Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Movie Releases This Week

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Bodyguard

Release Date: August 31, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Reliance Big Pictures
Director: Siddique
Screenwriter: Siddique
Starring: Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor
Genre: Action, Romance
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: When it comes to being punctual and doing his duties perfectly, Lovely Singh is unmatchable. Taking great pride in what he does, he spares no effort in giving his everything to his profession. Summoned for an assignment of guarding Divya, the daughter of Sartaj Rana, a business tycoon, Lovely Singh accompanies her to her campus, but ends up rubbing her the wrong way with his over-protective nature and paranoia about security. She finds him to be a major obstacle in leading a regular campus life.
To throw him off-track and get him out of the way, she comes up with a 'master-plan'- that of trapping him in a fake love affair. 'Once he's smitten by the girl of his dreams and is reveling in his new-found romance, he will leave us alone, and we shall be free to do our own thing unhindered', says Divya to her friends. She becomes an anonymous admirer of his and starts hounding him, expressing her 'feelings' in no uncertain terms. Lovely Singh however proves to be a tough nut to crack, and it takes quite a bit of doing from her side to penetrate his fort-like exterior.
But once she succeeds in doing so, he transforms into a completely different person. Divya is triumphant and is all set to relish her regained freedom. But things take an unexpected turn when she learns a few things about Lovely Singh. Things that she could've never even imagined! And she soon finds herself trapped in a dilemma that she's unable to resolve! And with her, soon enough, Lovely Singh finds himself ensnared in a web of lies, trickery and deceit. "Bodyguard" is the story of conflict- between innocence and mischief, love and power, and life and death!

The Debt

Release Date: August 31, 2011
Studio: Focus Features
Director: John Madden
Screenwriter: Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman, Peter Straughan
Starring: Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington, Jessica Chastain, Jesper Christensen, Marton Csokas, Ciarán Hinds, Tom Wilkinson
Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R (for some violence and language)
Plot Summary: The espionage thriller begins in 1997, as shocking news reaches retired Mossad secret agents Rachel (Academy Award winner Helen Mirren) and Stephan (two-time Academy Award nominee Tom Wilkinson) about their former colleague David (Ciarán Hinds of Focus' "Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day"). All three have been venerated for decades by their country because of the mission that they undertook back in 1966, when the trio (portrayed, respectively, by Jessica Chastain (soon to be seen in "The Tree of Life"), Marton Csokas (Universal's upcoming "Dream House"), and Sam Worthington ("Avatar," "Clash of the Titans") tracked down Nazi war criminal Vogel (Jesper Christensen of "Casino Royale" and "Quantum of Solace") in East Berlin. At great risk, and at considerable personal cost, the team's mission was accomplished - or was it? The suspense builds in and across two different time periods, with startling action and surprising revelations.

Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life

Release Date: August 31, 2011 (NY)
Studio: Music Box Films
Director: Joann Sfar
Screenwriter: Joann Sfar
Starring: Eric Elmosnino, Doug Jones, Lucy Gordon, Laetitia Casta
Genre: Biography, Drama
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: Taking the best from "La Vie en Rose" and "Amelie," renowned comic book artist Joann Sfar's "Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life" is a completely original take on one of France's greatest mavericks, the illustrious and infamous Jewish singer-songwriter, Serge Gainsbourg (Eric Elmosnino). Born Lucien Ginsburg to Russian-Jewish parents, Sfar follows him from his precocious childhood in Nazi-occupied Paris, to his beginnings as small time jazz musician and finally pop superstar. Along the way he romances many of the era's most beautiful women, including Juliette Greco (Anna Mouglalis), Brigitte Bardot (Laetitia Casta) and Jane Birkin (Lucy Gordon). Employing a witty surrealistic style and a soundtrack that includes many of the musician's greatest hits, "Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life" is a quintessential time capsule to '60's Paris.

A Good Old Fashioned Orgy

Release Date: September 2, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Samuel Goldwyn Films
Director: Pete Huyck, Alex Gregory
Screenwriter: Pete Huyck, Alex Gregory
Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Tyler Labine, Leslie Bibb, Will Forte, Lucy Punch, Lake Bell, Michelle Borth, Martin Starr, Nick Kroll, Lindsay Sloane, David Koechner
Genre: Comedy
MPAA Rating: R (for pervasive strong sexual content, graphic nudity and language)
Plot Summary: Jason Sudeikis is Eric, a thirtysomething party animal famous among his close circle of friends for his lavish summer theme parties at his father's swanky Hamptons pad. But when members of the crew start settling down, and Eric's dad announces plans to sell the beach house, Eric decides it's time for one last bash to go out with a proverbial bang--a good old-fashioned orgy. The only obstacles to overcome are actually convincing each of his reluctant friends to join in on the bacchanal, and an inconveniently blossoming romance with the real estate agent threatening to sell the house out from under him before the main event can even take place.

