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                                          5/4 1 LEAP YEAR COMEDY
                                $25 MILL BO          2512 SCREENS          101 MINUTES           PG
Amy Adams (NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 2, JULIE AND JULIA, SUNSHINE CLEANING, ENCHANTED)
Matthew Goode (WATCHMEN, BRIDESHEAD REVISITED, THE LOOKOUT, CHASING LIBERTY)
Adam Scott (STEP BROTHERS, GREAT BUCK HOWARD, THE RETURN, KILLER NEXT DOOR, HIGH CRIMES)
                               Here’s a movie about a Boston yuppie whose marital plans get waylaid during her impulsive jaunt to
                               Ireland. Anna Brady (Adams) is a ”stager”, temporarily decorating apartments and houses on the
                               real-estate market, who’s dated workaholic cardiologist Jeremy (Scott) for four years. They’re
                               serious enough to try buying into a very exclusive condo complex, but Jeremy has been frustratingly
                               slow to pop the question. When her last hopes are dashed, Anna takes action: she’ll turn up
                               unannounced at a Dublin medical conference he’s attending and propose herself on February 29.
                               According to Irish superstition and her own Irish-American clan’s lore, that’s the day every four years
                               that lasses can ask for a lad’s hand. Charming tradition or act of desperation, Anna no longer cares:
                               she just wants that ring.
                                        Unfortunately a violent storm forces her plane to land in Wales, where bad weather also
                               cancels the usual passenger ferry option. Frantic about missing the lucky date, she hitches a ride
                               on a fishing trawler. But the elements thwart that plan too, leaving her stranded in a dinky coastal
                               town on the Emerald Isle’s “wrong” side. When she meets Declan (Goode), the proprietor of the area’s
only inn, as well as its sole cabbie, its dislike at first sight; particularly since Anna accidentally wrecks her room in the first of
several slapstick routines. As it happens he’s strapped for cash and can’t turn down her offer to drive her to Dublin. The bad luck
continues when she gets there and realizes that she is no in love with someone other than Jeremy. This film has an appealing
cast and some funny situations, which will appeal to all that liked IT’S COMPLICATED, OLD DOGS, LOVE HAPPENS,
COUPLES RETREAT, INVENTION OF LYING, and ALL ABOUT STEVE.

                                          5/4    1    NINE DRAMA/MUSICAL
                             $19 MILL BO          1412 SCREENS           118 MINUTES           PG-13
Daniel Day-Lewis (THERE WILL BE BLOOD, GANGS OF NEW YORK, THE CRUCIBLE, MY LEFT FOOT)
Penelope Cruz (BROKEN EMBRACES, VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA, SAHARA, VANILLA SKY)
Marion Cotillard (PUBLIC ENEMIES, LA VIE EN ROSE, A GOOD YEAR, BIG FISH, PRETTY THINGS)
Judi Dench (QUANTUM OF SOLACE, NOTES ON A SCANDAL, IRIS, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE)
Kate Hudson (BRIDE WARS, MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL, SKELETON KEY, RAISING HELEN, ALMOST FAMOUS)
Nicole Kidman (AUSTRALIA, THE INVASION, THE INTERPRETER, STEPFORD WIVES, THE HOURS)
Director Rob Marshall (CHICAGO) brings us a movie version of the 1982 Broadway show based on
Federico Fellini’s classic 1963 film 8 ½. The year is 1965 and successful Italian director Guido Contini
(Day-Lewis) is having trouble finishing his ninth film. He’s experiencing writer’s block and worries that
he has nothing left to say through his art. We don’t have to wonder for too long why he has encountered
this problem, because we meet the cause of it – all seven of them. It seems that Guido is a ladies man
and every female he encounters falls in love with him. The pressure of all this adulation takes a toll on
his psyche and creativity. The women in his life are demanding and in need of his help and guidance.
