Movies Line-Up For Feb 2008

20 Jan

The feedback that I am getting for the January releases was pretty good so here’s the line-up for February. With Chinese New Year around the corner and the Valentine’s Day coming closely after, I would say comedies and romance will be in for some good box office. I am personally looking forward to the movies due to release over Chinese New Year especially CJ7, the trailer already caught me laughing it through!

For those who are still interested in the January movie line-up, you can still have a look before February comes.

Genre: Drama, Romance
Cast: Julie Christie, Olympia Dukakis, Deanna Dezmari
Synopsis: Fiona and Grant are an Ontario couple who have been married for over 40 years. Now, in the oncoming twilight of their years, they are forced to face the fact that Fiona’s “forgetfulness” actually is Alzheimer’s Disease. After Fiona wanders away and is found after being lost, they agree she must go into a nursing home. For the first time in the five decades their relationship has spanned, they are forced to undergo a long-time separation since the nursing home has a “no-vistors” policy for the first 30 days of a patient’s stay, so they can adjust to their new surroundings. When Grant visits Fiona after the orientation period, he is devastated to find out that not only can has she seemingly forgotten him, Fiona has transferred her affections to another man. The other man is Aubrey, a wheel chair-bound mute who also is a patient at the nursing home. As the distance between husband and wife grows, Grant must draw upon his love for Fiona to perform an act of self-sacrifice in order to ensure her happiness.

Genre: Drama
Cast: Jay Chou, Charlene Choi
Synopsis: Shi-Jie (Jay Chou), grew up in a martial arts school and is well-trained in kung-fu. With his kung-fu skills and good reflexes, Shi-Jie excels in basketball by mastering the slam dunk technique. Wang-Li (Eric Tsang), who is trying to locate Shi-Jie’s real family, invites him to join the university’s basketball team in hope of making some money. Shi-Jie faces new challenges while trying to blend in with the basketball team members Ting-Wei (Chen Bo-Lin) and Xiao-Lan (Baron Chen). With the upcoming basketball championship and the appearance of Li-Li (Charlene Choi), will the team members set aside their differences and personal feelings for the love of the game?

Genre: Drama, Comedy
Cast: Fann Wong, Mark Lee
Synopsis: Centers on the Malaysian and Singaporean triad loan shark business. Follows a triad leader within the illegal money lending business who tries to give her triad a more professional and “loving” image.

Genre: Comedy
Cast: Stephen Chow
Synopsis: A comedy about a poor labourer father (Stephen Chow) and his young son. When a fascinating and strange new pet enters their lives, they learn a poignant lesson about the true nature of family and the things money can’t buy.

Genre: History, Romance, Drama
Cast: Yeom Jeong-ah, Ji Jin-Hee
Synopsis: Hyun-Woo is released from prison after spending 17 years behind bars. During his college days he was involved in the student led anti-government protests that swept across Korea in the early 1980’s. Now that he is finally free, Hyun-Woo travels back to the town where he spent a few precious months immediately prior to his arrest.

Seventeen years ago, Hyun-Woo fled into the rural area of Korea, hiding from the government that was trying to quash his anti-government group. He found sanctuary in the home of Han Yun-Hee. She was a former sympathizer to the anti-government cause, but now living a modest life as a teacher in a small rural community. The couple quickly became intimate, Hyun-Woo able to provide the spark that was missing from Yun-Hee’s simple life.

Unfortunately, while Hyun-Woo was still hiding in Yun-hee’s home, he learned that most of his fellow anti-government protesters were captured & imprisoned. Even though the government now has Hyun-Woo high on their wanted list, he feels ashamed that he is living peacefully, while his friends are imprisoned. Thus, he makes the difficult decision to leave Yun-hee and go back to the movement centred in Seoul. What he would later learn is that he left behind the sole person that would stay faithful to him throughout his 17 year imprisonment and also the woman that was carrying his baby.

Genre: Drama, Musical/Performing Arts and Adaptation
Cast: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall
Synopsis: The Warner Bros. Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures co-production presents Depp as Sweeney Todd, a man unjustly sent to prison, who vows revenge not only for that cruel punishment but for the devastating consequences of what happened to his wife and daughter. When he returns to reopen his barber shop, he becomes the Demon Barber of Fleet Street who “shaved the heads of gentleman who never thereafter were heard from again.”

PS. I LOVE YOU – 14 FEB 2008
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Cast: Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler, Lisa Kudrow
Synopsis: A young widow discovers that her late husband has left her 10 messages intended to help ease her pain and start a new life.

