Movie Ratings That Actually Work    Become a Member

"One of the 50 Coolest Websites...they simply tell it like it is" - TIME


advertisement


advertisement

January
January 6

Righteous Kill [2008] [R] - 8.8.10
Partners and veteran NYPD detectives (Robert De Niro and Al Pacino) try to sort out the strange clues left behind at murder scenes, which point them toward a serial murderer targeting criminals who have slipped through the judicial system. Also with 50 Cent, Donnie Wahlberg, Carla Gugino, John Leguizamo, Trilby Glover, Brian Dennehy and Frank John Hughes. Directed by Jon Avnet. [1:41]

Babylon A.D. [2008] [PG-13] - 4.7.5
It's the near future and a mercenary (Vin Diesel) is hired to transport a young woman (Mélanie Thierry) across the U.S./Canada border. He doesn't know why his client wants her or what they'll do with her when he delivers her, and he does not care -- at least in the beginning. Also with Michelle Yeoh, Lambert Wilson, Gerard Depardieu, Charlotte Rampling, Mark Strong and Joel Kirby. Directed by Mathieu Kassovitz. [1:30]

Bangkok Dangerous [2008] [R] - 8.8.5
A hired killer and loner (Nicolas Cage) is hired to make four kills in Bangkok, Thailand. But he forgets his vow to never get involved with any of his assignments and during the last assassination he gets confused by emotional entanglements and moral questions. Also with Charlie Yeung, Panward Hemmanee, Nirattisai Kaljaruek, Dom Hetrakul, Tuck Napaskorn, Steve Baldocchi, Chris Heebink, James With, Peter Shadrin, Arthajid Puengvicha, Duangjai Srisawang and Veerasak Boonchard. Directed by Oxide Pang and Danny Pang. [1:40]

Disaster Movie [2008] [PG-13] - 7.8.5
Parody of other films, with five people (Matt Lanter, Vanessa Minnillo, Gary "G-Thang" Johnson, Nicole Parker and Crista Flanagan) screaming and crying their way through a series of never-ending disasters that include earthquakes, tornado funnels, the clash of mentally ill superheroes, rabid rodents, wind storms, and more. Characters die repeatedly and reappear in other disasters, but the protagonists survive. Also with Carmen Electra and Ike Barinholtz. Directed by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. [1:30]

Pineapple Express [2008] [R] - 5.7.10
A man (Seth Rogen) who witnesses a murder drops a cigarette of a rare type of marijuana at the scene and later realizes that it can be traced directly to him and his dealer (James Franco). The two men run away, chased by the drug lord (Gary Cole) and the corrupt police officer (Rosie Perez) who committed the murder. Also with Craig Robinson, James Remar, Joe Lo Truglio, Arthur Napiontek, Jonathan Walker Spencer, Danny R. McBride, Amber Heard, Ed Begley, Jr., Bobby Lee, Nora Dunn and Bill Hader. Directed by David Gordon Green. [1:50]

The Wackness [2008] [R] - 8.3.9
A depressed high school senior (Josh Peck) preparing for graduation also runs a successful marijuana dealing business from an Italian ice cart, which he pushes through the streets without raising suspicion. When he meets a psychiatrist (Ben Kingsley), he exchanges drugs for counseling, and strikes up a relationship with the psychiatrist's stepdaughter (Olivia Thirlby). Also with Famke Janssen, Mary-Kate Olsen and Method Man. Directed by Jonathan Levine. [1:35]

January 13

Swing Vote [2008] [PG-13] - 1.2.5
The presidential race is in a tie, and one single vote is going to decide the outcome. After an election day glitch keeps his vote from being counted, an underachieving single dad (Kevin Costner) has 10 days to recast his vote and he becomes an international celebrity, courted by the media and the candidates (Kelsey Grammer and Dennis Hopper). Meanwhile his 12-year-old daughter (Madeline Carroll) -- the smarter of the two -- tries to keep him focused on the importance of his decision. Also with Nathan Lane, Stanley Tucci and George Lopez. Directed by Joshua Stern. [1:40]

Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys [2008] [PG-13] - 4.4.3
The lives of two longtime friends (Alfre Woodard and Kathy Bates), from opposite sides of the socioeconomic spectrum, are forever changed when their adult children become involved in extramarital affairs and shady business practices. Also with Sanaa Lathan, Tyler Perry, Rockmond Dunbar, KaDee Strickland, Cole Hauser, Taraji P. Henson and Robin Givens. Directed by Tyler Perry. [1:51]

My Best Friend's Girl [2008] [R] - 8.4.9
When a man (Jason Biggs) can no longer bare being the "friend" to the woman (Kate Hudson) he loves, he resorts to the extreme measure of hiring his friend (Dane Cook) to take her out and pretend to be the most uncouth cad, thus causing her to realize how lucky she is to have him. Or so he thinks. Also with Alec Baldwin, Lizzy Caplan, Riki Lindhome, Diora Baird and Taran Killam. Directed by Howard Deutch. [1:43]

Mirrors [2008] [R] - 5.8.5
A troubled, former NYC detective (Kiefer Sutherland) encounters an alternate reality and a special kind of evil when he takes a night watchman job in an abandoned building. Fearing for the safety of his family, he keeps his promise to his wife (Paula Patton) and does whatever it takes to keep evil at bay. Also with Cameron Boyce, Erica Gluck and Amy Smart. Directed by Alexandre Aja. [1:50]

Appaloosa [2008] [R] - 5.7.5
In the late 1800s, two longtime friends and business partners (Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen) are called to a small New Mexico town to relieve the townspeople from the constant threat a gang of bullies poses. Also with Robert Knott, Renee Zellweger, Timothy V. Murphy, Daniel T. Parker and Lance Henriksen. Directed by Ed Harris. [1:48]

Brideshead Revisited [2008] [PG-13] - 7.2.3
Adapted from the classic novel by Evelyn Waugh: A young man's (Ben Whishaw) life is forever changed after meeting the family that lives in the palatial Brideshead. Also with Emma Thompson, Michael Gambon, Matthew Goode, Hayley Atwell, Felicity Jones, Stephen Merchant, Greta Scacchi, Ed Stoppard, Jonathan Cake and Patrick Malahide. Directed by Julian Jarrold. [2:15]

January 20

Max Payne [2008] [PG-13] - 4.6.5
Not being able to let go of the memory of his wife and child after they've been murdered, police detective Max Payne (Mark Wahlberg) follows a trail of clues that connect a current murder case to that of his wife. Also with Mila Kunis, Beau Bridges, Jamie Hector, Chris Ludacris Bridges, Chris O Donnell and Amaury Nolasco. Directed by John Moore. [1:39]

Igor [2008] [PG] - 2.4.3
In a place called Malaria, the sun never shines and evil scientists abuse hunchbacks, referred to as Igors, in an effort to create the most diabolically evil creations. When one such scientist is not careful, he blows himself up leaving his Igor (John Cusack) with the idea of creating his own evil creature. In the process he and the others discover that they don't have to be evil to survive. Also with, Steve Buscemi, John Cleese, Jay Leno, Jennifer Coolidge, Molly Shannon, James Lipton, Eddie Izzard and Christian Slater. Directed by Tony Leondis. [1:26]

Saw V [2008] [R] - 2.10.7
The grisly self-inflicted death game run by "Jigsaw" continues in this fifth installment, which consists of many flashbacks and points to evidence that there may be a new gamester taking over. With Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Scott Patterson, Betsy Russell, Mark Rolston, Meagan Good and Julie Benz. Directed by David Hackl. [1:32]

Henry Poole Is Here [2008] [PG] - 2.3.4
After being diagnosed with an incurable disease, Henry Poole (Luke Wilson) leaves his fiancée and successful business and returns to the street where he grew up in order to live, in his own way, the six remaining weeks in his life. However, the discovery of what some of his neighbors consider a religious miracle interrupts Poole's solitude. Also with Cheryl Hines, George Lopez, Adriana Barazza and Rahad Mitchell. Directed by Mark Pellington. [1:41]

City of Ember [2008] [PG] - 0.4.0
As existence on the surface of the Earth becomes impossible, survivors relocate underground and information on how to get back to the surface and when it might be safe to do so is placed in a box that is time-locked for 200 years. When the box is misplaced and no one knows what to do as the underground city begins to crumble, two young people, who refuse to believe that there isn't a way out, go exploring. With Bill Murray, Toby Jones, Saoirse Ronan, Tim Robbins, Martin Landau, Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Harry Treadaway. Directed by Gil Kenan. [1:39]

The Express [2008] [PG] - 3.3.4
Based on the real-life story of Ernie Davis (Rob Brown), the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy in 1961. A two-time All-American running back for Syracuse University, he led his team to the national championship in 1960. Also with Dennis Quaid, Nelsan Ellis, Kris Wolff, Darrin DeWitt Henson and Charles S. Dutton. Directed by Gary Fleder. [2:10]

Fireproof [2008] [PG] - 3.3.0
A husband (Kirk Cameron) and a wife (Erin Bethea) whose paths have grown farther and farther apart try to find a way to stay together by using the counseling found in a book called the "Love Dare." Also with Harris Malcom, Phyllis Malcom, Ken Bevel and Jason McLeod. Directed by Alex Kendrick. [2:02]

January 27

Vicky Cristina Barcelona [2008] [PG-13] - 6.4.4
Two women (Rebecca Hall and Scarlett Johansson) take a long summer vacation together in Spain, where they meet an artist (Javier Bardem), and both fall for him, even though one is has a fiancé back home. Meanwhile, the artist's ex-wife (Penelope Cruz) shows up and she seems to be insane, as well as insanely interested in her ex-husband. Also with Patricia Clarkson and Kevin Dunn. Directed by Woody Allen. [1:36]

Lakeview Terrace [2008] [PG-13] - 5.4.5
A man and woman (Patrick Wilson, Kerry Washington) buy their first home and move into a hillside neighborhood feeling fortunate that their next door neighbor is a police officer (Samuel L. Jackson). However, their neighbor is determined to make their lives miserable. Also with Regine Nehy and Jaishon Fisher. Directed by Neil LaBute. [1:46]

