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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" rated pg-13
Based on a short story by F Scott Fitzgerald. Born under unusual circumstances, Benjamin Button is old when he is born and reverses his age every year until he is a baby again. Though he has all sorts of unusual adventures over the course of his life, it is his relationship with Daisy that drives Benjamin forward. Stars Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Taraji P. Henson, Julia Ormond, Jared Harris, Tilda Swinton, and Jason Flemying. Written by Eric Roth and Robin Swicord. Directed by David Fincher.
"The Spirit "The Spirit"rated pg-13
Based on the comic book series by Will Eisner. Apparently murdered cop Danny Cold returns as the Spirit, dedicated to protecting Central City from crime. Stars Garbriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson, Sarah Paulson, Eva Mendes, Dan Lauria, Jaime King, and Scarlett Johansson. Written and directed by Frank Miller.
"Bedtime Stories "Bedtime Stories" rated pg.
Hotel handyman Skeeter Bronson gets an unexpected surprise when he discovers that the tall tales he's been telling his neice and nephew are somehow coming true. Stars Adam Sandler, Keri Russell, Guy Pearce, Russell Brand, and Lucy Lawless. Written by Matt Lopez and Tim Herlihy. Directed by Adam Shankman.
Seven Pounds "Seven Pounds"rated pg-13
Ben Thomas, an IRS agent, bears a terrible secret. To find his redemption he sets out to change the lives of seven strangers. Stars Will Smith, Rosario Dawson, Barry Pepper, Woody Harrelson, Michael Ealy, and Elpidia Carrillo. Written by Grant Nieporta and directed by Gabriele Muccino.
Yes Man "Yes Man"rated pg-13
Based on a book by Danny Wallace. A man tries to change his life by saying yes to everything. Stars Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper, Terence Stamp, and Luis Guzman. Written by Nicholas Stoller and Jarrod Paul. Directed by Peyton Reed.
The Tale of Despereau "The Tale of Despereaux"rated g
Based on a book by Kate DiCamillo. Once a thriving place of sunshine and delicious soup, the kingdom of Dor has fallen into sadness. Despereaux must find a knight's brave heart within his tiny body to rescue a friend. Stars Matthew Broderick, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Watson, Tracey Ullman, Kevin Kline, William H. Macy, Stanldy Tucci, Frank Langella, and Christopher Lloyd. Written by Gary Ross. Directed by Rob Stevenhagen and Sam Fell.
The Day the Earth Stood Still "The Day the Earth Stood Still"rated pg-13
Klaatu, an extraterrestrial visitor to planet Earth, becomes the herald of upheaval on a global scale. Dr. Helen Benson and her stepson come to understand the chilling statement the he's a friend to the Earth. Stars Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates, Jaden Smith, John Cleese, and Jon Hamm. Written by David Scarpa and Edmunt H. North. Directed by Scott Derrickson.
Milk "Milk" rated r
Based on the assassination of Harvey Milk in San Francisco in 1979. Milk and his then lover Scott Smith leave New York for San Francisco and become gay rights advocates. He wins a seat on the Board of Supervisors. Stars Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin, James Franco, and Diego Luna. Written by Dustin Lance Black and directed by Gus Van Sant.
Nothing Like the Holidays "Nothing Like the Holidays" rated pg-13
It's Christmas and the Rodriguez family converge on their parent's Chicago home. Lots of strife and drama, especially when mom drops the bomb of divorce on the children. Stars John Leguizamo, Freddy Rodriguez, Elizabeth Pena, Debra Messing, Luis Guzman, and Jay Hernandez. Written by Alison Swan and Rick Nagers. Directed by Alfredo DeVilla.
  "Slumdog Millionaire" rated r
Based on a novel by Vikas Swarup. As 18-year-old Jamal Malik answers questions on the Indian version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," flashbacks reveal how the young criminal has the right answers. Stars Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Madhur Mittal, and Anil Kapoor. Written by Simon Beaufoy. Directed by Danny Boyle and Loveleen Tandan.