          First we have his wife Luisa (Cotillard), a beautiful woman who doesn’t think her husband finds
her attractive anymore. She knows of his affairs with his frequent leading lady Claudia (Kidman) and
mistress Carla (Cruz), who was nominated for an Academy Award. But Guido is also adored by his
costume designer Lilli (Dench), who has loved him for years. Plus his mother (Sophia Loren, GRUMPIER
OLD MEN) is always around to comfort her genius son whenever he needs it. As if he needed more
attention, he catches the eye of visiting Vogue journalist Stephanie (Hudson), who instantly falls under the spell of the prolific
moviemaker. Lastly Guido is haunted by the vision of Saraghina (Fergie, singer with the BLACK EYED PEAS), a young prostitute
he knew long ago. Guido’s life experiences fold in on him at a time when he needs to produce his greatest work. Is he going
crazy or is he just too charming for his own good? The music and dancing are fantastic, as each star gets at least one solo number
to perform. It’s especially interesting to see actors who have never sung or danced on the big screen before. This will appeal to
all that enjoyed CRAZY HEART, DREAMGIRLS, BROKEN EMBRACES, NEW YORK I LOVE YOU, UP IN THE AIR, and FAME.
                                  5/4     1     TOOTH FAIRY FAMILY/COMEDY
                                $57 MILL BO          3345 SCREENS          101 MINUTES           PG
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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (PLANET 51, RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN, GET SMART, GAME PLAN)
Ashley, Judd (CROSSING OVER, BUG, FRIDA, HIGH CRIMES, DOUBLE JEOPARDY, KISS THE GIRLS)
Julie Andrews (ENCHANTED, PRINCESS DIARIES 1 & 2, VICTOR VICTORIA, SOUND OF MUSIC)
Billy Crystal (MONSTERS INC., AMERICA’S SWEETHEARTS, ANALYZE THIS, CITY SLICKERS 1 & 2)
                            A former big-time hockey player whose career was sidelined by injuries, Derek Thompson (Johnson)
                            is known for his aggressive on ice antics. He got his nickname “Tooth Fairy” because he knocks out
                            the teeth of his opponents. Having born witness to his own crushed dreams, Derek callously advises
                            a young fan and aspiring hockey player to lower his expectations. After he steals tooth-fairy money
                            from his girlfriend Carly’s (Judd) daughter for a poker game, he’s due for a lesson in humility. That
                            comeuppance arrives early one morning in the form of an involuntary trip to Fairyland and an audience
                            with the Tooth Fairy Matriarch Lily (Andrews), who promptly informs Derek of his violation: killing kids’
                            dreams.
                                      For that Derek must serve two weeks moonlighting as a”real” tooth fairy. Under the
                            supervision of his well-meaning but goofily incompetent case-worker Tracy (Stephen Merchant),
                            Derek will be cut down to size, quite literally. After a costume adjustment and a meeting with
                            basement sprite Jerry (Crystal), Derek gets a hasty lesson in the tools of the fairy trade: among them,
                            an uncooperative magic wand, highly concentrated shrinking paste, a can of temporary invisibility,
spray amnesia dust, and a container of Cat-Away. Even so armed, Derek learns that being a tooth fairy is much harder than it
looks. The film works and Dwayne Johnson does a nice turn as Vin Diesel did with THE PACIFIER, totally against type, which
makes it even funnier. The cast is energetic and the story will appeal to all that liked CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS,
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 2, PLANET 51, G-FORCE, MONSTERS VS. ALIENS, and RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN.
                                       5/11     1    DAYBREAKERS HORROR
                       $29 MILL BO 2523 SCREENS 98 MINUTES R
Ethan Hawke (BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOW YOU’RE DEAD, TRAINING DAY, GATTACA, REALITY BITES)
Willem Dafoe (FANTASTIC MR. FOX, THE AVIATOR, AUTO FOCUS, SPIDER-MAN, SPEED 2)
Sam Neill (YES, WIMBLEDON, PERFECT STRANGERS, DIRTY DEEDS, JURASSIC PARK 1 & 3)
Its 2019, 10 years after an infection began turning most folks into bloodsuckers and the holdouts into
fugitives or comatose captives farmed for blood by the Bromsley Marks Corp. The shortage of blood
is causing worldwide panic as the starving undead populace mutate into grotesque bat-like creatures
known as “subsiders.” CEO Charles Bromsley’s (Neill) chief hematologist is Edward Dalton (Hawke),
who’s working on an artificial blood substitute.
          While a vampire himself, Edward is in sympathy with the humans, helping a group of them
elude capture after a car accident. As a result of this good deed, Audrey introduces him to Lionel “Elvis”
(Dafoe), who’s stumbled onto a possible cure. Unfortunately Edward’s younger brother, a gung-ho
loyalist to the human hunting Vampire Army, has trailed him to this meeting, with reinforcements. The
race begins as our heroes try to stay a step ahead of their pursuers and provides enough action and
suspense to attract all that liked TWILIGHT: NEW MOON, THE STEPFATHER, SORORITY ROW,
JENNIFER’S BODY, HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT, and THE UNINVITED.

