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African Cats

Release Date: April 22, 2011
Studio: Disneynature
Director: Alastair Fothergill, Keith Scholey
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson (narrator)
Genre: True Life Adventure
MPAA Rating: G

Plot Summary: An epic true story set against the backdrop of one of the wildest places on Earth, "African Cats" captures the real-life love, humor and determination of the majestic kings of the savanna. The story features Mara, an endearing lion cub who strives to grow up with her mother's strength, spirit and wisdom; Sita, a fearless cheetah and single mother of five mischievous newborns; and Fang, a proud leader of the pride who must defend his family from a once banished lion. Disneynature brings "The Lion King" to life on the big screen in this True-Life Adventure directed by Keith Scholey and Alastair Fothergill ("Earth"). An awe-inspiring adventure blending family bonds with the power and cunning of the wild, "African Cats" leaps into theatres on Earth Day, April 22, 2011. 

The Bang Bang Club

Release Date: April 22, 2011 (NY, LA)
Studio: Tribeca Film
Director: Steven Silver
Screenwriter: Steven Silver
Starring: Ryan Phillippe, Malin Akerman, Taylor Kitsch
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: Not Available

Plot Summary: "The Bang Bang Club" was the name given to four young photographers; Greg Marinovich (Ryan Phillippe), Kevin Carter (Taylor Kitsch), Ken Oosterbroek and Joao Silva, whose photographs captured the final bloody days of white rule in South Africa. Two were awarded Pulitzer Prizes for their acclaimed work. The film tells the remarkable and sometimes harrowing story of these young men - and the extraordinary extremes they went to in order to capture their pictures. Anna (Malin Akerman) is their photo-editor, who looked out for them, protected them and made sure their photographs were seen across the world. Based on the book by Marinovich and Silva, The Bang Bang Club tells the true story of these four young men, recounting their relationships with each other and the stresses, tensions and moral dilemmas of working in situations of extreme violence, pain and suffering. It is also the story of the final demise of apartheid and the birth of a new South Africa. 

Cougar Hunting

Release Date: April 22, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Aspen Entertainment Group
Director: Robin Blazak
Screenwriter: Robin Blazak, Eric Blazak
Starring: Matt Prokop, Randy Wayne, Jillian Murray, Robin Blazak, Vanessa Angel, Lara Flynn Boyle, Jareb Dauplaise, Melissa Detwiler, Matt Sinnreich, Jim Ferraro, Laura Leigh, Allie Gonino
Genre: Comedy
MPAA Rating: R (for strong crude and sexual content throughout, nudity, language and some drug use)

Plot Summary: Tired of their failed or non-existent relationships with girls their own age, three post-college boys are urged by a friend to visit Aspen, Colorado, a prime hunting ground for rich and hungry cougars -- beautiful, successful sexy older women who prey on hot young guys.
The boys hope in Aspen they'll be able to start with clean slates, new reputations, and the proverbially golden paved streets of amorous, sensual, wealthy older woman. Instead, what they find is an unexpected series of experiences with an eclectic assortment of women who teach them a few things about sex, love, and relationships. 

Deep Gold

Release Date: April 22, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Bigfoot Entertainment
Director: Michael Gleissner
Screenwriter: Michael Gleissner, Frederick Bailey
Starring: Bebe Pham, Jaymee Ong, Michael Gleissner
Genre: Action, Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for some violence and brief strong language)

Plot Summary: Shortly after free diver Amy Sanchez breaks an important free diving record, her boyfriend - Air Force Pilot Tony - mysteriously vanishes together with a flight that was bringing millions of dollars worth of gold to the Central Bank.
Determined to discover the truth, Amy goes off with her sister to find out.
Is Tony actually dead? Or if not, is the man she loved really part of the plot to steal the gold? But she has no idea that she is about to discover the unexpected, and entangles herself in a web of lies and deceit before she finds out that somebody used her for what turns out to become a much larger conspiracy. 

