2008. 5. 2 NOW PLAYINGIron Man (12)
Action, Adventure / 125 min. / English
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Horton Hears a Who! (all)
Animation, Family/ 86 min. / Korean or English
A beloved Dr. Seuss story comes to the big screen for the first time in CGI. When Horton, an especially considerate elephant, hears something out of the ordinary, he discovers an entire village of tiny people called Whos. Their town, Whoville, is under threat, and Horton is the only one who can save them. As Horton embarks on a whimsical crusade to save Whoville, he suffers ridicule from his naysaying neighbors, who are convinced their pachyderm pal has gone off his rocker. Voice talents such as Jim Carrey, Carol Burnett and Steve Carell give life to the English-language version. Note: Check with theaters whether showings are of the Korean-dubbed version of the film or in English with Korean subtitles.
Hallam Foe (R)
Drama, Romance / 95 min. / English
After losing his mother, Hallam Foe (Jamie Bell), a 17-year-old, does not communicate with others much, and spends his spare time watching his neighbors. Although everyone believes that Hallam’s mother committed suicide by drowning in a lake near their house in Edinburgh with an overdose of sleeping pills, Hallam thinks his stepmother killed his mother.
After picking a huge fight with his stepmother, Hallam leaves his house and heads to Edinburgh, where he meets Kate Breck (Sophia Myles), a hotelier who looks much like his dead mother. Hallam starts working in Kate’s hotel, where his obsession with Kate grows. Through his experiences in the real world, Hallam comes to maturity the hard way.
The Forbidden Kingdom (12)
Action, Fantasy / 105 min. / English
An American teenager named Jason (Michael Angarano) is obsessed with Chinese martial arts and kung fu. He finds the legendary weapon of a Chinese sage from a Chinatown pawn shop and ends up in an epic battleground in ancient China.
There, he encounters kung fu masters Lu Yan (Jackie Chan) and the Silent Monk (Jet Li). The two kung fu masters recognize the power of the legendary weapon, and realize that Jason is the chosen one to fight against the evil warlord, the Jade Emperor, and free the Monkey King, who’s been imprisoned.
Lu Yan, also known as the Drunken Master, trains young Jason in the martial arts, and also to believe in himself. Jason gets confused between the two different styles he has to learn from each master, but the training progresses well. After Golden Sparrow (Yifei Liu) joins them, the four members prepare to start a dangerous journey to conquer the Jade Emperor.
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 who has made a fortune from the private health-care business. Carter Chambers (Morgan Freeman) is a car mechanic and devoted family man who couldn’t afford to put himself through college.
The two old men from different backgrounds meet in a hospital, where they learn that they have terminal cancer. Cole remembers the “bucket list,” a list of to-dos before kicking the bucket, that a college professor once talked about. As they scribble down their bucket lists, they realize they have many things to do before they die.
The pair then take a soul-searching journey to achieve everything they want while still alive. Their adventure takes them to Africa for a safari, to the Egyptian pyramids, to high altitudes for skydiving and to a race track for some serious motoring. As they cross items off the list, the two dying men learn more about life and friendship.
Action, Thriller / 93 min. / English, French
Bryan (Liam Neeson) is a former spy with a very special set of skills who is now a typical American father in retirement.
His peaceful life comes to a shattering end, however, when his only daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace), is kidnapped while in Paris on vacation.
Bryan tries to save her by using his high-tech spy gear to follow clues from Kim’s broken cell phone.
With time running out, Neeson goes on a one-man rampage with a zeal that combines the ferocity of James Bond and a super action hero.
During the ordeal, Bryan knows that he has to remain calm and strong, and he draws on his training as a secret agent.
But it is hard for him to keep cool because of his love for his daughter.
Eventually, Bryan finds Kim’s jacket and realizes that she is not far away. Then he is shocked to learn that she is being forced into sexual slavery.
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