Eat Pray Love

  • Directors: Ryan Murphy
  • Producers: Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Julia Roberts, Stan Wlodkowski, Tabrez Noorani
  • Writers: Elizabeth Gilbert, Ryan Murphy, Jennifer Salt
  • Genres: Drama
  • Actors: Julia Roberts, Billy Crudup, James Franco, Javier Bardem, Viola Davis, Richard Jenkins

After trying and failing to become pregnant, a woman realizes she is not getting what she wants out of life, and, after a painful divorce, sets on a journey across the world.

Let Me In

  • Directors: Matt Reeves
  • Producers: Simon Oakes, Guy East, Nigel Sinclair, Donna Gigliotti, John Nordling, Carl Molinder
  • Writers: Benjamin Smith
  • Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Romance, Thriller
  • Actors: Kodi Smit McPhee, Richard Jenkins

In adapting the film, a few adjustments were made, such as changing the names of the protagonists to Owen and Abby,[3] and moving the setting from the Stockholm suburb of Blackeberg to “a small New Mexico town.”[2] Los Alamos County has granted a special request from the film’s director and producer to name the town in the movie “Los Alamos, New Mexico.” [4]

Producer Simon Oakes has made it clear that the plot of Let Me In will closely resemble that of the novel, except that it will be made “very accessible to a wider audience”.[5]

Step Brothers

  • Directors: Adam McKay
  • Producers: Jimmy Miller, Judd Apatow, Adam McKay, Will Ferrell
  • Writers: Screenplay, Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, Story, Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, John C Reilly
  • Genres: Comedy
  • Actors: Will Ferrell, John C Reilly, Richard Jenkins, Mary Steenburgen, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn, Rob Riggle

Brennan Huff (Ferrell) is an unemployed 39-year-old who lives with his divorced mother, Nancy (Mary Steenburgen). Dale Doback (Reilly) is an unemployed 40-year-old who lives with his widower father, Robert (Richard Jenkins). Robert and Nancy get married and move in together, forcing Brennan and Dale to live with each other as step brothers; their childish dislike for each other is immediate.

Dale warns Brennan not to touch his drum set, but Brennan does so anyway. As tensions escalate, Brennan rubs his testicles (described by Ferrell in the DVD audio commentary as “$25,000 of prosthetic balls”) over Dale’s drums. This ignites a huge fight, in which Dale and Brennan use weapons such as headphones, bicycles, and bare hands to attack each other. In response, their parents declare that their sons must find jobs and see therapists or else be forced out of the house. Brennan’s successful, conceited biological younger brother Derek (Adam Scott) comes to visit with his oddly perfect family (who nearly cause a car accident as they sing an a cappella rendition of “Sweet Child o’ Mine” on the drive over). Dale retreats to his tree house where he and Brennan read pornography. Derek drops by to mock them, and incites Dale to punch Derek in the face. Brennan is awed by the fact that Dale was able to stand up to Derek. Brennan’s sister-in-law, Alice (Kathryn Hahn), meanwhile, finds Dale’s courage arousing, and becomes infatuated with him. Brennan and Dale become best friends.

Dale and Brennan go on to run a successful company that sells karaoke machines, and Brennan enters into a relationship with his therapist Denise (Andrea Savage). Robert and Nancy reunite and move back into their old home, with a new tree house made from the destroyed boat just for Dale and Brennan.

The Kingdom

  • Directors: Peter Berg
  • Producers:
  • Writers: Matthew Michael Carnahan
  • Genres: Action, Drama, Thriller
  • Actors: Jamie Foxx, Ashraf Barhom, Chris Cooper, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Kyle Chandler, Richard Jenkins, Jeremy Piven, Ali Suliman

The opening scene of the movie explains the origins of U.S.-Saudi diplomatic relations and how energy exploitation has transformed the Middle East through a timeline sequence. It portrays the conflicts that have risen since the late 1940s for the rightful ownership of the oil industry. This includes the Gulf War in Iraq and al-Qaeda’s growing network of terrorism. Eventually, it explains the 9/11 terrorist attacks and how the majority of the hijackers were Saudis. This raises serious questions on the relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States. The plot begins with the current struggle of Saudi Arabia and the kingdom’s efforts to stand control of their country against terrorist extremists.

During a softball game at an American oil company housing compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, al-Qaeda terrorists set off a bomb, killing many Americans and Saudis in the process. The terrorists impersonate members of the Saudi State Police. While one team hijacks a car and shoots up residents of the area, another runs out onto the softball diamond, pretending to aid the Americans, but then reveals that he is a suicide bomber and blows himself up, killing everyone near him. Sergeant Haytham (Ali Suliman) of the Saudi state police, disables the stolen Saudi Police vehicle and kills the terrorists. A short time later, the FBI Legal Attache in Saudi Arabia, Special Agent Francis Manner (Kyle Chandler), calls up his colleague Special Agent Ronald Fleury (Jamie Foxx) to tell him about the attack. Shortly afterwards, a second bomb explodes in the compound killing Manner and more people.

