New Releases For The Week Of June 16, 2008

Friday, June 20

Get Smart: PG-13. When the headquarters of the super secret U.S. spy agency Control is attacked and the identities of its agents compromised, the Chief, played by Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine), has no choice but to promote his over-eager analyst Maxwell Smart, played by Steve Carell (The 40 Year Old Virgin), who has always dreamt of working in the field alongside Agent 23, played by Dwayne (formerly “The Rock”) Johnson (The Game Plan). Smart is instead partnered with the lovely and lethal Agent 99, played by Anne Hathaway (The Devil Wears Prada) as the two seek to thwart the plans of the evil organization KAOS and its diabolical head Siegfried, played by Terance Stamp (Elektra, Smallville)Warner Bros Pictures

The Love Guru: PG-13. Mike Myers (Austin Powers) stars as Pitka, a self-help guru who devotes his life to unknotting the romantic entanglements of troubled couples. As a young child, Pitka is abandoned at the gates of an ashram in India and taken in by kindly gurus. An American by birth, Pitka absorbs the lessons taught to him by his teachers and later returns to the United States to become a leading authority on spirituality and self-help. While Pitka’s methods are decidedly unorthodox, Toronto Maple Leafs team owner Jane Bullard, played by Jessica Alba (The Eye)and Coach Cherkov, played by Verne Troyer, hope to enlist his aid of he may be the only means of ensuring that the Toronto Maple Leafs win the coveted Stanley Cup. The Maple Leaf’s star Darren Roanoke’s, played by Romany Malco (Baby Mama, Weeds), estranged wife has recently begun dating L.A. Kings star Jacques Grande, played by Justin Timberlake (Black Snake Moan) in an effort to send her husband’s career into a tailspin. When Roanoke starts to falter on the ice, the whole team starts to suffer and its up to Pitka to save the day. Paramount Pictures

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl: G. Academy Award nominee Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) stars as Kit Kittredge, a clever and resourceful a nine-year-old girl growing up in 1934 during America’s Great Depression. Based on the popular American Girl series of books. Picturehouse

Brick Lane: PG-13. At 17 Nazneen, played by Tannishtha Chatterjee, is forced into an arranged marriage with an older man. She exchanges her Bangladeshi village home for a block of flats in London’s East End. Pining for her home and her sister, she struggles to make sense of her existence and to do her duty to her husband, a man of inflated ideas who sorely tests her compliance. Told from birth that she must not fight her fate, Nazneen submits, devoting her life to raising her family and slapping down her demons of discontent. Until the day that Karim, a hot-headed local man, bursts into her life. Against a background of escalating racial tension, they embark on an affair that finally forces Nazneen to take control of her life. Sony Pictures Classics

The Escapist: Unrated. Frank Perry, played by Brian Cox (The Water Horse: Legend Of The Deep), is an institutionalized convict twelve years into a life sentence without parole. When his estranged daughter falls ill, he is determined he make peace with her before it’s too late. He develops an ingenious escape plan, and recruits a dysfunctional band of escapists – misfits with a mutual dislike for one other but united by their desire to escape their hell hole of an existence. Much of the action takes place within the tunnels, sewers and underground rivers of subterranean London. THINKFilm

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