Pride and Glory [2008] [R] - 6.8.10
The Tierney family has a long history of police service. After 4 officers are shot down in the line of duty one of the Tierney sons (Edward Norton) leads the task force organized to find the killers. When the evidence points in a direction he is not happy to follow, he must choose between doing the right thing and protecting his fellow officers. Also with Colin Farrell, Jennifer Ehle, Noah Emmerich, Lake Bell, Frank J. Grillo, Shea Whigham, John Ortiz and Jon Voight. Directed by Gavin O'Connor. [2:09]

RocknRolla [2008] [R] - 7.8.10
British film about two small-time gangsters (Gerard Butler and Idris Elba) who find themselves in the middle of a robbery scheme that pits the local and very unscrupulous crime boss (Tom Wilkinson) against a ruthless Russian billionaire. Also with Thandie Newton, Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges, Mark Strong, Tom Hardy, Karel Roden, Geoff Bell, Gemma Arterton and Jeremy Piven. Directed by Guy Ritchie. [1:57]

The Rocker [2008] [PG-13] - 4.4.5
Rainn Wilson stars as a drummer who was fired from a 1980s rock band, but has not given up on his dream to one day drum again. Having lived next to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for twenty years, he's delighted when he hears about his nephew's high school rock band needing a new drummer, and he convinces the teens to take him on. Also with Christina Applegate, Teddy Geiger, Pete Best, John Cor, Will Arnett, Emma Stone, Jane Lynch, Jeff Garlin, Jason Sudeikis, Demetri Martin and Josh Gad. Directed by Peter Cattaneo. [1:42]

February
February 3

The Secret Life of Bees [2008] [PG-13] - 3.5.4
Unable to deal with living with her father (Paul Bettany) any longer, a 14-year-old girl (Dakota Fanning) and her African-American caregiver (Jennifer Hudson) run away to the honey farm of the Boatwright sisters (Queen Latifah, Sophie Okonedo and Alicia Keys). While trying to figure out what to do next, she learns some lessons about life and love. Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood. [1:50]

Zack and Miri Make a Porno [2008] [R] - 10.2.10
Two friends (Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks) have had a platonic relationship since childhood and are now roommates down on their luck. Mounting bills convince them that the easiest and fastest way to solvency is to create a homemade pornographic film. Also with Jason Mewes, Katie Morgan, Craig Robinson, Traci Lords, Jeff Anderson, Jennifer Schwalbach-Smith, Tom Savini and Gerry Bednob. Directed by Kevin Smith. [1:41]

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist [2008] [PG-13] - 7.4.5
A New Jersey high school senior (Michael Cera) hits New York city with his friends and band mates hoping to forget the girl who has broken his heart. When a series of events throw a young woman (Kat Dennings) into his path, he begins to wonder if his girlfriend was ever worth the effort in the first place. Also with Ari Graynor, Rafi Gavron, Alexis Dziena, Aaron Yoo, Jonathan Bradford Wright and Jay Baruchel. Directed by Pete Sollett. [1:30]

February 6

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa [2008] [PG] - 2.3.2
Sequel to the 2005 animated feature about a lion, a zebra, a hippopotamus and a giraffe who escape the Central Park Zoo in New York City and end up on the island of Madagascar. This time, with the help of a group of clever penguins, they manage to build a plane and fly to Africa. With the voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett-Smith, David Schwimmer, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric The Entertainer, Alec Baldwin, Bernie Mac, Sherri Shepherd, Tom McGrath, Elisa Pensler-Gabrielli and Andy Richter. Directed by Eric Darnell & Tom McGrath. [1:29]

February 10

W. [2008] [PG-13] - 2.5.5
Director Oliver Stone's vision of the life of George W. Bush (Josh Brolin), from his days as a fraternity pledge at Yale University to becoming President of the United States and invading Iraq. Also with Elizabeth Banks, James Cromwell, Ellen Burstyn, Thandie Newton, Ioan Gruffudd, Rob Corddry, Scott Glenn, Jeffrey Wright and Richard Dreyfuss. [1:50]

Nights in Rodanthe [2008] [PG-13] - 5.3.5
A doctor (Richard Gere) trying to come to terms with a patient who died on the operating table, and a woman (Diane Lane) trying to come to terms with her husband's infidelity, meet at an inn and realize that they can help each other. Also with Christopher Meloni, Viola Davis, Mae Whitman, Pablo Schreiber, Charlie Tahan and Scott Glenn. Directed by George Wolfe. [1:37]

Frozen River [2008] [R] - 4.4.5
Desperate to try to make enough money to buy a trailer home for herself and her two sons after their father abandons them, a woman (Melissa Leo) begins helping a young Native American woman (Misty Upham) who smuggles illegal immigrants across the Canadian/U.S. border. Also with Nancy Wu, Michael O'Keefe, Charlie McDermott, Mark Boone and Jay Klaitz. Directed by Courtney Hunt. [1:36]

Soul Men [2008] [R] - 8.4.10
Two estranged friends and musical group partners (Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mac) are brought together for a tribute to the late lead singer in their group. One has dreams of making a comeback, while the other is just trying to forget the past. Also with Sharon Leal, Affion Crockett, P.J. Byrne, Jennifer Coolidge, Sean Hayes and Isaac Hayes. Directed by Malcolm D. Lee. [1:40]

Blindness [2008] [R] - 9.9.8
An epidemic that causes people to become blind strikes a city and the government decides to isolate the infected in a facility that becomes overrun by a power hungry group. The people inside will do anything for food, and when they begin to turn on each other and prey on each other it becomes clear that desperate people will do anything to survive. With Don McKellar, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Danny Glover, Alice Braga and Sandra Oh. Directed by Fernando Meirelles. [2:00]

Miracle at St. Anna [2008] [R] - 7.9.7
The film starts in 1983, with an elderly postal worker shooting a man buying stamps, seemingly for no reason, and moves to an incident during WWII when a small group of American soldiers found themselves stranded in an Italian village. The soldiers are black and they have to face not only the approaching Nazis but also racism from their white commanders. With Derek Luke, Michael Ealy, Laz Alonso, Omar Benson Miller, Pierfrancesco Favino, Matteo Sciabordi, Valentina Cervi, John Turturro, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Gandolfini, John Leguizamo, Kerry Washington, D.B. Sweeney, Omari Hardwick and Omero Antonutti. Directed by Spike Lee. [2:40]

February 17

High School Musical 3: Senior Year [2008] [G] - 2.1.0
The teens from the "High School Musical" TV movies graduate to the big screen, where they are also graduating from high school and need to make choices about the direction their lives will be taking. With Zac Efron, Ashley Tisdale, Vanessa Hudgens, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman, Kaycee Stroh, Olesya Rulin and Jemma McKenzie-Brown. Directed by Kenny Ortega. [1:40]

Changeling [2008] [R] - 4.7.5
Based on a true story: In the late 1920s a woman (Angelina Jolie) whose 9-year-old son had disappeared will not stop searching for him and her tenacity leads her to a court fight against the Los Angeles police department. Also with Amy Ryan, John Malkovich, Jeffrey Donovan, Riki Lindhome, Kelly Lynn Warren, Colm Feore, Jason Butler Harner, Geoffrey Pierson and Gattlin Griffith. Directed by Clint Eastwood. [2:21]

Body of Lies [2008] [R] - 2.9.9
In an effort to track down and eliminate a Middle Eastern terrorist, a CIA agent (Leonardo DiCaprio) begins an uneasy relationship with the Jordanian police chief hoping to share intelligence. Also with Russell Crowe, Vince Colosimo, Clara Khoury, Oscar Isaac, Mark Strong, Golshifte Farahani, Simon McBurney, Ali Suliman and Alon Abutbul. Directed by Ridley Scott. [2:08]

Flash of Genius [2008] [PG-13] - 1.5.5
Greg Kinnear stars as an engineer, inventor and college professor who goes toe-to-toe in court with the Ford Motor Company over their infringement on his patents for the intermittent windshield wiper. Based on a true story. Also with Lauren Graham, Jake Abel, Bill Smitrovich, Aaron Abrams, Dermot Mulroney and Tim Kelleher. Directed by Marc Abraham. [2:00]

Religulous [2008] [R] - 6.4.5
Documentary with comedian Bill Maher examining what makes a person a believer and why so much violence is committed in the name of religion. Also with Tal Bachman and Larry Charles. Directed by Larry Charles. [1:41]

Choke [2008] [R] - 10.4.8
Sam Rockwell stars as a man whose life revolves around a dead-end job at a colonial theme park, visiting his mentally ill mother (Anjelica Huston) at a hospital, attending sexual addiction recovery workshops, having casual sex, and pretending to be choking in restaurants so that those who rescue him will feel responsible for his welfare and will support him financially. Also with Kelly MacDonald, Brad Henke, Joel Grey, Clark Gregg, Bijou Phillips and Heather Burns. Directed by Clark Gregg. [1:32]

Quarantine [2008] [R] - 3.10.6
A TV reporter and her camera operator (Jennifer Carpenter and Steve Harris) shadow a group of firefighters on a call to an apartment building where residents appear to be suffering from a very contagious disease, with gruesome symptoms. Also with Jay Hernandez, Columbus Short, Johnathon Schaech, Greg Germann, Dania Ramirez, Rade Serbedzija and Andrew Fiscella. Directed by John Erick Dowdle. [1:26]

How to Lose Friends and Alienate People [2008] [R] - 7.4.8
A man (Simon Pegg) tired of a lack of success and recognition, is offered a job with a notable fashion and celebrity magazine in New York. Convinced that he can make a difference and squelch the brown nosing methods of the magazine's staff, he begins to make a name for himself by alienating everyone around him. Also with Kirsten Dunst, Jeff Bridges, Danny Huston, Gillian Anderson, Max Minghella, Megan Fox, Miriam Margolyes and Margo Stilley. Directed by Robert B. Weide. [1:49]

February 24

What Just Happened [2008] [R] - 6.5.10
A Hollywood film producer (Robert De Niro) struggles to maintain his sanity while working with temperamental directors, agents and actors. Also with Sean Penn, Bruce Willis, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro, Kristen Stewart, Catherine Keener and Robin Wright Penn. Directed by Barry Levinson. [1:50]

