Whiteout

  • Directors: Dominic Sena
  • Producers: Joel Silver, Susan Downey, David Gambino
  • Writers: Jon Hoeber, Erich Hoeber, Chad Hayes, Carey Hayes, Greg Rucka, Steve Lieber, title Whiteout Graphic novel
  • Genres: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • Actors: Kate Beckinsale, Gabriel Macht, Columbus Short, Tom Skerritt

U.S. Deputy Marshal Carrie Stetko (Kate Beckinsale) has been assigned to a base in Antarctica for two years. During the last three days of her assignment, a body is found encased in ice and Carrie is obliged to take part in the continent’s first-ever murder investigation. With the Antarctic winter drawing close, Carrie must work diligently to complete the investigation before the arrival of an incoming storm. Carrie is unaware that she is involved in a sixty year old murder that the killer would do anything to keep secret. While working on the case, Stetko crosses paths with a UN operative (Gabriel Macht), who has also been assigned to the case as an investigator. As Stetko chases down suspects, she finds evidence of more murders. Stetko is maliciously attacked by the killer and left for dead in the harsh Antarctic storm. Stetko must reveal the killer before he finds her again.

The Aviator

  • Directors: Martin Scorsese
  • Producers: Michael Mann, Sandy Climan, Graham King, Charles Evans Jr
  • Writers: John Logan, Michael Mann
  • Genres: Biography, Drama
  • Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, John C Reilly, Ian Holm, Kate Beckinsale, Jude Law, Alec Baldwin, Alan Alda, Brent Spiner, Frances Conroy, Willem Defoe

The Aviator has no opening credits other than the title. The film begins in 1914 with nine-year-old Hughes being bathed by his mother, who warns him of disease: “You are not safe.”

The film next shows him in 1927, as a 22-year old preparing to direct Hell’s Angels. Hiring Noah Dietrich (John C. Reilly) to run Hughes Tool Company, while he oversees the flight sequences for the film, Hughes becomes obsessed with shooting the film realistically, even re-shooting the dogfight himself. By 1929, with the silent film finally complete, Hughes realizes the premiere of the The Jazz Singer, which was the first part-talking film, means that sound films would soon become the industry standard. Hughes re-shoots Hell’s Angels with sound, costing another year and $1.7 million. Hell’s Angels released as a sound film in 1930 is a huge hit, and Hughes also produces Scarface (1932) and The Outlaw (1943). However, there is one goal he relentlessly pursues: aviation. During this time, he also pursues Katharine Hepburn (Cate Blanchett). The two go to nightclubs, play golf and fly together, and as they grow closer, move in together as well. During this time Hepburn becomes a major supporter and confidant to Hughes, and helps alleviate the symptoms of his obsessive-compulsive disorder. As Hughes’ fame grows, he is seen with more starlets.

Hughes successfully test flies the flying boat himself. After the flight, he talks to Dietrich and his mechanic, Glenn Odekirk (Matt Ross), about a new jetliner for TWA (the Avro C102 Jetliner) and makes a date with Gardner at a celebration party on the Long Beach shoreline. Hughes seems free of his inner demons until he sees three attendants in business suits and white gloves edging towards him, which triggers an obsessive-compulsive fit as he begins repeating “The way of the future.” Dietrich and Odekirk take Hughes in a bathroom and hide him there, while Dietrich fetches a doctor and Odekirk stands outside guarding the door. Alone inside, Howard has a flashback to his boyhood, being washed by his mother and resolving he will fly the fastest aircraft ever built, make the biggest movies ever and become the richest man in the world. As the film ends he mutters “the way of the future… the way of the future” into a darkened mirror.

Everybody s Fine

  • Directors: Kirk Jones
  • Producers: Gianni Nunnari, Ted Field, Vittorio Cecchi Gori, Glynis Murray
  • Writers: Kirk Jones
  • Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell, Katherine Moennig

After visiting his physician and being warned about his health, Frank Goode (Robert De Niro) takes a train to New York, where he sits on his son David’s doorstep. David never shows up, but Frank sees one of David’s paintings in a nearby art gallery window. He slips an envelope under David’s door.

