My Movie Recommendations for 1st Quarter of 2011…

Season of the Witch

Raise Some Hell.

In Movie Theaters: January 7, 2011

Directed by: Dominic Sena

Starring:
Nicolas Cage
Ron Perlman
Robbie Sheehan
Claire Foy
Stephen Campbell Moore
Stephen Graham

Synopsis: Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman star in this supernatural action adventure about a heroic Crusader and his closest friend who return home after decades of fierce fighting, only to find their world destroyed by the Plague. The church elders, convinced that a girl accused of being a witch is responsible for the devastation, command the two to transport the strange girl to a remote monastery where monks will perform an ancient ritual to rid the land of her curse. They embark on a journey that will test their strength and courage as they discover the girl’s dark secret and find themselves battling a powerful force that will determine the fate of the world.


The Green Hornet

Breaking The Law To Protect It

In Movie Theaters: January 14, 2011

Directed by: Michel Gondry
Starring:
Seth Rogen
Michael Pena
Adam Sandler
Cameron Diaz
Kwon Sang-Woo
Jay Chou

Synopsis: Britt Reid (Seth Rogen), son and heir to Los Angeles’ largest newspaper fortune, is a rich, spoiled playboy who has been happy to maintain a direction-less existence. When his father James Reid (Tom Wilkinson) dies, Britt meets an impressive and resourceful company employee, Kato (Jay Chou). They realize that they have the resources to do something worthwhile with their lives and finally step out of James Reid’s shadow. Kato builds the ultimate weapon, The Black Beauty, an indestructible car with every weapon imaginable and Britt decides that in order to be heroes, they will pose as villains. With the help of Britts new secretary, Lenore Case (Cameron Diaz), they learn that the chief criminal in the city is named Benjamin Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz). He has united all the gangs under his power, and he quickly sees that the Green Hornet is a direct threat to the prosperous criminal underworld he controls.

The Mechanic

Someone Has To Fix The Problems.

In Movie Theaters: January 28, 2011

Directed by: Simon West

Starring:
Jason Statham
Ben Foster
Donald Sutherland
Christa Campbell
Jeff Chase
Beau Brasso

Synopsis: Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) is a well-paid assassin who executes people at the request of the American government. But after assassinating a former close associate, Bishop does something that’s unprofessional and out of control: he takes on a apprentice (Ben Foster), the son of the man he just killed.

No Strings Attached

Friendship has its benefits.

In Movie Theaters: January 21, 2011

Directed by: Ivan Reitman

Starring:
Natalie Portman
Ashton Kutcher
Ben Lawson
Greta Gerwig
Kevin Kline
Ophelia Lovibond

Synopsis: A guy and a girl struggle to have an exclusively sexual relationship as they both come to realize they want much more.

The Rite

You Can Only Defeat It When You Believe.

In Movie Theaters: January 28, 2011

Directed by: Mikael Hafstrom
Starring:
Anthony Hopkins

Colin O’Donoghue
Alice Braga

Synopsis: Follows skeptical seminary student Michael Kovak (Colin O’Donoghue), who reluctantly attends exorcism school at the Vatican. While he’s in Rome, Michael meets an unorthodox priest, Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins), who introduces him to the darker side of his faith, uncovering the devil’s reach even to one of the holiest places on Earth.

The Roommate

2,000 Colleges. 8 Million Roommates. Which One Will You Get?

In Movie Theaters: February 4, 2011

Directed by: Christian E. Christiansen
Starring:
Frances Fisher
Cam Gigandet
Leighton Meester
Minka Kelly
Aly Michalka
Matt Lanter

Synopsis: A psychological thriller about a deranged college freshman (Leighton Meester) who becomes obsessed with her new roommate (Minka Kelly).

Sanctum

The Only Way Out Is Down

In Movie Theaters: February 4, 2011

Directed by: Alister Grierson
Starring:
Richard Roxburgh
Rhys Wakefield
Alice Parkinson
Dan Wyllie
Christopher Baker
Ioan Gruffudd

Synopsis: Follows a team of underwater cave divers on a treacherous expedition to the largest, most beautiful and least accessible cave system on Earth.

