2008. 8.1 NOW PLAYINGThe U.S. vs. John Lennon (12)
Documentary / 97 min. / English
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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (12)
Adventure / 111 min. / English
It has been more than 2,000 years since Emperor Han (Jet Li) and his 10,000 warriors were entombed in clay and became a terra-cotta army, thanks to a double-crossing sorceress (Michelle Yeoh).
The O’Connells, a couple of explorers, are called to help the Shanghai Archaeology Museum and accidentally find the long forgotten ruins of the empire. The family is once again thrown into danger when Rick’s bold son Alex (Luke Ford) awakens the emperor from his slumber.
Awake and now furious, the emperor threatens the world in his quest for world domination. Young Alex seeks help from his parents, the only ones who can put up a fight against the dead.
Boot Camp (15)
Horror/ 99 min. / English
Sophie (Mila Kunis) is living at the peak of her rebellious adolescent life and is afraid of nothing. Having had enough of her, her stepfather sends her away to a remote island camp in Fiji.
Upon Sophie’s arrival, she learns that the kids in the island were all dragged there by their parents for similar reasons. She sees that the angry and frustrated teenagers at the camp must work hard in hopes of becoming good citizens of society.
But what was understood by Sophie’s parents as a scenic place to scare her straight turns out to be a hellish boot camp. The camp starts to take a questionable turn as the training becomes more than the teens can handle, including abuse and brainwashing.
The Last Mistress (R)
Drama, Romance / 109 min. / French
Marigny (Fu’ad Ait Aattou) has all that it takes to be a true French socialite casanova: intoxicating looks and extraordinary talent in art.
As he faces marriage into the royal family of Hermangarde, he decides to put an end to his relationship with his mistress, a Spanish dancer named Vellini (Asia Argento).
As the wedding nears and members of the Hermangarde family express their doubts about Marigny, an elder member of the family strongly encourages the match while asking Marigny about his past with Vellini.
After a fine wedding, Marigny and his new wife leave Paris to enjoy a peaceful life in a quiet beach town ? that is, until an appearance by Vellini foils their happiness.
A Gentle Breeze in the Village (Tennen Kokekko) (G)
Drama / 121 min. / Japanese
In the small town of Shimane, Japan, Soyo Migita (Kaho) attends a school with five other students. One day, a new student from Tokyo, Hiromi Osawa (Masaki Okada), transfers to this little school. Coming from the big city, Hiromi becomes the center of attention.
Additionally, Hiromi’s nice first impression leads all the girls, including Soyo, on a mission to grab his attention, thus causing minor fissures among the girls.
The film depicts the benefits of living simple lives in a rural area and the pure and untainted minds of kids.
Shaolin Girl (12)
Action, Comedy / 108 min. / Chinese, Japanese
In hopes of restoring and spreading Chinese martial arts, Lyn (Sibasaki Kou) returns from her Shaolin school to her hometown.
Once she gets there, however, she immediately faces a number of obstacles. The gym that her grandfather used to own has fallen into ruin and her old master has given up the life of a fighter and started a Chinese restaurant.
But Lyn simply cannot give up, so she begins to learn lacrosse and starts to incorporate her martial arts moves into the sport.
With the help of her team members, Lyn begins to make her dream become a reality. But little does she know that dark forces, led by Oba (Toru Nakamura), plan to thwart her moves.
100 Feet (15)
Horror, Thriller / 105 min. / English
To defend herself from her violent New York City cop husband, Mike (Michael Pare), Marnie Watson (Famke Janssen) ultimately commits manslaughter. She is granted an early release from prison, but must wear an electronic ankle bracelet and remain under house arrest for the rest of her sentence. This means she can only move in a 100-foot radius.
In her confinement, Marnie encounters her worst nightmare: Someone inside her house poses a serious threat to her safety.
The mystery man turns out to be someone that Marnie knows all too well, and she must confront him with all she can muster to stay alive.
Nim’s Island (PG)
Fantasy / 91 min. / English
On a secluded island lives Nim (Abigail Breslin), an imaginative girl, and her research scientist father Jack Rusoe (Gerard Butler).
Nim is quite independent and a huge fan of Alex Rover, the imaginary protagonist of a book series. One day when Jack goes on a research trip, a terrible storm hits the island and Jack becomes lost at sea. Nim decides to send an e-mail to Alex Rover for help, not knowing that the receiver is Alexandra Rover (Jodie Foster), the agoraphobic author of the Rover books.