The Haunting of Molly Hartley [2008] [PG-13] - 3.6.5
A young woman (Haley Bennett) on the eve of her 18th birthday suffers from painful memories of her mother trying to kill her. Struggling to try to make sense of her past, she and her father move away and try to start a new life. However, she cannot escape her nightmares and the strange voices she begins to hear. Also with Jake Weber, Chace Crawford, Shanna Collins, Shannon Marie Woodward, Annalynne McCord, Marin Hinkle, Jessica Lowndes. Directed by Mickey Liddell. [1:26]

Sex Drive [2008] [R] - 9.6.10
A high school senior (Josh Zuckerman) with hopes of losing his virginity meets a willing partner on the internet and plans a road trip to meet her. However, he first has to get past his feelings for his best girl friend (Amanda Crew) and deal with his abusive older brother (James Marsden). Also with Clark Duke, Charlie McDermott, Seth Green, Alice Greczyn and Katrina Bowden. Directed by Sean Anders. [1:48]

March
March 3

Beverly Hills Chihuahua [2008] [PG] - 2.4.3
A rich Chihuahua (voiced by Drew Barrymore) becomes totally lost in the streets of Mexico City and does not know what to do without life's luxuries. Finally choosing survival over conspicuous consumption, she makes friends with poor dogs, including a former K-9 unit German shepherd (voiced by Andy Garcia). Her gardener's dog (voiced by George Lopez) and his owner come to her rescue after a long search. Also with the voices of Piper Perabo, Manolo Cardona, Cheech Marin, Paul Rodriguez, Jamie Lee Curtis, Placido Domingo and Edward James Olmos. Directed by Raja Gosnell. [1:31]

I've Loved You So Long [2008] [PG-13] - 4.5.4
A woman (Kristin Scott Thomas) is reunited with her estranged sister after serving fifteen years in prison for killing her six-year old son. It is a crime she has difficulty talking about, having remained silent during the trial and not offering a defense. Also with Elsa Zylberstein, Serge Hazanavicius, Laurent Grévill, Frédéric Pierrot, Jean-Claude Arnaud and Lise Ségur. Directed by Philippe Claudel. In French with English subtitles. [1:57]

Australia [2008] [PG-13] - 6.7.5
Set in northern Australia before World War II: Nicole Kidman stars as a headstrong aristocrat who travels to Australia to find out what her husband has been doing on his cattle ranch for so many months without her. She learns upon arrival that her husband has been murdered and she must now decide whether to try to save the struggling enterprise or sell to an unscrupulous competitor. At the same time, she becomes the guardian of an Aboriginal boy whom she tries to protect from the state police, which is shipping Aboriginal children to an island for "assimilation." Also with Hugh Jackman, David Wenham, Bryan Brown, Jack Thompson, Barry Otto, Shea Adams, Eddie Baroo and David Gulpilil. Directed by Baz Luhrmann. [2:35]

March 10

Milk [2008] [R] - 8.6.6
Sean Penn stars as Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be voted into public office. Before he was assassinated in 1978, he organized the gay rights movement by uniting support from many disparate camps. Also with Allison Pill, Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch, James Franco, Victor Garber, Diego Luna and Denis O'Hare. Directed by Gus Van Sant. [2:07]

Rachel Getting Married [2008] [R] - 6.4.6
A troubled young woman (Anne Hathaway) looks forward to returning home after a long stint at rehab, only to find herself in the midst of her older sister's (Rosemarie Dewitt) chaotic wedding. As family and friends gather together, old wounds are re-opened, and relationships -- both old and new -- make way for an addict's self-discovery. Also with Matthew Zickel, Bill Irwin, Anna Deavere Smith, Anisa George, Tunde Adebimpe, Debra Winger, Jerome Le Page and Robyn Hitchcock. Directed by Jonathan Demme. [1:56]

Happy Go Lucky [2008] [R] - 6.4.6
A thirty year-old woman (Sally Hawkins) laughs and jokes her way through every situation; her optimism knows no bounds as she teaches schoolchildren, entertains friends, and experiences everyday life in London. But with a bitter driving instructor (Eddie Marsan), and a challenge in her classroom, will her cheerfulness be sustained? Also with Alexis Zegerman, Andrea Riseborough , Sinéad Matthews, Kate O’Flynn , Sarah Niles, Sylvestra le Touzel, Karina Fernandez and Stanley Townsend. Directed by Mike Leigh. [1:58]

Role Models [2008] [R] - 8.3.7
Two energy drink salesmen (Seann William Scott and Paul Rudd) try to flee the scene after they crash their truck, but a judge sentences them to 150 hours of community service in a youth program. The two men make poor role models as they initially neglect the kids, but eventually learn about healthy relationships. Also with Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Bobb'e J. Thompson, Elizabeth Banks and Jane Lynch. Directed by David Wain. [1:35]

Transporter 3 [2008] [PG-13] - 4.6.5
Jason Statham reprises his role as the driver for hire. This time he reluctantly accepts a job that requires him to transport the kidnapped daughter of a Ukrainian government official on the eve of a presentation on environmental safety. Also with Natalya Rudakova, Francois Berleand, Robert Knepper, Jeroen Krabbe and Eriq Ebouaney. Directed by Olivier Megaton. [1:43]

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas [2008] [PG-13] - 1.5.1
Holocaust drama about the eight-year-old son (Asa Butterfield) of a Nazi concentration camp commander, who ventures into the woods behind his home where he meets a boy (Zac Mattoon O'Brien) and they become friends. What he doesn't realize is that the boy is a Jewish prisoner at the camp, which houses gas chambers where inmates are routinely murdered. With Henry Kingsmill, Domonkos Németh, Vera Farmiga, Jack Scanlon, David Thewlis, Rupert Friend, Cara Horgan, David Hayman, Sheila Hancock and Richard Johnson. Directed by Mark Herman. [1:33]

Cadillac Records [2008] [R] - 7.5.10
Based on a true story: Adrien Brody stars as Leonard Chess, the man who started the Chess Records label and recorded such artists as Muddy Waters (Jeffrey Wright), Etta James (Beyonce Knowles), Howlin' Wolf (Eamonn Walker) and Chuck Berry (Dante 'Mos Def' Smith). Also with Gabrielle Union, Columbus Short, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Cedric The Entertainer, Tammy Blanchard, Norman Reedus, Jill Flint, Chyna Layne and Albert Jones. Directed by Darnell Martin. [1:48]

Synecdoche, New York [2008] [R] - 8.6.7
A hypochondriac, depressive theater director (Philip Seymour Hoffman) finds himself alone after his wife (Catherine Keener) has left him to find fame in Europe, taking their young daughter with her. When he is awarded a monetary grant, he undertakes a project that literally plays out all of the days in his life (some as they are happening). Also with Michelle Williams, Samantha Morton, Tilda Swinton, Hope Davis, Emily Watson, Josh Pais, Dianne Wiest, Robin Weigert, Tim Guinee, Tom Noonan, Daniel London and Sadie Goldstein. Directed by Charlie Kaufman. [2:04]

March 21

Twilight [2008] [PG-13] - 4.7.2
A high school junior (Kristen Stewart) moves to Washington State to live with her father (Billy Burke) after her mother (Sarah Clarke) re-marries. Upon arrival she meets an unusual classmate (Robert Pattinson), whom she finds irresistibly attractive, and he reciprocates. He and his family are a curiosity in the small town, keeping to themselves and rarely mingling with others, and she soon realizes that they are vampires. Based on the novel of the same name by Stephenie Meyer. Also with Taylor Lautner, Gil Birmingham, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Ashley Greene, Jackson Rathbone, Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed, Cam Gigandet, Rachelle Lefevre, Edi Gathegi, Justin Chon and Michael Welch. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke. [2:00]

Bolt [2008] [PG] - 0.3.0
Bolt (the voice of John Travolta) is a canine movie action hero who has never been off the set and is not aware that what he does while the camera is rolling is not real. That is until he fears that his person (the voice of Miley Cyrus) has been kidnapped and he breaks out to rescue her. Also with the voices of Susie Essman, Mark Walton, Malcolm McDowell, James Lipton, Greg Germann, Diedrich Bader and Nick Swardson. Directed by Chris Williams & Byron Howard. [1:36]

March 24

Quantum of Solace [2008] [PG-13] - 5.7.4
The second James Bond outing with Daniel Craig picks up where "Casino Royale" ended: Bond tries to uncover the mysterious organization that controls international crime, and runs afoul of his own MI6 and the C.I.A., but receives unofficial help from his friend Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright). Also with Judi Dench, Giancarlo Giannini, Jesper Christensen, Mathieu Amalric, Gemma Arterton, Olga Kurylenko, Anatole Taubman and Joaquin Cosio. Directed by Marc Forster. [1:45]

March 31

Slumdog Millionaire [2008] [R] - 5.8.5
A young man who's lived all his life in the slums of Mumbai is on the verge of winning millions in India's version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." With Dev Patel, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan, Madhur Mittal, Freida Pinto, Saurabh Shukla, Tanay Chheda, Tanvi Ganesh Lonkar, Ashutosh Lobo Gajiwala, Ayush Mahesh Khedekar, Rubina Ali, Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail. Directed by Danny Boyle. [2:00]

Seven Pounds [2008] [PG-13] - 6.6.4
Will Smith stars as a man who's unable to deal with the death of the woman he loved and comes to terms with his pain by donating his organs to people who are struggling under the strain of life but remain good and decent people. Also with Rosario Dawson, Woody Harrelson, Michael Ealy, Robinne Lee, Tim Kelleher and Barry Pepper. Directed by Gabriele Muccino. [2:03]

Marley & Me [2008] [PG] - 5.4.4
Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston star as a young married couple that moves to Florida to find the perfect jobs in the perfect climate. While pursuing their dreams, they don't feel totally ready to start a human family, and get a dog instead. The story of their lives with their rambunctious Labrador unfolds. Also with Alan Arkin, Eric Dane, Haley Bennett, Nathan Gamble, Ann Dowd, Clarke Peters and Kathleen Turner. Directed by David Frankel. [2:03]

