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Jan
26

Legion

Description:
After God loses faith in humanity, the Archangel Michael (Paul Bettany), who has become a fallen angel, is the only one standing between mankind and Armageddon. This time using angels to execute the Last Judgment, God’s wrath descends on Earth to exterminate the world’s population. In a desperate, last-chance gambit, Michael leads a group of strangers in a small New Mexico diner to become unlikely heroes to protect a young waitress (Adrianne Palicki). Ultimately, Michael sacrifices himself to protect Charlie and Jeep from Gabriel, but Gabriel catches up with them and tries to kill the baby, but is stopped by Michael who God has resurrected as an Archangel. Apparently Michael’s actions have restored God’s faith in humanity and he has given Michael a second chance. Michael defeats Gabriel and heads back to Heaven with him, leaving Jeep to protect Charlie and the baby who will grow up to lead humanity out of the darkness of the Apocalypse that has occurred.

Cast:Paul Bettany, Lucas Black, Tyrese Gibson, Adrianne Palicki, Charles S. Dutton, Jon Tenney, Kevin Durand, Willa Holland, Kate Walsh, Dennis Quaid

 

Watch It Now – Legion

Jan
26

Description:
Thirty years after an apocalyptic event, Eli (Denzel Washington) is on a journey to the west coast of the United States. On his travels he runs into many enemies, but he ably dispatches them with fluid bladework.
Searching for a source of water he arrives in a ramshackle town which is overseen by Carnegie (Gary Oldman). Carnegie is a literate man and he has gangs looking for a book, though the gangs and his own henchmen do not understand why he wants the book.
After shooing away a cat in Carnegie’s bar, Eli is set upon by a gang of bikers; Eli kills them all. Realizing that Eli is a literate man like himself Carnegie asks Eli to stay, though it is made clear that the offer is not negotiable. After Carnegie’s blind wife Claudia (Jennifer Beals) gives Eli some food Carnegie asks Claudia’s daughter Solara (Mila Kunis) to seduce Eli. Eli turns her down but before they eat he says a prayer.
The following day Solara prays with her mother and Carnegie realizes that Eli has a copy of the Bible, the book he has been looking for, as all copies were destroyed after the apocalypse. Eli sneaks out of his room and goes to the stores across the street where he asked the Engineer (Tom Waits) to recharge his portable battery.

Cast:Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson, Jennifer Beals, Frances de la Tour, Michael Gambon, Tom Waits

 

Watch It Now – The Book of Eli

Jan
25

Avatar

Description:
In AD 2154, a human corporation mines Pandora, the lush moon of Polyphemus, one of three gas giants that orbit Alpha Centauri A, 4.4 light years from Earth. The humans seek to exploit Pandora’s reserves of a precious mineral called unobtainium. The company employs former Marines and soldiers as mercenaries.Pandora is inhabited by an indigenous paleolithic species of sapient humanoids called the Na’vi. Standing nine feet tall, with tails, bones reinforced with naturally occurring carbon fiber, and bioluminescent blue skin, the Na’vi live in harmony with the natural world, and are considered primitive by human standards. They worship a mother goddess called Eywa.Humans are unable to breathe Pandora’s atmosphere, which is rich in carbon dioxide, methane, and ammonia, and peaceful interaction with the Na’vi is difficult. Human researchers led by Dr. Grace Augustine (Sigourney Weaver) create the Avatar Program, genetically engineering human-Na’vi hybrids.

Cast:Sam Worthington, Zoë Saldaña, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez

 

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Jan
25

Inglourious Basterds

Description:
Inglourious Basterds is a 2009 war film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz and Mélanie Laurent. It tells the story of two plots to assassinate Nazi Germany’s political leadership, one planned by a young French Jewish cinema proprietress, played by Laurent, and the other by a team of Jewish Allied soldiers led by Lieutenant Aldo Raine, played by Pitt.
In Nazi occupied France, young Jewish refugee Shosanna Dreyfus witnesses the slaughter of her family by Colonel Hans Landa. Narrowly escaping with her life, she plots her revenge several years later when German war hero Fredrick Zoller takes a rapid interest in her and arranges an illustrious movie premiere at the theater she now runs. With the promise of every major Nazi officer in attendance, the event catches the attention of the “Basterds”, a group of Jewish-American guerilla soldiers led by the ruthless Lt. Aldo Raine. As the relentless executioners advance and the conspiring young girl’s plans are set in motion, their paths will cross for a fateful evening that will shake the very annals of history.

