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The Eye

Sydney Wells (Jessica Alba) is an accomplished, independent, Los Angeles-based concert violinist. She is also blind, and has been so since a childhood tragedy. As our story opens, Sydney undergoes a double corneal transplant, a surgery she has waited her whole life to have, and her sight is restored. After the surgery, Neural ophthalmologist Dr. Paul Faulkner (Alessandro Nivola) helps Sydney with the difficult adjustment, and with the support of her older sister Helen (Parker Posey), Sydney learns to see again.

But Sydney's happiness is short-lived as unexplainable shadowy and frightening images start to haunt her. Are they a passing aftermath of her surgery, Sydney's mind adjusting to sight, a product of her imagination, or something horrifyingly real? As Sydney's family and friends begin to doubt her sanity, Sydney is soon convinced that her anonymous eye donor has somehow opened the door to a terrifying world only she can now see.

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The Signal

Imagine every cell phone, radio, and television in your city suddenly broadcasting the same mysterious signal over and over. Now imagine these 'terminus' transmissions evoking violent, uncontrollable, psychotic chaos from everyone who comes in contact with them.

The Signal invades the minds of everyday citizens living their workaday lives and having their sordid affairs. Suddenly struck by the power of the insidious transmissions, they are compelled to kill or be killed. Complicating matters is a zombielike resistance some characters have to the idea of remaining dead. The story violently explodes, blending bloody gore with psychological satire, for a truly original horror experience. The Atlanta filmmaking team of David Bruckner, Dan Bush, and Jacob Gentry tell the eerie tale in three parts (cleverly called "transmissions"), shifting perspectives to draw out a larger story that explores dark secrets and fears as well as jealousy and betrayal.

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How She Move

An energetic, gritty and ultimately inspiring coming of age tale about a gifted young woman who defies all the rules as she step dances her heart out to achieve her dreams.






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Release Date: January 25, 2008
Genre: Art, Foreign, Drama, Musical and Performing Arts
Running Time: 98 min.
Distributor(s): Paramount Vantage
Tagline: Set your dreams in motion.
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some drug content, suggestive material and language.


Director:
Ian Rashid

Writer(s):
Annmarie Morais - Screenplay

Producer(s):
Jennifer Kawaja - Producer
Julia Sereny - Producer
Brent Barclay - Producer
Claire Prieto - Co-Producer

Movie Casts:
Tre Armstrong - Michelle (as Tracey Armstrong)
Clé Bennett - Garvey
David Carmon - JSJ Squad
Keyshia Cole - Herself
DeRay Davis - Himself
Nina Dobrev - Tall Britney
Romina D'Ugo - Selia
Kevin Duhaney - E.C.
Shawn Fernandez - Trey
Sarah Francis - Fem-phatal dancer #1
Brennan Gademans - Quake
Balford Gordon - Big Bali
Jason Harrow - Himself
Jai Jai…

The Killing of John Lennon

THE KILLING OF JOHN LENNON is a chilling insight into the mind of Mark David Chapman, the 25 year old narcissist who gunned down John Lennon outside his Dakota apartment in New York in 1980. Meticulously researched and filmed in actual locations where events occurred, THE KILLING OF JOHN LENNON is a gritty and imagistic examination of a celebrity stalker's mind leading up to the kill - and his subsequent descent into madness and exorcism. Independently financed and filmed over three years in Hawaii, Decatur Georgia and New York, THE KILLING OF JOHN LENNON is unflinching in its presentation of the truth. It does not set out to condone or exonerate the shooting death of Lennon or his killer's desire for fame. Its theme of bomb-ticking loneliness and, by extension, the notion that America is a nation of angry strangers who vent paranoid resentment toward public figures couldn't be more resonant today.

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Be Kind Rewind

Jerry, a junkyard worker who attempts to sabotage a power plant that he believes is melting his brain. But when his plan goes awry, the magnetic field that he creates accidentally erases all of the videotapes in a local video store where his best friend Mike works. Fearing that the mishap will cost Mike his job, the two friends team up to keep the store's only loyal customer - a little old lady with a tenuous grasp on reality - from realizing what has happened by recreating and re-filming every movie that she decides to rent. From "Back to the Future," to "Robocop," to "Rush Hour," to "The Lion King," Jerry and Mike become the biggest stars in their neighborhood by starring in the biggest movies ever made.

