy Brock, Gillian Anderson, Andrew Macdonald, Forest Whitaker, Kerry Washington, Kevin Macdonald, Lisa Bryer
Drama

The Guardian

After losing his crew in a fatal crash, legendary Rescue Swimmer, Ben Randall (Kevin Costner), is sent to teach at "A" School, an elite training program for Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers. Wrestling with the loss of his crew members, he throws himself into teaching, turning the program upside down with his unorthodox training methods.

While there, he encounters a young, cocky swim champ, Jake Fischer (Ashton Kutcher), who is driven to be the best. During training, Randall helps mold Jake's character, combining his raw talent with the heart and dedication required of a Rescue Swimmer.

Upon graduation, Jake follows Randall to Kodiak, Alaska, where they face the inherent dangers of the Bering Sea. In his initial solo rescue, Jake learns firsthand from Randall, the true meaning of heroism and sacrifice, echoing the Swimmer's motto..."So Others May Live!"
Kevin Costner, Beau Flynn, Neal McDonough, Tripp Vinson, Ron Brinkerhoff, Ashton Kutcher, Melissa Sagemiller, Sela Ward
Drama

Flyboys

Set during World War I, the film focuses on a group of Americans who enlisted in the French military and became pilots before the United States joined the war. They were known as the Lafayette Escadrille.
Marc Frydman, Dean Devlin, David S. Ward, James Franco, David Ellison, Philip Winchester, Tony Bill, Kearie Peak
Drama Action Adventure War

Open Season

A deer buddies up with a domesticated grizzly bear when the two animals are alone in the woods during hunting season. Meanwhile, Beth, a forest ranger who raised the bear, embarks on a desperate search to find her friend.
Jon Favreau, Ron J. Friedman, Roger Allers, Jull Culton, Steve Moore, Martin Lawrence, Gary Sinise, Jane Krakowski
Adventure Family Kids Animation

School for Scoundrels

A down-on-his-luck meter reader (Jon Heder) enrolls in a confidence-building class so he can win the love of his dream girl (Jacinda Barrett). The class turns out to be something quite different once it becomes clear to the young man that his professor (Billy Bob Thornton) has set his sights on the same woman.
Geyer Kosinski, Scot Armstrong, Billy Bob Thornton, Michael Clarke Duncan, Dan Fogler, Todd Phillips, Daniel Goldberg, Jon Heder
Comedy Remake