Salt

  • Directors: Phillip Noyce
  • Producers: Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Sunil Perkash
  • Writers: Kurt Wimmer, Brian Helgeland
  • Genres: Action, Thriller
  • Actors: Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Daniel Olbrychski

Evelyn Salt (Angelina Jolie) is a CIA officer who swore an oath to duty, honor, and country. When she is accused by a defector of being a Russian sleeper spy, Salt goes on the run to clear her name and ultimately prove she is a patriot. Using all her skills and years of experience as a covert operative, she must elude capture and protect her husband or the world’s most powerful forces will erase any trace of her existence.[1][2]

Scream 2

  • Directors: Wes Craven
  • Producers: Cathy Konrad, Wes Craven, Marianne Maddalena
  • Writers: Kevin Williamson
  • Genres: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
  • Actors: David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jamie Kennedy, Laurie Metcalf, Elise Neal, Jerry O Connell, Timothy Olyphant, Jada Pinkett, Liev Schreiber, Duane Martin, Rebecca Gayheart, Portia De Rossi

Sidney (Neve Campbell) and Randy (Jamie Kennedy) are attending Windsor College. They see news reports that a couple (Jada Pinkett Smith and Omar Epps) were murdered in a movie theatre at the preview of the Stab movie, which was based on a book by Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) about the Woodsboro murders (in other words, the events of the movie Scream). Phil Stevens is stabbed in the head through the wall of a bathroom cubicle. The killer then enters the cinema and sits next to Maureen Evans, and she assumes the killer is simply her boyfriend wearing a mask. During the Casey Becker kill scene in the film Stab, the crowd goes wild. Taking advantage of this, the killer stabs Maureen multiple times. Since many of the movie-goers are wearing the killer’s costume (as publicity material provided by the movie studio) and are all carrying fake knives, nobody takes Maureen’s attack seriously. Seriously wounded and dying, she climbs up the stairs in front of the movie screen and lets out one final cry. As the crowd realizes she isn’t faking, she falls down dead. Soon, Sidney and Randy realize that the nightmare is starting all over again.

Mrs. Loomis tries to convince Cotton to kill Sidney, but Cotton chooses to shoot Mrs. Loomis instead. Sidney and Cotton discover that Gale is wounded but alive, and they help her. Mickey suddenly jumps up dramatically, and Gale and Sidney shoot him multiple times. Then, Sidney turns around and decides to shoot Mrs. Loomis in the head — “just in case”. It is then revealed that despite his ordeal, Dewey survived his stabbing. He is wheeled out on a gurney and taken away in an ambulance. Gale decides to ride with the ambulance to the hospital. It turns out that Dewey’s scar tissue from previously being stabbed in the back prevented this latest stabbing from being fatal.

Defiance

  • Directors: Edward Zwick
  • Producers: Edward Zwick, Pieter Jan Brugge
  • Writers: Clayton Frohman, Edward Zwick
  • Genres: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
  • Actors: Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell, George MacKay

The film opens with on-screen text stating: “A true story”. It is August 1941 and Nazi forces are sweeping through Eastern Europe, targeting Jewish people. Among the survivors not killed or restricted to ghettoes are the Bielski brothers: Tuvia (Daniel Craig), Zus (Liev Schreiber), Asael (Jamie Bell), Aron (George MacKay). Their parents are dead, slain by the local police under orders from the occupying Germans. The brothers flee to the forest, vowing to avenge their parents.

They encounter other Jewish escapees hiding in the forest and the brothers take them under their protection and leadership. Over the next year, they shelter a growing number of refugees, raiding local farms for food and supplies, moving their camp whenever they are discovered by the Germans. Tuvia kills the local police chief responsible for his parents’ deaths and the brothers stage raids on the Germans and their collaborators, however Jewish casualties cause Tuvia to reconsider this approach because of the resulting risk to the hiding Jews. A long-time sibling rivalry between the two eldest brothers, Tuvia and Zus, fuels a disagreement between them about their future: as winter approaches, Zus elects to leave his brothers and the camp and join a local company of Soviet partisans, while his older brother Tuvia remains with the camp as their leader. An arrangement is made between the two groups in which the Soviet partisans agree to protect the Jewish camp in exchange for supplies.

