Case 39

  • Directors: Christian Alvart
  • Producers: Lisa Bruce, Steve Golin, Alix Madigan, Kevin Misher
  • Writers: Ray Wright
  • Genres: Horror, Thriller
  • Actors: Jodelle Ferland, Bradley Cooper, Ian McShane

Social worker Emily Jenkins (Renee Zellweger) thinks she has seen it all until she meets her newest, most mysterious case, troubled 10-year old Lilith Sullivan (Jodelle Ferland). Emily’s worst fears are confirmed when the parents try to kill Lilith, their only daughter[1]. Emily saves her and decides to take her in herself until the right foster family comes along, only to find out the girl is not nearly as innocent as she thought. The girl seems to be more dangerous than what she really seemed like. Emily finds her self stuck in this situation and decides to go to the girls parents. The mother is convinced that she is burning, so she decides to go to the father, and the father said the only way to get rid of her is to kill her. [2]

Death Race

  • Directors: Paul W S Anderson
  • Producers: Paul W S Anderson, Jeremy Bolt, Roger Corman, Paula Wagner
  • Writers: Paul W S Anderson
  • Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Jason Statham, Joan Allen, Tyrese Gibson, Ian McShane, Natalie Martinez

The United States of America, 2012: The imprisoned population is so vast that private companies are hired to contain them. In Terminal Island Prison, “Death Race”, a gladiator-like fight-to-the-end competition is held to raise funds.

The film begins six months before by showing a race near its end. Machine Gun Joe (Tyrese Gibson) and a famous masked driver known as Frankenstein (original Death Race 2000 star David Carradine) engage in a bloody battle in which Frankenstein wins, but at the cost of heavy injuries and eventually death. Six months later, Jensen Ames (Jason Statham), an ex-racecar driver, is framed for his wife’s murder. Ames is sent to Terminal Island Prison where he immediately becomes enemies with an Aryan brotherhood gang, led by Pachenko (Max Ryan). He is taken to Hennessey (Joan Allen) who tells him that the gang will kill him without her help. Thus he is coerced by the warden to become the new driver of late Frankenstein’s car. The warden tells Ames that she knows about his baby daughter left in foster care. She also states that prisoners are freed upon winning five Death Races, but since the legendary Frankenstein had 4 wins at the time of his death, he would only require a single win. He agrees to race.

In the third stage, Joe and Ames must race one final time to the winner. Prior to the race Hennessey has a bomb planted under Frankenstein’s car, and then manipulates the race to favor Joe. However, her plans are ruined when Joe and Ames escape. Hennessey sends all her police force in pursuit and succeeds in capturing Frankenstein’s car. However, Ames had escaped from his car leaving his navigator, Case, dressed up in his costume, however Case has already received her walking papers. Joe and Ames hitch a ride and escape to Miami. Meanwhile, using the bomb from Frankenstein’s car, Coach kills both Hennessey and Ulrich, then turns to the camera and breaks the fourth wall, saying, “I love this game”. Six months later, Ames has his daughter back and Joe is working on living a clean life free of crime. As the two work on a car in their new home, a car pulls up and Case steps out to join the two..

Death Race 2000

  • Directors: Paul W S Anderson
  • Producers: Paul W S Anderson, Jeremy Bolt, Roger Corman, Paula Wagner
  • Writers: Paul W S Anderson
  • Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Sport
  • Actors: Jason Statham, Joan Allen, Tyrese Gibson, Ian McShane, Natalie Martinez

The United States of America, 2012: The imprisoned population is so vast that private companies are hired to contain them. In Terminal Island Prison, “Death Race”, a gladiator-like fight-to-the-end competition is held to raise funds.

The film begins six months before by showing a race near its end. Machine Gun Joe (Tyrese Gibson) and a famous masked driver known as Frankenstein (original Death Race 2000 star David Carradine) engage in a bloody battle in which Frankenstein wins, but at the cost of heavy injuries and eventually death. Six months later, Jensen Ames (Jason Statham), an ex-racecar driver, is framed for his wife’s murder. Ames is sent to Terminal Island Prison where he immediately becomes enemies with an Aryan brotherhood gang, led by Pachenko (Max Ryan). He is taken to Hennessey (Joan Allen) who tells him that the gang will kill him without her help. Thus he is coerced by the warden to become the new driver of late Frankenstein’s car. The warden tells Ames that she knows about his baby daughter left in foster care. She also states that prisoners are freed upon winning five Death Races, but since the legendary Frankenstein had 4 wins at the time of his death, he would only require a single win. He agrees to race.