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Release Date: January 25, 2008
Genre: Comedy
Running Time: 101 min.
Distributor(s): New Line Cinema
Tagline: You name it, we shoot it
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some sexual references.

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Cloverfield

Five young New Yorkers throw their friend a going-away party the night that a monster the size of a skyscraper descends upon the city. Told from the point of view of their video camera, the film is a document of their attempt to survive the most surreal, horrifying event of their lives.




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Release Date: January 18, 2008
Genre: Action-Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi and Thriller
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Distributor(s): Paramount Pictures
Tagline: Some Thing Has Found Us
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence, terror and disturbing images.

Director:
Matt Reeves

Writer(s):
Drew Goddard - Screenwriter

Producer(s):
Sherryl Clark - Executive Producer
Guy Riedel - Executive Producer
J.J. Abrams - Producer
Bryan Burk - Producer

Movie Casts:
Michael Stahl-David - Rob Hawkins
Mike Vogel - Jason Hawkins
Lizzy Caplan
Jessica Lucas - Lily
T.J. Miller - Hud
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The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie

From the creators of 2002's wildly successful Jonah - A veggietales' world, the pirates who don't do anything. Now, we follow the comic mis-adventures of three animated veggie pals who reluctantly set sail for adventure and discover that real heroes don't have to be tall, strong, handsome... or even human.

Garrrr! Working at the pieces of Ate Dinner Theatre is less than exciting when you're a busboy. For three moping misfits - Elliot, Sedgewick and George (Larry the Cucumber, Mr. Lunt and Pa Grape) - all they dream of is the day when they can ditch their dishrags and take stage to star in the big pirate show.

But with Elliot's timidity, Sedgewick's laziness and George's lack of self-confidence, it seems as if the day to prove who they really are will never come...

Things are about to change when a mysterious ball drops from the sky and lands at the unlikely seafarer's feet. A "helpseeker" sent from the past in search of heroes, the artifact s…

Teeth

High school student Dawn works hard at suppressing her budding sexuality by being the local chastity group's most active participant. Her task is made even more difficult by her bad boy stepbrother Brad's increasingly provocative behavior at home. A stranger to her own body, innocent Dawn discovers she has a toothed vagina when she becomes the object of violence. As she struggles to comprehend her anatomical uniqueness, Dawn experiences both the pitfalls and the power of being a living example of the vagina dentata myth.

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Release Date: January 18, 2008
Genre: Suspense, Horror and Teen
Running Time: 94 min.
Distributor(s): Roadside Attractions
Tagline: Every rose has its thorns.
MPAA Rating: R for disturbing sequences involving sexuality and violence, language and some drug use.

Director:
Mitchell Lichtenstein

Writer(s):
Mitchell Lichtenstein - Screenplay

Producer(s):
Joyce Pierpoline - Producer
Mitchell Lichtenstein - Producer
Richard…

Mad Money

Bridget Cardigan (Diane Keaton) is shocked to learn that she is on the verge of losing her home and comfortable upper middle class lifestyle when her husband Don Ted Danson) is downsized from his job. Armed only with a decades old English degree and years as a dedicated mother and corporate wife, Bridget is forced into the unfamiliar labor market with no job skills. Finally, she accepts the only position she can find - janitor at the Federal Reserve Bank.

The one-time suburban mom soon discovers she has more in common with her new c-workers than she thought. Bridget forges an unexpected bond with Nina (Queen Latifah), a hard-working single mom with two kids to raise, and Jackie (Katie Holmes), an exuberant free spirit with nothing to lose. Caught up in a system that underestimates their talents and keep their dreams just out of reach, Bridget, Nina and Jackie set out to even the score.

After a lifetime of playing by the rules, the three devise a plan to smuggle soon-to-be destroyed curr…

Funny Games

In this provocative and brutal thriller from director Michael Haneke, a vacationing family gets an unexpected visit from two deeply disturbed young men. Their idyllic holiday turns nightmarish as they are subjected to unimaginable terrors and struggle to stay alive.




