Wednesday, February 9, 2011

New Movie Releases




Carancho
Release Date: February 11, 2011 (NY) 
Studio: Strand Releasing 
Director: Pablo Trapero 
Screenwriter: Martín MaureguiMartin MaureguiSantiago MitrePablo Trapero 
Starring: Ricardo DarínMartina GusmanCarlos Weber 
Genre: Thriller 
MPAA Rating: Not Available 
Plot Summary: Traffic accidents have become the number one cause of deaths in Argentina. In "Carancho" (which means vulture in Spanish,) director-producer-editor Pablo Trapero has woven a gritty and suspenseful tale set against the lucrative black market that strives from the personal tragedies that litter the streets of Buenos Aires.Sosa ("The Secret in Their Eyes'" Ricardo Darn) is an ambulance-chasing personal injury attorney with questionable ethics. Having recently lost his law license, he has resorted to trolling through ER rooms and funeral homes to search for potential clients. Lujan (Martina Gusman) is a young, idealistic doctor, new to the city, and on her own self-destructive bent. After their paths repeatedly cross at accident scenes, the two form an unlikely romance, which is soon threatened by Sosa's turbulent past. Fed up with his corrupt employers, Sosa attempts to cross them and do right by recent clients, but events quickly spin out of control. 


Carbon Nation
Release Date: February 11, 2011 (NY; LA release: Feb. 18) 
Studio: Clay Way Media 
Director: Peter Byck 
Screenwriter: Peter Byck 
Starring: Bill KurtisRichard BransonThomas L. FriedmanJames WoolseyVan JonesCol. Dan NolanBernie KarlDenis HayesCliff Etheredge 
Genre: Documentary 
MPAA Rating: Not Available 
Plot Summary: "Carbon Nation" is an optimistic, solutions-based, non-partisan documentary that illustrates why it's incredibly smart to be a part of the new, low-carbon economy: it's good business, it emboldens national and energy security, and it improves health and the environment.Through a cast of engaging and endearing characters from across the country, in towns big and small, "Carbon Nation" introduces us to the new wave of American ingenuity. From one-armed Texas cotton farmer Cliff Etheridge, who is banding together small farmers' land to create one enormous wind farm, to green jobs innovator Van Jones, who is bringing clean technology and jobs to inner cities, it's clear that the creative solutions needed to combat climate change are already being created by entrepreneurs, visionaries, scientists, and the everyday man. By bringing their innovations to light, "Carbon Nation" is a film that celebrates solutions and inspires action. 



Cedar Rapids
Release Date: February 11, 2011 (limited) 
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures 
Director: Miguel Arteta 
Screenwriter: Phil Johnston 
Starring: Ed HelmsJohn C. ReillySigourney WeaverAnne HecheStephen RootKurtwood SmithAlia ShawkatMike O'MalleyRob CorddrySeth Morris 
Genre: Comedy 
MPAA Rating: R (for crude and sexual content, language and drug use) 
Plot Summary: To call insurance agent Tim Lippe (Ed Helms), "naive" is a gross understatement. He's never left his small hometown. He's never stayed at a hotel. And he's never experienced anything like Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Sent to represent his company at the annual insurance convention, Tim is soon distracted by three convention veterans (John C. Reilly, Anne Heche and Isiah Whitlock Jr.) who will show him the ropes and push his boundaries. For a guy who plays everything by the book, this convention will be anything but conventional. 



Certifiably Jonathan
Release Date: February 11, 2011 (limited) 
Studio: Not Available 
Director: Jim Pasternak 
Screenwriter: Not Available 
Starring: Jonathan WintersSarah SilvermanHowie MandelNora DunnRyan StilesTim ConwayRobert KleinKevin DunnGary OwensDavid ArquettePatricia Arquette 
Genre: Comedy, Documentary 
MPAA Rating: Not Available 
Plot Summary: A comedy/mockumentary that weaves in and out of the bi-polar world of Jonathan Winters, where reality and fantasy collide. Jonathan Winters, 80-year-old comic genius, is also a gifted painter who dreams of having his work hang in the Museum of Modern Art. The filmmakers show his work to a famous art critic who believes Jonathan is "the missing link between Miro and Dali" and he convinces the museum to give Jonathan a show-but only if he paints three new paintings. Jonathan launches into a creative frenzy, but disaster strikes when his favorite painting is stolen along with his sense of humor. Without his humor, Jonathan can't paint and is about to lose the opportunity of a lifetime. Jonathan sets out on a quest to get his mojo back, with the help of Sarah Silverman, Howie Mandel, Nora Dunn, Ryan Stiles, Tim Conway, Robert Klein, Kevin Dunn, Gary Owens, and the Arquettes.

