Wednesday, January 12, 2011

New Movie Releases




I'm Dangerous With Love
Release Date: January 12, 2011 (NY) 
Studio: First Run Features 
Director: Michel Negroponte 
Screenwriter: Not Available 
Starring: Dimitri Mugianis 
Genre: Documentary 
MPAA Rating: Not Available

Plot Summary: "I'm Dangerous with Love" is about addiction and rehabilitation, activism and shamanism. It features Dimitri Mugianis, once the heavily addicted front man for the band Leisure Class, who finally ended his long drug and alcohol addiction with an experimental treatment that uses the hallucinogen Ibogaine, and now devotes his life to helping others overcome addiction through the treatment.African shamans have used Ibogaine in their rituals for centuries, but in the US it is classified as a Schedule 1 controlled substance and illegal, so Dimitri must work in underground networks to guide addicts through the same detox that he says saved his life."I'm Dangerous with Love" traces Dimitri's risky journey as he treats desperate drug users. It follows this man of edgy energy as he goes from one addict to the next without stopping to catch his breath. It also follows him on his own search for recovery when one session goes bad in a remote snowed-in Canadian home, and a quiet young man almost dies. Dimitri must decide whether or not to continue his mission. Is he serving the addicts or simply releasing his own demons? To find answers, Dimitri travels to Gabon, West Africa, to consult with Bwiti shamans, and puts himself through a punishing Iboga initiation. Filmmaker Michel Negroponte follows him on this journey to find his own answers.


A Somewhat Gentle Man
Release Date: January 14, 2011 (limited) 
Studio: Strand Releasing 
Director: Hans Petter Moland 
Screenwriter: Kim Fupz Aakeson 
Starring: Stellan SkarsgardBjørn FlobergGard B. EidsvoldJorunn KjellsbyJannike KruseAksel Hennie 
Genre: Comedy, Drama 
MPAA Rating: Not Available

Plot Summary: Ulrik (Stellan Skarsgård) is a somewhat gentle man, as far as gangsters go. Reluctantly back on the streets following a stint in prison, Ulrik's boss greets him with open arms and a plan to settle an old score. With a demented sense of professional pride, Ulrik's boss sets in motion a plan to right the wrong done to his star employee. The problem is Ulrik would rather go about his own business, however mundane, than get involved with his ragtag colleagues again. This dark feel good comedy delivers laughs and gasps in equal measure. 


Barney's Version
Release Date: January 14, 2011 (NY, LA) 
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics 
Director: Richard J. Lewis 
Screenwriter: Michael Konyves 
Starring: Paul GiamattiDustin HoffmanRosamund PikeMinnie DriverRachelle LefevreScott SpeedmanBruce Greenwood 
Genre: Drama 
MPAA Rating: R (for language and some sexual content) 
Plot Summary: "Barney's Version" stars Academy Academy Award nominees Paul Giamatti and Minnie Driver, Award winner Dustin Hoffman, Rosamund Pike, Rachelle Lefevre and Scott Speedman. In the film, Barney Panofsky (Giamatti) is a seemingly ordinary man who lives an extraordinary life. Barney's candid confessional spans three decades and two continents, and includes three wives, one outrageous father and a dangerously dissolute best friend. 


Burning Palms
Release Date: January 14, 2011 (NY, LA) 
Studio: New Films International 
Director: Christopher Landon 
Screenwriter: Christopher Landon 
Starring: Zoe SaldanaDylan McDermottPaz VegaRosamund PikeLake BellNick StahlShannen DohertyAdriana BarrazaColleen CampJamie ChungRobert HoffmanPeter MacdissiEmily MeadeAnson MountAustin WilliamsTom Wright 
Genre: Comedy, Drama 
MPAA Rating: Not Available 

Plot Summary: "Burning Palms" is a dark comedy that interlaces five stories set in different Los Angeles neighborhoods, where no taboo is left unexplored as each character careens toward a dark and often comic fate.


The Dilemma
Release Date: January 14, 2011 
Studio: Universal Pictures 
Director: Ron Howard 
Screenwriter: Allan Loeb 
Starring: Vince VaughnKevin JamesJennifer ConnellyWinona RyderChanning TatumQueen Latifah 
Genre: Comedy 
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic elements involving sexual content)
Plot Summary: Vince Vaughn and Kevin James headline an all-star comedy from director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer about a man who finds out that what you don't say to a friend is just as important as what you do. Jennifer Connelly, Winona Ryder, Channing Tatum and Queen Latifah join them in The Dilemma, a story of how far you can bend a brotherly bond before it snaps. Since college, confirmed bachelor Ronny (Vaughn) and happily married Nick (James) have been through thick and thin. Now partners in an auto design firm, the two pals are vying to land a dream project that would launch their company. With Ronny's girlfriend, Beth (Connelly), and Nick's wife, Geneva (Ryder), by their sides, they're unbeatable. But Ronny's world is turned upside down when he inadvertently sees Geneva out with another man and makes it his mission to get answers. As the amateur investigation dissolves his world into comic mayhem, he learns that Nick has a few secrets of his own. Now, with the clock ticking and pressure mounting on the biggest presentation of their careers, Ronny must decide how and when he will reveal the truth to his best friend. 


