Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Bedevilled (2010)

Hae-won is a beautiful single woman in her thirties who works at a bank in the Seoul city. She leads a busy life until she becomes a witness to an attempted murder case, and at the same time, things get complicated at work. When things get out of hand she is forced to take a vacation so she heads for 'Moodo', a small undeveloped island, where she had once visited to see her grandparents. And where she had befriended a girl named Bok-nam who stills writes to Hae-won asking her to visit despite the fact that Hae-won never bothered to reply. Upon arriving at the island, Hae-won is shocked to see everyone treating Bok-nam like a slave. As practically the only young woman on the island, she is a plaything for all the men and a free laborer for the women. Sick of all the inhumane treatment, Bok-nam had tried to escape the island several times in the past but had failed each time. She begs Hae-won to help her escape the place...

Director: Chul-soo Jang
Writer: Kwang-young Choi
Stars: Yeong-hie Seo, Seong-won Ji and Min-ho Hwang
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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Mother of Tears (2007)

Follows Inferno (1980). An ancient urn is found in a cemetery outside Rome. Once opened, it triggers a series of violent incidents: robberies, rapes and murders increase dramatically, while several mysterious, evil-looking young women coming from all over the world are gathering in the city. All these events are caused by the return of Mater Lacrimarum, the last of three powerful witches who have been spreading terror and death for centuries. Alone against an army of psychos and demons, Sarah Mandy, an art student who seems to have supernatural abilities of her own, is the only person left to prevent the Mother of Tears from destroying Rome. 

Director: Dario Argento
Writers: Dario Argento and Walter Fasano
Stars: Asia Argento, Cristian Solimeno and Adam James
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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Solomon Kane (2009)

Once a mercenary of Queen Elizabeth I fighting Spaniards in Africa, Solomon met the Devil's Reaper and discovered he was bound for hell. Barely escaping, he soon renounced violence to atone for his past sins, seeking out redemption in a life of peace. That is until the followers of sorcerer Malachi kidnap a Puritan girl, Meredith Crowthorn, and brutally slaughter her family before his very eyes, forcing Solomon to take up arms and return to his violent ways once more to rescue her.

Director: Michael J. Bassett
Writers: Michael J. Bassett (screenplay) and Robert E. Howard (character)
Stars: James Purefoy, Max von Sydow and Rachel Hurd-Wood
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Thursday, November 24, 2011

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006)

Followed by The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2004). The year is 1969, and despite the fact that the Vietnam War is raging halfway across the globe, all is ominously quiet on the back roads of America. Eighteen-year-old Dean Hill has just received his draft notice, and his older brother, Eric, is determined to watch out for his younger sibling by ensuring that Dean enroll in the Marine Corps rather than risking his luck at the local induction center. Dean has other plans, though, and as soon as the pair and their girlfriends, Bailey and Chrissie, return from their final fling in sunny Texas, he plans to confront his brother with the prospect of dodging the draft. When an unsettling encounter with malevolent bikers Holden and Alex results in a serious car accident in which Chrissie is thrown from the vehicle, the arrival of Sheriff Hoyt at first appears to be a moment of divine intervention. However, when Sheriff Hoyt murders thieving Alex in cold blood and then shepherds her friends into the back of his police cruiser as Chrissie watches from the brush, their momentary reprieve soon gives way to an unimaginable terror. As Hoyt transports her ailing friends to the Hewitt home, where a childlike man named Thomas is currently undergoing the transformation into cannibalistic madman Leatherface, a desperate Chrissie attempts to enlist the aid of Holden in rescuing her friends from a fate worse than death.

Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Writers: Sheldon Turner
Stars: Jordana Brewster, Matt Bomer and Diora Baird
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Hanna (2011)

Hanna is sixteen years old. She is bright, inquisitive, and a devoted daughter. Uniquely, she has the strength, the stamina, and the smarts of a soldier; these come from being raised by her widowed father Erik, an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of North Finland. Erik has taught Hanna to hunt, put her through extreme self-defense workouts, and home-schooled her with only an encyclopedia and a book of fairy tales. Hanna has been living a life unlike any other teenager; her upbringing and training have been one and the same, all geared to making her the perfect assassin. But out in the world there is unfinished business for Hanna's family, and it is with a combination of pride and apprehension that Erik realizes his daughter can no longer be held back.

Director: Joe Wright
Writers: Seth Lochhead and David Farr
Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett and Eric Bana
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Monday, November 21, 2011

Another Earth (2011)

Rhoda Williams, a bright young woman accepted into MIT's astrophysics program, aspires to explore the cosmos. A brilliant composer, John Burroughs, has just reached the pinnacle of his profession and is about to have a second child with his loving wife. On the eve of the discovery of a duplicate Earth, tragedy strikes and the lives of these strangers become irrevocably intertwined. Estranged from the world and the selves they once knew, the two outsiders begin an unlikely love affair and reawaken to life. But when one is presented with the chance of a lifetime opportunity to travel to the other Earth and embrace an alternative reality, which new life will they choose?

