The dilemma facing Vince Vaughn is that he has discovered that the wife (Winona Ryder) of his best friend and business partner (Kevin James) is cheating on him. It wasn't such a dilemma for audiences of this January release, a rare comedy for director Ron Howard; they simply didn't like it much.
It was an up and down ride for this long-gestating superhero comedy based on the radio serial. When director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and screenwriters Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Superbad) jumped on board, it sounded promising, on paper, at least. Then came rumors that the studio was unsatisfied with the film, and it was delayed from the prime holiday season to January. After managing to build up some positive buzz again, the film greatly disappointed critics, though its box office performance was more of a mixed bag. Rogen stars alongside Christoph Waltz and Jay Chou.
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Michelle Williams received an Oscar nomination for her performance opposite an also lauded Ryan Gosling in this bleak relationship drama from writer-director Derek Cianfrance. Indie band Grizzly Bear provides the score.
One of three 2010 releases nominated for the Best Animated Feature Film Oscar, this French dramedy about the relationship between an aging magician and a young girl comes from The Triplets of Belleville director Sylvain Chomet, and is based on an unproduced script by actor Jacques Tati (who also inspired the physical movements of the animated characters).
Best friends Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher see if adding a casual sexual element to their relationship will harm their friendship in a 2011 comedy directed by Ivan Reitman. Don't confuse this movie with the upcoming Friends with Benefits, in which Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake see if they can have a purely casual sexual relationship while remaining just friends.
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Director Jonathan Demme followed the Talking Heads concert documentary Stop Making Sense with this offbeat 1986 comedic thriller starring Jeff Daniels as a conservative banker who loosens up and embarks on an increasingly adventurous road trip -- that eventually turns violent -- after falling for a free spirit (Melanie Griffith, in one of her first mainstream leading roles). Out of print for a while, the cult film with the killer soundtrack now gets a Criterion DVD and Blu-ray release, with a few new extras, including an interview with the director.
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Jason Statham stars in this 2011 remake of the 1972 Charles Bronson action film about a talented hit man who seeks revenge against the people who killed his friend, while taking on an unlikely student (Ben Foster) in the process. Simon West (Con Air) directs.
Based on the novel Love and Other Impossible Pursuits (which was also the original title of the adaptation), this 2009 drama sat on the shelf for two years, only to finally surface -- conveniently enough -- in early 2011 after star Natalie Portman earned an Oscar nomination for Black Swan. Here, Portman plays a woman grieving over the death of her infant daughter while adapting to her new husband's family; Don Roos (on a downward trajectory since The Opposite of Sex) directs.
Anthony Hopkins, who once starred in good movies, plays a Vatican priest who counsels a young trainee (Colin O'Donoghue) in the ways of exorcism in an atmospheric supernatural thriller reportedly based on true events.
TV stars Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl) and Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights) play college roommates -- one deranged, the other the target of her obsessions -- in a psychological thriller that was much better when it was 1992 and called Single White Female.
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About as good as an animated family comedy version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet featuring garden gnomes could possibly be, Gnomeo & Juliet is still saddled with the burden of being an animated family comedy version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet featuring garden gnomes. James McAvoy and Emily Blunt lead the vocal cast, and there's music from Elton John.
A humanoid alien life form with superpowers who is living in exile as a Midwestern high school student discovers that an enemy alien race has already killed off three targets on their list ... and guess who the fourth one is. Based on the young adult novel co-written by James Frey, this Michael Bay-produced teen sci-fi drama didn't exactly become the next Twilight as its backers hoped, and a movie sequel doesn't look likely.
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Javier Bardem earned a surprise Oscar nomination for his lead performance as a Barcelona criminal struggling to raise his children as a single father in a somewhat depressing Spanish-language drama from Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel). Some critics were disappointed in the film as a whole, but it still earned quite a few nominations and awards for best foreign language film last year.
This intentionally campy action film stars Nicolas Cage as a man who breaks out of Hell and, while driving a variety of old muscle cars, seeks revenge against the men (including William Fichtner) who murdered his daughter and abducted her baby. Nobody saw it when it played in theaters earlier this year.
Gregg Araki's take on the raunchy college comedy (with some sci-fi thriller elements thrown in for good measure) is shot in the filmmaker's endearingly amateurish and unconventional style and is reportedly influenced by Twin Peaks. Unlike most raunchy college comedies, it screened at Cannes.
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