                                  5/11     1     EDGE OF DARKNESS ACTION
                                 $43 MILL BO         3066 SCREENS           117 MINUTES           R
Mel Gibson (PAPARAZZI, SIGNS, WE WERE SOLDIERS, BRAVEHEART, LETHAL WEAPON SERIES)
Ray Winstone (INDIANA JONES & KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL, THE DEPARTED, SEXY BEAST)
                              Thomas Craven (Gibson) is a tough Boston cop who sees his only daughter Emma (Bojana
                              Novakovic) gunned down in front of him. The assumption is that some enemy of his must be
                              responsible. Yet Emma’s fidgety demeanor and bouts of nausea soon point to another, more
                              insidious culprit, one involving the major government-connected corporation for which she worked.
                                        Craven’s search for answers brings him into contact with a shadowy fixer named Jedburgh
                              (Winstone), who seems content to let the cop pursue his mission so long as it doesn’t interfere with
                              his own. Haunted by visions of his daughter, Craven assures him that he doesn’t plan to arrest
                              anyone. That doesn’t mean there won’t be extensive collateral damage as he begins overturning
                              rocks. This is a typical Mel Gibson action film with plenty of what makes his films so successful.
                              He does what he does very well and the rest of the cast keeps up the pace with him. This will appeal
                              to all that liked BOONDOCK SAINTS 2, WANTED, TAKING OF PELHAM 1 2 3, QUANTUM OF
                              SOLACE, BANGKOK DANGEROUS, and LAW ABIDING CITIZEN.

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                                        5/11    1     LEGION (2010) HORROR
                        $40 MILL BO 2476 SCREENS 100 MINUTES R
Paul Bettany (YOUNG VICTORIA, DA VINCI CODE, A BEAUTIFUL MIND, A KNIGHT’S TALE)
Dennis Quaid (PANDORUM, SMART PEOPLE, VANTAGE POINT, FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX, FREQUENCY)
Lucas Black (JARHEAD, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, COLD MOUNTAIN, ALL THE PRETTY HORSES)
Tyrese Gibson (TRANSFORMERS 1 & 2, DEATH RACE, FOUR BROTHERS, FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX)
Kevin Durand (X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE, FRAGMENTS, 3:10 TO YUMA, WILD HOGS)
Charles S. Dutton (FAME, SECRET WINDOW, GOTHIKA, A TIME TO KILL, NICK OF TIME, ALIEN 3)
Jon Tenney (THE STEPFATHER, YOU CAN COUNT ON ME, ENTROPY, FOOLS RUSH IN, FREE WILLY 2)
Heavily armed archangels, flesh-chomping demons, humongous insect hordes and other unsettling
signs of the apocalypse are on graphic, garish display in this supernatural action thriller. The archangel
Michael (Bettany) plops down into a dank Los Angeles alley and after painfully shedding his wings and
loading up with automatic weapons, commandeers a cop car for a race against time. Once he reaches
a desert café names Paradise Falls, the newly wingless wonder finds a besieged group of characters:
Bob Hanson (Quaid), the diner’s cynically cranky owner; Percy Walker (Dutton), his more easy going
partner; Charlie (Adrianne Palicki), a very pretty and pregnant waitress; Jeep (Black), Bob’s mechanic
son; Kyle Williams (Gibson), a stranger who’s taken a wrong turn off the highway; and suburban couple
Howard and Sandra Anderson (Tenney and Kate Walsh) and their sarcastic daughter Audrey (Willa
Holland).
          Long before Michael arrives, the folks at the diner are seriously spooked out by dead phones,
dark clouds of insects and a seemingly sweet little old lady who, after chewing on a rare steak, sinks
her teeth into someone’s neck. According to Michael, however, the worst is yet to come: God has tired of mankind’s sinfully
destructive ways and has set into motion the Final Days. Michael thinks his wrath is just a temporary little snit. The action is
hot, loud and heavy in all attempts to ward off the various and sundry zombiefied humans pressed into service by Gabriel (Durand),
an archangel very eager to let God’s will be done. Good story, good acting and plenty of action will have this movie be a strong
favorite to all that liked THE COLLECTOR, ZOMBIELAND, FINAL DESTINATION, DRAG ME TO HELL, and THE UNBORN.

