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Movies – September 2009

August, 2009
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Post Grad

New school year – but where is it all leading? This comedy might help shed some light on the matter, especially since it features rising star Alexis Bledel of Gilmore Girls fame. It’s got everything, like attractive young people, a protagonist looking for a career and love in her hometown, and memorable characters. How apt is that? And of course Ms. Bledel is looking better than ever - who’d have thought she’d one day be a leading lady?

Director: Vicky Jenson
Starring: Alexis Bledel, Zach Gilford, Michael Keaton, Jane Lynch
Rating: PG-13

9

We’ve been waiting ages for this masterpiece, and it’s almost here. Nine, or 9, is based on a short animated science fiction/horror movie by Shane Acker, and thanks to being so impressive and touching, has attracted the attention of Tim Burton, maker of several classics in his own right. The full length feature animated film revolves around the quest of several living dolls to save the world from humanity’s harmful legacy. The group of innocent and likable characters faces off against horrible machine monstrosities, and must rise to the challenge. Audiences will have it a lot easier – the spectacular animation and heart-rending story should be motivation enough. 

Director: Shane Acker
Starring: Elijah Wood, Martin Landau, John C. Reilly, Christopher Plummer
Rating: PG-13

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Derived from a popular kids book, this movie portrays a small town where it stopped raining cats and dogs and instead began showering various food items, including the titular meatballs. While this might be some people’s idea of paradise, it does turn things upside down for town dwellers, and they have to get back to normalcy, resulting in very comical situations. The lovable troupe of characters has a lot to do with it, ranging from sweet youngsters to zany scientists. Give it a go but don’t forget the popcorn, this movie is liable to make one hungry. 

Director: Phil Lord
Starring: Anna Faris, Andy Samberg, Bill Hader, Mr. T
Rating: PG

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Astro Boy

How we’ve longed and yearned for this character to finally make Hollywood…and now the moment is almost upon us. In a futuristic version of Pinocchio, Astro Boy tells of a scientist driven to create a mechanical replacement for his young son, who died. Of course, the kid robot develops his own personality, becoming a superhero devoted to righting wrongs and siding with the good people of the universe. Previously a notable character in other media, this Astro Boy big screen outing is one of our most anticipated movie releases of the year.

Note: the release date for this movie has yet to be finalized as of this writing – it may be delayed until late October. 

Director: David Bowers
Starring: Freddie Highmore, Nicolas Cage, Charlize Theron, Kristen Bell
Rating: PG

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Gamer

We’d be complete hypocrites if we didn’t cover this movie, even though it is rated R for language and violence, so parents be forewarned. Why is it so important? Because it’s a loving homage to video games, a prominent feature in our editorial picks as you know. And because it doesn’t glorify any of the controversial aspects of gaming, rather observes and dissects them, even poking fun at times. The story sees a convicted man sentenced to become a soldier remote controlled by a professional gamer – a bit like Gladiator meets Running Man. The action is superlative and will bring a smile to game lovers all over, plus there’s a real message here – taking charge of your life means knowing what you’re getting yourself into!

Director: Mark Neveldine
Starring: Gerard Butler, Zoe Bell, Michael C. Hall, Kyra Sedgwick 
Rating: R

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Ponyo (English version)

Just say it – Ponyo! Alternatively, sing it: “Ponyo, Ponyo, Ponyo…” Either way, there’s no denying the little mermaid and her desire to become human. This Studio Ghibli hit took over six months to make it as an international release dubbed into English, but it was inevitable in light of its success in Asia. With some of the most appealing visuals in recent hand-drawn animation and a story that will have you weeping before long, Ponyo has so much going for her, we can’t wait to sit down and behold once more as she comes up from the sea to enter the lives of good people in a quaint fishing village on the coast of Japan. It’s amazing – do not miss out. 

Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Starring:  Noah Lindsey Cyrus, Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Frankie Jonas
Rating: PG

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