2008 August Movies

A Girl Cut in Two

A Girl Cut in Two

    • NONE
    • 115 min
    • Drama

    Francois Berleand stars as a jaded novelist and a too happily married "ladies man" whose latest conquest is TV weathergirl Gabrielle Deneige (Ludivine Sagnier). At once naive and unstoppable, Gabrielle doesn't need to be convinced to enter into a sordid May-September relationship with a celebrated member of the intelligentsia. However, tugging at her other arm with the pull of the entire haute bourgeoisie is young Paul (Benoit Magimel), the cute but dangerously schizophrenic scion of a Lyon pharmaceutical magnate. What's a girl to do? Appropriately, the story takes as its starting point a famous Gilded Age crime of passion, the murder of Madison Square Garden architect and notorious womanizer Stanford White.

    A Thousand Years of Good Prayers

    A Thousand Years of Good Prayers

    • 79%
    • NONE
    • 83 min
    • Drama

    A Chinese man travels to America to visit his estranged daughter after her recent divorce. Though his trip starts off as a mission to see his daughter remarry, he sparks to an Iranian woman who, despite their language barrier, captures his heart.

    America the Beautiful

    America the Beautiful

    • 68%
    • R
    • 105 min
    • Documentary

    In a society where "celebutantes" like Paris Hilton dominate newsstands and models who weigh less than 90 pounds die from malnutrition, female body image is one of the more dire problems facing today's society. "America the Beautiful" illuminates the issue by covering every base. Child models, plastic surgery, celebrity worship, airbrushed advertising, dangerous cosmetics - no rock is left unturned.

    Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer

    Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer

      • NONE
      • 93 min
      • Documentary

      The film is an intimate portrait of the maverick jazz vocalist Anita O'Day, a self-professed "song-stylist" and rightly known as one of the greatest jazz divas of all time. Filmmakers Robbie Cavolina and Ian McCrudden have devoted four years in order to perfectly capture O'Day's seven decade career. "Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer" documents her wild ride; following her career from the early days singing alongside the likes of Gene Krupa, Roy Eldridge, Stan Kenton, Louis Armstrong and Hoagy Carmichael through her many great adversities which she fought to overcome; a 20-year heroin and alcohol addiction, several failed marriages, abortions and arrests and finally, her last-hurrah album, completed just before the singer's 2006 death at age 87.

      Ballet Shoes

      Ballet Shoes

      • 100%
      • PG
      • 90 min
      • Drama

      An unusual explorer named Gum (Richard Griffiths) and his kindly niece (Emilia Fox) adopt three orphans -- Pauline (Emma Watson), Petrova (Yasmin Paige) and Posy (Lucy Boynton) -- and raise them as sisters in 1930s London. But the girls must fend for themselves when Gum doesn't return from one of his adventures. Together, they nurture their passions for acting, aviation and ballet in this charming TV adaptation of Noel Streatfield's novel.

      Bastardy

      Bastardy

        • Unrated
        • 83 min
        • Documentary

        Provocative, funny and profoundly moving, Bastardy is the inspirational story of a self proclaimed Robin Hood of the streets. For Forty years and with infectious humour and optimism, Jack Charles has juggled a life of crime with another successful career- acting

        Beautiful Losers

        Beautiful Losers

        • 63%
        • NONE
        • 91 min
        • Documentary

        The greatest cultural accomplishments in history have never been the result of the brainstorms of marketing men, corporate focus groups, or any homogenized methods; they have always happened organically. More often than not, these manifestations have been the result of a few like-minded people coming together to create something new and original for no other purposethan a common love of doing it. In the 1990s, a loose-knit group of American artists and creators, many just out of their teens, began their careers in just such a way.

        Blood and Sex Nightmare

        Blood and Sex Nightmare

          • Unrated
          • 59 min
          • Horror

          Libidinous sexually frustrated jerk Nick convinces his frigid virginal girlfriend Amy to go with him to the remote woodland swingers resort The Pleasure Mountain Adult Retreat. However, the place proves to be the stalking grounds for murderous psycho rapist zombie Felix Gallo, who starts bumping folks off left and right.

          - Written by

          Woodyanders

          Cirque du Soleil: Delirium

          Cirque du Soleil: Delirium

            • NONE
            • 101 min
            • Documentary

            On, August 20th, 21st, 23rd and 24th Sony Pictures Releasing's new special programming division The Hot Ticket will bring audiences the groundbreaking live music and dance extravaganza "Delirium" in HD from Cirque du Soleil. For the first time ever, special limited engagement presentations of DELIRIUM will be available to audiences in select movie theaters across the US and Canada.

            Citizen Juling

              • Documentary

              How did a young idealist, Buddhist art teacher Juling from the far North, end up lying comatose in a pool of blood at a village kindergarten school in the deep Islamic South? Colourful human rights activist and senator Kraisak Choonhavan goes on the road to understand what happened and why. Definitely not a straight enquiry into the Southern Unrest in Thailand, this strange documentary takes a deep-immersion trip into the country s soul with all its bizarre scenes. From the opening among ecstatic royalist crowds on the streets of Bangkok on Coronation Day in June 2006, to the festive military coup d etat that ends it, the filming co-incides with the last four intense months of the Thaksin Shinawatra government, under which thousands died in extra-judicial killings and many disappeared.