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Speed Racer

From writer/directors Larry and Andy Wachowski, the creators of the groundbreaking "The Matrix" trilogy, and producer Joel Silver comes the live-action, high-octane family adventure "Speed Racer."

Hurtling down the track, careening around, over and through the competition, Speed Racer (Emile Hirsh) is a natural behind the wheel. Born to race cars, Speed is aggressive, instinctive and, most of all, fearless. His only real competition is the memory of the brother he idolized - the legendary Rex Racer - whose death in a race has left behind a legacy that Speed is driven to fulfill.

Speed is loyal to the family racing business, led by his father, Pops Racer (John Goodman), the designer of Speed's thundering Mach 5. When Speed turns down a lucrative and tempting offer from Royalton Industries, he not only infuriates the company's maniacal owner (Roger Allam) but uncovers a terrible secret - some of the biggest races are being fixed by a handful of ruthless moguls …

Redbelt

Set in the west-side of Los Angeles fight world, a world inhabited by bouncers, cagefighters, cops and special forces types, REDBELT, is the story of Mike Terry (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a Jiu-Jitsu teacher who has avoided the prize fighting circuit, choosing instead to pursue an honorable life by operating a self defense studio with a samurai's code.

Terry and his wife Sondra (Alicia Braga), struggle to keep the business running to make ends meet. An accident on a dark, rainy night at the Academy between and off duty officer (Max Martini) and a distraught lawyer (Emily Mortimer) puts in motion a series of events that will change Terry's life dramatically introducing him to a world of promoters (Ricky Jay, Joe Mantegna) and movie star Chet Frank (Tim Allen). Faced with this, in order to pay off his debts and regain his honor, Terry must step into the ring for the first time of his life.

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Release Date: May 2, 2008
Genre: Action-Adven…

Wall-E

After hundreds of lonely years of doing what he was built for, WALL-E (short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class) discovers a new purpose in life (besides collecting knick-knacks) when he meets a sleek search robot named EVE. EVE comes to realize that WALL-E has inadvertently stumbled upon the key to the planet's future, and races back to space to report her findings to the humans (who have been eagerly awaiting word that it is safe to return home). Meanwhile, WALL-E chases EVE across the galaxy and sets into motion one of the most exciting imaginative comedy adventures ever brought to the big screen.

Joining WALL-E in his fantastic journey across a universe of never-before-imagine visions of the future, is a hilarious cast of characters including a pet cockroach, and a heroic team of malfunctioning misfit robots.


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Release Date: June 27, 2008
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Romance and Sci-Fi
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Mister Lonely

Only Harmony Korine (writer of KIDS, auteur of GUMMO, JULIEN DONKEY-BOY) could weave Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, her daughter Shirley Temple and flying nuns into a hypnotically funny and truly poignant tale of the instability behind fanaticism and the redemption we can hope to find in one another. The film follows a lonely Michael Jackson impersonator (Diego Luna) who is invited by a beautiful Marilyn Monroe (Samantha Morton) to a commune full of other impersonators including the Queen of England, Madonna, Sammy Davis Junior and James Dean, in the Scottish Highlands. In a parallel story line, the incomparable Werner Herzog plays a Latin American priest who learns his missionary of nuns can literally fly.

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Release Date: May 2, 2008
Genre: Art, Foreign, Comedy and Drama
Running Time: 112 min.
Distributor(s): First Take (IFC)
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MPAA Rating:

Director(s):
Harmony Korine

Writer(s):
Harmony Korine - Screenplay
Avi Korine - Screenplay

Fugitive Pieces

Based on the international bestselling novel by Anne Michaels, FUGITIVE PIECES is a poetic and emotionally charged film about love, loss and redemption. The film, written and directed by Jeremy Podeswa and produced by Robert Lantos tells the story of Jakob Beer, a man whose life is haunted by his childhood experiences during World War II. As a child in Poland, Jakob is orphaned during wartime only to be saved by a compassionate Greek archaeologist. Over the course of his life, he attempts to deal with the losses he has endured. Through his writing and the discovery of true love, Jakob is ultimately freed from the legacy of his past.

