Smokin Aces

  • Directors: Joe Carnahan
  • Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner
  • Writers: Joe Carnahan
  • Genres: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • Actors: Jeremy Piven, Ryan Reynolds, Andy Garcia, Ray Liotta, Alicia Keys, Common

Las Vegas magician and wannabe gangster Buddy “Aces” Israel is hiding out in a Lake Tahoe hotel penthouse with his entourage, while his agent Morris Mecklen discusses a potential immunity deal with Deputy Director Locke of the FBI. Agents Messner and Carruthers learn that mob boss Primo Sparrazza has put a hit out on Israel worth one million dollars involving a mysterious assassin known as the Swede, with the added stipulation that he bring him Israel’s heart as well. A number of assassins are also after the reward, including Lazlo Soot, a Hungarian who specializes in disguises and impersonations; Sharice Watters and Georgia Sykes, a duo of hitwomen hired by Sparazza’s underboss; Pasquale Acosta, torture expert and mercenary; and the psychotic Neo-Nazi Tremor Brothers.

Locke dispatches Messner and Carruthers to be ready to take Israel into custody when the deal is struck. A team of bail bondsmen, Jack Dupree and his partners, “Pistol” Pete Deeks and Hollis Elmore, have been hired by the firm that posted Israel’s bail. The bondsmen are attacked by the Tremors and only Elmore escapes alive. Messner is dispatched to the murder scene while Caruthers proceeds to Israel. Meanwhile, each of the assassins gain access to the hotel in their own various ways.

Messner, furious over the unnecessary deaths, especially Carruthers’, protests and is ordered to leave the hospital. Instead, he walks into the emergency room, locks the doors, and pulls the plug on both men. He then lays his gun and badge on the floor and sits in disbelief as Locke and the doctors desperately try to break in.

Date Night

  • Directors: Shawn Levy
  • Producers: Shawn Levy, Tom McNulty
  • Writers: Josh Klausner
  • Genres: Comedy
  • Actors: Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Mark Wahlberg, James Franco, Mark Ruffalo, Mila Kunis, Kristen Wiig, Common, Taraji P Henson

Claire and Phil Foster (Tina Fey and Steve Carell) are a suburban couple slogging through their daily lives and marriage. Even their “date nights” of dinner and a movie have become routine. To reignite the marital spark, they visit a trendy Manhattan bistro, where a case of mistaken identity hurtles them through the city at breakneck speeds, into non-stop adventure. Remembering what made them so special together, Phil and Claire take on a couple of corrupt cops, a top-level mobster—and a crazed cabbie—as their date becomes a night they’ll never forget.[2][3]

Wanted

  • Directors: Timur Bekmambetov
  • Producers: Marc Platt, Jason Netter, Jim Lemley
  • Writers: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, Chris Morgan
  • Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller
  • Actors: James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, Angelina Jolie, Common, Thomas Kretschmann, Terence Stamp

A young man named Wesley Gibson works at a dead-end desk job with an overbearing boss, takes anti-anxiety medication for panic attacks, and has a live-in girlfriend who cheats on him with his best friend. During one of his trips to the pharmacy, Gibson is told by a mysterious woman named Fox that his father was a recently murdered assassin, and the killer, Cross, is behind him. Cross and Fox engage in a shoot-out followed by a car chase in the streets of Chicago. Fox brings Gibson to the headquarters of The Fraternity, a thousand-year-old secret society of assassins. The group’s leader, Sloan, explains that Gibson’s panic attacks are actually the untrained expression of a rare superhuman ability; when stressed he has drastically increased heart rate and adrenaline levels that result in bursts of superhuman strength, speed and reflexes. The Fraternity can teach him to control this ability, so Gibson can follow in his father’s footsteps as an assassin, beginning by inheriting his fortune. Gibson is initially reluctant and returns to work, only to finally snap when discovering his online bank account balance is over 3 million dollars. He tells off his boss in front of the entire office and on his way out, hits his “friend” Barry in the face with his keyboard. The keyboard breaks apart, and 6 keys and one of Barrys teeth spell “Fuck you”. Fox is waiting outside to take him back to the Fraternity headquarters – an unassuming textile mill.

Gibson, penniless once again, does not know what to do with himself. While Gibson provides a voice-over, the audience sees a man sitting in front of a computer much like Gibson did at the beginning of the film. Sloan appears and points a gun at back of the man’s head. At that moment, the man turns around and is revealed to be a decoy. Sloan is then killed by Gibson using a long-distance untraceable bullet. Similar to the comic,[2] the film ends as Gibson turns to the camera and breaks the fourth wall, saying, “This is me taking back control of my life. What the fuck have you done lately?”

Terminator Salvation

  • Directors: McG
  • Producers: Derek Anderson, Victor Kubicek, Jeffrey Silver, Moritz Borman
  • Writers: Screenplay, John D Brancato, Michael Ferris, Uncredited, Jonathan Nolan, Anthony E Zuiker, Shawn Ryan, Paul Haggis, David C Wilson, Characters, James Cameron, Gale Anne Hurd
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin, Moon Bloodgood, Bryce Dallas Howard, Common, Jane Alexander, Helena Bonham Carter

On May 23, 2008, Warner Bros. released the following plot summary for the film. The synopsis was modified on June 11, 2008:

Set in post-apocalyptic 2018, John Connor (Christian Bale), the man fated to be the leader of the human resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators, and the future he was raised to believe in is altered in part by the appearance of Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington), a stranger whose last memory is of being on death row. John must decide whether Marcus has been sent from the future or rescued from the past. As Skynet prepares its final onslaught, John and Marcus both embark on an odyssey that takes them into the heart of Skynet’s operations, where they find out a terrible secret that may lead to the possible annihilation of mankind.[2]

At the beginning, John does not start off as leader of the human resistance, but will work his way through the ranks in the film. He is mistrusted by other soldiers due to his extensive knowledge of Skynet.[3] McG said that the film will reveal the development of the Model 101 Terminator as well:[4] scenes involve humans being captured and studied by Skynet in order to perfect their cybernetic organisms and John explaining “[i]f we let these things go online, the war is over”.[5] Skynet captures Kyle Reese because it is aware that Reese is John’s father, and uses him as a bait in an attempt to kill John.[6]