Ocean s Twelve

  • Directors: Steven Soderbergh
  • Producers: Jerry Weintraub
  • Writers: George Nolfi
  • Genres: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
  • Actors: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Julia Roberts, Catherine Zeta Jones, Bernie Mac, Don Cheadle, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Vincent Cassel, Eddie Jemison, Shaobo Qin, Carl Reiner, Elliott Gould

Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia) rounds up the eleven members of Danny Ocean’s (George Clooney) gang, and threatens them in order to force them to pay back the $160 million that they stole from his Vegas casino from their previous heist, along with $38 million in interest, within two weeks. Collectively, the group is short by nearly half, and are forced to stage another heist to collect the funds. The group opts for a European target as they are too well recognized in the United States. For their first target, recommended by an informant named Matsui (Robbie Coltrane) the team goes after the world’s oldest stock certificate issued by the Dutch East India Company in 1602. Kept in a private home in Amsterdam, the value would not be enough to settle the debt, but sufficient to extend their deadline. While the group is able to breach the security of the house, including physically lifting the house to gain the correct line of sight to deactivate the security codes, they find they have been beaten by another master thief, François Toulour, also known as “The Night Fox” (Vincent Cassel). Toulour invites Danny to his home, and reveals that it was he that tipped off Terry on Danny’s casino heist, due to being upset that his mentor Gaspar LeMarc (Albert Finney) has believed Danny was the world’s best thief. Toulour challenges Danny to see who could first steal the Coronation Egg within the week, offering to pay off Terry’s debt if Danny should win.

LeMarc reveals in a meeting with Danny and Rusty that he had been playing a long con. LeMarc wanted to humiliate Toulour by taunting him into the bet with Danny, as well as to regain possession of the Egg that he had stolen himself long ago, only relinquishing it due to his wife’s nagging. More importantly, LeMarc wanted to be reunited with his daughter, revealed to be Lahiri, which could only be done after Danny’s crew was extradited. With Rusty’s help, Lahiri is flown in to an emotional meeting with her father. The group pays the money back to Terry, though under watch by Toulour, and then enjoy a private poker session, with Lahiri rejoining with Rusty.

Up in the Air

  • Directors: Jason Reitman
  • Producers: Daniel Dubiecki, Jeffrey Clifford, Ivan Reitman, Jason Reitman
  • Writers: Sheldon Turner and Jason Reitman, Walter Kirn
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama
  • Actors: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick

Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) is a man who makes his living traveling to workplaces around the United States and conducting employee layoffs for bosses too cowardly to do it themselves. Ryan also delivers motivational speeches, using the analogy “What’s In Your Backpack?” to extol the virtues of a life free of relationships with people and things. He relishes the comfort of anonymity during his perpetual travels. Ryan’s personal goal for his life is to achieve ten million frequent flyer miles. While traveling, he meets another frequent flyer named Alex (Vera Farmiga) and they begin a casual relationship.

Ryan is called back to his company’s offices in Omaha, Nebraska, where he finds out that an ambitious young coworker named Natalie Keener (Anna Kendrick) is pushing a plan to cut costs by having employees stay grounded and conduct layoffs over the internet. Ryan argues that Natalie knows nothing about the process of firing people, and his boss (Jason Bateman) assigns him to take Natalie with him on his upcoming travels to show her what it’s like. As they travel together and become better acquainted, Natalie questions Ryan’s philosophy, but Ryan is happy to remain in his niche and continue avoiding serious relationships.

Ryan’s boss comes in and tells Ryan that one of the employees he and Natalie fired has killed herself. In the aftermath, Natalie quits and the company sends Ryan back onto the road, putting the remote-layoff program on indefinite hold. Ryan writes a glowing letter of recommendation for Natalie that earns her a new job in San Francisco. Ryan enters an airport and stares at the schedule of departures, dropping his compact suitcase on the floor.

The Men Who Stare at Goats

  • Directors: Grant Heslov
  • Producers: Paul Lister, George Clooney, Grant Heslov
  • Writers: Jon Ronson, Peter Straughan
  • Genres: Comedy
  • Actors: George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey

The film follows Ann Arbor Daily Telegram reporter Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor), who stumbles onto the story of a lifetime when he meets a Special Forces operator, Lyn Cassady (George Clooney) after flying to Kuwait out of anger, due to a recent divorce with his wife, who then proceeded to marry Bob’s one-armed editor. Lyn reveals that he was part of an American army unit training psychic spies (or “Jedi Knights”), trained to develop a range of parapsychological skills including; invisibility, remote viewing, cloud bursting, walking through walls, and intuition.