In the third stage, Joe and Ames must race one final time to the winner. Prior to the race Hennessey has a bomb planted under Frankenstein’s car, and then manipulates the race to favor Joe. However, her plans are ruined when Joe and Ames escape. Hennessey sends all her police force in pursuit and succeeds in capturing Frankenstein’s car. However, Ames had escaped from his car leaving his navigator, Case, dressed up in his costume. Joe and Ames hitch a ride and escape to Miami. Meanwhile, using the bomb from Frankenstein’s car, Coach kills both Hennessey and Ulrich. Six months later, Ames has his daughter back and Joe is working on living a clean life free of crime. As the two work on a car in their new home, a car pulls up and Case steps out to join the two.

We Are Marshall

  • Directors: McG
  • Producers: McG, Basil Iwanyk
  • Writers: Story, Jamie Linden, Cory Helms, Screenplay, Jamie Linden
  • Genres: Drama, Sport
  • Actors: Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Fox, Anthony Mackie, Kate Mara, Ian McShane, David Strathairn, Kimberly Williams Paisley, Robert Patrick, Brian Geraghty, January Jones

On the evening of November 14, 1970, Southern Airways Flight 932, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9 which Huntington, West Virginia’s Marshall University chartered to transport the Thundering Herd football team to Greenville, North Carolina and back to Huntington, clipped trees on a ridge just one mile short of the runway at Tri-State Airport in Ceredo, West Virginia and crashed into a gully. The team was returning from their game against the East Carolina University Pirates — a 17–14 loss. There were no survivors. In all, seventy-five people lost their lives. The dead included the thirty-seven players, head coach Rick Tolley and five members of his coaching staff, Charles E. Kautz, Marshall’s athletics director, team trainer Jim Schroer and his assistant, Donald Tackett, twenty-two boosters, and five crew members.

In the wake of the tragedy, President Donald Dedmon leans towards indefinitely suspending the football program, but he is ultimately persuaded to reconsider by the pleas of the Marshall students and Huntington residents, and especially the few football players who didn’t make the flight. Dedmon hires a young new head coach Jack Lengyel, who, with the help of Red Dawson, manages to rebuild the team in a relatively short time. They are aided by the NCAA’s waiver of a rule prohibiting freshmen from playing varsity football (a rule which had been abolished in 1968 for all sports except for football and basketball, and would be permanently abolished for those sports in 1972). The new team is composed mostly of the eighteen returning players (three varsity, fifteen sophomores) and walk-on athletes from other Marshall sports programs. Due to their lack of experience, the “Young Thundering Herd” ends up losing their first game, 29-6 to the Morehead State Eagles. The Herd’s first post-crash victory is a heart-stopping 15–13 home win against Xavier University in the first home game of the season.

The following week, Marshall lost to the Miami Redskins 66 to 6. They would win only one more game in 1971. Jack Lengyel resigned as head coach in 1974 with a record of 9-33. He would later become athletic director at the Naval Academy. He’s now in the Hall of Fame. Donald Dedmond accepted the presidency at Radford University where he would remain until he retired in 1994. Gene Morehouse’s son Keith followed in his fathers footsteps and became a broadcaster for Marshall Football where he remains today. Reggie Oliver started every game for the Thundering Herd until he graduated. He later returned to Marshall as an assistant coach and now lives in Ohio. After graduation, Nate Ruffin moved away from Huntington, got married and started a family. In 2001, after an illness, Nate died at his home in Virginia. He would return to Hunington one last time for a reuninon with his old buddies

Coraline

  • 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 Golden Compass

  • Directors: Chris Weitz
  • Producers:
  • Writers: Philip Pullman title Northern Lights novel, Chris Weitz
  • Genres: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
  • Actors: Dakota Blue Richards, Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Ian McKellen, Ian McShane, Sam Elliott, Eva Green

In a parallel universe a person’s soul resides outside the body in an animal-like form called a “dæmon”, Europe is controlled by an authoritarian organization called the Magisterium. In Oxford, orphaned Lyra Belacqua, a ward of Jordan College, tells tales of the “Gobblers”, whom she and her friends believe are responsible for several local children’s disappearance. Visiting the college is Lyra’s uncle, Lord Asriel, who, against official Magisterium doctrine, is presenting evidence that particles called “Dust” exist. After Lyra saves Asriel from an assassination attempt by a Magisterial representative, the college funds his expedition to the far north to investigate the Dust substance. He believes it originates in a parallel universe and enters a person’s body via their dæmon. Fearing the effects of Dust, the Magisterium has been experimenting on children to discover a way to inoculate others against it.

