Archive for December, 2008

Defiance

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

All Genres:
Action, Drama, Thriller, War

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA

Runtime: 137 min

Languages: English | German | Russian

Director:

Tagline: Freedom begins with an act of defiance!

 

Cast: Daniel Craig … Tuvia Bielski
Liev Schreiber … Zus Bielski
Jamie Bell … Asael Bielski
Alexa Davalos … Lilka Ticktin
Allan Corduner … Shamon Haretz
Mark Feuerstein … Isaac Malbin
Tomas Arana … Ben Zion Gulkowitz
Jodhi May … Tamara Skidelsky
Kate Fahy … Riva Reich
Iddo Goldberg … Yitzchak Shulman
Iben Hjejle … Bella
Martin Hancock … Peretz Shorshaty
Ravil Isyanov … Viktor Panchenko
Jacek Koman … Konstanty 'Koscik' Kozlowski
George MacKay … Aron Bielski

 

Plot: Jewish brothers in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe escape into the Belarussian forests, where they join Russian resistance fighters and endeavor to build a village in order to protect themselves and about 1,000 Jewish non-combatants.

 

Awards: Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations

Marley & Me

Thursday, December 25th, 2008

All Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA

Runtime: 120 min | USA:115 min | 111 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: Heel the love

 

Cast: Owen Wilson … John Grogan
Jennifer Aniston … Jennifer Grogan
Eric Dane … Sebastian Tunney
Kathleen Turner … Ms. Kornblut
Alan Arkin … Arnie Klein
Nathan Gamble … Patrick (Age 10)
Haley Bennett … Lisa
Ann Dowd … Dr. Platt
Clarke Peters … Editor
Finley Jacobsen … Conor (Age 8)
Lucy Merriam … Colleen (Age 5)
Bryce Robinson … Patrick (Age 7)
Ben Hyland … Conor (Age 5)
Sarah O'Kelly … Neighbor Mom (Nurse)
Keith Hudson … Big Guy

 

Plot: A family learns important life lessons from their adorable, but naughty and neurotic dog.

 

Awards: 2 wins & 3 nominations

Valkyrie

Thursday, December 25th, 2008

All Genres:
Drama, History, Thriller, War

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA | Germany

Runtime: 115 min

Languages: English | German

Director:

Tagline: Many saw evil. They dared to stop it.

 

Cast: Tom Cruise … Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg
Kenneth Branagh … Major-General Henning von Tresckow
Bill Nighy … General Friedrich Olbricht
Tom Wilkinson … General Friedrich Fromm
Carice van Houten … Nina von Stauffenberg
Thomas Kretschmann … Major Otto Ernst Remer
Terence Stamp … Ludwig Beck
Eddie Izzard … General Erich Fellgiebel
Kevin McNally … Dr. Carl Goerdeler (as Kevin R. McNally)
Christian Berkel … Colonel Mertz von Quirnheim
Jamie Parker … Lieutenant Werner von Haeften
David Bamber … Adolf Hitler
Tom Hollander … Colonel Heinz Brandt
David Schofield … Erwin von Witzleben
Kenneth Cranham … Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel

 

Plot: Based on actual events, a plot to assassinate Hitler is unfurled during the height of WWII.

 

Awards: 1 win & 8 nominations

The Spirit

Thursday, December 25th, 2008

All Genres:
Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA

Runtime: 103 min

Languages: English | French

Director:

Tagline: Down these mean streets a man must come. A hero born, murdered, and born again.

 

Cast: Jaime King … Lorelei Rox
Gabriel Macht … The Spirit / Denny Colt
Dan Gerrity … Det. Sussman
Arthur the Cat … Himself
Kimberly Cox … Damsel in Distress
Brian Lucero … Thug #1
David Brian Martin … Thug #2 (as David B. Martin)
Larry Reinhardt-Meyer … Officer MacReady
Frank Miller … Liebowitz
Eva Mendes … Sand Saref
Eric Balfour … Mahmoud
Samuel L. Jackson … The Octopus
Louis Lombardi … Pathos / Ethos / Logos
Scarlett Johansson … Silken Floss
Sarah Paulson … Ellen Dolan

 

Plot: Rookie cop Denny Colt returns from the beyond as The Spirit, a hero whose mission is to fight against the bad forces in Central City.

Bedtime Stories

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

All Genres:
Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA

Runtime: 99 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: Whatever they dream up… he has to survive.

 

Cast: Adam Sandler … Skeeter Bronson
Keri Russell … Jill
Guy Pearce … Kendall
Russell Brand … Mickey
Richard Griffiths … Barry Nottingham
Teresa Palmer … Violet Nottingham
Lucy Lawless … Aspen
Courteney Cox … Wendy
Jonathan Morgan Heit … Patrick
Laura Ann Kesling … Bobbi
Jonathan Pryce … Marty Bronson
Nick Swardson … Engineer
Kathryn Joosten … Mrs. Dixon
Allen Covert … Ferrari Guy
Carmen Electra … Hot Girl

 

Plot: A family comedy about a hotel handyman whose life changes when the lavish bedtime stories he tells his niece and nephew start to magically come true.

 

Awards: 1 win & 4 nominations

Free Style

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

All Genres:
Drama

Release Year: 2008

Country: Canada | USA | Germany

Runtime: USA:94 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: It's Time To Soar.

