Tuesday, March 15, 2011

In Theaters, Mar 18, 2011


Synopsis : Eddie's (Cooper) life changes instantly when an old friend introduces him to NZT, a revolutionary new drug that allows him to tap his full potential. He can recall everything he has ever read, seen or heard, learn any language in a day and comprehend complex equations. Soon Eddie takes Wall Street by storm, parlaying a small stake into millions. His accomplishments catch the eye of Carl Van Loon (De Niro),who invites him to help broker the largest merger in corporate history. But they also bring Eddie to the attention of people willing to do anything to get their hands on his stash of NZT (c) Relativity

Starring : Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, Robert de Niro

Director : Neil Burger

Screenplay : Leslie Dixon, Alan Glynn

Running Time : 105 min

Rating : PG-13 for thematic material involving a drug, violence including disturbing images, sexuality and language.

What to Expect : A slick thriller with a high-concept premise and Robert de Niro playing a corporate mogul. What more could you possibly want ? Who knows, it might even turn out to be better than expected. The trailers haven't proven the movie's worth it, but it might be one of those rare cases where the movie is actually better than its advertising campaign.


Synopsis : While on a pilgrimage through America's UFO heartland, two sci-fi geeks accidentally meet an alien who brings them on an insane road trip that alters their universe forever. For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul (Seth Rogen) has been hanging out at a top-secret military base. Chased by federal agents and the fanatical father of a young woman that they accidentally kidnap, Graeme (Simon Pegg) and Clive (Nick Frost) hatch a fumbling escape plan to return Paul to his mother ship.  -- (c) Universal

Starring : Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen, Jason Bateman, Sigourney Weaver, Jane Lynch, Kristen Wiig.

Director : Greg Mottola

Screenplay : Nick Frost, Simon Pegg

Running Time : 104 min

Rating : R for language including sexual references, and some drug use.

What to Expect : Outrageous foul-mouthed sci-fi comedy. Think "Pineapple Express" with an alien, but no James Franco. Even if they miss out on most of the comedic opportunities, laughter is probably inevitable. But beware, familiarise yourself with the "Shaun of the Dead" and Judd Apatow brands of humor first, then decide if you really want to see this movie.


Synopsis : Mickey Haller (Matthew McConaughey) is a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who operates out of the back of his Lincoln sedan. Haller has spent most of his career defending garden-variety criminals, until he lands the case of his career: defending Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe), a Beverly Hills playboy accused of rape and attempted murder. But the seemingly straightforward case suddenly develops into a deadly game of survival for Haller. Based on the best-selling novel by Michael Connelly. -- (c) Lionsgate Films

Starring : Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe, William H. Macy, John Leguizamo, Michael Pena.

Director : Brad Furman

Screenplay : John Romano, based on a novel by Michael Connelly

Running Time : 119 min

Rating : R for some violence, sexual content and language.

What to Expect : A return to dramatic form for Matthew McConaughey, with his shirt on, no less. A great cast and the prospect of an interesting story (based on a novel) make this movie one of the most interesting cinematic offerings this week.


Synopsis : Struggling attorney Mike Flaherty, who volunteers as a high-school wrestling coach, takes on the guardianship of an elderly client in a desperate attempt to keep his practice afloat. When the client's teenage grandson runs away from home and shows up on his grandfather's doorstep, Mike's life is turned upside down as his win-win proposition turns into something much more complicated than he ever bargained for. -- (c) Fox Searchlight

Starring : Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan.

Directed : Thomas McCarthy.

Screenplay : Thomas McCarthy.

Running Time : 106min.

Rating : R for language.

What to Expect : Subtle bittersweet indie comedy, benefitting greatly from its excellent cast. Not much to say, really, you'll either love it, or you won't. Thomas McCarthy also directed "The Visitor", which earned an Oscar nomination for Best Leading Actor, Richard Jenkins.


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