The Runaways

  • Directors: Floria Sigismondi
  • Producers: Bill Pohlad, Art Linson, John Linson, Joan Jett, Kenny Laguna
  • Writers: Floria Sigismondi
  • Genres: Drama, Music
  • Actors: Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Stella Maeve, Scout Taylor Compton, Michael Shannon

The Runaways follows two friends, Joan (Kristen Stewart) and Cherie (Dakota Fanning), as they rise from rebellious L.A. street kids to rock stars of the now legendary group that paved the way for future generations of girl bands. They fall under the Svengali-like influence of rock impresario, Kim Fowley (Michael Shannon), who turns the group into an outrageous success and a family of misfits. With its tough-chick image and raw talent, the band quickly earns a name for itself — and so do its two leads: Joan is the band’s pure rock’ n’ roll heart, while Cherie, with her Bowie-Bardot looks, is the sex kitten.[5]

War of the Worlds

  • Directors: Steven Spielberg
  • Producers: Kathleen Kennedy, Colin Wilson
  • Writers: Novel, H G Wells, Screenplay, Josh Friedman, David Koepp
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Justin Chatwin, Miranda Otto, Tim Robbins

The story opens in Newark, New Jersey, with dock worker Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise) finishing the third shift in the morning. His pregnant ex-wife Mary Anne (Miranda Otto) and her wealthy new husband Tim (David Alan Basche), drop off Ray’s 10-year-old daughter Rachel (Hannah Dakota Fanning) and teenage son Robbie (Justin Chatwin) at his house. They are staying with him in Bayonne, New Jersey, while Tim and Mary Anne visit her parents in Boston, Massachusetts for the weekend. Rachel suffers from a panic disorder, while Robbie harbors resentment and outright disrespect towards his father. Later that day, Ray wakes up from a nap and is told by Rachel that Robbie has stolen his car and left.

Ray immediately sets out to find him, but is distracted by a strange wall cloud formation near his neighbourhood. As he and Rachel view it from the garden, the clouds begin to unleash electromagnetic pulses, disabling all of the working electronic devices in the area, including cars. Ray finds an apologetic Robbie, and tells him to take care of Rachel in the house while he goes to look at a hole in the ground that Robbie mentioned. Traveling past, he advises a mechanic to replace the solenoid of a Plymouth Voyager he is repairing. Ray and many other people find the mysteriously cold hole in the intersection, from which a large Tripod machine emerges. It begins to vaporize all humans within its range, and starts to destroy all the buildings in its path. Ray however, manages to escape and returns to his house. After packing food, Ray and the kids abandon their home and steal the Plymouth Voyager, which, due to Ray’s advice of changing the solenoid, is the only operating vehicle in town.

Afterwards, the narrator reveals that the Tripods were breaking down because the invaders and their weeds were suffering from terrestrial diseases, for which they had no immunity.


  • Directors: Paul McGuigan
  • Producers: Bruce Davey, William Vince, Glenn Williamson
  • Writers: David Bourla
  • Genres: Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, Camilla Belle, Djimon Hounsou, Ming Na

During the opening credits, a narrator (Dakota Fanning) tells us how those with abilities have been involved with the government since 1945. The opening scene shows two Movers, Nick Gant and his father on the run from the “Division”. Realizing that escape is impossible, Nick’s father tells him of a vision he received from a Watcher; a girl will give him a flower and he is to do what she says in order to “save us all.” He then throws him through an air vent as Agent Henry Carver (Djimon Hounsou) of Division arrives. Nick’s father then fights the Agents, taking out only two (on screen) before he is killed while Nick escapes.

Ten years later, the American Division is testing a potentially deadly augmentation drug on a Pusher named Kira (Camilla Belle). While the test seems like a failure, when the doctor moves in to check Kira’s pulse, she reveals herself to be alive (the one and only to ever live). Knocking the doctor out, Kira steals his card and a syringe which has the drug in it and escapes with the help of her enhanced abilities and interference from a nearly-catatonic Watcher.

