Sunday, May 2, 2010

PREVIEWS – MAY MOVIES

1. Iron Man 2
Six months after the end of the first movie, Tony Stark has used his Iron Man armor to bring about a negotiated peace treaty between the major super powers of the world, and his immense popularity with the general public is only furthered when he fulfills his father's dream by opening the "Stark Expo", to showcase all the latest inventions that will benefit the world. Stark is, however, still vilified by the United States government, and Senator Stern in particular, who demands that he hand his armor technology over for military application, when Stark refuses the events lead to the rise of Ivan Vanko a.k.a. Whiplash.



Directed by Jon Favreau and starring Robert Downey Jr., Mickey Rourke, Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell and Samuel L. Jackson.

Opens: May 7, 2010 Runtime: 2 hr. 05 min. Rated: PG-13


2. Mother and Child
Three women's lives share a common core: they have all been profoundly affected by adoption. Karen had a baby at 14, gave her up at birth, and has been haunted ever since by the daughter she never knew. Elizabeth grew up as an adopted child; she's a bright and ambitious lawyer, but a flinty loner in her personal life. Lucy is just embarking with her husband on the adoption odyssey, looking for a baby to become their own.



Written and directed by Rodrigo García; it stars Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Shareeka Epps, David Morse and Tatyana Ali.

Opens: May 7, 2010 Runtime: 2 hr. 05 min. Rated: R

3. Just Wright
Leslie Wright, a straight-shooting physical therapist, gets the gig of a lifetime working with NBA All-Star Scott McKnight. All is going well until Leslie finds herself falling for Scott, forcing her to choose between the gig of a lifetime and the tug-of-war inside her heart. Oblivious to her romantic overtures, McKnight is instead drawn to the affections of Leslie's gorgeous childhood friend Morgan, who has her sights set on being an NBA trophy wife. Is Leslie destined to play the role of "best friend" forever or will Scott finally see that what he always wanted is right in front of him?



This Romantic/Comedy stars Queen Latifah, Common, Paula Patton, as well as appearances by Dwight Howard and Dwayne Wade.

Opens: May 14, 2010 Runtime: n/a Rated: PG

4. Letters to Juliet
When Sophie travels to the city of Verona, Italy, home of the star-crossed lover Juliet Capulet of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, she finds one of thousands of unanswered letters (dated 1951) to Juliet left at the fictional lover's Verona courtyard. She inspires its author, Claire to search for her long-lost love which sets off a chain of events that will bring a love into both their lives unlike anything they have ever imagined.



This Romantic/Drama was directed by Gary Winick, and starring Amanda Seyfried, Chris Egan and Vanessa Redgrave.

Opens: May 14, 2010 Runtime: n/a Rated: PG


5. Robin Hood
It is late 12th century England and Sir Robin Longstride, Earl of Huntington, has returned to his northern English village after fighting in the Third Crusade. Upon arrival, the nobleman and his servant discover the oppression caused by the new Sheriff of Nottingham. Sir Robin frees his home village from tyranny and corruption in England, restoring peace and justice to England. Robin must also win the affection of the recently widowed Lady Marian while leading his Merry Men of Sherwood Forest.



From the director of Gladiator, Hannibal and American Gangster, Ridley Scott; and starring Oscar winning duo, Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett, also starring are Matthew Macfadyen, Mark Strong and Oscar Isaac.

Opens: May 14, 2010 Runtime: 2 hr. 21 min. Rated: PG-13

6. Shrek Forever After
A.k.a. Shrek: The Final Chapter in 3D follows Shrek whom has suddenly become a domesticated family ogre, leaving him longing for the days he felt like “real ogre”. Shrek is tricked into signing a pact with the smooth-talking deal maker Rumpelstiltskin, leaving Shrek stuck in a twisted alternate version of Far Far Away, where ogres are hunted to near extinction, Rumpelstiltskin is now king, Donkey is an intellectual who has never met Shrek, Gingy is a gladiator fighting animal crackers, Puss in Boots is fat and lazy- and Fiona is inexplicably a hunted ogre who never met (and can't stand) Shrek and is the leader of a band of other hunted ogres. And Artie has been forced to step down as ruler of Far Far Away. Now Shrek must race against time to undo the pact.



Directed by Mike Mitchell, starring Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Walt Dohrn, Julie Andrews, Justin Timberlake, Amy Poehler, Jon Hamm, Bill Cosby, John Krasinski, Kathy Griffin, Regis Philbin, Larry King and Ryan Seacrest.

Opens: May 21, 2010 Runtime: n/a Rated: PG

7. Solitary Man
A once successful Manhattan mogul who owned a chain of car dealerships finds himself on the brink of a fantastic comeback. His marriage and businesses were lost to him through a series of indiscretions of romantic and financial natures. His new girlfriend has a father that is offering him a second lease on life, but the one catch is he has to take his girlfriend's daughter on a weekend college visit where he absolutely must behave himself or lose everything.



Directed by Brian Koppelman, and starring Michael Douglas, Susan Sarandon, Danny Devito, Jesse Eisenberg, Mary Louise Parker and Jenna Fisher.

Opens: May 21, 2010 Runtime: 1 hr. 30 min. Rated: R

8. Sex and the City 2
Sequel to the 2008 hit Sex and the City, which is based on the HBO TV series of the same name, continues the story of Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha as they struggle to manage their love lives, friendships and careers in New York City.



Directed by Michael Patrick King, it stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davies, Cynthia Nixon, Chris Noth, Penelope Cruz; including cameos by Mariah Carey, Liza Minnelli, Miley Cyrus and Heidi Klum.

Opens: May 27, 2010 Runtime: n/a Rated: R

9. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Based on the video game of the same name, The Sands of Time is set in the 9th century medieval Persia, Dastan is a street urchin, after showing valor in battle, he is adopted by the king as his heir, so the king's two sons will not fight over the throne. He teams up with Princess Tamina to rescue the Sands of Time, a gift from the gods that controls time, from the hands of the villainous nobleman, Nizam who could unleash a sandstorm that could destroy all mankind.



Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Mike Newell; it stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley and Alfred Molina.

Opens: May 28, 2010 Runtime: n/a Rated: n/a