                                            5/18     1    INVICTUS DRAMA
                             $37 MILL BO          2170 SCREENS           133 MINUTES           PG-13
Matt Damon (THE INFORMANT, BOURNE MOVIES, THE DEPARTED, STUCK ON YOU, OCEAN’S ELEVEN)
Morgan Freeman (BATMAN: DARK KNIGHT, WANTED, BUCKET LIST, GONE BABY GONE, UNLEASHED)
                      The title of this movie refers to a William Ernest Henley poem that provided Nelson Mandela inspiration
                      during his 27 years in prison. Mandela (Freeman) gives a copy to Francois Pienaar (Damon), captain of
                      the national rugby team, hoping it will serve a similar purpose for him. The two join forces, leading the
                      South African team to a World Cup victory and uniting a nation. The film provides the context leading up
                      to Mandela’s historic election in 1994. But it doesn’t try to tell the definitive story of his political career.
                      The focus of the film is on just one critical chapter.
                                The country is still struggling with apartheid and how Mandela liked to get up early in the morning
                      and walk the streets of Johannesburg while his bodyguards scramble, watchful and primed for any
                      repercussions. The key to this film, directed so deftly by Clint Eastwood (MILLION DOLLAR BABY),
                      is not the players running around on a field. Its two stellar performances, which earned each actor an
                      Academy Award nomination, and a story that stirs the hearts and intrigues minds. It’s hard to imagine
anyone other than Morgan Freeman playing the title role. He could have just coasted on his voice, charm and expressive face.
But he becomes Mandela, and we are offered a window into the psyche of one of the world’s most stirring leaders. The acting
is amazing and the rugby scenes will excite and involve all viewers. This is a story that will have strong appeal to all that liked
DAMNED UNITED, UP IN THE AIR, BLIND SIDE, BURNING PLAIN, LIMITS OF CONTROL, and THE WRESTLER.
                                 5/18     1     THE SPY NEXT DOOR COMEDY
                                $24 MILL BO          2924 SCREENS           94 MINUTES          PG
Jackie Chan (RUSH HOUR 1 - 3, THE MEDALLION, SHANGHAI KNIGHTS, THE TUXEDO, SUPERCOP 1 & 2)
Amber Valletta (GAMER, PREMONITION, DEAD SILENCE, TRANSPORTER 2, HITCH, DUPLEX)
Billy Ray Cyrus (TV’s HANNAH MONTANA, HANNAH MONTANA: THE MOVIE, FLYING BY)
George Lopez (VALENTINE’S DAY, BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA, SWING VOTE, TORTILLA HEAVEN)
Since Kung Fu superstar Jackie Chan is now 55 years old, he’s been trying out different types of roles. In this one he’s a mild-
mannered pen salesman named Bob Ho, who is actually a secret agent and only pretending to be a normal guy. He wants to
date his next door neighbor Gillian (Valetta), but she has three kids: teenager Farren (Madeline Carroll), middle child Ian (Will
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Shadley) and 4-year old Nora (Alina Foley), who think he’s a big dork. When she gets called away
a few weeks before Halloween on business, Bob persuades her to let him watch the kids.
Immediately they begin to take advantage of him and he can’t keep order.
         But once he treats this babysitting job as an assignment using spy technology and his
amazing physical prowess, they begin to fall in line. Just as things quiet down at home Bob is called
into action by his superior Glaze (Lopez) to intercept a secret formula heading for Russian villain
Poldark (Magnus Scheving). When Ian ends up getting it on his iPod, Poldark and his goons attack
Bob and the kids at the house. With the help of his controller Colton James (Cyrus), they escape
but have to take care of the bad guys and go trick-or-treating at the same time. As always Jackie
Chan’s inventive choreography is fun to watch. This will be enjoyed by all that liked CRAZY ON THE
OUTSIDE, GENTLEMAN BRONCOS, DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE MORGANS, MOTHERHOOD,
WHIP IT, and WORLD’S GREATEST DAD.
