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New Flicks

Dirk Pitt. Adventure has a new name.

Genre: Action / Adventure / Comedy
Director: Breck Eisner
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Penélope Cruz, Steve Zahn, Lambert Wilson, William H. Macy

Searching for a treasure on the Nile, Dirk Pitt (Matthew McConaughey) thwarts the attempted assassination of a beautiful UN scientist investigating a disease that is driving thousands of North Africans into madness, cannibalism and death. The suspected cause of the raging epidemic is vast, unprecedented pollution that threatens to extinguish all life in the world's seas. Racing to save the world from environmental catastrophe, Pitt and his team, equipped with an extraordinary, state-of-the-art yacht, run a gantlet between a billionaire industrialist and a bloodthirsty West African tyrant. In the scorching desert, Pitt finds a gold mine manned by slaves and uncovers the truth behind two enduring mysteries -- the fate of a Civil War ironclad and its secret connection with Lincoln's assassination and the last flight of a long-lost female pilot....Now, amidst the blazing, shifting sands of the Sahara, Dirk Pitt will make a desperate stand -- in a battle the world cannot afford to lose!


The Year of the Yao

Genre: Documentary
Directors: Adam Del Deo, James D. Stern and Adam Del Toro
Distributor: Fine Line Features
Cast: Yao Ming, Colin Pine, Shaquille O'Neal, Kelvin Cato, Kobe Bryant

Yao Ming - He stands 7 feet 6 inches tall and is just 22 years old. To the Chinese nation of one billion, he is a heroic son and symbol of its increasing presence on the world stage. To the National Basketball Association, he is a poster child for the globalisation of the sport and potentially its first iconic superstar from outside North America and Europe. To his team-mates on the Houston Rockets, he is the key to a successful championship season. To basketball fans, comedians and even commentators in his field, he is an anomaly: the tallest player in the NBA and Chinese. To his supportive parents, both of whom preceded him as members of the Chinese National Basketball team, he is simply "son." To a young American interpreter with a passion for Chinese language and culture, he is initially a client for interpretation services...and eventually, over the course of a year, a close and valued friend.



Source: IMDB and YahooMovies


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