|Bad News Bears 2005 PG-13, 111 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama
Director: Richard Linklater
Cast: Billy Bob Thornton, Greg Kinnear, Marcia Gay Harden, Sammi Kraft, Ridge Canipe, Brandon Craggs, Jeff Davies, Timmy Deters, Carlos Estrada, Emmanuel Estrada, Troy Gentle, Kenneth "K.C." Harris, Jeffrey Tedmori, Tyler Patrick Jones, Aman Johal
In this remake of the 1976 film, Billy Bob Thornton takes on the role of the grizzled, Little League coach Morris Buttermaker who works with a conglomeration of misfit kids and turns them into a championship team. No longer a Major League baseball player, Buttermaker has been spending most of his time with booze and women–until Liz Whitewood (Marcia Gay Harden) arranges for him to take over the team. While working with his bickering players, Buttermaker could, but doesn't, give them inspirational lessons, but they do achieve a great comeback.
|G-Force 2009 PG, 89 min.|
Genre: Action / Adventure / Fantasy
Director: Hoyt Yeatman
Cast: Sam Rockwell, Penelope Cruz, Tracy Morgan, Nicolas Cage, Jon Favreau, Steve Buscemi, Bill Nighy, Zach Galifianakis, Will Arnett, Kelli Garner, Loudon Wainwright III, Chris Ellis, Tyler Patrick Jones, Niecy Nash, Dee Bradley Baker
In this Disney film, dastardly billionaire Leonard Saber (Bill Nighy) intends to take over the world by turning household appliances into robots. But, the government has a secret project that trains animals to become espionage agents–named G-Force. Led by Guinea Pig Darwin (voice of Sam Rockwell), the G-Force sets out to save the world. Plenty of action–but scaled down for the young ones. Live action, animation, and 3D contribute to making this an entertaining film.
|Red Dragon 2002 R, 124 min.|
Genre: Drama / Horror / Thriller
Director: Brett Ratner
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes, Harvey Keitel, Emily Watson, Mary-Louise Parker, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Anthony Heald, Ken Leung, Frankie Faison, Tyler Patrick Jones, Lalo Schifrin, Tim Wheater, John Rubinstein, David Doty
Early facts surrounding cannibal serial-killer Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) are brought to the fore in this prequel to "Silence of the Lambs" (1991) and "Hannibal" (2001) when it relates the story behind Lecter's arrest by FBI Agent Will Graham (Edward Norton). The scene then updates to Graham's retirement in Florida when his old boss, Jack Crawford (Harvey Keitel), lures Graham back to track down a new serial killer. Could Hannibal be playing a role in the killings?
|The Spiderwick Chronicles 2008 PG, 97 min.|
Genre: Family / Adventure / Drama / Fantasy
Director: Mark Waters
Cast: Freddie Highmore, Mary-Louise Parker, Nick Nolte, Sarah Bolger, Andrew McCarthy, Joan Plowright, David Strathairn, Seth Rogen, Martin Short, Jordy Benattar, Tod Fennell, Mariah Inger, Tyler Patrick Jones, Jeremy Lavalley, Lise Durocher-Viens
After ending her marriage, Helen (Mary-Louise Parker) moves with her children–nine-year-old twins Jared and Simon (both played by Freddie Highmore) and their 13-year-old sister Mallory (Sarah Bolger)–into a creepy country home inherited from her Aunt Lucinda (Joan Plowright) who is now in a mental institution. Jared misses his father and has a hot temper. So, when strange things begin to happen, Jared is suspected. But, Jared joins with his siblings in trying to figure out what is going on, and Jared discovers a dusty book with a note containing instructions to not open it. Of course, Jared opens the book and reads about magical creatures living in the woods near the house. Soon after, the children meet a hobgoblin, Hogsqueal (voice of Seth Rogen), and a brownie, Thimbletack (voice of Martin Short). Now, they learn about an ogre, Mulgarath (voice of Nick Nolte), who covets the book because it will give him the secrets necessary to rule the world. Will the children be able to protect themselves, and the world, from the army of goblins gathering on their lawn?
|Yours, Mine and Ours 2005 PG, 90 min.|
Genre: Family / Comedy / Drama
Director: Raja Gosnell
Cast: Dennis Quaid, Rene Russo, Rip Torn, Linda Hunt, Sean Faris, Katija Pevec, Dean Collins, Tyler Patrick Jones, Haley Ramm, Brecken Palmer, Bridger Palmer, Ty Panitz, Danielle Panabaker, Drake Bell, Slade Pearce
Widowed, Coast Guard Admiral Frank Beardsley (Dennis Quaid) has eight children when he meets his high-school sweetheart, Helen (Rene Russo), at their New London, Connecticut, school reunion. Helen has 10 children of her own, but in the blink of an eye Frank and Helen fall in love and marry. Now, kids clash as their families unite in this family comedy.
|1. Bad News Bears (2005)|
2. G-Force (2009)
3. Red Dragon (2002)
4. The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)
5. Yours, Mine and Ours (2005)
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