by Good & Associates
January Release Calendar
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September 2007 Releases
- January 1
Resident Evil: Extinction
The third and final installment of the $100 million Resident Evil trilogy, based on the wildly popular video game series. This futuristic thriller picks up where the last film left off. Alice (Milla Jovovich), now in hiding in the Nevada desert, once again joins forces with Carlos Olivera (Oded Fehr) and L.J. (Mike Epps), along with new survivors Claire (Ali Larter), K-Mart (Spencer Locke ) and Nurse Betty (Ashanti) to try to eliminate the deadly T-Virus that threatens to make every human being undead ... and to seek justice. Since being captured by the Umbrella Corporation, Alice has been subjected to biogenic experimentation and becomes genetically altered, with super-human strengths, senses and dexterity. The group of survivors have taken to the road ... traversing the empty desert highways in an armored convoy. What they seek is more of their kind -- the living, the uninfected. What they find is the other constant presence in the desert: the Undead -- and they'll need dozens of guns, thousands of bullets and a pair of flamethrowers to protect themselves. Hidden beneath an abandoned Nevada radio tower are the sleek offices and research facilities of the Umbrella Corporation. With access to Umbrella's constant real-time satellite surveillance, Dr. Isaacs (Iain Glen) can keep constant tabs on the convoy ... but he's searching for the one person who not only is the key to a cure, but everything Umbrella's experiments have been leading up to ... Alice. Mutating by the minute, and under constant threat of betrayal by her own Umbrella-engineered DNA, Alice has been shadowing the convoy, standing by to protect them, hoping to somehow usher them to safety. The convoy decides to head north to Alaska -- their last, best hope for refuge from the Undead -- but first they will have to make a pit-stop in Las Vegas to refuel......and stay out of Umbrella's sightlines if they ever hope to reach it. Not only is Umbrella looking for Alice, but she is also looking for them ... and she won't stop until they're shut down forever.
Vitals: Director: Russell Mulcahy. Stars: Milla Jovovich, Oded Fehr, Mike Epps, Ali Larter, Spencer Locke, Iain Glen, Ashanti, Christopher Egan. 2007, CC, MPAA rating: R, 94 min., Science Fiction, Box office gross: $49.962 million, Sony.
After his partner is brutally murdered by the infamous assassin Rogue (Jet Li), FBI agent Jack Crawford (Jason Statham) vows to find the elusive killer and personally avenge his partner's death. But Rogue proves untraceable until three years later when he resurfaces to ignite a bloody turf war between Chinese mob leader Chang (John Lone) and Japanese Yakuza boss Shiro (Ryo Ishibashi). Eager to capture Rogue once and for all, Crawford leads his team of crime specialists headlong into the conflict. But Crawford's thirst for vengeance jeopardizes his professional judgment, and as the violence escalates, Crawford finally comes face to face with his enemy to discover that nothing about Rogue or his plan is quite what it seems.
Vitals: Director: Philip G. Atwell. Stars: Jet Li, Jason Statham, John Lone, Ryo Ishibashi 2007, CC, MPAA rating: R, 103 min., Action Thriller, Box office gross: $22.466 million, Lionsgate.
Based on the true story of the Mountain Meadows Massacre -- the brutal murder of 120 men, women and children on September 11, 1857 as their wagon train passed through Utah on its way to California. The question of whether the attack was carried out by local Paiute Indians or by a renegade sect of the Mormon Church remains unresolved to this day. This film explores what might have happened. When the California-bound group of Arkansas emigrants arrives near Cedar City to stop before completing the last leg of their journey, Mormon Bishop and General Jacob Samuelson (Jon Voight) allows the settlers to rest in the nearby Mountain Meadows for two weeks, but secretly instructs his sons Jonathan (Trent Ford) to keep a close watch. Jonathan soon falls in love with an angelic member of the wagon train, the minister's daughter Emily (Tamara Hope), and is horrified when he discovers that his father thinks the settlers are enemies of the church and is planning on attacking them. While Jonathan makes plans to escape with Emily, his father sets in motion a chain of events, fueled by revenge and fanaticism, and under the guidance of Brigham Young (Terence Stamp), that culminates in a violent and tragic ambush.
Vitals: Director: Christopher Cain. Stars: Jon Voight, Trent Ford, Tamara Hope, Jon Gries, Taylor Handley, Lolita Davidovich, Dean Cain, Terence Stamp. 2007, CC, MPAA rating: R, 111 min., Drama, Box office gross: $1.066 million, Sony.