April
April 5

Bedtime Stories [2008] [PG] - 3.3.2
Adam Sandler stars as a maintenance man who dreams of managing a five-star resort hotel, that was built on the site of his father's far more modest hotel. When he has to take care of his young niece and nephew for a few days, he realizes that the bedtime tales they begin spinning have real-life repercussions. Also with Courtney Cox Arquette, Keri Russell, Teresa Palmer, Guy Pearce, Lucy Lawless, Russell Brand, Richard Griffiths, Aisha Tyler and Jonathan Pryce. Directed by Adam Shankman. [1:39]

April 7

Doubt [2008] [PG-13] - 3.3.4
Drama taking place in the early 1960s: Meryl Streep stars as a rather severe nun in a Catholic school, who prides herself on being feared by the students. She sets her sights on the apparently kind priest of the parish (Philip Seymour Hoffman) when she suspects that he has an inappropriate relationship with a young boy. Also with Amy Adams, Viola Davis, Alice Drummond, Audrie Neenan, Susan Blommaert and Carrie Preston. Directed by John Patrick Shanley. [1:44]

The Tale of Despereaux [2008] [G] - 1.3.1
A small mouse named Despereaux (voiced by Matthew Broderick) does not fit in with his family and community because he is not afraid of things that cause automatic panic among his fellow mice. After being banished to a deep drain where rats live and from which no mouse has ever returned, Despereaux determines to save the life of a beautiful princess who is being threatened by the evil rat ruler. Also with the voices of Tracey Ullman, Emma Watson, Tony Hale, Frances Conroy, Frank Langella, Sigourney Weaver, Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Kline, William H. Macy, Stanley Tucci, Robbie Coltrane, Ciaran Hinds and Christopher Lloyd. Directed by Sam Fell & Rob Stevenhagen. [1:34]

The Day the Earth Stood Still [2008] [PG-13] - 1.6.2
Remake of the 1951 sci-fi classic: a representative of an alien and far superior civilization visits the Earth to determine whether humanity is capable of changing its aggressive nature. Otherwise, humanity may have to be destroyed to allow Earth to survive. With Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates, Jon Hamm, Jaden Christopher Smith, Mousa Kraish and John Cleese. Directed by Scott Derrickson. [1:50]

Not Easily Broken [2009] [PG-13] - 4.5.4
Morris Chestnut and Taraji P. Henson star as a married couple whose aspirations are along different paths: He was once an aspiring professional baseball player, and struggles with his new construction business, while she is a successful realtor; also, he would like to start a family, but she is focused on her career. Also with Cannon Jay, Eddie Cibrian, Kwame Boateng, Maeve Quinlan and Jenifer Lewis. Directed by Bill Duke. [1:39]

Yes Man [2008] [PG-13] - 6.4.5
Jim Carrey stars as a man who finds no joy in life after his wife dumps him. To change his mood he enrolls in a self-help group called "Yes Man" and agrees to say "Yes" to everything for a year, but soon he realizes that sometimes acquiescing to everything brings constant and unexpected challenges. Also with Terence Stamp, Sasha Alexander, Bradley Cooper, Zooey Deschanel, Rhys Darby, John Michael Higgins and Molly Sims. Directed by Peyton Reed. [1:44]

April 14

The Spirit [2008] [PG-13] - 4.8.4
Based on Will Eisner's graphic novel, Gabriel Macht stars as The Spirit, a masked vigilante who fakes his own death in order to fight crime -- and especially a ruthless arch villain called The Octopus (Samuel L. Jackson). Also with Scarlett Johansson, Eva Mendes, Sarah Paulson, Dan Lauria, Stana Katic, Johnny Simmons and Louis Lombardi. Directed by Frank Miller. [1:48]

April 21

The Wrestler [2008] [R] - 8.7.8
After suffering a heart attack, an aging professional wrestler (Mickey Rourke) must come to terms with the fact that he'll have to stop wrestling or he will die. Also with Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood and Judah Friedlander. Directed by Darren Aronofsky. [1:45]

Frost/Nixon [2008] [R] - 4.4.5
Fact-based drama about the mid-1970s interview between British broadcaster David Frost (Michael Sheen) and former U.S. President Richard M. Nixon (Frank Langella), who resigned over the Watergate scandal. Over many hours of talking, Frost eventually encourages President Nixon to acknowledge the real motivation behind the circumstances that ended his presidency. It started as a play in London and Broadway. Also with Sam Rockwell, Toby Jones, Matthew MacFadyen, Andy Milder, Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt, Kate Jennings Grant, Patty McCormack and Rebecca Hall. Directed by Ron Howard. [2:02]

Notorious [2009] [R] - 8.6.10
Biopic of Notorious B.I.G. (Jamal Woolard) whose music and lyrics resonated with everyday Brooklyn street life. When gunned down at the age of 24 he was one of the most important hip-hop artists. Also with Antonique Smith, Naturi Naughton, Angela Bassett, Derek Luke, Anthony Mackie. Directed by George Tillman Jr. [2:02]

April 28

Bride Wars [2008] [PG] - 4.3.3
Two women (Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway), best friends since youth, dream of the day that they will find the men they will marry and of the perfect wedding at the Plaza Hotel, in New York City. When there is a scheduling snafu and their weddings are scheduled on the same day, their plans and their friendship are derailed. Also with Candice Bergen, Kristen Johnston, Bryan Greenberg, Steve Howey, Chris Pratt and Michael Arden. Directed by Gary Winick. [1:30]

The Uninvited [2009] [PG-13] - 6.7.5
After the death of her mother in a house fire, and her own attempted suicide, a young woman (Emily Browning) is released from the hospital and realizes that her father (David Strathairn) has become involved with the nurse (Elizabeth Banks) who had been caring for her mother before her death. When she and her sister (Arielle Kebbel) begin to piece together the events of the night of the fire, they begin to suspect that there was foul play. Also with Kevin McNulty and Jesse Moss. Directed by Thomas Guard & Charles Guard. [1:27]

The Reader [2008] [R] - 9.4.2
Kate Winslet stars as a woman in post World War II Germany, who finds a sick young man (David Kross) in the entrance to her apartment, takes him in and they begin a passionate relationship. One day she disappears and eight years later he sees her again, but this time she is a defendant in a war crimes trial. Also with Ralph Fiennes, Karoline Herfurth, Hannah Herzsprung, Lena Olin, Bruno Ganz, Jeanette Hain, Susanne Lothar and Matthias Habich. Directed by Stephen Daldry. [2:02]


the listings continue below

May

May 5

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button [2008] [PG-13] - 7.6.5
Adapted from the story by F. Scott Fitzgerald about the life of a man (Brad Pitt) who ages in reverse: He is born as an old man and as he grows he becomes a boy and then an infant. Also with Cate Blanchett, Jason Flemyng, Taraji P. Henson, Julia Ormond, Ed Metzger, Lance E. Nichols, Peter Donald Badalamenti, Donna Duplantier, Patrick Holland, Tilda Swinton, Elle Fanning and Elias Koteas. Directed by David Fincher. [2:47]

Last Chance Harvey [2008] [PG-13] - 3.1.4
A divorced composer of commercial jingles (Dustin Hoffman) travels to London to attend his daughter's wedding, and upon arrival he realizes just how much he has missed by not being a part of his daughter's life. After meeting a woman (Emma Thompson) in an airport lounge, he realizes that maybe second chances are possible. Also with James Brolin, Richard Schiff, Eileen Atkins, Kathy Baker and Lian Balaban. Directed by Joel Hopkins. [1:39]

May 12

Taken [2009] [PG-13] - 6.7.4
A retired government agent's (Liam Neeson) 17-year-old daughter (Maggie Grace) takes a trip with a friend to Paris. Shortly after their arrival they are kidnapped and her father pursues her captors without any restraint. Also with Famke Janssen, Leland Orser, Anjul Nigam, Jon Gries, David Warshofsky, Holly Valance, Katie Cassidy, Olivier Rabourdin, Radivoje Bukvic, Goran Kostic, Olivier Rabourdin and Arben Bajraktaraj. Directed by Pierre Morel. [1:31]

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans [2009] [R] - 6.9.0
A prequel to the 2003 and 2005 "Underworld" films, which traces the origins of the Lycans and the war between them and vampires: While the Lycans serve as slaves to the aristocratic vampires, the daughter (Rhona Mitra) of the ruthless vampire leader (Bill Nighy) falls in love with a Lycan (Michael Shee) and thus the hostilities begin. Also with Shane Brolly, Kevin Grevioux, Steven MacKintosh, David Aston, Elizabeth Hawthorne and Craig Parker. Directed by Patrick Tatopoulos. [1:32]

May 19

Paul Blart: Mall Cop [2009] [PG] - 3.5.3
Paul Blart (Kevin James) is a nice guy who has been unable to pass the state trooper exam because of a troublesome sugar imbalance, which causes him to pass out when his sugar level is low. Relegated to the local shopping mall as a security officer, he takes his job very seriously, but no one appreciates his enthusiasm. He gets his chance to prove his mettle when a group of thugs scheme to rob the mall bank on the busiest shopping day of the year. Also with Keir O'Donnell, Raini Rodriguez, Adhir Kalyan, Jayma Mays, Shirley Knight, Stephen Rannazzisi and Adam Ferrara. Directed by Steve Carr. [1:31]

Valkyrie [2008] [PG-13] - 1.7.5
Based on a true story: During WWII a Nazi officer (Tom Cruise) comes to realize that his ideas about the future of Germany and how war is waged are completely dissimilar to the military culture of the Third Reich. He becomes convinced that the only solution is to assassinate Adolph Hitler and reclaim the military from the SS. Also with Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Carice van Houten, Thomas Kretschmann, Terence Stamp and Eddie Izzard. Directed by Bryan Singer. [2:00]

May 26

New In Town [2009] [PG] - 5.4.4
A big-city corporate executive (Renee Zellweger) is sent to downsize a small-town manufacturing plant in Minnesota. However, with new friendships and a budding romance, her empathy for the workers softens her demeanor and attitude. Also with Harry Connick Jr., Siobhan Fallon, J.K. Simmons and Frances Conroy. Directed by Jonas Elmer. [1:36]

