New Releases for the Week of August 28, 2009




Who says Paul Dano can't look studly?

Who says Paul Dano can't look studly?



(Focus) Emile Hirsch, Demitri Martin, Imelda Staunton, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kelli Garner, Eugene Levy, Liev Schreiber, Henry Goodman. Directed by Ang Lee.

In 1969, the counterculture was focused on a farm in upstate New York for one glorious shining (ummmm, okay…raining) weekend – near a place called Woodstock. Director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain) takes a fond look back at that moment in time in this new comedy inspired by events that actually happened – note that it’s inspired by and not based on, so expect ol’ Ang and his screenwriting partner James Schamus to play a bit fast and loose with the facts but so what? It’s all in good fun.

See the trailer here.

For more on the movie this is the website.

Rating: R (for graphic nudity, some sexual content, drug use and language)


(Fox Searchlight) Hugh Dancy, Rose Byrne, Peter Gallagher, Amy Irving. Adam is a young man who not only lacks the social graces, he lacks any sort of grace whatsoever. He has been comfortable in his insulated world – until Beth walks into his life. As worldly and cosmopolitan as he is shy and awkward, she comes into his life like a tornado in a miniskirt. An unlikely romance, yes but this is an indie film after all so there you go.

See the trailer here.

For more on the movie this is the website.

Rating: PG-13 (for thematic material, sexual content and language)

The Final Destination

(New Line) Bobby Campo, Shantel van Santen, Mykelti Williamson, Krista Allen. The fourth (and possibly final) entry into the horror franchise follows the same formula – teen has premonition, saves friends from horrible accident that kills others, then said friends begin getting picked off in a series of elaborate, gruesome accidents. Yes, I know you’ve seen it all before – but have you seen it in 3D? Yes, it’s in 3D in selected theaters, but not all so check ahead if your particular multiplex is carrying it in that form if it’s important to you.

See the trailer here.

For more on the movie this is the website.

Rating: R (for strong violent/gruesome accidents, language and a scene of sexuality)

Halloween II

(Dimension) Scout Taylor-Compton, Tyler Mane, Malcolm McDowell, Brad Dourif. Is it that time of year again? Rob Zombie, who is God to legions of horror film fanatics, returns in this sequel to his reboot of John Carpenter’s Halloween. Taking place immediately after the first film left off, it follows heroine Laurie Strode in the aftermath of the carnage of the first movie as Michael Myers seeks out his own brand of retribution.

See the trailer here.

For more on the movie this is the website.

Rating: R (for strong brutal bloody violence throughout, terror, disturbing graphic images, language, and some crude sexual content and nudity)


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