The Ghost Writer

  • Directors: Roman Polanski
  • Producers: Roman Polanski, Robert Benmussa, Alain Sarde, Patrick Wachsberger
  • Writers: Roman Polanski, Robert Harris
  • Genres: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
  • Actors: Pierce Brosnan, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Williams, Kim Cattrall

The plot of the film is based on the novel.[3]

When a successful British ghostwriter, The Ghost, agrees to complete the memoirs of former British Prime Minister Adam Lang, his agent assures him it’s the opportunity of a lifetime. But the project seems doomed from the start—not least because his predecessor on the project, Lang’s long-term aide, died in an unfortunate accident. The Ghost flies out to work on the project, in the middle of winter, to an oceanfront house on an island off the U.S. Eastern seaboard. But the day after he arrives, a former British cabinet minister accuses Lang of authorizing the illegal seizure of suspected terrorists and handing them over for torture by the CIA—a war crime. The controversy brings reporters and protesters swarming to the island mansion where Lang is staying with his wife, Ruth, and his personal assistant (and mistress), Amelia. As The Ghost works, he begins to uncover clues suggesting his predecessor may have stumbled on a dark secret linking Lang to the CIA—and that somehow this information is hidden in the manuscript he left behind.

Mr Mrs Smith

  • Directors: Doug Liman
  • Producers: Lucas Foster, Akiva Goldsman, Eric McLeod, Arnon Milchan, Patrick Wachsberger
  • Writers: Simon Kinberg
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Romance, Thriller
  • Actors: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Vince Vaughn, Kerry Washington, Adam Brody

The film opens with John and Jane Smith, a couple who have been married for “five or six” years but do not remember the last time they had sex, attending marriage counseling. There, they tell the story of their first meeting in Bogotá, Colombia, where they met while both were secretly on the run from Colombian authorities. They quickly fell in love and were married. John later states that Jane “looked like Christmas morning” to him on the day they met.

In reality, however, John and Jane are both skilled assassins working for different firms, both among the best in their field, but both with very different methods of assasination with Jane working out thorough plans and John taking a less analytical approach. Each are concealing their true profession from their spouse. Under these cover stories, John and Jane balance their apparently mundane marriage—which both of them find after a few years to be growing dull and suffocating—with their secretive work. When both are assigned to kill a man named Benjamin Danz (nicknamed “The Tank”), they encounter each other on the job and botch the hit. Believing each had been sent to stop the other from completing their mission, their employers order one Smith to eliminate the other.

The film ends back at the marriage counselor, where the happy Smiths state how much their marriage has thrived, realizing how happy they really are. John then tells the marriage counselor to “ask us the sex question.” He raises ten fingers and whispers “ten,” and the movie ends.

Step Up

  • Directors: Anne Fletcher
  • Producers: Jennifer Gibgot, Adam Shankman, Patrick Wachsberger
  • Writers: Duane Adler, Melissa Rosenberg
  • Genres: Crime, Drama, Music, Romance
  • Actors: Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan, Mario, Drew Sidora, Alyson Stoner, Rachel Griffiths

Following a party, Mac (Damaine Radcliff), Skinny Carter (De’Shawn Washington) and their friend Tyler Gage (Channing Tatum) break into the Maryland School of Arts and damage many of the props in the school’s theatre. When a security guard appears, Tyler helps the other two escape and accepts the blame. He is sentenced to 200 hours of community service, which he has to serve at the school. While working, he watches a dance class and meets Nora Clark (Jenna Dewan), a student preparing for her “senior showcase.” The performance could determine if she gets a job with a dance company. Later, Tyler mockingly shows his friends some of the dance moves he learned while watching the school’s ballet dancers, mixing them with break-dance and street dance moves.

Nora’s dance partner sprains his ankle, leaving Nora without a partner. After auditioning some other students, she doesn’t meet anyone who is good enough. Tyler offers to help, but she at first refuses. Eventually she changes her mind, having seen him dancing earlier, and convinces Director Gordon (Rachel Griffiths) to allow Tyler to rehearse with her. During their initial practice session, Tyler is antagonistic toward Nora as well as her boyfriend, both of whom respond with haughty attitudes. As they continue to rehearse, Nora and Tyler grow closer, each teaching the other about their respective styles of dance. Tyler also befriends a musician at the school named Miles, who has a crush on Nora’s friend Lucy.

Nora again loses her partner because he is not able to do the routine that Nora and Tyler came up with together. Nora finally decides to do her senior showcase solo. However, without a partner, the routine is not as good and she knows she will not be able to get accepted into any dance troupes. Before the showcase starts, Tyler arrives, and after making up they perform the showcase together. Nora is offered a place in a professional dance troupe, and Tyler is accepted into the Maryland School of Arts. After, they kiss and make up.