Thursday, July 31, 2008

This Week's Releases...

Releasing Friday August 1st

In Wide Release:

Universal's The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperpor is the newest installment in the popular franchise. This time around Rob Cohen directs Brendan Fraiser, Jet Li, Maria Bello, Luke Ford, and Isabella Leong in the series as the film shifts gears to China. In the Far East, trouble-seeking father-and-son duo Rick and Alex O'Connell unearth the mummy of the first Emperor of Qin -- a shape-shifting entity who was cursed by a wizard centuries ago. The newest in the series looks to have retained the same feel from the original films and should look to try and take out The Dark Knight from the #1 spot at the box office this weekend.

Kevin Costner stars as Bud Johnson, an apathetic, beer slinging, lovable loser, who is coasting through a life that has passed him by, except for the one bright spot in his mundane existence, his precocious, over achieving twelve-year old daughter, Molly. She takes care of them both, until one mischievous moment on Election Day, when she accidentally sets off a chain of events which culminates in the presidential election coming down to one vote, her dads. Suddenly, Bud Johnson, the nobody, becomes the voice for everybody when the world realizes that his vote will be the one that elects the next president. Politicians invade the small town of Texico, New Mexico and its unwitting inhabitants, waging war for Bud's vote.

In Limited Release:

Based on Clive Barker's short story and scripted by Jeff Buhler, Bradley Cooper stars as an inquisitive photographer who comes across Mahogany (Jones), a butcher who uses the subway system as his killing floor. But who is he killing for and where is he delivering the meat of his victims? This film looks to be extremely gritty and very violent, oh yeah brutal! Early reviews have been strong, so go to a small indie theater and see this one!

Oficial Synopsis: Based on the real life experience of director Paul Weiland, England, the summer of ’66 and the country is about to be consumed by World Cup Fever. For 12-year-old Bernie the biggest day of his life is looming, the day he becomes a man - his Bar Mitzvah. But his plans for the perfect day begin to go awry when his father’s business starts to fail, forcing the family to scale back on their plans. Even more disturbing, the World Cup Final is scheduled for the same day as his passage into manhood. Parents Manny and Esther (MARSAN and BONHAM CARTER) assure Bernie that England won’t possibly make the finals, and refuse to change the date of the Bar Mitzvah. Bernie’s only solace comes from his relationship with asthma specialist, Dr Barrie (REA). As the big day approaches, everything seems to be going perfectly wrong: Manny’s business fails and the family home catches fire, and older brother Jimmy has a serious injury. And to everyone’s shock, England keeps winning games and inching towards the climactic final round. As his parents realize just how much they have let Bernie’s once-in-a-lifetime moment fall by the wayside, they come up with their own ambitious plan to make Bernie’s Bar Mitzvah day one to remember.

Official Synopsis: Wilson (Scoot McNairy), a twenty-nine-year old aspiring writer new to Los Angeles, just had the worst year of his life. With an unsold script, no concrete plans and no date, he’s convinced Los Angeles is where love comes to die. Before Wilson can spend another day locked up in his bedroom hitting his bong and getting caught in compromising positions while looking at pictures of his best friend’s girlfriend, his roommate browbeats him into posting a personal ad on Craigslist. When Vivian (Sara Simmonds), a sexy, sarcastic and seemingly blind-date-from-hell responds, the two strangers embark on an unexpected, chaotic and hilariously awkward journey through the black-and-white streets of Los Angeles hoping to meet the right one before the stroke of midnight.

Official Synopsis: "Frozen River" is a dramatic feature film which takes place in the days before Christmas near a little-known border crossing on the Mohawk reservation between New York State and Quebec. Here, the lure of fast money from smuggling presents a daily challenge to single moms who would otherwise be earning minimum wage. Two women- one white, one Mohawk, both single mothers faced with desperate circumstances- are drawn into the world of border smuggling across the frozen water of the St. Lawrence River.

What are you seeing this weekend? Will The Dark Knight continue its dominance?