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Release Date: March 14, 2008
Genre: Art, Foreign, Drama, Suspense, Horror, Thriller and Remake
Running Time: 112 min.
Distributor(s): Warner Independent Pictures
Tagline: Shall we begin?
MPAA Rating: R for terror, violence and some language.

Director:
Michael Haneke

Writer(s):
Michael Haneke - Source Material (from screenplay: "Funny Games")

Producer(s):
Hengameh Panahi - Executive Producer
Naomi Watts - Executive Producer
Chris Coen - Producer
Hamish McAlpine - Producer
Christian Baute - Co-Producer
Andro Steinborn - Co-Producer
Andrea Occhipinti - Co-Producer

Movie Casts:
Naomi Watts - Anna
Brady Corbet - Peter
Siobhan Fallon - Betsy
Arno Frisch
Boyd Gaines - Fred
Devon Gearha…

In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale

The life of a hardworking man known only as Farmer (Jason Statham) is changed forever when a marauding band of Krug - animalistic brutes in the thrall of an evil sorcerer - thunders down upon the unsuspecting village of stonebridge, killing his son and kidnapping his wife, Solana (Claire Forlani). Galvanized by his grief, the once-peace loving peasant leads his mentor Norick (Ron Perlman) and brother-in-law Bastian (Will Sanderson) in pursuit of the Krug army to free Solana.

As the Krug overrun the countryside, the King's magus Merick discovers the true source of their power: his old rival, Gallian (Ray Liotta), a formidable and power-hungry wizard. Gallian plans to use his hellish militia to overthrow King Konreid (Burt Reynolds) and place his sniveling pawn, Duke Fallow (Matthew Lillard), on the throne.

While the King's forces ride forth to engage the bloodthirsty Krug, Farmer and his companions slip unseen through the treacherous mountain passes of Ehb into uncharted territor…

Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins

Leading an all-star cast, Martin Lawrence is talk-show sensation RJ Stevens, who left behind his modest Southern upbringing and family name to transform into a self-help guru dispensing his "Team of Me" philosophy to millions of adoring fans. With a reality-TV-star fiancee and money to burn, there's no piece of the Hollywood dream RJ hasn't achieved.

After his parents request that he come home for their 50th wedding anniversary, the TV host packs up his 10-year-old son and diva bride-to-be and heads back to Georgia. It's a chance to prove to his family that he's no longer the awkward kid they relentlessly picked on. At least, that's the plan...

But when his crazy, lovable family calls him on his big-city attitude and challenges him at every turn, RJ is forced to take a hard look at the man he's become. He may be a superstar in L.A., but he's just one of the guys in Dry Springs as folks say Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins.

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National Treasure: Book of Secrets

In this follow up to the box-office hit "National Treasure," treasure hunter Ben Gates (Nicolas Cage) once again sets out on an exhilarating, action-packed new global quest to unearth hidden history and treasures.

When a missing page from diary of John Wilkes Booth surfaces, Ben's great-great grandfather is suddenly implicated as a key conspirator in Abraham Lincoln's death. Determined to prove his ancestor's innocence, Ben follows an international chain of clues that takes him on a chase from Paris to London and ultimately back to America. This journey leads Ben and his crew not only to surprising revelations - but to the trail of the World's most treasured secrets.

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Release Date: December 21, 2007
Genre: Action-Adventure and Sequel
Running Time:
Distributor(s): Buena Vista Pictures Distribution
Tagline:
MPAA Rating: PG - for some violence and action.

Director:
Jon Turtelta…

4 Months, 3 Weeks, & 2 Days

During the final days of communism in Romania, two college roommates Otilia (Anamaria Marinca) and Gabita (Laura Vasiliu) are busy preparing for a night away. But rather than planning for a holiday, they are making arrangements for Gabita's illegal abortion and unwittingly, both find themselves burrowing deep down a rabbit hole of unexpected revelations. Transpiring over the course of a single day, Mungiu's film is a masterwork of modern filmmaking, by parts poignant and shocking.

