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Movies to see this weekend (Jan 18, 2008)

January 17th, 2008 by Maxim · No Comments · 5,113 Views

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Opening in wide release:

Cloverfield (2008) posterCloverfield (2008) PG-13 84minA going-away party in Manhattan is interrupted when a mysterious, giant-sized monster launches an attack on New York City. With camcorder in hand, a small group of friends make their way out into the chaotic streets, scrambling to stay alive. Mike Vogel, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas, Michael Stahl-David, Odet Jasmin and T.J. Miller co-star in this action-thriller produced by J.J. Abrams, creator of the hit television series “Alias” and “Lost.”


27 Dresses (2008) poster27 Dresses (2008) 1h 47minTired of being a perpetual bridesmaid after helping 27 friends tie the knot, altruistic Jane (Katherine Heigl) finds herself facing her worst nightmare as her younger sister (Malin Akerman) announces her engagement to the man Jane secretly adores. But when Jane meets the charming Kevin (James Marsden), will she beat her sibling to the altar? Edward Burns and Judy Greer also star in this breezy romantic comedy from director Anne Fletcher.


Mad Money (2008) posterMad Money (2008) PG-13 100minWell-off Bridget Cardigan (Diane Keaton) faces a big cutback in her standard of living when her husband (Ted Danson) gets sacked. After taking a graveyard shift janitorial job at the Federal Reserve Bank, she conspires with two fellow employees to pilfer old money that’s scheduled to be destroyed. Based on a true story and directed by Callie Khouri, this comic caper also stars Queen Latifah and Katie Holmes as Bridget’s partners in crime.


Opening in select theaters:

Cassandra’s Dream (2008) posterCassandra’s dream (2008) 1h 45minWhen two brothers turn to crime to solve their money troubles, they soon find themselves over their heads and pitted against each other in this thriller from Oscar-winning writer-director Woody Allen. Meanwhile, one brother (Ewan McGregor) becomes smitten with a beautiful young actress (Hayley Atwell), while his sibling (Colin Farrell) struggles with mounting gambling debts. Tom Wilkinson and Sally Hawkins co-star.


Taxi to the Dark Side (2008) posterTaxi to the Dark Side (2007) R 1h 46minA political documentary examining the death of an Afghan taxi driver at Bagram Air Base from injuries inflicted by U.S. soldiers. Just days after an Afghan taxi driver picked up three passengers and never returned home, he wound up dead at Bagram Air Base, killed by injuries inflicted by U.S. soldiers. Interviews, news footage and firsthand reports provide a gripping look at the case and the Bush administration’s policy on torture. Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) directs this winner of the Best Documentary Award at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.


Teeth (2008) posterTeeth (2006) R 1h 34minWhen virtuous high school student Dawn (Jess Weixler) becomes the victim of a sexual assault, she discovers that she has an unexpected line of defense: a toothed vagina – a living example of the myth. But for Dawn, coming to terms with the power and dangers of her anatomical anomaly may be easier said than done. Director Mitchell Lichtenstein’s provocative feminist horror flick also stars John Hensley, Hale Appleman and Josh Pais.


New on DVD:

  • Love Lies Bleeding (2008) R 94min - Struggling Iraq war veteran Duke (Brian Geraghty) thinks his luck has finally turned when he stumbles upon a drug deal gone bad and finds a duffel filled with cash. He and his girlfriend, Amber (Jenna Dewan), hit the road, unaware that a dirty DEA agent (Christian Slater) has his eye on the money. The young couple must outwit the corrupt and crazed agent, who’ll stop at nothing to reclaim the loot. Action/Adventure/Thriller/Crime
  • Dora The Explorer: Undercover Dora (2007) NR 98min – Dora and her monkey friend Boots disguise themselves as secret agents in an attempt to stop the devious Swiper the fox from ruining a birthday party in this two-part episode of Nickelodeon’s popular animated kids’ series. The daring duo and their helpful friends Backpack and Map invite children along to help them solve a series of challenges and protect a batch of delicious cupcakes and a tempting pile of birthday presents. Children/Family/Animation.

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