Cast:Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender, Eli Roth, Diane Krüger, Daniel Brühl, Til Schweiger, Mélanie Laurent

 

Watch It Now – Inglourious Basterds

Jan
24

Jan
23

Saw III

Description:
Jigsaw has disappeared. Now aided by his new apprentice Amanda, the puppet-master behind the cruel, intricate games that have terrified a community and baffled police has once again eluded capture and vanished. While city detectives scramble to locate him, Dr. Lynn Denlon is unaware that she is about to become the latest pawn on his vicious chessboard. One night, after finishing a shift at her hospital, Lynn is kidnapped by the deranged Amanda and taken to an abandoned warehouse where she meets Jigsaw, aka: John Kramer, who’s now bedridden and on the verge of death. Lynn is told that she must keep the madman alive for as long as it takes Jeff, another of his victims, to complete a game of his own. Racing against the ticking clock of Jigsaw’s own heartbeat, Lynn and Jeff struggle to make it through each of their vicious tests, unaware that Jigsaw and Amanda have a much bigger plan for both of them…

Cast:Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith, Angus Macfadyen, Bahar Soomekh, Donnie Wahlberg, Dina Meyer, Leigh Whannell, Costas Mandylor

 

Watch It Now – Saw III

Jan
22

Sherlock Holmes

Description:
In 1891 London, Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey, Jr.) and Dr. John Watson (Jude Law) race to prevent a human sacrifice ritual conducted by Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong). Holmes and Watson stop the sacrifice just in time and neutralize Lord Blackwood while Holmes saves Watson from a glass shard Blackwood used to kill his enemies that he barely sees until the last second, after which the police, led by Inspector Lestrade (Eddie Marsan), arrive and arrest him.
Blackwood’s execution occurs three months later, during which Holmes has become bored without a new case. Watson prepares to leave 221B Baker Street to establish his own business, and he intends to marry Mary Morstan (Kelly Reilly). Blackwood requests Holmes’ presence on the day of his execution, and warns him that three more deaths will occur after his execution that will change the very nature of their world. Blackwood is executed by hanging, and declared dead by Dr. Watson himself.
Holmes is re-acquainted with Irene Adler (Rachel McAdams). She offers him a sum of money to pursue a case of a missing red-haired midget by the name of Reordan. Holmes disguises himself to find the identity of Adler’s employer, but can only surmise that he is a professor.

Cast:Robert Downey, Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong

 

Watch It Now – Sherlock Holmes

Jan
22

Daybreakers

Description:
Ethan Hawke plays Edward Dalton, a hematologist in the year 2019, in which a plague has transformed much of the world’s population into vampires. Edward is employed by Bromley Marks, a pharmaceutical company that is the chief supplier of blood for the American population, which is operated by Charles Bromley (Sam Neill). As the human population nears extinction, vampires must capture and farm every remaining human for their blood, or find a blood substitute before time runs out. When deprived of blood for extended periods of time, vampires lose their human-like characteristics and begin to transform into winged bat-like monsters called “sub-siders,” those of which have diminished mental capacity and no ability to speak and are driven strictly by their impulse to feed. However, a covert group of humans makes a remarkable discovery, one which has the power to save the human race. After being saved by Edward, Audrey (Claudia Karvan) – the group’s leader – brings him in on the secret: there is a cure to vampirisim. One of the group, Elvis (Willem Dafoe), is a human who was cured of being a vampire. Following a car crash in which he was thrown through the windshield, and into a river, he was exposed to sunlight by accident for a very short time before hitting the water, thus extinguishing the fire. Upon emerging, he discovered that he was human again. Edward attempts to replicate this by using a fermentation vat with an added trap door to initiate controlled sunlight exposure, concluding that the blood needs to be exposed to sunlight while in the human body for the treatment to be effective. After several controlled exposures using the vat’s air vent to suck out the fire, the experiment is successful and Edward is cured.

