|28 Weeks Later... 2007 R, 99 min.|
Genre: Horror / Sci-Fi / Thriller
Director: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
Cast: Robert Carlyle, Catherine McCormack, Rose Byrne, Jeremy Renner, Harold Perrineau, Imogen Poots, Idris Elba, Mackintosh Muggleton, Amanda Walker, Shahid Ahmed, Garfield Morgan, Emily Beecham
In this sequel to "28 Days Later...," a few survivors of the virus that decimated England's population half a year ago are in hiding in a dark, country farmhouse hoping for help from abroad. Among them are Don (Robert Carlyle) and Alice (Catherine McCormack) who are worried about their children–Andy (Mackintosh Muggleton) and Tamara (Imogen Poots) who were in Spain when the virus escaped from the testing lab. Now, U.S. troops set up a quarantine zone in London, and Don is finally reunited with Andy and Tamara. Don lies when he tells them that their mother is dead. But, kids being kids, they set off on their own adventure, leave the safe zone, and accidentally reignite the spread of the deadly virus.
|The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford 2007 R, 160 min.|
Genre: Action / Drama / Western
Director: Andrew Dominik
Cast: Brad Pitt, Mary-Louise Parker, Brooklynn Proulx, Dustin Bollinger, Casey Affleck, Sam Rockwell, Jeremy Renner, Sam Shepard, Garret Dillahunt, Paul Schneider, Joel McNichol, James Defelice, J.C. Roberts, Darrell Orydzuk, Jonathan Erich Drachenberg
It's 1881 and famous bank/train robber Jesse James (Brad Pitt), at age 34, has had a turnover of gang members from retirement or having been killed. Even brother Frank (Sam Shepard) retired after the gang's last heist. Jesse even has a "day" job as a respected businessman using the name of Thomas Howard and has a trophy wife, Zee (Mary-Louise Parker), and two children. But the restless Jesse is putting together a new gang made up of second-rate gangsters, which includes young Bob (Casey Affleck) who has collected Jesse James clippings and stories since he was a small boy and idolized Jesse. Another problem that Jesse has is that there is a large bounty on him, dead or alive. As time passes, Bob becomes jealous of Jesse and with the reward he could receive, he decides to kill Jesse, which he does. An interesting study of the two men that is based on Ron Hansen's historical novel of the same name. The film received two Academy Award nominations including Best Supporting Actor (Affleck).
|Dahmer 2002 R, 101 min.|
Director: David Jacobson
Cast: Jeremy Renner, Bruce Davison, Artel Kayaru, Matt Newton, Dion Basco, Kate Williamson, Christina Payano, Tom'ya Bowden, Sean Blakemore, Mickey Swenson
The life and crimes of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer (Jeremy Renner) are brought to the screen in a creepy, but not gory, fashion by Direcor/Writer David Jacobson. The camera follows the demented Dahmer in his day-to-day activities, creating an emotional impact on the audience. Renner is excellent in the title role.
|The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things 2004 R, 97 min.|
Director: Asia Argento
Cast: Asia Argento, Jimmy Bennett, Cole & Dylan Sprouse, Peter Fonda, Ben Foster, Ornella Muti, Kip Pardue, Michael Pitt, Jeremy Renner, John Robinson, Marilyn Manson, Jeremy Sisto, Matt Schultze, Winona Ryder
Jeremiah (Jimmy Bennett) has spent his first seven years in foster care until his birth mother, Sarah (Asia Argento), takes him away from his loving foster parents. Now, at age 11, Jeremiah (Dylan Sprouse and Cole Sprouse) is doomed to travel the countryside suffering abuse in a world of alcohol, sex, and drugs.