Two days later, the scene changes to Hong Kong, where an adult Nick Gant (Chris Evans) is hiding from Division as an expatriate. Though he attempts to use his ability to make a living, he displays a poor skill at “moving” and is not successful at fixing a local dice game, leaving him in debt to a local Triad—which happens to be controlled by Bleeders bred by the now defunct Chinese Division. After making his escape from the gamblers, he returns to his apartment and finds that the American Division has located him. Two Sniff Agents, Mac and Holden (Cory Stoll and Scott Michael Campbell), demand to know if he has seen a certain girl. While Mac sniffs around Nick’s apartment, Holden psychically reads about Nick’s actions in this apartment, and finds out he hasn’t yet met the girl. The two Agents then leave, taking Nick’s toothbrush in case they need to find him again.

As the movie fades to black, a gunshot is heard, indicating that Carver did as Kira commanded.


  • Directors: Henry Selick
  • Producers: Claire Jennings
  • Writers: Henry Selick, Neil Gaiman
  • Genres: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
  • Actors: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Keith David, Robert Bailey Jr, John Hodgman, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Ian McShane

Coraline Jones moves into the Pink Palace Apartments in Ashland, Oregon with her loving but work-consumed parents. While exploring the nearby forest, Coraline encounters a stray black cat and an odd boy who tends it named Wybie Lovat. She also befriends long-retired actresses Miss Spink and Miss Forcible, and an acrobat named Mr. Bobinsky.

While exploring her apartment complex, Coraline finds a small door closed by bricks. Awakened that night by a button-eyed “jumping mouse”, she follows it to discover a passage extending beyond the miniature door, which leads her to an alternate version of the house grounds called the “Other World”. Upon arrival therein, Coraline meets button-eyed doppelgängers of her mother and father, who claim to be her “Other” parents. These figures guide her to a more luxurious and attractive version of the house and its surroundings. The Other Mother and Father celebrate her presence with delicious food, a beautiful, enchanted garden, and the affection Coraline feels she is missing in her own world.

Coraline continues visiting the Other World, where she is entertained by the “Other” versions of Wybie and the neighbors. The black cat, who can speak when in the Other World, informs Coraline that the Other Mother and her world are a trap set to entice children who believe themselves neglected. Coraline refuses to believe this until the Other Mother offers for her to stay in the Other World if she will sew buttons over her eyes. Coraline demands to return to her real parents, angering the Other Mother into assuming a tall, wretched form and trapping her in a small room behind a mirror as punishment. There she finds three ghost children who previously fell into the hands of the Other Mother and lost their eyes and souls to her.

Though her parents are safe (with no memory of the incident) and the ghost children have moved on to the afterlife, Coraline’s task is not done. Coraline realizes that the Other Mother will try to enter her world to reclaim her, and goes to drop the only key to the door connecting their worlds down a well on the premises. The Other Mother’s severed hand enters Coraline’s world and attempts to retrieve the key, but it is destroyed by Coraline and Wybie and dropped down the well with the key. Having rid the world of the Other Mother, Coraline has a gardening party with her parents and neighbors.

The Secret Life of Bees

  • Directors: Gina Prince Bythewood
  • Producers: Lauren Shuler Donner, Will Smith, James Lassiter, Joe Pichirallo, Overbrook Entertainment
  • Writers: Gina Prince Bythewood, Sue Monk Kidd
  • Genres: Drama
  • Actors: Dakota Fanning, Queen Latifah, Paul Bettany, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Sophie Okonedo, Tristan Wilds, Hilarie Burton

Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens (Dakota Fanning), a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother (Deborah Owens, played by Hilarie Burton). To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father (T. Ray, played by Paul Bettany), Lily flees with Rosaleen (Jennifer Hudson), her caregiver and only friend, to a South Carolina town that holds the secret to her mother’s past. Taken in by the intelligent and independent Boatwright sisters – August (Queen Latifah), May (Sophie Okonedo) and June (Alicia Keys), Lily finds solace in their mesmerizing world of beekeeping.