The founder of this unit Bill Django (Jeff Bridges) travelled across America in the 1970s for six years exploring a range of New Age movements (including the Human potential movement) after getting shot during the Vietnam War and used these experiences to found the New Earth Army. In the 1980s, two of Django’s best recruits were Lyn Cassady and Larry Hooper (Kevin Spacey) developed a lifelong rivalry because of their opposing views of how to implement the First Earth philosophy, Lyn wanted to emphasise the positive side of the teachings, whereas Larry was more interested in the dark side of the philosophy.

In present day Bob and Lyn embark on a new mission in Iraq, where they are kidnapped by a criminal gang, when they escape with fellow kidnap victim Mahmud Daash (Waleed Zuaiter) and join forces with a private security firm in Iraq headed up by Todd Nixon (Robert Patrick), they are caught up in a firefight between Todd’s security firm, and a rival security firm; this would later be known as the “Battle of Ramadi.” Mahmud helps rescue Bob and Lyn, and takes him back to his house which has been shot up by soldiers. From there Bob and Lyn proceed to continue with their mission: to locate New Earth Army founder Bill Django.

Bob returns to work as a reporter and writes an article about his entire experience with Lyn. However, the only portion of the story to be aired on the news is how music the captives were forced to watch Barney & Friends nonstop. However, Bob still vows to get the story out.

Burn After Reading

  • Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
  • Producers: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
  • Writers: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
  • Genres: Comedy, Crime, Drama
  • Actors: George Clooney, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton, Richard Jenkins, Brad Pitt

Osborne Cox (John Malkovich) is a CIA analyst who quits his job at the agency after being demoted, ostensibly because of a drinking problem. He then decides to write a memoir about his life in the CIA. His wife, pediatrician Katie Cox (Tilda Swinton), wants to divorce Osborne and, at the counsel of her divorce lawyer, she copies many of his personal and financial files off his computer and onto a compact disc. The lawyer’s receptionist accidentally leaves the disc at Hardbodies, a health club. After her husband is served with divorce papers, Katie changes the locks to keep him out of their house.

Two employees of the gym, Chad Feldheimer (Brad Pitt) and Linda Litzke (Frances McDormand) obtain the disc from the gym’s custodian. Seeing the content of the memoir, they assume that it is highly classified information. Initially Chad and Linda plan to give the disk back to Osborne hoping for a reward, intending to use the money to pay for Linda’s cosmetic surgery. However, after a confusing phone conversation and fury on Osborne’s part, their original plan descends into a blackmail attempt. Chad meets Osborne, who, aware that the “information” is merely his memoirs, refuses to pay and punches Chad in the nose. Linda decides to take the information to the Russian embassy. At the embassy, she hands the disk over to the Russians, promising that she will give more information afterward. Because they don’t actually have any more information, they decide to break into Osborne’s house to steal more.

The movie ends at CIA headquarters, where the official and his director are trying to sort out what happened: Chad and Ted are dead and Osborne is in a vegetative state after being shot by a CIA operative who had been tasked with observing him. The agent felt he could not stand by while Osborne was killing a man in broad daylight. Harry and Linda have been arrested; Harry was caught trying to board a flight to Venezuela, but the director decides to let him go to get him out of their hair. Linda promises to remain silent if the CIA will finance her plastic surgery. The baffled CIA agents agree to her terms.

From Dusk Till Dawn

  • Directors: Robert Rodriguez
  • Producers: Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, Lawrence Bender
  • Writers: Story, Robert Kurtzman, Screenplay, Quentin Tarantino
  • Genres: Action, Horror, Thriller
  • Actors: George Clooney, Harvey Keitel, Quentin Tarantino, Juliette Lewis, Ernest Liu, Fred Williamson, Tom Savini, Cheech Marin, Salma Hayek

Fugitive bank robbers and brothers Seth (George Clooney) and Richie Gecko (Quentin Tarantino) are fleeing the F.B.I. and Texas police. During the first few minutes of the film, they hold up and then destroy a liquor store and kill the clerk, a cop and a witness. They then take a hostage, whom Richie later rapes and murders (offscreen).

