February Movies


Who is taking Mommy’s place? After her mother’s death and her subsequent hospital stay, Anna Rydell (Emily Browning) returns home to be with her sister (Arielle Kebbel) and her father, who has become engaged to Rachel (Elizabeth Banks), her mother’s former nurse. During her first night back, Anna is visited by her mother’s ghost, who reveals that the new woman in her father’s life is not who she pretends to be, leading to a fateful confrontation between the women of the house. Starring: Emily Browning, David Strathairn, Elizabeth Banks, Arielle Kebbel. Rated PG13

Former government operative Bryan Mills begins the longest 96-hours of his life–and the hunt for the fearsome organization that has taken his daughter Kim. Mills is ex-Black Ops military and joins some former colleagues for special security details (like guarding a pop diva), but most of his time and energy are spent re-connecting with Kim. She decides she wants to travel abroad to France with a friend which Bryan initially forbids, but later caves in. His great est fears are realized when Kim her friend Amanda are abducted in Paris during broad daylight. Moments before Kim is dragged away she manages to phone her Dad, who begins to expertly piece together clues that will take him to the darkness of the French underworld. He will face nightmares worse than anything he experienced in black ops–and let nothing and no one stop him from saving his daughter. Rated PG13

Lucy Hill (Renee Zellweger) is an ambitious, up and coming executive living in Miami. She loves her shoes, she loves her cars and she loves climbing the corporate ladder. When she is offered a temporary assignment to restructure a manufacturing plant, she jumps at the opportunity, knowing that a big promotion is close at hand. The only wrinkle is that the plant is in rural Minnesota, and while she is there she re-evaluates her big-city values. What begins as a straight forward job assignment becomes a life changing experience as Lucy discovers greater meaning in her life and most unexpectedly, the man of her dreams (Harry Connick, Jr.).


It’s the Baltimore version of Sex & The City when a group of interconnected, Baltimore-based twenty- and thirtysomethings navigate their various relationships from the shallow end of the dating pool through the deep, murky waters of married life. The film boasts an all-star cast, including Academy Award(r) winner Ben Affleck as Neil; Jennifer Aniston as Beth; Drew Barrymore as Mary; Academy Award(r) winner Jennifer Connelly as Janine; Kevin Connolly as Conor; Bradley Cooper as Ben; Ginnifer Goodwin as Gigi; Scarlett Johansson as Anna; Kris Kristofferson as Ken; and Justin Long as Alex. Rated PG13

Steve Martin reprises the role of intrepid-if-bumbling French police detective, Inspector Jacques Clouseau. When legendary treasures from around the world are stolen, including the priceless Pink Panther Diamond, Chief Inspector Dreyfus (John Cleese) is forced to assign Clouseau to a team of international detectives and experts charged with catching the thief and retrieving the stolen artifacts. Martin is joined by his co-stars Jean Reno (as Ponton, his partner) and Emily Mortimer (as Nicole, the object of his awkward affections). The investigative dream team is played by Andy Garcia, Alfred Molina, Yuki Matsuzaki (Letters from Iwo Jima) and Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Lily Tomlin also stars. The story is set in Paris and Rome. Rated PG

In this sci-fi action thriller a group of young American expats with telekinetic and clairvoyant abilities hide from a U.S. government agency in Hong Kong, using their different talents to band together for a final job to escape the agency forever. The Division, a shadowy government agency, is genetically transforming citizens into an army of psychic warriors–and brutally disposing of those unwilling to participate. Nick Gant, a second-generation telekinetic or “mover,” has been in hiding since the Division murdered his father more than a decade earlier. He has found sanctuary in densely populated Hong Kong–the last safe place on earth for fugitive psychics like him–but only if he can keep his gift a secret. Nick is forced out of hiding when Cassie Holmes, a 13-year-old clairvoyant or “watcher,” seeks his help in finding Kira, an escaped “pusher” who may hold the key to ending the Division’s program. Starring: Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, Camilla Belle, Djimon Hounsou and Nate Mooney. Rated PG13

In this animated spine-tingling tale director Henry Selick (Nightmare Before Christmas & James And The Giant Peach) brings his brand of kooky to a story about a curious girl who unlocks a mysterious door in her family’s new home and enters into an adventure in a parallel reality. Coraline Jones is a girl of 11 who is feisty, curious, and adventurous beyond her years. She and her parents have just relocated from Michigan to Oregon. She is befriended–or, as she sees it, is annoyed–by a local boy close to her age, Wybie Lovat and visits her older neighbors, eccentric British actresses Miss Spink and Forcible as well as the arguably even more eccentric Russian Mr. Bobinsky. After these encounters, Coraline seriously doubts that her new home can provide anything truly intriguing to her, but it does; she uncovers a secret door in the house. Walking through the door and then venturing through an eerie passageway, she discovers an alternate version of her life and existence. On the surface, this parallel reality is similar to her real life–only much better. Coraline is more the center of attention there–even from the mysterious Cat. She begins to think that this Other World might be where she belongs. But when her wondrously off-kilter, fantastical visit turns dangerous Coraline musters all of her resourcefulness, determination, and bravery to get back home–and save her family. Featuring the voices of: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Ian McShane, Jennifer Saunders, Keith David and John Hodgman. Rated PG


