Wednesday, January 26, 2011

New Movie Releases




From Prada To Nada
Release Date: January 28, 2011 (limited) 
Studio: Lionsgate 
Director: Angel Gracia 
Screenwriter: Fina TorresLuis Alfaro 
Starring: Camilla BelleAlexa VegaAdriana BarrazaWilmer ValderramaKuno BeckerNicholas D'Agosto 
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance 
MPAA Rating: Not Available 
Plot Summary: "From Prada to Nada" is a new romantic comedy starring Camilla Belle, Alexa Vega, Wilmer Valderrama, Kuno Becker and Academy Award nominee Adriana Barraza. It's a whimsical fish-out-of-water story of two spoiled sisters: Nora (Camilla Belle), a law student, and Mary (Alexa Vega), an undergrad party girl, living with their father in a luxurious mansion in Beverly Hills. Mary has become so "90210" she refuses to admit she is of Mexican decent. When dad suddenly passes away, their posh lives are turned upside down. They discover they have been left penniless and are forced to move into their estranged aunt Aurelia's (Adriana Barraza) modest but lively home in the Latino-centric Boyle Heights neighborhood of East LA. They are terrified to leave their world of privilege; neither Nora nor Mary speak Spanish or have ever had to take on actual responsibility. The girls gradually adapt to their new environment; their BMW and Prius are traded for the public bus and a used car. As they embrace the culture that for so long they refused to accept, they both discover romance, the true meaning of family, and they learn that the life of PRADA actually means NADA without love, family and community. 


IP Man 2: Legend Of The Grandmaster
Release Date: January 28, 2011 (limited) 
Studio: Mandarin Films 
Director: Yip Wai-Shun 
Screenwriter: Edmond Wong 
Starring: Donnie YenSammo HungHuang Xiao-MingXiong Dai-linKent ChengPierre NgoFan Sui-WongTo Yue-HongDarren ShahlaviAshton ChenSimon YamCalvin Cheng 
Genre: Action 
MPAA Rating: R (for violence) 
Plot Summary: International megastar Donnie Yen reprises his iconic role as the real-life kung fu grandmaster Ip Man in this martial arts spectacular. After escaping the Japanese occupation of his hometown of Foshan, China, Ip Man and his family have arrived in Hong Kong, which is living under the iron fist of British colonial rule. Ip wants to support his family by opening up a martial arts academy to teach his unique Wing Chun style. But a corrupt cabal of Hong Kong martial arts masters, led by Hung Chun-nam (the legendary Sammo Hung), refuses to allow Ip to teach until he proves himself – and prove himself he does, in an intense series of fights against the masters showcasing a dazzling variety of martial arts styles, culminating in a highly anticipated brawl between Ip and Hung atop a rickety table. But even after gaining the respect of the masters, Ip's troubles are far from over. Hong Kong under British rule is a world of corruption, and when a Western-style boxer named Taylor "Twister" Milos comes to town to entertain the British upper-class, and insults both Chinese martial arts and the native citizens in a horrifically violent way, Ip must step up and fight for the honor of both his kung fu and the Chinese people. Forced by honor to enter a brutal "King of the Ring" boxing match against Twister, it's East versus West in an amazing, knock-down drag-out fight to the finish, the likes of which have never been seen on-screen before. Presented in the original, un-dubbed and uncut, international version that's been breaking box-office records across Asia, "Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster" is a throwback to the golden age of Hong Kong martial arts cinema that will delight kung fu fans and newcomers alike when it hits theaters across the US and Canada on January 28, 2011. 

Kaboom
Release Date: January 28, 2011 (NY) 
Studio: Sundance Selects 
Director: Greg Araki 
Screenwriter: Greg Araki 
Starring: Thomas DekkerJuno TempleHaley BennettChris ZylkaRoxane MesquidaAndy Fischer-PriceJames DuvalKelly Lynch 
Genre: Comedy, Thriller 
MPAA Rating: Not Available 
Plot Summary: Indie veteran Gregg Araki returns to the spotlight with "Kaboom," a hyper-stylized "Twin Peaks" for the Coachella Generation, featuring a gorgeous, super-hot young cast. The film is a wild, sex-drenched, comical thriller that tells the story of Smith, an ambisexual 18-year-old college freshman who stumbles upon a monstrous conspiracy in a seemingly idyllic Southern California seaside town. "Kaboom" will make its US premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival and is writer/director Araki's eighth film there since his breakthrough "The Living End," including "The Doom Generation" to his masterpiece "Mysterious Skin." 