Dum Maaro Dum

Release Date: April 22, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Fox STAR Studios
Director: Rohan Sippy
Screenwriter: Shridhar Raghavan
Starring: Abhishek Bachchan, Bipasha Basu, Prateik Babbar, Aditya Pancholi, Harry Key, Rana Daggubati
Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R (for violence, drug content and some language)

Plot Summary: Not available

Incendies

Release Date: April 22, 2011 (NY, LA)
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Screenwriter: Denis Villeneuve, Valerie Beaugrand-Champagne
Starring: Lubna Azabal, Melissa Desormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudetted
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: R (for some strong violence and language)

Plot Summary: When notary Lebel (Remy Girard) sits down with Jeanne and Simon Marwan (Melissa Desormeaux Poulin, Maxim Gaudette) to read them their mother Nawal's will (Lubna Azabal), the twins are stunned to receive a pair of envelopes - one for the father they thought was dead and another for a brother they didn't know existed. In this enigmatic inheritance, Jeanne sees the key to Nawal's retreat into unexplained silence during the final weeks of her life. She immediately decides to go to the Middle East to dig into a family history of which she knows next to nothing. Simon is unmoved by their mother's posthumous mind games. However, the love he has for his sister is strong, and he soon joins her in combing their ancestral homeland in search of a Nawal who is very different from the mother they knew. With Lebel's help, the twins piece together the story of the woman who brought them into the world, discovering a tragic fate as well as the courage of an exceptional woman. An adaptation of Wajdi Mouawad's hit play, "Incendies" is a deeply moving story that brings the extremism and violence of today's world to a starkly personal level, delivering a powerful and poetic testament to the uncanny power of the will to survive.

Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen

Release Date: April 22, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Variance Films
Director: Andrew Lau
Screenwriter: Andrew Lau, Gordon Chan
Starring: Donnie Yen, Anthony Wong, Huang Bo, Shu Qi
Genre: Martial Arts
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for strong violence, martial arts action and some language)

Plot Summary: In 1925, the nation of China is divided by infighting, and Japan has become the most powerful force in Asia. With the city of Shanghai torn in half by international conflict, Club Casablanca has become a hotbed of spies, mobsters, English officials and the Japanese military- all looking to gain control of the country, with little regard for what happens to its citizenry. Into this den of intrigue enters Chen Zhen (Donnie Yen), who has returned to China after fighting alongside the Allied forces in Europe, bringing some dark secrets from his past along with him. During the day, he's known as "Qi", and appears to be just another wealthy playboy. But at night, he takes to the street as a masked warrior, determined to subvert the Japanese invasion while becoming entangled with the sultry Kiki (Played by Shu Qi), who has a dangerous secret of her own. When his past catches up to him, Zhen is faced with near impossible odds- but his skills are formidable, and he's up to the challenge. 

POM Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold

Release Date: April 22, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
Director: Morgan Spurlock
Screenwriter: Morgan Spurlock, Jeremy Chilnick
Starring: Morgan Spurlock, Ben Silverman, Noam Chomsky, OK Go, Ralph Nader
Genre: Comedy, Documentary
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for some language and sexual material)

Plot Summary: Boundary-pushing Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Morgan Spurlock explores the world of product placement, marketing and advertising in "POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold," a film that was fully financed through product placement from various brands, all of which are integrated transparently into the film.
While using brands in film promotion is not new for Hollywood, it certainly is new territory for the documentary format. Spurlock exploits the phenomenon to new heights, with everything from branded pizza boxes and in-flight film promotions to branded-everything in-film.
With humor and insight, "POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold" unmasks the marketing process to bring audiences behind closed doors directly into the pitch meetings and marketing presentations which ultimately inform our everyday entertainment decisions. Sponsors were provided with brand category exclusivity. The brands that agreed to sponsor the film placed Spurlock front and center in their brand campaigns and advertisements, both on and off-line. Partners have the unique right to promote themselves in association with Spurlock and the film as "The Greatest." The agreements also stipulate that Spurlock maintains creative control of the film's content and final edit.

Stake Land

Release Date: April 22, 2011 (limited)
Studio: IFC Films
Director: Jim Mickle
Screenwriter: Jim Mickle, Nick Damici
Starring: Nick Damici, Connor Paolo, Danielle Harris, Kelly McGillis, Sean Nelson, Michael Cerveris
Genre: Horror
MPAA Rating: Not Available

Plot Summary: America is a lost nation. When an epidemic of vampirism strikes, humans find themselves on the run from vicious, feral beasts. Cities are tombs and survivors cling together in rural pockets, fearful of nightfall. When his family is slaughtered, young Martin ("Gossip Girl's" Connor Paolo) is taken under the wing of a grizzled, wayward hunter ("In the Cut's" Nick Damici) whose new prey are the undead. Simply known as Mister, the vampire stalker takes Martin on a journey through the locked-down towns of America's heartland, searching for a better place while taking down any bloodsuckers that cross their path. Along the way they recruit fellow travellers, including a nun (Kelly McGillis) who is caught in a crisis of faith when her followers turn into ravenous beasts. This ragtag family unit cautiously moves north, avoiding major thoroughfares that have been seized by The Brethren, a fundamentalist militia headed by Jebedia Loven (Tony award-winning actor Michael Cerveris) that interprets the plague as the Lord's work.

Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family

Release Date: April 22, 2011
Studio: Lionsgate
Director: Tyler Perry
Screenwriter: Tyler Perry
Starring: Tyler Perry, Loretta Devine, Shad "Bow Wow" Moss, David Mann, Cassi Davis, Tamela Brown Mann, Lauren London, Isaiah Mustafa, Rodney Perry, Shannon Kane, Teyana Taylor, Natalie Desselle Reid
Genre: Comedy, Drama
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for drug content, language and some mature thematic material)

Plot Summary: Madea, everyone's favorite wise-cracking, take-no-prisoners grandma, jumps into action when her niece, Shirley, receives distressing news about her health. All Shirley wants is to gather her three adult children around her and share the news as a family. But Tammy, Kimberly and Byron are too distracted by their own problems: Tammy can't manage her unruly children or her broken marriage; Kimberly is gripped with anger and takes it out on her husband; and Byron, after spending two years in jail, is under pressure to deal drugs again. It's up to Madea, with the help of the equally rambunctious Aunt Bam, to gather the clan together and make things right the only way she knows how: with a lot of tough love, laughter...and the revelation of a long-buried family secret. 

Water for Elephants

Release Date: April 22, 2011
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Francis Lawrence
Screenwriter: Richard LaGravenese
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, Christoph Waltz
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for moments of intense violence and sexual content)

Plot Summary: During the Great Depression, Jacob, a penniless and recently-orphaned veterinary school student, parlays his expertise with animals into a job with a second-rate traveling circus. He falls in love with Marlena, one of the show's star performers, but their romance is complicated by Marlena's husband, the charismatic but unbalanced circus boss. 

When Harry Tries to Marry

Release Date: April 22, 2011 (NY; LA release: May 6)
Studio: 108 Pics
Director: Nayan Padrai
Screenwriter: Ralph Stein, Nayan Padrai
Starring: Rahul Rai, Freishia Bomanbehram, Stefanie Estes
Genre: Comedy, Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for some sexual content, language and brief drug material)

Plot Summary: "When Harry Tries to Marry" is a cross-cultural romantic comedy about a young Indian-born bachelor who lives in New York City. Harry's handsome and charming, but he's cynical about love. He's never really gotten over his parents' divorce -- they were a modern Indian couple who married for love and it didn't last. So to improve his odds of living "happily ever after," Harry decides to have an arranged marriage, and asks his uncle back home in India to assist him in arranging the introduction to an appropriate Indian woman. To the dismay of his parents and friends, Harry finds the perfect girl and embarks on a long-distance courtship. But unexpectedly, Harry's friendship with Theresa, a fun and sexy American student, becomes confusing, appealing -- and maybe a little bit romantic. Once Harry, his friends and the entire wedding party converge in India, Harry's plan to avoid romantic risk becomes a recipe for chaos. Can anyone protect themselves from a broken heart by leaving the passion out of marriage? And, when all is said and done, does Harry really want to?

Zokkomon

Release Date: April 22, 2011 (limited)
Studio: UTV Motion Pictures
Director: Satyajit Bhatkal
Screenwriter: Satyajit Bhatkal, Lancy Fernandes, Svati Chakravarty
Starring: Darsheel Safary, Anupam Kher, Manjari Fadnis
Genre: Action, Adventure
MPAA Rating: PG (for mild thematic elements and brief violence)

Plot Summary: Kunal (Darsheel Safary), an orphaned boy, discovers how cruel life is when he is abandoned by his heartless uncle (Anupam Kher). Left to fend for himself, Kunal soon realizes the hero within and begins his epic journey of adventure and transformation to become Zokkomon. Zokkomon will soar into the hearts and lives of audiences everywhere, to take his place alongside the world’s most beloved heroes. 

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