Director: Mike Cahill
Writers: Brit Marling and Mike Cahill
Stars: Brit Marling, William Mapother and Matthew-Lee Erlbach
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Friday, November 18, 2011

The Man from Nowhere (2010)

An ex-special agent CHA Tae-shik's only connection to the rest of the world is a little girl, So-mi, who lives nearby. Her mother, Hyo-jeong smuggles drugs from a drug trafficking organization and entrusts Tae-shik with the product, without letting him know. The traffickers find out about her smuggling and kidnap both Hyo-jeong and So-mi. The gang promises to release them if Tae-shik makes a delivery for them, however it actually is a larger plot to eliminate a rival drug ring leader. When Hyo-jeon's disemboweled body is discovered, Tae-shik realizes that So-mi's life may also be in danger. Tae-shik becomes enraged at the prospect that So-mi may already be dead and prepares for a battle, putting his own life at risk.

Director: Jeong-beom Lee
Writer: Jeong-beom Lee
Stars: Bin Won, Thanayong Wongtrakul and Sae-ron Kim
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Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Mechanic (2011)

Arthur Bishop is a 'mechanic' - an elite assassin with a strict code and unique talent for cleanly eliminating targets. It's a job that requires professional perfection and total detachment, and Bishop is the best in the business. But when his mentor and close friend Harry is murdered, Bishop is anything but detached. His next assignment is self-imposed - he wants those responsible dead. His mission grows complicated when Harry's son Steve approaches him with the same vengeful goal and a determination to learn Bishop's trade. Bishop has always acted alone but he can't turn his back on Harry's son. A methodical hit man takes an impulsive student deep into his world and a deadly partnership is born. But while in pursuit of their ultimate mark, deceptions threaten to surface and those hired to fix problems become problems themselves.

Director: Simon West
Writers: Richard Wenk and Lewis John Carlino
Stars: Jason Statham, Ben Foster and Donald Sutherland
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Disturbia (2007)

Kale is a high-school senior who has yet to come to terms with the fact that his father is gone, the tragic victim of a fatal accident. As Kale's mother struggles to pay the bills by picking up extra shifts at work, her son's behavior grows increasingly erratic. When an altercation at school finds Kale placed under court-ordered house arrest, the homebound student teams with newly arrived girl-next-door Ashley to investigate the suspicious neighbor whom Kale believes to be an elusive and wanted serial killer. Their attentions focused intensely on the man they believe to be a murderous maniac hiding in broad daylight, Kale and Ashley trespass down a dangerous path while attempting to discern whether his suspicions are grounded in fact or just a combination of deep depression and suffocating cabin fever.

Director: D.J. Caruso
Writers: Christopher Landon and Carl Ellsworth
Stars: Shia LaBeouf, David Morse and Carrie-Anne Moss
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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Ink (2009)

As the light fades and the city goes to sleep, two forces emerge. They are invisible except for the power they exert over us in our sleep, battling for our souls through dreams. One force delivers hope and strength through good dreams; the other infuses the subconscious with desperation through nightmares. John and Emma, Father and Daughter are wrenched into this fantastical dream world battle, forced to fight for John's soul and to save Emma from an eternal nightmare. Separate in their journey, they encounter unusual characters that exist only in their subconscious. Or do they?

Director: Jamin Winans
Writer: Jamin Winans
Stars: Christopher Soren Kelly, Quinn Hunchar and Jessica Duffy
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Friday, November 11, 2011

The Mist (2007)

Everyone thinks of it as a harmless lightning storm. When Dave Drayton notices a strange mist on the lake, he thinks nothing of it. When he, his son, Billy Drayton, and his neighbor Brent Norton travel to the supermarket, the unthinkable happens. When a thick fog descends upon a rural community and claims the lives of anyone unfortunate enough to be caught outside, a small band of survivors seeks refuge in a local grocery store. Now trapped in a darkened cloud of pure horror, the frightened denizens of the town are forced to fend off an advancing horde of murderous monsters.

Director: Frank Darabont
Writers: Frank Darabont (screenplay) and Stephen King (novel)
Stars: Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden and Laurie Holden
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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Buried (2010)

Paul Conroy is an American truck driver who has been contracted to work in Iraq, and while delivering a load of kitchen equipment as part of a humanitarian aid program, he's captured by insurgent guerrillas who intend to hold him hostage. Paul is struck unconscious, put into a coffin-like box, and buried, and when he comes to, all he has to help him get out is a lighter and a cell phone. Trapped underground with a limited supply of air, Paul frantically calls his family, his employer, and American military and political representatives, trying to remain calm as his chances of survival slip farther away with each passing minute.

