Retired to being a river man in Thailand, John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone: Rocky Balboa, Assassins) grudgingly agrees to transport missionaries into Burma in Rambo, and is then called on to transport the mercenaries sent on the rescue mission once the missionaries go missing. Of course Rambo never manages to stay a guide-- the guns, knives, arrows, and explosives come out, bad guys blow up real good, and the body count escalates.
John Cusack (The Ice Harvest, Say Anything) loses his wife, who was stationed in Iraq, in Grace is Gone. Grieving for his wife and unable to tell his daughters the heartbreaking news, he piles his children into the family car and start a vacation trip to an amusement park in this film, which won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival this year.
Woody Allen's (Scoop, Manhattan) newest film is Cassandra's Dream, starring Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting, Miss Potter) and Colin Farrell (The Recruit, Miami Vice) as a pair of brothers in deep financial trouble. When a wealthy uncle (Tom Wilkinson: Michael Clayton, Shakespeare In Love) offers to help them out, his help comes with a catch... and the brothers need to cope with how flexible their morals might be. Far from Allen's better known comedy stylings, his new picture is more in line with his 2005 film Match Point.
Samuel L. Jackson (Snakes on a Plane, Coach Carter) plays an ex-cop and crime scene cleaner finds himself in a dangerous situation when he sees too much in Cleaner, the newest picture by Renny Harlin (Deep Blue Sea, Cliffhanger). When he cleans up a homicide in the home of Eva Mendes (Training Day, Ghostrider), he finds out that he has cleaned up a murder scene before even the police were aware of it. With friends on the force and aware of the rampant corruption in the police, he needs to find out who did the killing, and who needed a cleaner.
The Air I Breathe is based on a Chinese proverb that life consists of four elements, and represents them as individual characters. The interactions between Happiness (Forest Whitaker: The Crying Game, Smoke), Pleasure (Brendan Fraser: Crash, Bedazzled), Sorrow (Sarah Michelle Gellar: Southland Tales, Cruel Intentions), and Love (Kevin Bacon: Apollo 13, The Woodsman) take them between romance and danger, bank heists and life-saving gestures.
Paul Schrader's (American Gigolo, Auto Focus) newest film is The Walker, starring Woody Harrelson (A Scanner Darkly, Kingpin) as a professional homosexual escort for elderly Washington socialites. When he covers for one of his ladies at the scene of a murder, he finds himself under suspicion, and the way to the truth is full of twists and turns.
Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights, The Brothers McMullen) wakes up after a party reuniting a group of friends from high school to find her house trashed, her husband grumpy, and her friends all still lingering. Filled with 80's music and featuring and ensemble cast including Ione Sky and Eric Stoltz, The Lather Effect is being billed as "a 'Big Chill' for Generation X" (-IGN).
How She Move stars Tre Armstrong (Shall We Dance), who is forced to leave private school after her sister's death, returning to her old neighborhood where she is reintroduced to step dancing.
Daphne: The Secret Love Life of Daphne du Maurier stars Geraldine Somerville (Gosford Park, Harry Potter) as Daphne du Maurier, the woman who wrote the books The Birds and Rebecca (which became some of Alfred Hitchcock's most famous films) and her loves and romances involving an American heiress and a wild actress.
A pair of new family movies are out this week. When Zachary Beaver Came to Town stars Johnathan Lipnicki (Jerry Maguire, Like Mike) who strikes up an unlikely friendship when "the fattest boy in the world" comes into town, and Disney Channel's Minutemen, where a group of high school kids invent a time machine.
Our new documentaries this week include the critically acclaimed Darfur Now, following activists fighting to end the suffering in war-torn Sudan. Transformation: The Life & Legacy of Werner Erhard tracks down the founder of the Human Potential Movement, following the rise of his EST movement and the controversy that surrounded Erhard. Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping are the subject of What Would Jesus Buy?, a documentary about activists fighting mall culture and superstores as they tour the country, witnessing the gospel of anti-consumerism.
The new TV programs this week includes the first season of Lipstick Jungle, based on the book by the writer of Sex and the City, about three high powered women in New York, including Brooke Shields. We also have the first season of The Loop, a sitcom about the youngest executive at an airline, balancing his "suit" life and and his hedonistic partying nightlife.