After a winter of sickness, starvation, and constant hiding, the camp learns that the Germans are about to attack them in force. The Soviets refuse to help them and they evacuate the camp as German dive-bombers strike. A delaying force stays behind, led by Asael. The defense does not last long, with only Asael and another surviving to rejoin the rest of the group, who, at the edge of the forest, are confronted with a seemingly impassable marsh. They cross the marsh, but are immediately attacked by German infantry supported by a tank. Just as all seems lost, the Germans are assaulted from the rear by a partisan force led by Zus, who has grown disenchanted with the Soviets’ anti-Semitism. As the survivors escape into the forest, the film ends as on-screen text states that they survived another two years, ultimately growing to a total of 1,200 Jews. Original photographs of the real-life characters are shown, including Tuvia Bielski in his Polish Army uniform, and tells their ultimate fates: that Asael was killed in action shortly afterwards, but Tuvia, Zus and Aron survived the war and emigrated to America, and that the descendents of the people they saved now number in the tens of thousands.

The Sum of All Fears

  • Directors: Phil Alden Robinson
  • Producers: Mace Neufeld
  • Writers: Tom Clancy, Paul Attanasio Daniel Pyne
  • Genres: Action, Drama, Thriller
  • Actors: Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, James Cromwell, Liev Schreiber, Bridget Moynahan, Michael Byrne

The film begins with a sequence inspired by the novel’s prologue set during the 1973 Yom Kippur War, in which a single Israeli A-4 jet carrying a nuclear weapon is shot down over the Syrian desert. The bomb, over time, is consumed by the sand and disappears.

The film narrative then shifts forward 29 years and inside a secret government bunker in Mount Weather, Virginia, where President J. Robert Fowler (James Cromwell) and some of his senior national security advisors, including Central Intelligence Agency Director William Cabot (Morgan Freeman), are conducting a top-secret wargame, simulating a Russian nuclear attack against the United States.

In 2002, the bomb is found in Syria by a couple of scrap dealers and unwittingly sold to an arms dealer named Olson (Colm Feore), who in turn sells it to an Austrian neo-Nazi named Richard Dressler (Alan Bates) for 50 million dollars on the black market.

Meanwhile, the United States becomes concerned when Alexander Nemerov (Ciaran Hinds) becomes the new president of the Russian Federation. Nemerov is seen as a hard-liner with regards to his control over the Russian military. The Director of Central Intelligence seeks the opinion of young CIA analyst Jack Ryan (Ben Affleck), who has done extensive research on Nemerov’s life and career. While on a routine inspection of Russia’s nuclear weapons facilities, Cabot and Ryan are invited to the Kremlin to meet with Nemerov personally. Tension arises when Nemerov likens the United States’ involvement in Russian-Chechen affairs to “sleeping with another man’s wife”, with Russia playing the part of the betrayed and vengeful husband. Nonetheless, Nemerov appears to like Jack Ryan (Affleck) after Ryan complements Nemerov in Russian.

The final scene takes place in Washington, D.C., where Presidents Fowler and Nemerov address the Baltimore tragedy and the future of Weapons of Mass Destruction during a speech on the White House lawn. In a nearby park, Ryan and Cathy Mueller are having a picnic when they are approached by Grushkov. It is revealed that Grushkov is Spinnaker: Cabot’s covert source in Moscow. Grushkov gives Dr. Muller a “modest gift” for her engagement to Ryan. Muller and Ryan are perplexed, as they have not told anyone of their engagement. Ryan asks Grushkov how he could possibly know this secret, but he simply smiles, shrugs and walks away.

Taking Woodstock

  • Directors: Ang Lee
  • Producers: Ang Lee, James Schamus
  • Writers: James Schamus
  • Genres: Comedy, Music
  • Actors: Demetri Martin, Jonathan Groff, Eugene Levy, Emile Hirsch, Liev Schreiber, Jeffrey Dean Morgan

The film, based upon the book of the same name, follows the true life story of Elliot Tiber (Demetri Martin), an aspiring Greenwich Village interior designer whose parents owned a small motel in Upstate New York and at the time held the only musical festival permit in the entire town of Bethel, New York. Tiber offered both the Catskills motel and the permit to the Woodstock Festival’s organizers.

