Category: "Movie of the Month"

Movie of the Month - September, 2009

August 19th, 2009

Shade

The hand is quicker than the eye in LA's underground gambling scene, hustlers get hustled and fortunes ride on every deal. Three small-time grifters devise a plan to beat the ultimate card mechanic -- The Dean. But a seat at The Dean's table doesn't come cheap.

Stuart Townsend (Queen of the Damned), Gabriel Byrne (The Usual Suspects), Thandie Newton (Mission: Impossible II), Jamie Foxx (Any Given Sunday), Melanie Griffith (Crazy in Alabama) and Sylvester Stallone (Cop Land) star in this stylish film where quick maneuvers and shady alliances keep you guessing until the last hand is revealed.

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Movie of the Month - July, 2009

June 23rd, 2009

Rachel Getting Married

Rachel Getting MarriedWhen Kym (Anne Hathaway - Golden Globe Nominee, Best Actress, Motion Picture (Drama)), returns to the Buchman family home for the wedding of her sister Rachel (Rosemarie DeWitt), she brings a long history of personal crises, family conflict and tragedy along with her. The wedding couple's abundant party of friends and relations have gathered for a joyful weekend of feasting, music and love, but Kym - with her biting one-liners and flair for bombshell drama - is a catalyst for long-simmering tensions in the family dynamic. Filled with the rich and eclectic characters that remain a hallmark of Jonathan Demme's films, Rachel Getting Married paints a heartfelt, perceptive and sometimes hilarious family portrait.

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Movie of the Month - June, 2009

May 22nd, 2009

The Five Obstructions

The Five ObstructionsLars von Trier (Dancer in the Dark, Dogville) now enters the world of documentary filmmaking alongside his idol, Danish filmmaker Jørgen Leth. In 1967, Leth made a 12 minute feature called The Perfect Human. Now, 35 years later, von Trier challenges Jørgen Leth to remake his film five times, each time with a new obstruction to force Leth to rethink the story and characters of the original film. Playing the naïve anthropologist, Leth rises to the challenge set forth by von Trier in a game full of traps and vicious turns and a surprising outcome.

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Movie of the Month - May, 2009

April 20th, 2009

The Quiet American

The Quiet AmericanThe acclaimed performances of two-time Academy Award winner Michael Caine (Best Supporting Actor: The Cider House Rules, 1999; Hannah and Her Sisters, 1986) and Brendan Fraser (The Mummy, Gods and Monsters) power a stylish political thriller where love and war collide in Southeast Asia! Set in early 1950s Vietnam -- a young American (Fraser) becomes entangled in a dangerous love triangle when he falls for the beautiful mistress of a British journalist (Caine). As war is waged around them, these three only sink deeper into a world of drugs, passion and betrayal where nothing is as it seems! Based on the classic novel by Graham Greene -- you'll find yourself riveted by the fascinating intricacies of ever-developing intrigue of this outstanding motion picture!

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Movie of the Month - April, 2009

March 24th, 2009

Born into Brothels

Born into BrothelsBORN INTO BROTHELS is an inspiring look at the transformative journey of a group of extraordinary children in Calcutta’s red light district. Voted Best Documentary by the National Board of Review and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. BORN INTO BROTHELS, which was produced and directed by New York based filmmakers Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman, also garnered over 20 major film festival awards including the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and the Best Documentary Award at the Seattle International Film Festival.

A tribute to the resiliency of childhood and the restorative power of art, BORN INTO BROTHELS is a portrait of several unforgettable children who live in the red light district of Calcutta where their mothers work as prostitutes. Zana Briski, a New York based photographer, gives each of these youngsters a camera and teaches them how to take pictures, simultaneously causing them to look at their world with new eyes. Together with Ross Kauffman, Briski captures the magical way in which beauty can be found in the most unlikely of places and how a bright and promising future becomes a possibility for children who previously had no future at all.

Touching and heartfelt, yet devoid of sentimentality, BORN INTO BROTHELS defies the tear-stained tourist snapshot of the global underbelly. Briski spent years with these children and became a part of their lives. Their photographs are prisms into their souls, rather than anthropological curiosities, and a true testimony to the power of the indelible creative spirit.

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Movie of the Month - March, 2009

February 24th, 2009

Manic

ManicDon Cheadle (Traffic) is "simply mesmerizing" (Entertainment Today) in this "piercing...intimate and edgy" ("Sixty Second Preview") drama about troubled teens hovering on the edge of sanity. Featuring an exceptional young cast, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt ("3rd Rock From the Sun") and Zooey Deschanel (All the Real Girls), Manic is a "remarkable gem of a film" (London Film Festival).

At first glance, 17-year-old Lyle Jensen (Gordon-Levitt) seems eerily quiet and withdrawn. But he has a problem with anger, and this time his explosive rage has landed him in the juvenile ward of a mental institution under the watchful eye of therapist David Monroe (Cheadle). Can Dr. Monroe get Lyle and the other kids to open up, confront their demons and reclaim their lives?

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Movie of the Month - February, 2009

January 22nd, 2009

Burn After Reading

Burn After ReadingAn all-star cast, including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and John Malkovich, come together in this outrageous spy comedy about murder, blackmail, sex addiction and physical fitness!

When a disc filled with some of the CIA's most irrelevant secrets gets in the hands of two determined, but dim-witted, gym employees, the duo are intent on exploiting their find. But since blackmail is a trade better left for the experts, events soon spiral out of everyone's and anyone's control, resulting in a non-stop series of hilarious encounters!

From Joel and Ethan Coen, the Academy Award-winning directors of No Country for Old Men and The Big Lebowski, comes this brilliantly clever and endlessly entertaining movie that critics are calling, "smart, funny, and original" (Ben Lyons, E!).

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Movie of the Month - January, 2009

December 19th, 2008

Love Me if You Dare

Love Me If You DareLOVE ME IF YOU DARE depicts the romantic story of Julian and Sophie, who meet in grade school and create an intense game of "Dare" to distract them from the harsh realities of their lives. Over time their game becomes a mutual infatuation that binds them for life. Ultimately the childhood game remains with them into adulthood where it challenges their most cherished fantasies. Eventually, each of them is forced to decide between the game and genuine romance.

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Movie of the Month - December, 2008

November 19th, 2008

Son of Rambow

Son of RambowImagination, fantasy, and the irreplaceable bonds of childhood friendship highlight this "comedy that's full of heart" (Joe Nuemaier, NY Daily News). Will Proudfoot (Bill Milner) is looking for an escape from his family's stifling home life when he encounters Lee Carter (Will Poulter), the school bully. Armed with a video camera and a copy of Rambo: First Blood, Lee plans to make cinematic history by filming his own action-packed video epic. Together these two newfound friends-turned-budding-filmmakers quickly discover that their imaginative -- and sometimes mishap-filled -- cinematic adventure has begun to take on a life of its own! Entertaining, uplifting, and brimming with nostalgia, Son of Rambow "makes you feel like a kid again" (Ethan Alter, Giant Magazine).

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Movie of the Month - November, 2008

October 24th, 2008

Layer Cake

L4yer CakePlanning to retire and begin a new life, Mr. X (Daniel Craig), a successful West End drug dealer, has been asked for one last favor: to negotiate the sale of one million hits of Ecstacy. Unfortunately for Mr. X, the pills were stolen from a Serbian drug lord who'll cut off his head if he sells them. And with a London crime czar (Michael Gambon) promising to retire him permanently if he doesn't, Mr. X may be rightfully concerned about his future. Nothing worth losing his head over.

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