S Darko

  • Directors: Chris Fisher
  • Producers: Adam Fields
  • Writers: Nathan Atkins
  • Genres: Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Joey powell, Bryan Needham, Ed Westwick, Elizabeth Berkley, James Lafferty, Jackson Rathbone, Matthew Davis

Samantha Darko (Daveigh Chase) follows her rebellious best friend Corey (Briana Evigan) on a cross-country road trip from Virginia to California in an attempt to become professional dancers. Their dreams are cut short when their water pump blows outside of Conejo Springs, a tiny Utah town. Sam and Corey are saved by the town bad boy, Randy (Ed Westwick), who is passing by. He takes the two girls to the town to get their car repaired and then to the local motel where they meet the conspiracy-loving owner. He tells him of a boy that went missing.

That night, Samantha becomes possessed and “sleepwalks” outside to where she sits on top of a windmill with the local lunatic, Justin “Iraq Jack” Sparrow (James Lafferty) who tells her that he’s been waiting for her. She suddenly has a deep gash on the right side of her head and she wears a gold ballgown. She is from the future. Samantha, in the style of Frank from Donnie Darko, tells Justin that the world will end in four days, seventeen hours, twenty-six minutes, and thirty-one seconds. Then she commands him to follow her, off the windmill, and into the future.

It is morning again, the morning after the first meteorite landing. Samantha has not died, so Future Samantha never went out to the windmill and called Justin into the future. She and Corey visit the site of the meteorite crashing. The locals are saddened as they take away Justin’s body from the site because he has been killed by the meteorite. Samantha, never having experienced any of it, decides to go back to Virginia. Corey stays with Randy.

Monster House

  • Directors: Gil Kenan
  • Producers: Robert Zemeckis, Steven Spielberg, Jack Rapke
  • Writers: Dan Harmon, Rob Schrab, Pamela Pettler
  • Genres: Animation, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
  • Actors: Mitchel Musso, Sam Lerner, Spencer Locke, Steve Buscemi, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jason Lee

A preteen boy, D.J. Walters (Mitchel Musso), spends a lot of his free time spying on the house across the street and its owner, Mr. Nebbercracker (Steve Buscemi), a crotchety old man who terrorizes anyone who steps anywhere on his lawn or close to his house. DJ has seen and documented Nebbercracker taking toys from kids that have stepped in his grounds. His parents (Catherine O’Hara and Fred Willard), dismiss his comments as “kid talk” and leave town for the weekend, during which he is to be cared by Elizabeth or “Zee” (Maggie Gyllenhaal), DJ’s apathetic babysitter.

When Charles “Chowder” (Sam Lerner), DJ’s best friend, loses his basketball on Nebbercracker’s lawn, DJ ventures there to recover it, but Nebbercracker appears and grabs DJ, who then starts screaming. This causes him to collapse from a stroke, seemingly dead. While Nebbercracker is carried away by the paramedics, a gold key is dropped, which DJ scoops up.

That night, DJ gets a call from Nebbercracker’s house (which was just eerie moaning from the other end). He calls Chowder and they agree to meet at a construction lot. There, they decide to investigate the house. When Chowder tries to ding-dong-ditch the house, it comes to life and attempts to eat him. They run back to DJ’s house and spend the night watching across the street. Unknown to them, Zee’s boyfriend, Bones (Jason Lee), has already been “swallowed” by the house.

The film ends with the kids returning to the hole where the house was, and Chowder, DJ, and Jenny helping Nebbercracker return all the toys. During the credits, it is shown that everyone that was eaten by the house crawls out of the basement bewildered but unharmed.

