Tuesday, August 14, 2007
In theaters October 12, 2007
Social activism came of age in the 1960s. So did Ben Sweet.
Just as sex, drugs, rock & roll, hippies and Vietnam enters our consciousness, so it does for Ben Sweet (Nick Roth). A conservative, well-brought-up 18-year-old middle class, shy, white boy who enters UC Berkeley in 1968 to study accounting and avoid the draft, Ben gets thrown smack in the middle of a home grown revolution…and a whole new world.
Ben arrives on the charged Berkeley campus naïve about the politics of the world. Through his music and writing, a combination of Hendrix and Clapton, he is slapped with a politically based, knowledge driven and sexually laced awakening, ultimately finding himself. With an ever-increasing defiance, he joins his fellow students in calling for change in both social equality and the war through rallies, protests and song.
This new culture of opposition spreads like wild fire. Nowhere is this political movement as alive and well as on college campuses across the United States and no college campus embodies the political movement and spirit of the counter-culture as at Berkeley.
In theaters November 2, 2007 (NY)
The U.S. military draft is back. You have 30 days to report... Day Zero follows the lives of three best friends in New York City who have 30 days to come to terms with their fate, the draft is back and they've been called to serve. Dixon, Rifkin and Feller, who grew up together, live very different lives in the same city, but their childhood friendship still binds them. Rifkin (Chris Klein) is a married lawyer whose career is on the rise. He's just made partner and is looking for any loop hole to get out of serving. Now is just is not a good time for him. Feller (Elijah Wood) is working on his second novel. The first was a smash success, but his draft notice paralyzes him, causing severe writer's block. Instead he draws up his list of 'Top 10 Things to Do Before I Serve.' Dixon (Jon Bernthal) drives a cab, lives a solitary life and is proud and ready to serve - until he meets someone and finally has something to lose. Over 30 days, they will find their relationships tested as they confront long held beliefs about life, death, courage and love.
Labels: Day Zero
In theaters October 12, 2007
Following the success of his previous films "Diary of a Mad Black Woman," "Madea's Family Reunion" and "Daddy's Little Girls," Tyler Perry returns with his fourth feature film, "Why Did I Get Married?" Stepping in front of the camera for the first time since "Madea's Family Reunion," Perry stars alongside a talented ensemble cast that includes Janet Jackson, Malik Yoba, Jill Scott, Sharon Leal, Tasha Smith, Michael Jai White, Denise Boutte and Lamann Rucker.
A big-screen adaptation of Perry's hit stage play of the same title, "Why Did I Get Married?" is an intimate story about the difficulty of maintaining a solid love relationship in modern times. During a trip to the picturesque snowcapped mountains of Colorado, eight married college friends have gathered for their annual seven-day reunion. But the cozy mood is shattered when the group comes face-to-face with one pair's infidelity. As secrets are revealed, each couple begins questioning the validity of their own marriage. Over the course of the weekend, husbands and wives take a hard look at their lives, wrestling with issues of commitment, betrayal and forgiveness as they seek a way forward.
"Why Did I Get Married?" is written and directed by Tyler Perry, and is produced by Reuben Cannon.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
In theaters September 14, 2007 (limited)
A sweet, hilarious and slightly subversive romantic comedy that examines the issues of marriage, monogamy and whether "I do" is the only path to life-long love and happiness.
Ira Black, is brilliant, neurotic, Jewish and has so many issues he can't fit them into 12 years of analysis. He can't finish his dissertation, he can't commit to his longtime girlfriend, and he's incapable of making a decision, even if it's just what to order at the diner. Abby Willoughby, is a free spirit who's better at solving her friends' problems at the gym than selling memberships. When the two meet, the impossible happens: they fall in love, meet each other's parents and decide to get married, all in a few breathless hours.
And life is good, until Ira finds out that Abby is a divorcee... two times over. Despite even more therapy, Ira can't help but feel that their marriage was built on a lie. They divorce quietly, while cracks grow wider in their parents' marriages. Ira's gorgeous analyst mother Arlene starts a secret liaison with Abby's charming voiceover artist father Michael, while Abby's mother Lynne wonders why she's no longer attractive to her husband and Ira's father Sy pretends not to notice.
Of course, Ira soon realizes he's miserable without Abby. He asks her forgiveness and they marry again, this time making more realistic vows. But Ira's jealousy issues and Abby's free-floating tendencies lead him to reconnect with his ex-girlfriend. When Abby finds out about their parents' infidelities, the three couples converge for a group therapy session with all of their therapists. Ira and Abby ultimately realize that they were meant to be together. But divorced. Because marriage just isn't for them...
Labels: Ira and Abby
In theaters October 5, 2007
It is said that Halloween is the night when the dead rise to walk among us and other unspeakable things roam free. The rituals of All Hallows Eve were devised to protect us from their evil mischief, and one small town is about to be taught a terrifying lesson that some traditions are best not forgotten. Nothing is what it seems when a suburban couple learns the dangers of blowing out a Jack-o-Lantern before midnight; four women cross paths with a costumed stalker at a local festival; a group of pranksters goes too far and discovers the horrifying truth buried in a local legend; and a cantankerous old hermit is visited by a strange trick-or-treater with a few bones to pick. Costumes and candy, ghouls and goblins, monsters and mayhem... the tricks and treats of Halloween turn deadly as strange creatures of every variety—human and otherwise—try to survive the scariest night of the year.
Labels: Trick 'r Treat
Thursday, August 9, 2007
In theaters October 19, 2007
Comic sensations Steve Carell and Dane Cook along with Academy Award winner Juliette Binoche star in this hilarious and touching comedy that centers around what happens when romance and family collide.
Labels: Dan In Real Life