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Release Date: May 2, 2008
Genre: Art, Foreign, Drama, Adaptation, Politics and Religion
Running Time: 108 min.
Distributor(s): Samuel Goldwyn Company
Tagline: He found himself in the love around him.
MPAA Rating: R for some sexuality.

Director(s):
Jeremy Podeswa

Writer(s):
Jeremy Podeswa - Screenplay
Anne Micha…

Roman de Gare

Best-selling author Judith Ralitzer is researching unlikely places to find characters for her next bestseller. As luck would have it, a serial killer with a penchant for magic tricks has just escaped from a high-security prison... providing the perfect source material for an intricately plotted, moody mystery. Deceptively layered and intriguingly misleading, this highly anticipated new film from Oscar winning director Claude LeLouch (A MAN AND A WOMAN) stars Dominique Pinon and Fanny Ardant as unlikely pair caught up in a game with high stakes - and deadly consequences.

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Release Date: April 25, 2008
Genre: Art, Foreign, Drama, Romance and Thriller
Running Time: 103 min.
Distributor(s): Samuel Goldwyn Company
Tagline: Everybody has a secret. Every mystery has a twist.
MPAA Rating: R

Director(s):
Claude Lelouch

Writer(s):
Claude Lelouch - Screenplay
Pierre Uytterhoeven - Screenplay
Claude Lelouch - Story By

Producer(s):
Remi Bergman - Executive Producer
Claude Lelouch - …

Rogue

Pete is an American traveler writer reporting on the booming tourist industry in the Northern Territory. While taking a river cruise he finds himself stuck with a collection of interesting characters, including Kate, the beautiful local tour guide. There is an immediate attraction between the two, but when their boat is rammed by something from below, the tour is thrown into disarray and they become stranded on a tiny mud island. As night falls and the tide starts to rise, the group slowly realize they are being stalked by a huge saltwater crocodile, beginning a terrifying struggle for survival in one of the most remote places in the world.

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Release Date: April 25, 2008
Genre: Action-Adventure, Romance, Suspense, Horror and Thriller
Running Time: 92 min.
Distributor(s): Dimension Films
Tagline: Welcome to the Terrortory
MPAA Rating: R for language and some creature violence.

Director:
Greg McLean

Writer(s):
Greg McLean - screenplay

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Falling For Grace

Grace Tang is an ambitious Wall Street banker determined to work her way up the ladder of life and out of working-class Chinatown. She seems to have done exactly that with an Associate position at a top notch Wall Street investment bank. But more than anything, Grace yearns to be part of the Upper East Side socialite world.

When Grace finally receives that elusive invitation to the Opera's prestigious Junior Committee Meet & Greet, she is prepared to shine. What she isn't prepared for, however, is being mistaken as "the Grace Tang" of the Shanghai Tangs, a heiress from Hong Kong. But before Grace can correct the situation, she is introduced to Andrew Barrington, Jr., one of the most eligible bachelors of New York City and she decides to run with her new identity.

What follows is a whirlwind ride of romance and white lies, where we are offered a glance into the greed and pressures of Wall Street and the human side of Chinatown - two worlds which unknowingly intercon…

Anamorph

When a reclusive detective (Willem Dafoe) is drawn into the case of a serial killer who is enacting anamorphosis - a painting technique that manipulates the laws of perspective - only with human bodies; he is thrust into a dark and unsettling underworld that threatens to reveal the secrets of his tormented past.




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Release Date: April 18, 2008
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Crime and Gangster
Running Time: 103 min.
Distributor(s): First Take (IFC)
Tagline:
MPAA Rating: R for disturbing grisly images, some violence and language.