A Christmas Carol

  • Directors: Robert Zemeckis
  • Producers: Jack Rapke, Steve Starkey, Robert Zemeckis
  • Writers: Screenplay, Robert Zemeckis, Story, Charles Dickens
  • Genres: Animation, Drama, Family, Fantasy
  • Actors: Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Cary Elwes, Colin Firth, Bob Hoskins, Robin Wright Penn

A Christmas Carol is a Victorian morality tale of an old and bitter miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, who undergoes a profound experience of redemption over the course of one night. Mr. Scrooge is a financier/money-changer who has devoted his life to the accumulation of wealth. He holds anything other than money in contempt, including friendship, love and the Christmas season. But an encounter with the ghostly figure of Jacob Marley sets the stage for a mysterious and magical encounter with three phantasmic beings to help him realize the true magic of Christmas itself.

Any Given Sunday

  • Directors: Oliver Stone
  • Producers: Richard Donner, Oliver Stone
  • Writers: Oliver Stone, Daniel Pyne, John Logan
  • Genres: Drama, Sport
  • Actors: Al Pacino, Dennis Quaid, Cameron Diaz, James Woods, Jamie Foxx, LL Cool J, Elizabeth Berkley, Charlton Heston

The film deals with the fictional Miami Sharks, a once-great team now in turmoil and struggling to make the playoffs. It examines many different aspects of American football, including the players, staff, front office, politicians, and press, and the pressures that they face.

In the final game shown on screen, Miami manages a come-from-behind win in the final seconds against the Dallas Knights, winning the first round of the playoffs. Off-screen, Miami beats Minnesota in conference championship, but loses to San Francisco in the Pantheon Cup Championship.

At D’Amato’s final press conference as head coach, all feuds have been resolved or at least put on hold and he leaves on a positive note, being thanked by owner Christina and the media for his contributions to the team. D’Amato then drops a bombshell and announces that he’s been hired as head coach and general manager of the expansion Albuquerque Aztecs. Then he says he just signed Willie Beamen as his starting quarterback and franchise player. Despite the initial hysteria among the media and owners, the general consensus that this is the best solution because D’Amato and Crozier (backed by Christina) cannot co-exist. As the scene ends, Christina and the other executives are angrily asking Crozier how he could have let Beamen finish the season without re-signing him to a longer contract for the Sharks.

Passengers

  • Directors: Rodrigo Garcia
  • Producers: Joseph Drake
  • Writers: Ronnie Christensen
  • Genres: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
  • Actors: Anne Hathaway, Patrick Wilson, Clea DuVall

Psychotherapist Claire Summers (Hathaway) is called upon to treat a group of five survivors of a recent plane crash. One of the survivors, Eric (Wilson), exhibits symptoms that suggest he is disguising his true feelings about the crash by making major life changes. As Claire and Eric grow closer, Claire’s patients begin to disappear. She comes to believe that the airline is targeting them to prevent fears about a mechanical failure from spreading. Claire visits her estranged sister after Eric suggests that she make peace with her.

There, she is greeted by an official from the airline who has been advising her not to investigate the crash. He reveals that all of the plane’s passengers died in the crash. As proof, he leaves behind a suitcase that contains a ledger of passengers’ names. Claire discovers that she too was on the ill-fated flight, and remembers everything that happened. Claire goes to the docks to meet Eric on his boat.

She realizes that everyone she came into contact with over the last few weeks was actually dead; “ghosts” of friends and family who were trying to make her realize that she, and the other passengers, had died. As the movie ends, Claire’s sister, Emma, and her husband are let into her now-abandoned apartment by the landlord, where she discovers a note Claire was planning to send to make peace with her.

The School of Rock

  • Directors: Richard Linklater
  • Producers: Scott Aversano, Steve Nicolaides, Scott Rudin
  • Writers: Mike White
  • Genres: Comedy, Family, Music
  • Actors: Jack Black, Joan Cusack, Mike White, Sarah Silverman, Miranda Cosgrove

Dewey Finn (Jack Black), a hard rock singer and guitarist, is unanimously voted out of his band No Vacancy by the rest of the members for his arrogance and frequent hyperactive stage antics. His submissive roommate and lifelong friend Ned Schneebly (writer Mike White), a substitute teacher, threatens Dewey with eviction under heavy pressure from his girlfriend Patty Di Marco (Sarah Silverman) unless Dewey “gets a real job” and pays off his growing rent debt. Dewey feels forced to give up his passion until he receives a phone call intended for Ned from Rosaline Mullins (Joan Cusack), principal of Horace Green, a prestigious prep school, asking Ned to fill in for a teacher who would be out for several weeks. Desperate for income to avoid getting evicted, Dewey impersonates Ned and takes the job as a substitute teacher for the fifth-grade class.

