Tuesday, March 22, 2011

In Theaters, Mar 25, 2011


Synopsis : "Sucker Punch" is an epic action fantasy that takes us into the vivid imagination of a young girl whose dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality. Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, free to go where her mind takes her, her incredible adventures blur the lines between what's real and what is imaginary. Locked away against her will, Babydoll (Emily Browning) urges four other young girls, Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish), Rocket (Jena Malone), Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens) and Amber (Jamie Chung) to band together and try to escape a terrible fate at the hands of their captors, Blue and Madam Gorski (Carla Gugino), before the mysterious High Roller comes for Babydoll.-- (c) Warner Bros

Starring : Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Jamie Chung, Carla Gugino, Jon Hamm, Scott Glenn

Director : Zack Snyder

Forget the Spartans, Babydoll is here to kick some ass.
Screenplay : Zack Snyder

Running Time : 120 min.

Rating : PG-13 for thematic material involving sexuality, violence and combat sequences, and for language.

What to Expect : "300" with teenage girls. Expect the same hyperbolized ultra-stylized violent action. It's PG-13, but certainly not tame. Also, Scott Glenn as a wise old man. He seems to be the handy choice for parts like these. Movies like this, even at their most derivative are still a lot of fun, so it would be wise not to underestimate Snyder.


Synopsis : In this sequel to 2010's surprise hit, Greg Heffley, the kid who made "wimpy" cool is back in an all-new family comedy based on the best-selling follow-up novel by Jeff Kinney. (Kinney's Wimpy Kid" series has thus far sold 42 million books.) As he begins seventh grade, Greg and his older brother - and chief tormentor - Rodrick must deal with their parents' misguided attempts to have them bond. -- (c) Fox

Starring : Zachary Gordon, Devon Bostick, Robert Capron, Steve Zahn.

Director : David Bowers

Sibling rivalry heats up in the sequel.
Screenplay : Gabe Sachs, Jeff Judah, based on a book by Jeff Kinney

Running Time : 96 min

Rating : PG for some mild rude humor and mischief.

What to Expect : If you've enjoyed the first movie, you're probably going to love the sequel too. If you haven't seen the first one, don't be dismayed by the kids-only appearance, because it's really the kind of movie anyone, regardless of age can enjoy. You just won't be publicly admiting that you loved it.


Synopsis : From Julian Schnabel, Academy Award nominated director of "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly", comes Miral, the story of four women whose lives intertwine in the starkly human search for justice, hope and reconciliation amid a world overshadowed by conflict, rage and war. In war-torn Jerusalem in 1948, Hind Husseini (Hiam Abbas) opens an orphanage for refugee children that quickly becomes home to 2000 orphans. Seventeen year old Miral (Frieda Pinto) arrived at the orphanage 10 years earlier, following her mother's tragic death. On the cusp of the Intifada resistance, Miral is assigned to teach at a refugee camp where she falls for a fervent political activist, Hani (Omar Metwally) and finds herself in a personal battle that mirrors the greater dilemma around her: to fight like those before her or follow Mama Hind's defiant belief that education will pave a road to peace. --(c) Weinstein Company

Starring : Hiam Abbass, Freida Pinto, Omar Metwally, Willem Dafoe, Vanessa Redgrave.

Director : Julian Schnabel.
Terrorist or not, Freida Pinto is gorgeous.

Screenplay : Rula Jebreal based on her novel.

Running Time : 112 min

Rating : R for some violent content including a sexual assault.

What to Expect : Weinstein Company artsy drama, hungry for awards and aggresively marketed. A relevant story and a unique movie that may or may not fall victim to Schnabel's heavy-handed storytelling. I'm sure he will get a Palm d'Or nomination no matter what. And yes, I'm willing to bet on it.


Synopsis : What happens to a rich, neurotic family when one of their own writes a tell-all exposing their dirty secrets? The Meyerwitz family is about to find out. And the timing couldn't be more hilariously awful. As the Meyerwitz clan prepares for the 70th birthday of nasty family patriarch HENRY (Ron Rifkin), PEEP WORLD, the expose written by youngest son NATHAN (Ben Schwartz) has gone red hot, making a mess of all of their lives. JACK (Michael C. Hall), the oldest son, is failing in his career and now has to bend over backwards to convince his wife LAURA (Judy Greer) that certain salacious events in Nathan's book weren't really committed by him. Sister CHERI (Sarah Silverman), a drama queen and struggling actress, can see the PEEP WORLD movie set from her window, and grows increasingly enraged watching a more successful actress play a horribly unflattering version of her. Her solution: sue her younger brother for libel. Meanwhile, black sheep JOEL (Rainn Wilson), a disaster in slow-motion, plots to turn his life around at his family's expense, and MARILYN (Lesley Ann Warren), the children's mother, long-divorced from Henry, still carries a torch for her ex, one that's only inflamed further by the revelations in PEEP WORLD. -- (C) IFC Films

Starring :  Michael C. Hall, Sarah Silverman, Rainn Wilson, Ben Schwartz, Judy Greer, Kate Mara, Taraji P. Henson.
'Modern Family' ain't got nuthin' on me !

Director : Barry W. Blaustein

Screenplay : Peter Himmelstein

Running Time : 89 min

Rating : Unrated.

What to Expect : Hilarious ensemble comedy. Great cast and quirky characters promise to unleash some solid laughter. It's nice to see Michael C. Hall tackle other projects outside his TV series "Dexter". You know, this reminds me a lot of his other TV series "Six Feet Under", which featured a similarly neurotic family, only darker.


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