Knight Day

  • Directors: James Mangold
  • Producers:
  • Writers: Patrick O Neill
  • Genres: Action, Comedy
  • Actors: Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Maggie Grace, Paul Dano, Marc Blucas, Viola Davis, Olivier Martinez

Roy Milner (Cruise) is a secret agent who goes on a blind date with unlucky-in-love June Havens (Diaz), and ends up pulling her into a journey to protect a powerful battery that holds the key to an infinite power source.

My Sister s Keeper

  • Directors: Nick Cassavetes
  • Producers: Curmudgeon Films
  • Writers: Novel, Jodi Picoult, Screenplay, Jeremy Leven
  • Genres: Drama
  • Actors: Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin, Sofia Vassilieva, Alec Baldwin, Jason Patric, Thomas Dekker, Emily Deschanel, Joan Cusack

Conceived by means of in vitro fertilization, Anna Fitzgerald (Abigail Breslin) was brought into the world to be a genetic match for her older sister, Kate (Sofia Vassilieva), who suffers from acute promyelocytic leukemia. Anna knows if she donates a kidney, she will be unable to live the life she wants; she will no longer be able to take part in extracurricular activities such as cheerleading and soccer, or be a mother. Her family members are introduced one by one and each tell about how Katie’s illness has affected them personally and the family. When Kate turns 15, she goes into renal failure. Knowing that she will have to donate one of her kidneys to her sister, Anna sues her parents for medical emancipation and the rights to her own body. Attorney Campbell Alexander (Alec Baldwin) agrees to work for Anna as her guardian ad litem, suing for partial termination of parental rights. It is later learned he agreed to take the case not for the notoriety, but because he is an epileptic and understands her predicament of not having control over one’s own body.

The judge (Joan Cusack) refuses to grant summary dismissal, and the case goes to a hearing. The film is interlaced with flashbacks that detail the strong relationship between Kate and Anna as well as how Kate’s illness has affected her siblings’ lives and their relationships. Kate also meets a fellow cancer patient, Taylor (Thomas Dekker), who becomes her boyfriend both in and out of the hospital. He asks her to the hospital’s “prom” for patients and they make love. A few days later, Kate is crying because Taylor hasn’t called her for several days. Her mother Sara, furious because Kate said they “did it”, storms out to ask the nurse where he is and learns that he has died. Before the hearing, their dad Brian takes the kids to the beach at Kate’s request and with the doctor’s permission. Overprotective as ever, Sara is infuriated when she finds out but Brian drives away anyway. Sara later joins them and they enjoy one last family outing together.

It turns out that Kate does not even want Anna’s kidney, she has no confidence in another operation and prefers to die, and since Sara does not listen to her she has requested Anna to file for medical emancipation, and refuse to donate a kidney. Their older brother Jesse had known about it all along and urges Anna to tell but she doesn’t dare say any more so he reveals it himself. Before the case is settled, Kate dies in her sleep at the hospital with her mother in her arms. After Kate’s death, Campbell brings the court decision – Anna won the case. The family moves on with their lives, being changed by Kate’s death, but every year on Kate’s birthday they go to Montana, which was her “most favorite place in the world”.

Shrek Forever After

  • Directors: Mike Mitchell
  • Producers: Gina Shay, Teresa Cheng, Executive Producer, Aron Warner, Andrew Adamson
  • Writers: Tim Sullivan, Josh Klausner, Darren Lemke, Book, William Steig
  • Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
  • Actors: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Walt Dohrn, Julie Andrews, Eric Idle, Justin Timberlake

Shrek (Mike Myers) has become a domesticated family man. Instead of scaring villagers away like he used to, the grown-reluctant ogre agrees to autograph pitch forks. Longing for the days when he felt like a “real ogre”, Shrek is tricked into signing a pact with the smooth-talking dealmaker, Rumpelstiltskin. Shrek suddenly finds himself in a twisted, alternate version of Far Far Away, where ogres are hunted, Rumplestiltskin is king, the now intellectual Donkey (Eddie Murphy) is afraid of Shrek, Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) is obese, Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow) is still alive, and Shrek and Fiona (Cameron Diaz) have never met. Now, it’s up to Shrek to undo all of Rumpelstiltskin’s mischief in the hopes of saving his friends, restoring his world, and reclaiming his One True Love and family.

