OnVideo: JULY's Top Movies
THE BOUNTY HUNTERMilo Boyd (Gerard Butler), a down-on-his-luck bounty hunter, gets his dream job when he is assigned to track down his bail-jumping ex-wife, reporter Nicole Hurly (Jennifer Aniston). He thinks all that's ahead is an easy payday, but when Nicole gives him the slip so she can chase a lead on a murder cover-up, Milo realizes that nothing ever goes simply with him and Nicole. The exes continually one-up each other -- until they find themselves on the run for their lives.
Director: Andy Tennant. Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Gerard Butler, Christine Baranski, Jeff Garlin, Gio Perez, Joel Garland, Jason Kolotouros. 2010, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 107 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $64.065 million, Sony. Available: 7/13.
BROOKLYN'S FINESTCrime drama follows three conflicted New York City police officers whose lives are dramatically transformed by their involvement in a massive drug operation over the course of one chaotic week. Burned-out veteran Eddie Dugan (Richard Gere) is just one week away from his pension and a fishing cabin in Connecticut. Narcotics officer Sal Procida (Ethan Hawke) has discovered there's no line he won't cross to provide a better life for his long-suffering wife and seven children. And Clarence "Tango" Butler (Don Cheadle) has been undercover so long his loyalties have started to shift from his fellow police officers to his prison buddy Caz (Wesley Snipes), one of Brooklyn's most infamous drug dealers. With personal and work pressures bearing down on them, each man faces daily tests of judgment and honor. When NYPD's Operation Clean Up targets the notoriously drug-ridden BK housing project, all three officers find themselves swept away by the violence and corruption of Brooklyn's gritty 65th Precinct and its most treacherous criminals. During seven fateful days, Eddie, Sal and Tango find themselves hurtling inextricably toward the same fatal crime scene and a shattering collision with destiny.
Director: Antoine Fuqua. Stars: Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke, Wesley Snipes, Will Patton, Lili Taylor, Brian F. O'Byrne, Shannon Kane, Ellen Barkin. 2010, CC, MPAA rating: R, 140 min., Crime Drama, Box office gross: $27.062 million, Anchor Bay. Available: 7/6.
CHLOEAtom Egoyan's remake of the French thriller "Nathalie ..." Catherine (Julianne Moore) and David (Liam Neeson) are at first glance the perfect couple. Happily married with a talented teenage son, they appear to have an idyllic life. But when David misses a flight and his surprise birthday party, Catherine's long simmering suspicions rise to the surface. Suspecting infidelity, she decides to hire an escort, Chloe (Amanda Seyfried) to seduce him and test his loyalty. Catherine finds herself 'directing' Chloe's encounters with David, and Chloe's end of the bargain is to report back. As the meetings between the two multiply, the descriptions of their encounters become increasingly graphic, putting the family in jeopardy.
CLASH OF THE TITANSRemake of the 1981 adventure film about the myth of Perseus. To win the right to marry his love (Andromeda) and fulfill his destiny, Perseus must complete various quests and battle both Medusa and the Kraken monster in order to save the Princess Andromeda. The ultimate struggle for power pits men against kings and kings against gods. But the war between the gods themselves could destroy the world. Born of a god but raised as a man, Perseus (Sam Worthington) is helpless to save his family from Hades (Ralph Fiennes), vengeful god of the underworld. With nothing left to lose, Perseus volunteers to lead a dangerous mission to defeat Hades before he can seize power from Zeus (Liam Neeson) and unleash hell on earth. Leading a daring band of warriors, Perseus sets off on a perilous journey deep into forbidden worlds. Battling unholy demons and fearsome beasts, he will only survive if he can accept his power as a god, defy his fate and create his own destiny.
Director: Louis Leterrier. Stars: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Flemyng, Gemma Arterton. 2010, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 118 min., Fantasy Action Adventure, Box office gross: $160.965 million, Warner. Available: 7/27.
