The Oxford Murders
Directed by: Alex de la Iglesia
Written by: Jorge Guerricaechevarria, Alex de la Iglesia
Starring: Elijah Wood, John Hurt, Leonor Watling
Release Date: 2008
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THE OXFORD MURDERS
Wood plays an American student at Oxford University who becomes intrigued by a murder. He is taken under the wing of a Sherlock Holmes-style mentor (Hurt), who uses logic and mathematical symbols to try to stop a series of murders.
Directed by: Mark Palansky
Written by: Leslie Caveny
Starring: Christina Ricci, James McAvoy, Catherine O’Hara, Reese Witherspoon
Release Date: February 29, 2008
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The tale of Penelope.
Generations ago, a witch placed a curse on the Wilhern family that would result in the next girl being born into the clan having a porcine snout — and now young Penelope (Christina Ricci) has fallen victim to the vengeful hag’s unsightly grudge. When tabloid reporter Lemon (Peter Dinklage) runs a misleadingly frightening photograph of the kind-hearted Penelope, her parents, Jessica (Catherine O’Hara) and Franklin (Richard E. Grant), lock the girl away in a sprawling mansion. Though it is said that the curse can be lifted if a man of Penelope’s status takes her hand in marriage, every man who lays eyes on the girl takes flight at first sight, never to return — until the arrival of Max (James McAvoy), that is. An unrepentant gambler with a heavy heart and an ulterior motive for meeting Penelope, Max is unexpectedly caught off guard by the pig-nosed girl’s disarming charm, and suddenly flees before having carried out his nefarious plan. Now determined to throw caution to the wind and explore the world on her own terms, Penelope makes the acquaintance of independent-minded delivery girl Annie (Reese Witherspoon), who quickly agrees to join her newfound friend on the ultimate journey of self-discovery.
Directed by: Noam Murro
Written by: Mark Poirier
Starring: Denis Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker, Thomas Haden Church, Ellen Page
Release Date: April 11, 2008
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Professor Lawrence Wetherhold (Dennis Quaid) might be imperiously brilliant, monumentally self-possessed and an intellectual giant but when it comes to solving the conundrums of love and family, he’s as downright flummoxed as the next guy. His teenaged daughter (Ellen Page) is an acid-tongued overachiever who follows all too closely in dad’s misery-loving footsteps, and his adopted, preposterously ne’er-do-well brother (Thomas Haden Church) has perfected the art of freeloading. A widower who can’t seem to find passion in anything anymore, not even the Victorian Literature in which he’s an expert, it seems Lawrence is sleepwalking through a very stunted middle age. When his brother shows up unexpectedly for an extended stay at just about the same time as he accidentally encounters his former student Janet (Sarah Jessica Parker), the circumstances cause him to stir from his deep, deep freeze, with often comical, sometimes heartbreaking, consequences for himself and everyone around him.
Directed by: Tom Shankland
Written by: Clive Bradley
Starring: Stellan Skarsgard, Melissa George, Ashley Walters, Selma Blair
Release Date: February 22, 2008
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Bodies are beginning to be found in the dark city streets yet there is something horribly wrong with them. Some are mutilated while others have an equation w?z = Cov (w,z) = ßwzVz carved into their flesh. As Detective Argo (Stellan Skarsgård) and his new partner (Melissa George) begin to unearth the meaning of the odd equation, they soon realise that each victim is being offered a gruesome choice: kill your loved ones or be killed yourself.
The Children of Huang Shi
Directed by: Roger Spottiswoode
Written by: Jane Hawksley, James MacManus
Starring: Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Radha Mitchell, Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh
Release Date: May 23, 2008
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CHILDREN OF HUANG SHI
As China is ravaged by war in the late 1930s, a young Englishman named George Hogg (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) leads sixty orphans over the Liu Pan Shan mountains and into the safety of the Mongolian desert.
Never Back Down
Directed by: Jeff Wadlow
Written by: Chris Hauty
Starring: Dijimon Hounsou, Amber Heard, Sean Faris, Carn Gigandet, Leslie Hope
Release Date: March 14, 2008
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NEVER BACK DOWN
Never Give Up!
Never Back Down!
Shortly after moving to a new town with his family, Jake Tyler (Faris) finds himself bullied into fighting in a mixed martial arts bout, where he suffers a humiliating beating. After receiving threats to the safety of his friends and family, Jake seeks the mentoring of a veteran fighter (played by two-time Academy Award nominee Djimon Hounsou), to train his mind and body for one final no-holds-barred elimination fight with his unrelenting personal nemesis and local martial arts champion Ryan McCarty (Gigandet).
Meet the Browns
Directed by: Tyler Perry
Written by: Tyler Perry
Starring: Tyler Perry, Angela Bassett, Sofia Vergara, David Mann
Release Date: March 21, 2008
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MEET THE BROWNS
A single mom takes her family to Georgia for the funeral of her father — a man she never met. There, her clan is introduced to the crass, fun-loving Brown family.