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Release Date: January 25, 2008
Genre: Art, Foreign, Drama, Politics and Religion
Running Time: 113 min.
Distributor(s): IFC Films
Tagline:
MPAA Rating:

Director:
Cristian Mungiu

Writer(s):
Cristian Mungiu - Screenplay

Producer(s):
Philippe Avril - Assistant Producer
Florentina Onea - Executive Producer
Oleg Mutu - Producer
Cristian Mungiu - Producer
Alex Teodorescu - Co-Producer
Daniel Burlac - Associate Producer

Movie Casts:
Anamaria Marinca - Otilia
Laura Vas…

First Sunday

In this hilarious comedy, Durell (ICE CUBE) and LeeJohn (TRACY MORGAN) are best friends and bumbling petty criminals. When told they have one week to pay a $17,000 debt or Durell will lose his son, they come up with a desperate scheme to rob their neighborhood church. Instead, they end up spending the night in the presence of the Lord and are forced to deal with much more than they bargained for.


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Release Date: January 11, 2008
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical, Performing Arts, Crime and Gangster
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Distributor(s): Sony Pictures Releasing
Tagline: Keep the faith. Steal the rest.
MPAA Rating:

Director:
David E. Talbert

Writer(s):
David E. Talbert - Screenplay

Producer(s):
Tim Story - Executive Producer
Ron Muhammad - Executive Producer
Stacy Cramer - Executive Producer
Julie Silverman-Yorn (II) - Producer
David McIlvain - Producer
Matt Alvarez - Producer
Ice Cube - Producer

Movie Casts:
Ice Cube - Durell
Loretta Devine
Regina Hall
Chi M…

Jumper

A genetic anomaly allows a young man to teleport himself anywhere. He discovers this gift has existed for centuries and finds himself in a war that has been raging for thousands of years between "Jumpers" and those who have sworn to kill them.





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Release Date: February 14, 2008
Genre: Action-Adventure, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Adaptation
Running Time:
Distributor(s): 20th Century Fox Distribution
Tagline: Anywhere is possible.
MPAA Rating:

Director:
Doug Liman

Writer(s):
David S. Goyer - Screenplay (adaptation)
Jim Uhls - Screenplay (rewrite)
Simon Kinberg - Screenplay
Steven Gould (II) - Source Material (from novel: "Jumper")

Producer(s):
Vince Gerardis - Executive Producer
Ralph Vicinanza - Executive Producer
Marc S. Fischer - Executive Producer
David Coatsworth - Executive Producer
Jay Sanders (II) - Producer
Lucas Foster - Producer
Simon Kinberg - Producer
Stacy Maes - Producer
Kim Winther - Co-Produce…

City of Men

Growing up in a culture dictated by violence and run by street gangs, teenagers Acerola (Douglas Silva) and Laranjinha (Darlan Cunha) have become close as brothers.

With their eighteenth birthdays fast approaching, Laranjinha sets out to find the father he never met, while Acerola struggles to raise his own young son. But when they suddenly find themselves on opposite sides of a gang war, the lifelong friends are forced to confront a shocking secret from their shared past.

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Release Date: February 29, 2008
Genre: Art, Foreign, Drama and Sequel
Running Time: 105 min.
Distributor(s): Miramax Films
Tagline: An unforgettable tale of friendship and survival in a city where the greatest challenge is growing up.
MPAA Rating: R for violent content, language and some sexuality.

Director(s):
Paulo Morelli - Director
Fernando Meirelles - Director
Regina Case - Director
Katia Lund - Director
Philippe Barcinski - Director

Writer(s):
Elena Soarez - Screenplay

One Missed Call

"What will it sound like when you die?" In the supernatural thriller "One Missed Call," a chain of people receive terrifying cell phone messages of their own final fatal moments. Though the messages can be deleted, their number is up.

Beth Raymond (Shannyn Sossamon) is traumatized when she witnesses the gruesome deaths of two friends just days apart. Even more disturbing, she knows that both of them had received chilling cell phone messages - actual recordings of their own horrifying last moments. Impossibly, the calls were received days before they died, but each death occurred precisely when and how the messages foretold.