Next visit is to daughter Amy (Kate Beckinsale), who says it’s a bad time to visit. Frank plays a little golf with grandson Jack, but dinner is uncomfortable with tension between Jack and his father. The next morning, Frank accompanies Amy to her fancy office and hears her agency’s pitch for a TV ad. She takes him to the bus station to visit Robert.

As Frank travels to each of his children’s homes, the film cuts to phone conversations between the siblings. David is in some type of trouble in Mexico, and Amy is going there to find out what is happening; the sisters and Robert (Sam Rockwell) agree to not tell their father about David until they know for sure.

Frank arrives in Denver expecting to see Robert conduct the orchestra. It turns out Robert is “only” a percussionist. He also says Frank’s visit is at a bad time, so within hours Frank takes a bus to Las Vegas to visit Rosie (Drew Barrymore). Frank is adamant that each visit is a surprise, but Robert calls Rosie to warn her.

Frank goes back to New York to buy David’s painting but it has already been sold; the gallery shows him another painting by David that is more appropriate to him — a landscape showing PVC-covered power lines made out of glue and macaroni (Frank made PVC-covered cable for years). He visits his wife’s grave and talks to her. The last scene shows the family at Christmas. Frank is cooking the turkey and remembers that he always forgot to tell his wife hers was overcooked. The film ends with him walking into the dining room, to his family.

Everybody s Fine

  • Directors: Kirk Jones
  • Producers: Gianni Nunnari, Ted Field, Vittorio Cecchi Gori, Glynis Murray
  • Writers: Kirk Jones
  • Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell, Katherine Moennig

After visiting his physician and being warned about his health, Frank Goode (Robert De Niro) takes a train to New York, where he sits on his son David’s doorstep. David never shows up, but Frank sees one of David’s paintings in a nearby art gallery window. He slips an envelope under David’s door.

Next visit is to daughter Amy (Kate Beckinsale), who says it’s a bad time to visit. Frank plays a little golf with grandson Jack, but dinner is uncomfortable with tension between Jack and his father. The next morning, Frank accompanies Amy to her fancy office and hears her agency’s pitch for a TV ad. She takes him to the bus station to visit Robert.

As Frank travels to each of his children’s homes, the film cuts to phone conversations between the siblings. David is in some type of trouble in Mexico, and Amy is going there to find out what is happening; the sisters and Robert (Sam Rockwell) agree to not tell their father about David until they know for sure.

Frank arrives in Denver expecting to see Robert conduct the orchestra. It turns out Robert is “only” a percussionist. He also says Frank’s visit is at a bad time, so within hours Frank takes a bus to Las Vegas to visit Rosie (Drew Barrymore). Frank is adamant that each visit is a surprise, but Robert calls Rosie to warn her.

Frank goes back to New York to buy David’s painting but it has already been sold; the gallery shows him another painting by David that is more appropriate to him — a landscape showing PVC-covered power lines (Frank made PVC-covered cable for years). He visits his wife’s grave and talks to her. The last scene shows the family at Christmas. Frank is cooking the turkey and remembers that he always forgot to tell his wife hers was overcooked. The film ends with him walking into the dining room, to his family.

Van Helsing

  • Directors: Stephen Sommers
  • Producers: Stephen Sommers, Bob Ducsay
  • Writers: Stephen Sommers
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Horror, Fantasy, Thriller
  • Actors: Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsale, Richard Roxburgh, David Wenham, Shuler Hensley, Elena Anaya, Will Kemp, Kevin J O Connor, Alun Armstrong

The film begins in black and white, set in Transylvania, 1887. Doctor Victor Frankenstein brings to life the Frankenstein’s monster but his triumph is cut short when an angry mob infiltrates the castle. Dr. Frankenstein has been aided in his experiments by his deformed assistant Igor, and Count Dracula. Dracula reveals that he helped Frankenstein so he could use the Monster to bring his undead children to life. He then kills Frankenstein when he refuses to help him. The Monster escapes with his father’s body to a windmill which is burnt down by the mob, the Monster seemingly perishing in the destruction.