My Best Friend s Wedding

  • Directors: P J Hogan
  • Producers:
  • Writers:
  • Genres: Comedy, Musical, Romance
  • Actors: Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Cameron Diaz, Rupert Everett, Philip Bosco

Julianne Potter (Julia Roberts), a 27-year-old New York restaurant critic, receives a call from her longtime friend Michael O’Neil (Dermot Mulroney). In college, the two made an agreement that if neither of them were married by the time they turned 28, they would marry each other. Four days before her 28th birthday, Michael tells her he has fallen in love with, and is about to marry, Kimberly Wallace (Cameron Diaz), a 20-year-old University of Chicago student from a wealthy family. This causes Julianne to realize she has always been in love with Michael and cannot stand to see him wed another woman.

Julianne heads to Chicago, intent on sabotaging Michael’s wedding. Soon after arriving she meets Kimberly, who puts her on the spot and asks her to be the maid of honor. Julianne reluctantly agrees. This sets off a comical Jekyll and Hyde scenario, where Julianne must pretend to be the dutiful maid of honor while secretly scheming ways to prevent the wedding from happening. She engages in petty sabotage — for example, taking Kimberly and Michael to a karaoke bar after discovering Kimberly is a terrible singer, and making her sing in front of a large crowd — and later invites her gay friend George (Rupert Everett) to Chicago and pretends she is engaged to him, hoping to make Michael jealous.

At the wedding reception, Julianne makes a toast and finally bids goodbye to Michael, literally and figuratively. The bride and groom depart for their honeymoon, and Julianne is left sitting alone at a table. She receives an unexpected phone call from George, who is surreptitiously calling from an adjacent table, knowing that Julianne would be depressed. The two friends dance together as the film ends.

Shrek 2

  • Directors: Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, Conrad Vernon
  • Producers: Aron Warner, John H Williams
  • Writers: Screenplay, Andrew Adamson, Joe Stillman, J David Stem, David N Weiss, Story, Andrew Adamson, Book, William Steig
  • Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
  • Actors: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Julie Andrews, John Cleese, Rupert Everett, Jennifer Saunders

When Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) and Fiona (voiced by Cameron Diaz) come back from their honeymoon, they find an invitation to a royal ball with Fiona’s parents to celebrate their marriage, an event Shrek is reluctant to participate in. Fiona talks him into it, and along with Donkey (voiced by Eddie Murphy), they travel to the kingdom of Far Far Away. They meet Fiona’s parents, King Harold and Queen Lillian (voiced by John Cleese and Julie Andrews), who are surprised and repulsed by Fiona’s choice of husband (particularly the King himself), since they had arranged that Prince Charming rescue her from the castle but now they see that her husband is an ogre.

At a shared meal, Shrek and Harold get into a heated argument over how Shrek and Fiona will raise their family, and Fiona, disgusted at Shrek and her father’s behavior, locks herself away in her room that evening, where she meets her Fairy Godmother (voiced by Jennifer Saunders), who is also surprised at Fiona’s new looks. Shrek worries that he has lost his true love, particularly after finding her childhood diary and reading that she was once infatuated with Prince Charming (voiced by Rupert Everett).

As the clock strikes midnight, Shrek and Fiona let the potion’s effects wear off and they revert to their ogre selves, while Donkey changes back as well. Harold gives his blessing to the marriage and apologizes for his earlier behavior, and the party resumes as the credits begin. They are interrupted by a brief after-party scene in which the Dragon, who had romanced Donkey in the first film, arrives and reveals that they now have several dragon-donkey hybrid, or “Dronkey”, babies.

Gangs of New York

  • Directors: Martin Scorsese
  • Producers: Alberto Grimaldi, Harvey Weinstein
  • Writers: Jay Cocks, Steven Zaillian, Kenneth Lonergan
  • Genres: Crime, Drama
  • Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day Lewis, Cameron Diaz, John C Reilly, Henry Thomas, Jim Broadbent, Liam Neeson, Brendan Gleeson, Barbara Bouchet

In 1846, in Lower Manhattan’s “Five Points” district, a territorial war raging for years between the “Natives” (comprising those born in the United States) and recently arrived Irish Catholic immigrants, is about to come to a head in Paradise Square. The Natives are led by William “Bill the Butcher” Cutting (Daniel Day-Lewis), a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant with an open hatred of recent immigrants. The leader of the immigrant Irish, the “Dead Rabbits,” is Priest Vallon (Liam Neeson), who has a young son, Amsterdam (played as a child by Cian McCormack). Cutting and Vallon meet with their respective gangs in a horrific and bloody battle, concluding when Bill kills Priest Vallon, which Amsterdam witnesses. Cutting declares the Dead Rabbits outlawed and orders Vallon’s body be buried with honor. Amsterdam seizes the knife that kills his father, races off and buries it. He is found and taken to the orphanage at Hellgate.

