BIG BUDGET FILMS
The Men Who Stare at Goats is rated R due to the profanity, drug use and brief nudity. The movie is based on the best selling book of the same name. It was written by Jon Ronson, a British journalist, who claims he discovered a top secret U.S. Army unit of psychics capable of walking through walls and killing animals simply by staring at them. Obviously, that part explains the wacky title of the film.
The reporter is Ewan McGregor, who stumbles upon the story of a lifetime while covering the War in Iraq. He meets a special forces agent (George Clooney) who claims to be a member of a top secret psychic unit. Supporting cast includes Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges and Stephen Root.
See Kam’s review of The Men Who Stare At Goats.
The Box is rated PG-13 because it has some mature themes, violence and disturbing images. Cameron Diaz and James Marsden co-star in this remake of “Button, Button” the Twilight Zone episode about a cash-strapped couple agonizing over whether to keep an anonymous gift of a million dollars. They know that if they accept it, it will simultaneously cause the death of a perfect stranger. As well as Diaz and marsden, the cast includes Frank Langella, James Rebhorn and Gillian Jacobs.
A Christmas Carol (PG for scary images) Animated, Disney version of the Charles Dickens classic about a miserly, cold-hearted curmudgeon (Jim Carrey) who has to experience an epiphany in order to be able to appreciate the holiday season. With voice work by Bob Hoskins, Colin Firth, Robin Wright Penn, Gary Oldman and Fionnula Flanagan.
The Fourth Kind (PG-13 for terror, disturbing images, mature themes, violence and brief sexuality) Sci-fi thriller revolving around a curious psychologist (Milla Jovovich) investigating the 40-year pattern of mysterious disappearances from a tiny Alaskan town suggesting abduction by UFOs. With Will Patton, Elias Koteas and Corey Johnson.
Precious (R for rape, child abuse, pervasive profanity and ethnic slurs) Lee Daniels directs this super-realistic screen adaptation of the Sapphire best seller, set in Harlem in 1987, about a teenage mom’s (Gabby Sidibe) attempt to finish school and to find love in the face of a monstrous mother (Mo’Nique) who insists she’ll never amount to anything. With Mariah Carey, Paula Patton, Lenny Kravitz and Sherri Shepherd.