2009. 9.11 NOW PLAYINGAeja (15)
Drama / 110 / Korean
Park Aeja (Choi Kang-hee) was known as the “Tolstoy of Busan” when she was in high school. Dreaming of a career as a professional novelist, she moves to Seoul after graduation. Years later, Aeja is a 29-year-old woman with huge debts and a boyfriend who is cheating on her.
But Aeja remains confident and proud of herself. That is, except in front of her mother, Young-hee (Kim Young-ae), who disapproves of her daughter’s wild and free-spirited life. On her brother’s wedding day, Aeja plans revenge on her mother by staging a surprise event that nearly ruins the happy ceremony. Aeja is pleased with the results, but later that day she gets a phone call from the hospital saying her mother has collapsed.
My Sister’s Keeper (12)
Drama / 109 / English
Eleven-year-old Anna Fitzgerald (Abigail Breslin) was born to be a genetic match to her older sister, Kate (Sofia Vassilieva), who was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia when she was 2. Anna knows that she came into the world for Kate, but she also knows that donating her organs for her sister means she won’t be able to play soccer or be a cheerleader. So when Kate goes into renal failure and Anna has to donate one of her kidneys, she sues her parents, Brian and Sara Fitzgerald (Jason Patric and Cameron Diaz), for medical emancipation and the rights to her own body. With the help of Attorney Campbell Alexander (Alec Baldwin) as her guardian, Anna tries to find a true life for herself.
The Case of Itaewon Homicide (15)
Mystery, Crime / 100 / Korean
Based on an unsolved murder case at a hamburger chain in Seoul’s multicultural Itaewon district in 1997, “The Case of Itaewon Homicide” opens with a graphically brutal scene in which an innocent college student is stabbed to death by a stranger.
Two Korean-American teenagers, Pearson (Jang Geun-seok) and Alex (Shin Seung-hwan), are the prime suspects in custody, and each blames the other for the horrific crime. The suspects throw contradictory evidence at investigators, creating confusion about what actually happened, leaving prosecutor Park (Jeong Jin-yeong) to try to figure out the truth.
Sunshine Cleaning (15)
Drama / 91 / English
Rose Lorkowski (Amy Adams) is a single mother living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her father (Alan Arkin) and adult younger sister Norah (Emily Blunt) live in the family house nearby. A head cheerleader in high school, Rose is now the “other woman” to her teenage sweetheart. They meet up frequently at a motel while Rose claims to be going to real estate classes to escape her job as a maid.
It’s this man (Steve Zahn), a cop, who gets her into the lucrative gig of crime scene cleanup. Rose’s business, which she named Sunshine Cleaning to keep things positive, gets off to a rocky start, to say the least, as she tries to deal with her lazy pothead sister, her father’s bizarre get-rich-quick schemes and her young son Oscar’s (Jason Spevack) expulsion from school.
The Proposal (15)
Romantic Comedy / 107 / English
Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) is executive editor-in-chief of Colden Books, a publishing company. As head of the group, Margaret has it all - except for the fact that her employees hate her, including her assistant Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds).
When Margaret, originally from Canada, suddenly faces deportation to her native country, she tells the U.S. government that she is engaged and about to be married. Margaret forces Andrew to go along with her scheme, and he reluctantly agrees to in return for a promotion. With an official from the INS watching their every move, the two leave for Sitka, Alaska, Andrew’s hometown, to meet his eccentric family.
Drama / 124 / English, Hindi
Michelle McNally (Rani Mukerji) loses her eyesight and hearing just a few months after she is born. Growing up trapped in a dark and bleak world where she is unable to see, hear or speak, Michelle becomes a violent child. But when she is 8 years old, Michelle meets Debraj Sahai (Amitabh Bachchan), an old man who teaches the deaf and the blind.
Debraj’s strict teaching methods are met with disapproval by Michelle’s parents at first. However, when the child slowly begins to progress, Debraj is allowed to stay with Michelle and continue helping her. Michelle learns how to express herself and see the world in a new light with Debraj by her side. But as time goes on, Debraj’s health begins to fail as he shows signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Now it’s Michelle’s turn to show her teacher how to live life.
The film is partly an adaptation of Helen Keller’s autobiography “The Story of My Life.”