Master diver Frank McGuire (Richard Roxburgh) has explored the South Pacific’s Esa-ala Caves for months. But when his exit is cut off in a flash flood, Frank’s team—including 17-year-old son Josh (Rhys Wakefield) and financier Carl Hurley (Ioan Gruffudd)—are forced to radically alter plans. With dwindling supplies, the crew must navigate an underwater labyrinth to make it out.

Gnomeo and Juliet

The greatest love story ever told, starring…garden gnomes?

In Movie Theaters: February 11, 2011

Directed by: Kelly Asbury
Starring:
James McAvoy … Gnomeo (voice)
Emily Blunt … Juliet (voice)
Michael Caine
Maggie Smith
Patrick Stewart

Synopsis: An animated adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic tale set in the world of tacky garden gnomes.

Additional Notes: Showcasing both classic and original songs by Elton John. The first G-rated movie that Disney will release under the Touchstone Pictures label, typically reserved for more adult fare.

The Eagle

In Movie Theaters: February 11, 2011

Directed by: Kevin Macdonald

Starring:
Jamie Bell … Esca
Channing Tatum … Marcus Aquila
Mark Strong
Donald Sutherland
Paul Ritter

Synopsis: In 140 AD, twenty years after the unexplained disappearance of the entire Ninth Legion in the mountains of Scotland, young centurion Marcus Aquila (Tatum) arrives from Rome to solve the mystery and restore the reputation of his father, the commander of the Ninth. Accompanied only by his British slave Esca (Bell), Marcus sets out across Hadrian’s Wall into the uncharted highlands of Caledonia – to confront its savage tribes, make peace with his father’s memory, and retrieve the lost legion’s golden emblem, the Eagle of the Ninth.

Just Go With It

Sometimes a guy’s best wingman… is a wingwoman.

In Movie Theaters: February 11, 2011

Directed by: Dennis Dugan
Starring:
Jennifer Aniston

Adam Sandler

Nicole Kidman
Bailee Madison
Dave Matthews
Brooklyn Decker

Synopsis: After spending years using a fake marriage to help score with the ladies, commitment phobe, Patrick (Adam Sandler), finally meets the girl of his dreams. But, when his dream girl finds the ring in his pocket and notices the tan line on his finger, she demands to get the soon-to-be ex-wife’s permission before moving forward in the relationship. Patrick must find a good female friend to play the role of his wife and who knows him better than his own office assistant, Katherine (Jennifer Aniston).

I Am Number Four

In Movie Theaters: February 18, 2011

Directed by: D.J. Caruso
Starring:
Alex Pettyfer

Teresa Palmer
Dianna Agron
Kevin Durand
Timothy Olyphant
Jake Abel

Synopsis: Storyline revolves around a group of nine Earthbound aliens who escaped their planet just before it was destroyed by a rival species. The group hide out on Earth, disguised as teenagers. The title character (Alex Pettyfer) soon discovers, however, that he is still being hunted by the enemy.

Unknown

Take Back Your Life.

In Movie Theaters: February 18, 2011

Directed by: Juame Collet-Serra
Starring:
Liam Neeson … Dr. Martin Harris
January Jones
Diane Kruger … Gina
Frank Langella
Aidan Quinn
Bruno Ganz

Synopsis: Dr. Martin Harris (Liam Neeson) awakens after a car accident in Berlin to discover that his wife (January Jones) suddenly doesn’t recognize him and another man (Aidan Quinn) has assumed his identity. Ignored by disbelieving authorities and hunted by mysterious assassins, he finds himself alone, tired and on the run. Aided by an unlikely ally (Diane Kruger), Martin plunges headlong into a deadly mystery that will force him to question his sanity, his identity, and just how far he’s willing to go to uncover the truth.

Shelter

In Movie Theaters: February 25, 2011

Directed by: Måns Mårlind

Björn Stein

Starring:
Julianne Moore
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Jeffrey DeMunn
Frances Conroy

Synopsis: A female forensic psychiatrist discovers that all of one of her patient’s multiple personalities are murder victims. She will have to find out what’s happening before her time is finished.

Rango

In Movie Theaters: March 4, 2011

Directed by: Gore Verbinski
Starring:
Johnny Depp
Abigail Breslin
Isla Fisher
Ian Abercrombie
Hemky Madera
Alfred Molina

Synopsis: The story of a chameleon with an identity crisis.