Apollo 18

Release Date: September 2, 2011
Studio: The Weinstein Company
Director: Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego
Screenwriter: Brian Miller
Starring: Not Available
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for some disturbing sequences, and language)
Plot Summary: Officially, Apollo 17, launched December 17th, 1972 was the last manned mission to the moon. But in December of 1974, two American astronauts were sent on a secret mission to the moon funded by the US Department of Defense. What you are about to see is the actual footage which the astronauts captured on that mission. While NASA denies its authenticity, others say it's the real reason we've never gone back to the moon.

Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

Release Date: September 2, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Indomina Releasing
Director: Tsui Hark
Screenwriter: Chang Chia-lu
Starring: Andy Lau, Bingbing Li, Carina Lau, Tony Leung Ka-fai
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: A period epic from genre master Tsui Hark ("Seven Swords"), "Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame" is an action-packed, visually breathtaking Sherlock Holmes-style mystery starring some of China's top acting talent: Andy Lau, Bingbing Li, Carina Lau, and Tony Leung Ka-fai. Nominated for Best Special Effects at the 2011 Asian Film Awards and stunningly choreographed by master Sammo Hung, this intricately plotted whodunit is set in an exquisitely realized steampunk version of ancient China. On the eve of her coronation as Empress (Carina Lau, "2046"), China's most powerful woman is haunted by a chilling murder mystery: seven men under her command have burst into flames, leaving behind only black ash and skeletal bones. Recognizing this threat to her power, she turns to the infamous Dee Renjie (Andy Lau, "Infernal Affairs," "House of Flying Daggers'): a man whose unparalleled wisdom is matched only by his martial arts skills. As he battles a series of bizarre dangers, he unveils a chilling truth that places his life, and the future of an entire dynasty, in peril.

I'm Glad My Mother is Alive

Release Date: September 2, 2011 (NY)
Studio: Strand Releasing
Director: Claude Miller, Nathan Miller
Screenwriter: Claude Miller, Emmanuel Carrère
Starring: Vincent Rottiers, Sophie Cattani, Christine Citti
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: Directed by Claude Miller ("A Secret and La Petite Lili") and his son Nathan Miller, "I'm Glad My Mother is Alive" explores childhood trauma and its dire consequences on adult life. Given up for adoption as a toddler, troubled teenager Thomas becomes obsessed with tracking down his birth mother. After years of searching Thomas finds her single, with a small child, living in a nearby suburb. Traumatized by years of emptiness and longing for his mother, he starts an ambiguous relationship with her (part courtship, part obsession) which slowly drives him to an act of madness.

InSight

Release Date: September 2, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Check Entertainment Distribution
Director: Richard Gabai
Screenwriter: Aaron Ginsburg, Wade McIntyre
Starring: Sean Patrick Flanery, Natalie Zea, Adam Baldwin, Christopher Lloyd, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Max Perlich, Juliet Landau, Veronica Cartwright
Genre: Not Available
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: Shot in the seedy Boyle Heights district in Los Angeles, "InSight" follows Kaitlyn (Natalie Zea), an ER nurse who while tending to a young stabbing victim, Allison, is accidentally electrocuted by the defibrillator that was being used to save the woman's life. Almost immediately she starts to experience the victim's memories. Kaitlyn turns to family, friends, and the police, but no one takes her seriously, so she takes it upon herself to solve the crime - as the terrifying visions threaten her sanity. Ultimately, Kaitlyn teams up with detective Peter Rafferty (Sean Patrick Flanery) and weaves her way through the victim's past in an attempt to discover the brutal truth about the murder and herself.

Love Crime

Release Date: September 2, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Sundance Selects
Director: Alain Corneau
Screenwriter: Alain Corneau, Nathalie Carter
Starring: Ludivine Sagnier, Kristin Scott Thomas, Patrick Mille, Guillaume Marquet, Gerald Laroche, Julien Rochefort, Olivier Rabourdin, Marie Guillard
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: When Christine, a powerful executive (Scott Thomas), brings on a naive young ingenue, Isabelle (Sagnier), as her assistant, she delights in toying with her naivete and teaching her hard lessons in a ruthless professional philosophy. But when the protege's ideas become tempting enough for Christine to pass one as her own, she underestimates Isabelle's ambition and cunning-- and the ground is set for all out war. In this devilish, propulsive thriller, Corneau sets up a the scenery expertly and his actors devour it.

