The Covenant by Renny Harlin
(Allumination 03 October, 2006 / $29.99) - I found this second-string knockoff of Harry Potter by way of The Lost Boys embarrassingly easy to sit through – which means it ought to entertain fantasy fans in its "teen" (12-15) target audience just fine. (see review)
The Grudge 2 by Takashi Shimizu (Dir.)
(Columbia Pictures October 2006 / ) - The Plot: An American woman (Tamblyn) travels to Tokyo to find out what happened to her sister, a nurse who took what seemed to be a routine caretaker job in a family home. She meets a journalist (Chen) with a mutual interest in the events that took place within the otherwise modest residence.
Cast: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Amber Tamblyn, Edison Chen, Arielle Kebbel, Jennifer Beals
The Illusionist by Neil Burger (Dir.)
(Yari Film Group Releasing October 2006 / ) - The Plot: In turn-of-the-century Vienna, as magician Eisenheim (Norton) gains a public following, Crown Prince Leopold (Sewell) yearns to debunk his talent. Leopold dispatches Chief Inspector Uhl (Giamatti) to unveil Eisenheim as a fraud, though his target has in a mind a grand scheme that is rooted in his personal history and involves Leopold's intended (Biel).
Actors: Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti, Jessica Biel, Rufus Sewell, Eddie Marsan
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