After Earth

After Earth

 

Danger is real, but fear is a choice. Father-and-son duo Will and Jaden Smith are at it again in After Earth, M. Night Shyamalan’s futuristic thriller about man’s return to the Earth after years of abandonment.

After Earth

It has been a thousand years since mankind was forced off of the Earth by cataclysmic events, and the Earth’s ecosystem has evolved to become one of the most dangerous in the galaxy. So when teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his father Cypher (Will Smith) crash land on Earth, it doesn’t take them long to realize the enormity of what they’re up against. With his father in critical condition, Kitai must lead the journey to the nearest signal post in order to call for help. Facing an uncharted world whose plant and animal life has evolved to fight off the threat of humans, Kitai has to grow up quickly—or die. Father and son must learn to trust each other if they hope to get off the planet alive.

After Earth

 

After Earth

 

Written by Gary Whitta and M. Night Shyamalan and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, After Earth will be released on May 31, 2013. This Columbia Pictures (Sony) sci-fi film is rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence and some disturbing images.

 

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This is the End

This is the End

The end of the world has never been this funny. After the Apocalypse strikes Los Angeles, six celebrities (Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, and Jonah Hill) find themselves trapped in a house with nowhere to go. Tensions rise as the friends try to piece together what happened and how to deal with the bizarre destruction that continues to rage outside. As their supplies dwindle, the group realizes that they have been left behind. Their friendship gets put to the test as they attempt to come to terms with their current situation. Soon they must venture outside for food—and learn the true meaning of friendship.

This is the End

Based on Jay Baruchel and Seth Rogen’s 2007 short film Jay and Seth vs. the Apocalypse, This Is The End unites a virtual smorgasbord of current comedic stars in a film that has taken years in the making. Will the celebrities be able to see past their differences and make the best of their end days—or will they go out in a hilarious blaze of glory?

This is the End

Written and directed by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, This Is The End will be released in theaters on June 14, 2013. This Columbia Pictures (Sony) comedy also stars Emma Watson, Paul Rudd, Michael Cera, Jason Segel, Aziz Ansari, Mindy Kaling, Paul Krumholtz, Martin Starr, Kevin Hart, and Rihanna.

Elysium

Elysium

How far would you go for equality? The year is 2159. Society has been split into two classes: the haves, who live luxuriously on a wealthy space station called Elysium; and the have-nots, who eke out a meager existence on the overpopulated remains of Earth. Jodie Foster plays Secretary Rhodes, a strict government official who will stop at nothing to keep immigrants away from Elysium and preserve the settlement’s sense of grandeur and power. Many have tried to enter Elysium, but the vast disparity between the haves and the have-nots ensures that breaking into the heavily-fortified colony is an almost insurmountable task.

Elysium

When Max (Matt Damon) finds himself running out of options and his back against the wall, he agrees to attempt a mission that no one has dared to believe possible. If he succeeds, not only will he redeem his own life, but he may also bring equality to two worlds that have been polarized for far too long.

Elysium

Elysium is writer/director Neill Blomkamp’s first film since his vividly original debut film, District 9. This Columbia Pictures (Sony) science-fiction thriller also stars Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Diego Luna, Wagner Moura, and William Fichtner; and it is scheduled for release on August 9, 2013.

Zero Dark Thirty

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Fanatic. Terrorist. Public Enemy #1. Every American knows about Osama Bin Laden, head of extremist group Al-Qaida and leader of the 9/11 attacks, but few know the story behind his capture. Zero Dark Thirty tells the gripping tale of the greatest manhunt in history. An elite team of military and intelligence agents has been searching out the terrorist leader for nearly a decade – and they are running out of time. As the stakes are raised, secret intelligence operative Maya (Jessica Chastain) is brought in to follow the elusive and shadowy trails leading towards Bin Laden.

Zero Dark Thirty

Zero Dark Thirty drops the audience into the thick of the action, and vividly brings them all of the tension, doubt, and desperation that the team faces. This film chronicles the team’s struggle to live up to Washington’s immense pressure and details Navy Seal Team 6’s eventual seizure and execution of the terrorist leader.