Director: Rodrigo Cortés
Writer: Chris Sparling
Stars: Ryan Reynolds, José Luis García Pérez and Robert Paterson
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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Shadow (2009)

The soldier and biker David is serving in Iraq and misses biking. He rides his bicycle in Europe heading to Shadow and when he stops in a bar, he meets the beautiful Angeline. The troublemaker hunters Fred and Buck bother Angeline and David and the bar owner defend her. When David camps in the woods, the wind carries his tent and Angeline invites him to share her tent with him. On the next morning, they ride their bicycles together and enjoy the wilderness. Fred and Buck chase the couple with their truck and the quartet have accidents and need to walk through the woods. Sooner they are captured by a strange man that lives in an isolated house and are tortured in the basement. David manages to escape and helps the hunters to leave the place, but they are hunted down by the freak. When David wakes up, he learns that the reality is worst than his nightmare.

Director: Federico Zampaglione
Writers: Federico Zampaglione and Domenico Zampaglione
Stars: Jake Muxworthy, Karina Testa and Nuot Arquint
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City of God (2002)

Brazil, 1960's, City of God. The Tender Trio robs motels and gas trucks. Younger kids watch and learn well...too well. 1970's: Li'l Zé has prospered very well and owns the city. He causes violence and fear as he wipes out rival gangs without mercy. His best friend Bené is the only one to keep him on the good side of sanity. Rocket has watched these two gain power for years, and he wants no part of it. Yet he keeps getting swept up in the madness. All he wants to do is take pictures. 1980's: Things are out of control between the last two remaining gangs...will it ever end? Welcome to the City of God.

Directors: Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund
Writers: Paulo Lins (novel) and Bráulio Mantovani (screenplay)
Stars: Alexandre Rodrigues, Matheus Nachtergaele and Leandro Firmino
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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Black Snake Moan (2006)

Lazarus is a hard-living ex-blues guitarist for whom the troubled days are beginning to outnumber the good. Rae is a 22-year-old sex addict whose wild ways are finally about to catch up with her. When Lazarus discovers Rae covered in dust and clinging to life on the side of the road, he takes her in and nurses her back to health; but Lazarus isn't your typical caregiver, he's more concerned for Rae's immortal soul than he is for her physical well-being. Now, after chaining Rae down and employing the power of the Good Book to curb the salacious seductress' hedonistic ways, Lazarus will be forced to confront his own darkest demons in order to save the soul of a woman whose one-way ticket to hell has already been paid in full. Now, as Lazarus wages a righteous struggle to redeem the soul of the fallen Rae while simultaneously ensuring that his own life hasn't been lived in vain, the situation threatens to explode as Rae's possessive boyfriend, Ronnie -- a roughneck Guardsman currently preparing for a tour of duty in Iraq -- comes searching for his missing lover.

Director: Craig Brewer
Writer: Craig Brewer
Stars: Christina Ricci, Samuel L. Jackson and Justin Timberlake
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Monday, November 7, 2011

Open Range (2003)

Boss Spearman, a rugged old-timer who free-grazes cattle, and Charley Waite have been partners for ten years. As the film opens in the 1880s, the pair and their employees -- the beefy, rugged, likable Mose and the impetuous Mexican teenager Buttons -- are driving cattle across the West. Mose is attacked and thrown in jail during a visit to a town. The local cattle rancher Baxter wants the free grazers off his land and warns Charley and Boss when they retrieve Mose that they have until the next day to be out of the area. Boss decides to fight back, especially after Baxter's men do harm to the foursome. Charley confesses his past as a killer during the Civil War and strikes up a tentative romance with Sue Barlow -- the sister of the town doctor.

Director: Kevin Costner
Writers: Lauran Paine (novel) and Craig Storper (screenplay)
Stars: Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall and Diego Luna
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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Rampage (2009)

Bill Williamson is frustrated. Well into his 20s but still aimless, the only time Bill leaves his parent's house is to hang out with his best friend Evan. But Bill's mom and dad are getting tired of supporting their freeloading son, and begin turning up the pressure on him to finally find his own place to live. When Bill's boss refuses to give him a raise, something snaps deep inside. Bill is going to send a message to society, and society isn't going to like what he has to say. By the time the gunfire starts there's no turning back, and even the innocent won't be safe as Bill embarks on a grim mission to cleanse this world one bullet at a time.

Director: Uwe Boll
Writer: Uwe Boll
Stars: Brendan Fletcher, Shaun Sipos and Michael Paré
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