Shoot 'Em Up
Clive Owen stars as Mr. Smith, the angriest, most hardboiled man in the world, who finds himself entrusted to protect the most innocent thing of all -- a newborn child. When Smith delivers the baby in the middle of a gunfight, he soon discovers that the infant is the target of a shadowy force that has sent a team of mysterious and endless assailants, led by Hertz (Paul Giamatti), to erase all traces of the child. Amid a hail of bullets and facing every conceivable permutation of gunfight, Smith teams up with a prostitute named DQ (Monica Bellucci) to solve the mystery of why the baby's life is being threatened -- before this makeshift family all ends up on the wrong side of a bullet. Vitals: Director: Michael Davis. Stars: Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti, Monica Bellucci, Stephen McHattie, Greg Bryk. 2007, CC, MPAA rating: R, 86 min., Action Thriller, Box office gross: $12.730 million, New Line.
- January 8
310 to Yuma
In Arizona in the late 1800's, infamous outlaw Ben Wade (Russell Crowe) and his vicious gang of thieves and murderers have plagued the Southern Railroad. When Wade is captured, Civil War veteran Dan Evans (Christian Bale), struggling to survive on his drought-plagued ranch, volunteers to deliver him alive to the "3:10 to Yuma," a train that will take the killer to trial. On the trail, Evans and Wade, each from very different worlds, begin to earn each other's respect. But with Wade's outfit on their trail -- and dangers at every turn -- the mission soon becomes a violent, impossible journey toward each man's destiny. Remake of the 1957 Western staring Glenn Ford and Van Heflin.
Vitals: Director: James Mangold. Stars: Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Peter Fonda, Gretchen Mol, Dallas Roberts, Ben Foster, Vinessa Shaw. 2007, CC, MPAA rating: R,117 min., Western, Box office gross: $53.443 million, Lionsgate.
Nick Hume (Kevin Bacon) is a mild-mannered executive with a loving family and a perfect life, until one gruesome night when his teenage son is senselessly murdered during a gas station holdup. Transformed by grief and not satisfied with courtroom justice, Nick takes the law into his own hands-and wages an all-out war against a gang of vicious street thugs.
Vitals: Director: James Wan. Stars: Kevin Bacon, Garrett Hedlund, Kelly Preston, Jordan Garrett, Stuart Lafferty, Aisha Tyler, John Goodman. 2007, CC, MPAA rating: R, 110 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $9.479 million, Fox.
In the year 2057, the sun is dying and mankind with it . . . but even the coldest reaches of space burn with the heat of humanity's will to survive. Earth's last hope rests with a courageous crew of eight men and women on a mission to ignite the fading star with a massive nuclear weapon. Deep into their voyage, far out of radio contact with Earth, the lonely, restless crew hears a distress beacon from the Icarus I, the ship which disappeared without a trace on the same mission seven years earlier. But when an attempt at rescue throws the Icarus II into jeopardy, the increasingly desperate crew soon find themselves literally gripped in the shadow of the Sun, fighting for their lives, their sanity, and the future of us all. Vitals: Director: Danny Boyle. Stars: Rose Byrne, Cliff Curtis, Chris Evans, Troy Garity, Cillian Murphy, Hiroyuki Sanada, Benedict Wong, Michelle Yeoh. 2007, CC, MPAA rating: R, 110 min., Science Fiction, Box office gross: $.242 million, Fox.
The story begins with Ethan Kendrick, a TV reporter. While investigating a disaster that occurred at the Seven Palms Resort, he notices that the ground is turned up all around and forklifts have been tumbled over. It looks like a hurricane has gone by. Ethan notices the FBI investigator dusting off a specimen with a brush. It looks like a giant dinosaur fossil or scale. He videotapes it on his Handycam.
Back at CGNN Headquarters in downtown, Ethan examines the image of the scale. While he is looking at his computer screen, he has a flashback to when he was a boy. At an antique shop with his father, young Ethan meets a man named Jack. The old man tells him a story about giant serpents called Imoogi, a story that most have presumed to be merely a legend. Five hundred years ago in ancient Korea, a baby girl was born with a gift called the Yuh Yi Joo. The Yuh Yi Joo will completely form inside her by the time she turns twenty. An Imoogi who possesses it can transform itself into a dragon. An old monk and his disciple are the only two who believe this legend and try to protect the Yuh Yi Joo bearing girl. Haram, the warrior who is charged with protecting her falls in love with her. Instead of sacrificing her to the Imoogi, the two lovers plunge to their deaths. Jack tells young Ethan that he is the old monk re-incarnated and that Ethan is the warrior. The old man tells Ethan he must find a girl named Sarah, who bears the mark of a dragon on her shoulder. He is to take her to the Grand Cave on her 20th birthday. Ethan searches for this mysterious woman named Sarah. Meanwhile, the Evil Imoogi, named Buraki has appeared in Los Angeles with its army of foot soldiers and beasts. The FBI also connect the disaster and the scale to Sarah. They are all looking for Sarah. Ethan must protect Sarah from the Imoogi and save the city from total destruction, ultimately choosing between love and destiny.
