Wednesday, December 22, 2010

New Movie Releases

Little Fockers
Release Date: December 22, 2010 
Studio: Universal Pictures 
Director: Paul Weitz 
Screenwriter: Larry StuckeyJohn HamburgVictoria Strouse 
Starring: Robert De NiroBen StillerOwen WilsonBlythe DannerJessica AlbaLaura DernHarvey KeitelTeri PoloBarbra Streisand 
Genre: Comedy 
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for mature sexual humor throughout, language and some drug content) 
Plot Summary: The test of wills between Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro) and Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) escalates to new heights of comedy in the third installment of the blockbuster series -- "Little Fockers." Laura Dern, Jessica Alba and Harvey Keitel join the returning all-star cast for a new chapter of the worldwide hit franchise.It has taken 10 years, two little Fockers with wife Pam (Polo) and countless hurdles for Greg to finally get "in" with his tightly wound father-in-law, Jack. After the cash-strapped dad takes a job moonlighting for a drug company, however, Jack's suspicions about his favorite male nurse come roaring back.

Country Strong
Release Date: December 22, 2010 (L.A., Nashville; expands: Jan. 7) 
Studio: Screen Gems (Sony) 
Director: Shana Feste 
Screenwriter: Shana Feste 
Starring: Gwyneth PaltrowTim McGrawGarrett HedlundLeighton Meester 
Genre: Drama 
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for thematic elements involving alcohol abuse and some sexual content)
Plot Summary: Soon after a rising young singer-songwriter (Hedlund) gets involved with a fallen, emotionally unstable country star (Paltrow), the pair embarks on a career resurrection tour helmed by her husband/manager (McGraw) and featuring a beauty-queen-turned-singer (Meester). Between concerts, romantic entanglements and old demons threaten to derail them all.

True Grit
Release Date: December 22, 2010 
Studio: Paramount Pictures 
Director: Joel CoenEthan Coen 
Screenwriter: Joel CoenEthan Coen 
Starring: Jeff BridgesMatt DamonJosh BrolinBarry PepperHailee Steinfeld 
Genre: Drama, Western 
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of western violence including disturbing images)
Plot Summary: Fourteen-year-old Mattie Ross's (Hailee Steinfeld) father has been shot in cold blood by the coward Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin), and she is determined to bring him to justice. Enlisting the help of a trigger-happy, drunken U.S. Marshal, Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges), she sets out with him -- over his objections -- to hunt down Chaney. Her father's blood demands that she pursue the criminal into Indian territory and find him before a Texas Ranger named LeBoeuf (Matt Damon) catches him and brings him back to Texas for the murder of another man.

Release Date: December 22, 2010 (NY, LA) 
Studio: Focus Features 
Director: Sofia Coppola 
Screenwriter: Sofia Coppola 
Starring: Stephen DorffElle FanningMichelle MonagahanChris Pontius 
Genre: Drama 
MPAA Rating: R (for sexual content, nudity and language)
Plot Summary: From Academy Award-winning writer/director Sofia Coppola ("Lost in Translation," "The Virgin Suicides," "Marie Antoinette"), "Somewhere"
is a witty, moving, and empathetic look into the orbit of actor Johnny Marco (played by Stephen Dorff). You have probably seen him in the tabloids; Johnny is living at the legendary Chateau Marmont hotel in Hollywood. He has a Ferrari to drive around in, and a constant stream of girls and pills to stay in with. Comfortably numbed, Johnny drifts along. Then, his 11-year-old daughter Cleo (Elle Fanning) from his failed marriage arrives unexpectedly at the Chateau. Their encounters encourage Johnny to face up to where he is in life and confront the question that we all must: which path in life will you take? Filmed entirely on location, "Somewhere" reunites the writer/director with "Lost in Translation" editor Sarah Flack and production designer Anne Ross. Stacey Battat ("Broken English") is the costume designer, and Harris Savides ("Elephant") is the director of photography, on "Somewhere."

Gulliver's Travels
Release Date: December 25, 2010 (3D/2D theaters) 
Studio: 20th Century Fox 
Director: Rob Letterman 
Screenwriter: Nicholas StollerJoe Stillman 
Starring: Jack BlackEmily BluntJason SegelAmanda PeetBilly ConnollyJames CordenCatherine TateChris O'Dowd 
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy 
MPAA Rating: PG (for brief rude humor, mild language and action)
Plot Summary: In a contemporary re–imagining of the classic tale, Jack Black stars as Gulliver, a big–talking mailroom clerk who, after he's mistakenly assigned a travel piece on the Bermuda Triangle, suddenly finds himself a giant among men when he washes ashore on the hidden island of Lilliput, home to a population of very tiny people. At first enslaved by the diminutive and industrious Liliputians, and later declared their hero, Gulliver comes to learn that it’s how big you are on the inside that counts.

Rabbit Hole
Release Date: December 25, 2010
Studio: Lionsgate 
Director: John Cameron Mitchell 
Screenwriter: David Lindsay-Abaire 
Starring: Nicole KidmanAaron EckhartDianne WiestTammy BlanchardMiles TellerGiancarlo EspositoJon TenneyPatricia KalemberJulie LaurenSandra Oh 
Genre: Drama 
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic elements, some drug use and language)
Plot Summary: "Rabbit Hole" is a vivid, hopeful, honest and unexpectedly witty portrait of a family searching for what remains possible in the most impossible of all situations.Becca and Howie Corbett (Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart) are returning to their everyday existence in the wake of a shocking, sudden loss. Just eight months ago, they were a happy suburban family with everything they wanted. Now, they are caught in a maze of memory, longing, guilt, recrimination, sarcasm and tightly controlled rage from which they cannot escape. While Becca finds pain in the familiar, Howie finds comfort.The shifts come in abrupt, unforeseen moments. Becca hesitantly opens up to her opinionated, loving mother (Dianne Wiest) and secretly reaches out to the teenager involved in the accident that changed everything (Miles Teller); while Howie lashes out and imagines solace with another woman (Sandra Oh). Yet, as off track as they are, the couple keeps trying to find their way back to a life that still holds the potential for beauty, laughter and happiness. The resulting journey is an intimate glimpse into two people learning to re-engage with each other and a world that has been tilted off its axis.


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