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release date: Friday December 23, 2011
genre: Comedy
running time: 80 min.
director: Roman Polanski
studio: Mongrel Media
producer(s): Saïd Ben Saïd
screenplay: Yasmina Reza, Roman Polanski
cast: Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz, John C. Reilly
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Carnage Movie Synopsis: CARNAGE is a razor sharp, biting comedy centered on parental differences. After two boys duke it out on a playground, the parents of the "victim" invite the parents of the "bully" over to work out their issues. A polite discussion of childrearing soon escalates into verbal warfare, with all four parents revealing their true colors. None of them will escape the carnage.


release date: Sunday December 25, 2011
genre: Drama
running time: 120 min.
director: Stephen Daldry
studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
producer(s): Scott Rudin
screenplay: Eric Roth
cast: Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Thomas Horn, Max von Sydow, Viola Davis, John Goodman, Jeffrey Wright, Zoe Caldwell
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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Movie Synopsis: Based on the acclaimed novel of the same name, EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE tells the story of one young boy's journey from heartbreaking loss to the healing power of self-discovery, set against the backdrop of the tragic events of September 11.
Eleven-year-old Oskar Schell is an exceptional child: amateur inventor, Francophile, pacifist. And after finding a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11, he embarks on an exceptional journey—an urgent, secret search through the five boroughs of New York. As Oskar roams the city, he encounters a motley assortment of humanity, who are all survivors in their own ways. Ultimately, Oskar's journey ends where it began, but with the solace of that most human experience: love.


release date: Friday December 23, 2011
genre: Drama
running time: 127 min.
director: Angelina Jolie
studio: FilmDistrict
producer(s): Tim Moore, Tim Headington, Graham King, Angelina Jolie
screenplay: Angelina Jolie
cast: Rade Serbedzija, Nikola Djuricko, Zana Marjanovic, Branko Djuric, Goran Kostic
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In The Land Of Blood And Honey Movie Synopsis: During the Bosnian War in the 1990s, Danijel (Goran Kostic), a young Serbian soldier, discovers Ajla (Zana Marjanovic), a Bosnian girl, is being held prisoner. The two knew each other before the conflict began and came close to falling in love. But as the war takes an effect on their lives, their relationship changes.


release date: Wednesday December 21, 2011
genre: Action
running time: 133 min.
director: Brad Bird
studio: Paramount Pictures
producer(s): Tom Cruise, J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk
screenplay: Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec
cast: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, Josh Holloway, Michael Nyqvist, Vladimir Mashkov, Léa Seydoux, Anil Kapoor
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Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol Movie Synopsis: When a terrorist bombing destroys the Kremlin while IMG agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is carrying out a mission in Moscow, the IMF is implicated and shut down. The Russian government calls the attack "an undeclared act of war," which prompts the United States government to put in place a black operation called "Ghost Protocol."
Hunt and his rogue new team (Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton and Simon Pegg) go undercover to locate who is connected to the Moscow bombing in an effort to clear the organization's name.


release date: Friday December 23, 2011
genre: Documentary
running time: 103 min.
director: Wim Wenders
studio: Mongrel Media
screenplay: Wim Wenders
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Pina Movie Synopsis: A 3D tribute to the late choreographer and artistic genius Pina Bausch.
Filmmaker Wim Wenders opens up the dances, employing the streets and parks of Wuppertal—where Bausch's company, Tanztheater Wuppertal, is based—as exciting backdrops to some of her best-known productions.


release date: Wednesday December 21, 2011
genre: Thriller
running time: 157 min.
director: David Fincher
studio: Columbia Pictures
producer(s): Ole Søndberg, Ceán Chaffin, Scott Rudin, Søren Stærmose
screenplay: Steven Zaillian
cast: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer,Stellan Skarsgård, Steven Berkoff, Robin Wright, Yorick Van Wageningen, Joely Richardson, Goran Visnjic
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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Movie Synopsis: Facing prison time for slander, discredited journalist Mikael Blomkvist is hired by a reclusive industrialist for one last job; to solve a long unresolved family disappearance. Aided by the mysterious and troubled computer hacker, Lisbeth Salander, the two uncover a darker world of brutality, deception and ritualistic murder. Alone and not knowing who to trust, they must fight for their own survival and reveal the truth.


release date: Sunday December 25, 2011
genre: Action
running time: 89 min.
director: Chris Gorak
studio: Entertainment One
producer(s): Tom Jacobson, Timur Bekmambetov
screenplay: Jon Spaihts
cast: Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Max Minghella, Joel Kinnaman, Rachael Taylor
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The Darkest Hour Movie Synopsis: Five young people find themselves stranded in Moscow, fighting to survive in the wake of a devastating alien attack.


release date: Sunday December 25, 2011
genre: Drama
running time: 146 min.
director: Steven Spielberg
studio: Dreamworks Pictures
producer(s): Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg
screenplay: Lee Hall, Richard Curtis
cast: Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Peter Mullan, Niels Arestrup, Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irvine, Benedict Cumberbatch, Toby Kebbell
inspiration: The Evolution of War Horse
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War Horse Movie Synopsis: Albert, the teenage son of a poor farmer, falls in love with a beautiful bay foal. When the horse, now nearly grown, is brought to auction, his father is the top bidder.
Albert is thrilled and names the colt Joey, but his mother is dismayed—her husband's purchase leaves them without enough money to pay the rent. Albert trains Joey to be a plough horse so that he can earn his keep.
But in 1914, when WWI begins, the army is looking for good horses and his father sells Joey without Albert's knowledge. Albert vows to find Joey one day and bring him home.
Joey is bought by a kind officer, but as a war horse, he experiences the horror of battles in France. Though he endures many hardships, his courage touches the soldiers around him.


release date: Friday December 23, 2011
genre: Comedy
running time: 124 min.
director: Cameron Crowe
studio: 20th Century Fox
producer(s): Julie Yorn
screenplay: Aline Brosh McKenna, Cameron Crowe
cast: Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, Patrick Fugit, Elle Fanning, John Michael Higgins
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We Bought A Zoo Movie Synopsis: A single dad (Matt Damon) decides his family needs a fresh start, so he and his two children move to the most unlikely of places: a zoo. With the help of an eclectic staff, and with many misadventures along the way, the family works to return the dilapidated zoo to its former wonder and glory.


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