Shanghai Knights

  • Directors: David Dobkin
  • Producers: Jackie Chan, Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum
  • Writers: Alfred Gough, Miles Millar
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Western
  • Actors: Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson, Fann Wong

The film opens in the Forbidden City in 1887, where Chon Lin (Fann Wong) is drinking tea with her father, the Keeper of the Imperial Seal of China. She tells him her brother, Chon Wang (Jackie Chan), is doing well as a sheriff in Carson City, Nevada, United States, but her father replies that her brother is dead to him. At that moment, Lord Nelson Rathbone (Aidan Gillen), leads a band of Boxers into the city, who attack the Keeper. Rathbone stabs him and leaves with the seal. As he lies dying, he gives Lin a puzzle box and a letter to Chon Wang.

Back in the Wild West, Chon Wang is doing well as sheriff, having captured an impressive array of fugitives. His deputy is relaxing with a book called “Roy O’Bannon Vs. The Mummy”, a highly fictionalized account of the events of the first film that now portrays Wang’s “Shanghai Kid” as a cowardly sidekick.

Wang receives a parcel, which contains the puzzle box and Lin’s letter, telling him his father is dead and that she has tracked the murderer to London.

Chon Wang travels to New York City to find his old partner Roy O’Bannon (Owen Wilson), needing his share of the gold left over from the first film to buy his ticket. Roy has left his brief stint in law enforcement, broken off his romance with Falling Leaves, spent most of the gold investing in the Zeppelin, and is now a hotel waiter and part-time gigolo. After they attempt prostitution to pay for a trip to England, the Mayor of New York arrives in search of his daughters, Roy’s latest clients. Chon Wang fights off a number of New York police officers, and he and Roy ship themselves to London in a crate. On the way, Wang tells Roy about his father, and Roy swears an oath to help reclaim the seal.

Roy and Wang are knighted, as is Artie, whose full name is now Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Artie decides to become a writer, his stories revolving around his deductive reasoning technique, and asks Roy if he can use the “Sherlock Holmes” name. Roy and Lin kiss, and Roy proposes that he and Wang go to Hollywood to get in on the ground floor with motion pictures. They roll off in a buggy, with Charlie stowed away. Wang also manages to open the box his father sent him, finding a message inside reminding him of the importance of family.

Leap Year

  • Directors: Anand Tucker
  • Producers: Gary Barber, Chris Bender, Roger Birnbaum, Jonathan Glickman, JC Spink, Jake Weiner
  • Writers: Simon Beaufoy, Harry Elfont, Deborah Kaplan
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance
  • Actors: Amy Adams, Matthew Goode, Kaitlin Olson, Adam Scott

Anna (Amy Adams) travels to Dublin, Ireland to propose to her boyfriend Jeremy (Adam Scott) on February 29, leap day, because according to Irish legend, a woman can propose to her boyfriend on leap year.[1] While mid-flight to Dublin, there is a storm and they must divert to Cardiff. Anna hires a boat to take her to Cork, but gets only as far as the Dingle Peninsula, where she enlists the help of a surly Irish innkeeper, Declan (Matthew Goode), to make an unexpected cross-country trek across land and water to pull off the perfect proposal in time, and begins to question her intentions with Jeremy when she makes a connection with Declan.

Four Christmases

  • Directors: Seth Gordon
  • Producers: Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Jonathan Glickman, Vince Vaughn, Reese Witherspoon
  • Writers: Matt Allen, Caleb Wilson, Scott Moore, Jon Lucas
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • Actors: Vince Vaughn, Reese Witherspoon, Sissy Spacek, Robert Duvall, Kristin Chenoweth

No one enjoys the holidays more than Orlando “Brad” McVie (Vince Vaughn) and Kate (Reese Witherspoon). Every December 25th, this happily unmarried, upscale San Francisco couple embark on a holiday tradition they have shared every year since they met – ditching their crazy families for a relaxing, fun-filled vacation in some sunny exotic locale. There, sipping margaritas by the pool, they toast the season, knowing they once again avoided the chaos and emotional fallout of their four respective households: divorced parents, squabbling siblings, out-of-control kids and all the simmering resentments and awkward moments that are the hallmarks of every family Christmas. But not in Christmas 2006. Shorts and sunglasses packed, Brad and Kate are trapped at the San Francisco airport by a fogbank that cancels every outbound flight. Worse yet, they are caught on camera by a local news crew, revealing their whereabouts to the whole city… and to their families.