Dewey has no real idea how to carry out his role as a teacher, and instead simply gives his students constant free time. However, when he overhears his pupils playing in music class he realizes that some of the children in the class have musical talent. He decides to turn his temporary job into what he tells them is a special class project, but is actually a personal one: to turn a classroom full of kids into a rock band and crew, complete with a ten-year-old manager, a girl called Summer (Miranda Cosgrove), which will serve as a vehicle to stardom, ultimately to win the upcoming Battle of the Bands, where he is out to avenge his eviction from his old band and win the $20,000 prize.

As the credits go up, Summer is seen arguing a deal over the cell phone as she enters the School of Rock, a newly opened after-school program where Dewey continues to coach the band and Ned teaches the younger ones, and the credits roll as the band sings “The movie is over, but we’re still on screen” breaking the fourth wall.

The Descent

  • Directors: Neil Marshall
  • Producers: Christian Colson
  • Writers: Neil Marshall
  • Genres: Adventure, Drama, Horror, Thriller
  • Actors: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid, Saskia Mulder, MyAnna Buring, Nora Jane Noone

Juno (Natalie Mendoza), Sarah (Shauna Macdonald) and Beth (Alex Reid) are whitewater rafting in Scotland. Sarah’s husband Paul (Oliver Milburn) and their daughter Jessica (Molly Kayll) wave and cheer from the bank. On the drive home, a distracted Paul allows their car to drift into the path of an oncoming vehicle, causing a head-on collision. Paul and Jessica are killed instantly, but Sarah survives. One year later, Juno, Sarah, Beth, Sam (MyAnna Buring) and Rebecca (Saskia Mulder) are reunited at a rustic cabin in the Appalachian Mountains, USA. Holly (Nora-Jane Noone), Juno’s new friend, is introduced. As they reminisce over an old photo of Juno, Sarah, and Beth, Sarah says “Love each day”, explaining that it was a saying of her late husband’s. The next morning the group goes caving. When the group breaks for lunch in a huge gallery, Juno tearfully apologizes to Sarah for not being around for her after the accident, but Sarah is distant. The next passage collapses behind the group and Sarah barely makes it through. After a heated discussion, Juno admits that she has led them into an unknown cave system, instead of the fully explored cave system they had originally planned for. The only people told about their expedition think they are at the other cave system, making rescue impossible. They are trapped with no way out. Privately, Juno tells Sarah that she led them into the unknown cave hoping to restore their relationship, but Sarah rebuffs her. Pressing on, they discover a cave painting, which Beth interprets as signifying that there are two exits to the cave, giving them some hope.

Juno climbs out of the chasm and is helped onto a ledge by Sarah. Sarah asks Juno if she saw Beth die, and Juno nods. The two cautiously make their way through passages until they encounter a group of crawlers and defeat them. Sarah then faces Juno, and reveals that she has Juno’s pendant. Then Sarah swings the pickaxe at Juno. Juno makes no effort to avoid Sarah’s attack and is impaled through the leg. Juno pulls the pickaxe free and turns to face a large group of crawlers. As Sarah flees, she hears Juno’s screams, which abruptly fall silent. Sarah falls down a hole and is knocked unconscious. Sarah awakens, scrambles up a huge pile of bones towards daylight, squeezes through a narrow opening onto the surface, runs to her vehicle and speeds off. Suddenly, Sarah sees Juno sitting next to her, her face streaked with blood. Sarah screams and awakens to find herself still in the cavern. She sees her smiling daughter close by and a birthday cake between them. The field of view widens to reveal that Sarah is hallucinating. The calls of the crawlers grow louder, but Sarah is oblivious.