A year on, legendary monster hunter Van Helsing hunts Mr. Hyde in Paris, although their confrontation results in Hyde’s death whilst fighting in Notre Dame. Van Helsing returns to the Vatican where he reports to the Knights of the Holy Order, who protect the world from evil. Van Helsing had lost his memory and had been taken in by the monks of the Vatican. Van Helsing’s duty is to defeat evil forces and bring them back to the Order, but he has little success, since he usually kills them, like he did with Mr. Hyde. The leader, Cardinal Jinette, sends him to Transylvania to kill Dracula and prevent the last of the Valerious family from falling into purgatory; the family having been trying to kill Dracula for the past nine generations but all failed and unable to enter Heaven due to an ancestor’s vow. Jinette also gave Van Helsing a torn piece of paper, with a Latin inscription, unknown for its purpose, which reads ‘Deum ac ianuamimbeat aperiri’, in English translates, ‘In the name of God, open this door’. It also had an insignia, which matches the symbol on Van Helsing’s ring. Jinette advises that he might find ‘the answers you seek’. Van Helsing is aided by Carl, a friar who creates inventions.

Anna arrives and injects the cure into Van Helsing, but not before he attacks and kills her. Anna is cremated on a cliff overlooking the ocean, Van Helsing seeing her and her family in Heaven, the family finally at peace. The Monster departs on a raft into the ocean. Van Helsing and Carl depart back to Rome on horseback.

Click

  • Directors: Frank Coraci
  • Producers: Jack Giarraputo, Steve Koren, Mark O Keefe, Adam Sandler
  • Writers: Mark O Keefe, Steve Koren
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
  • Actors: Adam Sandler, Kate Beckinsale, Christopher Walken, Henry Winkler, Julie Kavner, David Hasselhoff

Michael Newman (Adam Sandler) is an architect whose desire for promotion leads him to assume many tasks on behalf of his boss John Ammer (David Hasselhoff), with the result that he is often missed by his family. One night after Michael loses his temper at the amount of remote controls in the house, he goes in search of a universal remote control for his appliances. Finding most stores closed, he enters the still open Bed, Bath and Beyond, where in the “Beyond” section he meets Morty (Christopher Walken), an eccentric inventor who gives him a remote control (from the “Way Beyond” section) answering to the description of “universal”, warning Michael that it can never be returned.

To Michael’s amazement, he finds out that the remote is literally universal: it controls the universe and interprets his wishes, even learning to anticipate them. After having some fun with it, he decides to do something serious and fast-forwards to the promotion that he thought to be three months away. When he fast-forwards, a year has gone by instead. He receives his promotion but he and his wife are now in marriage counseling. Apparently, the remote is smart, and self-programming based on past experiences and is automatically programmed to skip or fast-forward through sickness, sexual intercourse, showering, traffic, arguments with Donna, and promotions. In each case, he is alive but on “autopilot” during the interim, so he has no conscious experience of what happened. When he figures out that is the way the remote has been programmed, he tries to destroy it, but it keeps regenerating. Each time he tries to destroy the remote it appears on his person in a different way.

There is then a white flash, and Michael wakes up on a displayed bed in Bed, Bath and Beyond, as he was earlier. Believing his misadventure to have been a dream, he rushes to visit his father, ultimately atoning for his insult and inviting his parents to dine with him every day. He then hastens to reassure Donna, Ben, and Samantha of his affection for them and for his dog Sundance. At the end of the movie, Michael finds the familiar remote on his kitchen counter, bearing a note from Morty stating “Michael, like I said, good guys need a break. I know you’ll do the right thing this time, Love Morty. P.S. Your wife’s rockin’ body still drives me crazy.” This shows that the misadventure was not all a dream, but Morty has rewound Michael’s life back to this point to give him another chance. Learning what he must do as well as what he must avoid doing, Michael throws the remote in the garbage and begins to enjoy life.

Underworld Evolution

  • Directors: Len Wiseman
  • Producers: Len Wiseman, Danny McBride, Kevin Grevioux
  • Writers: Characters, Len Wiseman, Danny McBride, Kevin Grevioux, Story, Len Wiseman, Danny McBride, Screenplay, Danny McBride
  • Genres: Action, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
  • Actors: Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Tony Curran

The movie opens in the year 1202 AD with an army led by three vampire elders (Markus, Viktor, and Amelia) arriving at a Werewolf ravaged village. After killing several werewolves, Viktor and Amelia capture their target: Markus’s brother William Corvinus, the first and most powerful werewolf. Viktor orders that William be imprisoned in a secret location forever.