Vitals: Director: Hyung-rae Shim. Stars: Jason Behr, Amanda Brooks, Robert Forster, Aimee Garcia, Craig Robinson. 2007, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 89 min., Science Fiction, Box office gross: $10.856 million, Sony.
Trans-Atlantic love story starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and Vincenzo Amato as immigrants who fall in love during a voyage from the Old World to New York at the turn-of-the-20th century. But neither of the newfound sweethearts is prepared for the tumultuous events at Ellis Island, where their families are separated, stretching the limits of their passion. Story is a testament to the American dream and the people who risked everything for it. In Italian with English subtitles.
Vitals: Director: Emanuele Crialese. Stars: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Vincenzo Amato. 2007, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 118 min., Romantic Drama, Box office gross: $1.063 million, Miramax.
- January 15
Good Luck Chuck
It all started when Charlie Logan was10 years old. Breaking the cardinal rules of spin-the-bottle, Charlie refused to lip-lock with a demented Goth girl -- and she put a hex on him. Now,25 years later, Charlie (Dane Cook) is a successful dentist ... and still cursed. While his plastic surgeon best friend Stu (Dan Fogler) pursues as many of his patients as possible, Charlie can't seem to find the right girl. Even worse, he discovers at an ex-girlfriend's wedding that every woman he's ever slept with has found true love -- with the next guy after him. Before he knows it, Charlie's reputation as a "good luck charm" has women -- from sexy strangers to his overweight receptionist -- lining up for a quickie. But a life filled with all sex and no love has Charlie lonelier than ever -- that is, until he meets Cam (Jessica Alba). An accident-prone penguin specialist, Cam is as hard-to-get as she is beautiful. But when a genuine romance develops, Charlie realizes he's got to find a way to break his good-luck curse ... before the girl of his dreams winds up with the next guy she meets.
Vitals: Director: Mark Helfrich. Stars: Dane Cook, Jessica Alba, Dan Fogler. 2007, CC, MPAA rating: R, 96 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $34.925 million, Lionsgate.
A self-help author (Seann William Scott ) returns to his hometown only to discover that his mother (Susan Sarandon) has fallen in love with his old high school nemesis, Mr. Woodcock (Billy Bob Thornton) -- the gruff, no-nonsense gym teacher who had put him through years of mental and physical humiliation. Determined to prevent history from repeating itself, John sets out to stop his mother from marrying the man who had made life miserable for him and his classmates.
Vitals: Director: Craig Gillespie. Stars: Seann William Scott, Billy Bob Thornton, Susan Sarandon, Ethan Suplee, Amy Poehler, Emily Wagner, Evan Helmuth. 2007, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 87 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $25.138 million, New Line.
- January 22
Game Plan, The
High-living Boston Rebels quarterback Joe Kingman (Dwayne Johnson) finds his world turned upside-down when seven-year-old Peyton Kelly (Madison Pettis) shows up at his door and announces she is his child from a brief early marriage and needs a place to stay while her mother is away on business. For the next month, Joe is suddenly saddled with unfamiliar parental responsibilities like ballet class and homework, while also getting to know his daughter. As he tries to lead his team to a championship season, Joe navigates the rocky shoals between macho man and girly-girl cultures with hilarious and heartwarming results, building to an outcome he never saw coming.
Vitals: Director: Andy Fickman. Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Madison Pettis, Kyra Sedgwick, Roselyn Sanchez, Morris Chestnut.. 2007, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 110 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $88.492 million, Disney.