Zero Dark Thirty

Helmed by the Oscar-winning team of director-producer Kathryn Bigelow and writer-producer Mark Boal (of “The Hurt Locker” fame), this Columbia Pictures action/drama/thriller will be released on December 19, 2012. Also starring Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Ehle, Mark Strong, Kyle Chandler, Edgar Ramirez, and Chris Pratt. Rated R for strong violence including brutal disturbing images, and for language.

Here Comes the Boom

Here Comes The Boom

In “Here Comes the Boom,” high school biology teacher Scott Voss (Kevin James), declares that some things are worth fighting for. Literally.

Here Comes The Boom

Faced with severe budget cuts, the principal of the failing high school at which Scott teaches announces that they have to cut $48,000. His solution: cancel all extra-curricular activities, cancel the music program, and lay off the music teacher, Marty (Henry Winkler). Although the 42-year-old Scott is usually quite apathetic, the realization that “everyone has quit on these kids” spurs him to action. “We’ll raise the money!” he declares – and then starts trying to figure out how he’ll do so. His rather unlikely fundraising idea: to start moonlighting as a mixed-martial arts fighter! After all, he was a wrestler in college. How hard can it be?

Here Comes The Boom

Of course, everyone thinks that Scott is crazy, especially Bella (Salma Hayek), the school nurse for whom Scott has the hots. Scott gets repeatedly injured, the school principal gets angry with him, and things just don’t seem to be going well. Until the unexpected happens, and Scott’s foray into the mixed-martial arts world ends up turning him into a sensation that rallies the entire school.

Here Comes The Boom

Directed by Frank Coraci from a screenplay by Allan Loeb and Kevin James, “Here Comes the Boom” is a sports comedy. The film is set for release on October 12, 2012 by Columbia Pictures (Sony). Rated PG for bouts of MMA sports violence, some rude humor and language.

Sparkle

Just how strong are family bonds? When dreams fall apart, can family members hold each other together? Set in the late 1960’s, Sparkle explores these questions and more.

Musical prodigy Sparkle (Jordin Sparks, American Idol season 6 winner) and her two older sisters, Sister (Carmen Ejogo) and Dolores (Tika Sumpter), live with their not-very-encouraging mother Emma (the late Whitney Houston) in an affluent area of Detroit. After singing in a church choir, the three girls are encouraged to form a girl group and quickly become a Motown sensation.

The film tells Sparkle’s story as she struggles with the changes and unexpected challenges that stardom bring. Sparkle becomes romantically involved with her music manager, Stix (Derek Luke), while one of her sisters gets lured into an abusive and drug-filled relationship with Satin, a wealthy comedian (Mike Epps). Along the way Sparkle and her family contend with a host of problems.

Directed by Salim Akil from a screenplay by Mara Brock Akil, Sparkle is a remake of the 1976 film of the same name, which was loosely based on the experiences of the musical group The Supremes. While the film is Jordin Sparks’ debut as an actress, it also marks Whitney Houston’s final feature film role, as she passed away three months after filming concluded. The film, which is set for release on August 17, 2012 by Columbia Pictures (Sony), will be dedicated to Houston’s memory. Sparkle features songs from the original film as well as new compositions from R&B artist R. Kelly.

Hope Springs

Hope Springs Movie Poster

It happens to so many couples. After many years together the passion in the relationship just seems to die. Married couples start to feel like roommates, and sex becomes a distant memory. Kay Soames (Meryl Streep) and her husband Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones) are a devoted couple, still very deeply in love with each other. But after 31 years of marriage things just aren’t what they used to be. Although Arnold seems content with the status quo, Kay is not – she longs to spice things up, reconnect with her husband and find the passion they once shared.

Steve Carell, Tommy Lee Jones, and Meryl Streep in Hope Springs

After learning about Dr. Bernie Feld (Steve Carell), a relationship therapist in Great Hope Springs who has a reputation for yielding incredible results, Kay begs Arnold to fly with her to Great Hope Springs for an intensive one-week session. Convincing him to go was difficult enough. The really exhausting work, it turns out, comes with shedding their long-held bedroom hang-ups, overcoming years of sexual repression and remembering what caused them to fall in love in the first place.

Meryl Streep in Hope Springs

Directed by David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada, Marley & Me), this comedy is set for release on August 10, 2012 by Columbia Pictures (Sony). Written by Vanessa Taylor, Hope Springs is rated PG-13 for mature thematic content involving sexuality.