- 152 min
Based on the popular first book of the series by J.K. Rowling, in the normal human world--the world of "Muggles"--Harry is a nobody, treated like dirt by the aunt and uncle who begrudgingly inherited him when his parents were killed by the evil Voldemort. A mysterious letter, delivered by the friendly giant Hagrid, wrenches Harry from his dreary, Muggle-ridden existence. It is an acceptance letter to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Soon enough, Harry finds himself at Hogwarts with his owl Hedwig and in the world of wizards, he is famous as a survivor of the wizard who tried to kill him.
- 178 min
The Lord of the Rings collectively tells the story of Frodo Baggins, a Hobbit who battles against the Dark Lord Sauron to save his world, Middle-earth, from the grip of evil. In the trilogy of films, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King, Frodo and his Fellowship of friends and allies embark on a desperate journey to rid the earth of the source of Sauron's greatest strength, the One Ring -- a ring that has the power to enslave the inhabitants of Middle-earth. The trilogy chronicles extraordinary adventures across the treacherous landscape of Middle-earth and reveals how the power of friendship, love and courage can hold the forces of darkness at bay.
- 116 min
A remake of the 1960 Rat Pack film that starred Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Peter Lawford, this version is also packed with A-list stars. The story is about a gangster named Danny Ocean (George Clooney; Sinatra in the original) who rounds up 10 associates to simultaneously rob $150 million from three major Las Vegas casinos (including the Bellagio and the Mirage) during a big boxing event on New Year's Eve.
- 89 min
Not Another Teen Movie relentlessly spoofs the American Pie-style teen movie, skewering all the typical formulas of the genre, from the naked foreign-exchange student to the group of desperate virgins, to what Scary Movie did to horror films like Scream, which was itself a spoof.
- 103 min
In his follow-up to the criminally comic Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, Guy Ritchie weaves illegal dogfights, underground boxing, Russian arms dealers, and Jewish gem merchants into an intricate story of a diamond heist in London's Hatton Garden jewelry district.
- 96 min
Blonde is the story of a young woman who is dumped when her boyfriend decides to go to law school at Harvard and thinks he needs to find a girlfriend who is more acceptable for his new status. Determined to show him that she has brains and not just looks, she starts law school too and is eventually called on to represent a Beverly Hills murder suspect.
- 113 min
Some may think that Donnie Darko is a typical maladjusted teenager. Actually, Donnie is borderline delusional, beset by visions of a monstrous rabbit, which is trying to keep him under its sinister influence. Prompted by this apparition, Donnie commits antisocial acts while he is undergoing psychotherapy, surviving the vagaries of high-school life and romance, and fortuitously escaping a bizarre death from a falling jet engine. Donnie battles his demons, literally and figuratively, in a series of intertwining story lines that play with time travel, fundamentalist gurus, fate, predestination and the machinations of the universe.
- 113 min
An insurance investigator (Guy Pearce) loses his short-term memory when he sustains a head injury during his wife's murder. He can now remember things only through notes, photographs, or writing them on his body. As he tries to track down his wife's killer despite his handicap, the movie's story moves backward in time to retrace his steps with him.
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
- 106 min
Though the movie is based on the popular video game series created by Square Soft, it reportedly will not feature characters or storylines from any of the games. What is known is the plot follows the adventures of our heroine, Aki, and centers around an alien race that invades Earth in the year 2065 with a plan to take over the planet. The movie is destined to raise the standard by which all animation will be judged by using revolutionary technology that will bring the "virtual actors" (computer generated characters with life-like skin colors, textures and facial expression) to life.
- 108 min
The sequel to American Pie, one of the biggest grossing teen comedies ever. The script for the sequel was completely reworked by Adam Herz, the writer of the original. The action takes place one year after high school, when Kevin arranges for a reunion of sorts at a Lake Michigan beach house. Oz's girlfriend is in Paris studying, and he must resist different forms of temptation, which no doubt often come in the form of nubile young women. Nadia returns from the Czech Republic to put the moves on easily embarrassed Jim, who of course gets lots of advice from his easygoing dad. The rest of the crew has romantic and other entanglements to deal with, too.