The Grudge 3

  • Directors: Toby Wilkins
  • Producers: Takashi Shimizu, Sam Raimi
  • Writers: Brad Keene
  • Genres: Horror, Thriller
  • Actors: Johanna Braddy, Shawnee Smith, Emi Ikahata, Beau Mirchoff, Gil McKinney, Matthew Knight, Jadie Hobson

The events of The Grudge 3 occur several months after the Chicago vignette of The Grudge 2. Jake Kimble, (Matthew Knight) the sole survivor, is now institutionalized after the gruesome murder of his family. His caretaker is Dr. Sullivan, who is skeptical of Jake’s stories describing a woman with long black hair covered in blood as the murderer. Dr. Sullivan has to leave Jake in his room as she has to take care of the other patients. She reassures Jake by telling him that there is a security camera that will always be watching him. When she leaves, almost immediately the lights start flickering, and Jake realizes that Kayako is here. He screams for help, but the security guard does not pay attention, but it is too late when he does realize what happens, as he sees Jake being flung around the room by an invisible force. When they arrive in the room, Jake is lying in a pool of blood. He has broken almost every bone in his body. Dr. Sullivan has become aware of the truth.

Kayako’s sister, Naoko Kawamata,is a young Japanese woman who hears of Jake’s death through the newspaper and becomes worried. Naoko knows how to stop the grudge and travels to America, more specifically to Chicago where the last incident linked with Kayako occurred. She is introduced to the Chicago apartment by Max, (Gil MicKenny) the landlord, and immediately begins to feel her sister’s presence. She meets Max’s little sister, Rose, and she somehow knows that Rose is in touch with the dead and can communicate with Toshio, Naoko’s nephew. She also meets Lisa (Johanna Braddy) and they quickly become friends, and they meet other residents of the apartment, including Gretchen, (Marina Sirtis) who is an artist. Lisa begins to grow frightened when she realizes her younger sister Rose is seeing a dead boy all around the apartment.

The final scene is of police and doctors removing the bodies and Lisa telling Rose that everything will be alright. However, as she hugs her, the final image is that of Kayako filled with rage and hugging Lisa instead of Rose.

A Complete History of My Sexual Failures

  • Directors: Chris Waitt
  • Producers: Henry Trotter, Mary Burke
  • Writers:
  • Genres: Documentary, Comedy
  • Actors: Alexandra Boyarskaya, Danielle McLeod, Olivia Trench, Chris Waitt, Hilary Waitt, Mary Burke

Filmmaker Chris Waitt sets out on a quest to find out why all of his romantic relationships have ended in complete failure. Tracking down every one of his former lovers, he finds a general resentment, stemming from his constant unreliability. He then sets out to test different approaches that will prepare him for true love, and a lasting relationship.

New in Town

  • Directors: Jonas Elmer
  • Producers: Peter Safran, Darryl Taja, Tracey E Edmonds, Paul Brooks, Phyllis Laing, Andrew Paquin
  • Writers: C Jay Cox, Ken Rance
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance
  • Actors: Harry Connick Jr, Siobhan Fallon, J K Simmons

A high-powered consultant (Renée Zellweger) in love with her upscale Miami lifestyle is sent to New Ulm, Minnesota to oversee the restructuring of a blue collar manufacturing plant. After enduring a frosty reception from the locals, icy roads and freezing weather, she warms up to the small town’s charm, and eventually finds herself being accepted by the community. When she’s ordered to close down the plant and put the entire community out of work, she’s forced to reconsider her goals and priorities, and finds a way to save the town. After tasteing her secretary’s secret recipe of tapioca pudding, she decides to adapt a former yoghurt production line to produce this special recipe of tapioca.