This is 40

This is 40

 

This is 40 is writer/director/producer Judd Apatow’s  “sort-of sequel” to the 2007 film Knocked Up, featuring married couple Pete (Paul Rund) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) who were seen in (but were not the main focus of) the 2007 film. This is 40 asks the question: How are Pete and Debbie coping with marriage, family life and turning 40?

This is 40

 

The answer is not very well. The couple appears to have gotten bogged down in the day-to-day drudgery of work, kids and a so-so relationship. Then Debbie has one of those “aha” moments when she realizes that if they want to experience more happiness, they need to “make a choice to make things different.” After all, they’re not getting any younger. So Debbie draws up a list of all of things they need to “do better” – exercise more, get more involved with the kids’ school, change some of their parenting habits, and put some fun back into their marriage. Will Debbie’s “do better” campaign work out? See the movie and find out!

This is 40

 

This is 40 is scheduled for a December 21, 2012 release by Universal Pictures. Rated R for sexual content, crude humor, pervasive language and some drug material, the comedy also stars Megan Fox, John Lithgow, Iris Apatow, Maude Apatow, Melissa McCarthy, Robert Smigel, Charlene Yi, and Albert Brooks.

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Heleno

Heleno

 

One of the greatest soccer player in Brazilian history, Heleno de Freitas (Rodrigo Santoro) played in the 1940s with an aggressive style that revolutionized the sport. Heleno is director Jose Henrique Fonseca’s biographical look at the life of a man whose aggressive style on the field was matched by his womanizing and substance abuse off the field. Shot in black and white to evoke the look and feel of the classic Hollywood movies of the era, Heleno gives viewers the sense and image of a man whose arrogance and violent temper ultimately destroyed his life, as well as a sense of the times in which he lived.

heleno

 

As a soccer player, Heleno was anything but a team player. He played a very aggressive game, scoring 209 goals for Rio’s Botafogo club. Heleno’s ultimate dream was to lead Brazil to victory at the World Cup. Sadly, he never had the chance, as World War II prompts the cancellation of the 1942 and 1946 World Cup tournaments. Although Heleno is about the life of a great soccer player, the movie does not actually show a lot of soccer. It focuses instead on his off-field romances, tantrums, nightclubbing, ether addiction and, in the end, syphilis-induced madness.

heleno

 

Heleno was filmed in Portuguese. The drama is scheduled for a limited New York release by Screen Media Films on December 7, 2012. Based on a screenplay by Felipe Braganca, Fernando Castets and director Jose Henrique Fonseca, Heleno also stars Alinne Moraes and Angie Cepeda.

Playing for Keeps

Playing for Keeps

 

In Playing for Keeps, Gerard Butler plays George, a handsome and charming former Scottish soccer star. Down on his luck, George heads to the United States to reconnect with his ex-wife Stacie (Jessica Biel) and son. In trying to redeem himself he agrees to coach his son’s soccer team – much to the delight of the entire town, especially the beautiful soccer moms who take a liking to him.

Playing for Keeps

 

George was a pro at soccer but an amateur at life. In Playing for Keeps he suddenly finds himself with a lot of second chances – with his son, with his career, and, possibly, with his ex-wife. His attempts to get his act together are all met with hilarious challenges in this feel-good romantic comedy.

Playing for Keeps

 

Playing for Keeps was directed by Gabriele Muccino based on a screenplay by Robbie Fox. Scheduled for a December 7, 2012 release by FilmDistrict, Playing for Keeps also stars Uma Thurman, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Dennis Quaid.

Not Fade Away

Not Fade Away

 

For his first feature film, David Chase, the creator of HBO’s wildly popular series, The Sopranos, presents a deeply personal reflection on growing up in America in the 1960’s. Not Fade Awayis the story of Doug (John Magaro) and his two best friends, who are inspired by The Rolling Stones’ television performance to form a band of their own.

Not Fade Away

 

Not Fade Away, which took its title from a song made popular by both Buddy Holly and The Rolling Stones, is fundamentally aboutthe formative influence of music on a generation – although Chase has also described the film as being about “the conflict between freedom and security.” A coming-of-age drama, Not Fade Away chronicles the changes in Doug’s life, relationships and self-image as he pursues his rock star dreams against a backdrop of the changing social dynamics and values conflicts that were taking place in society at this time.