June

June 2

Revolutionary Road [2008] [R] - 7.5.6
Drama set in the 1950s: A newly married couple (Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet) embark on their new life, with high expectations: They are welcomed to their new neighborhood, they are generally admired, he goes off to his job every morning, and they have a couple of children. However, they begin to wonder if there isn't something more to life and they dream of escaping the mundane. Also with Kathy Bates, David Harbour and Michael Shannon. Directed by Sam Mendes. [1:59]

He's Just Not That Into You [2009] [PG-13] - 7.3.5
The stories of several people in relationships, some of whom want to be in a relationship and some do not. With Jennifer Aniston, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Connelly, Kevin Connolly, Bradley Cooper, Justin Long, Ginnifer Goodwin, Drew Barrymore, Ben Affleck and Kris Kristofferson. Directed by Ken Kwapis. [2:09]

Defiance [2008] [R] - 4.8.5
WWII film based on the true story of a family of brothers (Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell and George MacKay) who created a community for escaped Jews deep in a Belarusian forest. Also with Alexa Davalos, Tomas Arana, Mark Feuerstein, Jodhi May, Kate Fahy, Iddo Goldberg, Iben Hjejle, Martin Hancock, Ravil Isyanov and Jacek Koman. Directed by Edward Zwick. [2:17]

June 9

The International [2009] [R] - 3.8.5
An Interpol agent (Clive Owen) investigating the dealings of a bank he suspects of being involved with international organized crime is shocked when a man he is working with is murdered. As he uncovers evidence that links the murder to the bank, he begins to realize that exacting justice may require him to use unsavory means. Also with Naomi Watts, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Ulrich Thomsen, Brian O. Byrne, Jack McGee, Felix Solis, Haluk Bilginer, James Rebhorn and Alessandro Fabrizi. Directed by Tom Tykwer. [1:58]

Gran Torino [2008] [R] - 4.7.10
A racist Korean War Veteran (Clint Eastwood) befriends and protects his Asian-American neighbors after intervening in a gang-related fight. Also with Christopher Carley, Bee Vang, Ahney Her, Brian Haley and Brian Howe. Directed by Eastwood. [1:56]

Crossing Over [2009] [R] - 8.7.10
Lives intersect in this drama about people of different cultures, who contend with U.S. Immigration laws and issues like border-jumping, naturalization, deportation, and obtaining U.S. Citizenship. An immigration officer (Harrison Ford) searches for an illegal Mexican woman whose child has been returned to Mexico. Also with Ray Liotta, Naomi Judd, Cliff Curtis, Jim Sturgess and Alice Braga. Directed by Wayne Kramer. [1:53]

Fired Up! [2009] [PG-13] - 7.4.5
Two star high school football players (Nicholas D'Agosto and Eric Christian Olsen) decide that instead of attending the same old football camp this summer, they'll try their hand at cheerleading camp, hoping to get to know the hundreds of girls who will be attending. Once they arrive, their plan begins to play out slightly differently than they had hoped. Also with Sarah Roemer, Danneel Harris, Nicole Tubiola, Annalynne McCord, Jake Sandvig, Hayley Marie Norman, Molly Sims, Philip Baker Hall, John Michael Higgins. Directed by Will Gluck. [1:34]

June 16

Friday the 13th [2009] [R] - 9.9.10
One month after the disappearance of his sister, and after the police have had no luck in turning up clues, a man (Jared Padalecki) takes the investigation in his own hands and ventures to Crystal Lake where his sister was last seen. While there he uncovers a disturbing history in the broken down and long abandoned cabins in the woods. Also with Julianna Guill, America Olivo, Amanda Righetti, Danielle Panabaker, Jonathan Sadowski, Travis Van Winkle, Aaron Yoo and Derek Mears. Directed by Marcus Nispel. [1:35]

Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail [2009] [PG-13] - 6.5.4
Two different stories play out: In the first, the rambunctious Madea (Tyler Perry), due to her anger management issues, finds herself in jail for 5-10 after a parking lot dispute. In the second, a woman (Keshia Knight Pulliam) who's trying to come to terms with a horrible event from her past also finds herself in jail for 17 years, until an old friend (Derek Luke) uncovers wrongdoing in the DA's office. Also with Tamela J. Mann, Vanessa Ferlito, Robin Coleman, RonReaco Lee, Ion Overman and Viola Davis. Directed by Tyler Perry. [1:43]

June 23

The Pink Panther 2 [2009] [PG] - 4.4.3
In this sequel, Inspector Clouseau (Steve Martin) and his partner Ponton (Jean Reno) join an international team of detectives to recover several stolen treasures. These include the Shroud of Turin and the Magna Carta, stolen by the infamous but supposedly retired Le Tornado, who leaves his calling card at the scene of each crime. Also with Aishwarya Rai, John Cleese, Andy Garcia, Al Molina, Lily Tomplin, Yuki Matsuzaki, and Emily Mortimer. Directed by Harald Zwart. [1:32]

Inkheart [2009] [PG] - 2.4.3
A man possesses the ability of bringing literary characters to life while reading from different books. Before understanding how to control his skill, his wife is taken into a book when a fictional character comes out. He now has to travel the world searching for a copy of the same book, hoping he can restore her to the real world. With Helen Mirren, Brendan Fraser, Paul Bettany, Jim Broadbent, Rafi Gavron, Sienna Guillory, Eliza Bennett and Jamie Foreman. Directed by Iain Softley. [1:45]

Confessions of a Shopaholic [2009] [PG] - 3.2.3
A woman (Isla Fisher) who dreams of becoming a writer for a prominent fashion magazine and has a passion for shopping, finds herself unemployed and with a huge credit card debt. She accepts a job at a financial advice magazine and her columns become very popular, although her large debt eventually catches up with her. Also with Hugh Dancy, Joan Cusack, John Goodman, John Lithgow, Kristin Scott Thomas, Fred Armisen, Leslie Bibb, Lynn Redgrave, Robert Stanton and Julie Hagerty. Directed by P.J. Hogan. [1:45]

June 30

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li [2009] [PG-13] - 4.7.4
Martial arts film based on the Capcom video game character: A young girl watched as her father was taken away by a ruthless competitor, and as an adult she embarks on quest for justice. With Kristin Kreuk, Neal McDonough, Chris Klein, Michael Clarke Duncan, Moon Bloodgood, Edmund Chen, Josie Ho, Taboo, Cheng Pei Pei and Rick Yune. Directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak. [1:37]

12 Rounds [2009] [PG-13] - 3.7.5
A police officer (John Cena) pursues a man and a woman, and when they get out of their car the woman runs from the scene and is struck by a car and killed. The man vows to exact revenge on the police officer and when he breaks out of prison, he forces the officer to finish 12 timed tasks, otherwise his girlfriend (Ashley Scott) will be killed. Also with Steve Harris, Aidan Gillen, Brian J. White and Gonzalo Menendez. Directed by Renny Harlin. [1:48]

Two Lovers [2009] [R] - 8.3.7
A sensitive man (Joaquin Phoenix) falls in love with his troubled neighbor (Gwyneth Paltrow), who's dating married man. At the same time, his parents prefer him dating the daughter of a close family friend. Also with Vinessa Shaw, Moni Moshonov, Isabella Rossellini and Elias Koteas. Directed by James Gray. [1:50]

July

July 7

Knowing [2009] [PG-13] - 1.7.4
A boy (Ben Mendelsohn) is given an envelope that has been unpacked from a 50 year old time capsule. In the envelope is a piece of paper containing nothing but numbers, with no apparent meaning. When the boy's father (Nicolas Cage) begins to look more closely he determines that the numbers seem to be predictions of disasters. Also with Lara Robinson, Rose Byrne and Chandler Canterbury. Directed by Alex Proyas. [1:55]

Push [2009] [PG-13] - 4.7.4
People with psychic abilities are monitored and evaluated by an agency, which is trying to find a way to enhance their skills and use them as weapons. The only problem is that the drug used is also killing them. Two psychics (Chris Evans and Dakota Fanning) combine forces to thwart the agency's efforts. Also with Camilla Belle, Djimon Hounsou, Nate Mooney, Scott Michael Campbell, Ming Na and Cliff Curtis. Directed by Paul McGuigan. [2:01]

The Unborn [2009] [PG-13] - 4.8.5
A young woman (Odette Yusman) is possessed by the spirit of her dead twin, and she turns to her ailing grandmother (Jane Alexander), who reveals secrets about her haunted past, and to a rabbi (Gary Oldman), pleading with him to perform an exorcism. Also with Meagan Good, Cam Gigandet, Idris Elba and Carla Gugino. Directed by David S. Goyer. [1:28]

July 14

The Haunting in Connecticut [2009] [PG-13] - 3.7.5
Based on a documentary from the Discovery Channel, it portrays the difficulties encountered in the 1980s by a couple (Virginia Madsen and Martin Donovan) as they move into a rental home with their teenage son and daughter (Kyle Gallner and Amanda Crew). The house is conveniently near the cancer clinic required by their chronically ill son, but seems to have some unwanted inhabitants. Also with Elias Koteas, D.W. Brown, and Ty Wood. Directed by Peter Cornwell. [1:50]

July 21

Watchmen [2009] [R] - 9.9.6
It is the 1980s in an alternate universe where Richard Nixon is in his third presidential term, the world is dangerously close to nuclear destruction and costumed superheroes have been banned by the government. When two of the retired crimefighters begin to investigate the murder of one of their own, they realize there is a conspiracy with worldwide implications. An adaptation of Alan Moore's comic book series. With Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Patrick Wilson, Carla Gugino, Matt Frewer, Stephen McHattie, Laura Mennell, Niall Matter and Rob LaBelle. Directed by Zack Snyder. [2:43]

Coraline [2009] [PG] - 4.5.2
A young girl (voiced by Dakota Fanning) joins her parents when they move to a new town to do research for their gardening book. Feeling bored as soon as they arrive, she begins exploring the old house they share with three other tenants, and when she finds a locked door she cannot resist opening it. Inside she finds a different reality. Also with Teri Hatcher, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Ian McShane, Carrie Genzel, Malcolm Foster Smith, John Hodgman and Robert Bailey Jr. Directed by Henry Selick. [1:41]