Director(s):
Henry Miller

Writer(s):
Henry Miller - Screenplay
Tom Phelan - Screenplay

Producer(s):
Campbell Miller - Executive Producer
Marissa McMahon - Producer

Movie Casts:
Willem Dafoe - Stan
Scott Speedman - Carl
Peter Stormare - Blair
Clea DuVall - Sandy
James Rebhorn - Brainard
Amy Carlson - Alexandra Fredericks
Yul Vazquez - Jorge
Don Harvey - Killer
Paul Lazar - Medical Examiner
Edward Hibbert - Gallery Owner
Dennis Albanese - A…

Zombie Strippers

Nightmare on Elm Street's ROBERT ENGLUND and worldwide media sensation JENNA JAMESON star in Zombie Strippers. When a secret government agency lets out a deadly chemo virus causing the reanimation of the dead, the first place to get hit is Rhino's, a hot underground strip club. As one of the strippers gets the virus, she turns into a supernatural, flesh-eating zombie stripper, making her the hit if the club. Do the rest of the girls fight the temptation to be the star stripper, even if there is no turning back? Also featuring ROXY SAINT (of the Goth band Roxy Saint and the blackouts) and Ultimate Fighting Champion TITO ORTIZ, Zombie Strippers is a sexy, bloody, hilarious good time!

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Release Date: April 18, 2008
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi and Fantasy
Running Time: 94 min.
Distributor(s): Triumph Films
Tagline: They'll dance for a fee, but devour you for free.
MPAA Rating: R for strong violence and gore, sexuality/nudity and langua…

Bra Boys

"Bra Boys" is a film about the cultural evolution of the inner-Sydney beachside suburb of Maroubra and the social struggle of its youth - the tattooed and much maligned surf community known as the Bra Boys. The story is narrated by Australian actor Russell Crowe and is told through the eyes of members of the Bra Boys.

It is the first full-length film project being undertaken by, and officially sanctioned by, the Bra Boys. It is their story. It shows their success in professional big wave surfing, it explores their international reputation for hard partying and rough justice, it touches on their running battle with authorities and it shows their absolute reliance on one another to fit into a society in which they are displaced and, at times, disinterested. It shows how the evolution of Maroubra, coupled with the historical stigma associated with Australia's rebellious surf community, has contributed to their social displacement.

Central to the story is the true-life strugg…

Chapter 27

On December 8, 1980 Mark David Chapman shocked the world by murdering the beloved purveyor of peace, 40-year old musician and activist, John Lennon, outside The Dakota, his New York apartment building. Chapman's motives were fabricated from pure delusion, fueled by an obsession with the fictional character Holden Caulfield and his similar misadventures in J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye. In one instant, an anonymous, mentally unstable 25-year old, socially awkward Beatles fan who had fluctuated between idealizing Lennon and being overcome with a desire to kill him - altered the course of history.

Jared Leto, 60 pounds heavier for the role, bears an uncanny physical resemblance to the real Chapman, who to this day, is incarcerated in Attica Prison, on a guilty plea. Aside from a Larry King interview in 1992, he has not spoken with the media. However, Chapman did reveal the mechanics of his unraveling during those three fateful days in New York City, to crime journalist Jack J…

Made of Honor

For Tom (Patrick Dempsey), life is good: he's sexy, successful, has great luck with the ladies, and knows he can always rely on Hannah (Michelle Monaghan), his delightful best friend, the one constant in his life. It's a great setup until Hannah goes overseas to Scotland on a six-week business trip, and he is stunned to realize how empty his life is without her. Tom resolves that when Hannah gets back, he will ask her to marry him. With great shock and distress, he learns that she has become engaged to a handsome and wealthy Scotsman and plans to move overseas. When Hannah asks Tom to be her "maid" of honor, he reluctantly agrees to fill the role... but only so he can attempt to win her over and stop the wedding before it's too late.

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Release Date: May 2, 2008
Genre: Comedy
Running Time:
Distributor(s): Sony Pictures Releasing
Tagline: It takes a real man to become a maid of honor.
MPAA Rating:

Director(s):
Paul We…

Then She Found Me

Nearing 40, April Epner (Hunt), a schoolteacher in New York who was adopted at birth, wants to have a baby of her own - a desire made that much stronger by the fact that she never knew her biological mother. A snag in her plans presents itself when her sweet but immature husband Ben (Matthew Broderick) announces one night that their marriage was a mistake, leaving April devastated and bewildered. With her life in disarray, one more surprising bolt is thrown April's way in the form of Bernice (Bette Midler), an eccentric local talk show host, who declares herself to be April's birth mother. Despite the influence of her newfound mother and a relationship with Frank (Colin Firth), the father of one of her students, April's once simple life begins to spiral out of control.