Dream Home
Release Date: February 11, 2011 (limited) 
Studio: IFC Midnight 
Director: Pang Ho-Cheung 
Screenwriter: Pang Ho-Cheung 
Starring: Josie HoMichelle YeEason ChanLawrence ChouNorman ChuHee Ching PawKwok Cheung TsangLap-Man SinYing Kwan LokJuno MakChing WongChu-chu ZhouJuan SongHoi-Pang LoWai Hung Chan 
Genre: Horror 
MPAA Rating: Not Available 
Plot Summary: When she was a child, Cheng Lai-Sheung (Josie Ho) could see Hong Kong's famed Victoria Harbour from her apartment. She vows to one day save up enough money for her family to move into 'No.1 Victoria Bay' with a magnificent view. In order to achieve her dream, Cheng has to work hard at two full-time jobs. She even goes as far as stealing customer data to sell to other companies. However, no matter how much she toils, she cannot earn enough to keep up with the ever-increasing values of Hong Kong's real estate. Since property prices keep leaping higher, her dream home now seems forever out of reach...until suddenly, it dawns on her: in order to get what she wants, she must take matters into her own hands...even if it means getting her hands seriously bloody. 


The Eagle
Release Date: February 11, 2011 
Studio: Focus Features 
Director: Kevin Macdonald 
Screenwriter: Jeremy Brock 
Starring: Channing TatumJamie BellDonald SutherlandMark StrongTahar Rahim 
Genre: Adventure 
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for battle sequences and some disturbing images) 

Plot Summary: In 140 AD, two men - master and slave - venture beyond the edge of the known world on a dangerous and obsessive quest that will push them beyond the boundaries of loyalty and betrayal, friendship and hatred, deceit and heroism...The Roman epic adventure "The Eagle" stars Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell and is directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald. 20 years earlier, Rome's 5,000-strong Ninth Legion, under the command of Flavius Aquila, marched north carrying their treasured golden Eagle emblem. They never returned; Legion and Eagle simply vanished into the mists. Hearing a rumor that the Eagle has been seen in a tribal temple in the far north, Flavius' son Marcus (Tatum), determined to restore the tarnished reputation of his father, is galvanized into action. Accompanied only by his slave Esca (Bell), Marcus sets out into the vast and dangerous highlands of Scotland - to confront its savage tribes, make peace with his father's memory, and retrieve the hallowed Eagle. Along the way Marcus realizes that the mystery of his father's disappearance may well be linked to the secret of his own slave's identity and loyalty - a secret all the more pressing when the two come face-to-face with the warriors of the fearsome Seal Prince (Tahar Rahim). 


Gnomero & Juliet
Release Date: February 11, 2011 
Studio: Touchstone Pictures 
Director: Kelly Asbury 
Screenwriter: Rob SpracklingJohn R. SmithKevin CecilAndy RileyMark Burton 
Starring: James McAvoyEmily BluntMichael CaineMaggie SmithJason StathamPatrick StewartAshley JensenStephen MerchantMatt LucasJim CummingsJulie WaltersRichard WilsonOzzy OsbourneDolly PartonHulk Hogan 
Genre: Adventure, Animation, Comedy 
MPAA Rating: G 
Plot Summary: The greatest love story ever told, starring... garden gnomes? In the upcoming "Gnomeo & Juliet," Shakespeare's revered tale gets a comical, off-thewall makeover. Directed by Kelly Asbury ("Shrek 2") and showcasing both classic and original songs by Elton John, the film features the voices of James McAvoy and Emily Blunt as Gnomeo and Juliet, who have as many obstacles to overcome as their quasi namesakes when they are caught up in a feud between neighbors. But with plastic pink flamingos and thrilling lawnmower races in the mix, can this young couple find lasting happiness? 


In Her Skin
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Release Date: February 11, 2011 (limited) 
Studio: IFC Films 
Director: Simone North 
Screenwriter: Simone North 
Starring: Guy PearceSam NeillMiranda OttoRuth Bradley 
Genre: Drama 
MPAA Rating: Not Available 
Plot Summary: A true-crime drama about a missing 15-year-old in Melbourne, Australia during 1999. When her body was discovered, it was found that her childhood friend had commited the murder and then tried to change her identity. 


