Saturday, April 7, 2012

PREVIEWS - April Movies

Titanic 3D

James Cameron's "Titanic" is an epic, action-packed romance set against the ill-fated maiden voyage of the R.M.S. Titanic; the pride and joy of the White Star Line and, at the time, the largest moving object ever built. She was the most luxurious liner of her era - the "ship of dreams" - which ultimately carried over 1,500 people to their death in the ice cold waters of the North Atlantic in the early hours of April 15, 1912.

Directed by James Cameron, and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Bill Paxton, Frances Fisher and Bernard Hill.

Opens: April 4, 2012 Runtime: 3 hr. 17 min. Genre: Romance, Drama, Adventure Rated: PG-13

American Reunion

The original American Pie cast from the class of 1999 return to East Great Falls for their ten-year high-school reunion and experience a weekend they will never forget. While some couples, like Jim and Michelle, got serious and tied the knot, others, like Oz and Heather, went their separate ways. Meanwhile, Finch still looks back with lust at that perfect evening he spent with Stifler's mom.

Directed by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg; and starring Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, Seann William Scott, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Tara Reid, Shannon Elizabeth, Mena Suvari, Eugene Levy, Jennifer Coolidge, John Cho and Neil Patrick Harris

Opens: April 6, 2012 Runtime: 1 hr. 53 min. Genre: Comedy Rated: R

The Cabin in the Woods

A group of friends head to a cabin in the far reaches of the wilderness for some vacation fun, but they end up getting something completely different. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods.

Directed by Drew Goddard and starring Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Jesse Williams and Fran Kranz.

Opens: April 13, 2012 Runtime: 1 hr. 35 min. Genre: Horror, Thriller Rated: R 


On an orbiting prison 50 miles above the earth where the world's most dangerous criminals are kept asleep, the prisoners are suddenly awakened, causing a panic. Snow, a wrongly-convicted government agent, is offered his freedom if he can rescue the President's daughter from the prison which has been overtaken by its inmates.

Written and directed by James Mather and Stephen St. Leger, and starring Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace, Peter Stormare, Vincent Regan and Lennie James.

Opens: April 13, 2012 Runtime: 1 hr. 35 min. Genre: Action, Thriller, Sci-Fi Rated: PG-13

The Three Stooges

Out to save their childhood home, only The Three Stooges (Moe, Larry, and Curly) inadvertently stumble into an oddball murder plot... while also starring in a phenomenally successful TV reality show. 

Based on the comedy shorts of the same name, The Three Stooges is co-written, produced and directed by the Farrelly brothers, and it stars Chris Diamantopoulos, Sean Hayes, Will Sasso, Jane Lynch, Sofia Vergara and Jennifer Hudson.

Opens: April 13, 2012 Runtime: n/a Genre: Comedy Rated: PG


17-year-old Riley Jones, a clever but cynical social outcast at Grizzly Lake High School, is harboring an unrequited love for ironically named hipster, Clapton Davis who is in turn, head over heels for Ione, a beautiful but self-absorbed cheerleader. All four are waiting out their final year of high school, but it's anyone's guess if they'll ever see graduation, as a serial killer known as Cinderhella is on the loose and preying on Grizzly Lake's student body. The principal is certain Cinderhella is a disgruntled student and figures he can keep the prom from turning into a bloodbath by putting the likely suspects in all-day detention on the day of the big dance. It becomes a race against time to save the world as she knows it.

Directed by Joseph Kahn and starring Shanley Caswell, Josh Hutcherson, Dane Cook and Spencer Locke. 

Opens: April 13, 2012 Runtime: 1 hr. 29 min. Genre: Comedy, Horror Rated: R

The Lucky One

U.S. Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault returns from his third tour of duty in Iraq, with the one thing he credits with keeping him alive - a photograph he found of a woman he doesn't even know. Learning her name is Beth and where she lives, he shows up at her door, and ends up taking a job at her family-run local kennel. Despite her initial mistrust and the complications in her life, a romance develops between them, giving Logan hope that Beth could be much more than his good luck charm.

Based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook, Dear John & The Last Song), directed by Scott Hicks, and starring Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner and Jay R. Ferguson.

Opens: April 20, 2012 Runtime: 1 hr. 41 min. Genre: Drama, Romance Rated: PG-13

Think Like a Man

Four men realize their significant others have been taking relationship tips from Steve Harvey's best-selling book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, when the band of brothers realize they have been betrayed by one of their own, they conspire using the book's insider information to turn the tables and teach the women a lesson of their own.

