Vol. LXII, No. 40
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Appaloosa (R for violence and profanity). Viggo Mortensen and Ed Harris co-star in this Western about a couple of gunslingers hired to rescue a lawless desert town being terrorized by a renegade rancher (Jeremy Irons).
Beverly Hills Chihuahua (PG for mature themes). Animated family comedy from Walt Disney about a pampered pet (Drew Barrymore) on vacation in Mexico City who finds herself separated from her owner and having to rely on the help of a street smart German Shepherd (Andy Garcia) and an amorous pup (George Lopez) to find her way back to California.
Blindness (R for sexuality, nudity, violence, profanity, and rape). Harrowing thriller about the efforts of a sighted woman (Julianne Moore) to help her husband (Mark Ruffalo) and six others survive in the wake of an epidemic of blindness which has suddenly plagued their city. With Danny Glover, Alice Braga, Don McKellar, Sandra Oh, and Gael Garcia Bernal. In English and Japanese with subtitles.
Burn after Reading (R for sexuality, violence, and profanity). Coen Brothers crime caper about a personal trainer (Brad Pitt) and a gym owner (Frances McDormand) who try to blackmail a CIA Agent (John Malkovich) whose computer disk they find. Cast includes George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, J.K. Simmons, Richard Jenkins, and Dermot Mulroney.
Choke (R for nudity, profanity, and graphic sexuality). Offbeat comedy about a sex-addicted con artist (Sam Rockwell) who raises money to pay for his senile mother’s (Anjelica Huston) medical bills by pretending to choke on food at trendy restaurants.
The Duchess (PG-13 for sexuality, nudity, and mature themes). Keira Knightley handles the title role in this costume drama chronicling the life and times of 18th Century British aristocrat, Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, whose unhappy marriage to a flagrant philanderer (Ralph Fiennes) became the subject of public scandal. Cast includes Charlotte Rampling, Dominic Cooper, and Hayley Atwell.
Eagle Eye (PG-13 for profanity, intense violence, and action sequences). Action thriller about a couple of strangers (Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monahan) who find themselves both fugitives on the FBI’s Most Wanted List after being manipulated into becoming members of a terrorist cell planning a political assassination. Cast includes Billy Bob Thornton, Anthony Mackie, and Rosario Dawson.
Elegy (R for nudity, sexuality, and profanity). Romance drama starring Ben Kingsley and Penelope Cruz, based on The Dying Animal, the Philip Roth novella about a freewheeling college professor who initiates an affair with a Cuban student only to find himself uncharacteristically turning into a possessive, jealous stalker. With Patricia Clarkson, Dennis Hopper, and Deborah “Blondie” Harry.
The Family That Preys (PG-13 for mature themes, sexual references, and brief violence). Tyler Perry wrote, directed, and co-stars in this drama cutting across color lines about a friendship between a wealthy white woman (Kathy Bates) and a working-class black woman (Alfre Woodard) which is tested by the revelation of incestuous family secrets involving infidelity, paternity, and unethical business practices. With Sanaa Lathan, Taraji P. Henson, Cole Hauser, Rockmond Dunbar, and Robin Givens.
Flash of Genius (PG-13 for brief profanity). Docudrama based on the real-life dilemma of engineering professor Robert Kearns (Greg Kinnear) who sued the auto industry in the sixties to obtain recognition of his invention of the intermittent windshield wiper. Cast includes Alan Alda and Lauren Graham.
Frozen River (R for profanity). Cross-cultural Christmas tale about a recently abandoned white housewife (Melissa Leo) struggling to support her sons on a Mohawk reservation in upstate New York, who is pressured by a Native American single mother (Misty Upham) to smuggle illegal immigrants across the Canadian border into the United States. Cast includes Michael O’Keefe, Mark Boone, Jr., and Charlie McDermott.
Ghost Town (PG-13 for sexuality, profanity, and drug references). Romantic comedy starring Ricky Gervais as a nerdy dentist with the ability to see dead people who is pressured by a ghost (Greg Kinnear) to help sabotage his widow’s (Téa Leoni) impending marriage.
The House Bunny (PG-13 for profanity, partial nudity, and sex-related humor). Movie about a Playboy bunny (Anna Faris) who is kicked out of the Playboy mansion by Hefner on her 27th birthday because she’s too old who takes a job as a sorority housemother and proceeds to make over some of the homeliest coeds on campus.
