The405 Film Roundup (14/08/09)
On this weeks Film Roundup, fans of childhood author Roald Dahl will finally see Fantastic Mr.Fox reach the big screen. We take it to the streets with gritty urban drama Streetballers. Get more then a touch of frost bite in Whiteout. Emotions run high in The Burning Plain. And side splittering hilarity-anous with Gentleman Broncos. Enjoy! 1. Fantastic Mr.Fox Released: November 13, 2009 Directed by: Wes Anderson Cast: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Scwartzman, Bi... (continued)
On this weeks Film Roundup, fans of childhood author Roald Dahl will finally see Fantastic Mr.Fox reach the big screen. We take it to the streets with gritty urban drama Streetballers. Get more then a touch of frost bite in Whiteout. Emotions run high in The Burning Plain. And side splittering hilarity-anous with Gentleman Broncos. Enjoy! 1. Fantastic Mr.Fox Released: November 13, 2009 Directed by: Wes Anderson Cast: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Scwartzman, Bill Murray, Wally Wolodarsky, Eric Anderson, Michael Gambon Genre: Family Trailer: here Fantastic Mr.Fox is visionary director Wes Andersonâs first animated film, utilizing classic handmade stop motion techniques to tell the story of the best selling childrenâs book by Roald Dahl. Mr and Mrs Fox live an idyllic home life with their son Ash and visiting young nephew Kristopherson. But after 12 years, the bucolic existence proves too much for Mr Foxâs wild animal instincts. Soon he slips back into his old ways as a sneaky chicken thief and in doing so, endangers not only his beloved family, but the whole animal community. Trapped underground and with not enough food to go around, the animals band together to fight against the evil Farmers - Boggis, Bunce and Bean - who are determined to capture the audacious, fantastic Mr Fox at any cost. 2. Streetballers Released: August 21st, 2009 Directed by: Matthew Scott Krentz Cast: Jimmy McKinney, Matt Krentz, Adrieanne Perez, Craig Thomas, Patrick Rooney, Justin Tatum, Megan Howley Genre: Drama Trailer: here Streetballers is an Irish-Urban drama exploring the lives of two junior-college basketball players and their struggles within a divided city, broken homes, and the demands of collegiate-level athletics. Both players are drawn into an underground world of gambling and crime on the courts of the cityâs tough Northside. Constantly searching for sanity in the midst of alcoholism, racism, and drugs, John Hogan and Jacob Whitmore find release and therapy while competing at one of the most competitive street courts in the U.S. Both men must spend an entire summer helping one another overcome adversity. Their dedication and love for the game of basketball transcend from the playground courts into each of their dysfunctional households, where the two boys play the constant role of the father figure. Pounding through life one day at a time, Jacob has no choice but to play in an underground league, constantly fighting to keep his cousin Damon out of debt and possible death. Johnâs overpowering guilt and family trauma erupt into a state of beautiful confusion with each spiritual intervention by Terry Gibson, a neighborhood boy killed in a drunk-driving accident. Together, the two boys paint a sad and hopeful portrait with their innocence, concerns, and faith in the unknown. 3. Whiteout Released: September 11th, 2009 Directed by: Dominic Sena Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Gabriel Macht, Columbus Short, Tom Skerritt, Alex OâLoughlin, Shawn Doyle Genre: Thriller Trailer: here Carrie Stetko, the lone U.S. Marshal assigned to Antarctica, is investigating the continentâs first murder, which draws her into a shocking mystery. Now, with only three days until winter, Carrie must solve the crime before Antarctica is plunged into darkness and she is stranded with the killer. 4. The Burning Plain Released: September 18th, 2009 Directed by: Guillermo Arraiga Cast: Charlize Theron, Kim Basinger, John Corbett, Joaquim De Almeida, Danny Pino, Jose Maria Yazpik, Jennifer Lawrence Genre: Drama Trailer: here From writer/director Guillermo Arriaga comes The Burning Plain, a romantic mystery about a woman on the edge who takes an emotional journey back to the defining moment of her life. Oscar-winner Charlize Theron plays Sylvia, a beautiful restaurant manager whose cool, professional demeanor masks the sexually charged storm within. When a stranger from Mexico confronts her with her mysterious past, Sylvia is launched into a journey through space and time that inextricably connects her to these disparate characters, all of whom are grappling with their own romantic destinies. In Mexico, a young motherless girl, Maria (Tessa Ia), lives happily with her father and his best friend until a tragic accident changes it all. In the New Mexico border town of Las Cruces, two teenagers, Mariana (Jennifer Lawrence) and Santiago (JD Pardo), find love in the aftermath of their parentsâ sudden deaths. In an abandoned trailer, a housewife, Gina (Oscar-winner Kim Basinger), embarks on a passionate affair that will put Sylvia and the others on a collision course with the explosive power of forbidden love. 5. Gentlemen Broncos *The405 Pick of the Day* Released: October 30th, 2009 Directed by: Jared Hess Cast:Michael Angarano, Jennifer Coolidge, Jemaine Clement, Mike White, Sam Rockwell Genre: Comedy Trailer: here Benjamin (Michael Angarano), home-schooled by his eccentric mother (Jennifer Coolidge), is a loveable loner whose passion for writing leads him on an offbeat and hilarious journey as his story first gets ripped off by the legendary fantasy novelist, Ronald Chevalier (Jemaine Clement) and then is adapted into a disastrous movie by the small townâs most prolific homespun filmmaker.
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