COP OUTTwo longtime NYPD partners on the trail of a stolen, rare, mint-condition baseball card find themselves up against a merciless, memorabilia-obsessed gangster. Jimmy (Bruce Willis) is the veteran detective whose missing collectible is his only hope to pay for his daughter's upcoming wedding, and Paul (Tracy Morgan) is his "partner-against-crime" whose preoccupation with his wife's alleged infidelity makes it hard for him to keep his eye on the ball.
Director: Kevin Smith. Stars: Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Jason Lee, Michelle Trachtenberg, Seann William Scott, Fred Armisen, Kevin Pollak, Adam Brody, Rashida Jones, Susie Essman, Juan Carlos Hernandez, Cory Fernandez, Ana de la Reguera. 20109, CC, MPAA rating: R, 107 min., Cop Comedy, Box office gross: $44.867 million, New Line. Available: 7/20.
GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, THEForty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and a tattooed, ruthless computer hacker, Lisbeth Salander, to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from almost 40 years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves. Highest grossing Swedish film in history. In Swedish with English subtitles. Adapted from the first part of deceased mystery writer Stieg Larsson's "Millenium Series" trilogy. The second film in the series, "The Girl Who Played With Fire," will be released theatrically July 9. An American remake, written by Steve Zallian and directed by David Fincher, is due in 2012.
Director: Niels Arden Oplev. Stars: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre, Peter Haber, Sven-Bertil Taube. 2009, CC, MPAA rating: NR, 152 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $10.057 million, Music Box Films. Available: 7/6.
GREENBERGRoger Greenberg (Ben Stiller) is single, fortyish and deliberately doing nothing. In search of a place to restart his life, he agrees to house-sit for his successful/married-with-children brother in L.A. and tries to reconnect with his former bandmate (Rhys Ifans) and ex-girlfriend (Jennifer Jason Leigh). But old friends aren't necessarily still best friends, and Greenberg soon finds himself forging a connection with his brother's much younger personal assistant, Florence (Greta Gerwig), an aspiring singer and also something of a lost soul. Over the course of several weeks, and despite his best attempts not to be drawn in, Greenberg and Florence manage to form a tentative and wonderfully vulnerable connection, and he comes to realize that he may at last have found a reason to be happy. It's an examination of how funny, and terribly unpredictable, love in the modern world can be.
Director: Noah Baumbach. Stars: Ben Stiller, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rhys Ifans, Greta Gerwig, Chris Messina. 2010, CC, MPAA rating: R, 108 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $3.923 million, Universal.Available: 7/13.
THE LOSERSThe members of an elite U.S. Special Forces unit sent into the Bolivian jungle on a search and destroy mission find themselves on the receiving end of a lethal betrayal instigated from inside by a powerful enemy known only as Max. Presumed dead, the group makes plans to even the score when they're joined by the mysterious Aisha, a beautiful operative with her own agenda. Working together, they must remain deep undercover while tracking the heavily-guarded Max, a ruthless man bent on embroiling the world in a new high-tech global war.
Director: Sylvain White. Stars: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short. 2010, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 98 min., Action-Adventure, Box office gross: $23.082 million, Warner. Available: 7/20.
MOTHERMother is a devoted single parent to her simple-minded 27-year-old son, Do-joon. His foolish and sometimes dangerous behavior is often a source of anxiety to her. While walking home drunk one night, Do-joon follows a school girl for a while before she disappears into a dark alley. When she is found dead the next morning in an abandoned building, Do-joon is accused and quickly convicted of her murder thanks to an inefficient lawyer and an apathetic police force. His mother refuses to believe her beloved son is guilty and immediately undertakes her own investigation to find the girl's killer. In her obsessive quest to clear her son's name, she steps into a world of unimaginable chaos and shocking revelations. A unique murder mystery about a mother's primal love for her son, directed by Bong Joon-Ho, who helmed the incredible "The Host," the highest-grossing South Korean film of all time. In Korean with English subtitles.
