New in Theaters - 11/6/09

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Fri, 11-06-2009 - 8:58am

The Box



Norma and Arthur Lewis are a suburban couple with a young child who receive an anonymous gift bearing fatal and irrevocable consequences. A simple wooden box, it promises to deliver its owner $1 million with the press of a button. However, pressing this button will simultaneously cause the death of another human being somewhere in the world--someone they don't know.

With just 24 hours to have the box in their possession, Norma and Arthur find themselves in the crosshairs of a startling moral dilemma and face the true nature of their humanity.

Starring Cameron Diaz, James Marsden, Frank Langella, Basil Hoffman, Gillian Jacobs

Directed by Richard Kelly

Running Time - 1:56
Genre -
Horror
Opened in Theaters - Friday, November 6th, 2009


PG-13
thematic elements, some violence and disturbing images


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Americans generally like to hear good news. They like to believe that a new president will right old wrongs, that clean energy will replace dirty oil and that fresh thinking will set the economy straight. American pundits tend to restrain their pessimism and hope for the best. But is anyone prepared for the worst? Meet Michael Ruppert, a different kind of American. A former Los Angeles police officer turned independent reporter, he predicted the current financial crisis in his self-published newsletter at a time when most Wall Street and Washington analysts were still in denial.

Starring Michael Ruppert

Directed by Chris Smith

Running Time - 1:22
Genre -
Documentary
Opened in Theaters - Friday, November 6th, 2009


Not Rated


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The Confessional



Starring James Asher, Alexis Boozer, Victor Browne, Joe Carrig, James Anthony Cotton

Directed by James Anthony Cotton

Running Time - 1:57
Genre -
Action/Adventure
Opened in Theaters - Friday, November 6th, 2009


Not Rated


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Disney's A Christmas Carol



Ebeneezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey) begins the Christmas holiday with his usual miserly contempt, barking at his faithful clerk (Gary Oldman), and his cheery nephew (Colin Firth). But when the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come (all played by Carrey) take him on an eye-opening journey revealing truths Old Scrooge is reluctant to face, he must open his heart to undo years of ill will before it's too late.

Starring Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Bob Hoskins, Cary Elwes, Robin Wright Penn

Directed by Robert Zemeckis

Running Time - 1:36
Genre -
SciFi/Fantasy
Opened in Theaters - Friday, November 6th, 2009


PG
scary sequences and images


Also shown in IMAX 3D and Disney Digital 3D


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Endgame



The African National Congress (ANC) wages an armed struggle against apartheid; President P.W. Botha clings to the last threads of power; the country is on the brink of bloody insurrection.

In a gripping thriller based on real-life events, Endgame drops us into this brutal conflict's control centers: Nelson Mandela's prison, Botha's chambers, ANC headquarters, and, to our surprise, the rented car of a British bureaucrat. It turns out that Consolidated Gold, a British mining concern, convinced that peaceful resolution in South Africa serves their interests, has initiated covert, unofficial talks between opposing sides.

Brilliantly building suspense befitting the situation's high stakes, Endgame chronicles this dangerous mission, where Michael Young, Consolidated's head of public affairs, doggedly assembles a reluctant, yet impressive, crew to confront intractable obstacles in the way of reconciliation. ANC leader Thabo Mbeki and Afrikaner philosophy professor Willie Esterhuyse are chief among them.

Zeroing in on the growing emotional empathy between Mbeki and Esterhuyse, which becomes the linchpin for the talks, this enormously moving story dramatizes the way that meticulous strategies, combined with serendipity, finally unlock change. While Mandela endures house arrest, terrorist bombs threaten the dialogue, and Botha's regime gives way to F.W. de Klerk's leadership, an unlikely cadre, secreted in a distant British manor, pave the way to black South African freedom and form a template for peace negotiations around the world.

Starring William Hurt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jonny Lee Miller, Mark Strong, Derek Jacobi

Directed by Pete Travis

Running Time - 1:41
Genre -
Drama
Opened in Theaters - Friday, November 6th, 2009


PG-13
violence/disturbing images and some strong language


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The Fourth Kind



In 1972, a scale of measurement was established for alien encounters. When a UFO is sighted, it is called an encounter of the first kind. When evidence is collected, it is known as an encounter of the second kind. When contact is made with extraterrestrials, it is the third kind. The next level, abduction, is the fourth kind. This encounter has been the most difficult to document...until now.