Hunting Party, The
TV News reporter Simon Hunt (Richard Gere) and cameraman Duck (Terrence Howard have worked in the world's hottest war zones: from Bosnia to Iraq, from Somalia to El Salvador. Together they have dodged bullets, filed incisive reports and collected Emmy awards. Then one
terrible day in a Bosnian village everything changes. During a live broadcast on national television, Simon has a meltdown. After that, Duck is promoted and Simon just disappears. Five years later Duck returns to Sarajevo with rookie reporter Benjamin (Jessie Eisenberg) to cover the fifth anniversary of the end of the war. Simon shows up, a ghost from the past, with the promise of a world exclusive. He convinces Duck that he knows the whereabouts of Bosnia's
most wanted war criminal "The Fox." Armed with only spurious information Simon, Duck and Benjamin embark on a dark and dangerous mission that takes them deep into hostile territory. It's the scoop of a lifetime but will they live to report it? The movie is based on the Esquire article 'What I Did On My Summer Vacation' by Scott Anderson.
Vitals: Director: Richard Shepard. Stars: Richard Gere, Terrence Howard, Jesse Eisenberg, James Brolin, Diane Kruger, Joy Bryant.. 2007, CC, MPAA rating: R, 96 min., Action, Box office gross: $.876 million, Weinstein Co./Genius Products.
More gore and horror in the cut-up franchise.
Jigsaw still haunts the living, forcing them to appreciate life, or face death. As a continuation of "Saw III," Jeff must find his daughter and escape the building to which they are confined before they both die. After finding another tape of Jigsaw, Jeff realizes there may be a newly added piece of the puzzle that he must decipher before it's too late.
Vitals: Director: Darren Lynn Bousman. Stars: Tobin Bell, Scott Patterson, Betsy Russell, Costas Mandylor, Lyriq Bent, Athena Karkanis, Justin Louis, Simon Reynolds, Mike Realba, Marty Adams. 2007, CC, MPAA rating: R, 96 min., Drama, Box office gross: $62.850 million, Lionsgate.
College comedy that puts a modern-day twist on an age-old story: a tomboy freshman ditches her conniving sorority sisters and finds a new home with a group of very dorky outcasts. Fed up with the way they've all been treated, she's off to war against the reigning campus royalty. Gorgeous freshman Sydney White (Amanda Bynes) has come to Southern Atlantic University to pledge her late mom's once-dignified sorority. But while surviving the pledging process wrought by evil campus witch Rachel (Sara Paxton), Syd finds out this version of sisterhood isn't remotely what it's cracked up to be. Banished to a condemned house on Greek Row, Syd finds her rightful place with a band of seven very socially challenged guys. With the help of one love struck frat boy named Tyler (Matt Long), she and the doofs campaign to take over student government. Fighting for the rights of misfits big and small, Syd organizes her gang to revolutionize the system, once and for all.
Vitals: Director: Joe Nussbaum. Stars: Amanda Bynes, Sara Paxton, Matt Long, Jack Carpenter, Jeremy Howard, Crystal Hunt. 2007, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 90 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $11.549 million, Universal.
- January 29
Third remake of the seminal 1950s cold war thriller "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," here gussied up for the 21st century.
A massive explosion lights up the skies from Dallas to Washington, shattering the space shuttle Patriot into pieces that rain down across the U.S. The authorities are quick to seize control of the situation, but stories emerge about a strange substance found clinging to the wreckage -- something that withstood the extreme cold of space and searing heat of reentry to get here. And the first to come in contact with it are the first to change. DC psychiatrist Carol Bennell (Nicole Kidman) doesn't connect what happened to the shuttle with the bizarre occurrences that seem to accelerate around her: One of her patients is terrified that her husband has been replaced by a stranger; violent outbursts on the streets are quickly subdued; and a very strange substance comes home in her son Oliver's Halloween candy -- something that might, in fact, be alive. She tells her friend and fellow doctor, Ben Driscoll (Daniel Craig), that something is very wrong despite the fact that Washington does not seem concerned. The official word is that it's simply a new form of flu, but before realizing the weight of what's happening Carol lets Oliver spend the weekend with his estranged dad, a high-level official with the Center for Disease Control, who is in Washington investigating the crash and was one of the first people on the scene. As the epidemic spreads, Carol discovers that the very people in charge of inoculation against it are spreading something far worse -- a spore of unknown origin that attacks human DNA while the host sleeps, remaking it in the image of a lifeform that looks like us and talks like us, but with all human emotion drained away. Seemingly overnight, the people around her are transformed into hive-like beings with one imperative: to infect others and take control. Doing everything in her power to stay awake, Carol embarks on a desperate journey into a changed world to stay alive long enough to find her son. To hide among them, she will have to remain calm ... betray no emotion ... and, most of all, not fall asleep.