July 28

Fast & Furious [2009] [PG-13] - 5.6.5
Vin Diesel and Paul Walker reprise their roles from the almost eponymous 2001 film: The former is still involved in truck hijackings and the latter is now an F.B.I agent. Their paths cross again when they have a common target, an elusive drug kingpin hiding in Mexico. Also with Gal Gadot, Jordana Brewster, Mirtha Michelle, Liza LaPira, Michelle Rodriguez, Jack Conley and Shea Whigham. Directed by Justin Lin. [1:39]

Dragonball Evolution [2009] [PG] - 4.4.3
Based on the popular Manga series featuring Goku (Justin Chatwin), a teen who's dealing with high school life until he is asked by his dying grandfather to embark on a quest to gather seven magical orbs called Dragonballs. He must do this before an evil warlord (James Marsters) finds them and uses them to destroy the world. Also with Emmy Rossum, Chow Yun-Fat, Jamie Chung, Joon Park, Eriko Tamura, Randall Duk Kim, Ernie Hudson, Texas Battle. Directed by James Wong. [1:24]

Miss March [2009] [R] - 8.5.10
On the night of their high school prom, a young man (Zach Cregger) and his long-time girlfriend (Raquel Alessi) agree to have sex for the first time, but he doesn't make the rendezvous after he falls down a flight of stairs and ends up in a coma for four years. When he awakes he travels across the country to find her in the Playboy mansion, and he wants to find out why she left him. Also with Molly Stanton, Holly Hindman, Craig Robinson, Trevor Moore, Sara Jean Underwood and Hugh Hefner. Directed by Zach Cregger and Trevor Moore. [1:31]

August

August 4

Race to Witch Mountain [2009] [PG] - 1.4.0
A down-on-his-luck taxi driver (Dwayne Johnson) shuttles tourists in Las Vegas and tries to stay out of trouble. It all changes when he finds two teens in the back seat of his cab carrying a large amount of money and asking for transportation to an isolated desert location. He soon realizes that one of the teens has the power to pass through matter and the other can moving objects with her thoughts and communicate telepathically. Also with Ciaran Hinds, Anna-Sophia Robb, Alexander Ludwig, Carla Gugino, Garry Marshall, Kim Richards, Ike Eisenmann, Tom Everett Scott and Christopher Marquette. Directed by Andy Fickman. [1:39]

The Soloist [2009] [PG-13] - 3.5.5
Jamie Foxx stars as Nathaniel Ayers, the talented musician, whose schizophrenia emerged during his training at Julliard School of Music in the 1970s and he was soon homeless. A genius, who could play music even on broken instruments, he performed on LA streets, where a local columnist (Robert Downey Jr.) met him and wrote a series of articles about Ayers and health care inequality. Also with Stephen Root, Catherine Keener, Tom Hollander, Lisa Gay Hamilton and Rachel Harris. Directed by Joe Wright. [2:00]

August 11

I Love You, Man [2009] [R] - 6.3.10
Paul Rudd stars as a man who's preparing for his wedding when he realizes that he has no significant male friendships and thus has no one to ask to be his best man. After several unsuccessful attempts at making a new friend, he meets a man (Jason Segel) at a real estate open house and they start to get to know each other. Also with Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Jaime Pressly, Rob Huebel, Jane Curtin, Jon Favreau and J.K. Simmons. Directed by John Hamburg. [1:50]

17 Again [2009] [PG-13] - 6.4.5
A man (Matthew Perry) who's bitter because he chose to walk away from a college basketball scholarship and instead married his pregnant sweetheart, realizes on the eve of his divorce that he has to make some changes in his life before it's too late. With the help of a supernatural spirit guide (Brian Doyle-Murray), he gets a second chance at being a senior in high school. Also with Zac Efron, Leslie Mann, Michelle Trachtenberg, Melora Hardin, Thomas Lennon, Nicole Sullivan, Jim Gaffigan and Hunter Parrish. Directed by Burr Steers. [1:42]

August 18

Hannah Montana The Movie [2009] [G] - 2.2.1
Hannah Montana (Miley Cyrus) struggles with her celebrity and is forced to take a look at what is really important when her father (Billy Ray Cyrus) takes her home to Tennessee where she can re-connect with family and friends without the pressures of stardom and her secret identity. Also with Emily Osment, Jason Earles, Mitchel Tate Musso, Melora Hardin, Moises Arias, Lucas Till, Vanessa Williams and Margo Martindale. Directed by Peter Chelsom. [1:42]

The Last House on the Left [2009] [R] - 9.10.8
After returning to the motel room of a young man in order to buy drugs, two teenage girls find themselves at the mercy of three sadistic criminals. Inadvertently, they end hiding in the vacation home of one of the girls, and the enraged parents have revenge in mind. With Garret Dillahunt, Martha MacIsaac, Riki Lindhome, Tony Goldwyn, Monica Potter, Spencer Treat Clark, Sara Paxton, Michael Bowen, Josh Cox and Aaron Paul. Directed by Dennis Iliadis. [1:40]

Tyson [2009] [R] - 4.5.6
Documentary about Mike Tyson, in his own words. He talks about his childhood, about being beaten up and humiliated as a kid and how boxing became an escape, as well as a sort of redemption. He also talks about mistreating women, although he denies being a rapist, and bouts with manic depression. Directed by James Toback. [1:30]

August 25

Adventureland [2009] [R] - 7.4.10
A graduating high school senior (Jesse Eisenberg), planning his summer trip to Europe before attending an Ivy League school to study journalism, is disappointed when he learns that his parents cannot afford to pay for him to take the trip or to attend college. He finds himself in a summer job at a local amusement park with a group of people who have few aspirations. Also with Ryan Reynolds, Kristen Stewart, Martin Starr, Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Mary Birdsong, Josh Pais, Matthew Bush, Margarita Levieva, Jack Gilpin and Wendie Malick. Directed by Greg Mottola. [1:46]

Duplicity [2009] [PG-13] - 5.3.4
Julia Roberts and Clive Owen star as former spies for the CIA and MI6, respectively, who try to make money by using their talents in the more profitable world of business espionage. When they come up with a scheme that will set them up for life, their growing mutual attraction may not be enough to keep them from trying to trick each other at the same time. Also with Tom Wilkinson, Paul Giamatti and Rick Worthy. Directed by Tony Gilroy. [2:05]

Fighting [2009] [PG-13] - 5.5.5
A man (Channing Tatum) who is hard on his luck is trying to make money any way he can. After being robbed while peddling stuff on the street, he fights the thieves and a man who's been watching (Terrence Howard) is convinced that he can be his meal ticket as a fighter. Also with Zulay Henaom, Michael Rivera, Flaco Navaja, Peter Tambakis and Luis Guzman. Directed by Dito Montiel. [1:45]

The Informers [2009] [R] - 10.6.10
The stories of several Los Angeles denizens, some of whom are wealthy and successful and others are not, set in the early 1980s. We follow their disparate lives, connected by a group of young men and women whose main endeavor is to party and do drugs. With Billy Bob Thornton, Kim Basinger, Winona Ryder, Mickey Rourke, Jon Foster, Amber Heard and Austin Nichols. Directed by Gregor Jordan. [1:38]


the listings continue below

September

September 1

Earth [2009] [G] - 0.4.0
A documentary look at three animal families across the globe and the difficulties they face in trying to survive: we follow polar bears, elephants and humpback whales. Narrated by James Earl Jones. Directed by Alastair Fothergill. [1:39]

State of Play [2009] [PG-13] - 4.6.5
An ambitious congressman (Ben Affleck) chairs a House Committee that is investigating a mercenary army company, when his mistress is found dead. Amidst the ensuing political scandal a grizzled journalist (Russell Crowe) and a rookie online reporter (Rachel McAdams) investigate the growing conspiracy. Also with Jason Bateman, Robin Wright Penn, Maria Thayer and Jeff Daniels. Directed by Kenneth MacDonald. [2:00]

September 8

Crank: High Voltage [2009] [R] - 10.10.10
In this sequel Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) survived his fall from a helicopter only to have his heart harvested and transplanted into a crime syndicate boss. With an artificial heart running on a battery, he must repeatedly charge it with any available electrical current while he tries to retrieve his own heart. Also with Amy Smart, Clifton Collins Jr., Efren Ramirez, Bai Ling, David Carradine, Reno Wilson and Dwight Yoakam. Directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. [1:36]

Dance Flick [2009] [PG-13] - 6.6.4
A young ballerina (Shoshana Bush) who has given up on dance, meets a young hip hop dancer (Damon Wayans, Jr.) at her new high school and begins to dream of dancing again. He tries to teach her hip-hop while preparing himself for a big street dance competition, and the young woman and her friends help in surprising ways. Also with Essence Atkins, Affion Crockett, David Alan Grier, Amy Sedaris, Chris Elliot, Marlon Wayans and Shawn Wayans. Directed by Damien Wayans. [1:25]

September 15

Easy Virtue [2009] [PG-13] - 5.4.3
Noel Coward 1920s-era comedy about an Englishman (Ben Barnes) who brings his vivacious and glamorous new American bride (Jessica Biel) home to his staid family, turning the household upside down. Also with Colin Firth, Kristin Scott Thomas, Katherine Parkinson and Kimberley Nixon. Directed by Stephan Elliot. [1:37]

Next Day Air [2009] [R] - 7.8.10
An inept deliveryman (Donald Faison) gets high and delivers a box containing 10 kilos of high-grade cocaine to the wrong address. The accidental recipients (Mike Epps and Wood Harris) see this as a chance for a quick profit and attempt to sell the cocaine to a drug-dealing cousin (Omari Hardwick). Also with Cisco Reyes and Yasmin Deliz. Directed by Benny Boom. [1:22]

X-Men Origins: Wolverine [2009] [PG-13] - 4.6.4
The fourth entry in the series provides the back story of Wolverine (Hugh Jackman): Born in mid-19th century Canada, he fights in WWI, WWII and Vietnam, and is eventually recruited by a secret government unit conducting criminal paramilitary operations and staffed by other mutants. He soon finds out that quietly quitting is not an option. Also with Liev Schreiber, Tim Pocock, Troye Sivan, Tahyna Tozzi, Will i Am, Danny Huston and Ryan Reynolds. Directed by Gavin Hood. [1:47]