                                   5/18     1     VALENTINE’S DAY COMEDY
                      $108 MILL BO 3665 SCREENS 125 MINUTES PG-13
Jessica Alba (THE EYE, AWAKE, GOOD LUCK CHUCK, FANTASTIC FOUR 1 & 2, SIN CITY)
Jessica Biel (PLANET 51, EASY VIRTUE, I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK AND LARRY, NEXT)
Bradley Cooper (N.Y. I LOVE YOU, THE HANGOVER, ALL ABOUT STEVE, MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN)
Eric Dane (TV’s GREY’S ANATOMY, MARLEY & ME, WEDDING WARS, OPEN WATER 2, X-MEN 3)
Patrick Dempsey (TV’s GREY’S ANATOMY, MADE OF HONOR, ENCHANTED, SCREAM 3)
Jamie Foxx (LAW ABIDING CITIZEN, THE SOLOIST, THE KINGDOM, DREAMGIRLS, MIAMI VICE, RAY)
Jennifer Garner (INVENTION OF LYING, GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST, JUNO, THE KINGDOM)
Topher Grace (SPIDER-MAN 3, IN GOOD COMPANY, P.S., MONA LISA SMILE, TRAFFIC)
Anne Hathaway (BRIDE WARS, GET SMART, DEVIL WEARS PRADA, PRINCESS DIARIES 1 & 2)
Ashton Kutcher (SPREAD, WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS, THE GUARDIAN, BUTTERFLY EFFECT)
Shirley Mac Laine (RUMOR HAS IT, BEWITCHED, STEEL MAGNOLIAS, TERMS OF ENDEARMENT)
Julia Roberts (DUPLICITY, CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR, CLOSER, OCEAN’S ELEVEN, ERIN BROCKOVICH)
                              This movie deals with a compendium of lovers found, lost and avenged on a day designed to make
                              you feel bad if you don’t have anyone. This has a huge cast of some of the prettiest young actors
                              in and out of scenes quickly enough so that they all get some screen time. Liz (Hathaway) is a young
                              woman who earns extra money providing adult phone entertainment in different accents. Her
                              boyfriend Jason (Grace) is a Midwestern hick offended by the source of her needed income.
                                          Finding out her lover Dr. Harrison Copeland (Dempsey) is married, a betrayed woman Julia
                              Fitzpatrick (Garner) plots her revenge; a florist named Reed Bennett (Kutcher), through whose shop
                              several of the characters pass, proposes to his girlfriend Morley Clarkson (Alba), who may have some
                              mixed feelings; neurotic publicist Kara Monahan (Biel) guides her free agent football star client Sean
                              Jackson (Dane) through a momentous press conference, at which reporter Kelvin Moore (Foxx) plays
                              a key role, a high-school couple plot to lose their virginity over lunch period, while their classmates
                              cavort on the playground; a fellow named Holden (Cooper) becomes intrigued by the identity of the
                              person his airplane seat-mate Kate Hazeltine (Roberts) is traveling half way around the world to see
for one day; and a woman named Estelle (Mac Laine) lets a long-hidden cat out of the bag as a Valentine’s gift to her husband.
         There is a ton going on and lots of laughs as the cast works hard without bumping into each other too much. Some of
the cast are in and out so quickly, such as singer Taylor Swift, that you may miss them if you blink. Still, it’s high energy and
entertaining and will appeal to all that liked I HATE VALENTINE’S DAY, IT’S COMPLICATED, OLD DOGS, JULIE AND JULIA,
INVENTION OF LYING, and COUPLES RETREAT.
                                     5/18     1     WHEN IN ROME COMEDY
                       $32 MILL BO 2456 SCREENS 91 MINUTES PG-13
Kristen Bell (ASTRO BOY, COUPLES RETREAT, SERIOUS MOONLIGHT, FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL)
Josh Duhamel (TRANSFORMERS 1 & 2, TURISTAS, WIN A DATE WITH TAD HAMILTON)
Anjelica Huston (CHOKE, MARTIAN CHILD, DADDY DAY CARE, EVER AFTER, PRIZZI’S HONOR)
Will Arnett (G-FORCE, MONSTERS VS. ALIENS, SEMI-PRO, BROTHERS SOLOMON, BLADES OF GLORY)
Jon Heder (MAMA’S BOY, BLADES OF GLORY, THE BENCHWARMERS, NAPOLEON DYNAMITE)
Dax Shephard (OLD DOGS, BABY MAMA, EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH, ZATHURA, WITHOUT A PADDLE)
Danny Devito (DECK THE HALLS, BE COOL, BIG FISH, HERCULES, GET SHORTY, JUNIOR, TWINS)
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Beth (Bell) is a chronically unlucky-in-love Manhattanite. Employed as a junior curator at the
Guggenheim Museum, she takes leave on the eve of a major fund-raising exhibition, much to the
displeasure of her haughty boss Celeste (Huston), to attend to the wedding of her sister in Rome.
