New Releases For The Week Of July 7, 2008

Friday, July 11th

Hellboy II: The Golden Army: PG-13. The sequel to the 2003 movie based on Mike Mignola’s Dark Horse comic character. Ron Perlman returns to the title role as Hellboy, a humanoid creature born in the flames of Hell and brought to Earth as an infant. Raised in secret, the adolescent “HB” becomes an agent for the secret Bureau for Paranormal Research and Development (BPRD), a covert government agency which serves as the planet’s defense against otherworldly evil. Selma Blair will also reprise the role of Liz Sherman, a pyrokinetic human who is HB’s colleague and love interest. Universal Pictures

Journey to the Center of the Earth: PG. When a group of kids find Jules Verne’s original manuscript for his book “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” they discover that he actually took the trip himself, and using the manuscript as a map, they follow his course into the earth’s core. Warner Bros. Pictures

Meet Dave: PG. Seeking a way to save their doomed world, a crew of tiny, human-looking aliens arrives on earth in the perfect disguise–a spaceship shaped like an ordinary man. 20th Century Fox

Harold: PG-13. “Harold” revolves around the title character, a premature balding young teen trying to adapt to a new high school. Gooding Jr. plays a school janitor who befriends and helps him through merciless teasing. City Lights Pictures

August: R. August centers on two brothers fighting to keep their start-up company afloat on Wall Street during August 2001, a month before the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Original Media

Garden Party: UNRATED. A series of chance encounters in LA. At the center of the story is 15-year-old April (Willa Holland). She is running from one bad situation into another, hoping to find an answer that doesn’t involve taking off her clothes. As April navigates Los Angeles, she falls in with a group of confused kids struggling to chase their dreams. The black widow at the center of this web is a sexy, pot-dealing realtor named Sally St. Clair (Vinessa Shaw). Anyone who gets too close falls victim to her kinky entanglements. For some it goes bad, for other worse. Roadside Attractions

Eight Miles High: UNRATED. Achim Bornhak’s movie focuses on the restless life of super-model Uschi Obermaier, the icon of the 1968 peace movement in Germany and groupie. At the age of 16, Uschi is bored by her job in a photo lab, but soon becomes the “it girl” of Munich’s club scene. When she gets to know Rainer Langhans, they move to Berlin and live in “Kommune 1”, the first politically-motivated commune in Germany. While the other occupants claim she isn’t political enough, Uschi just wants to have fun, works as fashion model and leads international music stars into temptation. Dokument Films

The Stone Angel: R. Based on the best-selling novel by Margaret Laurence, The Stone Angel is the story of feisty firecracker Hagar Shipley (Christine Horne, Oscar Winner Ellen Burstyn). Her passionate heart has always ruled her head and her choices have put her at odds with family and friends. With her life nearly behind her, she sets out in search of a way to reconcile herself to her turbulent past. Through her reflections we come to know a passionate and rebellious young bride, her love for her two sons, the freedoms she claimed, and the joys she denied herself. Vivendi Entertainment

Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired: UNRATED. Marina Zenovich’s film is an extensive exploration of the circumstances that led up to, and the circus that followed, Polanski’s conviction for having unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. A thrilling examination of a trial that became the prototype for innumerable Hollywood courtroom scandals to follow, “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired” becomes a brilliant discourse on the attraction/repulsion that defines celebrity culture in contemporary America. THINKFilm


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