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Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
by Kam Williams
For movies opening February 6, 2009
BIG BUDGET FILMS
Coraline (PG for mature themes, scary images, suggestive humor and mild epithets) Stop-action, animated fantasy about an 11 year-old girl (Dakota Fanning) who unlocks a secret door in her family’s new home only to discover an eerily similar alternate version of her own life. Voice cast includes Teri Hatcher and John Hodgman as her parents, plus Keith David and Ian McShane.
Fanboys (PG-13 for profanity, drug use, sexuality and crude humor) Road comedy, set in 1998, about four friends (Sam Huntington, Dan Fogler, Jay Baruchel and Kristen Bell) who drive their terminally-ill pal (Chris Marquette) across the country so that he can see a stolen, pre-release copy of The Phantom Menace before he dies. Includes cameos by William Shatner, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Jason Mewes, Will Forte, Kevin Smith and Seth Rogen.
He’s Just Not That into You (PG-13 for sexuality and brief profanity) Battle-of-the-sexes comedy based on the self-help best seller of the same name chronicles the misadventures of a variety of young couples in crisis. Cast includes Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Ben Affleck, Scarlett Johansson, Connelly and Justin Long.
The Pink Panther 2 (PG for suggestive humor, action and mild epithets) Steve Martin reprises the title role as the bumbling Jacques Clouseau for a comic crime caper which has the hapless inspector traversing the globe in search of the international jewel thief who has purloined the priceless Pink Panther diamond. Ensemble cast includes Emily Mortimer, John Cleese, Aishwarya Rai, Jean Reno, Andy Garcia and Alfred Molina.
Push (PG-13 for profanity, teen drinking and intense violence) Sci-fi adventure, set in Hong Kong, about a group of psychic American expatriates who band together to elude the clutches of the top secret U.S. government agency seeking to bring them back to the States to put their powers to work for its own nefarious purposes. Cast includes Djimon Hounsou, Dakota Fanning, Camilla Belle and Chris Evans.
INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS
Free Style (PG for epithets, sensuality and mature themes) Against-the-odds sports drama about a motorcross bike rider (Corbin Bleu) who has to balance his family responsibilities with his quest to win the Amateur National Championship.
Life. Support. Music (Unrated) Medical miracle documentary recounting the road to recovery of guitarist Jason Crigler who suffered a life-threatening brain hemorrhage while performing on stage in Manhattan in 2004, at a time when his wife was pregnant.
Our City Dreams (Unrated) Female empowerment documentary profiles five flourishing New York artists between the ages of 30 and 80 who migrated to the Big Apple from Germany, Belgrade, Cairo, Cleveland and Florida.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
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