Vitals: Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel. Stars: Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Jeremy Northam, Jackson Bond, Jeffrey Wright, Veronica Cartwright. 2007, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 99 min., Science Fiction, Box office gross: $15.071 million, Warner.
Hal Hefner is an ordinary, shy 15 year-old boy who's struggling to make it through high school. On top of his parents' recent divorce and an obsessive-compulsive, kleptomaniac older brother, Hal has a stuttering problem. In spite of this speech impediment, the high school debate team star, Ginny Ryerson, invites Hal to join the team. Stumbling his way to the championship, Hal falls in love, gains confidence and ultimately, realizes that love and life should not be rocket science.
Vitals: Director: Jeffrey Blitz. Stars: Reece Thompson, Anna Kendrick, Vincent Piazza, Nicholas D'Agosto, Aaron Yoo. 2007, CC, MPAA rating: R, 101 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $.712 million, HBO Video.
Daddy Day Camp
Sequel to "Daddy Day Care." Charlie Hinton (Cuba Gooding Jr.), the owner of the successful Daddy Day Care business, and his partner Phil (Paul Rae) are presented with a dilemma when their seven-year-old sons, Ben and Max, want to spend the summer at Camp Canola -- a camp run by Charlie's boyhood rival, Lance. Rather than send Ben and Max to Lance's camp, Charlie and Phil impulsively buy the neglected, neighboring Camp Driftwood and attempt to run it themselves. The camp, however, is rundown and dilapidated, and the men discover that they've bitten off more than they can chew. After numerous disasters, Charlie reluctantly enlists the help of his military-trained father, Buck, who helps Charlie and Phil teach the kids the outdoor skills needed at camp and train for the inter-camp Olympiad against Camp Canola.
Vitals: Director: Fred Savage. Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Paul Rae, Lochlyn Munro, Richard Gant, Brian Doyle-Murray, Tamala Jones. 2007, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 89 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $13.235 million, Sony.
Feel the Noise
After a run-in with local thugs, aspiring Harlem rapper Rob (Omarion Grandberry) flees to a place and a father (Giancarlo Esposito) he never knew, and finds his salvation in Reggaeton, a spicy blend of hip-hop, reggae and Latin beats. Puerto Rico, the spiritual home of Reggaeton, inspires Rob and his half-brother Javi (Victor Rasuk) to pursue their dream of becoming Reggaeton stars. Together with a dancer named C.C. (Zulay Henao), they learn what it means to stay true to themselves and each other, while overcoming obstacles in love, greed and pride, all culminating in an explosive performance at New York's Puerto Rican Day Parade.
Vitals: Director: Alejandro Chomski. Stars: Omarion Grandberry, Giancarlo Esposito, Victor Rasuk, Zulay Henao. 2007, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 90 min., Music Drama, Box office gross: $5.701 million, Sony.
Since 1993, almost 400 women have been murdered in Juarez, Mexico, a factory town that is home to people who toil away at "maquiladoras" (border factories) making cheap consumer goods for the US market. "Bordertown" tells the story of Lauren Fredricks (Jennifer Lopez), an ambitious newspaper reporter, who has been sent to Juarez by her editor (Martin Sheen) to investigate what has happened to these hundreds of women and how the local police and authorities have been covering up the brutal rapes and murders. Lauren looks up her former colleague (and lover) Alfonso Diaz (Antonio Banderas), who now runs the local paper, and they soon uncover one of the hottest stories of the year when they come across the only known survivor of one of these mysterious attacks. The victim is reluctant to speak, but Lauren convinces her to break the silence; yet the real danger is not the murder, but the larger forces who don't want the story told.
Vitals: Director: Gregory Nava. Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Antonio Banderas, Martin Sheen, Maya Zapata. 2007, CC, MPAA rating: R, 114 min., Thriller, ThinkFilm.
comedy that spoofs the best inspirational sports movies ever made. Champ Fields is known as the unluckiest coach in the history of sports. After being forced into an early retirement, he's given one last shot at greatness. Unfortunately, Champ is hired to coach The Comebacks, a talentless, slightly deranged college football team with a laughable roster and an even worse record. Armed with questionable morals, and weak players, Champ sets out to bring this team of losers together and make the impossible happen: win a game.
Vitals: Director: Tom Brady. Stars: David Koechner, Carl Weathers, Matthew Lawrence, Brooke Nevin, Jackie Long, Jesse Garcia. 2007, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 88 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $13.168 million, Fox.
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