The eldest son of a 1950s-era Midwestern family sets out on an existential journey that leads him to question his faith while seeking the answers to life’s most challenging mysteries in this evocative drama from celebrated director Terrence Malick. Meanwhile, as Jack’s (Sean Penn) innocence slowly erodes, his turbulent relationship with his father (Brad Pitt) becomes the specter that hangs over his every thought and action. – Jason Buchanan, Rovi
MPAA Rating:Â PG-13 for some violent images.
Run Time:Â 138min.
Theatrical Release Date:Â 07/08/2011
Director(s):Â Terrence Malick
Starring:Â Brad Pitt , Jessica Chastain , Sean Penn , Fiona Shaw
Walt Disney Animation Studios returns to the Hundred Acre Wood with ‘Winnie the Pooh.’ Featuring the timeless charm, wit and whimsy of the original featurettes, this all-new movie reunites audiences with the philosophical “bear of very little brain” and friends Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Kanga, Roo–and last, but certainly not least, Eeyore, who has lost his tail. “Ever have one of those days where you just can’t win, Eeyore?” asks Pooh. Owl sends the whole gang on a wild quest to save Christopher Robin from an imaginary culprit. It turns out to be a very busy day for a bear who simply set out to find some honey. Inspired by three stories from A.A. Milne’s books in Disney’s classic, hand-drawn art style, ‘Winnie the Pooh’ hits theaters in Europe and Latin America in Spring 2011; the U.S. release date is July 15, 2011.
Genre(s):Â Family, Animation
Run Time:Â 69min.
Theatrical Release Date:Â 07/15/2011
Distributor(s):Â Walt Disney Pictures
Director(s):Â Don Hall , Stephen J. Anderson
Starring:Â Jim Cummings , Craig Ferguson , Tom Kenny , Travis Oates , Bud Luckey
Set in suburban Long Island in the post-9/11 summer of 2002, ‘A Little Help’ examines a period of chaotic and rather bizarre upheaval in the life of dental hygienist Laura Pehlke (Jenna Fischer).
Up to now Laura has had the wind at her back in life by virtue of her good looks and effortless charisma. But lately things have begun to take some dark and difficult turns. Her marriage to real estate agent Bob Pehlke (Chris O’Donnel) has become tense and loveless — Laura even has suspicions that he’s cheating — and her relationship with her 12-year-old son Dennis (Daniel Yelsky) has become strained as well, his emerging adolescence having turned him typically sullen and hostile. Laura has not been dealing well with all this — she’s drinking and smoking too much; her self-esteem and confidence are in free fall.
When Bob dies suddenly — the result of a heart abnormality that goes undetected by an ER physician — Laura is a deer in the headlights. Her intrusive mother, Joan (Lesley Ann Warren) and sister, Kathy (Brooke Smith) step in to fill the vacuum — they pressure Laura to send Dennis to an exclusive private school, and force her to hire a ruthless lawyer, Mel Kaminsky (Kim Coates), to file a malpractice lawsuit against the doctor who misdiagnosed Bob.
As a result of these decisions, Laura soon finds herself in the middle of two huge, bizarre lies: at his new school, feeling like a loser and an outsider, Dennis impulsively tells the other kids that his father was a fireman who died in 9/11, then pleads with Laura not to tell people the truth because of the humiliation he would suffer. Laura reluctantly agrees, and soon finds herself a celebrity in the school community — the widow of a 9/11 hero.
The second lie involves the malpractice suit, which Laura knows is based on false pretenses — she knows that Bob didn’t tell the ER doctor the truth about what he was doing when he had previous heart symptoms, because doing so would have meant revealing the affair.
As Laura struggles to stay afloat in this vortex of deception, she finds that the one person with whom she can connect and communicate is, ironically, Kathy’s smart and sensitive husband, Paul (Rob Benedict). Paul had always had feelings for Laura, going back to when they were in high school together — though at the time Laura barely knew he was alive. Now, twenty years later, their respective circumstances begin to draw them powerfully toward each other — despite the obvious complications and dangers that this implies.
‘A Little Help’ is the story — funny, touching, sad, and real — of an ordinary person, engulfed by ordinary events, making an extraordinary emotional journey.
MPAA Rating:Â R for language, some sexual content and drug use.
Genre(s):Â Comedy, Drama
Run Time:Â 105min.
Theatrical Release Date:Â 07/22/2011
Director(s):Â Michael J. Weithorn
Starring:Â Jenna Fischer , Chris O’Donnell , Rob Benedict , Arden Myrin , Daniel Yelsky
At fortysomething, straight-laced Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) is living the dream–good job, nice house, great kids and marriage to his high school sweetheart. But when Cal learns that his wife, Emily (Julianne Moore), has cheated on him and wants a divorce, his “perfect” life quickly unravels. Worse, in today’s single world, Cal, who hasn’t dated in decades, stands out as the epitome of un-smooth. Now spending his free evenings sulking alone at a local bar, the hapless Cal is taken on as wingman and protege to handsome, thirtysomething player Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling). In an effort to help Cal get over his wife and start living his life, Jacob opens Cal’s eyes to the many options before him: flirty women, manly drinks and a sense of style that can’t be found at Supercuts or The Gap. Cal and Emily aren’t the only ones looking for love in what might be all the wrong places: Cal’s 13-year-old son, Robbie (Jonah Bobo), is crazy about his 17-year-old babysitter, Jessica (Analeigh Tipton), who harbors a crush on Cal. And despite Cal’s makeover and his many new conquests, the one thing that can’t be made over is his heart, which seems to keep leading him back to where he began.
Theatrical Release Date:Â 07/29/2011
Director(s):Â John Requa , Glenn Ficarra
Starring:Â Steve Carell , Ryan Gosling , Julianne Moore , Marisa Tomei , Emma Stone
In ‘Another Earth,’ Rhoda Williams (Brit Marling), a bright young woman accepted into MIT’s astrophysics program, aspires to explore the cosmos. A brilliant composer, John Burroughs (William Mapother), has just reached the pinnacle of his profession and is about to have a second child. On the eve of the discovery of a duplicate Earth, tragedy strikes and the lives of these strangers become irrevocably intertwined.
Run Time:Â 92min.
Theatrical Release Date:Â 07/22/2011
Director(s):Â Mike Cahill
Starring:Â William Mapother , Brit Marling , Jordan Baker , Robin Lord Taylor , Flint Beverage
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