Based on Steve Harvey's book - Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, directed by Tim Story and starring Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Hart and Taraji P. Henson.

Opens: April 20, 2012 Runtime: 2 hr. 00 min. Genre: Comedy, Romance Rated: PG-13

Darling Companion

Beth saves a bedraggled lost dog from the side of the freeway on a wintry day in Denver. Struggling with her distracted, self-involved husband Joseph and an empty nest at home, Beth forms a special bond with the rescued animal. When Joseph loses the dog after their daughter's wedding at their vacation home in the Rockies, the distraught Beth enlists the help of the few remaining guests and a mysterious young woman in a frantic search. Each member of the search party is affected by the adventure, which takes them in unexpected directions - comic, harrowing, sometimes deeply emotional and ultimately towards love.

Directed by Lawrence Kasdan, and starring Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline, Elisabeth Moss, Richard Jenkins, Sam Shepard and Ayelet Zurer.

Opens: April 20, 2012 Runtime: 1 hr. 43 min. Genre: Comedy, Drama Rated: PG-13

The Five-Year Engagement

Beginning where most romantic comedies end, this film looks at what happens when an engaged couple keeps getting tripped up on the long walk down the aisle.

Directed by Nicholas Stoller and starring Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Alison Brie, Rhys Ifans, Chris Pratt and Kevin Hart.

Opens: April 27, 2012 Runtime: 2 hr. 04 min. Genre: Comedy, Romance Rated: R

Pirates! Band of Misfits

A crew of amateur pirates under the direction of the ambitious but equally novice Pirate Captain try to plunder ships so that the Pirate Captain can accomplish his dream of winning the Pirate of the Year Award And Outsmart his Rivals, Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz. It's a quest that takes our heroes from the shores of exotic Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London. Along the way they battle a diabolical queen and team up with a haplessly smitten young scientist but never lose sight of what a pirate loves best: adventure!

Also know as The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists, it's directed by Peter Lord and Jeff Newitt; and starring Hugh Grant, Salma Hayek, Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Jeremy Piven and Ashley Jensen. 

Opens: April 27, 2012 Runtime: 1 hr. 28 min. Genre: Action, Comedy, Animated Rated: PG

The Raven

When a mother and daughter are found brutally murdered in 19th century Baltimore, Detective Emmett Fields makes a startling discovery: the crime resembles a fictional murder described in gory detail in the local newspaper - part of a collection of stories penned by struggling writer and social pariah Edgar Allan Poe. But even as Poe is questioned by police, another grisly murder occurs, also inspired by a popular Poe story. Realizing a serial killer is on the loose using Poe's writings as the backdrop for his bloody rampage, Fields enlists the author's help in stopping the attacks. But when it appears someone close to Poe may become the murderer's next victim, the stakes become even higher and the inventor of modern detective story calls on his own powers of deduction to try to solve the case before it's too late.

Directed by James McTeigue (V for Vendetta), and starring John Cusack, Alice Eve, Brendan Gleeson, Oliver Jackson Cohen, Luke Evans and Kevin McNally.

Opens: April 27, 2012 Runtime: 1 hr. 43 min. Genre: Thriller Rated: R 


A second-rate cage fighter on the mixed martial arts circuit, Luke Wright lives a numbing life of routine beatings and chump change... until the day he blows a rigged fight. Wanting to make an example of him, the Russian Mafia murders his family and banishes him from his life forever. But when he witnesses a frightened twelve-year-old Chinese girl, Mei, being pursued by the same gangsters who killed his wife, Luke impulsively jumps to action …and straight into the heart of a deadly high-stakes war. Mei, he discovers, is no ordinary girl, but an orphaned math prodigy forced to work for the Triads as a "counter." He discovers she holds in her memory a priceless numerical code that the Triads, the Russian mob and a corrupt faction of the NYPD will kill for. Realizing he's the only person Mei can trust, Luke tears a swath through the city's brutal underworld to save an innocent girl's life... and perhaps even redeem his own.

Directed by Boaz Yakin, and starring Jason Statham, Catherine Chan, Chris Sarandon and Reggie Lee.

Opens: April 27, 2012 Runtime: 1 hr. 35 min. Genre: Action, Thriller Rated: R