Theater or Renter: November 2008

It's time once again for our favorite game "Theater Or Renter?"  For November we have four movies: Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Quantum of Solace, Twilight, and Milk.

Rules of the Game: Watch the trailers. Rate the Trailer. Then Put in your comments below the trailer: does the trailer and buzz make you want to watch it in the theater, rent it, or not interested at all, and why?

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

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Release Date:  November 7, 2008

Listed as: Animation,  Action,  Adventure, Comedy, Family

Studio:  DreamWorks Distribution, Paramount Pictures

Director: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath

Produced by: Mireille Soria, Mark Swift

Written by:  Etan Cohen

Stars:  Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Schwimmer, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer, Andy Richter, Bernie Mac, Sherri Shepherd, Alec Baldwin, Tiny Lister,

The Plot / Story: The gang is back as they let the penguins fly them out of Madagascar but soon they learn that penguins don't fly.  After crashing they find themselves in the wildest place of all – the vast plains of Africa – where the zoo-raised crew encounter species of their own kind for the very first time. While discovering their roots, they quickly find the differences between the concrete jungle and the heart of Africa. Despite long-lost relatives, romantic rivals and scheming hunters, Africa seems like a great place...but is it better than their home in New York?  (The Official Site)

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Quantum of Solace

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Release Date: Nov 14, 2008

Listed as: Action, Adventure, Thriller

Studio: Columbia Pictures

Director: Marc Forster

Produced by: Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli

Written by: Joshua Zetumer, Paul Haggis, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade

Stars: Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Gemma Arterton, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright, Giancarlo Giannini

The Plot / Story: Picking up after Casino Royale, James Bond sets his sights on the organization behind Vesper Lynd's betrayal. In the course of the investigation he runs into Dominic Greene who is brokering a deal to take control of one of the world's most precious resources.  007 looks to bring down Greene and his conspirators relying on allies new and old. (The Official Site)


Twilight Watch The Trailer here in the P:S HQ:  Twilight Trailer, Twilight Trailer 1, Twilight Trailers 2, Twilight Trailer 3

Release Date: Nov 21, 2008 (USA, CAN)   December 11, 2008 (AUS), December 19, 2008 (UK)

Listed as: Action, Horror, Romance, Thriller

Studio: Summit Entertainment, Entertainment One Ltd.

Director: Catherine Hardwicke

Produced by: Mark Morgan, Greg Mooradian, Wyck Godfrey

Written by: Stephenie Meyer (novel), Melissa Rosenberg (screenplay)

Stars: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Billy Burke

The Plot / Story: Misfit teenager Bella Swan moves to a new town of Forks, Washington where she falls for an alluring and mysterious classmate Edward Cullen.  As their passion reaches dizzying heights, can Edward resist his natural urges as a vampire, and will he be able to defend Bella from three nomadic vampires: James, Laurent, and Victoria.  (The Official Site)

Based on the first book in a series Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1)


milk2008 Watch The Trailer here in the P:S HQ

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Release Date: Nov 26, 2008 [limited]

Listed as:  Biography, Drama

Studio:  Focus Features

Director: Gus Van Sant

Produced by:  Dan Jinks, Bruce Cohen

Written by:  Dustin Lance Black

Stars:  Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch, James Franco, Victor Garber

The Plot / Story: The film charts the last eight years of Harvey Milk’s life. While living in New York City, he turns 40. Looking for more purpose, Milk and his lover Scott Smith (James Franco) relocate to San Francisco, where they found a small business, Castro Camera, in the heart of a working-class neighborhood that was soon to become a haven for gay people from around the country. With his beloved Castro neighborhood and beautiful city empowering him, Milk surprises Scott and himself by becoming an outspoken agent for change. He seeks equal rights and opportunities for all, and his great love for the city and its people brings him backing from young and old, straight and gay, alike – at a time when prejudice and violence against gays was openly accepted as the norm. With vitalizing support from Scott and new friends and volunteers, Milk plunges headfirst into the choppy waters of politics. He also mentors young street activists like Cleve Jones (Emile Hirsch). Bolstering his public profile with humor, Milk’s actions speak even louder than his gift-of-gab words. Soon, he is known all across the city and even beyond, but his persistent determination to be a part of city government drives him and Scott apart. While making his fourth run for public office, Milk takes a new lover, Jack Lira (Diego Luna). The latest campaign is a success, as Milk is elected supervisor for the newly zoned District 5. 1977,  Milk serves San Francisco well while lobbying for a citywide ordinance protecting people from being fired because of their orientation – and rallying support against a proposed statewide referendum to fire gay schoolteachers and their supporters; he realizes that this fight against Proposition 6 represents a pivotal precipice for the gay rights movement. At the same time, the political agendas of Milk and those of another newly elected supervisor, Dan White (Josh Brolin), increasingly diverge and their personal destinies tragically converge. Milk’s platform was and is one of hope – a hero’s legacy that resonates in the here and now.  (The Official Site)

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