New Releases For The Week Of June 23, 2008

Tuesday, June 24

The Tattooist: R. At a tattoo expo in Singapore, American tattoo artist Jake Sawyer (Jason Behr) glimpses the exotic world of traditional Samoan tatau in the work of the fiercely proud Alipati (Robbie Magasiva). Fatefully, Jake is attracted to Alipati’s beautiful cousin, Sina (Mia Blake). When Jake impulsively steals an ancient Samoan tattooing tool, he unleashes a powerful spirit. Suddenly, his art takes on a frightening new dimension, exposing everyone he touches, including Singaporean Victoria (Caroline Cheong), to mortal peril. Seeking help from the Samoans Jake follows them to Auckland, where he runs into an old adversary, tattoo artist Crash (Michael Hurst) and a new one, the respected Samoan elder Aleki Va’a (David Fane). His investigation takes him on a journey into the dark heart of Pacific mysticism. There, Jake must recover his own soul if he is to save the woman he loves and escape with his life. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Wednesday, June 25

Shotgun Stories: PG-13. Set against the cotton fields and back roads of Southeast Arkansas, two sets of half brothers feud following the death of their father, discovering the lengths to which each will go to protect their family. A Lucky Old Sun Production

Thursday, June 26

Presto: G. The latest comical short film from Pixar Animation Studios follows the escalating high jinx of the amazing Presto, his rabbit Alec, and what happens onstage when a star magician’s ego provokes some clever revenge from his neglected costar. Pixar Animation Studios

Friday, June 27

Wanted: R. Based upon Mark Millar’s explosive comic book series and helmed by the stunning visualist director Timur Bekmambetov, creator of the most successful Russian film franchise in history, the “Night Watch” series, Wanted tells the story of one invisible drone’s transformation into a dark avenger. In 2008, the world will be introduced to a superhero for a new millennium: Wesley Gibson. Universal Pictures
WALL-E: G. A new animated film from Pixar. The year is 2700. WALL-E, a robot, spends every day doing what he was made for. But soon, he will discover what he was meant for. From Academy Award-winning director, Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo”), WALL-E is the story of one robot’s comic adventures as he chases his dream across the galaxy. Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar

Tell No One: UNRATED. Alex Beck (François Cluzet), still devastated by the murder of his wife Margot (Marie-Josée Croze) in the early days of their marriage eight years ago, receives an anonymous email. When he clicks on the link he sees a woman’s face standing in a crowd and being filmed in real time – Margot’s face. Is she still alive? And why does she instruct him to ‘tell no one’? Revolver Entertainment

The Last Mistress: UNRATED. Secrets, rumors and betrayals surround the upcoming marriage between a young dissolute man and virtuous woman of the French aristocracy. IFC Films

 Finding Amanda: R. A television producer (Matthew Broderick) with a penchant for drinking and gambling is sent to Las Vegas to convince his troubled niece to enter rehab. Magnolia Pictures

Gunnin’ for that #1 Spot: PG-13. On September 1, 2006, the top 24 high school basketball players in the nation stepped out on Rucker Park court that once saw the likes of Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Dr. J to compete in the first annual Boost Mobile Elite 24 Hoops Classic. GUNNIN’ FOR THAT #1 SPOT follows eight of these players as they showcase their skills at the most legendary playground in the world – one that’s as intense an experience for NBA professionals as for budding young talent. Directed by Adam Yauch (founding member of Beastie Boys and director of Awesome;I F***ing Shot That!), the film trails these players on the fast track to the NBA, as they are adored by fans, wooed by colleges and sneaker companies, and face fierce pressures while being groomed to be in the spotlight of a multi-million dollar game. Combining Yauch’s unique directing style and the world’s most popular hip hop music, GUNNIN’ highlights these soon to be NBA All Stars as they wow the crowd with gravity-defying skills in a way never before seen on film. Oscilloscope Pictures

Trumbo: PG-13. A unique, star-studded film about Oscar-winning screen writer Dalton Trumbo and his heroic journey from Hollywood royalty to blacklisted writer to Academy Award winner. Samuel Goldwyn Films
Elsa & Fred: UNRATED. A romantic comedy about  two people who, at the end of the road, discover that it’s never too late to love… or to dream. Elsa has dreamt for the past 60 years of the moment that Fellini had already envisaged: the scene in “La Dolce Vita” at the Fontana di Trevi. Her dream however is not of Anita Ekberg, but Elsa instead rising out of the fountain in all her glory, and without Marcello Mastroiani, but with her true love that took so long to arrive. Alfredo is a bit younger than Elsa, a reserved meticulous man who becomes the object of Elsa’s desire. After losing his wife, he feels lonely and confused and his daughter decides that it would be best if he moved into a smaller apartment where he meets Elsa. From that moment on, everything changes. Elsa bursts into his life like a whirlwind, determined to teach him that the time he has left to live-be it more or less-is precious and that he should enjoy every minute of it. Fred surrenders to Elsa’s frenzy, to her youth, to her boldness, to her beautiful madness. And this is how Alfredo (or Fred, as Elsa calls him), learns how to live. Distrimax Inc & Mitropoulos Films

Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic: UNRATED. “Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic,” (A Little Love, A Little Magic). Ranbeer Talwar (Saif Ali Khan), one of the country’s top industrialists has lost everyone he ever loved. He is now faced with a very peculiar and uncomfortable situation. In a rare and landmark court verdict, he is to look after 4 orphan children. The orphans hate him and want revenge on him. The children do not want to live with a man they hate, he too cannot face them or look them in the eye. One day they pray to God for help and He sends his most mischievous, childlike, lovable angel to the rescue, with a mission to bring Ranbeer and the kids together. Geeta (Rani Mukerjee) comes bicycling down a rainbow… and bursts into Ranbeer’s house as the self-proclaimed new nanny. And then starts the roller coaster ride of fun, emotions, magic and love. Yash Raj Films

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