The Mechanic
Release Date: January 28, 2011 
Studio: CBS Films 
Director: Simon West 
Screenwriter: Richard WenkLewis John Carlino 
Starring: Jason StathamBen FosterDonald SutherlandChrista Campbell 
Genre: Action, Thriller 
MPAA Rating: R (for strong brutal violence throughout, language, some sexual content and nudity) 
Plot Summary: Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) is a 'mechanic' - an elite assassin with a strict code and unique talent for cleanly eliminating targets. It's a job that requires professional perfection and total detachment, and Bishop is the best in the business. But when his mentor and close friend Harry (Donald Sutherland) is murdered, Bishop is anything but detached. His next assignment is self-imposed - he wants those responsible dead.His mission grows complicated when Harry's son Steve (Ben Foster) approaches him with the same vengeful goal and a determination to learn Bishop's trade. Bishop has always acted alone but he can't turn his back on Harry's son. A methodical hit man takes an impulsive student deep into his world and a deadly partnership is born. But while in pursuit of their ultimate mark, deceptions threaten to surface and those hired to fix problems become problems themselves. 

The Rite
Release Date: January 28, 2011 
Studio: New Line Cinema (Warner Bros.) 
Director: Mikael Hafstrom 
Screenwriter: Michael Petroni 
Starring: Anthony HopkinsColin O'DonoghueAlice BragaCiaran HindsRutger Hauer 
Genre: Psychological Thriller 
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for disturbing thematic material, violence, frightening images and language including sexual references) 
Plot Summary: Inspired by true events, "The Rite" follows skeptical seminary student Michael Kovak (Colin O'Donoghue), who reluctantly attends exorcism school at the Vatican. While he's in Rome, Michael meets an unorthodox priest, Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins), who introduces him to the darker side of his faith, uncovering the devil's reach even to one of the holiest places on Earth. 

Seconds Apart
Release Date: January 28, 2011 (limited) 
Studio: After Dark Originals 
Director: Antonio Negret 
Screenwriter: George Richards 
Starring: Orlando JonesGary EntinEdmund Entin 
Genre: Horror 
MPAA Rating: Not Available 
Plot Summary: Seth and Jonah are murderous twins who share an evil kinship. Damned from the moment of their births, the brothers possess a talent for telekinesis – a power they are suspected of misusing in the most horrific ways imaginable. As fellow students meet gory fates, a local investigator suspects the twins are connected to these gruesome murders, culminating in one final showdown of brother against brother, evil against evil. 

When We Leave
Release Date: January 28, 2011 (NY, LA) 
Studio: Olive Films 
Director: Feo Aladag 
Screenwriter: Feo Aladag 
Starring: Sibel KekilliFlorian LukasAlwara HöfelsNursel KöseDerya AlaboraSettar Tanriogen 
Genre: Drama 
MPAA Rating: Not Available 
Plot Summary: "When We Leave" examines one woman's struggle for personal freedom. It is a riveting and heartbreaking story of a woman trapped in an abusive relationship, who must not only free herself from that marriage, but also the cultural prejudices and judgments that would keep her there. Feo Aladag built the nuances of her film over a six year period. he rehearsed her actors for seven months. She immersed herself in every detail of a culture that is revealed to us in remarkable detail. The result is a film that balances complex social issues with honest human yearnings. Through the brutality, "When We Leave" is also a story of tenderness, the struggle for compassion, the inexorable pull of family and the need to love and be loved.German-born Umay (Sibel Kekilli) flees her oppressive marriage in Istanbul, taking her young son Cem with her. She hopes to find a better life with her family in Berlin, but her unexpected arrival creates intense conflict. Her family is trapped in their conventions, torn between their love for her and the traditional values of their community. Ultimately they decide to return Cem to his father in Turkey. To keep her son, Umay is forced to move again. She finds the inner strength to build a new life for herself and Cem, but her need for her family's love drives her to a series of ill-fated attempts at reconciliation. What Umay doesn't realize is just how deep the wounds have gone and how dangerous her struggle for self-determination has become... 

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