The Fuller family — Jacob (Harvey Keitel), the father and a pastor who is experiencing a crisis of faith; his son Scott (Ernest Liu); and daughter Kate (Juliette Lewis) — are on a vacation in their RV. They stop at a motel and are promptly kidnapped by the Geckos, who force the Fullers to smuggle them past the Mexican border. Seth and Jacob make an uneasy truce: if the Geckos can make it past the border, Jacob and his family will come out of the ordeal unharmed. They succeed and arrive at the “Titty Twister”, a strip club in the middle of a desolate part of Mexico, where the Geckos will be met by their contact Carlos (Cheech Marin) at dawn. The Geckos demand that the Fullers have a drink with them before leaving, despite Kate’s obvious discomfort.

Soon after entering the club, chaos ensues as the employees and strippers are all revealed to be vampires. Most of the patrons are quickly killed, and Richie is bitten by the star stripper, Santanico Pandemonium (Salma Hayek), and bleeds to death. Only Seth, Jacob, Kate, Scott, a biker named Sex Machine (Tom Savini) and Frost (Fred Williamson), a Vietnam War veteran, survive the attack. The slain patrons — including Richie — then come back to life as vampires, forcing Seth to kill his own brother.

Kate asks Seth if she can go with him, but he rebuffs her. She (in the RV) and Seth (with Carlos) go their separate ways after Seth gives Kate some cash. As they leave, the camera pans back to reveal that the “Titty Twister” was actually the top of a buried ancient Aztec temple, presumably the home of vampires for centuries, and that hundreds of trucks and bikes have been toppled down the side of the cliff.

Ocean s Thirteen

  • Directors: Steven Soderbergh
  • Producers: Jerry Weintraub
  • Writers: Brian Koppelman, David Levien
  • Genres: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
  • Actors: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac, with Ellen Barkin, and Al Pacino, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Eddie Izzard, Eddie Jemison, Shaobo Qin, with Carl Reiner, and Elliott Gould

Reuben Tishkoff (Elliott Gould) and Las Vegas’ most hated businessman, Willy Bank (Al Pacino), are building a new hotel and casino in Las Vegas, a deal Danny Ocean (George Clooney) initially warns Reuben to avoid. After having secured crucial deals for Bank, Reuben is strong armed into signing over his share of the new establishment to Bank, who leaves him with only a $10,000 poker chip. Looking at the chip, Reuben notices that Bank has changed the name of the hotel from “The Midas” to his own name, “The Bank”. Reuben suffers a heart attack from the stress related to this financial loss. The remainder of Ocean’s Eleven—Danny Ocean (George Clooney), Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt), Linus Caldwell (Matt Damon), Basher Tarr (Don Cheadle), Frank Catton (Bernie Mac), Virgil Malloy (Casey Affleck), Turk Malloy (Scott Caan), “The Amazing” Yen (Shaobo Qin), Saul Bloom (Carl Reiner), and Livingston Dell (Eddie Jemison)— are gathered around Reuben. They decide to offer Bank a “Billy Martin” (presumably a “do-over”, a reference to Martin’s repeated hirings/firings/rehirings with the New York Yankees) or “face the consequences” of his actions. Not only does he turns down the offer, he happily says to Danny that Reuben has made the right choice to “roll over and die”. Thus, the team sets out to avenge the injustice committed against Reuben by making sure Bank’s casino not only loses, but loses big. Tess Ocean and Isabel Lahiri are notably absent from this plot—left behind with Danny’s simple explanation that “it’s not their fight”.

Days later, in the McCarran International Airport, Danny, Rusty, and Linus watch as Benedict gives an interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show, announcing that he donated the money because he was touched by the kids. The three go their separate ways. Linus, the first to leave, has finally gotten a “part” in his father’s work. Danny is the second to leave. After they have left, Rusty decides to hit the slots one last time. He starts to put some coins in the machine, but decides to give up his seat to the beleaguered hotel reviewer who is also at the airport. It turns out Rusty used the hacking coin sequence to rig the machine and the hotel reviewer wins $11 million; Rusty walks off smiling while a crowd gathers (this is significant also because Saul and Turk had earlier discussed how he would get the “Susan B. Anthony” at the airport, with Saul claiming he would undergo the reviewer’s plight if he were paid 11 million dollars).