Structured unlike any film before it, "The Fourth Kind" is a provocative thriller set in modern-day Nome, Alaska, where-mysteriously since the 1960s-a disproportionate number of the population has been reported missing every year. Despite multiple FBI investigations of the region, the truth has never been discovered.

Here in this remote region, psychologist Dr. Abigail Tyler began videotaping sessions with traumatized patients and unwittingly discovered some of the most disturbing evidence of alien abduction ever documented.

Using never-before-seen archival footage that is integrated into the film, The Fourth Kind exposes the terrified revelations of multiple witnesses. Their accounts of being visited by alien figures all share disturbingly identical details, the validity of which is investigated throughout the film.

Starring Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas, Will Patton, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Corey Johnson

Directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi

Running Time - 1:38
Genre -
Suspense/Thriller
Opened in Theaters - Friday, November 6th, 2009


PG-13
violent/disturbing images, some terror, thematic elements and brief sexuality


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The Men Who Stare at Goats



Reporter Bob Wilton is in search of his next big story when he encounters Lyn Cassady, a shadowy figure who claims to be part of an experimental U.S. military unit.

According to Cassady, the New Earth Army is changing the way wars are fought. A legion of "Warrior Monks" with unparalleled psychic powers can read the enemy's thoughts, pass through solid walls, and even kill a goat simply by staring at it.

Now, the program's founder, Bill Django, has gone missing and Cassady's mission is to find him. Intrigued by his new acquaintance's far-fetched stories, Bob impulsively decides to accompany him on the search.

When the pair tracks Django to a clandestine training camp run by renegade psychic Larry Hooper, the reporter is trapped in the middle of a grudge match between the forces of Django's New Earth Army and Hooper's personal militia of super soldiers. In order to survive this wild adventure, Bob will have to outwit an enemy he never thought possible.

Starring George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey, Stephen Root

Directed by Grant Heslov

Running Time - 1:30
Genre -
Drama
Opened in Theaters - Friday, November 6th, 2009


R
language, some drug content and brief nudity


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Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire



Set in Harlem in 1987, it is the story of Claireece “Precious” Jones (Gabourey Sidibe), a sixteen-year-old African-American girl born into a life no one would want. She’s pregnant for the second time by her absent father; at home, she must wait hand and foot on her mother (Mo’Nique), a poisonously angry woman who abuses her emotionally and physically. School is a place of chaos, and Precious has reached the ninth grade with good marks and an awful secret: she can neither read nor write.

Precious may sometimes be down, but she is never out. Beneath her impassive expression is a watchful, curious young woman with an inchoate but unshakable sense that other possibilities exist for her. Threatened with expulsion, Precious is offered the chance to transfer to an alternative school, Each One/Teach One. Precious doesn’t know the meaning of “alternative,” but her instincts tell her this is the chance she has been waiting for. In the literacy workshop taught by the patient yet firm Ms. Rain (Paula Patton), Precious begins a journey that will lead her from darkness, pain and powerlessness to light, love and self-determination.

Starring Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, Sherri Shepherd, Lenny Kravitz

Directed by Lee Daniels

Running Time - 1:49
Genre -
Drama
Opened in Theaters - Friday, November 6th, 2009


R
child abuse including sexual assault, and pervasive language


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That Evening Sun



An aging Tennessee farmer returns to his homestead and must confront a family betrayal, the reappearance of an old enemy, and the loss of his farm. Based on a short story by award-winning author, William Gay.

Starring Hal Holbrook, Raymond McKinnon, Walton Goggins, Mia Wasikowska, Carrie Preston, Barry Corbin, Dixie Carter, Barlow Jacobs, Anthony Reynolds

Directed by Scott Teems

Running Time - 1:50
Genre -
Drama
Opened in Theaters - 11/6/2009 in NY;


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Fri, 11-06-2009 - 2:43pm

Several of these look interesting to me. The Box and The Fourth Kind look good, and although I hadn't heard of it, Precious looks like it might be good, too.


From the ads I've seen,


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