Love Exposure

Release Date: September 2, 2011 (NY)
Studio: Olive Films
Director: Sion Sono
Screenwriter: Sion Sono
Starring: Takahiro Nishijima, Atsurô Watabe
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, Romance
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: This bombastic feature film ambitiously tackles life's biggest themes: love, death, sex, revenge, religion and up-skirt panty photography. "Love Exposure" tells the story of Yu (Takahiro Nishijima), a teenager driven to a life of sin, romantic extremes and sexual perversions by his father's desperate conversion into extreme Catholicism.
After losing his wife and a maniac-depressive lover, Tetsu (Atsurô Watabe) becomes obsessed with his son's spiritual (and certainly sinful) life. Pressed to confess a couple of dark crimes (and yet, as innocent as they come), Yu hits Tokyo's underground in search of a perfect sin - and in the process, joins a gang of teenagers training in the 'art' of panchira (clandestine panty snapshots!).
On his search for the perfect photo, Yu harasses enough girls to shock his all-forgiving, bible-thumping father, who finally behaves as such and punishes his 'perverse' son. Happy to have his father's attention, Yu decides to fully dedicate himself to the art of panchira – and he quickly becomes one of the very best. Yet, when Yun falls for the Virgin-Mary-like Yoko, he also gets involved with Zero Church, a fanatic religious group with a bizarre agenda of their own.

Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles

Release Date: September 2, 2011 (NY)
Studio: Argot Pictures
Director: Jon Foy
Screenwriter: Jon Foy, Colin Smith
Starring: Justin Duerr, Colin Smith, Steve Weinik
Genre: Documentary
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: Strangeness is afoot. Most people don't notice the hundreds of cryptic tiled messages about resurrecting the dead that have been appearing in city streets over the past three decades. But Justin Duerr does. For years, finding an answer to this long-standing urban mystery has been his obsession. He has been collecting clues that the tiler has embedded in the streets of major cities across the U.S. and South America. But as Justin starts piecing together key events of the past he finds a story that is more surreal than he imagined, and one that hits disturbingly close to home.

Saving Private Perez

Release Date: September 2, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Pantelion Films
Director: Beto Gómez
Screenwriter: Beto Gómez, Francisco Payó González
Starring: Miguel Rodarte, Adal Ramones, Jaime Camil, Jesus Ochoa, Gerardo Taracena, Joaquin Cosio, Isela Vega, Rodrigo Oviedo, Marius Biegai
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for violence and brief strong language)
Plot Summary: Julian Perez, Mexico's most notorious leader of organized crime, must embark on a mission given to him by the only authority he respects... his mother. Joined by a colorful band of infamous criminals, Julian must risk his life to fulfill his mother's wish & rescue his brother from the war-ridden bowels of the most treacherous land in the world, IRAQ.

Seven Days in Utopia

Release Date: September 2, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Utopia Films
Director: Matthew Dean Russell
Screenwriter: David L. Cook, Rob Levine
Starring: Robert Duvall, Lucas Black, Melissa Leo, Deborah Ann Woll, Brian Geraghty, Kathy Baker, KJ Choi, Joseph Lyle Taylor, Madison Burge
Genre: Drama, Sports
MPAA Rating: G
Plot Summary: "Seven Days in Utopia" follows the story of Luke Chisolm (Lucas Black), a talented young golfer set on making the pro tour. When his first big shot turns out to be a very public disaster, Luke escapes the pressures of the game and finds himself unexpectedly stranded in Utopia, Texas, home to eccentric rancher Johnny Crawford (Robert Duvall). But Johnny's more than meets the eye, and his profound ways of looking at life force Luke to question not only his past choices, but also his direction for the future.

Shark Night 3D

Release Date: September 2, 2011
Studio: Relativity Media
Director: David R. Ellis
Screenwriter: Jesse Studenberg, Will Hayes
Starring: Sara Paxton, Dustin Milligan, Katharine McPhee, Chris Carmack, Alyssa Diaz, Joel David Moore, Donal Logue, Sinqua Walls, Chris Zylka
Genre: Horror, Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for violence and terror, disturbing images, sexual references, partial nudity, language and thematic material)
Plot Summary: A sexy summer weekend turns into a blood-soaked nightmare for a group of college students trapped on an island surrounded by voracious underwater predators in "Shark Night 3D," a terrifying thrill ride from director David Ellis ("The Final Destination," "Snakes on a Plane"), featuring a red-hot young cast including Sara Paxton ("Superhero Movie," "Last House on the Left"), Dustin Milligan ("90210," "Slither"), Chris Carmack ("The O.C."), Joel David Moore ("Avatar"), Chris Zylka ("The Amazing Spider-Man") and Katharine McPhee ("The House Bunny").
Arriving by boat at her family's Louisiana lake island cabin, Sara (Sara Paxton) and her friends quickly strip down to their swimsuits for a weekend of fun in the sun. But when star football player Malik (Sinqua Walls) stumbles from the salt-water lake with his arm torn off, the party mood quickly evaporates. Assuming the injury was caused by a freak wake-boarding accident, the group realizes they have to get Malik to a hospital on the other side of the lake, and fast.
But as they set out in a tiny speedboat, the college friends discover the lake has been stocked with hundreds of massive, flesh-eating sharks! As they face one grisly death after another, Sara and the others struggle desperately to fend off the sharks, get help and stay alive long enough to reach the safety of dry land.

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