Cast:Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Claudia Karvan, Isabel Lucas, Sam Neill

 

Watch It Now – Daybreakers

Jan
22

Description:
Case 39 is a American/Canadian horror film directed by Christian Alvart and stars actress Renée Zellweger and Canadian actress Jodelle Ferland. The film was shot in Vancouver in late 2006, and was scheduled to be released in August 2008, but it was pushed back to April 10, 2009, but now the film’s domestic release date is January 1, 2010. It is scheduled to be distributed by Paramount Pictures. The film is rated R for violence and terror including disturbing images.
Social worker Emily Jenkins (Renee Zellweger) thinks she has seen it all until she meets her newest, most mysterious case, troubled 10-year old Lilith Sullivan (Jodelle Ferland). Emily’s worst fears are confirmed when the parents try to kill Lilith, their only daughter. Emily saves her and decides to take her in herself until the right foster family comes along, only to find out the girl is not nearly as innocent as she thought. The girl seems to be more dangerous than what she really seemed like. Emily finds her self stuck in this situation and decides to go to the girl’s parents. The mother is convinced that she is burning, so she decides to go to the father, and the father informs her that the only way to get rid of Lilith is by killing her.

Cast:Renée Zellweger, Jodelle Ferland, Bradley Cooper, Ian McShane

 

Watch It Now – Case 39

Jan
22

The Killing Room

Description:
Four volunteers sign up for what initially appears to be a typical paid research study, only to discover that they’ve unwittingly become involved with a classified government program that was said to have been terminated nearly two decades ago, in this tense psychological thriller from director Jonathan Liebesman. The allure of a little extra cash proving too powerful to resist, four strangers decide to partake in a paid research study. As the study gets underway, the group is presented with a series of questions, and given a finite window of time in which each individual member must submit a unique numerical answer. At first, the participants all assume that the subject who gives the most obviously incorrect answer will be removed from the experiment, though it doesn’t take long for the group to realize that the correct answer isn’t always the answer that the researchers are looking for. Meanwhile, as the brooding Dr. Phillips (Peter Stormare) attempts to manipulate the study to get the answers he wants, the newest member of his team, military psychologista Ms. Reilly (Chloe Sevigny) begins questioning the ethics of such a diabolical experiment.

Cast:Chloë Sevigny, Nick Cannon, Timothy Hutton, Clea DuVall, Shea Whigham, Peter Stormare

 

Watch It Now – The Killing Room

Jan
15

Jennifer's Body

Description:
Insecure Anita “Needy” Lesnicki (Amanda Seyfried) and popular flag girl Jennifer Check (Megan Fox) have been best friends since childhood, despite having little in common. One night, Jennifer takes Needy to a local dive bar to attend a concert by indie rock band Low Shoulder. A suspicious fire engulfs the bar, killing several spectators, and Jennifer is taken by the band despite Needy’s attempts to stop her. They take her into the woods, and offer her as a virgin sacrifice to Satan in exchange for fame and fortune. However, although the sacrifice and greedy exchange are a success, Jennifer is not a virgin, and when the lead singer Nikolai (Adam Brody) murders her, a demonic spirit takes over her body. Later that evening, Jennifer, covered in blood, appears in Needy’s kitchen and proceeds to eat food from the refrigerator. Unable to digest the matter, she vomits a trail of black fluid and then leaves in a hurry as Needy calls after her.
The next morning at school, Jennifer appears fine and shrugs off Needy’s concerns. While the small town is devastated by the eight deaths caused by the fire, Jennifer seduces the school’s football captain, and then attacks him in the woods, where his bloodied corpse is found later. The band gains popularity due to their rumored heroism during the fire.

