Mission Impossible III

  • Directors: J J Abrams
  • Producers: Tom Cruise, Paula Wagner
  • Writers: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, J J Abrams
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Thriller
  • Actors: Tom Cruise, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ving Rhames, Michelle Monaghan, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Billy Crudup, Laurence Fishburne, Maggie Q, Simon Pegg, Keri Russell, Eddie Marsan

Six years after the events of Mission: Impossible II, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) has retired from being an IMF team leader, instead opting for a quiet life with his fiancée Julia (Michelle Monaghan), a hospital nurse. During their engagement party, Ethan receives a call from his old friend John Musgrave (Billy Crudup), who provides him with a disposable camera. After viewing a video hidden in the camera, he finds out Musgrave wants him to rescue Agent Lindsey Farris (Keri Russell), Ethan’s protégé, who has been captured in Berlin by Owen Davian (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a prominent dealer in the international black market. He reluctantly agrees to participate in the mission and meets the team which has been selected for him, consisting of Declan Gormley (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), Zhen Lei (Maggie Q), and his old partner, Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames).

The team assaults an enemy stronghold in Berlin and extracts Agent Farris successfully, who had been taped to a chair, but she dies during their escape when an explosive capsule placed inside her head detonates. After Lindsey’s funeral, Ethan is notified of a “package” sent to him by Lindsey, and discovers that it is a microdot hidden in a blank postcard. Ethan discusses its possible importance with Luther and both decide to keep its existence a secret.

Back at headquarters, Ethan is congratulated for his heroic actions, and then leaves for his honeymoon with Julia, with the blessing of his applauding teammates and promises for another mission which the White House is keen to contact him about. Ethan isn’t sure whether or not he’s going to retire, but promises to think about it and Brassel promises to tell him what the Rabbit’s Foot really is if he does come back.

Piranha 3 D

  • Directors: Alexandre Aja
  • Producers: Alexandre Aja, Mark Canton
  • Writers: Alexandre Aja, Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan, Chuck Russell
  • Genres: Horror, Thriller
  • Actors: Elisabeth Shue, Steven R McQueen, Adam Scott, Ving Rhames, Richard Dreyfuss, Christopher Lloyd, Jerry O Connell, Dina Meyer, Jessica Szohr, Riley Steele

The fictional Lake Victoria is the caldera of a prehistoric volcano. Each 4th of July weekend, the population of Lake Victoria, Arizona swells from 5,000 to 50,000 as young people flood the town to celebrate. When tremors tear open a crack in the lake floor, millions of piranha are released. But Sheriff Julie Forester Elizabeth Shue is seriously outnumbered, and with only one chance to save the lake and her family from totally being devoured, she must risk everything to destroy the aquatic carnivores herself.

I Now Pronounce You Chuck Larry

  • Directors: Dennis Dugan
  • Producers: Adam Sandler, Tom Shadyac
  • Writers: Barry Fanaro
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance
  • Actors: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Jessica Biel, Ving Rhames, Nick Swardson, with Steve Buscemi, and Dan Aykroyd, Nicholas Turturro, Richard Chamberlain, Mary Pat Gleason, Rachel Dratch, Matt Winston, Peter Dante, Cole Morgen, Shelby Adamwosky

Charles “Chuck” Levine (Sandler) and Lawrence “Larry” Valentine (James) are veteran FDNY fire fighters. Chuck is a bachelor who is living single, while Larry is a widower trying to raise two children, one of whom is somewhat effeminate.

During a routine sweep of a burned building, a segment of floor collapses and Chuck almost dies. He is saved by Larry, who shields him from falling debris. As they awaken at a hospital later, Chuck vows to repay his debt in any way possible.

This event prompts Larry to realize the fact that death can come for him at any moment, but he has difficulties naming his children as primary beneficiaries in his life insurance due to the death of his wife. One of the ways suggested for him to do so is to get married. Inspired by a newspaper article about domestic partnerships, Larry asks Chuck to enter a civil union with him. Although at first Chuck declines, he is reminded of his debt to Larry and finally agrees. The two become domestic partners and Chuck becomes Larry’s primary beneficiary in the event of his death. Soon, city investigators arrive to inquire about their partnership, suspecting fraud. Larry and Chuck decide to enlist the help of a lawyer, Alex McDonough (Jessica Biel), who suggests that they become married. The pair then marries in Canada and move in together.

Unfortunately, with these revelations, the pair, along with all their fellow firefighters, are sent to prison, but they are quickly released after negotiating a deal to provide photos for an AIDS research benefit calendar. Two months later, Duncan and Alex’s brother, Kevin McDonough (Nick Swardson) are married in Canada at the same chapel as Larry and Chuck were. At the wedding party, Larry finally moves on after the death of his wife and talks to a new woman, while Alex reluctantly agrees to a dance with Chuck.