  "A Thousand Years of Good Prayers" rated pg
Based on a short story by Yiyun Li. An elderly Chinese and his Americanized daughter have a strained and uncommunicative relationship. Stars Henry O, Faye Yu, Vida Ghahremani, and Pavel Lychnikoff. Written by Yiyin Li and directed by Wayne Wang.
Cadillac Records "Cadillac Records" rated r
In 1947 Chicago, Polish emigre and bar owner Leonard Chess hires a blues combo that includes guitar prodigy Muddy Waters and harmonica player Little Walter. His success leads to a growing stable of musical stars, including Etta James, Howlin' Wolf and Chuck Berry. Stars Adrien Brody, Beyonce Knowles, Jeffrey Wright, Gabrielle Union, Cedric the Entertainer, and Mos Def. Written and directed by Darnel Martin. "Happy-Go-Lucky" rated r. A British schoolteacher fills her life with enthusiasm and compassion. Stars Alexis Zegerman, Andrea Riseborough, Kate O"Flynn, Sally Hawkins, and Sarah Niles. Written and directed by Mike Leigh.
"Nobel Son "Nobel Son" rated r
Soon after his insufferably arrogant father wins the Nobel Prize for chemistry, Barkley is kidnapped by Thaddeus James, a young genius who claims to be Barkley's illigetimate half-brother. Stars Alan Rickman, Bryan Greenberg, Shawn Hatosy, Mary Steenburgen, Ted Danson, Danny DeVito, and Bill Pullman. Written by Jody Savin and Randall Miller. Directed by Randall Miller.
Happy-Go-Lucky "Happy-Go-Lucky" rated r
A British schoolteacher fills her life with enthusiasm and compassion. Stars Alexis Zegerman, Andrea Riseborough, Kate O"Flynn, Sally Hawkins, and Sarah Niles. Written and directed by Mike Leigh.
Four Christmases "Four Christmases" rated pg-13
When their plans for an exotic vacation fall apart, unmarried couple Brad and Kate must spend Christmas Day trudging back and forth to a quartet of dysfunctional family get-togethers. Stars Vince Vaughn, Reese Witherspoon, Jon Voight, Sissy Spacek, Jon Favreau, Mary Steenburgen, Tim McGraw, and Robert Duvall. Written by Matt Allen and Caleb Wilson. Directed by Seth Gordon.
Australia "Australia" rated pg-13
An English aristocrat and a cattleman drive a herd across the landscape to save her ranch from a hostile takeover. Stars Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, David Wenham, Bryan Brown, and Essie Davie. Written by G. Mac Brown, Bax Luhmann, and Catherine Knapman. Directed by Baz Luhmann.
Synecdoche,New York "Synecdoche,New York" rated r
Life is looking pretty bleak for theater director Caden Cotard. His wife and daughter have left him and a strange disease is causing his body to shut down. Caden leaves his home in Synecdoche,New York, and heads to New York City, where he gathers a cast of actors and tells them to live their lives within the constructs of a mock city. Stars Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Samantha Morton, Michelle Williams, Catherine Keener, Emily Watson, Dianne Wiest, Hope Davis, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Written and directed by Charlie Kaufman.
"Quantum of Solace" rated pg-13
Following the betrayal and death of Vesper Lynd, James Bond makes his next mission personal. He must navigate a minefield of danger and treachery to foil Greene's plan. Stars Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylendo, Mathieu Amaric, Judi Dench, and Jesper Christensen. Written by Paul Haggis and Neal Purvis. Directed by Marc Forster.
  "Bolt" rated pg Animated.
The days of canine superstar Bolt are filled with danger and intrigue until the cameras stop rolling, but Bolt doesn't realize that he really doesn't have any superpowers in the real world. Stars John Travolta, Miley Cyrus, Susie Essman, and Mark Walton. Written by Chris Williams and Dan Fogelman. Directed by Chris Williams and Byron Howard.
