Vol. LXIV, No. 26
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
The A-Team (PG-13 for profanity, smoking, and pervasive action violence). Screen adaptation of the TV series from the ’80s chronicling the exploits of a squad of former Special Service soldiers determined to clear their names after unfairly being branded as war criminals. With Liam Neeson as Hannibal, Bradley Cooper as Face, Sharlto Copley as Murdock, and Quinton Jackson as B.A. Baracus.
Get Him to the Greek (R for graphic sexuality, pervasive profanity, and drug use). Intercontinental road comedy about the hijinks which ensue when an ambitious intern (Jonah Hill) is assigned to escort an over-imbibing womanizing rock star (Russell Brand) from London to Los Angeles for a comeback concert. Spinoff of Forgetting Sarah Marshall features Rose Byrne and Sean Diddy Combs, with cameos by Christina Aguilera, Pink, Pharrell, Meredith Viera, and Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Unrated). Screen adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s best seller of the same name about a journalist-turned-amateur sleuth (Michael Nyqvist) who, with the help of a rebellious young computer hacker (Noomi Rapace), tries to solve the mysterious disappearance of a teen heiress which occurred forty years earlier. In Swedish with subtitles.
Grown Ups (PG-13 for profanity, nudity, crude humor, and suggestive material). Comedy about five former teammates (Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, David Spade, Kevin James and Rob Schneider) who, in memory of their recently-deceased basketball coach, reunite for the first time in years and run amok over the 4th of July weekend at the same lake house where they celebrated winning a championship as kids. With Maya Rudolph, Salma Hayek, Tim Meadows, Maria Bello, Steve Buscemi, Norm Macdonald, and Gary Busey.
Iron Man 2 (PG-13 for profanity and intense violence). Robert Downey, Jr. reprises his role as the brilliant billionaire inventor with a superhero alter ego. This installment finds him resisting pressure from the government, the press, and the public to share the secrets to his state-of-the-art armor with the U.S. military out of fear that the technology might fall into the wrong hands. Cast includes Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, and Sam Rockwell.
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (R for profanity and sexual humor). Revealing bio-pic chronicling a year in the life of the legendary comedienne/elective plastic surgery devotee. With appearances by daughter Melissa, Don Rickles, and Kathy Griffin.
Jonah Hex (Unrated). Screen adaptation of the DC Comics series about a scarfaced bounty hunter (Josh Brolin) who cuts a deal with the U.S. military to track down his archenemy (John Malkovich), a frightening terrorist threatening to unleash hell. With Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Thomas Lennon, and Aidan Quinn.
The Karate Kid (PG for bullying, violence, and mild epithets). Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan co-star in this remake of the 1984 screen classic about a 12-year-old newcomer to China being bullied at school. The school’s janitor agrees to help him master the martial arts so long as he promises not to question the unorthodox training regimen. With Taraji P. Henson, Tess Liu, and Harry Van Gorkum.
Killers (PG-13 for sexuality, profanity, and violence). Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl co-star in this action comedy about an international spy who retires from the CIA to settle down in suburbia with the girl of his dreams only to discover they’re being trailed by vicious assassins intent on killing them. With Tom Selleck, Martin Mull, Catherine O’Hara, and Saturday Night Live’s Casey Wilson.
Knight and Day (PG-13 for violence and brief profanity). Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz reunite for the first time since Vanilla Sky for this action comedy about a Plain Jane from the Midwest who crosses paths with a dashing international spy only to become embroiled in a globetrotting adventure where they must prevent an invention holding the key to infinite power from falling into the wrong hands. With Maggie Grace, Peter Sarsgaard, Viola Davis, and Paul Dano.
The Last Airbender (Unrated). M. Night Shyamalan directs the first episode in a live-action trilogy based on the popular animated TV show Avatar. First installment in the science fiction fantasy series opens with the world at war and on the brink of destruction and revolves around the attempt of a young boy (Noah Ringer) to restore peace with the help of a couple of friends (Nicola Peltz and Jackson Rathbone) and a flying bison (Dee Bradley Baker). With Dev Patel, Ali Khan and Rohan Shah.