Directed by: Nick Moore
Written by: Lucy Dahl
Starring: Emma Roberts, Natasha Richardson, Aidan Quinn, Shirley Henderson, Aex Pettyfer
Release Date: August 15, 2008
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Poppy Moore’s mother’s death five years ago leaves her to party and live life somewhat inappropriately. After warnings from her father to send her to boarding school in England – as her mother did – she jumps into the Pacific near her beach side abode, he sends her to England. She is forced to leave behind her luxurious life and go to boarding school. Here she finds no sun to tan in, uniform, restricted cell phone use, and her designer duds are soaked from being left in a rainstorm. After being bullied and losing her spoiled treatment, she is determined to leave, forced to attempt to get expelled by snogging the headmistress’s son, Freddie. Before she knows it, she is falling head over heels for him. Her ticket out is her only reason to stay. One night, she finds out her mother attended the exact same boarding school… Before she knows it, she loses her blonde locks and goes brunette. But after she tries and finally heals after her mother’s death, she may get to go home… But does she want to?
Directed by: William Maher
Written by: Zac Stanford
Starring: Nick Stahl, AnnaSophia Robb, Charlize Theron, Denis Hooper
Release Date: March 14, 2008
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This is the story of James Reedy (Stahl), a simple man who leads a less than ordinary existence. When his sister Joleen (Theron) seemingly abandons her daughter Tara (Robb) with him, Reedy finds himself ill equipped to deal with the care of his 11-year-old niece. Faced with the prospect of losing Tara to a foster home, James manages to overcome his complacency, stealing away with the girl and taking to the road. In the course of their uneasy journey, their bond slowly begins to grow, as Tara must come to terms with her mother’s disappearance. James, for the first time, is forced to truly examine long buried past events and the consequences they have had on his life, and determine whether they will continue to haunt his future.
Life before her Eyes
Directed by: Vadim Perelman
Written by: Laura Kasischke (novel), Emil Stern (screenplay)
Starring: Uma Thurman, Evan Rachel Wood, Eva Amuri, Gabrielle Brennan
Release Date: April 18, 2008
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LIFE BEFORE HER EYES
What if we had the ability to competely shape our future?
What if in a single moment we could choose our destiny?
Who would you be?
How would you change?
And what would you sacrifice?
Some memories in life, we choose to remember.
And some, we can never forget…
The life before her eyes.
Oscar-nominee Uma Thurman plays a suburban wife and mother who begins to question her seemingly perfect life and perhaps her sanity on the 15th anniversary of a tragic high school shooting that took the life of her best friend. In flashbacks, Diana is a vibrant high schooler (played by Evan Rachel Wood of “Thirteen” and “The Upside of Anger”) who, with her shy best friend Maureen, plot typical teenage strategies, cutting class, fantasizing about boys and vow to leave their sleepy suburb at the first opportunity. The older Diana, however, is haunted by the increasingly strained relationship she had with Maureen as day of the school shooting approached. These memories disrupt the idyllic life she’s now leading with her professor husband Paul and their young daughter Emma. As older Diana’s life begins to unravel and younger Diana gets closer and closer to the fatal day, a deeper mystery slowly unravels.
Directed by: Michael Lembeck
Written by: Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Judd, Julie Andrews
Release Date: January 22, 2010
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Dwayne Johnson is the Tooth Fairy, also known as Derek Thompson, a hard-charging minor league hockey player whose nickname comes from his habit of separating opposing players from their bicuspids. When Derek discourages a youngster hopes, he is sentenced to one week hard labor as a real tooth fairy, complete with the requisite tutu, wings and magic wand. At first, derek cant handle the tooth bumbling and stumbling as he tries to furtively wing his way through strangers homes doing what tooth fairies do. But as Derek adapts to his new position, he begins to rediscover his own forgotten dreams.
Alvin and the Chipmunks 2
Directed by: Betty Thomas
Written by: Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger
Starring: Jason Lee, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Anna Faris, Christina Applegate, Amy Poehler
Release Date: December 25, 2009
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ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS 2
In the sequel, David Seville (Jason Lee) sends Alvin (Justin Long), Simon (Matthew Gray Gubler), and Theodore (Jesse McCartney) off to school, saying that it is good for them. Little does he know, the Chipmunks feel like Chipmunks Out of Water on account of all the human students around. Meanwhile, Ian Hawke (David Cross) (after the loss of the Chipmunks dealt him a serious blow) searches the world for animals who can sing and dance. He happens upon Brittany (Anna Faris), Jeanette (Christina Applegate), and Eleanor (Amy Poehler), the Chipettes, and cannot wait to make them famous, and get his sworn revenge on the Chipmunks.
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Starring: Matt Damon
Release Date: 2010
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A supernatural thriller in the vein of Shyamalan’s Sixth Sense.