2008. 4.25 NOW PLAYINGThe Forbidden Kingdom (12)
Action, Fantasy / 105 min. / English, Mandarin
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The Mourning Forest (12)
Drama / 97 min. / Japanese
After losing her child, Machiko (Machiko Ono) enters therapy to cope with her grief while concurrently working as a caregiver at a small retirement home. There, she looks after an elderly patient, Shigeki (Shigeki Uda), who suffers from dementia. One day Machiko takes him into a forest to visit his wife Mako’s (Kanako Masuda) grave. Soon after they depart, however, they get into a car accident. The two are lost in the forest.
While Machiko looks for help, Shigeki disappears into the forest to visit his wife’s grave. Machiko embarks on a desperate, exhausting search for Shigeki that turns into a healing odyssey.
Drama, Thriller / 95 min. / English
Dr. Ted Gray (Milo Ventimiglia) is the new kid at the medical school of the fictional Metropolitan University. Fresh from a stint in Africa, he’s come to shake things up in the pathology lab. From the beginning, Gray isn’t welcome. But after a few days of shoving Gray around, a hip group of doctors in the lab invites him into their fold. But soon, Gray realizes this crowd is devoted to a psychopathic, deadly game. In “The Game,” as they call it, group members alternate in devising artful ways of murdering people. Best of all, The Game allows them to nail causes of death to the cases no one else can crack in the lab. The Game — and its players — begin to take hold on Gray, to disastrous effect.
Drama, Romance / 108 min. / English
The film tells a story about two young bohemians named Dan (Heath Ledger) and Candy (Abbie Cornish). As Dan and Candy fall in love, they grow completely preoccupied with getting their next high, whether it be from sex, shoplifting or heroin. Although Candy’s parents disapprove of her unhealthy relationship with Dan, she manages to cling to him and their drug of choice. But their free-spirited lifestyle comes to an end when their addiction takes hold.
Street Kings (R)
Crime, Drama, Thriller / 108 min. / English
Tom Ludlow (Keanu Reeves) is a veteran LAPD vice detective who wants to find out who is behind the mysterious death of his former partner, Detective Terrence Washington (Terry Crews).
Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker plays Captain Wander, Ludlow’s supervisor. Captain Wander keeps an eye on Ludlow to keep him out of the clutches of Internal Affairs Captain Biggs (Hugh Laurie).
Ludlow searches Los Angeles with help from a young homicide detective (Chris Evans) to discover Washington’s killers. Their determination pays off when the two detectives track down the murderers and confront them.
The Bucket List (12)
Comedy, Drama / 96 min. / English
Edward Cole (Jack Nicholson) is a multimillionaire. Carter Chambers (Morgan Freeman) couldn’t afford to put himself through college. These two old men from different backgrounds meet in a hospital, where they both learn they have terminal cancer.
Cole comes up with the idea of writing a “bucket list,” a to-do list before kicking the bucket. As he and Chambers scribble down their bucket list, they realize that they have many things to do before they die. As they cross items off their list, the two dying men learn about life and friendship.
Definitely, Maybe (15)
Romantic comedy / 112 min. / English
Will Hayes (Ryan Reynolds), a 30-something Manhattan dad in the midst of a divorce, gets a chance to stroll down memory lane when his 10-year-old daughter, Maya (Abigail Breslin), asks about his life before marriage in hopes of stirring up her father’s old feelings for her mother. Will recounts romantic relationships with three very different women, changing their names so Maya can guess who her mother is. Is her mother Will’s college sweetheart Emily (Elizabeth Banks)? Or his longtime best friend April (Isla Fisher)? Or is the ambitious journalist Summer (Rachel Weisz)?
The Air I Breathe (R)
Drama, Thriller / 95 min. / English
Four interconnected vignettes named after four emotions — happiness, pleasure, sorrow and love — comprise Korean-American Jieho Lee’s directorial debut. A frustrated stockbroker (Forest Whitaker) searches for happiness in a fixed horse race; a clairvoyant gangster (Brendan Fraser) tries to save a soul; a derailed pop star (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is forced to work for a brutal manager (Andy Garcia); and a doctor (Kevin Bacon) tries to save the love of his life. This existential thriller ties together these interlocking stories with dense philosophy.
Action, Thriller / 93 min. / English, French
Bryan (Liam Neeson), a former spy, is a typical American father in retirement until his one and only daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace), is kidnapped. During the ordeal, Bryan knows that he must remain calm and strong by drawing on his training as a secret agent. Bryan tries to follow clues from Kim’s broken cell phone, but everyone he tries to contact is killed. After secretly tapping the line of the possible kidnapper, Bryan finds out that there is another kidnapped woman who may help him learn Kim’s whereabouts. Hot on Kim’s trail, Bryan receives a shock: his daughter is being forced into sexual slavery. Can he save her?