Marmaduke (PG for crude humor and mild epithets). Live action adaptation of the popular comic strip features Owen Wilson as the voice of the clumsy lovable Great Dane. Road comedy revolves around the pet and his owners’ misadventures as the family relocates from Kansas to California. Cast includes William H. Macy, Judy Greer, and Anjelah Johnson, with voiceover work by George Lopez, Marlon Wayans, Sam Elliot, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse.
Micmacs (R for sexuality and violence). Film about a struggling artist (Dany Boon) orphaned as a boy when his father, a soldier, was blown up by a roadside bomb; who hatches a plan with his pals to get even with the arms dealer responsible for manufacturing the explosive device. With Omar Sy, Yolande Moreau, and Nicolas Marie. In French with subtitles.
Mother and Child (R for sexuality, profanity, and brief nudity). Adoption is the central theme of this drama juxtaposing an embittered 50-year-old woman’s (Annette Bening) search for the daughter (Naomi Watts) she gave away at 14 against a barren black woman’s (Kerry Washington) desperate quest for a child of her own. Cast includes Samuel L. Jackson, S. Epatha Merkerson, Amy Brenneman, Tatyana Ali, Carla Gallo, David Morse, Shareeka Epps, Jimmy Smits, Latanya Richardson, Lisa Gay Hamilton and Eileen Ryan.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (PG-13 for intense action sequences). Medieval action fantasy, based on the video game of the same name, about a rogue prince (Jake Gyllenhaal) who reluctantly joins forces with a rival princess (Gemma Atherton) in order to keep an ancient dagger, said to have supernatural powers, from falling into the clutches of a diabolical despot (Ben Kingsley) bent on world domination. With Alfred Molina, Richard Coyle, and Steve Toussaint.
The Secret in Their Eyes (R for profanity, violent images, graphic nudity, and rape). Film set in the ’70s in Buenos Aires, where a federal agent (Ricardo Darin) becomes consumed with cracking the case of a young married woman (Carla Quevodo) who was raped and brutally murdered inside her own home while her husband (Pablo Rago) was at work. In Spanish with subtitles.
Sex and the City 2 (R for profanity and graphic sexuality). Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, and Sarah Jessica Parker return for this sequel which has the decadent New York City quartet reuniting a few years later for an eventful all expenses paid getaway to Abu Dhabi. Cast additions include Miley Cyrus, Penelope Cruz, and Liza Minelli.
Shrek Forever After (PG for crude humor, action, and brief mild epithets). Fourth and final installment in beloved animated series finds the big green ogre (Mike Myers) separated from fair Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) and Far Far Away Land after being duped into signing a pact with the smooth-talking Rumpelstiltskin (Walt Dohrn). Voice cast includes Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, Julie Andrews, John Cleese, Jane Lynch, Meredith Viera, Ryan Seacrest, Larry King, Regis Philbin, and Craig Robinson.
Solitary Man (R for profanity and sexuality). Midlife crisis movie about a once successful Manhattan mogul (Michael Douglas) who lost both his wife (Susan Sarandon) and his car dealership after a series of romantic and business indiscretions. The contrite womanizer has a shot at redemption provided he can control himself when he accompanies his girlfriend’s (Mary-Louise Parker) college-bound daughter (Imgen Poots) on a campus visit to his alma mater. With Danny DeVito, Jesse Eisenberg, and Jenna Fischer.
Toy Story 3 (G). Revival of the animated film series finds Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), and the rest of the gang in a daycare center after being accidentally thrown away by the mother (Laurie Metcalf) of their now college-bound owner, Andy (John Morris). Voice cast includes Joan Cusack, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton, Bonnie Hunt, and Jeff Garlin.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (PG-13 for intense violence and some sensuality). Episode three in the fantasy saga opens with high school graduation fast approaching, and Bella (Kristen Stewart) is forced to choose between her love of a vampire (Edward Pattinson) and her friendship with a werewolf (Taylor Lautner). Meanwhile, the Pacific Northwest again finds itself plagued by a string of mysterious slayings. With Anna Kendrick, Dakota Fanning, and Bryce Dallas Howard.
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