The story then continues the present-day timeline, after the events of the first film. Selene takes Michael to a safe house so that she can return to the mansion to confront Kraven. She knows Kraven intends to kill Markus and plans to stop him. However, Singe’s blood has already awakened Markus, turning him into a hybrid, who then wipes out Kraven and his men, and destroys the mansion. He learns Selene and Michael’s location from camera surveillance of various safe houses and leaves to track them down. Markus confronts Selene and Michael, who evade him and hide in a warehouse.

Lorenz Macaro, an elderly and imposing man, sends in a team of “Cleaners” to investigate the aftermath from the final battle in the first movie. When Macaro examines Viktor’s body he finds a metal disk attached to his ribcage which is the match to Sonja’s pendant, which is in the possession of Selene and Michael. Now knowing that the pendant is of some importance to Markus, Michael and Selene set out to solve its mystery. Selene recalls that she’d seen it as a child, but doesn’t know its significance. To find answers, they travel to the hideout of the exiled vampire historian, Andreas Tanis.

Selene leads the cleaners to the prison to confront and destroy Markus, but he has already freed William. A battle ensues in which William bites the Cleaners and begins turning them into Lycans. Michael, presumed to be dead inside his bodybag, suddenly regenerates and joins the fight in his Hybrid form. Michael ultimately kills William, while Selene kills Markus by pushing him into the spinning blades of a crashed helicopter. It is then revealed that Selene can now stand in the sun. As the film ends, Selene narrates that she fears the days ahead, as the death of the Elders will cause nothing but chaos; but she is nevertheless hopeful.

Underworld

  • Directors: Len Wiseman
  • Producers: Robert Bernacchi, Gary Lucchesi, Tom Rosenberg
  • Writers: Story, Kevin Grevioux, Len Wiseman, Danny McBride, Screenplay, Danny McBride
  • Genres: Action, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
  • Actors: Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Michael Sheen, Bill Nighy, Shane Brolly

Perched on the ledge of a building in a rainy night, two black-garbed vampires known as Death Dealers track a pair of werewolves who are walking on the street below in their human form. The vampires, Selene and Rigel, specialize in assassinating an ancient species of werewolves known as Lycans. Selene’s motivation goes beyond duty; she also wants revenge, for she believes that Lycans slaughtered her family when she was a child. The vampires believe that they defeated the werewolves many centuries ago and killed their leader, Lucian, and that they must now kill off the survivors. As the vampires follow the Lycans into a subway station, the werewolves open fire with submachine guns. After the Lycans retreat from Selene’s barrage of machine pistol fire, she tracks them to their lair, where she hears loud howling and finds out that the Lycans have developed a new high-tech bullet to kill the vampires.

When Selene arrives at the vampire coven’s ornate, gated mansion, she recounts the evening’s events, and urges an attack on the Lycans, but the vampire regent Kraven tells her to drop the matter. Selene realizes that the Lycans may have been following a human, Michael Corvin, which would be very unusual behavior and secretly continues her investigation. Meanwhile, in an underground Lycan lair, a scientist named Singe is testing blood from kidnapped descendants of the ancient Corvinus family, to try to find a pure source of the ancient and powerful Corvinus blood type. Soon after Selene finds Michael, the pair are attacked by werewolves, including Lucian, the original Lycan leader, who still lives. After Lucian bites Michael on the shoulder, Selene helps Michael escape, and the two become romantically attracted to each other.

