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New Flicks

Everything is connected.

Genre: Drama/ Thriller/Politics
Director: Stephen Gaghan
Distributors: Warner Bros.
Starring: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Jeffrey Wright, Chris Cooper, William Hurt
From writer/director Stephen Gaghan, winner of the Best Screenplay Academy Award for 'Traffic,' comes 'Syriana,' a political thriller that unfolds against the intrigue of the global oil industry. From the players brokering back-room deals in Washington to the men toiling in the oil fields of the Persian Gulf, the film's multiple storylines weave together to illuminate the human consequences of the fierce pursuit of wealth and power. As a career CIA operative (George Clooney) begins to uncover the disturbing truth about the work he has devoted his life to, an up-and-coming oil broker (Matt Damon) faces an unimaginable family tragedy and finds redemption in his partnership with an idealistic Gulf prince (Alexander Siddig). A corporate lawyer (Jeffrey Wright) faces a moral dilemma as he finesses the questionable merger of two powerful U.S. oil companies, while across the globe, a disenfranchised Pakistani teenager (Mazhar Munir) falls prey to the recruiting efforts of a charismatic cleric. Each plays their small part in the vast and complex system that powers the industry, unaware of the explosive impact their lives will have upon the world.

The Family Stone
Feel The Love.

Genre: Comedy / Drama / Romance
Director: Thomas Bezucha
Distributors: 20th Century Fox
Starring: Dermot Mulroney, Diane Keaton, Sarah Jessica Parker, Claire Danes, Rachel McAdams
The Stones, a New England family, have their annual holiday gathering. The eldest son brings his girlfriend home to meet his parents, brothers and sisters. The bohemian Stones greet their visitor--a high-powered, controlling New Yorker--with a mix of awkwardness, confusion and hostility. Before the holiday is over, relationships will unravel while new ones are formed, secrets will be revealed, and... See Full Description.

Top at the Box Office 

1. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The beloved masterpiece comes to life.
Genres: Action / Adventure / Fantasy
Starring: Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy, James Cosmo, Jim Broadbent
2. Syriana
Everything is connected.
Genre: Drama / Thriller / Politics
Starring: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Jeffrey Wright, Chris Cooper, William Hurt
3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
"Difficult times lie ahead, Harry."
Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Michael Gambon
4. Walk the Line
The electrifying career of Johnny Cash.
Genres: Musical / Biography
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Patrick, Ginnifer Goodwin
5. Yours, Mine & Ours
18 kids. 2 families. 1 force of nature.
Genres: Comedy / Family
Starring: Dennis Quaid, Rene Russo, James Lewis (II), Linda Hunt, Rip Torn


Source: IMDB, Hollywood and YahooMovies


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