With no escape and no excuses, they are now expected home by Brad’s father (Robert Duvall) and Kate’s mother (Mary Steenburgen), as well as Brad’s mother (Sissy Spacek) and Kate’s father (Jon Voight), thereby celebrating four Christmases in one day. As they brace themselves for a marathon of homecomings, Brad and Kate expect the worst-and that’s exactly what they get. But as Brad counts down the minutes to their freedom, Kate surprisingly finds herself tuned to the ticking of a different clock. At the end of the day, each will gain a new perspective on where they came from… and where they’re going. Getting to know themselves and each other as they really are could finally give them a chance at the kind of love they’ve only been playing at. Kate decides she would like to someday start a family, scaring Brad away. Brad eventually comes back to Kate, surprising her at her door with the line “If we’re going to have one, we must have two, so they can play together,” as he realises how empty his life is and how much he loves Kate.

A year later on New Year’s Day 2008, the couple welcomes their first born child in a hospital: a baby girl. They attempted to keep the child’s birth a secret from their families, but once again they were caught on camera by a local news crew who was covering the first birth of the new year thereby revealing the arrival of the child to the city…and to their families.

G I Joe The Rise of Cobra

  • Directors: Stephen Sommers
  • Producers: Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Bob Ducsay, Brian Goldner, Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum
  • Writers: Story, Michael B Gordon, Stuart Beattie, Stephen Sommers, Screenplay, Stuart Beattie, David Elliot, Paul Lovett, Comic book, Larry Hama
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Channing Tatum, Christopher Eccleston, Sienna Miller, Dennis Quaid, Ray Park, Rachel Nichols, Marlon Wayans, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Lee Byung hun, Adewale Akinnuoye Agbaje

Set ten years in the future,[3] the film is an origin story, showing the rise of the Cobra Organization.[4] Stephen Sommers said, “For people who know nothing about it, it’ll make sense. And to people who love this stuff, it’ll show where they all came from.”[5] The film focuses on Duke (Channing Tatum) and Ripcord’s (Marlon Wayans) induction into the G.I. Joe Team, providing the audience’s point-of-view.[4] Locations include the Arctic, Paris, Moscow, Washington, D.C., Australia and the Sahara.[4][6][7] The G.I. Joe Team is based in the Pit,[8] while it was indicated Cobra Island will appear.[9]

Flash of Genius

  • Directors: Marc Abraham
  • Producers: Roger Birnbaum, Gary Barber, Michael Lieber, Thomas Bliss
  • Writers: Philip Railsback
  • Genres: Drama
  • Actors: Greg Kinnear, Lauren Graham, Dermot Mulroney

Robert Kearns takes on the Detroit automakers, namely the Ford Motor Company, whom he accuses of stealing his idea for the intermittent windshield wiper.

While You Were Sleeping

  • Directors: Jon Turteltaub
  • Producers: Roger Birnbaum, Joe Roth
  • Writers: Daniel G Sullivan, Fredric LeBow
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance
  • Actors: Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman, Peter Gallagher, Peter Boyle, Jack Warden

Sandra Bullock plays Lucy Eleanor Moderatz, a lonely fare collector on the Chicago elevated railway. The highlight of her days is selling a token to a handsome commuter, Peter Callaghan (played by Peter Gallagher), on whom she has a secret crush. Working on Christmas, Lucy witnesses Peter being mugged and pushed onto the tracks, and she rescues him from an oncoming train. Peter falls into a coma and she accompanies him to the hospital, where she fantasizes aloud, “I was going to marry him”. A nurse overhears her and, misinterpreting the situation, tells the head physician, a policeman and Callaghan’s family that Lucy is his fiancée. At first Lucy is too caught up in the madness of everyone’s panic to tell the truth, and after that she is too embarrassed to.