 

Cast: Mike Antonakos … Pizza Manager
Giacomo Baessato … Drunken Partier
Tosca Baggoo … Carmen Lopez
Matt Bellefleur … Derek Black
Corbin Bleu … Cale Bryant
Gary Chalk … Home Track Announcer
Kim Clarke … Pizza Woman
Val Cole … News Reporter
Brandon Dabul-Sanchez … Edwardo, Lopez
Stefan Dabul-Sanchez … Hector Lopez
Patricia Drake … Manager
Sandra Echeverría … Alex
Gustavo Febres … Angel Lopez
Paul Jarrett … Frank
Woody Jeffreys … National Official
Grant Langston
Hannah R. Lay … Lilian
Nels Lennarson … John Lamport
Wall Levy … Wally
Tyler McClendon … Don Ryan
Tim McGrath … Justin
Penelope Ann Miller … Jeanette
Jesse Moss … Justin Maynard
Tegan Moss … Crystal
Scott Patey … Trent
Madison Pettis … Bailey Bryant
Martin Rattigan … Coby
David Reivers … Dell Bryant
Michael Ryan … Herman Black
John Shaw … Sheriff Bud Williams
Chris Shields … Doctor
Clay St. Thomas … MX Commentator

 

Plot: Cale, is determined to win a coveted spot on the Grand National racing team without compromising his devotion to his friends and family

The Tale of Despereaux

Friday, December 19th, 2008

All Genres:
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Release Year: 2008

Country: UK | USA

Runtime: 93 min | 90 min

Languages: English

Director: Sam Fell

Robert Stevenhagen

Tagline: Small Hero. Big Heart.

 

Writers: Kate DiCamillo (book) Will McRobb (screen story)

 

Cast: Matthew Broderick … Despereaux (voice)
Dustin Hoffman … Roscuro (voice)
Emma Watson … Princess Pea (voice)
Tracey Ullman … Miggery Sow (voice)
Kevin Kline … Andre (voice)
William H. Macy … Lester (voice)
Stanley Tucci … Boldo (voice)
Ciarán Hinds … Botticelli (voice)
Robbie Coltrane … Gregory (voice)
Tony Hale … Furlough (voice)
Frances Conroy … Antoinette (voice)
Frank Langella … Mayor (voice)
Richard Jenkins … Principal (voice)
Christopher Lloyd … Hovis (voice)
Charles Shaughnessy … Pietro (voice)

 

Plot: The tale of three unlikely heroes – a misfit mouse who prefers reading books to eating them, an unhappy rat who schemes to leave the darkness of the dungeon, and a bumbling servant girl with cauliflower ears – whose fates are intertwined with that of the castle’s princess.

 

Awards: 8 nominations

Seven Pounds

Friday, December 19th, 2008

All Genres:
Drama

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA

Runtime: 123 min

Languages: English | Spanish

Director:

Tagline: Seven Names. Seven Strangers. One Secret.

 

Cast: Will Smith … Ben Thomas
Rosario Dawson … Emily Posa
Woody Harrelson … Ezra Turner
Michael Ealy … Ben's Brother
Barry Pepper … Dan
Elpidia Carrillo … Connie Tepos
Robinne Lee … Sarah Jenson
Joe Nunez … Larry (Hotel Owner)
Bill Smitrovich … George Ristuccia
Tim Kelleher … Stewart Goodman
Gina Hecht … Dr. Briar
Andy Milder … George's Doctor
Judyann Elder … Holly Apelgren
Sarah Jane Morris … Susan
Madison Pettis … Connie's Daughter

 

Plot: An IRS agent with a fateful secret embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers.

 

Awards: 2 wins & 5 nominations

Rudo y Cursi

Friday, December 19th, 2008

All Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Sport

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA | Mexico

Runtime: Netherlands:103 min | USA:103 min | Argentina:103 min

Languages: Spanish

Director:

Tagline: La Vida es Un Volado

 

Cast: Gael García Bernal … Tato
Diego Luna … Beto
Guillermo Francella … Batuta
Dolores Heredia … Elvira
Adriana Paz … Toña
Jessica Mas … Maya
Salvador Zerboni … Jorge W
Tania Esmeralda Aguilar … Nadia
Joaquín Cosio … Arnulfo
Alfredo Alfonso … Don Casimiro
Fermín Martínez … DT. Obdulio
Eduardo Von … DT. Bruno Lopéz
Jorge Zárate … Voz Bruno López
Axel Ricco … Mena
Harold Torres … Trompo Tovar

 

Plot: Two siblings rival each other inside the world of professional soccer.

 

Awards: 1 win & 3 nominations

Revolutionary Road

Monday, December 15th, 2008

All Genres:
Drama, Romance

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA | UK

Runtime: 119 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline:

 

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio … Frank Wheeler
Kate Winslet … April Wheeler
Michael Shannon … John Givings
Ryan Simpkins … Jennifer Wheeler
Ty Simpkins … Michael Wheeler
Kathy Bates … Mrs. Helen Givings
Richard Easton … Mr. Howard Givings
Sam Rosen … Party Guest #7
Maria Rusolo … Party Dancer #1
Gena Oppenheim … Party Dancer #2
Kathryn Dunn … Party Dancer #3
Joe Komara … Party Dancer #4
Allison Twyford … Party Dancer #5
David Harbour … Shep Campbell
John Ottavino … Other Actor in the Play #1

 

Plot: A young couple living in a Connecticut suburb during the mid-1950s struggle to come to terms with their personal problems while trying to raise their two children. Based on a novel by Richard Yates.

 

Awards: Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 21 nominations