Forgetting Sarah Marshall

  • Directors: Nicholas Stoller
  • Producers: Judd Apatow, Shauna Robertson, Rodney Rothman
  • Writers: Jason Segel
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • Actors: Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, Russell Brand, Bill Hader, Paul Rudd, Liz Cackowski, Jonah Hill

Composer Peter Bretter (Jason Segel) has spent five years adoring his girlfriend, television star Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell), despite living completely in her shadow. He even works as the composer for Sarah’s CSI-type crime drama, co-starring William Baldwin (as himself), Crime Scene: Scene of the Crime, a job that dramatically underutilizes his talents. One day, Sarah comes to Peter’s place after he’s had a shower to tell him she’s breaking up with him and there’s someone else. Peter tries to talk her out of it and goes as far as to refuse to put his clothes on, but it doesn’t work. Devastated, Peter impulsively starts having sex with random strangers, but he is still unable to overcome his grief. Upon advice from his stepbrother (Bill Hader), he decides to take a trip to Hawaii and stay at a resort Sarah once mentioned; when he goes there, he is confronted by Sarah and her new boyfriend, the articulate and narcissistic (though newly “straight edge” after a stint in rehab) British rocker, Aldous Snow (Russell Brand). The sympathetic receptionist, Rachel Jansen (Mila Kunis) bears witness to the awkward meeting and gives him an expensive suite on the condition that he cleans up after himself.

During the credits, a preview is shown for Sarah Marshall’s new show with Jason Bateman — a detective crime drama similar to her last one, called Animal Instincts, wherein she plays a detective who is also an animal psychic.

Doogal

  • Directors: Dave Borthwick, Jean Duval, Frank Passingham
  • Producers: Claude Gorsky, Laurent Rodon, Pascal Rodon
  • Writers: Paul Bassett, Raolf Sanoussi, Stephane Sanoussi, Butch Hartman
  • Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
  • Actors: UK, Kylie Minogue, Joanna Lumley, Robbie Williams, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy, Ian McKellen, Tom Baker, Ray Winstone, Lee Evans, US, Kylie Minogue, Whoopi Goldberg, Daniel Tay, William H Macy, Jimmy Fallon, Ian McKellen, Jon Stewart, Bill Hader, Chevy Chase, Kevin Smith

The film begins with a shaggy, candy-loving dog named Dougal trying to get sweets from a candy cart. He goes so far as to place a tack in the road to pop its tire, thinking to be rewarded for watching the cart. After convincing the driver to leave, Dougal is trying to decide which candy he will request when he accidentally starts the cart up again and causes it to collide with the titular magic roundabout at the center of the village. A blue jack-in-the-box-like creature emerges from the top and flies away, snatching a decorative Foot Guard figurine from the roundabout before leaving. The roundabout freezes over, trapping repairman Mr. Rusty, Dougal’s young owner Florence, and two other children named Basil and Coral within an icy cell.

The villagers are horrified by this development, therefore call upon the resident wizard, Zebedee, also a jack-in-the-box-like creature, for help. He explains that the roundabout acted as a mystical prison for the evil ice wizard Zeebad. With it broken Zeebad is free to work his magic on the world again (it is implied he started the first ice age). The only way to return Zeebad to his prison is to place three magic diamonds in the roundabout, or watch the world slowly freeze over again. Zebedee sends Dougal, Brian the cynical snail, Ermintrude the opera-singing cow, Dylan the hippie rabbit, and the magic Train to accomplish this mission. Zeebad animates the Foot Guard figurine, Sergeant Sam, and enlists him to find the enchanted diamonds first, for with them Zeebad can freeze the sun itself. Meanwhile, Zebedee’s fellowship makes camp in the icy mountains near Zeebad’s old lair. Dougal wanders off during the night and is captured by Zeebad. Ermintrude breaks him out of his prison; after a short chase, Zebedee shows up to battle his evil counterpart. Zeebad gains the upper hand and overpowers Zebedee, freezing him and collapsing the cliff on which he stands.

Mourning their dispatcher as dead, Dougal and his friends embark to recover the diamonds. This task takes them to a lava-bordered volcano, an ancient temple filled with booby-traps and evil skeleton guards (at which point Dylan reveals an exceptional knowledge of several types of martial arts), and a final showdown with Zeebad, where it is revealed that Sergeant Sam had contained the third diamond in his chest. Zeebad obtains all three diamonds during the course of the film, and attempts to freeze the Sun. Ermintrude, Brian, Dylan, and finally Dougal intervene to stop him; when they have done so, Zeebad is imprisoned in the carousel again and Zebedee is restored to his friends. The ice surrounding the carousel melts, freeing the people trapped therein; of them, Florence is comatose and must be revived by a desperate Dougal. A moose, whose color had been changed from brown to blue by Zeebad in the earlier scenes of the film, is restored to his true color by Zebedee. Dougal, who vowed to give up sugar when it seemed all was lost, forgets his former pledge completely, but now realizes the true value of his friends and the good qualities of selflessness, courage, and humility.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

  • Directors: Phil Lord, Chris Miller
  • Producers: Pam Marsden
  • Writers: Judi Barrett, Ron Barrett, Phil Lord, Chris Miller
  • Genres: Animation, Family
  • Actors: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Bruce Campbell, James Caan, Tracy Morgan, Andy Samberg, Mr T

A scientist trying to solve world hunger by converting water into food encounters a problem of global proportions, as food begins to fall from the sky.

Superbad

  • Directors: Greg Mottola
  • Producers: Judd Apatow, Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, Shauna Robertson
  • Writers: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
  • Genres: Comedy
  • Actors: Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Chris Mintz Plasse, Bill Hader, Seth Rogen

It is two weeks before the end of high school. Evan (Michael Cera) and Seth (Jonah Hill) are long-time friends in their senior year of high school, about to leave for different colleges. Their mutual friend, Fogell, (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) has plans to acquire a fake ID, so Seth agrees to buy alcohol for a party his crush, Jules (Emma Stone), is hosting. Evan also offers to buy Goldslick vodka for his long-time crush Becca (Martha MacIsaac).

While purchasing the alcohol Fogell is assaulted by a hooded robber, and the police soon arrive. The two officers, Michaels (Seth Rogen) and Slater (Bill Hader), who appear to be fooled by the fake ID (which has the single name “McLovin” as his identity), offer Fogell a lift to the party. On the way, however, they make numerous stops. The officers display many instances of inappropriate use of police powers, including stealing beers, drinking on the job, unnecessary use of police lights, and improper use of their firearms.

While the police officers are talking to Fogell at the liquor store, Evan and Seth make the assumption that Fogell has been arrested. Seth is suddenly hit by a car, but seems uninjured. To avoid being reported, the driver, Francis (Joe Lo Truglio), agrees to take them to a party, where they reason they can steal the alcohol they need. However, he is not welcome at the party and is subsequently assaulted by the host, and Seth and Evan are forced to leave, but not before smuggling out alcohol. They happen upon Slater, Michaels, and Fogell in the police car. Officer Slater prepares to arrest the teens but Evan runs off and the two officers chase while the reunited Seth and Fogell make off with the rest of the alcohol. The trio eventually make it to the party.

The following morning, Evan and Seth run into Becca and Jules at the mall. After an awkward conversation about the mistakes of the previous night, Seth takes Jules to get cover up for her eye, while Evan and Becca go off to look for some comforters.