An orphan with few friends, she becomes so captivated with the quirky Callaghans and their unconditional love for her, that she cannot bring herself to hurt them by revealing that Peter doesn’t even know her. She spends a delayed Christmas with the family so “they can get to know each other”. Lucy then meets Peter’s younger brother Jack (Bill Pullman), who has taken over his father’s business and is always working. Jack is very suspicious at first, saying Peter never mentioned Lucy or a marriage, which is not like him. Later on, after spending some time together to get acquainted, Jack starts to realize that he himself has feelings for Lucy.

The film ends with the two happily married in wedding attire, on the back of a train departing from the station, complete with a sign reading “Just Married”. Lucy explains that Peter once asked when she fell in love with Jack, and Lucy replied, “It was while you were sleeping.”

Evan Almighty

  • Directors: Tom Shadyac
  • Producers: Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Michael Bostick, Neal H Moritz, Tom Shadyac
  • Writers: Joel Cohen, Alec Sokolow, Steve Oedekerk, Steve Koren, Mark O Keefe
  • Genres: Comedy, Fantasy
  • Actors: Steve Carell, Morgan Freeman, Lauren Graham, John Goodman, Wanda Sykes, Molly Shannon, Graham Phillips

Newly elected to Congress, former local television newsman Evan Baxter (Steve Carell) leaves Buffalo and shepherds his family to suburban northern Virginia, where his congressional campaign declares that he will change the world without explaining how he will do so. On his first job, he meets Marty (John Michael Higgins), Rita Daniels (Wanda Sykes), and top congressman Chuck Long (John Goodman). Soon after his arrival, strange things start to happen: animals follow Evan without any apparent reason; he grows a beard that is restored wholly every time he shaves; eight vacant lots in Evan’s neighborhood are purchased in his name; ancient tools and wood are sent to his house; and the number “614” appears everywhere he goes.

Evan soon learns that the number indicates a verse in the book of Genesis, in which God instructs Noah to build an ark. Later, God (Morgan Freeman) appears and commands Evan to build a replica of Noah’s Ark in preparation for a deluge. His family initially believes that he is having an extraordinary mid-life crisis; later, his sons suspect that something greater is occurring and assist him in the construction of the ark, although his wife Joan (Lauren Graham) does not. Reappearing, God tells Evan the flood will come at noon on September 22.

On September 22, Evan loads hundreds of animals onto the newly finished ark in front of live news crews and nearby citizens. Minutes pass wherein is no sign of rain, provoking the spectators’ scorn. When a rainstorm is briefly present, Evan takes this as a sign of the coming deluge, but is proved wrong. Joan tells Evan to leave the Ark; Evan, however, remembers Congressman Long’s dam, which he fears may burst. As he thinks on this, the dam does burst, flooding the streets. At this, all spectators and policeman board the ark, which sails down the streets of Washington D.C. on the floodwaters of the lake until it eventually lands touching the front of the Capitol. Evan then tells Long that the flood was caused by his poor design of the dam, which incites the other congressmen present to turn against Long. As investigations on Chuck Long are occurring, Evan and his family later go on a hiking trip, during which God reappears to Evan, telling him that the way to change the world is by doing one Act of Random Kindness (“ARK”) at a time.

Rush Hour

  • Directors: Brett Ratner
  • Producers: Roger Birnbaum, Jonathan Glickman, Athur M Sarkissian
  • Writers: Ross LaManna, Jim Kouf
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Thriller, Crime
  • Actors: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Tom Wilkinson, Philip Baker Hall, Mark Rolston, Tzi Ma, Rex Linn, Ken Leung, Chris Penn, Elizabeth Pena, Clifton Powell, Julia Hsu

On the last day of British rule in Hong Kong, Detective Inspector Lee (Jackie Chan) of the Hong Kong police leads a raid at the docks, hoping to arrest the mysterious crime lord Juntao. He finds only Sang (Ken Leung), Juntao’s right hand man, who manages to escape. However, Lee successfully recovers numerous Chinese cultural treasures stolen by Juntao, which he presents as a farewell victory to his departing superiors: Chinese consul Han (Tzi Ma) and British Commander Thomas Griffin (Tom Wilkinson).

