2008. 9.5 NOW PLAYINGMamma Mia! (12)
Comedy, Musical / 108 min. / English
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars (All)
Animation, Sci-Fi / 90 min. / English
The three-decades-old legendary science-fiction series “Star Wars” comes back to the big screen in animated form. The intergalactic wars between good and evil continue in this installment.
Dark forces cast gloom all over the universe in the midst of the Clone Wars, and its fate is in the hands of the Jedi Knights.
The hero, Anakin Skywalker (Matt Lanter), and his Padawan disciple Ahsoka (Ashley Eckstein), the new hero of the Star Wars series, leave on an odyssey that will lead them to such characters as the sinister Jabba the Hutt (Kevin Michael Richardson), Count Dooku (Christopher Lee) and Chancellor Palpatine (Ian Abercrombie).
Meanwhile, Yoda (Tom Kane) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (James Arnold Taylor) lead the clone army in their fight against the dark side, along with familiar characters like Padme Amidala (Catherine Taber) and C-3PO (Anthony Daniels).
Documentary / 108 min. / Korean
This is the Korean-dubbed version of the worldwide adventure co-produced by the BBC and Discovery Channel, which explores how climate change is threatening the planet’s animal life. High-definition cinematography captures the beauty of nature and the diversity of the Earth’s animal inhabitants.
Earth has everything nature can ask for: an adequate distance from the sun, a 23.5 degree inclination and the four seasons. From polar bears to sharks, many animals are now fighting for survival as the environment changes through global warming.
The expansion of African deserts, the rapid thaw of the North Pole’s icebergs and the lack of food in the southern oceans is endangering the lives of our fauna. This documentary provides a way for Earth to talk back to us.
Drama, Romance / 96 min. / Arabic, French
This sweet Lebanese film is co-written and directed by Nadine Labaki, who also stars in the movie. The film captures the lives of six women - Nisrine, Jamale, Rima, Layale, Rose and Lili - in Beirut, Lebanon, as they search for love. Four of the women work in a salon, where all sorts of intrigues unfold over hairstyles and gossip.
There’s the lovesick Layale (Labaki), who is pining after a married man; Rima (Joanna Moukarzel), who finds herself interested in a customer; divorcee Jamale (Gisele Aouad), who is struggling with raising teenagers; and middle-aged seamstress Rose (Sihame Haddad), who serves as a caregiver for elderly dementia patient Lili (Aziza Semaan).
Shine a Light (15)
Documentary, English / 122 min. / English
Martin Scorsese’s rockumentary on The Rolling Stones captures two shows at New York’s Beacon Theater in the fall of 2006. Scorsese, in a captivating behind-the-scenes look, portrays the lead-up to the concert as a friendly battle between two opposing forces - his neurotic, precise director self and the loose, unbridled nature of band frontman Mick Jagger. The concert’s visual impact includes careening flashing spotlights, frenetic onstage energy and Jagger’s wild gesticulations and gyrating hips.
The concert also features performances by guest stars Jack White of The White Stripes, bluesman Buddy Guy and pop diva Christina Aguilera. Expect some cinematic punctuation marks in the form of the snips of old interviews from the band’s past.
Horror, Mystery / 87 min. / English
This is the latest offering from writer and director Daniel Myrick, who worked on “The Blair Witch Project” (1999).
Megan (Elizabeth Harnois) has just lost her twin sister Sophie, who committed suicide a few months earlier. To celebrate the summer solstice, Megan and a bunch of her friends decide to spend some time at her parents’ vacation home. But as the holiday wears on, Megan begins to sense that her sister’s spirit is close by and her mental health seems to disintegrate.
She dreams of a muddy death and is obsessed with a keychain that appears to be watching her. Add to the mixture a bit of voodoo and talks with the dead and you have yourself a scary show devoid of techno wizardry but strong on shock value.
Rudy: The Return of the Racing Pig (All)
Drama, Adventure / 99 min. / German
A motherless boy, Nickel (Maurice Teichert), brings a pig back from a trip to the countryside. He lives with his father, who has just come back from a business trip and spends most of his time with his new girlfriend Anya (Sophie von Kessel) and her daughter Filly (Sina Richardt). Filly and Nickel hate each other, but they team up to prevent their parents getting married. They create a host of mischief to mess up the wedding plans. Thus begins a comic adventure in which Rudy the pig saves the lives of the two kids.
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