JUNO – 14 FEB 2008
Genre: Drama
Cast: Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Allison Janney
Synopsis: JUNO stars Ellen Page as the title character, a whip-smart teen confronting an unplanned pregnancy by her classmate Bleeker (Michael Cera). With the help of her hot best friend Leah (Olivia Thirlby), Juno finds her unborn child a “perfect” set of parents: an affluent suburban couple, Mark and Vanessa (Jason Bateman and Jennifer Garner), longing to adopt. Luckily, Juno has the total support of her parents (JK Simmons and Allison Janney) as she faces some tough decisions, flirts with adulthood and ultimately figures out where she belongs.

JUMPER – 14 FEB 2008
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Cast: Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, Rachel Bilson, Jamie Bell, Max Thieriot, Shawn Roberts
Synopsis: David Rice always believed he was perfectly ordinary — until he accidentally discovered he possessed a “talent” that is nothing less than extraordinary. David is a “JUMPER” who can teleport himself to the streets of New York and Tokyo, the ruins of Rome, and the summit of Mt. Everest. He can see twenty sunsets in one night, whisk his girlfriend around the world in the blink of an eye, and grab millions of dollars in a matter of minutes. But David’s global odyssey takes a deadly turn when finds himself relentlessly pursued by a secret organization sworn to kill Jumpers. Forming an uneasy alliance with another Jumper, David becomes a key player in a war that has been raging for thousands of years. As these world-changing events unfold, David begins to discover the secrets and mythology behind his incredible ability.

Genre: Drama
Cast: Alison Lohman, Halle Berry, David Duchovny
Synopsis: A recent widow invites her husband’s troubled best friend to live with her and her two children. As he gradually turns his life around, he helps the family cope and confront their loss.

Genre: Drama
Cast: Morgan Freeman, Greg Kinnear, Radha Mitchell, Billy Burke, Selma Blair
Synopsis: From venerable Academy Award(r) winning director Robert Benton (KRAMER VS. KRAMER), comes a kaleidoscopic ode to life and love in all its funny, sad, sexy, crazy, heartbreaking and life sustaining facets: FEAST OF LOVE. In a coffee shop in a tight-knit Oregon community, local professor Harry Stevenson (Academy Award(r) winner Morgan Freeman) witnesses love and attraction whipping up mischief among the town’s residents. From the unlucky in love, die-hard romantic coffee shop owner Bradley (Academy Award nominee Greg Kinnear) who has a serial habit of looking for love in all the wrong places, including with his current wife Kathryn (Selma Blair); to the edgy real estate agent Diana (Radha Mitchell) who is caught up in an affair with a married man (Billy Burke) with whom she shares an ineffable connection; to the beautiful young newcomer Chloe (Alexa Davalos) who defies fate in romancing the troubled Oscar (Toby Hemingway); to Harry himself, whose adoring wife (Jane Alexander) is looking to break through his wall of grief after the wrenching loss of a beloved . . . they all intertwine into one remarkable story in which no one can escape being bent, broken, befuddled, delighted and ultimately redeemed by love’s inescapable spell.

Genre: Drama, Romance
Cast: Xu Fan, Li Yixiang, Xiao Xiangyu, Jin Hong, Yao Lu, Qiao Gesang Hongduo, Huo Lin, Zhang Ying, Ren Silu, Wang Hongwei, Yu Genyi, An Jing, Wang Ziyi.
Synopsis: The members of a small opera troupe are forced to cope in the “real” world when their funds dry up.

Genre: Drama, Adaptation
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Mary Elizabeth Barrett, Paul Dano, Dillon Freasier, Christine Olejniczak
Synopsis: Set in the booming West coast oil fields at the turn of the 20th century, a tale that follows the rise of rugged prospector Daniel Plainview who becomes an independent oilman after hitting it rich with the strike of a lifetime. He realizes the American dream, and is destroyed by it.

Genre: Drama, Horror
Cast: Belen Rueda, Fernando Cayo, Roger Princep
Synopsis: Directed by Juan Antonio Bayona and produced by Guillermo Del Toro, The Orphanage tells the tale of a woman who purchases an abandoned orphanage with the goal to fix it up and turn it into a place for disabled children. While there, her son strikes up a friendship with an imaginary pal – a spirit who cannot be trusted.

Genre: Comedy, Musical/Performing Arts
Cast: John C. Reilly, Jenna Fischer, Kristen Wiig, Tim Meadows, Raymond J. Barry
Synopsis: America loves larger-than-life musician and songwriter Dewey Cox! But behind the music is the up-and-down- and-up-again story of a musician whose songs would change a nation. On his rock ‘n roll spiral, Cox sleeps with 411 women, marries three times, has 22 kids and 14 stepkids, stars in his own 70s TV show, collects friends ranging from Elvis to the Beatles to a chimp, and gets addicted to – and then kicks – every drug known to man… but despite it all, Cox grows into a national icon and eventually earns the love of a good woman – longtime backup singer Darlene.

