Monday, March 7, 2011

PREVIEWS – MOVIES

1. The Adjustment Bureau
On the brink of winning a seat in the U.S. Senate, ambitious politician David Norris meets beautiful contemporary ballet dancer Elise Sellas - a woman like none he's ever known. But just as he realizes he's falling for her, mysterious men conspire to keep the two apart. David learns he is up against the agents of Fate itself - the men of The Adjustment Bureau - who will do everything in their considerable power to prevent David and Elise from being together. In the face of overwhelming odds, he must either let her go and accept a predetermined path... or risk everything to defy Fate and be with her.


Based on a short story by Philip K. Dick, “The Adjustment Bureau” is directed by George Nolfi and it stars Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Anthony Mackie and John Slattery.

Opens: March 4, 2011 Runtime: 1 hr. 39 min. Genre: Romance, Thriller Rated: PG - 13


2. Beastly 


A curse transforms a handsome and arrogant young man into everything he detests in this contemporary retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Wealthy Kyle Kingson has everything a teenager could want in life, but he still gets off on humiliating the weaker and less attractive. When Kyle invites his misfit classmate Kendra to an environmental rally at their school, she questions his motivations but reluctantly accepts. Later, Kyle blows Kendra off, prompting the spurned goth girl to cast a dark spell on the swaggering egotist. The spell causes Kyle to transform into an unsightly creature that strikes fear into the heart of everyone he meets, and the only way to reverse it is for him to find someone who can love him for who he is on the inside.

Directed by Daniel Barnz, “Beastly” stars Vanessa Hudgens, Alex Pettyfer, Mary Kate Olsen, and Neil Patrick Harris.

Opens: March 4, 2011 Runtime: 1 hr. 35 min. Genre: Comedy Rated: PG - 13

3. Rango
Rango is a chameleon who lives in a terrarium and constantly seeks to fit in with his surroundings. He finds himself removed from his contemporary American southwest surroundings and ends up in an Old West town in the middle of the Mojave Desert called Dirt, which is populated by various desert critters garbed like characters out of Western fiction. Thinking himself a hero, Rango establishes himself as the town's Sheriff, not knowing that people who have held that title do not fare very well in Dirt. In "an existential crisis", Rango comes to question everything about himself.


Directed by Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean), and starring Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Bill Nighy, Abigail Breslin, Alfred Molina and Timothy Oliphant.

Opens: March 4, 2011 Runtime: 1 hr. 47 min. Genre: Action, Comedy Rated: PG

4. Take Me Home Tonight
Set in 1988, the film follows the adventures of MIT graduate Matt Franklin, his twin sister Wendy, and his best friend Barry Nathan as they try to figure out what to do with their lives. Matt also pursues his dream girl Tori Fredreking at a wild Labor Day party by telling her that he works for Goldman Sachs; in reality, he works at Suncoast Video. Matt embarks on a once-in-a-lifetime evening. From stealing a car to a marriage proposal to an indescribable, no-holds-barred dance-off, these friends share experiences that will change the course of their lives.

Directed by Michael Dowse, and starring Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Teresa Palmer, Dan Fogler and Michelle Trachtenberg.

Opens: March 4, 2011 Runtime: 1 hr. 54 min. Genre: Comedy Rated: R

5. Battle: Los Angeles 

 
For years, there have been documented cases of UFO sightings around the world - Buenos Aires, Seoul, France, Germany, and China. But in 2011, what were once just sightings will become a terrifying reality when Earth is attacked by unknown forces. As people everywhere watch the world's great cities fall, Los Angeles becomes the last stand for mankind in a battle no one expected. It's up to a Marine Staff Sergeant and his new platoon to draw a line in the sand as they take on an enemy unlike any they've ever encountered before.

Directed by Jonathan Liebesman, “Battle: Los Angeles” stars Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Michael Peña, Ne-Yo, and Bridget Moynahan.

Opens: March 11, 2011 Runtime: 1 hr. 56 min. Genre: Action/Adventure Rated: PG - 13

6. Mars Needs Moms
Nine-year-old Milo finds out just how much he needs his mom when she's nabbed by Martians who plan to steal her mom-ness for their own young. Milo embarks on a quest to save his mom - a wild adventure that involves stowing away on a spaceship, navigating an elaborate, multi-level planet and taking on the alien nation and their leader. With the help of a tech-savvy, underground earthman named Gribble and a rebel Martian girl called Ki, Milo just might find his way back to his mom - in more ways than one.