The police think Beth is delusional - except for Detective Jack Andrews (Edward Burns) whose own sister was killed in a freak accident that bears a strange similarity to the deaths of Beth's friends. Together, Jack and Beth work feverishly to unravel the mystery behind the ominous calls.

But even as they get closer to the truth, Beth's cell…

Cassandra's Dream

Set in contemporary London, CASSANDRA'S DREAM is a powerful and thrilling story about two brothers (Ewan McGregor, Colin Farrell) who are desperate to better their troubled lives. One is a chronic gambler in debt over his head, and the other is a young man in love with a beautiful actress (newcomer Hayley Atwell) he has recently met. Their lives gradually become entangled into a sinister situation with intense and unfortunate results.

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Release Date: December 28, 2007
Genre: Comedy, Thriller, Crime and Gangster
Running Time: 108 min.
Distributor(s): The Weinstein Company
Tagline: How far will you go to make your dreams come true?
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, some sexual material and brief violence.

Director:
Woody Allen

Writer(s):
Woody Allen - Screenplay

Producer(s):
Vincent Maraval - Executive Producer
Benjamin Waisbren - Executive Producer
Daniel Wuhrmann - Executive Producer
Letty Aronson - Producer
Stephen Tenenbaum - Producer
Gareth Wiley - Producer

There Will Be Blood

A sprawling epic of family, faith, power and oil, THERE WILL BE BLOOD is set on the incendiary frontier of California’s turn-of-the-century petroleum boom. The story chronicles the life and times of one Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis), who transforms himself from a down-and-out silver miner raising a son on his own into a self-made oil tycoon. When Plainview gets a mysterious tip-off that there’s a little town out West where an ocean of oil is oozing out of the ground, he heads with his son, H.W. (Dillon Freasier), to take their chances in dust-worn Little Boston. In this hardscrabble town, where the main excitement centers around the holy roller church of charismatic preacher Eli Sunday (Paul Dano), Plainview and H.W. make their lucky strike. But even as the well raises all of their fortunes, nothing will remain the same as conflicts escalate and every human value – love, hope, community, belief, ambition and even the bond between father and son – is imperiled by corruption, dece…

Charlie Wilson's War

Charlie Wilson's War is the true story of how a playboy congressman, a renegade CIA agent and a beautiful Houston socialite joined forces to lead the largest and most successful covert operation in history. Their efforts contributed to the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, with consequences that reverberate throughout the world today.

Charlie Wilson (Hanks) was a bachelor congressman from Texas who had a habit of showing up in hot tubs with strippers and cocaine. His "Good Time Charlie" exterior, however, masked an extraordinary mind, a deep sense of patriotism and a passion for the underdog, and in the early 1980s the underdog was Afghanistan - which had just been brutally invaded by the Russians.

Charlie's long time friend and patron and sometime lover was Joanne Herring (Roberts), one of the wealthiest women in Texas and a virulent anti-communist. Believing the American response to the Russian invasion was anemic at best, she prods Charlie into d…

Persepolis

Persepolis is the poignant story of a young girl in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. It is through the eyes of precocious and outspoken nine year old Marjane that we see the people's hope dashed as fundamentalists take power - forcing the veil on woman and imprisoning thousands. Clever and fearless, she outsmarts the "social guardians" and discovers punk. Yet when her uncle is senselessly executed and as bombs fall around Tehran in the Iran/Iraq war, the daily fear that permeates life in Iran is palpable.

As she gets older, Marjane's boldness causes her parents to worry over her continued safety. And so, at age fourteen, they make the difficult decision to send her to school in Austria. Vulnerable and alone in a strange land, she endures the typical ordeals of a teenager. Over time, she gains acceptance, and even experiences love, but after high school she finds herself alone and horribly homesick.

Though it means putting on the veil and living in a tyrannical socie…

The Bucket List

Corporate billionaire Edward Cole (Jack Nicholson) and working class mechanic Carter Chambers (Morgan Freeman) are worlds apart. At a crossroads in their lives, they share a hospital room and discover they have two things in common: a desire to spend the time they have left doing everything they wanted to do before they "kick the bucket" and an unrealized need to come to terms with who they are.

