300 (R for sexuality, nudity, and graphic battle sequences). Ancient Historical epic, set in Greece in 480 BC, recounts the Battle of Thermopylae where the King of Sparta (Gerard Butler) defends the country by leading his badly outnumbered army of just 300 soldiers in a suicide mission against a horde of over 100,000 Persian invaders.
Amazing Grace (PG for mature themes and mild epithets). Ioan Gruffudd stars in this biography of William Wilberforce (1759-1833), the British abolitionist who spearheaded a 20-year campaign pressuring Parliament to ban the slave trade. Costume drama directed by Michael Apted features stellar cast which includes Albert Finney, Rufus Sewell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Youssou N'Dour, Romola Garai and Michael Gambon.
Breach (PG-13 for sexuality, profanity and violence). Espionage thriller based on the real-life case of Robert Hanssen (Chris Cooper), a trusted FBI Agent who betrayed the Bureau by selling some of his country's top intelligence secrets to the KGB until finally being caught after 15 years. Cast includes Laura Linney, Dennis Haysbert, Ryan Phillippe, Kathleen Quinlan, Bruce Davison and Gary Cole.
Bridge to Terabithia (PG for peril, bullying, mature themes, and mild epithets). Disney family fantasy about a couple of unpopular, but fleet of foot, fifth-graders (Josh Hutcherson and Anna Sophia Robb) whose lives change forever when they discover a magical kingdom in the forest which they can escape to, and reign together as king and queen. With Zooey Deschanel and Robert Patrick.
Dead Silence (R for gruesome violence). Horror flick about a grieving widower (Ryan Kwanten) intent on unraveling the mystery surrounding the grisly murder of his newlywed wife (Laura Regan).
Ghost Rider (PG-13 for horror violence and disturbing images). Nicolas Cage handles the title role in this special effects thriller based on the motorcycle-riding Marvel Comics vigilante who sold his soul to the devil (Peter Fonda) in order to save the life of his girlfriend (Eva Mendes). With Donal Logue, Wes Bentley, and Sam Elliott.
The Hills Have Eyes 2 (R for horror fare). High attrition-rate scream sequel, set in the desert, revolves around a squad of National Guard trainees that finds itself battling a horde of hungry, mutant cannibals.
The Last Mimzy (PG for peril, mature themes, and some salty language). Sci-fi fantasy about a couple of young siblings (Chris ONeil and Rhiannon Leigh Wryn) who discover a magical box containing mysterious toys with the power to turn the two into geniuses. Cast includes Michael Clarke Duncan, Timothy Hutton and Joely Richardson.
The Last King of Scotland (R for sex, expletives, graphic violence and gruesome images). Forest Whitaker stars in his Oscar-winning role as Idi Amin in this docudrama revisiting the mercurial Ugandan dictator's reign of terror during the Seventies. Cast includes James McAvoy, Kerry Washington, Gillian Anderson and Colin McBurney.
The Lives of Others (R for nudity and sexuality). Academy Award-Winning Best Foreign Language Film revisits repression behind the Iron Curtain during the Eighties at a time when the East German government employed an intimidating system of surveillance to keep the populace in line. (In German with subtitles)
Music and Lyrics (PG-13 for sexuality). Romantic comedy about a washed-up pop icon (Hugh Grant) who gets a chance at a comeback when the latest singing sensation (Haley Bennett) wants him to write a song and record it as a duet with her. Fortunately, for the fading star who can't write lyrics, sparks start to fly with the woman from his plant watering service (Drew Barrymore), since she just happens to have a way with words.
Nomad (R for violence). Epic costume drama, set in 18th Century Kazakhstan, relates the efforts of a young warrior (Jay Hernandez) to unite a number of neighboring nomadic tribes into one country. (In Kazakh with subtitles)
Norbit (PG-13 for nudity, sexuality, profanity, and crude humor). Eddie Murphy handles a trio of roles in this romantic comedy about an orphan abandoned as a baby on the steps of a Chinese restaurant who is eventually forced to marry an obese junk food junkie instead of his childhood sweetheart (Thandie Newton). With Eddie Griffin, Terry Crews, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Katt Williams and Marlon Wayans.
The Number 23 (R for sexuality, profanity, violence, and disturbing images). Joel Schumacher directs Jim Carrey in this coincidence driven psychological thriller about a dog catcher whose life starts to unravel after his wife (Virginia Madsen) gives him a book for his birthday which he's convinced is forecasting his impending demise.
Pan's Labyrinth (R for profanity and graphic violence). Guillermo del Toro wrote and directs this fanciful fairy tale, set in Spain in the wake of World War II, about a lonely child (Ivana Baquero) who deals with the harsh realities of life under the repressive regime of Franco by escaping into an imaginary world of her own creation. (In Spanish with subtitles)
Premonition (PG-13 for mature themes, disturbing images, brief profanity, and violence). Psychological thriller about a housewife (Sandra Bullock) who comes to question reality when her husband (Julian McMahon) dies in a car accident only to reappear alive and well the next day. Cast includes Nia Long and Amber Valletta.
Pride (PG for mature themes, racial epithets, mild profanity, and violence). Terrence Howard stars in this inspirational bio-pic based on the exploits of Jim Ellis, a real-life role model who founded Phillyís first African-American swim team in a disadvantaged neighborhood back in the Seventies. Cast includes Bernie Mac, Kimberly Elise, Tom Arnold and Evan Ross, Dianaís son.
Reign over Me (R for profanity and sexual references). Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle co-star in this bittersweet buddy drama about former college roommates who rekindle their friendship after one of them loses his family in the 9-11 attacks. With Jada Pinkett Smith, Liv Tyler, Donald Sutherland and Robert Klein.
Shooter (R for profanity and graphic violence). Mark Wahlberg takes the title role in this political potboiler based on Point of Impact, the best seller by Stephen Hunter about an Army sniper who is coaxed out of retirement by his former superior (Danny Glover) to protect the President only to end up the subject of a nationwide manhunt as the prime suspect in an assassination attempt.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (PG for animated action violence, scary images, and mild epithets). The swashbuckling, shelled samurai and their wise sensei return for another animated kiddie adventure, this revolving around the diabolical plot of a madman (Patrick Stewart) to unleash an army of ancient monsters.
I Think I Love My Wife (R for sexuality and pervasive profanity). Chris Rock wrote, directed and stars in this romantic comedy as a businessman daydreaming about cheating on his wife (Gina Torres) who suddenly gets his chance when a stunning seductress (Kerry Washington) shows up at his office.
Venus (R for sex, expletives, and brief nudity). February-December romance drama about a couple of washed-up actors still on stage during their decidedly unglamorous golden years whose lives are turned upside down when one (Peter O'Toole) of them falls head over heels for the other's (Leslie Phillips) teenage grand-niece (Jodie Whittaker).
Wild Hogs (PG-13 for violence, crude sexuality, and coarse humor). Road trip buddy-flick about a quartet of middle-aged couch potatoes (Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence, John Travolta and William H. Macy) who hop on their motorcycles to escape suburbia, and the stress of their jobs and family responsibilities only to encounter more than they bargained for when they cross paths with a gang of ready-to-rumble bikers. With Ray Liotta, Marisa Tomei, Peter Fonda, Tichina Arnold, and Sam and Margaret Travolta.
Zodiac (R for profanity, drug use, sexuality, and graphic violence). Psychological crime saga, based on the real-life exploits of the notorious serial killer who taunted the cops while terrorizing the City of San Francisco in the Sixties and Seventies. Cast includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey, Jr., Anthony Edwards, Brian Cox, Donal Logue and Chloe Sevigny.
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