Not Fade Away

 

Rated R for pervasive language, some drug use and sexual content, Not Fade Away is scheduled for a limited release on December 21, 2012 by Paramount Vantage. The musical drama also stars Jack Huston, Will Brill, Bella Heathcote, Brad Garrett, Christopher McDonald, and James Gandolfini.

Life of Pi

Life of Pi

 

In Life of Pi, Piscine “Pi” Molitor Patel (newcomer Suraj Sharma) is an Indian teenager whose father runs a zoo. Although Pi loves his life in India, tough times force his parents to sell the zoo and move overseas. The family and all of their animals are on a freighter when a horrific storm results in a tragic shipwreck. Against all odds, Pi manages to escape from the sinking ship and get into a life boat. And that, says an older Pi who serves as the film’s narrator, is when Pi’s “greatest journey began.”

 

 

Losing your entire family and being the lone human survivor of a shipwreck would be frightening enough. But, as Pi soon discovered, this was not the only thing that he had to confront. As it turns out, Pi was not the only one who managed to make it to the lifeboat: a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker had made it to this boat as well, and the two were now adrift at sea together. As he is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery, Pi forms an amazing and unexpected connection with this fearsome wild animal.

Life of Pi

 

In filming Life of Pi, director Ang Lee made the most of the 3D medium. Although Lee used a real tiger in some scenes, a completely digital tiger appears in all of the more complicated sequences – requiring a perfect match between real and digital beast.

Life of Pi

 

The screenplay for Life of Pi was written by David Magee, based on the award-winning 2001 novel of the same name by Yann Martel. The drama also features Irffan Khan, Gerard Depardieu, Adil Hussain and Rafe Spall. Life of Pi, which is rated PG for emotional thematic content throughout and some scary action sequences and peril, is scheduled for release by 20th Century Fox in both 2D and 3D on November 21, 2012.

Identity Thief

Identity Thief

 

In today’s world, identity theft is a nightmare that affects millions of people each year. Upon learning that they’re a victim of identify theft, most people contact the police, the credit bureaus, and other authorities to try to straighten things out. But in Identity Thief, a new comedy from director Seth Gordon, that’s not the approach taken by mild-mannered Denver businessman Sandy Bigelow Patterson (Jason Bateman). Sandy, a “regular guy,” has discovered that he is the victim of identity theft. With everything to lose, he hits the road knowing he has just one week to hunt down the con artist and straighten things out before his world implodes.

Identity Thief

 

Meanwhile, Diana (Melissa McCarthy), is living it up in Florida. A frosted-hair shop-a-holic, Diana is having a blast buying anything and everything that her heart desires. The only problem, of course, is that the ID that she’s using to finance her spending spree indicates that she is “Sandy Bigelow Patterson”! When the real Sandy Bigelow Patterson catches up with her, he quickly discovers that she is far less harmless than she looks.Identity Thief

 

Based on a screenplay by Steve Conrad and Craig Mazin, Identity Thief is scheduled for release on February 8, 2013 by Universal Pictures. The comedy also stars Jon Favreau, Amanda Peet, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Genesis Rodriguez, Morris Chestnut, John Cho, Robert Patrick and Eric Stonestreet.

Oblivion

Oblivion

 

The setting: a post-apocalyptic Earth. The time: The future, when Earth has evolved beyond recognition. In fact, most people live in the clouds because Earth is no longer habitable. They face a terrifying threat from the Scavs, with whom they’ve had decades of war.

Oblivion

 

In “Oblivion,” Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) is a drone repairman and former soldier. As one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth, he’s part of a massive operation to extract vital resources from the planet. He lives and patrols the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above the planet. But when Jack rescues a beautiful stranger (Andrea Riseborough) from a downed spacecraft, his life gets turned upside down. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces Jack to question everything he knows. Ultimately he ends up on a journey of redemption and discovery, and battles to save the fate of mankind.

Oblivion

Directed by Joseph Kosinski from a screenplay by William Monahan, Karl Gajdusek and Michael Arndt, “Oblivion” is an epic science fiction thriller. Filmed in stunning digital 4K resolution on location across the U.S. and Iceland, the film is scheduled for a limited IMAX release one week before its general release on April 19, 2013 by Universal Pictures. “Oblivion” also stars Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Melissa Leo and Zoe Bell.