Year 2009 Top Movie Picks
Bolt (voices of John Travolta, Miley Cyrus) Super-dog Bolt is the star of a hit TV show whose life is filled with adventure, danger and intrigue. When he is accidentally shipped to New York City and separated from Penney, his beloved co-star and owner, Bolt immediately springs into action to save her from the forces of evil.
Coraline (voices of Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher) A young girl walks through a secret door that she has found in her new home and discovers an alternate version of her life. Based on the book by Neil Gaiman.
Crossing over (Harrison Ford, Ashley Judd) An immigration officer must protect the U.S. border in Los Angeles from those trying to pursue the American Dream, as those around him try to break the rules by fraud, blackmail, and work-site enforcement.
The curious case of Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett) Daisy Fuller Williams is on her deathbed in a New Orleans hospital the day that Hurricane Katrina hits, with her adult daughter Caroline at her side. Daisy asks Caroline to read to her aloud from the diary of Daisy's lifelong friend, Benjamin Button, which recounts his entire extraordinary life - the unusual aspect being that he aged backwards, having been born an old man. Based on the story by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Doubt (Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Philip Seymour Hoffman) In 1964, at St. Nicholas in the Bronx. Father Flynn is a charismatic priest who is trying to upend the schools' strict customs, which have long been fiercely guarded by the principal Sister Aloysius. But when another nun shares with Sister Aloysius her suspicion that Father Flynn is paying too much personal attention to the school's only black student, she sets off on a personal crusade to unearth the truth. Without any proof, however, besides her moral certainty, Sister Aloysius locks into a battle of wills with Father Flynn. Based on the play by John Patrick Shanley.
The great Buck Howard (John Malkovich, Colin Hanks) Buck Howard is a mentalist extraordinaire who used to spend his days in the limelight. But nowadays, it has become clear to everyone but Buck that his act has long ago lost its luster. Yet, Buck is convinced his comeback is imminent.
I've loved you so long (Kristin Scott Thomas, Elsa Zylberstein) After serving fifteen years for murdering her young son, Juliette is released from prison and reunited with her sister, beginning a long journey to forgiveness. In French with English subtitles.
Last chance Harvey (Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson) Harvey is a divorced, down-on-his-luck music jingle composer. Kate is a lonely British airline employee. Chance brings them together. On a trip to London, Harvey's intention is to only stay for the wedding ceremony of his daughter, but when Harvey gets let go from his job, he finds Kate and asks her to accompany him to the reception.
Man on wire This fascinating documentary takes a look at the high-wire walk made by Philippe Petit in 1974 between the World Trade Center's Twin Towers in New York City, and how it is still considered one of history's most artistic crimes.
Marley & me (Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson) John and Jen are journalists who are a newly married couple. Marley is the adopted puppy that no one wants, a high-strung lab who is virtually untrainable. As the family grows and moves from Florida to Pennsylvania, and John struggles with his own career direction, Marley remains the one constant. Based on the memoir of Philadelphia Inquirer columnist John Grogan's life with his yellow Labrador retriever.
The proposal (Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds) High-powered book editor Maggie is everyone's worst nightmare: ruthless, driven, and tactless. When she finds herself faced with deportation back to Canada, she coerces her much younger assistant into marrying her. However, when the government becomes suspicious, they embark upon a charade in order to make the marriage seem legitimate.
Rudo y cursi (Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna) Two brothers, hoping to build a home for their mother, are discovered by a talent scout and move to Mexico City to play soccer for different teams, but find themselves distracted by drugs, women, and gambling. In Spanish with English subtitles.
The soloist (Robert Downey, Jr., Jamie Foxx) In 2005, the only thing hurting Los Angeles Times columnist and recent bike accident victim Steve Lopez more than his banged-up face, was his pressing need for story ideas. He soon discovers Nathaniel Ayers, a skid row schizophrenic street musician, who possesses extraordinary talent - even though he only has half-broken instruments to play. Based on the novel The soloist: a lost dream, an unlikely friendship, and the redemptive power of music by Steve Lopez.
Star Trek (Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto) On the day of James Kirk's birth, his father dies on his ship in a last stand against a mysterious alien vessel. Twenty years later, Kirk has grown into a young troublemaker and is inspired by Capt. Christopher Pike to fulfill his potential in Starfleet.
State of play (Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck) When D.C. reporter Cal McCaffrey is assigned to investigate the murder of an assistant to an up-and-coming politician, he uncovers a conspiracy that threatens to bring down the nation's power structures. Based on the British television series created by Paul Abbott.
Twilight (Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson) Isabella Swan moves to gloomy Forks, Washington to live with her father. She begins her junior year in high school and becomes fascinated by Edward Cullen who holds a dark secret which is only known by his family. To Edward, Bella is what he has waited 90 years for, a true soul mate. Based on the novel by Stephenie Meyer.
Up (voices of Ed Asner, Jordan Nagai) Carl Fredericksen is a 78- year-old curmudgeon who used to enjoy his modest life as a balloon seller when his adventure-loving wife Ellie was still alive. When she passed away, however, Carl was left with his memories and the awareness that they never made their dream journey to Paradise Falls in South America. When well-meaning officials try to consign Carl to Shady Oaks Retirement Home, he rigs thousands of helium balloons to his house and floats away. - only to discover that Russell, a chubby Wilderness Explorer Scout has stowed away.