September 22

Observe and Report [2009] [R] - 9.7.10
A man (Seth Rogen) who takes his job as a mall security guard very seriously but is bi-polar, also becomes embroiled in a competition with a police detective (Ray Liotta) who's trying to solve a case of indecent exposure on mall property. Also with Anna Faris, Michael Pena and Jesse Plemons. Directed by Jody Hill. [1:26]

September 29

Away We Go [2009] [R] - 8.2.6
An unmarried couple (Maya Rudolph and John Krasinski) becomes pregnant and they travel around the country visiting friends and family while looking for a new city where they can raise their child. Also with Catherine O'Hara, Jeff Daniels, Carmen Ejogo, Allison Janney, Jim Gaffigan, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Josh Hamilton and Chris Messina. Directed by Sam Mendes. [1:38]

Monsters vs. Aliens [2009] [PG] - 2.3.2
In this animated feature, on her wedding day a woman is struck by a meteor containing a compound that causes her to grow to enormous proportions. The government speeds her to a top secret facility where she and other "monsters" will be held forever. These plans are quickly thwarted when an alien arrives on Earth in search of the compound and will stop at nothing to get it. With the voices of Reese Witherspoon, Hugh Laurie, Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, Will Arnett, Rainn Wilson, Kiefer Sutherland and Stephen Colbert. Directed by Conrad Vernon and Rob Letterman. [1:34]

October

October 6

Imagine That [2009] [PG] - 1.2.4
A workaholic businessman (Eddie Murphy) has little time for his daughter (Tara Shahidi), but changes his behavior when the girl shows a magical ability for giving career-enhancing business tips. Also with Anna Friel, Danny McBride and Jorma Taccone. Directed by Karey Kirkpatrick. [1:37]

My Life in Ruins [2009] [PG-13] - 6.3.4
An unemployed Greek History professor (Nia Vardalos), takes a job as a tour guide in Greece. She is stuck with broken equipment, poor accommodations, and disgruntled tourists, while the agency's most "fun" male guide is given the best of everything. She decides to quit until she meets her new bus driver (Alexis Georgoulis) and an aging widower (Richard Dreyfuss) on her final tour. Also with Alistair McGowan, Rachel Dratch, Harland Williams, Brian Palermo and Jareb Dauplaise. Directed by Donald Petrie. [1:38]

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs [1993] - 1.3.1
The classic fairy tale, as told by Disney in 1937.

Year One [2009] [PG-13] - 8.7.5
When two Neolithic hunter-gatherer friends (Jack Black and Michael Cera) are banished from their primitive village, they find themselves on a journey around the ancient world, where they encounter adventures and people of Biblical pedigree. Also with David Cross, Paul Rudd, Hank Azaria and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Directed by Harold Ramis. [1:40]

October 13

Drag Me to Hell [2009] [PG-13] - 3.8.4
A loan officer (Alison Lohman) is cursed by an old gypsy after she won't help her save her home from being foreclosed. After a series of unpleasant supernatural occurrences, she decides to seek help from a seer. Also with Justin Long, Lorna Raver, Dileep Rao and David Paymer. Directed by Sam Raimi. [1:39]

Land of the Lost [2009] [PG-13] - 6.5.5
A discredited scientist (Will Ferrell) and his companions (Anna Freil and Danny McBride) discover another world through a time warp, and battle aliens, dinosaurs and the environment in a bid to return home and redeem the scientist's reputation. Also with Jorma Taccone. Directed by Brad Silberling. [1:33]

The Proposal [2009] [PG-13] - 7.3.4
A pushy boss (Sandra Bullock) uses blackmail to force her assistant (Ryan Reynolds) to marry her in order to prevent her deportation (she's not a U.S. citizen), and he takes her to meet his family whereupon their relationship takes a drastic turn. Also with Betty White, Mary Steenburgen, Craig T. Nelson and Denis O'Hare. Directed by Anne Fletcher. [2:07]

October 20

Chéri [2009] [R] - 9.2.2
Set in France in the early 1920s, the young son (Rupert Friend) of an infamous courtesan (Kathy Bates) falls in love with one of his mother's former colleagues (Michelle Pfeiffer) and ascertains that young love may be found in more than just the young. Also with Felicity Jones and Frances Tomelty. Directed by Stephen Frears. [1:40]

October 27

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs [2009] [PG] - 3.4.1
A mammoth couple (voiced by Ray Romano and Queen Latifah) await the birth of their child with the support of their friends. However, a sloth named Sid finds and adopts three dinosaur eggs, and the group must embark on an adventure to rescue their friend when the dino mother arrives for her babies. Also with John Leguizamo, Denis Leary and Simon Pegg. Directed by Carlos Saldanha & Mike Thurmeier. [1:34]

Whatever Works [2009] [PG-13] - 7.4.4
Woody Allen comedy about a misanthropic man (Larry David) who takes in a young runaway (Evan Rachel Wood) and inflicts his jaded view of the world upon her. Also with Patricia Clarkson, Ed Begley Jr., Conleth Hill and Michael McKean. [1:32]

November

November 3

Aliens in the Attic [2009] [PG] - 3.4.3
A family takes a vacation to a remote lakeside house and shortly after they unpack, they discover that a group of four miniature aliens has invaded their attic and are bent on destroying all humans. With Carter Jenkins, Henri Young, Regan Young, Ashley Boettcher, Austin Butler, Ashley Tisdale, Doris Roberts, Robert Hoffman, Kevin Nealon, Gillian Vigman and Tim Meadows. Directed by John Schultz. [1:26]

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra [2009] [PG-13] - 3.7.4
A highly-skilled special ops team dubbed "G.I. Joe" is put into play to thwart the diabolical plans of a scientist whose nanomite technology uses microscopic robots implanted in warheads that are aimed at several major cities around the world. With Dennis Quaid, Channing Tatum, Sienna Miller, Ray Park, Rachel Nichols, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Said Taghmaoui, Marlon Wayans and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Directed by Stephen Sommers. [1:57]

I Love You, Beth Cooper [2009] [PG-13] - 6.4.5
Hayden Panettiere stars as the prettiest girl in high school, and she decides to give the class brain (Paul Rust), who has publicly declared his love for her during his valedictorian speech, a memorable night. When she drops by his graduation party, while her bullying and muscular boyfriend follows. Also with Lauren London, Lauren Storm, Jack T. Carpenter, Shawn Roberts, Brendan Penny, Alan Ruck and Cynthia Stevenson. Directed by Chris Columbus. [1:42]

March of the Penguins [2005] [G] - 3.3.0
Documentary that follows the march of Emperor penguins across the frigid Antarctica landscape as they return to their breeding grounds for the mating season. It is a trek they endure every year. Narrated by Morgan Freeman. Directed by Luc Jacquet. [1:24]

The Taking of Pelham 123 [2009] [R] - 4.7.10
Remake of the 1973 film about armed criminals (John Travolta and Luis Guzman) who execute a seemingly foolproof plan to hijack a New York City subway car and take its occupants hostage. Denzel Washington stars as a Transit Authority worker, who has to confront his own personal demons while trying to keep the passengers safe. Also with Victor Gojcaj, John Turturro and James Gandolfini. Directed by Tony Scott. [1:35]

November 10

The Ugly Truth [2009] [R] - 8.3.6
Katherine Heigl plays a controlling morning TV show producer who agrees to participate in a set of relationship experiments authored by an insensitive TV host (Gerard Butler). He attempts to apply his own chauvinistic relationship theories to her relationships, but ends up with surprising results. Also with Bree Turner, Eric Winter, Nick Searcy, Jesse D. Goins, Cheryl Hines and Kevin Connolly. Directed by Robert Luketic. [1:35]

Up [2009] [PG] - 1.3.0
A man, saddened by the death of his wife, decides to take the adventure they had always dreamed of together. In a rather unorthodox fashion, he attaches thousands of helium balloons to the home they shared for many years and sales away to South America. He is joined by an unexpected guest who happened to be on the front porch at the time of lift off. With the voices of Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai, Paul Eiding, Christopher Plummer and John Ratzenberger. Directed by Pete Docter and Bob Peterson. [1:44]

November 17

Brüno [2009] [R] - 10.6.7
A mockumentary starring Sacha Baron Cohen, reprising his infamous "Brüno" character from the "Ali G Show." It chronicles the attempts of the flamboyant, gay fashionista, the host of a top-rated late night fashion show, to become the biggest Austrian celebrity since Hitler. Also with Gustaf Hammarsten, Josh Meyers, Robert Huerta, Gilbert Rosales, Bono, Elton John, Snoop Dogg, Chris Martin and Sting. Directed by Larry Charles. [1:23]

My Sister's Keeper [2009] [PG-13] - 5.4.5
An 11-year-old (Amy Breslin) sues for medical divorcement from her parents (Cameron Diaz and Jason Patric) because they had conceived her in order to use her blood and organs to save her older sister (Sofia Vassilieva) who's dying from leukemia. Also with Alec Baldwin, Joan Cusack, Walter Raney, Heather Wahlquist, Evan Ellington and Jeffrey Markle. Directed by Nick Cassavetes. [1:46]

Star Trek [2009] [PG-13] - 5.6.4
It is early days in the Star Trek universe, when fresh out of the academy, James T. Kirk, (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto) 'Bones' McCoy (Karl Urban), Scotty (Simon Pegg), Uhura (Zoe Saldana), Sulu (John Cho) and Chekov (Anton Yelchin) first find themselves assigned to the U.S.S. Enterprise. Also with Ben Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Winona Ryder, Eric Bana and Leonard Nimoy. Directed by J.J. Abrams. [2:07]

November 24

Angels & Demons [2009] [PG-13] - 1.7.3
Sequel to the 2006 thriller "The Da Vinci Code," and also based on a Dan Brown novel: Tom Hanks reprises his role as a famous symbologist, who this is called to the Vatican to help uncover an anti-Papal conspiracy that may involve a secret, centuries-old group called the Illuminati. Also with Ewan McGregor, Ayelet Zurer, Stellan Skarsgård, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Pierfrancesco Favino and Victor Alfieri. Directed by Ron Howard. [2:18]