Selene and Michael flee the Lycan lair, now an enemy from both Lycan and Vampire covens. Back at the mansion, Singe’s blood seeps through the trapdoor of the sarcophagus of the remaining Elder, Markus, a carrier of the original Corvinus Strain. When his eyes open, they are vampire blue but then turn pitch black, the eyes of a hybrid…

Pearl Harbor

  • Directors: Michael Bay
  • Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Michael Bay
  • Writers: Randall Wallace
  • Genres: Action, Romance, War
  • Actors: Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale, Cuba Gooding Jr, Tom Sizemore, Jon Voight, Colm Feore, Mako and, Alec Baldwin

Childhood friends from Tennessee U.S. Army Air Corps First Lieutenants Rafe McCawley (Affleck) and Danny Walker (Hartnett) are reckless, but talented pilots under the command of Major Jimmy Doolittle (Baldwin). McCawley volunteers for the Eagle Squadrons serving with the Royal Air Force in the war. He meets Evelyn Johnson (Beckinsale), a Navy nurse, before leaving for England; Johnson and Walker get transferred to Pearl Harbor. In Japan, Admiral Yamamoto plans an attack on Pearl Harbor after the United States freezes its trade.

McCawley is shot down in combat over the English Channel; in Hawaii, Walker and Johnson are notified that he is presumed killed in action. While mourning for McCawley, the two have an intimate encounter and begin dating. On the day Johnson discovers that she is pregnant, McCawley returns after three months in occupied France; Walker and Johnson’s relationship estranges McCawley from them. After a fight the two men begin to reconcile, but are interrupted by Japanese Zero fighters, Val dive bombers, and Kate torpedo bombers.

The surprise Japanese attack sinks the USS Arizona (BB-39) and many other ships. While Johnson and other nurses struggle to help the wounded, McCawley and Walker shoot down seven Japanese aircraft using their reckless tactics. The heroes are both promoted to Captain and assigned to now-Lieutenant Colonel Doolittle for a dangerous and top-secret mission. Prior to leaving, Johnson reveals to McCawley her love for him, pregnancy, and intention to stay with Walker as the child is his.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt (Voight) wants to send a message that the Japanese homeland is not immune from bombing. Walker, McCawley, and others are to fly B-25 Mitchell heavy bombers from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-8), bomb Tokyo, and land in China. The two men succeed in their bombing but are captured by the Imperial Japanese Army in China. Walker gives his life to save McCawley, who promises to raise Walker’s son. The film closes with McCawley, Johnson, and their son Danny, Jr. visiting Walker’s grave.

Vacancy

  • Directors:
  • Producers: Stacy Cramer, Hal Lieberman, Brian Paschal
  • Writers: Mark L Smith
  • Genres: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
  • Actors: Luke Wilson, Kate Beckinsale, Frank Whaley

A distraught couple, David (Luke Wilson) and Amy Fox (Kate Beckinsale) take a wrong turn on a remote mountain road and they decide to check into an isolated motel in the middle of nowhere supervised by Mason (Frank Whaley). They realize they are in a cell phone dead zone with no reception.

While in their room, a bored David takes a peek at the video tapes left on top of the television. As he watches the tapes he realizes they are snuff films, taken in the same room in which they are staying. The couple are alarmed and David runs to the motel’s payphone booth only to be crashed by their own car. David escapes and runs back into the room. The couple decide to lock themselves in the room when they notice a truck pull in. They try to warn the truck’s driver only to find out that he’s the buyer of the snuff films and is also one of the killers.

David and Amy then escape into a tunnel that they discovered in the bathroom of their room. Two masked killers chase them inside the tunnel but they miss them. David and Amy find themselves inside the manager’s lair where they find video monitors taping the entire hotel. Amy tries to make a call to 911 but is interrupted. The couple sneak back in the tunnel, making their way into a storage room. Meanwhile the police unit from 911 arrives and David and Amy run to him as he checks the rooms. They all get inside the police car but it won’t start and the killers kill the policeman. The couple run into a motel room. David hides Amy inside the ceiling as he ventures out. The killers catch David and stab him and he ends up lying at the doorway, unconscious. When morning comes, Amy finally comes down from the ceiling and finds where killers hid their car. A killer breaks into the car from the roof as Amy drives away and another killer gets pinned into the grill of the car. Amy crashes the car into a motel room killing both of the killers. Amy runs into the reception area where she is attacked by Mason who is now totally enraged. As they fight, Amy comes crashing down the floor where she picks up a gun. She shoots Mason three times killing him. Amy makes another call to 911 and caresses David, who is barely conscious but alive.