Sixteen years later, Amsterdam returns to New York a grown man (Leonardo DiCaprio). Arriving in Five Points, he reunites with an old friend, Johnny Sirocco (Henry Thomas). Johnny, now a member of a clan of pickpockets and thieves, introduces Amsterdam to Bill the Butcher, for whom the group steals. Amsterdam finds many of his father’s old loyalists are now under Bill’s control, including Happy Jack Mulraney (John C. Reilly), now a corrupt city constable and in Bill’s pocket, and McGloin (Gary Lewis), now one of Bill’s lieutenants. Amsterdam soon works his way into the Butcher’s inner circle. Amsterdam learns that each year, on the anniversary of the Five Points battle (February 16), Bill leads the city in saluting the victory over the Dead Rabbits, and he makes plans to kill the Butcher during this ceremony, in front of the entire Five Points community, in order to exact public revenge.

The dead are collected for burial. Bill’s body is buried in Brooklyn, in view of the Manhattan skyline, adjacent to the grave of Priest Vallon. Jenny and Amsterdam visit as Amsterdam buries his father’s razor. Amsterdam narrates New York would be rebuilt, but they are no longer remembered, as if “we were never here”. The scene then shifts over the next hundred years, giving us a view as the modern New York begins building up from the Brooklyn Bridge all the way to the World Trade Center, and the graves of Bill and Priest Vallon gradually become covered in bushes and weeds.

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.

What Happens in Vegas

  • Directors: Tom Vaughan
  • Producers: Michael Aguilar, Dean Georgaris
  • Writers: Dana Fox
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance
  • Actors: Cameron Diaz, Ashton Kutcher

In New York City, high-strung stockbroker Joy ellis McNally (Cameron Diaz) is dumped by her fiancé at his surprise birthday she threw for him in front of all their friends, and easy-going carpenter Jack Fuller (Ashton Kutcher) is fired from his job by his father, Jack, Sr. (Treat Williams). Both become emotionally distraught and travel to Las Vegas with their best friends. They meet by chance when they are given the same hotel room because of a computer error. After clearing up the misunderstanding and receiving upgraded rooms and coupons to various clubs, they party and drink together and Joy and Jack end up getting married. The next morning, they realize it was a mistake and decide to divorce.

Before they do so, Jack uses a quarter Joy gives him in a slot machine. He hits a $3,000,000 USD jackpot and Joy reminds Jack that they are married and hence, she is entitled to some of the money. The couple returns to New York, where they attempt to divorce. Their judge (Dennis Miller) declares that the couple cannot divorce until they attempt to co-exist for six months, while attending weekly sessions with a marriage counselor (Queen Latifah). If they work at the marriage but still want to divorce after six months, each will be permitted to keep half the winnings from Las Vegas. If either party does not cooperate, their fortune will be tied up in litigation by the judge.

After the credits have rolled there is one last scene that sees Dave waiting for Jack to bring his car back and asking a passer-by if he “likes to party?”

Vanilla Sky

  • Directors: Cameron Crowe
  • Producers: Cameron Crowe, Tom Cruise, Paula Wagner
  • Writers: Mateo Gil, Cameron Crowe
  • Genres: Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Jason Lee, Kurt Russell

David Aames recently has become owner of his deceased father’s publishing company, and begins to enjoy a wealthy lifestyle. David, through his friend Brian Shelby, is introduced to Sofia Serrano, and the two begin to flirt and become closer. When David’s former girlfriend, Julianna Gianni, discovers this, she becomes extremely jealous. One day, she offers David a ride, but purposely crashes her car at high speed off a bridge; Julianna dies while David survives, though his face is scarred up so badly he wears a mask to hide the embarrassment from the world so that people will not stare or look at his face. On an evening out with Brian and Sofia after the crash, David becomes extremely intoxicated, much to Sofia’s displeasure, and she and Brian leave David to wallow on a sidewalk. However, the next morning, Sofia returns to help David back onto his feet, and they begin to date steadily.