Leatherheads

  • Directors: George Clooney
  • Producers: George Clooney, Barbara A Hall, Grant Heslov, Casey Silver, Jeffrey Silver, Sydney Pollack
  • Writers: George Clooney, Steven Soderbergh, Duncan Brantley, Rick Reilly, Stephen Schiff
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport
  • Actors: George Clooney, John Krasinski, Jonathan Pryce, Stephen Root, Wayne Duvall, Keith Loneker, Robert Baker

Clooney plays Jimmy “Dodge” Connelly, captain of a struggling professional American football team during the 1920s, the Duluth Bulldogs. Dodge is determined to save both his team and pro football in general when the players lose their sponsor and the league is on the brink of collapse. He convinces a college football star, Carter “the Bullet” Rutherford, to join the Bulldogs, hoping to capitalize on Carter’s fame as a decorated hero of the First World War (like Alvin York, he singlehandedly captured a large group of German soldiers).

In addition to his legendary tales of combat heroism, Carter has dashing good looks and unparalleled speed and skill on the field. As a result of his presence, both the Bulldogs and pro football in general begin to prosper.

Zellweger provides a romantic interest as Chicago newspaper reporter Lexie Littleton, who becomes the object of the affections of both Dodge and Carter. One knows but the other doesn’t that Lexie has been assigned to find proof that Carter’s war heroics are bogus. Indeed, Carter confesses that the surrender of the Germans was a lucky accident and in no way heroic.

Meanwhile, Dodge’s attempts to legitimize pro football start to backfire, as rules are formalized, taking away much of the improvisational antics that made the game fun for many of its players.

With his own playing career near an end, Dodge gets to play in one last big game. This time it will be against Carter, who has changed sides to the Chicago team. Their rivalry for Lexie’s affection spills over onto the football field for one last day.

O Brother Where Art Thou

  • Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
  • Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
  • Writers: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
  • Genres: Comedy, Adventure, Crime, Music
  • Actors: George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson

Ulysses Everett McGill, known as Everett (George Clooney), Pete (John Turturro), and Delmar O’Donnell (Tim Blake Nelson) escape from a chain gang and set out to retrieve the $1.2 million in treasure that Everett claims to have stolen from an armored car and buried before his incarceration. They have only four days to find it before the valley in which it is hidden will be flooded to create Arkabutla Lake as part of a new hydroelectric project. Early on in their escape, they encounter a blind man traveling on a manual railroad car. They hitch a ride, and he foretells their futures, similar to the oracle of Homer’s Odyssey.

The group sets out for the treasure, and when they pass a congregation on the banks of a river, Pete and Delmar are enticed by the idea of baptism. As the journey continues, they travel briefly with a young guitarist named Tommy Johnson (a character with similarities to blues guitarists Robert Johnson and Tommy Johnson, played by real-life blues musician Chris Thomas King). When asked why he was at a crossroad in the middle of nowhere, he reveals that he sold his soul to the devil in exchange for the ability to play the guitar. Tommy describes the devil as being “White, white as you folks… with empty eyes and a big hollow voice. He loves to travel around with a mean old hound.” This description happens to match the policeman who is pursuing the trio.

The group sets out to retrieve the ring, which is at a cabin in the valley that Everett originally claimed to have hidden the treasure in. When they arrive, the police order their arrest and hanging. Everett protests that they had been pardoned on the radio, but the leader of the police force tells them that it is of no consequence, since the law is only a human institution, plus they have no radio. The guys begin to despair while Everett improvises a prayer to be saved. Suddenly, the valley is flooded and they are saved from hanging. Tommy finds the ring in a desk that he is floating on in the new lake, and they return to town. However, when Everett presents the ring to Penny, she tells him it is the wrong one and demands that he get her ring back. As Everett protests the futility of trying to find it at the bottom of the lake, the blind prophet the trio met earlier rolls by on his railway handcar, ending the film.

Batman Robin

  • Directors: Joel Schumacher
  • Producers: Peter MacGregor Scott
  • Writers: Screenplay, Akiva Goldsman, Comic book, Bill Finger, Bob Kane
  • Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller
  • Actors: George Clooney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Uma Thurman, Chris O Donnell, Alicia Silverstone

The film begins with Batman (George Clooney) and Robin (Chris O’Donnell) stopping Mr. Freeze (Arnold Schwarzenegger) from a robbery attempt, but he escapes. In South America, Pamela Isley (Uma Thurman) is working under Dr. Jason Woodrue (John Glover), experimenting with the Venom drug. She witnesses Woodrue use the formula to turn a diminutive convict into a hulking monstrosity dubbed “Bane” (Jeep Swenson). Woodrue and Isley argue over the use of the drug and Woodrue kills her by overturning a shelf of various toxins onto her and she sinks into the ground. She transforms into the beautiful and seductive Poison Ivy before killing Woodrue with a poison kiss. She finds that Wayne Enterprises funded Woodrue, thus she takes Bane with her to Gotham City. Meanwhile, Alfred Pennyworth’s (Michael Gough) niece, Barbara Wilson (Alicia Silverstone), makes a surprise visit and is invited by Bruce Wayne to stay at Wayne Manor until she goes back to school.