The Tournament

  • Directors: Scott Mann
  • Producers: Gina Fegan, Glenn M Stewart, Keith Bell
  • Writers: Jonathan Frank, Nick Rowntree, Gary Young
  • Genres: Action
  • Actors: Robert Carlyle, Kelly Hu, Ving Rhames, Sebastien Foucan, Liam Cunningham, Ian Somerhalder and Scott Adkins

Every seven years in an unsuspecting town, The Tournament takes place. A battle royale among 30 of the world’s deadliest assassins. The last man standing receives the $10,000,000 cash prize and the title of World’s No 1 (which itself carries the legendary million-dollar-a-bullet price tag). The Tournament is set up by a group of sick high-stake billionaires who watch the mayhem unfold via CCTV and bet on its outcome.[1] Each of the assassins carry a tracking device, embedded under their skin, allowing the observers to monitor the Tournaments movements and the assassins to track each other. When one removes his tracker and throws it into a coffee machine, a local priest (Robert Carlyle) who inadvertently swallows it is caught in the crossfire.

Surrogates

  • Directors: Jonathan Mostow
  • Producers: David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Max Handelman
  • Writers: Screenplay, John Brancato, Michael Ferris, Story, Robert Venditti
  • Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Bruce Willis, Radha Mitchell, Rosamund Pike, Ving Rhames

In the year 2017 humans live in isolation and interact only via robotic bodies that serve as surrogates. Several humans are murdered when their surrogates are destroyed, and cop (Bruce Willis) investigates the crimes through his own surrogate. After a near fatal encounter, his surrogate is destroyed, which forces him to bring his human form out of isolation and unravel a conspiracy behind the crimes.[2]

Mission Impossible II

  • Directors: John Woo
  • Producers: Tom Cruise, Paula Wagner
  • Writers: Screenplay, Robert Towne, Story, Ronald D Moore, Brannon Braga
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Thriller
  • Actors: Tom Cruise, Dougray Scott, Thandie Newton, Ving Rhames

While working at Biocyte, an Australian company, Nekhorvich, a Russian scientist, is forced to develop a deadly bioweapon named “Chimera” which lies dormant in its host for twenty hours after infection, but then rapidly causes the body’s red blood cells to disintegrate and cause hemorrhaging and death while becoming highly infectious. At the same time, Nekhorvich has developed a potent counter-agent, “Bellerophon” to stop the effects of Chimera while in incubation. Nekhorvich realizes he must expose Biocyte’s research, and contacts his old friend Ethan Hunt, whom he refers to as “Dmitri”, to help assist him to reach the U.S. Government; in order to transfer Chimera, Nekhorvich uses his own body as a petri dish and makes sure he can reach the United States within 20 hours of departure to ensure he’s in time to administer Bellerophon. However, as he and Hunt cross the Rocky Mountains on a passenger plane, the captain—Hugh Stamp—claims that there is a drop in cabin pressure and releases the oxygen masks, and the rest of the crew and passengers are anesthetized due to an NO2 tank being supplemented to the oxygen mask air supply, and “Hunt” reveals himself to be Sean Ambrose, another IMF agent, who then breaks Nekhorvichs’ neck and takes the briefcase containing his research. Ambrose and the rest of his team jump from the plane before it crashes, killing all those aboard.

Hunt and his team kidnap McCloy and make him believe he has been infected with Chimera in order to learn what Biocyte’s plans were. McCloy reveals that they were planning on releasing Chimera and then make a fortune off the sale of Bellerophon. After Nekhorvich stole the only samples, McCloy contacted Ambrose to help return them, but Ambrose turned the tables, asking for a large sum of money to return the samples, which McCloy has agreed to. Knowing the samples are at the Biocyte headquarters, Hunt and the others plan a daring break-in. However, their presence was expected, and Ambrose has prepared an ambush while holding Nordoff-Hall as a hostage. A firefight breaks out, and Nordoff-Hall manages to get free and inject herself with the last remaining sample of Chimera, forcing Ambrose to keep her alive for at least twenty hours in order to get McCloy’s money. Hunt is able to flee the building and regroup with Stickell and Baird, and trace Ambrose to a Biocyte storage facility near Sydney. They learn that Ambrose has let Nordoff-Hall loose in Sydney, such that when Chimera becomes active, it will launch an outbreak that will send Biocyte’s stocks skyrocketing due to the demand for Bellerophon, and Ambrose is now blackmailing McCloy to make sure he has a controlling interest in the company’s shares. Hunt breaks up the meeting, grabbing samples of Bellerophon, and a large battle between Ambrose’s men and Hunt’s team breaks out. Hunt’s team is able to defeat all but Ambrose, and Hunt orders Stickell and Baird to locate Nordoff-Hall while he fights Ambrose alone. Hunt gains the upper hand and kills the rogue agent while his team members find and return Nordoff-Hall; Hunt is able to inject the Bellerophon into her body just in the nick of time to stop Chimera. Hunt is debriefed and confirms that all samples of Chimera have been destroyed, and then returns to his vacation, this time spending it with Nordoff-Hall on an Australian beach.