Though David’s life seems perfect, he finds oddities about it, such as a completely empty Times Square. At times, he finds himself hallucinating, his face reverting to before the plastic surgery. A strange man appears at various locations to tell David he has the power to control the world. After one hallucination episode, David goes to Sofia’s apartment to find Julianna there, and that all the old photos and pictures of David and Sofia have been replaced with Julianna. In a fit of rage, David kills Julianna by suffocation. He is arrested and put into prison, placed under the psychological care of Dr. Curtis McCabe. David, finding himself suffering from a form of amnesia, attempts to recount the recent events to Dr. McCabe, and the two discover that there may be a connection between David and a company known as “Life Extension”, who place clinically-dead patients into cryogenic chambers to awaken in the future when cures may be available. David and Mr. McCabe visit the company, who explain that they place their patients into a “Lucid Dream” state while in the cryogenics company. David recognizes that the reality he is in is his own Lucid Dream, and calls for Tech Support.

David escapes from the company office to find the mysterious man directing him to an elevator. As they rise to the top of an impossibly tall building, the man, revealing himself to be the tech support, explains David’s true past: after passing out drunk on the sidewalk, he never saw Sofia again. Due to his depression, David sought the services of Life Extension, wishing to start the Lucid Dream the morning after the drunken incident, and to live under the “vanilla sky” his mother always talked about; he then committed suicide so that he may be placed in the cryogenic system, where he has been for the past 150 years. While David was experiencing the Lucid Dream, a malfunction of the system caused the dream to become a nightmare, merging Sofia and Julianna’s personas and creating people, such as Dr. McCabe, out of his past memories. At the roof of the building, the man offers David a choice, to either be reinserted into the corrected Lucid Dream as to be together with Sofia forever, or to opt to wake up though this requires a leap of faith off the building. David opts to be awakened so that he can live a real life, and he takes a few last moments to say goodbye to the Dream versions of Sofia and Brian, then jumps off the building, his memories flashing through his eyes as he falls. Just as he hits the ground, a voice tells David to wake up, the film briefly focuses on his closed eye opening onto the real world.

Charlie s Angels Full Throttle

  • Directors: McG
  • Producers: Drew Barrymore, Leonard Goldberg, Nancy Juvonen
  • Writers: TV Series, Ivan Goff, Ben Roberts, Screenplay, John August, Cormac Wibberley, Marianne Wibberley, Story, John August
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
  • Actors: Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, Luke Wilson, Matt LeBlanc, John Cleese, Robert Patrick, Crispin Glover, Shia LaBeouf, Bernie Mac, Demi Moore

The Angels are hired to locate a set of titanium rings stolen from the Department of Justice that, when put together in a special machine, will display a list of all individuals in the witness protection program. Having discovered that one person on the list has been killed, the Angels investigate the scene and discover evidence suggesting that the killer is a surfer with a scar on one leg. Having tracked the killer to his next victim- who is subsequently sent to Bosley’s house for protection- it is revealed that angel Dylan was once named Helen Zaas (pronounced “Helen’s ass”, making her the “butt” of many jokes) and is in the program herself for sending her former boyfriend- a member of the O’Grady mafia family- to jail.

Although they recover the rings, Dylan leaves the Angels because she doesn’t want to endanger them with her ex’s vendetta, but former Angel Kelly Garrett- in a visit that may have been spiritual- reminds her that every Angel is unique, and her flawed past shouldn’t define her present. Returning to the team, Dylan and the others deduce that former angel Madison Lee (Demi Moore) is the perpetrator of the crimes due to her being the only individual possessing the necessary contacts to carry out such a scheme. Madison, having concluded “Why be an Angel, when [she] can be God”, having shot the Angels after reacquiring the rings, although they are saved by their specially-designed kevlar vests- returns to the agency to ‘confront’ Charlie, rejecting his attempts to remind her that the Angels are a family and shooting his speaker off the desk, informing him coldly that she was always the best.

Learning that the rings will be sold after a rendezvous on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Angels travel to Hollywood, setting the crime families up to be caught by the FBI in a faked rendezvous. With Madison having contacted the O’Gradys to act as security, Alex and Dylan take out the O’Gradys, while Natalie and Madison go head-to-head themselves. Dylan manages to kill her ex, with the Angels subsequently stopping Madison’s attempt to blow up the premiere of Alex’s boyfriend Jason’s (Matt LeBlanc) new movie thanks to Bosley knocking the bomb away. Although Madison tries to escape, the Angels defeat her in a final confrontation in an abandoned theatre, throwing her through a gas main just as she fires her gun, causing an explosion that kills her. The film ends with the Angels celebrating their victory with Bosley (Bernie Mac).