How to Lose Friends and Alienate People (R for profanity, graphic nudity, and brief drug use). A comedy, based on Toby Young’s memoir of the same name, about an intellectual British journalist (Simon Pegg) who takes a job at a New York City tabloid magazine that caters to the superficial celebrities he absolutely despises. With Megan Fox, Kirsten Dunst, Gillian Anderson, and Jeff Bridges.
Igor (PG for scary images, mature themes, action, and mild epithets). John Cusack plays the title character in this animated comedy about a hunchbacked lab assistant working for a mad scientist who has dreams of winning first prize in the annual Evil Science Fair. Voice cast includes John Cleese, Jennifer Coolidge, Jay Leno, Steve Buscemi, Arsenio Hall, Molly Shannon, Eddie Izzard, and Sean Hayes.
Lakeview Terrace (PG-13 for sexuality, profanity, mature themes, violence, and drug references). Psychological thriller with Samuel L. Jackson as a Los Aangeles Police Department cop who harasses the newlyweds (Kerry Washington and Patrick Wilson) living next-door because he disapproves of their interracial marriage.
Miracle at St. Anna (R for profanity, graphic war violence, and some nudity and sexual content). Spike Lee directs this World War II flashback movie, adapted by James McBride from his novel of the same name, revolving around the heroic exploits of four black GIs (Derek Luke, Laz Alonso, Michael Ealy, and Omar Benson Miller) separated from their unit while fighting behind enemy lines in Italy in 1944. With John Turturro, Kerry Washington, James Gandolfini, and John Leguizamo.
My Best Friend’s Girl (R for nudity, graphic dialogue, and pervasive profanity and sexuality). Romantic comedy about a just dumped loser (Jason Biggs) who hires his best friend (Dane Cook) to date his ex (Kate Hudson) with the hope that she’ll wise-up and realize what a big mistake she made. Cast includes Alec Baldwin and Lizzy Caplan.
Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist (PG-13 for mature themes, sexuality, teen drinking, profanity, and crude behavior). Romantic comedy about a high school senior (Michael Cera) who asks a college bound coed (Kat Jennings) to be his girlfriend for five minutes in order to make his ex (Alexis Dziena) jealous. Cast includes Jay Baruchel, Frankie Faison, Kevin Corrigan, Aaron Yoo, Rafi Gavron, and John “Harold” Cho.
Nights in Rodanthe (PG-13 for sensuality). Richard Gere and Diane Lane co-star in this romance drama about an unhappily married woman and a physician dealing with an emotional crisis who make the most of a weekend when they meet at a seaside retreat located in a tiny coastal town on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
Righteous Kill (R for violence, sexuality, drug use, and profanity). Robert De Niro and Al Pacino co-star in this thriller about a pair of veteran New York Police Department detectives who postpone their retirement to track down the vigilante serial killer targeting criminals who has never been brought to justice. Cast includes 50 Cent, John Leguizamo, Donnie Wahlberg, Brian Dennehy, Melissa Leo, and Carla Gugino.
Tell No One (Unrated). Crime thriller about a grieving pediatrician (François Cluzet) who suddenly finds himself a suspect in his wife’s (Marie-Josee Croze) murder when the police decide to reopen the case at the same time that he receives an anonymous email warning him to “tell no one” that she’s still alive. In French with subtitles.
Transsiberian (R for violence, torture, and profanity). Crime thriller about an American couple (Woody Harrelson and Emily Mortimer) traveling by train from China to Moscow who become unwittingly involved with Russian cops and mobsters after being befriended by another couple (Eduardo Noriega and Kate Mara) en route. Cast includes Ben Kingsley and Thomas Kretschmann.
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (PG-13 for sexuality, smoking, and mature themes). Woody Allen directs this romantic comedy about two girlfriends (Rebecca Hall and Scarlett Johansson) spending the summer in Spain, who fall in love with the same artist (Javier Bardem), unaware that his unstable ex-wife (Penelope Cruz) is about to reenter the picture. In Catalan, English, and Spanish with subtitles.
The Women (PG-13 for sexuality, profanity, drug use, and smoking). Remake of the 1939 classic based on the Claire Booth Luce play about a New York City socialite (Meg Ryan) whose crumbling marriage becomes the subject of gossip when it comes to light that her husband is cheating on her with a shop girl (Eva Mendes). Cast includes Annette Bening, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and Debra Messing.
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