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This rollicking and slightly absurd comedy from director Jesse Peretz (FIRST LOVE, LAST RITES) begins when Tom Reilly (Zach Braff) loses his promising chef job at a swanky New York restaurant. He is compelled to move to small-town Ohio to take a job with his father-in-law (Charles Grodin) at an advertising agency to support his wife, Sofia (Amanda Peet), and newborn son. Tom's adjustment to the rhythms and rituals of the office world is awkward at best, and complicated by the presence of an old high-school flame of Sofia's (Jason Bateman), a passive-aggressive paraplegic who schemes to get Sofia back. Meanwhile, Sofia must cope with the shock of switching roles from powerful big-city lawyer to stay-at-home suburban mother. Young working parents will identify with the familiar conflicts presented here as the embattled Tom and frustrated Sofia struggle to make sense of their new responsibilities. Braff purveys his patented nerdy charm as a nice guy whose behaviour becomes more and more manic as the rug gets continually pulled out from under him, and Peet is a lovely screen presence even as her character's patience and enthusiasm fade in less than attractive ways. Their performances blend wry intelligence with out-and-out slapstick, and they are supported by a superb ensemble cast including Amy Poehler, Amy Adams, Paul Rudd, Donal Logue, and Mia Farrow. While some of the situations and jokes border on tasteless, it's the smart kind of gross-out humor of a Farrelly Brothers or Jay Roach film, and the film never never loses its heart, as embodied by Braff and Peet.
Betrayed by his childhood friend Fernand (Guy Pearce), sailor Edmond Dantes (Jim Caviezel) is found guilty of trumped-up charges and sent to the island prison of Chateau d'If. Thirteen years later, having learnt the art of fencing from the Abbé Faria (Richard Harris), a fellow inmate who also revealed to him the location of a vast treasure hidden on the island of Monte Cristo, Edmond realises that the time has come and carries out a daring escape attempt. Taking the treasure for himself, he reappears as the Count of Monte Cristo and becomes the talk of Parisian society; but he soon learns that Fernand has married Mercédès (Dagmara Dominczyk), Edmond's own childhood sweetheart, and starts drawing up his plans for revenge.
Taylor Lautner stars in this action thriller about a young man who sets out to uncover his true identity. Nathan (Lautner) is an ordinary teenager whose life is blown apart when a classmate spots his baby picture on a missing person's website. Nathan begins to suspect that his 'parents' are in fact secret agents, and must fight tooth and nail to get to the bottom of the sinister plot behind his so-called reality. Maria Bello, Alfred Molina and Sigourney Weaver co-star.
Double bill featuring two spoof comedies. 'Epic Movie' (2007) tells the tale of four fully grown orphans: one the victim of snakes that attacked her plane, another raised by a kindly Louvre curator, the third a Mexican 'libre' wrestling refuge, and the last an average mutant from an 'X'-community. When the curious quartet visits a sprawling chocolate factory, they stumble across a magical wardrobe which transports them to the enchanted land of Gnarnia. It seems that the wondrous fantasy land has recently fallen under the spell of the evil White Bitch (Jennifer Coolidge), and in order to bring peace back to Gnarnia these four bumbling mortals will have to join forces with a charismatic pirate, a painfully sincere group of aspiring wizards, and one particularly libidinous lion. 'Date Movie' (2006) stars Alyson Hannigan as a hopeless romantic who has finally met the man of her dreams Grant Funkyerdoder. But before they can have their 'Big Fat Greek Wedding', they'll have to 'Meet the Parents', hook up with 'The Wedding Planner' and contend with Grant's girlfriend, Andy, a spectacularly beautiful woman who wants to put a stop to her 'Best Friend's Wedding'.
A double-helping of Sandra Bullock comedies. In 'Miss Congeniality' (2000), when the Miss United States beauty pageant receives a threat from a notorious criminal, hardnosed FBI agent Gracie Hart (Bullock) is assigned to go undercover as a contestant in the competition and track him down. Gracie is none too happy about this, and when top expert Victor Melling (Michael Caine) arrives to help transform her from a tomboy into a convincingly elegant Miss New Jersey, she proves to be a most difficult student. Nevertheless, after Gracie enters the pageant, she soon forms a strong bond with her fellow contestants, and begins to worry for their safety as the killer continues to elude arrest. In the sequel, 'Miss Congeniality 2' (2005), things haven't been going so well for Gracie lately. Reeling from a broken romance and frustrated to find her newfound fame is jeopardizing the undercover work she loves, Gracie reluctantly agrees to serve the Bureau in the only way possible: coifed and styled for the talk show circuit as 'the face of the FBI'. Though resistant at first, she soon warms to the attention and it's not long before she's getting into her new role a little too much. Her new partner Sam Fuller (Regina King), a tough, ambitious agent who is clearly not her biggest fan, is the first to point out that the pampered Bureau star is turning into FBI Barbie. But when Gracie's best friend, pageant winner Cheryl Frazier (Heather Burns), and emcee Stan Fields (William Shatner), are kidnapped in Las Vegas, Gracie's crime-fighting instincts kick back in. Not wanting to risk losing their greatest PR asset, the FBI top brass forbid her to get involved and charge Sam with keeping her in line. But when it comes to breaking a difficult case and helping her friends, there's nothing Gracie won't do.