"Twilight" rated pg-13
Based on the novels by Stephenie Meyer. High-school student Bella Swan, always a bit of a misfit, doesn't expect life to change much when she moves to Washington State from sunny Arizona. Then she meets Edward Cullen, a handsome but mysterious teen whose eyes seem to peer directly into her soul. Edward is a vampire. Stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Billy Burke, Elizabeth Reaser, and Peter Facinelli. Written by Melissa Rosenberg and directed by Catherine Hardwicke. "Happy-Go-Lucky" rated r. A British schoolteacher fills her life with enthusiasm and compassion. Stars Alexis Zegerman, Andrea Riseborough, Kate O"Flynn, Sally Hawkins, and Sarah Niles. Written and directed by Mike Leigh.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" rated pg-13
Based on a novel by John Boyne. During World War II, 8-year-old Bruno and his family leave Berlin to take up residence near the concentration camp where his father has just become commandant. Unhappy and lonely, Bruno wanders out and meets Shumel, a Jewish boy of his age. They become friends. Stars David Thewlis, Vera Farmiga, Rupert Friend, Sheila Hancock, and Asa Betterfield. Written and directed by Mark Herman.
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" rated pg
Alex, Morty and the other zoo animals find a way to escape Madagascar when the penguins reassemble a wrecked airplane. The airplane stays airborne just long enough to make it to Africa. Stars Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, David Schwimmer, Cedric the Entertainer, Alec Baldwin, and Bernie Mac. Written by Etan Cohen. Directed by Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath.
What Just Happened? "What Just Happened?" rated r
Based on a novel by Art Linson. A movie producer tries to engineer a reconciliation with his ex-wife while dealing with a number of problems with his latest projects. Stars Rober DeNiro, Catherine Keener, Sean Penn, John Turturro, Robin Wright Penn, Stanley Tucci, and Bruce Willis. Written by Art Linson and directed by Barry Levinson.
Beverly Hills Chihuahua "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" rated pg
Chloe, a pampered Chihuahua from Beverly Hills, gets in a tough part of Mexico. She is out of her element, until two street dogs come along and save her. Stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Piper Perabo, Drew Barrymore, George Lopez, Andy Garcia, Paul Roddriguez, Cheech Marin, and Edward James Olmos. Written by Jeffrey Bushell and Analisa LaBianco. Directed by Roja Gosnell.
Role Models "Role Models" rated r
After salesmen Danny and Wheeler trash a company truck, the court gives them a choice - jail time or community service in a mentoring program for wayward kids. Written by Paul Rudd and David Wain. Directed by David Wain.
  "Soul Man" rated r
Louis and Floyd used to be one ot the countrys top musical duos, until they broke up. Twenty years later they agree to reunite when their old partner dies. Many old animosities resurface. Stars Samuel L. Jackson, Berie Mac, Sharon Leal, Isaac Hayes, John Legend, and Sean Hayes. Written by Robert Ramsey and Matthew Stone. Directed by Malcolm D. Lee.
Changeling "Changeling" rated r
Based on fact, In L.A. in 1928, a single mother arrives home to find her son gone. Five months later, the polcie bring a boy they say is her son. It is not her son but they won't believe that and she helps expose the corruption in the police department.. Stars Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich, Jeffrey Donovan, Frank Wood, Amy Ryans, and Denis O'hare. Written by J. Michael Straczynski and directed by Clint Eastwood.
Rachel Getting Married "Rachel Getting Married" rated r
Rachel, a former drug addict, returns home for her sisters wedding. She brings with her all the jealousy and troubles of their previous relationship. Stars Anne Hathaway, Debra Winger, Rosemary DeWitt, Bill Irwin, and Anisa George. Written by Jenny Lumet and directed by Jonathan Demme.
