|Blindness 2008 R, 120 min.|
Genre: Drama / Mystery / Thriller / Romance
Director: Fernando Meirelles
Cast: Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Alice Braga, Danny Glover, Gael Garcia Bernal, Yusuke Iseya, Jason Bermingham, Cica Meirelles, Don McKellar, Eduardo Semerjian, Joe Pingue, Susan Coyne, Mitchell Nye, Fabiana Guglielmetti, Antonio Fragoso
An epidemic of blindness hits a city, and those afflicted are forced into an abandoned hospital by the authoritarian government. Among those quarantined are an ophthalmologist (Mark Ruffalo) and his wife (Julianne Moore) who has not been affected but pretends to be blind so that she can help her husband and the others. As time passes, a bartender (Gael Garcia Bernal) appoints himself "King of Ward Three" and assumes the role of a dictator. Now, primal instincts take over the blind residents of the hospital as their world spirals downward. Will their only seeing person be able to lead them to safety?
|City of God 2002 R, 135 min.|
Genre: Foreign / Drama
Director: Fernando Meirelles
Cast: Alexandre Rodrigues, Matheus Nachtergaele, Leandro Firmino, Seu Jorge, Phellipe Haagensen, Johnathan Haagensen, Douglas Silva, Alice Braga, Roberta Rodrigues, Jefechander Suplino, Emerson Gomes, Edson Oliveira, Michel de Souza, Luis Otavio, Mauricio Marques
Spanning the period of 1960-1980, photographer Buscape-Rocket (Alexandre Rodrigues) and drug dealer Ze Pequeno(Leandro Firmino da Hora), childhood friends from the crime-ridden slums of Rio de Janeiro, provide the major focus of this story. The movie consists of many episodes involving violence and murder among gang members and has been tagged as possibly the best crime film of the 21st century, to date. Fernando Meirelles received a Best Director Oscar nomination.
|Crossing Over 2009 R, 113 min.|
Director: Wayne Kramer
Cast: Harrison Ford, Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, Jim Sturgess, Cliff Curtis, Alice Braga, Jacqueline Obradors, Justin Chon, Alice Eve, Summer Bishil, Melody Khazae, Merik Tadros, Marshall Manesh, Nina Nayebi, Naila Azad
Immigrants from different countries enter Los Angeles hoping to gain citizenship and to fulfill their dreams of a better life. Immigration enforcement officer Max Brogan (Harrison Ford) conducts raids on workplaces that employ illegal immigrants. This film offers vignettes of the immigrants' experiences and the many problems encountered by them as they try to find new lives in Los Angeles.
|I Am Legend 2007 PG-13, 100 min.|
Genre: Action / Drama / Fantasy / Horror / Sci-Fi
Director: Francis Lawrence
Cast: Will Smith, Alice Braga, Charlie Tahan, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Willow Smith, Darrell Foster, April Grace, Dash Mihok, Joanna Numata, Samuel Glen, James Michael McCauley, Marin Ireland, Pedro Mojica
Adapted from Richard Matheson's apocalyptic book, the year is 2009, and a Manhattan military scientist, Dr. Robert Neville (Will Smith), has survived the plague (due to being immune) that occurred three years before and killed most of the human race. Those who survived have been turned into cannibal mutants, roaming the streets at night waiting for Neville to make a fatal mistake so they will be able to eat him and his German Shepherd, Sam. Not willing to give up, Neville uses his own blood and tests for cures in his high-tech lab–all the while refusing to admit that this is the end of the world. Previously made as "The Omega Man" and "The Last Man on Earth."
|Redbelt 2008 R, 99 min.|
Genre: Action / Drama
Director: David Mamet
Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Emily Mortimer, Alice Braga, Joe Mantegna, Rodrigo Santoro, Ricky Jay, David Paymer, Rebecca Pidgeon, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Tim Allen, Randy Couture, John Machado, Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini, Allison Karman, Renato Magno
Jiu-jitsu instructor Mike Terry (Chiwetel Ejiofor) believes that "competition is weakening" and has chosen to stay out of the ring and, instead, teach self-defense at his gym. Mike and his wife Sondra (Alice Braga) are struggling to make ends meet when, one night, a distraught lawyer (Emily Mortimer) fires a gun that destroys Mike's storefront window. This sets off a chain of events. Mike really needs money now, and his life changes dramatically. He meets promoters Jerry Weiss (Joe Mantegna) and Marty Brown (Ricky Jay) and action star Chet Frank (Tim Allen), and Mike finally agrees to fight in the ring to get the money he needs to pay off his debts.
|1. Blindness (2008)|
2. City of God (2002)
3. Crossing Over (2009)
4. I Am Legend (2007)
5. Redbelt (2008)
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