<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/10things.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>High school sophomore Bianca Stratford (Larisa Oleynik) has two invitations to the prom and one big problem: her father (Larry Miller) won't let her go unless her antisocial older sister Kat (Julia Stiles) attends as well. Things start to look up for Bianca when Kat catches the eye of Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger), who's been paid $300 by her sister's suitors (Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Andrew Keegan) to woo her.
<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/10000BC.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>In a remote mountain tribe 12,000 years ago, a young hunger, D'Leh (Steven Strait), has found his heart's passion—the blue-eyed Evolet (Camilla Belle). But when a band of mysterious warlords raid his village and kidnap Evolet, D'Leh leads a small group of hunters to pursue the captors to the end of the world to save her.
<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/12monkeys.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Sent back in time to save the human race, James Cole (Bruce Willis) needs to find the source of a deadly virus so that scientists from his time can create a cure. While in the past, Cole encounters psychologist Kathryn Railly (Madeleine Stowe) and mental patient Jeffrey Goines (Brad Pitt), who may be the key player in the Army of the 12 Monkeys, a terrorist group thought to be responsible for releasing the virus. Questioning his own sanity, Cole must meld his dreams and realities to solve the puzzle in order to save the human race.
The film begins with the words, “This is a true story,” not based on one. The screenplay by Chuck Hogan (based on the book from Mitchell Zuckoff) steers mostly clear of the politics surrounding the attack and tells the story from the perspective of the people who were on the ground on September 11, 2012 in Benghazi. Regardless of the politics, four Americans lost their lives that night; Ambassador Chris Stevens, information officer Sean Smith, and two CIA operatives, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, both former Navy SEALs who were civilian contractors working out of a secret CIA annex near the U.S. diplomatic compound.
<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/17again.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>High-school basketball star Mike O'Donnell (Zac Efron) has a life-changing experience before the biggest game of his career. Just before tipoff, his girlfriend Scarlett (Allison Miller) tells him of her pregnancy, and he chooses marriage over college.
Roland Emmerich blew up the White House in Independence Day, stomped around New York City in Godzilla, and created a modern-day ice age in The Day After Tomorrow, so it's fitting he would co-write/direct an epic adventure about a global cataclysm. 2012 is essentially a planetary snuff film as the Earth is bombarded by a new type of solar radiation that cooks the planet's corethink of the Earth being stuffed into a microwave.
Surprisingly, the script is quite entertaining and even touching, but Emmerich couldn't resist the urge to create a CGI-infested action flick that causes more laughter than tension. Regardless, it looks and sounds fantastic with an amazingly detailed 1080p/AVC encode and bombastic DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack.
<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/21.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Ben Campbell (Jim Sturgess), a senior at MIT, aspires to attend Harvard Medical School but lacks the means to pay the tuition due to his working-class background. He pins his hopes on winning a rare full-ride scholarship but lacks a "moving" story to separate him from the other applicants. Ben's lucky break comes when Professor Mickey Rosa (Kevin Spacey) discovers his uncanny ability to solve complex math equations in his head and recruits him to join his card-counting team of students with the express intent of winning as much money as possible in Vegas. While card counting isn't illegal, the casinos have their own methods of discouraging the behavior. For Ben, this experience will give him one hell of a story to tell Harvard.
<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/27dresses.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Always a bridesmaid and never the bride, Jane (Katherine Heigle) has filled this role 27 times and has a closetful of dresses to prove it. When her younger sister Tess (Malin Ackerman) comes to town and catches the eye of her boss George (Edward Burnes)—with whom Jane is secretly in love—she is inspired to put herself first for a change.
<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/300.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller, <i>300</i> recreates the Battle of Thermopylae in 280 BC, when Persia's King Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) had his sights set on Greece as the next country to conquer. Xerxes brought his huge army to Thermopylae where he met King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) and his 300 Spartans, which held the much larger force at bay for three days.
Four Atlanta businessmen set out in two canoes down the fictional Cahulawassee River before a dam is built to generate electricity for the growing population of Atlanta. Their adventure starts normal enough, but you get the impression that something isn’t right with the inbred people of the backcountry—and their enjoyable river ride turns into a horrific life-changing experience.