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movies scheduled for release 3/18/11

Paul (R)
Director: Greg Mottola
Stars: Simon Pegg (the Shaun of the dead crew), Nick Frost, Seth Rogen
Studio: Universal Pictures

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) reunite for the comedy adventure Paul as two sci-fi geeks whose pilgrimage takes them to America's UFO heartland. While there, they accidentally meet an alien who brings them on an insane road trip that alters their universe forever. For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen) has been hanging out at a top-secret military base. When he discovers he's been taken prisoner, the space-traveling smart ass decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town-a rented RV containing Earthlings Graeme Willy (Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Frost). Chased by federal agents and the fanatical father of a young woman that they accidentally kidnap, Graeme and Clive hatch a fumbling escape plan to return Paul to his mother ship. And as two nerds struggle to help, one little green man might just take his fellow outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes...

Watch the trailer. This movie is already making me laugh. I can tell it's going to be one of those films I won't be able to get enough of, and I'll be watching it over and over and over. The trailer is here, and the LA Times article is here.

Bill Cunningham New York [NYC]

Director: Richard Press
Stars: Bill Cunningham, Anna Wintour, Michael Kors
Studio: Zeitgeist Films

The Plot: A documentary on New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham.


Director: Neil Burger
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Anna Friel, Abbie Cornish
Studio: Relativity Media

The Plot: A copywriter (Cooper) discovers a top-secret drug, MDT-48, that enhances intellect and other abilities. As his usage begins to change his life, he begins to consider the drug's shadowy origins; meanwhile, a group of killers trail his every move.

The Lincoln Lawyer (R)

Director: Brad Furman
Stars: Matthew McConaughey
Studio: Lionsgate

The Plot: In Los Angeles, Mickey Haller (McConaughey) is a criminal defense attorney who operates out of the back seat of his Lincoln Town Car. And while his latest case could be his most high-paying in years, it also brings him close to unexpected evil.

Win Win [limited]

Director: Thomas McCarthy
Stars: Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Jeffrey Tambor
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures

The Plot: In order to support his family, attorney Mike Flaherty (Giamatti) moonlights as a high school wrestling coach and assumes the guardianship on an elderly client (albeit not in the most honest fashion). Flaherty's fortunes begin to shine when the man's runaway grandson materializes, until the boy's mother appears, fresh from rehab, flat broke, and looking for an opportunity.

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