Together they embark on the roadtrip of a lifetime, becoming friends along the way and learning to live life to the fullest, with insight and humor.

Each adventure adds another check to their list.

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Release Date: December 25, 2007
Genre: Comedy and Drama
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Distributor(s): Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution
Tagline:
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for language, including a sexual reference.

Director:
Rob Reiner

Writer(s):
Justin Zackham - Screenplay

Producer(s):
Travis Knox - Executive Producer
Justin Zackham - Executive Producer
Craig Zadan -…

The Orphanage

Laura (Belen Rueda) spent the happiest years of her childhood growing up in an orphanage by the seaside, cared for by the staff and fellow orphans whom she loved as brothers and sisters. Now, thirty years later, she returns with her husband Carlos (Fernando Cayo) and Simon (Roger Princep), their 7-year-old son, with a dream of restoring and reopening the long abandoned orphanage as a home for disabled children. The new home and mysterious surroundings awaken Simon's imagination and the boy starts to spin a web of fantastic tales and not-so-innocent games. As the opening day draws near, tension builds within the family. Carlos remains skeptical, believing that Simon is making everything up in a desperate bid for attention. But Laura slowly becomes convinced that something long-hidden and terrible is lurking in the old house, something waiting to emerge and inflict appalling damage on her family.

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Release Date: December 28, 2007
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The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep

Two children discover an egg on a beach in Scotland which eventually hatches into a "waterhorse". Later, that waterhorse grows up to be the Loch Ness monster.









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Release Date: December 25, 2007
Genre: Kids, Family, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Adaptation
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Distributor(s): Sony Pictures Releasing
Tagline: Every big secret starts small.
MPAA Rating: PG for some action/peril, mild language and brief smoking.

Director:
Jay Russell

Writer(s):
Robert Nelson Jacobs - Screenplay (Adaptation)
Dick King-Smith (II) - Source Material (from novel: "The Waterhorse")

Producer(s):
Charles J. Newirth - Executive Producer
Douglas Rae - Producer
Robert Bernstein - Producer
Barrie M. Osborne - Producer
Charlie Lyons - Producer

Movie Casts:
Emily Watson - Anne MacMorrow
Ben Chaplin - Lewis Mowbray
Alex Etel - Angus MacMorrow
David Morrissey - Captain Hamilton
Geraldine Brophy - Gracie
Brian Cox
Craig Hall - Charlie MacMorrow
Jessica Kaczorowski - Vill…

The Great Debaters

Inspired by a true story, "The Great Debaters" chronicles the journey of Professor Melvin Tolson, a brilliant but volatile debate team coach who uses the power of words to shape a group of underdog students from a small African American college in the deep south into a historically elite debate team. A controversial figure, Professor Tolson challenged the social mores of the time and was under constant fire for his unconventional and ferocious teaching methods as well as his radical political views. In their pursuit for excellence, Tolson's debate team receives a ground-breaking invitation to debate Harvard University's championship team.

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Release Date: December 25, 2007
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 123 min.
Distributor(s): MGM Distribution Company
Tagline: When the nation was in need, he inspired them to give us hope.
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for depiction of strong thematic material including violence and disturbing images, …

Steep

STEEP is a feature documentary about bold adventure, exquisite athleticism and the pursuit of a perfect moment on skis. It is the story of big mountain skiing, a sport that barely existed 35 years ago.

It started in the 1970s in the mountains above Chamonix, France, where skiers began to attempt ski descents so extreme that they appeared almost suicidal. Men like Anselme Baud and Patrick Vallencant were inspired by the challenge of skiing where no one thought to ski before. Now, two generations later, some of the world's greatest skiers pursue a sport where the prize is not winning, but simply experiencing the exhilaration of skiing and exploring big, wild, remote mountains.

STEEP features many of the sport's greatest athletes including Bill Briggs, Stefano De Benedetti, Eric Pehota, Glen Plake, Shane McConkey, Seth Morrison, Chris Davenport, Ingrid Backstrom and Andrew McLean.

The man who is often described as the greatest big mountain skier of all, the late Doug Coombs, is the …