Beastly

Love is Never Ugly.

In Movie Theaters: March 18, 2011

Directed by: Daniel Barnz
Starring:
Vanessa Hudgens
Mary Kate Olsen
Neil Patrick Harris
Alex Pettyfer
LisaGay Hamilton Peter Krause

Synopsis: Kyle Kingson (Alex Pettyfer) has it all – looks, intelligence, wealth and opportunity – and a wicked cruel streak. Prone to mocking and humiliating “aggressively unattractive” classmates, he zeroes in on Goth classmate Kendra, inviting her to the school’s extravagant environmental bash. Kendra accepts, and, true to form, Kyle blows her off in a particularly savage fashion. She retaliates by casting a spell that physically transforms him into everything he despises. Enraged by his horrible and unrecognizable appearance he confronts Kendra and learns that the only solution to the curse is to find someone that will love him as he is – a task he considers impossible.

Repulsed by his appearance, Kyle’s callous father banishes him to Brooklyn with a sympathetic housekeeper and blind tutor. As Kyle ponders how to overcome the curse and get his old life back, he chances upon a drug addict in the act of killing a threatening dealer. Seizing the opportunity, Kyle promises the addict freedom and safety for his daughter, Lindy (Vanessa Hudgens) if she will consent to live in Kyle’s Brooklyn home. Thus begins Kyle’s journey to discover true love in this hyper-modern retelling of the classic “Beauty and the Beast” story.

Cracks

In Movie Theaters: March 18, 2011

Directed by: Jordan Scott
Starring:
Eva Green
Juno Temple
Imogen Poots
Maria Valverde

Synopsis: “Cracks” follows an elite group of boarding school girls who compete for the attention of their free-thinking and glamorous young teacher Miss G (Green). She encourages them to indulge their desires, flout the establishment and – suggesting a world of adventures in her own past – pursue a life of independence and travel. The girls are thrilled to have such an inspiring teacher, but the status quo is threatened when the arrival of an exotic and beautiful Spanish student (Maria Valverde) disturbs the girl’s rigid and remorseless power structure. Favored girl Di Radfield (Juno Temple) feels especially threatened and, as Ms G’s hold over the girls progresses from emancipation to obsession, there are tragic consequences for everyone.

The Lincoln Lawyer

In Movie Theaters: March 18, 2011

Directed by: Brad Furman
Starring:
Matthew McConaughey
Marisa Tomei
Ryan Phillippe
William H. Macy
Michael Pena
Trace Adkins

Synopsis: Mickey Haller (Matthew McConaughey) is a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who operates out of the back of his Lincoln Continental sedan. Haller has spent most of his career defending garden-variety criminals, until he lands the case of a lifetime: defending a Beverly Hills playboy accused of murder. But the seemingly straightforward case suddenly develops into a deadly game of survival for Haller.

The Beaver

He’s here to save Walter’s life.

In Movie Theaters: March 23, 2011 (Limited Release

April 8, 2011

Directed by: Jodie Foster

Starring:
Mel Gibson
Jodie Foster
Michelle Ang

Synopsis: A man walks around with a beaver puppet on his hand, treating it as something close to a human creature with human feelings.

 

Sucker Punch

Alice in Wonderland with machine guns

In Movie Theaters: March 25, 2011

Directed by: Zack Snyder
Starring:
Emily Browning
Vanessa Hudgens
Abbie Cornish
Jamie Chung

Jena Malone
Carla Gugino

Synopsis: “Sucker Punch” is that takes us into the vivid imagination of a young girl whose dream world provides 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 (Emily Browning) has not lost her will to survive. Determined to fight for her freedom, she urges four other young girls—the outspoken Rocket (Jena Malone), the street-smart Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens), the fiercely loyal Amber (Jamie Chung) and the reluctant Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish)—to band together and try to escape their terrible fate at the hands of their captors, Blue (Oscar Isaac), Madam Gorski (Carla Gugino) and the High Roller (Jon Hamm). Led by Babydoll, the girls engage in fantastical warfare against everything from samurais to serpents, with a virtual arsenal at their disposal. Together, they must decide what they are willing to sacrifice in order to stay alive. But with the help of a Wise Man (Scott Glenn), their unbelievable journey—if they succeed—will set them free.

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