2008 August Movies

 (2008)

Tropic Thunder

  • 83%
  • R
  • 106 min
  • Action

In the action-comedy "Tropic Thunder," Ben Stiller plays pampered action superstar Tugg Speedman, who is cast in the biggest, most expensive war movie ever produced. He sets out to Southeast Asia with a "Who's Who" of celebrity co-stars. They include Kirk Lazarus (Robert Downey Jr.), an intense, three-time Oscar-winning actor; Jeff Portnoy (Jack Black), star of the popular gross-out comedy franchise "The Fatties"; multi-platinum hiphop-star-turned-entrepreneur-turned-actor Alpa Chino (Brandon T. Jackson); and first-timer Kevin Sandusky (Jay Baruchel). Soon after the production begins the actors are thrown into a real-life situation and are forced to become the fighting unit they're portraying, in order to find a way out of the jungle in one piece.

 (2008)

Pineapple Express

  • 68%
  • R
  • 112 min
  • Action

Follows a pair of pot-smoking buddies who get mixed up with a drug gang.

 (2008)

Midnight Meat Train

    • R
    • 100 min
    • Horror

    Based on Clive Barker's short story. Bradley Cooper stars as an inquisitive photographer who comes across Mahogany (Jones), a butcher who uses the subway system as his killing floor. But who is he killing for and where is he delivering the meat of his victims?

     (2008)

    Vicky Cristina Barcelona

    • 82%
    • PG-13
    • 96 min
    • Drama

    A painter enters a relationship with two American tourists. Conflict begins with the painter's jealous ex-girlfriend.

    A film the director described only as a "love letter to Barcelona."

     (2008)

    The House Bunny

    • 42%
    • PG-13
    • 98 min
    • Comedy

    "House Bunny" centers on a Playboy bunny (Faris) who gets kicked out of the Playboy Mansion and becomes the house mother to the lamest sorority on campus.

    McPhee plays a pregnant hippy, while Stone is president of the sorority. Willis plays an insecure young woman who wears a backbrace even though she could have had it removed years ago. Dennings portrays a pierced women's studies feminist, and Goodman plays the sister who keeps switching majors and should have graduated years ago. Wright is a conniving young woman from the popular sorority.

     (2008)

    Disaster Movie

    • 2%
    • PG-13
    • 90 min
    • Comedy

    In "Disaster Movie," the filmmaking team behind the hits "Scary Movie," "Date Movie," "Epic Movie" and "Meet the Spartans" this time puts its unique, inimitable stamp on one of the biggest and most bloated movie genres of all time - the disaster film.

    "Disaster Movie" follows the comic misadventures of a group of ridiculously attractive twenty-somethings during one fateful night as they try to make their way to safety while every known natural disaster and catastrophic event - asteroids, twisters, earthquakes, the works - hits the city and their path as they try to solve a series of mysteries to end the rampant destruction.

    Taking aim at everything and everyone, from "Indiana Jones" and "Iron Man" to Amy Winehouse and "High School Musical," "Disaster Movie" lampoons the blockbuster movie, pop culture icons and public figures along the way as Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer satirize everything as only they can.

     (2008)

    Death Race

    • 43%
    • R
    • 89 min
    • Action

    A penitentiary full of felons has inspired the jailers to create a grisly pastime ripe for lucrative kickbacks. Now, adrenalized inmates, a global audience hungry for televised violence and a spectacular arena come together to form the Death Race.

    Three-time speedway champion Jensen Ames is an expert at survival in the harsh landscape that has become our country. Just as he thinks he has turned his life around, the ex-con is framed for a gruesome murder he didn't commit. Forced to don the mask of the mythical driver Frankenstein-a crowd favorite who seems impossible to kill-Ames is given an easy choice by Terminal Island's warden: suit up or rot away in a cell.

    His face hidden by a metallic mask, one convict will be put through an insane three-day challenge. Ames must survive a gauntlet of the most vicious criminals in the country's toughest prison to claim the prize of freedom. Driving a monster car outfitted with machine guns, flamethrowers and grenade launchers, one desperate man will destroy anything in his path to win the most twisted spectator sport on Earth.

     (2008)

    Mirrors

    • 14%
    • R
    • 110 min
    • Horror

    An ex-cop and his family are the target of an evil force that is using mirrors as a gateway into their home.

     (2008)

    The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2

    • 64%
    • PG-13
    • 117 min
    • Comedy

    In "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2," based on Ann Brashares' best-selling series of novels, four young women continue the journey toward adulthood that began with "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants." Now three years later, these lifelong friends embark on separate paths for their first year of college and the summer beyond, but remain in touch by sharing their experiences with each other as they always have--with honesty and humor. Discovering their individual strengths, fears, talents and capacity for love through the choices they make, they come to value more than ever the bond they share and the immeasurable power of their friendship.

     (2008)

    The Rocker

    • 41%
    • PG-13
    • 102 min
    • Comedy

    "The Rocker" is Robert "Fish" Fishman, the drummer for an eighties hair band. He's living the rock n' roll dream... until he is kicked out of the group. Twenty years later, the desperate rocker joins his nephew's band, "A.D.D.," finally reclaiming the rock-god throne he's always thought he deserved -- while taking his much younger bandmates along for the ride of their lives.