After Asriel departs, the college is visited by Mrs. Coulter, who offers to take Lyra north as her assistant. Before leaving, the college Master entrusts Lyra with an alethiometer (the film’s titular Golden Compass). This device is able to reveal the answer to any question asked by a trained user. It is the last one in existence since the Magisterium had them destroyed (except the one that the college saved). Though unable to operate it, Lyra accepts the gift, promising never to reveal she has it, and takes it with her to Mrs. Coulter’s home. When Mrs. Coulter arouses Lyra’s suspicions by delaying their journey, Lyra discovers that Mrs. Coulter is head of the General Oblation Board, the “Gobblers” who have been kidnapping local children. She also discovers that her best friend Roger and her Gyptian friend Billy Costa have been taken by the Gobblers to the north.

Lyra destroys the separation machinery, leading to a series of explosions which begin to tear down the facility. Lyra leads the other children outside, where Magisterial guards block their escape. A battle ensues when Iorek, the Gyptians, and a band of witches led by Serafina Pekkala arrive. The guards are defeated and the children are rescued. Rather than returning south with the Gyptians and the rescued children, Lyra and Roger instead travel north with Lee Scoresby, Iorek Byrnison and Serafina to find Lord Asriel. Serafina posits that the Magisterium does not just want to control their world, but “every world in every universe”; however, Lyra is certain that, once she delivers the alethiometer to her father, the two of them will be able to make things right.

Kung Fu Panda

  • Directors: Mark Osborne, John Stevenson
  • Producers: Melissa Cobb
  • Writers: Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger
  • Genres: Animation, Action, Comedy, Family
  • Actors: Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Ian McShane, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, Randall Duk Kim, David Cross

In an alternate China (populated entirely by anthropomorphic animals), the Valley of Peace is protected by the Furious Five – Tigress, Monkey, Mantis, Viper, and Crane – a quintet of warriors trained in kung fu by the tortoise Master Oogway and his protégé, the red panda Master Shifu. One day, Master Oogway has a premonition that Shifu’s former pupil and foster-son, the snow leopard Tai Lung, who was imprisoned after turning to evil, will escape from his high-security prison and attack the Valley. Oogway instructs Shifu and the others to hold a tournament in order to choose the legendary Dragon Warrior, worthy to receive the power of the Dragon Scroll, which is said to give nigh-supreme power to whomever reads it.

Po, a young giant panda and kung fu fanatic who works in his duck father’s noodle restaurant, is anxious to see the tournament, but is instead forced to take a noodle cart up the hill to the Jade Palace. When he arrives, the gates are closed and the tournament has already started. Desperate to see the tournament, Po tries several ways to get inside. In a final attempt, Po straps himself to a set of fireworks, by which he propels himself into the middle of the arena just as Oogway is about to point out the new Dragon Warrior, so that Oogway indicates Po as such. Unwilling to believe that a clumsy, fat panda can become the Dragon Warrior, Shifu attempts to berate and humiliate Po into quitting, subjecting him to a grueling series of matches with the Five, all of whom despise Po as an upstart, a failure, and a nobody. Po is dejected after his first day of training, but when he is given advice by Master Oogway, he refuses to give up. Soon, he endears himself to most of the Five (sans Tigress) with his impressive tenacity, culinary skill, and good humor, though he is still unable to grasp the basics of kung fu.

The Furious Five return with the village to find Po, dazed but victorious. Deeply impressed, Tigress leads the Furious Five in their acceptance of Po as a kung fu master. Po returns to Shifu and finds that he is barely conscious, but alive, and finally at peace now that Tai Lung has been defeated and peace restored. In a post-credits sequence, Po and Shifu are seen eating dumplings under Oogway’s favorite peach tree, where a peach seed Shifu planted earlier has begun to sprout into a seedling.