Theater or Renter: August 2008

It's time once again for our favorite game "Theater Or Renter?"

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?

For August we have seven movies

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor:

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Release Date: August 1

Listed as:  Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

Studio: Universal Studios

Director: Rob Cohen

Produced by: Stephen Sommers, James Jack, Bob Ducsay, Sean Daniel

Written by:  Alfred Gough, Miles Millar

Stars: Brendan Fraser, Jet Li, Maria Bello, John Hannah, Luke Ford, Michelle Yeoh, Isabella Leong, Russel Wong

The Plot / Story:

The ruthless Dragon Emperor (Jet Li) and his 10,000 warriors are double crossed by a sorceress (Michelle Yeoh). Trapped in suspended animation and forgotten for eons until Alex O’Connell (Luke Ford) gets tricked into awakening them. Alex then turns to the only people who knows a lot about stopping the undead: his father Rick O’Connell’s (Brendan Fraser), mother Evelyn (Maria Bello) and Evelyn’s brother Jonathan (John Hannah).

Rick must combat the resurrected Han Emperor to stop his quest for world domination. As they engage in a race from the catacombs of ancient china into the frigid Himalayas.  (The Official Site)

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Swing Vote:

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Watch Kelsey Grammer plays a gay-wooing Republican incumbent in "Swing Vote"

Release Date:   August 1

Listed as:  Comedy

Studio: Touchstone Pictures

Director: Joshua Michael Stern

Produced by:  Kevin Costner, Jim Wilson

Written by:  Joshua Michael Stern, Jason Richman

Stars:  Kevin Costner, Paula Patton, Kelsey Grammer, Dennis Hopper, Nathan Lane, Stanley Tucci, George Lopez, Madeline Carroll

The Plot / Story: Swing Vote is the story of Bud Johnson average guy who through a voting machine fault and a dead tie election becomes the guy who gets to decide who the next president will be and his mad capped adventures while he gets wooed by both candidates.  (The Official Site)

Star Wars: The Clone Wars:

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Release Date:   August 15

Listed as:  Animation, Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Studio: Warner Bros., Lucasfilm Animation

Director: Dave Filoni

Produced by: George Lucas, Catherine Winder

Written by: Henry Gilroy, Steven Melching, Scott Murphy

Stars: James Arnold Taylor, Matt Lanter, Ashley Drane, Tom Kane, Christopher Lee, Samuel L. Jackson

The Plot / Story: The Clone Wars is set in the time frame between Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.  As the war rages on between Confederacy of Independent Systems and the Galactic Republic Jabba the Hutt's son is taken by a group of renegades.  Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi depart in search of answers: where is the Hutt's son, and who is controlling this mysterious renegade group? Yoda also sends Ahsoka Tano along as Anakin's apprentice.   (The Official Site)

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mirrors Watch The Mirrors Trailer in the P:S HQ

Release Date:   August 15

Listed as:  Horror

Studio: Fox Atomic

Director: Alexandre Aja

Produced by: Alexandre Aja

Written by: Alexandre Aja

Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Paula Patton

The Plot / Story: Ben Carson is the head of security at a department store plagued by unexplained deaths. In addition to issues concerning the deaths, the store is also the target of demonstrators who seek compensation for a tragic fire that killed the staff. Ben eventually becomes intrigued by a disturbed woman who claims she is his sister who died in the fire. The woman is exacting revenge, using mirrors as a gateway back into the living world.  (The Official Site)
Death Race:

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Release Date:   August 22

Listed as:  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Studio: Universal Pictures

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson

Produced by: Paul W.S. Anderson, Jeremy Bolt, Roger Corman, Paula Wagner

Written by: Paul W.S. Anderson


The Plot / Story: In a future America, prison inmates are forced to compete against each other in a driving arena. The prison warden coerces a prisoner with only weeks before his release  into becoming a driver. The prisoner becomes a crowd favorite known as Frankenstein.  (The Official Site)
Disaster Movie:

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Release Date:   August 29

Listed as:  Comedy

Studio: Lionsgate

Director: Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer

Produced by: Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer

Written by: Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer

Stars: Carmen Electra, Kim Kardashian, Matt Lanter, Vanessa Minnillo, Nicole Parker, Crista Flanagan

The Plot / Story: A group of people, during one fateful night as they try to make their way to safety while every known natural disaster and catastrophic event hits the city and their path as they try to solve a series of mysteries to end the rampant destruction.  (The Official Site)
Babylon A.D.:

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Release Date:  August 29

Listed as:  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz

Produced by: Alain Goldman, Mathieu Kassovitz

Written by: Éric Besnard

Stars: Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh, Mélanie Thierry, Gerard Depardieu, Charlotte Rampling, Lambert Wilson, Mark Strong

The Plot / Story: In the near future, Toorop is a mercenary who takes the job of escorting a woman from Eastern Europe to New York. While he thinks this is just an ordinary mission, he gradually finds out that his guest is carrying an organism that has the potential to become the next Messiah — and everybody wants to get their hands on it.   (The Official Site)

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