FOOL’S GOLD – 21 FEB 2008
Genre: Action, Adventure, Romance
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Kate Hudson, Roger Sciberras, Donald Sutherland, Ewen Bremner
Synopsis: A couple discovers a lucrative treasure, making them the toast of the town and landing them on the cover of National Geographic. A few years later, a second attempt to find another treasure has left their marriage shipwrecked and has plunged them into debt. Just as they divorce, they stumble upon a missing clue that might lead them to a fortune.

Synopsis: In this prequel, L, the popular main character from the Death Note series, travels to America to use his
supieror intellect and spot on deduction skills to solve crimes.

Genre: Comedy
Cast: Jack Black, Melonie Diaz, Danny Glover
Synopsis: A man (Black) whose brain becomes magnetized unintentionally destroys every tape in his friend’s video store. In order to satisfy the store’s most loyal renter, an aging woman with signs of dementia, the two men set out to remake the lost films, which include Back to the Future, The Lion King, and Robocop.

Genre: Drama
Cast: Wong Li Lin, Ananda Everingham, Qi Yu Wu, Joan Chen
Synopsis: Based on a novella by well-acclaimed writer, Dr Catherine Lim, the story talks about a young Singaporean girl having chance upon her special someone on 29th February. She decides to base her intuition on an Irish leap year tradition that no man will refuse any request of a lady and invites him out for a date. Together, they embark on a romantic journey that spans over 12 years, meeting only thrice in 12 years, on the leap year.

THE EYE – 28 FEB 2008
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Horror
Cast: Jessica Alba, Parker Posey, Aaron Paul, Artyom Semakin, Chloe Moretz
Synopsis: Sydney Wells is an accomplished concert violinist. She is also blind and has been so since a childhood tragedy. However, Sydney undergoes a double corneal transplant, a surgery she has waited her whole life to have. After the surgery, neural ophthalmologist Dr. Faulkner helps Sydney with the difficult adjustment, and with the support of her older sister Helen, Sydney learns to see again. Alas, Sydney’s happiness is short-lived as frightening visions start to haunt her. Are they passing effects of her surgery or something horrifyingly real? As Sydney’s family and friends begin to doubt her sanity, she is soon convinced that her anonymous eye donor has somehow opened the door to a terrifying world which only she can see.

Genre: Comedy
Synopsis: The warriors of 300 might have been able to hold their own–at least for awhile–against an army of thousands, but can they defend themselves against this satire? From the minds behind EPIC MOVIE, MEET THE SPARTANS tackles everything from the action movie to YOU GOT SERVED to Britney Spears.

Genre: Drama
Cast: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Synopsis: A drama based on a Texas congressman Charlie Wilson’s covert dealings in Afghanistan, where his efforts to assist rebels in their war with the Soviets have some unforeseen and long-reaching effects. Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin (West Wing) and directed by Mike Nichols (Closer, Angels in America).

HELP ME EROS – 28 FEB 2008
Genre: Drama
Cast: Kang-Sheng Lee, Jane Liao, Dennis Nieh, Ivy Yi
Synopsis: Ah Jie lost everything in the stock market due to a severe economic crisis. He spends his days in his sealed apartment, smoking joints and looking after the marijuana plants that he secretly grows in his wardrobe. In desperation, he calls a suicide helpline and gets to know Chyi, whose sweet and gentle voice causes him to fall in love with his fantasized image of her. He tries to ask her out but is repeatedly rejected. He begins projecting his fantasy of Chyi on Shin, the new girl working at the betel nut stall downstairs. Shin is always sexily dressed in order to lure male customers. Ah Jie becomes closer to her and soon the two of them sink into a world of erotic and psychedelic pleasures. At the same time, Ah Jie begins to stalk Chyi.

SLEUTH – 28 FEB 2008
Genre: TBA
Cast: Michael Caine, Jude Law
Synopsis: On his sprawling country estate, an aging writer matches wits with the struggling actor who has stolen his wife’s heart.

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Cast: Sam Huntington, Chris Marquette, Dan Fogler, Kristen Bel
Synopsis: “Star Wars” fans travel to Skywalker Ranch to steal an early copy of “Episode I: The Phantom Menace” for their dying friend.

Genre: Drama
Cast: Simon Yam, Kelly Lin, Lam Ka Tung
Synopsis: They are known as “Sparrows” in Hong Kong or “pickpockets” in English context. They function in groups, stealing wallets from tourists and other victims. One day, a mysterious woman appears before them and asks for their help to steal a key for her.

Genre: Drama
Cast: John Cusack
Synopsis: Upon hearing his wife was killed in the Iraq war, a father takes his two daughters on a road trip.

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