The Haunting of Molly Hartley "The Haunting of Molly Hartley"rated pg-13
After surviving a brutal attack by her insane mother, Molly is eager for a new start. On her 18th birthday she learns about her horrifying legacy. Stars Haley Bennett, Chace Crawford, Jake Weber, and Shanna Collins. Written by John Travis and Rebecca Sonnenshine. Directed by Michkey Liddell.
RocknRolla "RocknRolla" rated r
Old school mobster, Lenny Cole, rules London's underworld with an iron fist. Street wise hustler OneTwo tries to play both sides of the fence to get a famous rock star back. Stars Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson, Thandie Newton, Tom Hardy, and Jeremy Piven. Written and directed by Guy Ritchie.
High School Musical 3 "High School Musical 3: Senior Year" rated g
Troy, Gabriella and the rest of the Wildcats plan an elaborate spring musical to express their experiences, hopes and fears for their futures. Stars Zac Efron, Vanessa Anne Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, and Lucas Grabeel. Written by Peter Barsocchini and directed by Kenny Ortega.
Saw V "Saw V" rated r
A new disciple carries on the Jigsaw legacy. Stars Tobin Bell, Scott Patterson, Betsy Russell, and Costas Mandylor. Written by Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunston. Directed by David Hackl.
Max Payne "Max Payne" rated pg-13
Cop Max becomes hell-bent on revenge. Max journeys into a dark underworld to find the truth. Stars Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Beau Bridges, Chris "Ludacria" Bridges, Chris O'Donnell, and Kate Burton. Written by Beau Thorne and Sam Lake. Directed by John Moore.
Pride and Glory "Pride and Glory" rated r
Brothers, from a family of New York cops, find that they are not all on the up and up. One brother must go against the other. Stars Edward Norton, Colin Farrell, John Voight, John Ortiz, Jennifer Ehle, and Rick Gonzalez. Written by John Carnahan and Gavin O'Connor. Directed by Gavin O'Connor.
How to Lose Friends and Alienate People "How to Lose Friends and Alienate People" rated r
Based on a novel by Toby Young. After landing a job at an upscale New york magazine, a British celebrity journalist proceeds to offend bosses and peers. Stars Simon Pegg, Kirsten Dunst, Danny Huston, and Miriam Margolyes. Written by Peter Straughan and directed by Robert Weide.
Quarantine "Quarantine" rated r
Reporter Angela and her cameraman Scott are doing a story on night-shift firefighters for a reality-TV program. Stars Jennifer Carpenter, Steve Harris, Jay Hernandez, and Johnathoon Schaech. Written by John and Drew Dowdle. Directed by John Erick Dowdle.
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist" rated pg-13
Based on a novel by Rachel Cohn. Nick and Norah are teenagers who have nothing in common except a love of the same kind of music. Stars Michael Cera, Kat Dennings, Ari Granor, and Alexis Dziena. Written by Lerene Scaforia and directed by Peter Sollett.
The Secret Life of Bees "The Secret Life of Bees" rated pg-13
Based on a novel by Sue Monk Kidd. Haunted by memories of her late mother, Lily Owens runs away with her friend to the South Carolina town that holds the key to her mother's past. Stars Queen Latifah, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Paul Bettany, and Sophie Okonedo. Written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood.
"Body of Lies" rated r
Based on a novel by David Ignatius. CIA agent Roger Ferris hatches a bold but dangerous plan to capture terrorist Al-Saleem. Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong, Oscar Isaac, and Ali Suliman. Written by William Monahan and directed by Ricley Scott.
Appaloosa "Appaloosa" rated r
Based on a novel by Robert B. Parker. Virgil Cole and his longtime friend Everett Hitch travel the 1880's Southwest, bringing justice to the lawless frontier towns. Stars Ed Harris, Viggo Mortensen, Renee Zellweger, Jeremy Irons, Tom Bower, and James Gammon. Written by Robert Knott and Ed Harris. Directed by Ed Harris.
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