The film also focuses on Tiber’s life as a closeted gay man hiding his marijuana as well as sexual orientation from his family, and his self-discovery following the Stonewall Riots.

Scream

  • Directors: Wes Craven
  • Producers: Cathy Konrad, Cary Woods
  • Writers: Kevin Williamson
  • Genres: Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
  • Actors: David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Matthew Lillard, Rose McGowan, Skeet Ulrich, Jamie Kennedy, W Earl Brown, Joseph Whipp, Liev Schreiber, and Drew Barrymore

Casey Becker (Drew Barrymore) answers the phone, the man who has called saying he has the wrong number. He calls again, and from there the scene turns into the ultimate trivia contest. If Casey answers the horror based trivia questions right, she and her boyfriend, Steve (Kevin Patrick Walls) get to live. Answer wrong and she dies. She gets a trick question though, “Who is the killer in Friday the 13th?” The man on the other end doesn’t say if it is the series or the first film. She answers Jason; in the original film it is his mother. The caller reveals Casey’s boyfriend Steve is tied up outside on the patio. The patio lights go off and, when they come back up, Steve has been disembowled.

The caller promises Casey another round, but Casey refuses and hangs up and a chair smashes the patio doors, and Casey runs out of the house, armed with a kitchen knife. However, she is caught by a cloaked figure in a mask and stabbed in the shoulder and then strangled as she calls her parents. With her last bit of strength, Casey takes off the killer’s mask, and sees his face. She is surprised to find out who it is, but the killer’s identity isn’t revealed to the audience. When her parents return home, they find the house trashed and their daughter missing, indicated by the popcorn that has still been left to cook on the stove. Her mother finds that Casey has been gutted and hung to a tree in the back garden.

Finally, the truth is revealed: The murders were planned and carried out by Billy and Stu, as a means for getting revenge on Sidney’s mother; it is revealed that Sidney’s mother had an affair with Billy’s father and this was the reason for the demise of Billy’s parents’ marriage. It is also revealed that it was Billy who murdered Sidney’s mother and not Cotton Weary, who was convicted of the murder based upon Sidney’s testimony; Billy’s rage over his parents splitting up because of the affair with Sidney’s mother turned him into a murderer. Sidney is saved by Gale, however briefly, (she forgot about the gun’s safety) until she is again knocked unconscious. Stu and Billy also reveal they have abducted Sidney’s father and it was his cellphone they used to make their ominous phone calls, and that they planned to murder Sidney and her father by shooting him in the head and making it seem as if he committed suicide after committing the murders. Stu and Billy then stab each other in non-vital places to make it seem like they were victims of Mr. Prescott’s emotional and murderous breakdown while getting away with committing the murders. Things begin to fall apart though; Billy stabs Stu too deeply and he begins to bleed profusely. Sidney then manages to escape while they’re dealing with Gale, before she kills Stu in self defense. Randy shows he is still alive, crediting it to the fact that he is a virgin. Billy gets up and begins to choke Sidney to death, when he is shot by Gale. Randy warns Sidney and Gale that he’ll “come back to life” for one more scare. However, immediately after he does, Sidney shoots him in the head, finally killing him. Dewey is shown being carried away in a stretcher, alive. Gale making an impromptu report on the events of the previous night as the authorities finally arrive on the crime scene.

X Men Origins Wolverine

  • Directors: Gavin Hood
  • Producers: Hugh Jackman, Lauren Shuler Donner, Ralph Winter, Avi Arad
  • Writers: David Benioff
  • Genres: Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston

Set roughly twenty years before X-Men, the film will focus on Wolverine’s violent past,[1] and his early encounters with William Stryker (Danny Huston). The Weapon X program and his interactions with other mutants will be explored,[2] including his relationship with his half-brother Sabretooth (Liev Schreiber).[3]