Based on the eponymous first novel by writer Elinor Lipman, the film tells the funny and moving story of one woman's very unlikely path towards personal fulfillment.

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Standard Operating Procedure

Is it possible for a photograph to change the world? Photographs taken by soldiers in Abu Ghraib prison changed the war in Iraq and changed America’s image of itself. Yet, a central mystery remains. Did the notorious Abu Ghraib photographs constitute evidence of systematic abuse by the American military, or were they documenting the aberrant behavior of a few “bad apples”?

We set out to examine the context of these photographs. Why were they taken? What was happening outside the frame? We talked directly to the soldiers who took the photographs and who were in the photographs. Who are these people? What were they thinking? Over two years of investigation, we amassed a million and a half words of interview transcript, thousands of pages of unredacted reports, and hundreds of photographs. The story of Abu Ghraib is still shrouded in moral ambiguity, but it is clear what happened there.

The Abu Ghraib photographs serve as both an expose and a coverup. An expose, because the photographs off…

Deal

Set against the world of high stakes poker, DEAL follows the story of Alex Stillman Bret Harrison), a cocky, hotshot, card-playing senior at Yale University. Alex dreams of becoming a professional Texas Hold'em poker player but does not yet have the skill to master the table. Fortunately for him, a chance encounter introduces Alex to retired poker legend, Tommy Vinson (Burt Reynolds). Tommy was at the top of his game twenty years ago but gave it all up in order to save his family.

Upon meeting Alex, Tommy realizes he can regain his own self-confidence, pride and a poker championship title by turning Alex into his protégé. The two pair up and master every tournament they enter. The winning streak and friendship between the two is eventually thwarted by the interference of a Las Vegas call girl, Michelle (Shannon Elizabeth). The pair eventually part ways and separately prepare for the World Poker Tour. Only one will take home the championship title.

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Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay

HAROLD AND KUMAR ESCAPE FROM GUANTANAMO BAY marks the triumphant return of these two hilarious, slacker anti-heroes. The movie stars John Cho (STAR TREK, AMERICAN PIE) as Harold and Kal Penn (THE NAMESAKE, HOUSE, VAN WILDER) as Kumar, two stoners who can't seem to get a break. Their last adventure found them traveling across the country to find a White Castle hamburger in order to satisfy a weed-induced case of "the munchies." This time, the boys get themselves in trouble trying to sneak a bong on board a flight to Amsterdam. Now, being suspected of terrorism, they are forced to run from law and try to find a way to prove their innocence. What follows is an irreverent and epic journey of deep thoughts, deeper inhaling and a wild trip around the world that is as "un-PC" as it gets.

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Release Date: April 25, 2008
Genre: Comedy and Sequel
Running Time: 102 min.
Distributor(s): Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution
Tagli…

Deception

An accounting consultant, while passing from one job to another, meets a charismatic, womanizing lawyer who personifies everything the numbers cruncher wishes he could be. The accountant delves into an erotic world of underground sex clubs.





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Release Date: April 25, 2008
Genre: Thriller
Running Time:
Distributor(s): 20th Century Fox Distribution
Tagline:
MPAA Rating: R for sexual content, language, brief violence and some drug use.

Director(s):
Marcel Langenegger

Writer(s):
Mark Bomback - Screenplay
Jason Keller - Screenplay (rewrite)
Patrick Marber - Screenplay (2nd rewrite)

Producer(s):
Robbie Brenner - Producer
David Bushell - Producer
Hugh Jackman - Producer
John Palermo - Producer
Arnold Rifkin - Producer
Marjorie Shik - Producer
Christopher Eberts - Producer
Phil Eisen - Associate Producer

Movie Casts:
Ewan McGregor - Jonathan
Hugh Jackman - Wyatt
Michelle Williams
Maggie Q
Daisy Bates - Short boy crop
Danny Burstein - Clute Controller
Nadine Cam…