Every Day
Release Date: January 14, 2011 (limited) 
Studio: Image Entertainment 
Director: Richard Levine 
Screenwriter: Richard Levine 
Starring: Liev SchreiberHelen HuntCarla GuginoEddie IzzardBrian Dennehy 
Genre: Comedy, Drama 
MPAA Rating: R (for language, sexual content and some drug use) 
Plot Summary: Ned (Liev Schreiber) is in the throes of a mid-life crisis. His work as a writer on an outrageous, semi-pornographic TV show is less than satisfying. His fifteen year old son has just told him he is gay and his eleven year old is afraid of, well pretty much everything. When his wife, Jeannie (Helen Hunt), moves her sick and embittered father (Brian Dennehy) from Detroit into their home in NY, it puts added stress on an already strained marriage. And when a sexy female co-worker (Carla Gugino) puts the moves on Ned, the temptation sends him spiraling. Every Day is about one family's struggle to survive the unexpected curve-balls that are simply part of real life; aging and death; commitment and freedom; love and acceptance. It's an uncompromising look at an ordinary family making an extraordinary journey towards themselves and towards each other. 


The Green Hornet
Release Date: January 14, 2011 (3D/2D theaters and IMAX 3D) 
Studio: Columbia Pictures (Sony) 
Director: Michel Gondry 
Screenwriter: Seth RogenEvan Goldberg 
Starring: Seth RogenJay ChouCameron DiazChristoph WaltzEdward James OlmosDavid HarbourTom Wilkinson 
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime 
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for sequences of violent action, language, sensuality and drug content) 
Plot Summary: Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) is the son of LA's most prominent and respected media magnate and perfectly happy to maintain a directionless existence on the party scene – until his father (Tom Wilkinson) mysteriously dies, leaving Britt his vast media empire. Striking an unlikely friendship with one of his father's more industrious and inventive employees, Kato (Jay Chou), they see their chance to do something meaningful for the first time in their lives: fight crime. But in order to do this, they decide to become criminals themselves – protecting the law by breaking it, Britt becomes the vigilante The Green Hornet as he and Kato hit the streets.Using all his ingenuity and skill, Kato builds the ultimate in advanced retro weaponry, The Black Beauty, an indestructible car equal parts firepower and horsepower. Rolling in a mobile fortress on wheels and striking the bad guys with Kato's clever gadgets, The Green Hornet and Kato quickly start making a name for themselves, and with the help of Britt's new secretary, Lenore Case (Cameron Diaz), they begin hunting down the man who controls LA's gritty underworld: Benjamin Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz). But Chudnofsky has plans of his own: to swat down The Green Hornet once and for all. 


The Heart Specialist
Release Date: January 14, 2011 
Studio: Freestyle Releasing 
Director: Dennis Cooper 
Screenwriter: Dennis Cooper 
Starring: Zoe SaldanaWood HarrisBrian WhiteNephew TommyMarla GibbsJasmine GuyJennifer LewisTerrence JMethod ManEd Asner 
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller 
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: A modern comedy about the everyday perils of first year medical residents at a shabby south Florida hospital. Wood Harris is the Chief Resident, who teaches the trainees how to save lives and not take themseleves too seriously, all the while hiding a chilling secret of his own. 


Ong Bak 3
Release Date: January 14, 2011 (limited) 
Studio: Magnet Releasing (Magnolia Pictures) 
Director: Tony JaaPanna Rittikrai 
Screenwriter: Tony JaaPanna Rittikrai 
Starring: Tony JaaDan ChupongSorapong ChatreeNirut Sirichanya 
Genre: Action 
MPAA Rating: Not Available 
Plot Summary: Martial arts legend Tony Jaa writes, directs, produces and stars in "Ong Bak 3," the third and final installment in one of the most beloved action series of all time. Picking up at the cliffhanger ending where "Ong Bak 2" leaves off, Jaa ramps up the epic supernatural elements of the previous film, while still maintaining the trademark bone-crunching action that the series is known for. This time he must face his ultimate enemy: a fierce supernatural warrior named "Demon Crow," played by fellow martial arts sensation Dan Chupong ("Dynamite Warrior"). Eagerly anticipated by martial arts aficionados for some time, the matchup of Jaa and Chupong is explosive. 


Plastic Planet
Release Date: January 14, 2011 (NY) 
Studio: First Run Features 
Director: Werner Boote 
Screenwriter: Werner Boote 
Starring: Not Available 
Genre: Documentary 
MPAA Rating: Not Available 
Plot Summary: We live in the age of plastic. It's cheap and practical, and it's everywhere – even in our blood. But is it a danger to us?The plastic industry annually generates hundreds of billions of dollars. Every industrial sector in the world today is dependent on plastic. The amount of plastic we have produced since it was invented would be enough to cover the entire globe six times over. But this inexpensive and convenient substance comes with a hefty price. Plastic stays in the ground and water system for up to 500 years. It is found on every beach in the world. Numerous studies have proven that the chemicals it releases (such as Bisphenol A) migrate into the human body and may contribute to or cause grave health problems, from allergies to obesity to infertility, cancer and heart disease.For Austrian German director Werner Boote, plastic is personal. His grandfather was one of the early manufacturers of plastic and he introduced Boote at a young age to the magic substance that would change the world. Many years later, after reading about the global threat posed by plastic, he decides to embark on a quest to discover the truth about this pervasive substance. Traveling to fourteen countries, he boldly and humorously confronts manufacturers, scientists, government officials and consumers to ask questions that concern all of us: Why don't we change our consumption behavior? Why is the industry not reacting to apparent dangers? Who is held accountable for hills of garbage mounting in deserts and seas? Who wins in this game? And who loses? 

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