Echelon Conspiracy

  • Directors: Greg Marcks
  • Producers: Alexander Leyviman, Steve Richards, Roee Sharon, Jonathan Tzachor
  • Writers: Kevin Elders, Michael Nitsberg
  • Genres: Action, Mystery, Thriller
  • Actors: Shane West, Edward Burns, Ving Rhames

A young American engineer acquires a mobile phone that promises him unknown wealth, unsuspecting the danger that comes upon him with the mobile phone. In the course of the film he tries to escape security agents, risking his life. Meanwhile a government official endangers the stability of the world.

Con Air

  • Directors: Simon West
  • Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer
  • Writers: Scott Rosenberg
  • Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller
  • Actors: Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, John Malkovich, Steve Buscemi, Ving Rhames, Colm Meaney, Mykelti Williamson, Rachel Ticotin, Monica Potter, Danny Trejo, Nick Chinlund

Cameron Poe (Nicholas Cage), an honorably discharged United States Army Ranger, is found guilty of manslaughter for killing a drunken man in a bar brawl while trying to defend his pregnant wife Tricia (Monica Potter) and sentenced to seven to ten years. During his time in prison, he communicates with his daughter while taking time to better himself.

He is released on parole eight years later and is scheduled to be flown back to Alabama on the same day as his daughter Casey’s (Landry Allbright) seventh birthday. Poe is arranged transport on the “Jailbird”, a C-123 airplane, along with a fellow prisoner Mike “Baby-O” O’Dell (Mykelti Williamson) and several other prisoners destined for a new Supermax prison, including William “Billy Bedlam” Bedford (Nick Chinlund), Nathan “Diamond Dog” Jones (Ving Rhames), and Cyrus “The Virus” Grissom (John Malkovich).

The transfer is overseen by U.S. Marshal Vince Larkin (John Cusack); however, he is approached by Drug Enforcement Administration agent Duncan Malloy (Colm Meaney), who asks to put undercover agent Willie Sims (Jose Zuniga) on board the plane in order to gain intelligence from one of the prisoners during flight. Larkin acquiesces on the condition the agent go aboard unarmed, but Malloy is able to sneak Sims a gun during the boarding pat-down.

At the end, Garland Greene, the only fugitive still at large, is seen at a Vegas table playing Craps and sipping margaritas.

Lilo Stitch

  • Directors: Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois
  • Producers: Clark Spencer
  • Writers: Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois
  • Genres: Animation, Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi
  • Actors: Daveigh Chase, Chris Sanders, Tia Carrere, David Ogden Stiers, Kevin McDonald, Ving Rhames, Jason Scott Lee

Dr. Jumba Jookiba (David Ogden Stiers) is put on trial by the galactic governing body for illegal genetic experiments, including Experiment 626, an aggressive and cunning creature that is nearly invulnerable. Jumba is imprisonsed while 626 is set to be exiled on an asteroid. However, during transport on Captain Gantu’s ship, 626 escapes to the planet Earth. The Grand Councilwoman orders Jumba to work with Agent Pleakley (Kevin McDonald) to recover 626 discreetly. 626 survives his escape attempt to Earth and lands in Hawaii, but is knocked unconscious by a passing truck, and is taken to an animal shelter believed to be a breed of dog.

After the recent death of their parents in a car accident, 21-year-old Nani Pelekai (Tia Carrere) is forced to take care of herself and her younger, more rambunctious sister Lilo (Daveigh Chase). They are visited by Cobra Bubbles (Ving Rhames), a social worker that warns Nani that if she cannot care for Lilo, he will be forced to take her to foster care. To try to help Lilo relax, Nani allows her to adopt a dog from the animal shelter, and Lilo immediately takes keen interest in 626 despite misgivings from Nani and the shelter. Lilo names 626 “Stitch”, and shows him around the island; Stitch quickly discovers escape is impossible as he cannot swim. Nani is forced to bring Lilo and Stitch with her as she attempts to secure a job, while Lilo uses the time to try to curb Stitch’s aggressiveness by making him behave as Elvis Presley. However, Stitch’s antics, at times foiling Jumba and Pleakley’s attempts to capture Stitch, ruin Nani’s chances. David, Nani’s friend, suggests a day at the beach for the four of them to help relax Nani. While attempting to teach Lilo and Stitch how to surf, Jumba makes one more effort to capture Stitch from underwater; as a result, it appears Stitch attempted to drown Lilo. Though everyone is safe on shore, Cobra saw the whole event and tells Nani he will be by in the morning to collect Lilo. After being chastised by both Nani and Lilo, Stitch leaves on his own, recognizing the importance of family.