The Cat in the Hat

  • Directors: Bo Welch
  • Producers: Brian Grazer
  • Writers: Dr Seuss, Alec Berg, David Mandel, Jeff Schaffer
  • Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Family
  • Actors: Mike Myers, Alec Baldwin, Kelly Preston, Dakota Fanning, Spencer Breslin, Amy Hill, Sean Hayes

The movie starts with an inside look of Joan’s (played by Kelly Preston) job at Hank Humberfloob’s Real Estate agency, where the employees there are forced to clean their hands constantly either with a sink or a Hand Sanitizer. When Joan is called back to work, she gets a sleepy babysitter to babysit her kids, Conrad (played by Spencer Breslin) and Sally (played by Dakota Fanning). Conrad, a 8-year-old boy has 2 problems: He is constantly doing the exact opposite of what he’s supposed to do and causing trouble, and Sally, Conrad’s 7-year-old little sister who tries to stop Conrad’s trouble making. Their next door neighboor, Lawrence Quinn or Larry as Conrad always calls him (played by Alec Baldwin) threatens to marry Joan, and send Conrad away to a military school 8 hours away from home. When Joan leaves, their babysitter, Mrs. Kwan (played by Amy Hill), invites the children to sit with her in the living room and watch television, and then falls asleep. Not long after, it starts to rain and storm outside and the children get bored. But then there is a thud somewhere in the house, and as the children go investigate, the Cat in the Hat (played and voiced by Mike Myers) appears. After The Cat puts Mrs Quann in the closet, the Fish starts arguing about him being here. The Cat ignores the Fish (even insulting it, saying “Come on, kids, are you gonna listen to him!? He drinks where he pees!”) and then convinces Conrad and Sally to sign a contract which will allow them to have all the fun they want, and will stop anything bad happening.

They chase him towards a birthday party, and the Cat gets whacked by a strong kid, imagining himself swinging, and wearing a dress. Larry grabs Nevins, and heads for Joan’s office. Conrad, Sally, and the Cat manage to get Nevins back by catching up with a vehicle called SLOW and tricking Larry into handing over Nevins and the crab lock. They get away from him and into the dance party room where dance music is playing. While The Things distract Joan and Larry, the trio get back home, unaware that the babysitter has fallen off the crate to answer a phone call from Joan and that all terror is breaking loose as the crate erupts. When Conrad, Sally and Larry first enter, the house looks spotless. But when the cat reappears at the doorway, Larry starts sneezing and stumbles backwards, only to have the floor rip out from under him as if it were paper and send him falling from a massive high cliff into the Cat’s world. The children gasp at what has become of the house After a walk on the suspended in mid air front hall carpet and a thrilling ride on Ms Kwan down a large “water slide” ride flowing with pink stuff, they find the crate, now with a big tornado spinning on top of it that is sucking up everything nearby. Conrad eventually manages to put the lock back on the crate, causing the distorted house to straighten itself, but then it collapses, leaving wreckage everywhere. They send the Cat out, but he comes back with Thing 1 and Thing 2 and a cleaning machine called the Dynamic Industrial Renovating Tractormajigger (DIRT). They clean up the mess, and the house is clean and back together. The Cat leaves, just in time for Joan to come home. Ms Kwan wakes up and tells Joan that the children were “angels.” But then Larry Quinn barges in, covered from head to toe with purple slime and starts telling Joan about the mess and the Seussian world. She sends him away, and things go back to normal. The party goes as scheduled and the kids are told that there purple frosted cupcakes are a “huge hit.” The camera then zooms out to reveal that The Cat was telling the story, and during the credits it’s revealed that Annville is underneath the Universe.