OUR FAMILY WEDDINGClash-of-cultures comedy about two overbearing dads who must put aside their differences to plan a wedding for their children, Marcus (Lance Gross) and Lucia (America Ferrera), in less than two weeks. As the wedding brings out the best and worst in both families, the young couple soon discovers the true meaning of love and finds there is truth to the saying -- that when you marry someone, you marry their entire family.
Director: Rick Famuyiwa. Stars: Forest Whitaker, Carlos Mencia, Lance Gross, America Ferrera, Regina King, Diana-Maria Riva, Shannyn Sossamon, Charlie Murphy. 2010, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 103 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $19.896 million, Fox. Available: 7/13.
REPO MENIn the future, humans have extended and improved their lives through highly sophisticated and expensive mechanical organs created by a company called The Union. The dark side of these medical breakthroughs is that if you don't pay your bill, The Union sends its highly skilled repo men to take back its property…with no concern for your comfort or survival. Jude Law plays Remy, one of the best organ repo men in the business. But when he suffers a cardiac failure on the job, he awakens to find himself fitted with the company's top-of-the-line heart-replacement ... as well as a hefty debt. But a side effect of the procedure is that his heart's no longer in the job. When he can't make the payments, The Union sends its toughest enforcer, Remy's former partner Jake (Forest Whitaker), to track him down. Now that the hunter has become the hunted, Remy joins Beth (Alice Braga), another debtor who teaches him how to vanish from the system. And as he and Jake embark on a chase across a landscape populated by maniacal friends and foes, one man will become a reluctant champion for thousands on the run.
Director: Miguel Sapochnik. Stars: Jude Law, Forrest Whitaker, Liev Schreiber, Alice Brava. 2010, CC, MPAA rating: R, 113 min., Science Fiction, Box office gross: $13.763 million, Universal. Available: 7/27.
RUNAWAYS, THEKristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning star as Joan Jett and Cherie Currie in the music-fueled coming of age story of the groundbreaking, all-girl rock band, The Runaways. They fall under the Svengali-like influence of rock impresario Kim Fowley (Michael Shannon), who turns the rebellious Southern California kids into a rock group with outrageous success. With its tough-chick image and raw talent, the band quickly earns a name for itself and so do its two leads: Joan is the band's pure rock 'n' roll heart, while Cherie, with her Bowie-Bardot looks, is the sex kitten. The film chronicles Joan and Cherie's tumultuous relationship on and off stage, as the band starts to break out.
Director: Floria Sigismondi. Stars: Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Michael Shannon, Stella Maeve, Scout Taylor-Compton. 2010, CC, MPAA rating: R, 105 min., Musical Bio, Box office gross: $3,571 million, Sony. Available: 7/20.
SINGLE MAN, ASet in Los Angeles in 1962, at the height of the Cuban missile crisis, "A Single Man" is the story of George Falconer, a 52-year-old British college professor (Colin Firth) who is struggling to find meaning to his life after the death of his long time partner, Jim (Matthew Goode). George dwells on the past and cannot see his future as he moves through a single day, where a series of events and encounters ultimately leads him to decide if there is a meaning to life after Jim. George is consoled by his closest friend Charley (Julianne Moore), a 48 year old beauty who is wrestling with her own questions about the future. A young student of George's, Kenny (Nicholas Hoult), who is coming to terms with his true nature, "stalks" George as he feels in him a kindred spirit. "A Single Man" is a romantic tale of love interrupted, the isolation that is an inherent part of the human condition, and ultimately the importance of the seemingly smaller moments in life.
Director: Tom Ford. Stars: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Matthew Goode,, Ginnifer Goodwin,, Nicholas Hoult, Lee Pace. 2009, CC, MPAA rating: R, 99 min., Drama, Box office gross: $9.166 million, The Weinstein Co./Sony. Available: 7/6.
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