Just Go With It
Release Date: February 11, 2011 
Studio: Columbia Pictures (Sony) 
Director: Dennis Dugan 
Screenwriter: Allan LoebTim Dowling 
Starring: Adam SandlerJennifer AnistonNicole KidmanBrooklyn DeckerDave MatthewsBailee Madison 
Genre: Comedy, Romance 
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for frequent crude and sexual content, partial nudity, brief drug references and language) 
Plot Summary: In "Just Go With It," a plastic surgeon, romancing a much younger schoolteacher, enlists his loyal assistant to pretend to be his soon to be ex-wife, in order to cover up a careless lie. When more lies backfire, the assistant's kids become involved, and everyone heads off for a weekend in Hawaii that will change all their lives


Justin Bieber: Never Say Never
Release Date: February 11, 2011 
Studio: Paramount Pictures 
Director: Jon Chu 
Screenwriter: Not Available 
Starring: Justin Bieber 
Genre: Biography, Music 
MPAA Rating: G 
Plot Summary: Paramount Pictures is developing a 3D Justin Bieber biopic that will hit theaters on February 11, 2011 (Valentine's Day weekend). The movie will include performances from his current concert tour. 


Orgasm Inc.
Release Date: February 11, 2011 (NY) 
Studio: First Run Features 
Director: Liz Canner 
Screenwriter: Liz Canner 
Starring: Not Available 
Genre: Documentary 
MPAA Rating: Not Available 

Plot Summary: "Orgasm Inc." begins when filmmaker Liz Canner is hired to edit erotic videos to be used in a drug trial for a pharmaceutical company. Her employer is developing what they hope will be the first FDA approved "Viagra" drug for women that will treat a new disease: Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD). Intrigued, Liz decides to make a movie about the science of female pleasure. But she soon begins to suspect that her employer, along with other medical and pharmaceutical companies, might be trying to take advantage of women (and potentially endanger their health) in pursuit of profit.With unique access and a deft style of interviewing, Liz embarks on a nine year odyssey as she follows pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers who are racing to be the first to win FDA approval for their product - be it pill, patch, nose spray, or some other delivery device. The promised cure: "normal" sexual function and orgasm. The prize: billions of dollars in profits. 


Poetry
Release Date: February 11, 2011 (NY) 
Studio: Kino International 
Director: Lee Chang-Dong 
Screenwriter: Lee Chang-Dong 
Starring: Yun Jung-heeLee DavidKim Hira 
Genre: Drama 
MPAA Rating: Not Available 

Plot Summary: A sixty-something woman, faced with the discovery of a heinous family crime, finds strength and purpose when she enrolls in a poetry class. Lee Chang-dong's follow-up to his acclaimed "Secret Sunshine" is a masterful study of the subtle empowerment -- and moral compass -- of an indefatigable older woman. 

Vidal Sassoon The Movie
Release Date: February 11, 2011 (NY; LA release: Feb. 18) 
Studio: Phase 4 Films 
Director: Craig Teper 
Screenwriter: Heather Gordon 
Starring: Vidal SassoonMichael GordonRonnie SassoonGrace CoddingtonMary QuantGuido 
Genre: Documentary 
MPAA Rating: Not Available 
Plot Summary: A feature documentary spanning 80 years of revolution in culture, as told through the life of one extraordinary man, "Vidal Sassoon The Movie" is the revealing and inspirational story of how one man changed the world with a pair of scissors.A true rags to riches tale, the film traces Sassoon's path from a London orphanage to international success and celebrity. It follows Michael Gordon, founder of the haircare company Bumble and bumble, as he sets out to document Vidal's life in a richly visual book. Sassoon's story comes alive as the design of the book unfolds.Living through war and poverty, the seeds of his future are spawned as young Vidal becomes driven to rise above the circumstances of his birth. Spurred by his mother’s dream that her son would find success as a hairdresser, Sassoon apprentices in a local salon. "I made up mind, if I was going to be in hairdressing, I wanted to change things." Through tireless hard work and commitment, he struggles to modernize the old-fashioned world of hair; with modern architecture as his inspiration, Sassoon focuses on geometric shapes and angles that literally changes the way women look, and ushers in the social revolutions of the '60s. Salons, schools and products follow all over the world, and his tag line, "if you don't look good we don't look good" becomes a defining cultural touchstone.With an added emphasis on his inspirational drive, "Vidal Sassoon The Movie" shows Sassoon to be not only one of the great innovators of our time, but a cultural life force as relevant today as ever. 


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