At Al-Ghazi’s house, Fleury and Haytham meet his family. Fleury tells his son that al-Ghazi was his good friend, mirroring a similar scene earlier in the movie where he comforted Special Agent Manner’s son. Fleury and his team return to the U.S., where they are commended by FBI Director James Grace (Richard Jenkins) for their outstanding work. Afterwards, Leavitt asks Fleury what he had whispered to Mayes (earlier in the film) to calm her down. The scene cuts to Abu Hamza’s daughter asking her son what his grandfather whispered to him as he was dying. Fleury recalls saying, “We’re gonna kill them all,” while the grandson tells his mother, “Don’t fear them, my child. We are going to kill them all.”

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.

The Visitor

  • Directors: Thomas McCarthy
  • Producers: Michael London, Mary Jane Skalski
  • Writers: Thomas McCarthy
  • Genres: Crime, Drama, Romance
  • Actors: Richard Jenkins, Haaz Sleiman, Danai Jekesai Gurira, Hiam Abbass

Walter Vale is a widowed Connecticut College economics professor who lives a fairly solitary existence. He fills his hours by taking piano lessons with Karen in an effort to emulate his late wife, a classical concert pianist, and works on a new book, although his efforts at both are not producing encouraging results. When he is asked to present a paper at an academic conference at New York University, he hesitates to comply, given he is only the nominal co-author and never even read it. Charles, his department head, persists, and Walter is forced to attend.

When he arrives at the apartment he maintains in Manhattan, he is startled to discover a young unmarried couple living there, having rented it from a swindler who claimed it was his. They are Tarek, a Syrian djembe player, and Zainab, a Senegalese designer of ethnic jewelry, and both are illegal immigrants. Although they have no place to go, they hastily pack and leave, but Walter follows them and persuades them to return. Over the next few days, a friendship slowly develops. Tarek teaches Walter to play the drum, and the two men join a group of others at an impromptu drum circle in Central Park.

Without warning, Tarek is summarily deported to Syria, and Mouna decides to follow him. Alone once again, Walter plays his drum on a subway platform, as Tarek once told him he himself would like to do some time.

The Tale of Despereaux

  • Directors: Sam Fell, Robert Stevenhagen
  • Producers: Gary Ross, Allison Thomas
  • Writers: Novel, Kate DiCamillo, Screenplay, Gary Ross, Will McRobb, Chris Viscardi
  • Genres: Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
  • Actors: Matthew Broderick, Emma Watson, Dustin Hoffman, Robbie Coltrane, Christopher Lloyd, Kevin Kline, Tracey Ullman, Ciaran Hinds, Frances Conroy, Tony Hale, Richard Jenkins, Frank Langella, William H Macy, Charles Shaughnessy, Stanley Tucci

The film opens with a ship sailing into the kingdom of Dor’s dock. Roscuro (a rat) (Dustin Hoffman), is aboard a ship with his human friend Pietro, sailing to the kingdom known for its soup on “Royal Soup Day”. “Royal Soup Day” in this area is held in higher regard than Christmas.

As they are taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of the festivities, Roscuro is mesmerized by the smell of the huge pot of soup being prepared in the castle. He leaves his human companion in search of the aroma. Meanwhile, André (the royal head chef) (Kevin Kline), pressured into finishing the soup minutes before its presentation, sends out his staff, and argues with a sentient anthropomorphic “Soup Genie”, named Boldo, over the ingredients of the soup to be presented to the royal family. Roscuro’s search for the soup’s smell takes him to a chandelier directly over the royal soup bowl. Upon presentation of the soup to the queen and her subsequent first taste, Roscuro is overcome by the aroma, loses his grip, and falls into the queen’s soup bowl, causing her to have a heart attack, which led her to death.

Roscuro is horrified to see what he has done and tries to apologize but is chased through the castle, to which he sees Pietro’s ship leaving the dock with out him. Roscuro then falls down a grate into the castle dungeon, where he meets Botticelli (Ciaran Hinds), the leader of the Rat world. Botticelli dislikes Roscuro’s gentle ways and tries to force him to conform to the brutal nature of the other rats.

Mig is rescued by the jailer, who is revealed to be her father in an emotional turn of events. Roscuro is reunited with Pietro aboard the ship that brought him. The princess and the king decide to soothe their grief of losing the queen by relying on each other for love and support. And Despereaux is reunited with his family. Despereaux and the princess remain close friends and the little mouse continues his adventures.