Academy Award® nominee Julianne Moore (The Hours, Far From Heaven) and Pierce Brosnan (The Thomas Crown Affair, Die Another Day) star as warring divorce attorneys who break ranks and fall in love in the romantic comedy Laws of Attraction, directed by Peter Howitt (Sliding Doors). At the top of their game, both Audrey Woods (Moore) and Daniel Rafferty (Brosnan) have seen love gone wrong in all its worst case scenarios. So, how bad could their chances be? Maybe getting married first is the best way to fall in love. The film?s ensemble cast is led by Parker Posey (A Mighty Wind), Michael Sheen (Underworld), Frances Fisher (Titanic) and Nora Dunn (Bruce Almighty).
Crime thriller starring Al Pacino as Jack Gramm, a Seattle-based college professor who also works for the FBI as a forensic psychologist. Jack finds himself the target of an intended murder after giving evidence that led a jury to sentence serial killer Jon Forster (Neal McDonough) to Death Row. When he receives a death threat just before Forster's execution claiming that he has only 88 minutes to live, Jack must use all his skills and training to narrow down the possible suspects and save his own life.
Family comedy. High school student Melanie Porter (Raven-Symone) has always come top of the class, and now looks forward to choosing the perfect college to turn her dreams of becoming a high-flying lawyer into reality. She comes up with the idea of taking to the road in order to visit all the potential colleges on her list - but what she hasn't bargained for on this trip of a lifetime is the company of her over-protective police chief father, James (Martin Lawrence), who is far from ready to let his precious daughter loose upon the world.
Music executive Daniel (Tom Hollander), actor Frank (Rufus Sewell) and painter Laurence (Joseph Fiennes) have been friends since childhood. Their relationship comes under strain, however, when all three find themselves pursuing the same woman - American Martha (Monica Potter), who has just arrived in England with a one-way ticket. Each man encounters Martha separately, but when she meets them en masse, which will she choose, if any?
Kate Hudson stars in this horror, set in New Orleans. Caroline (Hudson) is a care worker who moves in with terminally ill Ben (John Hurt) to look after him. Suspicious of his emotionally cold wife Violet (Gena Rowlands), and able to sense a strange atmosphere in the house, Caroline gets hold of a skeleton key that allows her access to the house's many locked rooms. In the attic she finds a room decked out with the grotesque remains of a voodoo ritual, although Violet claims not to have known of its existence. As Ben suffered his stroke shortly after discovering the room himself, Caroline is determined to find the secret to the sinister house, and its dark history as a centre of occult worship.
A double bill of horror/thrillers. In 'Undertow' Jamie Bell plays Chris, a troubled teenager with a bizarre eating disorder, in this dark and lyrical thriller. Chris has moved with his little brother to his father John's (Dermot Mulroney) cabin in backwoods Georgia following their mother's death. Looking after his brother, Chris struggles with his own propensity to eat paint and dirt until he's sick. But then his violent uncle Deel (Josh Lucas) arrives, fresh from prison, and Chris finds himself on the run with his brother, trying to stay one step ahead of his deranged uncle. Whilst 'The Skeleton Key' is set in New Orleans where Caroline (Kate Hudson) is a care worker who moves in with terminally ill Ben (John Hurt) to look after him. Suspicious of his emotionally cold wife Violet (Gena Rowlands), and able to sense a strange atmosphere in the house, Caroline gets hold of a skeleton key that allows her access to the house's many locked rooms. In the attic she finds a room decked out with the grotesque remains of a voodoo ritual, although Violet claims not to have known of its existence. As Ben suffered his stroke shortly after discovering the room himself, Caroline is determined to find the secret to the sinister house, and its dark history as a centre of occult worship.
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