Wayne Enterprises presents a new telescope at a press conference interrupted by Isley. She proposes a project that could help the environment, but Bruce declines her offer, as it would kill millions of people. That night, a charity event is held by Wayne Enterprises with special guests, Batman and Robin, and she decides to use her abilities to seduce them. Freeze crashes the party and steals a diamond from the event. However, he is captured and sent to a chamber prison in Arkham Asylum, but escapes with the help of Ivy and Bane. Batman and Robin begin to have crime fighting relationship problems because of the presence of Ivy’s seductive ability with Robin. Ivy is then able to contact Robin once more, but fails to seduce him. Robin becomes trapped, but rescued by Batman. Batgirl arrives and traps Ivy within her own plants, while Freeze and Bane flee. Batgirl reveals that she is Barbara and knows the location of the Batcave.

Batman, Robin and Batgirl decide to go after Freeze together. By the time they get to the lab where Freeze and Bane are, Gotham is completely frozen. Robin and Batgirl confront Bane and defeat him by disconnecting his venom hose, while Batman and Freeze begin to fight each other, with Batman winning in a cliffhanger battle; Freeze tries to kill Batman by destroying the telescope platform but only succeeds in crushing Bane. Batgirl and Robin unfreeze Gotham and Batman shows Freeze a recording of Ivy during her fight with Batgirl. Freeze learns that Ivy has betrayed him over the death of his wife. Ivy blamed Batman for Nora’s death, but she informs Batgirl that it was her idea. Freeze is angered by the betrayal and is informed by Batman that his wife is not dead; she is restored in cryogenic slumber and has been moved to Arkham waiting for him to finish his research. Batman proceeds to ask Freeze for the cure Freeze has created for the first stage of MacGregor’s Syndrome, the disease that Freeze’s wife is suffering from, for a friend (Alfred) who is dying. Freeze atones for his misunderstanding by giving him medicine he had developed. Nearly insane Ivy is shown imprisoned in the cold beam in Arkham and Freeze walks in and announces he will make her life a living hell of winter. Alfred is eventually healed and everyone agrees to let Barbara stay at the mansion. The film ends like (Batman Forever) with the image of the Bat-Signal, with Batman, Robin and Batgirl appearing as if running from the signal itself towards the camera.

Spy Kids 3 D Game Over

  • Directors: Robert Rodriguez
  • Producers: Robert Rodriguez, Elizabeth Avellan, Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein
  • Writers: Robert Rodriguez
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
  • Actors: Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara, Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Sylvester Stallone, George Clooney, Selena Gomez

Before the movie begins, Fegan Floop (Alan Cumming) reminds the audience the safety of the movie in 3-D and urges them to take off their 3-D glasses immediately and put them on when instructed, and the movie begins.

Juni Cortez, ex-agent for the O.S.S., gets called in to help when his sister, Carmen, is in trouble. She had gone into the new video game, Game Over, to shut it down before the Toymaker, creator of the game, could use it to control the minds of the kids who played it. When he arrives in the game, Juni has a rough time of it, losing most of the precious time he needed to shut down the game. He meets three beta-testers – Rez, Francis, and Arnold – who, when asked to help him get to Level 2, send him instead to the moon, and Robo Con, where they believe he’ll get a “Game Over”.

Once on the moon, Juni receives a life line from the O.S.S. He gets to pick someone to come into the game to help him. Eagerly, he chooses his grandfather, who had been hunting the Toymaker. After receiving “Mega Legs”, his grandfather disappears, saying he’ll catch up to Juni later. Meanwhile, it is revealed that the Toymaker was the one holding Carmen hostage in the game.

Back in the real world, Rez, Francis and Arnold are tracked down, and turn out to be nothing like they were in the game. Juni’s grandfather admits to letting the Toymaker out of the game, and he wreaks havoc with monsters from his game that can only be seen with the glasses used to enter the game. Everyone arrives to help take down the monsters. Juni’s grandfather confronts the Toymaker, and reveals that he had only been looking for him so he could forgive him for putting him in the wheelchair. The Toymaker surrenders, and becomes part of the Cortez Clan.