Funny People [2009] [R] - 9.4.10
Dark comedy about a famous comedian (Adam Sandler) who is diagnosed with a terminal illness and asks a fledgling comedian (Seth Rogen) to help him with his act. However, in the process, the older man also learns how to lead a more fulfilling life. Also with Leslie Mann, Jonah Hill, Jason Schwartzman, RZA, Sarah Silverman, Norm MacDonald, Andy Dick, Paul Reiser, Ray Romano and Eminem. Directed by Judd Apatow. [2:20]

Shorts [2009] [PG] - 1.3.2
A mysterious rainbow-colored rock falls from space and endows anyone who finds it with wishes that come true. Selfishness and greed take over most who use it but they all learn a lesson before it's over. With Jimmy Bennett, Kat Dennings, Devon Gearhart, Rebel Rodriguez, Leo Howard, Leslie Mann, Jon Cryer, William H. Macy, James Spader, Trevor Gagnon, Jonathan Breck and Jake Short. Directed by Robert Rodriguez. [1:29]

December

December 1

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian [2009] [PG] - 2.3.1
Since the first "Night at the Museum," the disappointed museum security guard (Ben Stiller) has made a success of himself as an inventor. When he visits the Museum of Natural History and discovers their plans to do away with the exhibits that he had grown so fond of, he is determined to get them back. Also with Amy Adams, Hank Azaria, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Dick Van Dyke, Ricky Gervais, Christopher Guest, Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon and Robin Williams. Directed by Shawn Levy. [1:45]

Terminator Salvation [2009] [PG-13] - 2.7.4
In this fourth installment in the "Terminator" series the war between humanity and the machines rages on. The leader of the resistance (Christian Bale) faces time-traveling paradoxes, which he is trying to unravel with the help of a recording left by his mother. Also with Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin, Moon Bloodgood, Common, Helena Bonham Carter and Bryce Dallas Howard. Directed by McG. [1:55]

December 8

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince [2009] [PG] - 4.6.3
The sixth in the series finds Harry, Hermione and Ron (Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint) uncovering some of Voldemort's history, as his allies, the Death Eaters, grow more and more powerful and deadly. As Professor Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) prepares Harry for what may be his final battle, the students of Hogwarts are also struggling with adolescent hormones. Also with Tom Felton, Helena Bonham Carter, David Bradley, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Natalia Tena, David Thewlis, Bonnie Wright and Jim Broadbent. Directed by David Yates. [2:33]

Julie & Julia [2009] [PG-13] - 5.3.5
The story of how famed chef Julia Child (Meryl Streep) brought French cooking into American kitchens and how Julie Powell (Amy Adams) cooked her way through Julia Child's cook book and blogged about it. Also with Stanley Tucci, Chris Messina, Jane Lynch, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Vanessa Ferlito, Linda Emond, Helen Carey and Joan Juliet Buck. Directed by Nora Ephron. [2:03]

Public Enemies [2009] [R] - 5.8.5
During the Depression Era crime wave federal agents attempt to apprehend notorious gangsters, including John Dillinger (Johnny Depp), Baby Face Nelson (Stephen Graham) and Pretty Boy Floyd (Channing Tatum). One agent (Christian Bale) is hard pressed to stop Public Enemy Number One, Dillinger, under the new FBI and orders from J. Edgar Hoover (Billy Crudup). Also with James Russo, David Wenham, Stephen Dorff, Giovani Ribisi and Marion Cotillard. Directed by Michael Mann. [1:43]

December 15

G-Force [2009] [PG] - 3.5.2
A group of specially trained guinea pigs (voiced by Tracy Morgan, Penelope Cruz, Sam Rockwell and Jon Favreau) combine forces with special agents (Zach Galifianakis and Will Arnett) to prove that their Special Forces team can take on anyone, including a power-hungry billionaire gadget maker (Bill Nighy). Directed by Hoyt Yeatman. [1:29]

The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard [2009] [R] - 8.4.10
When a failing car dealership looks for help to save it from closing, a maverick used car salesmen (Jeremy Piven) rolls into town and turns their Fourth of July sale into a spectacular event. Also with Ving Rhames, Kathryn Hahn, David Koechner, James Brolin, Ed Helms, Jordana Spiro, Alan Thicke and Will Ferrell. Directed by Neal Brennan. [1:30]

The Hangover [2009] [R] - 10.7.10
Four friends (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha) celebrate the last moments of bachelorhood for one of them by taking a trip to Las Vegas. When they wake up the next morning with no memory of what happened the night before and one of them is missing, they have to follow clues to retrace their steps. Also with Heather Graham, Ken Jeong, Sasha Barrese, Bryan Callen, Rachael Harris, Jeffrey Tambor and Mike Tyson. Directed by Todd Phillips. [1:39]

Inglourious Basterds [2009] [R] - 6.10.7
A group of mostly Jewish-American soldiers are let loose in German-occupied France during WWII with a simple mission: terrorize German soldiers by killing and maiming them in particularly grisly ways. When they find out that the leadership of the Third Reich is going to be attending a movie premiere in Paris, their leader (Brad Pitt) plans to use them to blow up the movie theater while a Nazi officer (Christoph Waltz) plots to capture them. Also with, Eli Roth, BJ Novak, Mike Myers, Michael Fassbender, Samm Levine, Diane Kruger, Til Schweiger, Daniel Brühl, Mélanie Laurent and Julie Dreyfus. Directed by Quentin Tarantino. [2:32]
Taking Woodstock [2009] [R] - 8.4.8
A young man (Demetri Martin) returns home to the family motel in upstate New York hoping to help his parents avoid bankruptcy. When he reads about a concert that was refused in a nearby town, he decides it might be good for business to bring it to their town, and thus a history-making event is set in motion. Also with Eugene Levy, Kevin Chamberlin, Emile Hirsch, Imelda Staunton, Liev Schreiber, Henry Goodman, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Paul Dano Zoe Kazan, Dan Fogler and Mamie Gummer. Directed by Ang Lee. [2:00]

December 22

All About Steve [2009] [PG-13] - 5.4.4
A crossword organizer and single woman (Sandra Bullock) meets a cameraman (Bradley Cooper) who is also single and becomes infatuated with him. Having little else to occupy herself with, she becomes obsessed with finding signs that she believes point to the inevitability of their being together as a couple. However, he thinks she is stalking him and concludes that she must be insane. Also with Thomas Haden Church, Ken Jeong, D.J. Qualls, Howard Hesseman, Keith David, Beth Grant and Katy Mixon. Directed by Phil Traill. [1:38]

District 9 [2009] [R] - 4.10.10
After years of having an alien population reside on Earth without understanding their motives for coming, the government decides to relocate them to a more secluded area. The leader of the relocation operation (Sharlto Copley) is accidentally contaminated by an alien chemical and begins to take on some alien attributes, and the government wants to dissect him while the aliens want him to help them leave the planet. Also with Jason Cope, Nathalie Boltt, Sylvaine Strike, John Sumner, William Allen Young, Greg Melvill-Smith, Jed Brophy and Kenneth Nkosi. Directed by Neill Blomkamp. Sometimes in Alien with subtitles. [1:53]

Extract [2009] [R] - 5.4.5
A man's (Jason Bateman) business is threatened when an injury in his factory might lead to a lawsuit that will surely bankrupt the company. At the same time, frustrated by the lack of romance in his marriage, he tries to get his wife to have an affair so that he won't feel guilty about having an affair with a sexy new employee (Mila Kunis). Also with Kristen Wiig, Ben Affleck, J. K. Simmons, Clifton Collins Jr., Dustin Milligan and David Koechner. Directed by Mike Judge. [1:30]

(500) Days of Summer [2009] [PG-13] - 6.4.5
Joseph Gordon-Levitt narrates the story of his 500 days of almost-love with a co-worker (Zooey Deschanel): Working together for a greeting card company, they have entirely different ideas about relationships -- he is more serious about love and describes roller coaster happiness ruined by bitterness. Also with Geoffrey Arend, Chloe Grace Moretz, Minka Kelly, Clark Gregg, Rachel Boston and Matthew Gray Gubler. Directed by Marc Webb. [1:35]

December 29

Jennifer's Body [2009] [R] - 7.9.7
A young woman (Megan Fox) makes the fateful choice to join the members of a rock band for a ride in their van, and when young men in her small town begin dying in gruesome ways, her best friend (Amanda Seyfried) suspects that she might have something to do with it. Also with Johnny Simmons, J. K. Simmons, Amy Sedaris, Adam Brody, Sal Cortez, Juan Riedinger, Chris Pratt, Juno Ruddell and Kyle Gallner. Directed by Karyn Kusama. [1:42]

Paranormal Activity [2009] [R] - 4.6.8
A couple (Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat) living together discover that something that has been haunting the woman since she was eight is back and seems to be getting angrier. When the man sets up a camera to film what happens while they sleep, their fears intensify. Also with Michael Bayouth. Directed by Oren Peli. [1:39]


the listings continue below

CAVEATS

Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.



the listings continue below


advertisement


advertisement

how to
support us

PLEASE DONATE

We are a totally independent website with no connections to political, religious or other groups & we neither solicit nor choose advertisers. You can help us keep our independence with a donation.

NO MORE ADS!

Become a member of our premium site for just $2/month & access advance reviews, without any ads, not a single one, ever. And you will be helping support our website & our efforts.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

We welcome suggestions & criticisms -- and we accept compliments too. While we read all emails & try to reply we don't always manage to do so; be assured that we will not share your e-mail address.

how to
support us

PLEASE DONATE

We are a totally independent website with no connections to political, religious or other groups & we neither solicit nor choose advertisers. You can help us keep our independence with a donation.

NO MORE ADS!

Become a member of our premium site for just $2/month & access advance reviews, without any ads, not a single one, ever. And you will be helping support our website & our efforts.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

We welcome suggestions & criticisms -- and we will accept compliments too. While we read all emails & try to reply we do not always manage to do so; be assured that we will not share your e-mail address.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Subscribe to our newsletter

Know when new reviews are published
We will never sell or share your email address with anybody and you can unsubscribe at any time

You're all set! Please check your email for confirmation.

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This