|A Little Trip to Heaven 2005 R, 90 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama / Thriller
Director: Baltasar Kormakur
Cast: Forest Whitaker, Julia Stiles, Jeremy Renner, Peter Coyote, Philip Jackson, Anne Reid, Alfred Harmsworth, Joanna Scanlan, Iddo Goldberg, Vladas Bagdonas, Phyllida Law, Kharl Anton Leigh
Insurance agent Abe Holt (Forest Whitaker) is sent from the scene of a bus crash miles away to Hastings, Minnesota, to investigate another crash: a fatal car accident that left only charred remains. If the claim goes through, the beneficiary of a $1,000,000 death benefit is the victim's sister Isold (Julia Stiles) who lives in a run-down cabin with her husband Fred (Jeremy Renner) and son Thor (Vladas Bagdonas). During the investigation, Fred becomes the prime suspect in what Holt has now determined to be a murder case in which the car victim's identity was forged. But, as he gets to know Isold, Holt's professionalism wavers.
|North Country 2005 R, 126 min.|
Director: Niki Caro
Cast: Charlize Theron, Elle Peterson, Thomas Curtis, Frances McDormand, Sean Bean, Woody Harrelson, Jeremy Renner, Richard Jenkins, Sissy Spacek, James Cada, Rusty Schwimmer, Linda Emond
Very loosely based on a 1980s' legal case, this is the story of Josey Ames (Charlize Theron) who had left her husband, moved in with her parents (Richard Jenkins and Sissy Spacek), and found work in the Minnesota Iron Range. But hazing, pornographic violence, and sexual threats appear to be the order of the day for the women who are outnumbered by the men in the mines. Josie endures abuse until she hires a lawyer (Sean Bean) to sue for sexual harassment, which marked the first successful case of its kind in the United States. Charlize Theron received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress, and Frances McDormand was nominated for Best Supporting Actress.
|S.W.A.T. 2003 PG-13, 117 min.|
Genre: Action / Drama / Thriller
Director: Clark Johnson
Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez, LL Cool J, Josh Charles, Jeremy Renner, Brian Van Holt, Olivier Martinez, Reg E. Cathey, Larry Poindexter, Page Kennedy, Domenick Lombardozzi, Denis Arndt, James DuMont, Lindsey Ginter
After being kicked off L.A.P.D.'s Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.) team, Jim Street (Colin Farrell) is given a second chance by Sgt. Dan "Hondo" Harrelson (Samuel L. Jackson) and joins a S.W.A.T. team escorting drug kingpin Alex Montel (Olivier Martinez) to a federal facility in the California desert. The team encounters many problems along the way–including Montel making an offer on live-TV of $1 million to anyone who can get him out of police custody. A well-made police action thriller.
|Twelve and Holding 2006 R, 94 min.|
aka: 12 and Holding
Director: Michael Cuesta
Cast: Conor Donovan, Jesse Camacho, Zoe Weizenbaum, Jeremy Renner, Linus Roache, Annabella Sciorra, Jayne Atkinson, Marcia DeBonis, Tom McGowan, Bruce Altman, Mark Linn-Baker, Tony Roberts
Rudy and twin brother Jacob (both played by Conor Donovan), Malee (Zoe Weizenbaum), and Leonard (Jesse Camacho) make up a tight group of friends. When Rudy is killed by local bullies who set fire to their tree house with Rudy in it, each of the group deals with the tragedy in their own way. Timid Jacob, who is self-conscious because of a large birthmark on his face, visits the jailed boys who set the fire to find out their motivation despite the grievances of his parents. Malee becomes infatuated with a construction worker who is one of her psychotherapist mother's clients, and obese Leonard starts working out and dieting while encouraging his overweight mother to do the same. A good coming-of-age film on coping with tragedy. Fine sound track.
|1. 28 Weeks Later... (2007)|
2. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
3. Dahmer (2002)
4. The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004)
5. A Little Trip to Heaven (2005)
6. National Lampoon's Senior Trip (1995)
7. North Country (2005)
8. S.W.A.T. (2003)
9. Twelve and Holding (2006)
aka: 12 and Holding
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