Movies Line-Up For Jan 2008

16 Jan

I have landed my hands on some sneak details on the movie line-up for 2008 from Golden Village through Cyrene. I am a regular movie viewer though not as nuts as one of my other cousins who watches movie week in week out. Since it is already halfway through January, I will start from mid-January instead. The dates given are subjected to changes so don’t flame me if it’s incorrect.

MR AVERAGE – 17 JAN 2008
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Chris Franklin, Michael Bishop, Margie Bainbridge, Eric Mueck, Brett Swain
Synopsis: A builder’s laborer from a working-class suburb gets some unwanted attention from a local mobster to whom he owes money after he becomes an overnight celebrity on television.

3:10 TO YUMA – 17 JAN 2008
Genre: Western
Cast: Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Dallas Roberts
Synopsis: A small-time rancher agrees to hold a captured outlaw who’s awaiting a train to go to court in Yuma. A battle of wills ensues as the outlaw tries to psych out the rancher.

Genre: Drama
Cast: Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Terrence Howard, Robin Williams
Synopsis: Tells the story of a charismatic young Irish guitarist (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and a sheltered young cellist (Keri Russell) who have a chance encounter one magical night above New York’s Washington Square, but are soon torn apart, leaving in their wake an infant, August Rush, orphaned by circumstance. Now performing on the streets of New York and cared for by a mysterious stranger (Robin Williams), August (Freddie Highmore) uses his remarkable musical talent to seek the parents from whom he was separated at birth.

Genre: Drama
Cast: Laura Linney, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Synopsis: A sister (Linney) and brother (Hoffman) face the realities of familial responsibility as they begin to care for their ailing father.

Genre: Documentary
Cast: Rob Stewart, Patrick Moore, Paul Watson
Synopsis: What it turned into was a beautiful and dangerous life journey into the balance of life on earth. Driven by passion fed from a life-long fascination with sharks, Stewart debunks historical stereotypes and media depictions of sharks as bloodthirsty, man-eating monsters and reveals the reality of sharks as pillars in the evolution of the seas. Filmed in visually stunning, high definition video, Sharkwater takes you into the most shark rich waters of the world, exposing the exploitation and corruption surrounding the world’s shark populations in the marine reserves of Cocos Island, Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. In an effort to protect sharks, Stewart teams up with renegade conservationist Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Their unbelievable adventure together starts with a battle between the Sea Shepherd and shark poachers in Guatemala, resulting in pirate boat rammings, gunboat chases, mafia espionage, corrupt court systems and attempted murder charges, forcing them to flee for their lives. Through it all, Stewart discovers these magnificent creatures have gone from predator to prey, and how despite surviving the earth’s history of mass extinctions, they could easily be wiped out within a few years due to human greed. Stewart’s remarkable journey of courage and determination changes from a mission to save the world’s sharks, into a
fight for his life, and that of humankind.

AWAKE – 17 Jan 2008
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Cast: Hayden Christensen, Jessica Alba, Christopher McDonald
Synopsis: In “Awake,” a psychological thriller that tells the story of a man (Christensen) undergoing heart surgery while experiencing a phenomenon called “anesthetic awareness,” which leaves him awake but paralyzed throughout the operation. As various obstacles present themselves, his wife (Alba) must make life-altering decisions while wrestling with her own personal drama.

P2 – 17 Jan 2008
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Cast: Wes Bentley, Rachel Nichols, Simon Reynolds, Grace Lynn Kung
Synopsis: A corporate climber gets stuck working late on Christmas Eve and finds herself the target of an unhinged security guard. With no help in sight, the woman must overcome physical and psychological challenges to survive.

Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Cast: Mike Vogel, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas
Synopsis: 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. Produced by JJ Abrams (TV’s Alias, Lost).

27 DRESSES – 24 JAN 2008
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Cast: Katherine Heigl, James Marsden, Malin Akerman
Synopsis: A woman who has made a career out of being a bridesmaid – but never a bride – faces her worst nightmare when her sister becomes engaged to the man of her dreams. Luckily, the wedding brings around the man who may change her bridesmaid status for good.

Genre: Action, Adventure, Western
Cast: Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Shepard, Mary-Louise Parker, Jeremy Renner, Paul Schneider, Sam Rockwell
Synopsis: An action western surrounding the private life and public exploits of America’s most notorious outlaw, Jesse James. As the charismatic and unpredictable outlaw plans his next great robbery, he wages war on his enemies, who are trying to collect the reward money–and the glory–that is riding on his capture. However, the greatest threat to Jesse’s life may ultimately come from those he trusts the most.

Genre: Action, Adventure, Western
Cast: Keira Knightley, James McAvoy
Synopsis: Wrongfully accused of rape, a young man enlists in the armed forces to avoid jail time and must survive WWII in order to return home to his one true love. Directed by Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice).

JOHN RAMBO – 25 JAN 2008
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Julie Benz
Synopsis: In Thailand, John Rambo (Stallone) assembles a group of mercenaries and leads them up the Salween River to a Burmese village where a group of Christian aid workers allegedly went missing.

CROWS ZERO – 24 JAN 2008
Genre: Action
Cast: Takayuki Yamada, Kyôsuke Yab
Synopsis: The story takes place before the events of the manga Crows (Takahashi Hishori) about fueding high-school gangs, hence the title “Crows Zero”.Takitani, a transfer student attempts to take over Suzuran Boys High School and is mentored by old boy yakuza Katagiri as he faces off against his rival Serizawa.

THE MIST – 24 JAN 2008
Genre: Horror
Cast: Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Alexa Davalos
Synopsis: After a violent storm attacks a town in Maine, an approaching cloud of mist appears the next morning. As the mist quickly envelops the area, a group of people get trapped in a local grocery store -among them, artist David Drayton and his five-year-old son. The people soon discover that within the mist lives numerous species of horrific, unworldly creatures that entered through an inter-dimensional rift, which may or may not have been caused by a nearby military base. As the world around them manifests into a literal hell-on-earth, the horrified citizens try desperately to survive this apocalyptic disaster.

Genre: Drama, Romance
Cast: Michelle Monaghan, Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris, Casey Affleck
Synopsis: Dorchester, one of the toughest neighborhoods in all of Boston, is no place for the weak or innocent. It’s a territory defined by hard heads and even harder luck, its streets littered with broken families, hearts, dreams. When one of its own, a four-year-old girl, goes missing, private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro don’t want the case. But after pleas from the child’s aunt, they open an investigation that will ultimately risk everything – their relationship, their sanity, and even their lives – to find a little girl lost.

Genre: Drama
Cast: Khalid Abdalla, Shuan Toub
Synopsis: After spending years in California, Amir returns to his homeland in Afghanistan to help his old friend Hassan,
whose son is in trouble. Based on the novel with the same name by Khaled Hosseini. Directed by Marc Forster
(Stranger Than Fiction, Finding Neverland, Monster’s Ball).

Genre: Horror, Thriller
Cast: Mike Vogel, Christina Cole, Jaime Murray, Bill Nash, Michael Ed Feast
Synopsis: On an otherwise ordinary night, the young Ian Stone encounters a mysterious creature and is forced into the path of an oncoming train. Rather than facing certain death, Ian finds himself reborn into a new life that feels strangely familiar. After his second death, it becomes apparent that Ian is being hunted by an evil presence, and will be forced to die every day until he can solve the mystery of his own life.

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