Shortly after arriving in the United States to take up his new diplomatic post in Los Angeles, Han’s daughter, Soo-Yung, is kidnapped. Unwilling to trust the FBI, Han calls in Lee to assist in the case.

The FBI, knowing Lee’s incompetence, or success, will generate international embarrassment for them, pawn him off on LAPD Detective James Carter (Chris Tucker), a fast-talking and arrogant police officer with aspirations of joining the FBI. Carter has recently caused severe collateral damage arresting bomb-maker Clyde Cod (Chris Penn) and his superiors give him a choice: keep Lee away from the investigation or face two months suspension without pay. Carter agrees, secretly intending to solve the case himself.

Han and Soo-Yung are reunited. Han sends Carter and Lee on vacation together to Hong Kong. Before leaving, the FBI investigators show up and offer Carter a position on the FBI. Carter refuses, telling them to take the badge and shove it up their asses, and that he will always be loyal to the LAPD. On the plane, Carter realizes the flight will take 15 hours… and demands another seat as soon as Lee starts singing “War”

Rush Hour 2

  • Directors: Brett Ratner
  • Producers: Roger Birnbaum, Jonathan Glickman, Arthur Sarkissian, Jay Stern
  • Writers: Screenplay, Jeff Nathanson, Characters, Ross LaManna
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
  • Actors: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, John Lone, Zhang Ziyi

L.A.P.D. Detective James Carter (Chris Tucker) is on vacation in Hong Kong, visiting his good friend Hong Kong Police Force Chief Inspector Lee (Jackie Chan). Carter is interested in having a good time; however, soon after he arrives, a bomb explodes in the American Embassy. Inspector Lee is assigned to the case, which becomes personal when it is discovered that it somehow involves Ricky Tan (John Lone), his late police officer father’s former partner. Tan, who was suspected, but never proven, of having a role in Lee’s father’s death, is now a leader of the Triads.

The United States Secret Service, led by Agent Sterling (Harris Yulin), and the Hong Kong Police Force soon get into a fight over the jurisdiction of the case. Sterling believes Ricky Tan is a minor player in a larger conspiracy and wants him left alone so he will lead them to the people in charge. Lee, believing Tan is actually the head of the operation, learns that Tan will be attending a dinner party on his yacht. Tan scolds his underling, Hu Li (Zhang Ziyi), who then leaves as Lee and Carter confront Tan. Tan claims that someone is trying to frame him. Hu Li suddenly appears and shoots Ricky Tan, and he falls off the boat. In the ensuing chaos, Hu Li escapes, and an angry Sterling holds Lee responsible for Tan’s death, and orders him off the case. Carter is ordered to be flown back to Los Angeles for involving himself. However, Lee and Carter return to Los Angeles together, seemingly motivated by their desire to bring justice and meaning for their respective father’s deaths in the line of duty.

Later, at the airport, Sterling thanks Lee for his work in the case. Molina says she would like to tell Lee something, and proceeds to kiss him for a short time, an event witnessed from afar by Carter. Lee and Carter plan to go their separate ways; Carter to Los Angeles and Lee to Hong Kong. After Isabella heads for her flight, Lee and Carter say one last goodbye. Lee then gives Carter, who at first graciously declines, his father’s police badge, stating that he can finally “let it go.” In return, Carter gives Lee $10,000 that he won from gambling at Caesars Palace. Lee is more critical in his refusal of the money, but Carter is able to persuade Lee to take the money. After, Lee reveals that he has always wanted to go to Madison Square Garden and watch a New York Knicks basketball game. Carter tells Lee he could go for one more vacation and the two of them decide to take another vacation in the Big Apple, dancing off to Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”.