Vol. LXIII, No. 27
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Away We Go (R for profanity and sexuality). Road comedy chronicling the misadventures of an expecting couple (Maya Rudolph and Jon Krasinski) traveling around the country to find the perfect place to put down roots and start a family. Cast includes Maggie Gyllenhaal, Allison Janney, and Catherine O’Hara.
Bruno (R for profanity, sexuality, crude humor, and graphic nudity). Sacha Baron Cohen is back with another shockumentary, this time posing as a flamboyant, gay, Australian fashionista primarily to expose a series of unsuspecting foils as homophobes. With cameo appearances by Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Sting, Elton John, Bono, Slash, Ron Paul, and Paula Abdul.
Cheri (R for sexuality and brief drug use). Stephen Frears directs this drama set in Paris in the 1920s revolving around a spoiled teenager (Rupert Friend) who embarks on a steamy affair with a considerably older, retired courtesan (Michelle Pfeiffer) only to have his mother (Kathy Bates) interfere by arranging his marriage to an heiress (Felicity Jones).
Food, Inc. (PG for mature themes and disturbing images). Consumer advocate documentary exposes how America’s food supply is controlled by a handful of agribusinesses that put profits ahead of health and nutritional concerns.
The Hangover (R for sexuality, nudity, drug and alcohol abuse, and pervasive profanity). “What Happens in Vegas” comedy about three friends (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis) of the groom-to-be (Justin Bartha) who throw a wild bachelor party in a suite at Caesar’s Palace only to have their pal disappear without a trace the day before the wedding. With Heather Graham, Mike Tyson, Jeffrey Tambor and Dr. Ken Jeong.
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (PG for crude humor and scenes of peril). Third installment in the animated series finds woolly mammoth Manny (Ray Romano) and the rest of his prehistoric pals on a mission to rescue Sid the sloth (John Leguizamo) from a mysterious underground world where they have a close encounter with dinosaurs and a one-eyed weasel (Simon Pegg). Voice cast includes Queen Latifah, Denis Leary, Bill Hader, Karen Disher, and Jane Lynch.
I Love You, Beth Cooper (PG-13 for profanity, crude humor, sexuality, violence, drug use, and teen drinking). Romantic comedy about a high school graduate (Paul Rust) who gets the surprise of his life after proclaiming his love for an attractive classmate (Hayden Panettiere) during his valedictory speech when she shows up at his door that very night. Supporting cast includes Lauren London, Maggie Ma and Alan Ruck.
My Sister’s Keeper (PG-13 for profanity, sensuality, mature themes, disturbing images, and underage alcohol consumption). Drama about a girl (Abigail Breslin), conceived as a bone marrow donor for her leukemia-stricken sister (Sofia Vassilieva) who sues her parents (Cameron Diaz and Jason Patric) for medical emancipation when they want a kidney, too. With Alec Baldwin, Joan Cusack, Mary Jo Emily, Deschanel, and Al Quinn.
Night at the Museum II (PG for action, crude humor, and mild epithets). Ben Stiller is back for another round of hijinks with historical figures as the hapless night watchman Larry Daley, with the slapstick taking place this time at the Smithsonian. Star studded cast includes Robin Williams, Amy Adams, Owen Wilson, Bill Hader, Jonah Hill, Hank Azaria, Eugene Levy, Mickey Rooney, Dick Van Dyke, Ricky Gervais, and Thomas Lennon.
The Proposal (PG-13 for profanity, nudity, and sexuality). Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds co-star in this romantic comedy about a high-powered book editor who impulsively pressures her long-suffering assistant into pretending they’re engaged in order to prevent immigration officials from deporting her back to Canada. Supporting cast includes Betty White, Michael Nouri, Mary Steenburgen, and Craig T. Nelson.
Public Enemies (R for profanity and gangland-style slayings). Michael Mann directs this grisly crime saga, set in the thirties, revolving around the efforts of the FBI to bring mobsters John Dillinger (John Depp), Baby Face Nelson (Stephen Graham), and Pretty Boy Floyd (Channing Tatum) to justice. With Christian Bale as the lawman leading the chase, Billy Crudup as J. Edgar Hoover, and Marion Cotillard as the gangsters’ gun moll.
Star Trek (PG-13 for action, violence, and brief sexuality). Eleventh installment of science-fiction series features a prequel plotline chronicling the younger years of Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and crew, and the maiden voyage of the Starship Enterprise. Co-starring Zachary Quinto as Spock, Zoe Saldana as Uhura, John Cho as Sulu, Anton Yelchin as Chekov, Karl Urban as Bones, and Simon Pegg as Scotty.
The Stoning of Soraya M. (R for brutal violence and brief profanity). A film set in Iran in 1986 about an ill-fated mother of four (Mozhan Marno) falsely accused of adultery by her husband so he can marry a much younger woman. With Jim Caviezel as the curious French journalist who cracks the case. In Persian and English with subtitles.
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (R for violence and pervasive profanity). Denzel Washington stars in this remake of the 1974 action thriller as the veteran New York City subway dispatcher who saves the day when a gang threatens to execute the passengers of a hijacked train unless paid a mammoth ransom within an hour. With John Travolta, James Gandolfini, John Turturro and Luis Guzman.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (PG-13 for violence, profanity, crude behavior, sexuality, and brief drug use). Science fiction sequel features Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox who team with the Autobots for another epic battle against the Decepticons, a race of evil robots returning to Earth with revenge in mind. Cast includes John Turturro, Tyrese Gibson, Josh Duhamel, Rainn Wilson, Anthony Anderson, Hugo Weaving, and Isabel Lucas.
Up (PG for peril and action). Family-oriented animated comedy about an adventurous 78-year-old (Edward Asner) who finally pursues his lifelong dream of traveling to the wilds of South America by attaching thousands of balloons to his home, unaware that he’s being accompanied by an 8 year-old stowaway (Jordan Nagai). Voice cast includes Christopher Plummer, Delroy Lindo, and John Ratzenberger.
Whatever Works (PG-13 for nude images, sexual situations, frank dialogue, and mature themes). Woody Allen wrote and directed this romantic comedy about a suicidal, grumpy old genius (Larry David) who gets a new lease on life after falling in love with a young Southern Belle (Evan Rachel Wood). Cast includes Patricia Clarkson, Michael McKean and Ed Begley, Jr.
Year One (PG-13 for crude humor, slapstick violence, brief profanity, and sexuality). Buddy comedy about a couple of cavemen (Jack Black and Michael Cera) who embark on an epic journey around the world during Biblical times after being banished from their primitive homeland. Ensemble includes Bill Hader, Hank Azaria, Oliver Platt, Paul Rudd, Christopher Mintz “McLovin” Plasse, Horatio Sanz, and Vinnie Jones.
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