During the post-wedding festivities, Beth is instantly attracted to hunky New York Daily News
sportswriter Nick (Duhamel), who just happens to be the former college roomie of her new brother-
in-law. But when she spots Mr. Dreamboat appearing to set sail with another wedding guest, Beth
despondently wanders outside into a plaza, wades into a fountain adorned with a statue of Venus
and impetuously scoops up coins tossed by tourists seeking romantic assistance from the goddess
of love.
         This leads to complications; Back in New York, she finds she has been followed by four
unsuitable suitors: Al (De Vito), a lonely sausage magnate; Lance (Heder), a Criss-Angel style
street magician; Gale (Shepard), a vainglorious would-be male model; and Antonio (Arnett) an
excitable artist. They are all enchanted with her, or was it Venus? Beth is informed that according to legend, anyone who scoops
up coins from the fountain attracts the desire of the coin-tossers. This film is briskly paced, well-acted and will appeal to fans
of COUPLES RETREAT, THE PROPOSAL, UGLY TRUTH, IT’S COMPLICATED, and I LOVE YOU BETH COOPER.
                               5/18    2   EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES DRAMA
                      $12 MILL BO 2548 SCREENS 106 MINUTES PG
Brendan Fraser (INKHEART, MUMMY 1 - 3, CRASH, QUIET AMERICAN, GODS AND MONSTERS)
Keri Russell (BEDTIME STORIES, WAITRESS, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 3, WE WERE SOLDIERS)
Harrison Ford (CROSSING OVER, INDIANA JONES 4, REGUARDING HENRY, STAR WARS TRILOGY)
                              This is an interesting medical drama about a race-to-find-a cure for two of the three kids of John
                              Crowley (Fraser), a pharmaceuticals exec and his wife Aileen (Russell). The disease, called Pompe,
                              is a rare malady causing severe muscular deterioration in all parts of the body. They are urged by
                              a doctor to view the evidently impending deaths of their 6-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter as
                              a “blessing”, given the painfulness of the disease.
                                        Upon hearing this advice Crowley springs into action, impulsively flying from his home in
                              Princeton, N.J. to Lincoln, Nebraska, where Dr. Robert Stonehill (Ford) has been working to prove
                              Pompe’s vincibility. He’s seemingly unreachable except at the local bar sipping his Bud and watching
                              the tube. But the doc does get into it.
                                        For a while, Crowley and Stonehill collaborate on the Herculean task of bringing a life-saving
                              enzyme to the market. It’s at this point that Stonehill is less mature and less aggressive than
                              Crowley, an unusual character trait for Harrison Ford, who plays the doctor with some gusto, showing
                              him as human and a bit klutzy. Finally the surly Stonehill comes to the conclusion that Crowley is
right to play beat-the-clock by establishment rules. The sympathies of the viewer are maintained throughout this drama, which
is helped by a very good cast and well written script. For fans of BLIND SIDE, CRAZY HEART, PRECIOUS, THE SOLOIST,
REVOLUTIONARY ROAD, and MY SISTER’S KEEPER.
                                        5/18    2     THE MESSENGER DRAMA
                                      $1 MILL BO      1050 SCREENS            105 MINUTES            R
Woody Harrelson (2012, ZOMBIELAND, TRANSSIBERIAN, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, KINGPIN)
Ben Foster (PANDORUM, 3:10 TO YUMA, ALPHA DOG, X-MEN 3, HOSTAGE, THE PUNISHER, GET OVER IT)
Jena Malone (THE RUINS, SAVED, CORN, COLD MOUNTAIN, DONNIE DARKO, LIFE AS A HOUSE)
Sammantha Morton (SYNECDOCHE NEW YORK, ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE, MINORITY REPORT)
This heart-rending story is also mesmerizing because of several superb performances. This is
needed when the story deals with soldiers whose job it is of notifying family that their loved ones
have been killed in battle. Returning war hero Army Staff Sgt. Will Montgomery (Foster) must
adjust not only to life back in the U.S.A., but also to being dumped by his girlfriend Kelly (Malone).