Cast:Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Brody, Johnny Simmons

 

Watch It Now – Jennifer’s Body

Jan
09

The Road

Description:
The Road follows the plot of the book of the same name fairly closely: An unnamed father (Mortensen) and his young son (Smit-McPhee) struggle to survive a number of years after an unspecified, devastating cataclysm has destroyed civilization, wiped out plant life, obscured the sun, and nearly wiped out all of mankind. Out of desperation, they try to make their way toward the coast for possible food and shelter, or to find other “good” survivors. Knowing the state to which humanity has fallen, the man carries a pistol with two bullets in case they need to hasten the end. Along the way, they find scarce shelter and resources available to them, and have to avoid bands of cannibals while trying to maintain their own sense of morality and humanity. Various flashback sequences occur in which the man recalls events prior to the catastrophe, many involving his believed-to-be-deceased wife, who has a much more expanded role in the film than in the book. It is revealed that his wife, depressed after delivering a child into a seemingly doomed world and having lost the will to go on, has left the family in the middle of the night without any supplies and into certain death. Meanwhile, the man coughs up blood and realizes he’s likely to die soon, but tries to instill values of self-preservation and humanity on his young son.

Cast:Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Robert Duvall, Guy Pearce

 

Watch It Now – The Road

Jan
03

The Lovely Bones

Description:
On December 6, 1973, 14-year-old Susie Salmon (Saoirse Ronan) is raped and murdered by a neighbor, George Harvey (Stanley Tucci), a serial killer of young girls. Susie finds herself in ‘the in-between’ – a Heaven-like place, observing her family as they grieve for her. She also watches her killer who, having covered his tracks successfully, is preparing to murder again. Her father Jack (Mark Wahlberg) becomes obsessed with his daughter’s murder, while her mother Abigail (Rachel Weisz) moves away to numb the pain. Susie struggles to balance her desire for vengeance on Harvey and her desire to have her family recover from their loss.

Cast:Saoirse Ronan, Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon

 

Watch It Now – The Lovely Bones

Jan
02

2012_Poster

Description:
In 2009, American geologist Adrian Helmsley meets his friend, Dr Santam Tsurutani, in India. Santam has discovered that neutrinos from a massive solar flare are acting as microwave radiation, causing the temperature of the Earth’s core to increase rapidly. Adrian informs White House Chief of Staff Carl Anheuser and US President Thomas Wilson that this will trigger a catastrophic chain of natural disasters. At the G8 summit in 2010, other heads of state and heads of government are made aware of the situation. They begin a massive, secret project intended to ensure the survival of humanity. Approximately 400,000 people are chosen to board a series of ships (called Arks, in reference to Noah’s Ark) to be constructed in the Himalayas. The majority of tickets aboard these ships are reserved for notable government officials and selected people, while additional funding for the project is raised by selling tickets to the private sector at the price of €1 billion per person.

Cast:John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Thandie Newton

 

Watch It Now – 2012

Jan
01

A Dangerous Man

Description:
We open as Shane Daniels (Steven Seagal) stands before a judge in jail house blues. He listens as the judge tells him that he has the Arizona state’s apology for spending the last six years incarcerated for a violent murder he didn’t commit. That DNA evidence has proven his innocence beyond a shadow of a doubt. The Judge asks if there is anything he wants to say. A visibly angry Shane asks them if they can give him his life back.
Within hours of being released to the streets, Shane finds himself the intended victim of a street robbery. Using a combination of brutal boxing and martial arts skills, Shane takes out his two attackers. Unable to cope in the noisy city Shane takes to the road. Cut to a rest stop along a lonely stretch of highway. It’s early evening and there are no other cars in the lot with the exception of Shane who sits atop the hood of his car taking long pulls from the half empty whisky bottle. That’s when he witnesses a state trooper pulling over a car containing two Chinese nationals. When the Chinese nationals kill the state trooper and try to kill a few witnesses, Shane is forced to intervene. In a brutal fight he kills one of the attackers and sends the other running off into the desert.

Cast:Steven Seagal, Daryl Shuttleworth, Jerry Wasserman, Byron Mann

 

Watch It Now – A Dangerous Man