Directed by Simon Wells, and starring Seth Green, Joan Cusack, Dan Fogler and Elisabeth Harnois.

Opens: March 11, 2011 Runtime: n/a Genre: Adventure, Comedy Rated: PG

7. Red Riding Hood
A Gothic imagining of the classic fairy tale in which a young woman is confronted by a werewolf, this time with a teenage love triangle at its center. Valerie is a girl on the brink of womanhood, and is so preoccupied with her love and lust for an orphaned woodcutter that she risks leaving herself vulnerable - both literally and figuratively. Meanwhile, the townspeople hire a werewolf hunter to track down the monster and kill it before it wrecks more bloody havoc. But as suspicions brew, the people of the once peaceful town begin to turn on each other, letting the innocence of their once happy community fall further and further into the past.


From a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson (Orphan), Produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and Directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight); and starring Amanda Seyfried, Virginia Madsen, Billy Burke and Gary Oldman.

Opens: March 11, 2011 Runtime: n/a Genre: Horror Rated: PG - 13

8. Limitless
Eddie Morra is an unemployed writer whose girlfriend Lindy breaks up with him. Eddie believes he has no future, but when a friend introduces him to the experimental drug NZT, Eddie becomes highly focused and highly confident. He is able to recall everything he has read, heard, or seen, and he uses the knowledge to become successful in the financial world. Business mogul Carl Van Loon sees Eddie as a potential tool to make money, but Eddie's success also attracts hitmen who pursue him for the NZT. Eddie's stash dwindles, causing him side effects, as he tries to escape being assassinated.


Based on the novel “The Dark Fields” by Alan Glynn and directed by Neil Burger, “Limitless” stars Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish and Robert De Niro.

Opens: March 18, 2011 Runtime: n/a Genre: Thriller, Suspense Rated: PG - 13

9. The Lincoln Lawyer


Mickey Haller is a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who operates out of the back of his Lincoln sedan. Haller has spent most of his career defending garden-variety criminals, until he lands the case of his career: Louis Roulet, a Beverly Hills playboy and son of a major businessman who is accused of rape and attempted murder. But the seemingly straightforward case suddenly develops into a deadly game of survival for Haller.

Adapted from a novel of the same name by Michael Connelly, “The Lincoln Lawyer” is directed by Brad Furman, and it stars Matthew McConaughey, Ryan Phillipe, Marisa Tomei, William H. Macy and Michael Peña.

Opens: March 18, 2011 Runtime: n/a Genre: Drama Rated: R

10. Paul
For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul has been hanging out at a top-secret military base. For reasons unknown, the space-travelling smart ass decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town -- a rented RV containing Earthlings Graeme Willy and Clive Gollings. Chased by federal agents and the fanatical father of a young woman that they accidentally kidnap, Graeme and Clive hatch a fumbling escape plan to return Paul to his mother ship. And as two nerds struggle to help, one little green man might just take his fellow outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes.


Directed by Greg Mottola, “Paul” stars Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen, Jason Bateman and Kristen Wiig.

Opens: March 18, 2011 Runtime: 1 hr. 44 min. Genre: Comedy, Sci Fi Rated: R

11. Sucker Punch
Set in the 1950s in the vivid imagination of a young girl placed at a mental institution by her step-father some time after her mother died, with only her dreams providing the ultimate escape from her darker reality. Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, she is free to go where her mind takes her, and her incredible adventures blur the lines between what's real and what is imaginary. She has been locked away against her will, but Babydoll has not lost her will to survive. Determined to fight for her freedom, she urges four other young girls - the outspoken Rocket, the street-smart Blondie, the fiercely loyal Amber and the reluctant Sweet Pea - to band together and try to escape their terrible fate at the hands of their captors, Blue, Madam Gorski and the High Roller.


Directed by Zach Snyder (300, Watchmen), “Sucker Punch” stars Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens and Jamie Chung.

Opens: March 25, 2011 Runtime: n/a Genre: Action, Fantasy Rated: PG - 13