Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Movie Releases This Week

A Warrior's Heart

Release Date: December 2, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Xenon Pictures
Director: Mike Sears
Screenwriter: Martin Dugard
Starring: Kellan Lutz, Adam Beach, Gabrielle Anwar, Ashley Greene
Genre: Action, Drama, Family
MPAA Rating: PG (for some thematic elements, language and rough sports action)
Plot Summary: In shock and denial over his Marine father's death in Iraq, high school lacrosse star, Conor Sullivan (Kellan Lutz), starts acting out in self-destructive ways until he's kicked off the team and sent to a wilderness lacrosse camp run by his Dad's Native American combat buddy, Sgt. Major Duke Wayne (Adam Beach). Strengthened by the love and support from his girlfriend Brooklyn (Ashley Greene), Conor embraces the game's Native American roots and opens his eyes to the true meaning of sportsmanship and life. 


Answers to Nothing

Release Date: December 2, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Roadside Attractions
Director: Matthew Leutwyler
Screenwriter: Matthew Leutwyler, Gillian Vigman
Starring: Dane Cook, Elizabeth Mitchell, Julie Benz, Barbara Hershey, Zach Gilford, Kali Hawk, Erik Palladino, Mark Kelly, Aja Volkman, Miranda Bailey
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: R (for some strong sexual content, nudity, violence and language)
Plot Summary: Dane Cook leads a stellar cast, including Elizabeth Mitchell ("Lost"), Julie Benz ("Dexter"), Zach Gilford ("Friday Night Lights"), and Barbara Hershey ("Black Swan"), as a man struggling with his own infidelity in "Answers to Nothing." Set against the backdrop of a missing girl case, the film tells interweaving stories of several Los Angelenos trying to do the right thing. 

Coriolanus

Release Date: December 2, 2011 (NY, LA: 1 week Oscar run; limited: Jan. 20)
Studio: The Weinstein Company
Director: Ralph Fiennes
Screenwriter: John Logan
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Gerard Butler, Vanessa Redgrave, Brian Cox, Jessica Chastain, James Nesbitt
Genre: Drama, Thriller
MPAA Rating: R (for some bloody violence)
Plot Summary: Caius Martius 'Coriolanus' (Ralph Fiennes), a revered and feared Roman General is at odds with the city of Rome and his fellow citizens. Pushed by his controlling and ambitious mother Volumnia (Vanessa Redgrave) to seek the exalted and powerful position of Consul, he is loath to ingratiate himself with the masses whose votes he needs in order to secure the office. When the public refuses to support him, Coriolanus’s anger prompts a riot that culminates in his expulsion from Rome. The banished hero then allies himself with his sworn enemy Tullus Aufidius (Gerard Butler) to take his revenge on the city. 

I Am Singh

Release Date: December 2, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Reliance Big Pictures
Director: Puneet Issar
Screenwriter: Puneet Issar
Starring: Gulzar Chahal, Amy Rasimas, Brooke Johnston, Rizwan Haider, Tulip Joshi, Puneet Issar
Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: "I Am Singh" portrays the trials and tribulations of men whose stories were never highlighted. After the 9/11 tragedy in America, the Sikhs were targeted all over and were the victims of mistaken identity. The film highlights what happened to few such people and their fight against it, never losing the faith in the American judicial system. This story is about a young Sikh named Ranveer Singh, a young, confident man settled in India. Ranveer's elder brothers are citizens of America. Ranveer's life takes a turn when he receives a call and he comes to know that one of his brothers is dead, his father is seriously injured and his other brother is missing. The cause of this is unknown. Ranveer is in a dilemma and immediately leaves for the US. He doesn't know what is in store for him. Ranveer reaches the US and tries to find out what actually happened to his family. He doesn't get the right answers.
Further, he is more shocked and confused with the situation. However, something keeps telling him that there is more to the whole incident, what seems on the face is not the fact, the fact remains a mystery to him. Then, Ranveer meets a Pakistani, Rizwan Haider, who now is an American citizen. Rizwan tells him what actually had happened on that day. Ranveer seeks the local authorities help, but does not get any support. He realizes that he has to fight this battle on his own. As luck would have it, he meets another local citizen, a Sikh named Fateh Singh who is a police officer in the LAPD. Fateh Singh guides him on which path to choose and introduces him to Amelia White, an American human rights activist and an attorney. Amy Washington, an American Senior Attorney, further fights the case. Together they fight the battle of equality and justice for everyone in the true American spirit. A spirit rekindled by a man called 'SINGH'.

Outrage

Release Date: December 2, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Magnet Releasing (Magnolia Pictures)
Director: Takeshi Kitano
Screenwriter: Takeshi Kitano
Starring: Takeshi Kitano, Kippei Shiina, Ryo Kase
Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: In a ruthless battle for power, several yakuza clans vie for the favor of their head family in the Japanese underworld. The rival bosses seek to rise through the ranks by scheming and making allegiances sworn over sake. Long-time yakuza Otomo has seen his kind go from elaborate body tattoos and severed fingertips to becoming important players on the stock market. Theirs is a never-ending struggle to end up on top, or at least survive, in a corrupt world where there are no heroes but constant betrayal and vengeance.

Shame

Release Date: December 2, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Director: Steve McQueen
Screenwriter: Steve McQueen, Abi Morgan
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, James Badge Dale
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: NC-17 (for some explicit sexual content)
Plot Summary: Brandon (Michael Fassbender) is a New Yorker who shuns intimacy with women but feeds his desires with a compulsive addiction to sex. When his wayward younger sister (Carey Mulligan) moves into his apartment stirring memories of their shared painful past, Brandon's insular life spirals out of control. 

Sleeping Beauty (Julia Leigh)

Release Date: December 2, 2011 (limited)
Studio: IFC Films
Director: Julia Leigh
Screenwriter: Julia Leigh
Starring: Emily Browning, Michael Dorman, Mirrah Foulkes, Rachael Blake
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: Death-haunted, quietly reckless, Lucy (Emily Browning) is a young university student who takes a job as a Sleeping Beauty. In the Sleeping Beauty Chamber old men seek an erotic experience that requires Lucy's absolute submission. This unsettling task starts to bleed into Lucy's daily life and she develops an increasing need to know what happens to her when she is asleep.

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