Film: Film News: 2009

New movies in January 2009

Eastwood hits hard in "Gran Torino, more re-releases fill early year gap

January may be a recycle month in the film industry. Two blockbusters from 2008, Inkheart and The Dark Knight, both films through Wanrer Brothers, are being re-released this month. The Dark Knight rerelease, starring Christian Bale and the late Heath Ledger, will be on IMAX. In February, the legendary Friday the 13th, will be shown in a re-imagining of the classic horror film.

All of these new upcoming movies are coming out in January 2009. Read production film notes about the development and filming provided by the filmmakers and producers movies coming out in 2009. Watch video clips, photos of new movies and link to Official movie web sites.

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January 2009 new movies

Jan. 9: Gran Torino Drama. Clint Eastwood stars in "Gran Torino," marking his first film role since his Oscar®-winning "Million Dollar Baby." Eastwood plays retired auto worker Walt Kowalski, an iron-willed veteran living in a changing world, who is forced by his immigrant neighbors to confront his own long-held prejudices. The people he once called his neighbors have all moved or passed away, replaced by Hmong immigrants, from Southeast Asia, he despises. Resentful of virtually everything and everyone he sees, Walt is just waiting out the rest of his life...until the night his teenage neighbor Thao tries to steal his prized `72 Gran Torino, under pressure from Hmong gang-bangers. But Walt stands in the way of both the heist and the gang, making him the reluctant hero of the neighborhood--especially to Thao's mother and older sister, Sue, who insist that Thao work for Walt as a way to make amends. Though he initially wants nothing to do with these people, Walt eventually gives in and puts the boy to work, setting into motion an unlikely friendship that will change both their lives. This film has been rated R by the MPAA for language throughout and some violence. Warner Bros.

In December 2009: Clint Eastwood is scheduled to release an untitled drama filme with Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. The movie tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa's rugby team to help unite their country.

"Not Easily Broken" movie posterJan. 9: Not Easily Broken. an uplifting drama about love and family adapted from the book of the same name by renowned pastor and author Bishop T. D. Jakes. Newly posted production notes, cast and filmmaker bios. Sony Pictures.

Jan. 9: The Unborn. Universal Pictures. Sometimes the soul of a dead person has been so tainted with evil that it is denied entrance to heaven. It must endlessly wander the borderlands between worlds, desperately searching for a new body to inhabit.

Jan. 16: Paul Blart: Mall Cop. Read and post reviews of this movie. In Columbia Pictures' comedy Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Kevin James stars as the title character, a single, suburban dad, trying to make ends meet as a security officer at a New Jersey mall. Though no one else takes his job seriously, Paul considers himself on the front lines of safety. When a heist shuts down the megaplex, Jersey's most formidable mall cop will have to become a real cop to save the day. Sony Pictures.

Jan. 16: Defiance Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber are brothers who oppose the occupation of Poland during World War !! and try to rescue other Jews. Paramount Vantage.

Hotel for DOgs movie Jake. T. Austin, Emma RobertsJan. 16: Hotel for Dogs Read and post reviews of this movie. Don Cheadle does just that- sets up a hotel for dogs. Paramount Pictures. DreamWorks Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies

Jan. 16: I Love You Man.

Jan. 16: Mail Cop. Kevin Jones stars as a meek security mall guard. Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Kidding. Sony

Jan. 16 My Bloody Valentine 3D. James Kings returns to his hometown and is accused of murder. This may be the first 3-D live action horror film released in the U.S. in the past 20 years.

Jan. 16: Notorious B.I.G. The story of gangsta rapper Notorious B.I.G. (Jamal Woolard). Fox Searchlight

Jan. 16: Chandni Chowk to China. Bollywood Kung0fu action comedy. One man's passage from simple cook to kung fu fighter on a thrilling, madcap journey from the by-lanes of Chandni Chowk in Delhi, India, to the grandeur of the Great Wall of China and beyond.

Jan. 16: Revolutionary Road. Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and Kathy Bates reunites for the adaptation of the Richard Yates novel about a suburban household in the 1950s.

Jan. 16: The Spirit. LGF.

Jan. 16: They Came from Upstairs. Fox

InkheartJan. 23 Inkheart. Re-release. Brendan Fraser has the power to bring storybook characters to life. He must battle a villian from his library, adapted from the Cornelia Funke novel. Fantasy Adventure. Mortimer "Mo" Folchart and his 12-year-old daughter, Meggie, share an extraordinary gift for bringing characters from books to life when they read aloud. But there is a danger: when a character is brought to life from a book, a real person disappears into its pages. On one of their trips to a secondhand book shop, Mo locates a book he's been searching for since Meggie was three years old, when her mother, Resa, vanished into its mystical world.

Jan. 23: Underworld: The Rise of the Lycans. Sony Pictures.

Jan. 23: The Dark Knight. Action Drama. Re-release in theatres and IMAX (Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary Pictures) Based upon "Batman" characters created by Bob Kane and published by DC Comics. "The Dark Knight" reunites director Christopher Nolan with star Christian Bale, who returns to continue Batman's war on crime. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good. The triumvirate proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as The Joker, who thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces The Dark Knight ever closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante. This film has been rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and some menace. Cast: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Morgan Freeman.

Jan. 23: Waltz with Bashir (opens in Phoenix). Sony Classics.

Jan. 23: I've Loved You For So Long. (opens in Albuquerque, NX). Sony Classics.

Jan. 30: The Uninvited. Dreamworks Pictures. Paramount Pictures.

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