Stitch manages to escape his confinement, and with help from Jumba’s ship and by launching a gas tanker truck out of a volcano, he is able to free Lilo and stop Gantu. After they land, they find that the Grand Councilwoman has arrived nearby, escorted by Cobra, to arrest Stitch personally. However, when she sees Stitch hugging Nani and Lilo, she realizes he has become a civilized creature. Using Lilo’s certificate of Stitch’s ownership as proof, the Councilwoman asserts that Stitch is now a part of Nani and Lilo’s family on Earth, and lets him go free. As her guards take Gantu away, she exiles Jumba and Pleakly to Earth, and orders Cobra, a former CIA agent who previously met the Councilwoman at Roswell, to keep an eye on the new family. Lilo becomes integrated into Nani’s and Lilo’s family, and their house is rebuilt with the help of Jumba and Pleakly.

Mission Impossible

  • Directors: Brian De Palma
  • Producers: Paul Hitchcock, Tom Cruise, Elias Badra, Paula Wagner
  • Writers: Story, David Koepp, Steven Zaillian, Screenplay, David Koepp, Robert Towne
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Thriller
  • Actors: Tom Cruise, Kristin Scott Thomas, Jon Voight, Jean Reno, Ving Rhames, Vanessa Redgrave

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is an agent of an Impossible Missions Force (IMF) team, an unofficial branch of the CIA. Led by Jim Phelps (Jon Voight), the team assembles for a mission in Prague to prevent an American diplomat from selling the Non-official cover (NOC) list – a comprehensive list of all covert agents in Eastern Europe. The mission goes hopelessly wrong, resulting in the deaths of the diplomat and every team member except Hunt. Fleeing the scene, Hunt meets with Eugene Kittridge (Henry Czerny), the CIA-based director of the IMF, at a café. Kittridge discloses that the NOC list in Prague was a fake meant to draw out a mole who has infiltrated the IMF and made a deal to sell the list to an arms dealer known as “Max.” Suspicion now falls on Hunt, the only survivor of the botched mission, who makes a daring escape from the café and flees into the city.

Hunt returns to the IMF safe house, where he discovers that fellow agent Claire Phelps (Emmanuelle Béart), Jim Phelps’s wife, actually survived the mission. He begins correspondence with Max (Vanessa Redgrave), warning her about the fake NOC list and offering to deliver the real one in exchange for $10 million and a face-to-face meeting with the mole, nicknamed “Job.” Max agrees to the deal and gives Hunt a cash advance, which he uses to hire two blacklisted or disavowed intelligence agents: computer expert Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) and pilot Franz Krieger (Jean Reno). Hunt, Stickell, Krieger, and Claire infiltrate the heavily fortified headquarters of the CIA in Langley, Virginia, and successfully steal a copy of the full NOC list before escaping to a safe house in London. Once there, Hunt discovers that his uncle and mother have been falsely arrested for drug trafficking in an attempt by Kittridge to lure him out of hiding. This infuriates Hunt, and he contacts Kittridge, who offers to drop the false charges the moment Hunt surrenders to authorities. Hunt stays on the line long enough for Kittridge to trace him to the London area, then hangs up and finds Jim Phelps standing right next to him.

Claire tries to persuade Phelps not to kill Hunt, but he kills her instead, knocks Hunt down, and climbs up to the roof. Krieger has been following the train in a helicopter and is waiting to extract Phelps. Hunt recovers and follows Phelps, impeding his efforts to escape and tethering Krieger’s helicopter to the train as it heads into the Channel Tunnel. The fight continues, with the helicopter now following the train inside the tunnel. The two fight atop the wind-swept train before Phelps disconnects the helicopter from the train and attempts to escape. Hunt follows, leaping onto the helicopter’s landing skids and attaching explosive chewing gum to the windshield. The ensuing explosion kills Phelps and Krieger, with Ethan narrowly escaping. Now in possession of the NOC list and Max’s true identity, Kittridge reinstates Stickell as an IMF agent and drops his investigation against Hunt, who resigns from the IMF. As he flies home, a flight attendant approaches him and asks, through a coded phrase, if he is ready to take on a new mission.