Here's a selection of new movies on DVD for June, 2006.
Ford stars in this thriller featuring lots of high-tech electronic devices. Jack
Stanfield (Ford) is a computer security expert at a bank in Seattle, where he
lives with his wife (Virginia Madsen) and kids. But one day Stanfield's family
is taken hostage by criminals, who demand that Jack use his knowledge of the bank's
computer system to transfer funds into offshore accounts. The crooks, led by Bill
Cox (Paul Bettany), employ an elaborate monitoring system, but Stanfield has plenty
of technical ingenuity.
Based on fact, this sports drama is about American racism in
the mid-1960's. Upon becoming basketball coach at Texas Western College (now University
of Texas at El Paso), Don Haskins (Josh Lucas) recruited African-Americans from
the northern U.S. At that time, colleges used relatively few black players, and
the team experienced some ugly incidents. But Texas Western ended up in the national
championship game with an all-black starting five taking the court against an
all-white Kentucky team.
Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
A prizewinner at Cannes, this drama
was directed by and stars Tommy Lee Jones. The screenplay was written by Guillermo
Arriaga (Amores perros, 21 Grams). Pete Perkins (Jones) is a Texas
ranch foreman who hires illegal immigrant Melquiades Estrada. Then there's an
incident where Mike Norton (Barry Pepper), who works for the Border Patrol, kills
Estrada. After Estrada is buried twice in Texas, Perkins forces Norton to accompany
him on a journey to return Estrada to his native village in Mexico for burial.
This glam-action horror movie is the sequel to Underworld
(2003), and Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman reprise their roles. Evolution
is a convoluted tale about the continuation of the war between vampires and lycansa
lycan is a form of a werewolf. Leather-clad vampire Selene (Beckinsale) and her
lover (Speedman) must prevent the release of an uncontrollable, powerful lycan
who has been imprisoned for centuries. But the movie is really all about creating
a noisy, violent alternate universe.
Bruce Willis stars in this police drama. Jack Mosley (Willis)
is a middle-aged, burned-out, alcoholic NYPD detective who is assigned the seemingly
routine task of transporting a motor-mouth prisoner named Eddie Bunker (Mos Def)
16 blocks so he can testify at a trial. But the trip turns into an ordeal because
corrupt cops, including Frank Nugent (David Morse), set out to kill Bunker. However,
Mosley realizes that delivering Bunker safely to court will probably be the last
opportunity he will ever have for redemption.
family comedy is based on the novel by Alice Hoffman. Claire (Emma Roberts) and
Hailey (Joanna "JoJo" Levesque) are 13-year-old best friends in a Florida
seaside community, where after a storm they discover the mermaid Aquamarine (Sara
Paxton) in a swimming pool. Aquamarine is capable of maintaining a human appearance,
provided she doesn't get wet or stay out after dark. The mermaid promises to grant
the two girls a wish if they will tutor her in winning the heart of a lifeguard
Dave Chappelle's Block Party
centers around an outdoor concert held September 18, 2004, that was hosted by
comic Dave Chappelle. The concert was in Brooklyn, and performers include Kanye
West, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common, Dead Prez, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, the Roots
and the reunited Fugees (Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel). The movie
also has lots of footage of Chappelle being spontaneously amusing. The film was
directed by Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind).
of the Spear
Based on real-life events, this is an evangelical-themed
film. The story goes back to 1956 when Christian missionaries from North America
went to Ecuador and were speared to death by the Waodani, a jungle tribe living
around Amazon tributaries. But decades later, the son of one of the slain missionaries
returns to the scene of the massacre to try to come to terms with his father's
death and the people who killed him. The movie is narrated by actor Chad Allen,
who plays both the father and the son as an adult.
The Pink Panther
Martin stars in this comedy, basically a prequel to the 1963 film that starred
Peter Sellers. Martin plays Inspector Clouseau, the character Sellers made famous,
and Kevin Kline portrays Dreyfus, Herbert Lom's character in the old Pink Panther
movies. Once again Clouseau is the bumbling French policeman investigating a crime
involving the stolen Pink Panther diamond, but the 2006 film includes gags about
Viagra and flatulence. Others appearing in the film are Emily Mortimer, Jean Reno
and Beyoncé Knowles.
Eight sled dogssix huskies and two malamutesare the
stars of this Disney family movie, suggested by the Japanese film Nankyoku
Monogatari based on a true story. Jerry (Paul Walker) is a guide who uses
the dogs during an Antarctic expedition to retrieve parts of meteorites from Mercury
for a scientist (Bruce Greenwood). But winter comes on suddenly, the humans barely
get out, and the canines are left behind. As months pass, Jerry tries to put together
a rescue, and the dogs must fend for themselves.
Hills Have Eyes
This gory horror movie is a remake of the 1977 Wes
Craven film with the same title. An American familya retired cop, his wife,
two teenage kids, an adult daughter, her husband and her babytake a vacation
that involves driving cross-country. On a New Mexico back road they encounter
ghoulish mutants, descendants of miners exposed to high doses of radiation during
government testing in the 1950's. Living in a faux town built to test nuclear
effects, the mutants eat tourists, so the travelers must fight for their lives.
and directed by Stephen Gaghan, this drama contains several intersecting stories
that center around international oil. Among the actors in the ensemble cast are
George Clooney, Matt Damon, Jeffrey Wright, Chris Cooper, William Hurt, Tim Blake
Nelson, Amanda Peet and Christopher Plummer. The story threads, which eventually
converge, involve the CIA, the royal family of a Gulf nation, two oil companies,
a high-powered D.C. law firm, a Geneva-based energy analyst and Pakistani refinery
This starts as a military training drama and turns into a boxing movie.
Jake (James Franco) grew up in Annapolis, Maryland, aspiring to attend the U.S.
Naval Academy, but he couldn't get admitted, so he took a job in a nearby shipyard.
But he gets into the Academy after all when his congressman recommends him, thrusting
him into a world of hazing and tough training. However, Jake gradually finds himself
and finally comes into his own in the Brigades, a tournament that determines the
Academy boxing championship.
Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker are paired in
this romantic comedy. Tripp (McConaughey) is a 35-year-old still living with his
parents (Terry Bradshaw and Kathy Bates), who want him out. The parents hire Paula
(Parker), who has created a profession for herself by dealing with men like Tripp.
Her method is to date the man, manipulate him into moving out of his parents'
house, then break off with him. Paula goes into her routine with Tripp, but things
soon get complicated when she starts to fall for him.
The follow-up to Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005),
this is the second in what promises to be series of movies from Tyler Perry, who
offers a unique combination of melodrama, lowbrow humor and Christian values.
He wrote and directed Madea's Family Reunion, and he takes three roles
in it, including dressing in drag to play matriarch Madea. This time around the
story centers on the marital prospects of two of Madea's nieces. Among the actors
in the film are Blair Underwood, Cicely Tyson and Maya Angelou.
sometime in the future, this action sci-fi movie stars Milla Jovovich. A blood
virus intended to produce super soldiers has created creatures known as hemophages
who possess enhanced physical abilities. Mainstream society fears hemophages,
forcing them underground and into camps, and a leader named Daxus sets out to
exterminate them. But Violet (Jovovich), a hemophage highly proficient in martial
arts and weaponry, may be able to save her race. Caught up in all this is a boy
known as Six (Cameron Bright).
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