Women were born to shop. Rebecca Bloomwood is a sweet and charming New York City girl who has a tiny, little problem that is rapidly turning into a big problem: she’s hopelessly addicted to shopping and drowning in a sea of debt. While Rebecca has dreams of working for a top fashion magazine, she can’t quite get her foot in the door — that is, until she snags a job as an advice columnist for a new financial magazine published by the same company. Overnight, her column becomes hugely popular, turning her into an overnight celebrity, but when her compulsive shopping and growing debt issues threaten to destroy her love life and derail her career, she struggles to keep it all from spiraling out of control–and is ultimately forced to reevaluate what’s really important in life. Starring: Hugh Dancy, Wendie Malick, Lynn Redgrave, John Goodman and John Lithgow. Rated PG

Returning to the story that started it all, this retelling of the original Friday the 13th heads back to summer camp where a mysterious killer is systematically slaughtering the teenage camp counselors. In this re-imagining of the classic horror film, Clay searches for his missing sister in the eerie woods of legendary Crystal Lake, where he stumbles on the creaky remains of rotting old cabins behind moss-covered trees. And that’s not the only thing lying in wait under the brush. Against the advice of police and cautions from the locals, Clay pursues what few leads he has, with the help of a young woman he meets among a group of college kids up for an all-thrills weekend. But they are about to find much more than they bargained for. Little do they know, they’ve entered the domain of one of the most terrifying specters in American film history–the infamous killer who haunts Crystal Lake, armed with a razor-sharp machete…Jason Voorhees. Starring: Jared Padalecki, Danielle Panabaker, Aaron Yoo, Amanda Righetti, Travis Van Winkle and Derek Mears. Rated R

A bail-out for bad guys? Interpol Agent Louis Salinger and Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Eleanor Whitman are determined to bring to justice one of the world’s most powerful banks. Uncovering myriad and reprehensible illegal activities, Salinger and Whitman follow the money from Berlin to Milan to New York to Istanbul. Finding themselves in a high-stakes chase across the globe, their relentless tenacity puts their own lives at risk as their targets will stop at nothing — even murder — to continue financing terror and war. Starring: Clive Owen, Naomi Watts, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Ulrich Thomsen and Axel Milberg. Rated R


Shawn Colfax and Nick Brady, the stars of the Gerald R. Ford High School football team, are dreading the prospect of another summer at football camp. When Nick hatches a scheme for the two to join their school’s cheerleaders at cheer camp instead, they find themselves awash in a sea of gorgeous young women. It all goes great until Shawn falls for Carly, the beautiful head cheerleader who sees right through them. Starring: Nicholas D’Agosto, Eric Christian Olsen, Sarah Roemer, Danneel Harris and Nicole Tubiola. Rated PG13

After a high-speed freeway chase puts Madea in front of the judge, her reprieve is short-lived as anger management issues get the best of her and land her in jail. A gleeful Joe couldn’t be happier at Madea’s misfortune. But Madea’s eccentric family members the Browns rally behind her, lending their special “country” brand of support. Meanwhile, Assistant District Attorney Joshua Hardaway is on the fast track to career success. But Hardaway lands a case too personal to handle – defending young prostitute and former drug addict Candace Washington – and asks his fiance and fellow ADA Linda Holmes to fill in on his behalf. When Candace ends up in jail, Madea befriends the young woman, protecting her in a “motherly” way as only Madea can. Starring: Tyler Perry, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Derek Luke, Tamela J. Mann and Vanessa Ferlito. Rated PG13


The Jonas Brothers, Kevin, Joe and Nick pop off the big screen in a high energy 3D rockumentary. The film blends scenes from their “Burning Up” concert tour with special guest appearances by Demi Lovato and Taylor Swift. This will give the swamps on fans a backstage peek at their humorous antics. Rated G

Capcom’s Street Fighter vaults back onto the screen with this film from director Andrzej Bartkowiak (Romeo Must Die). Fanboys can start drooling now over Smallville’s Kristin Kreuk in the role of high-kicking heroine Chun Li, while Neal McDonough, Chris Klein, Michael Clarke Duncan, and a number of impressive actors round out the rest of the cast.