He then deals with being cursed at, screamed at, spat upon and worse when he delivers the worst
possible news to parents, siblings and spouses of dead soldiers.
          Montgomery is a decorated vet of the Iraq war when he is tapped by Capt. Tony Stone
(Harrelson), a much more hardened party-hearty type fellow, to join him in the causality-
notification service. In contrast Will is emotionally shut down. Unexpectedly, he finds his
detachment softening with the kind compassionate reaction he receives from Olivia Pitterson
(Morton), a young mother to whom he delivers the news of her husband’s death.
          This is a wholly different look at the fallout of the Iraq war and its effect on soldiers and
civilians. It’s also a gentle portrait of grief, friendship and solace. Soldiers like these have been
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delivering these messages in all of our wars, but it never gets easy and always hits hard. The performances here are excellent
and it is easy to see why Woody Harrelson earned his Oscar nod. This is an emotionally strong film that will have far reaching
appeal to all that liked BROTHERS, BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS, STATE OF PLAY, NOTHING BUT
THE TRUTH, SERIOUS MOONLIGHT, and HURT LOCKER.
                                         5/25      1     DEAR JOHN DRAMA
                             $78 MILL BO          3062 SCREENS           105 MINUTES           PG-13
Channing Tatum (PUBLIC ENEMIES, G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA, STEP UP 1 & 2, SHE’S THE MAN)
Amanda Seyfried (TV’s BIG LOVE, JENNIFER’S BODY, MAMMA MIA, MEAN GIRLS)
                       Special Forces soldier John Tyree (Tatum) meets fresh-faced student Savannah Curtis (Seyfried) on spring
                       break, triggering a whirlwind affair. He talks about leaving the service in a year’s time to be with her but
                       the time period is spring 2001. As a consequence, the fall of the World Trade Center towers becomes the
                       unanticipated sticking point to their plans, as the two remain in contact via a series of letters.
                                 Several hurdles are thrown at the couple showing that in matters of love, life just isn’t always fair.
                       Then there’s the added burden that the term “Dear John’ letter” possess a secondary meaning, albeit one
                       that originated several wars ago. This sets the stage for a taste for star-crossed romances and the empathy
                       felt towards the characters involved. This movie, written by Nicholas Sparks (THE NOTEBOOK), works
                       well on most levels and has an attractive cast that will appeal to all that liked EDGE OF LOVE, AN
                       EDUCATION, HURT LOCKER, STATE OF PLAY, and TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE.
                                            5/25     2    THE ROAD DRAMA
                         $8 MILL BO 1311 SCREENS 110 MINUTES R
Viggo Mortensen (APPALOOSA, A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE, LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY)
Charlize Theron (BURNING PLAIN, HANCOCK, MONSTER, SWEET NOVEMBER, DEVIL’S ADVOCATE)
Garret Dillahunt (LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, THE LINE-UP, LAST CALL)
Nicely adapted from the 2006 book by Cormac Mc Carthy, this movie is a survival story in the most
elemental way. An unnamed man and a boy of about 11-years old trudge daily through a dark world
of barren forests, falling trees, torched towns, vandalized stores, empty roads and depleted fields in
search of food and shelter. All of this while taking great care to avoid roving gangs searching for
defenseless humans to be turned into slaves or more likely - dinner.
          The man (Mortensen) has a revolver with two bullets. Flashbacks’ of his pre-catastrophic
life reveal he’s not a military or survivalist type and he had a gorgeous wife (Theron), until she couldn’t
stand it anymore and took off. But his love for his son (Kodi Smit-Mc Phee) has made him resourceful
and resolute, despite the utter lack of long-term prospects as he continually responds to the
youngster’s despairing questions with answers that insist on perseverance.
          They are walking toward the sea and dreadful sights abound along the way: skeletons, rotting
bodies, naked prisoners locked in dark basements waiting to be butchered. These are ghastly sights
indeed. Occasionally they happen across an empty house with canned food, warm blankets and
clothes. Eventually they must contend with the unfriendly marauders, led by their evil leader (Dillahunt). This drama could almost
be a zombie movie except these are real people fighting to survive and running from their human predators. This makes it scarier
in some ways because it seems more real. This story will appeal to all that liked I AM LEGEND, BLINDNESS, THE SIGNAL,
TERMINATOR: SALVATION, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, and CARRIERS.




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