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Movies to catch over spring break

March 1st, 2007

For those of you who are looking for a movie to catch over spring break, here are a few promising titles.

Opening the week of March 5 are “300,” “The Ex,” “The Namesake,” “Nomad: The Warrior” and “Beyond the Gates.”

Amanda Peet (Sophia) and Zach Braff (Tom) play wife and husband in the movie, “The Ex.”

Amanda Peet (Sophia) and Zach Braff (Tom) play wife and husband in the movie, “The Ex.”

“300” is based on a novel by Frank Miller. The movie retells the story of the battle of Thermopylae. For those that are unfamiliar with the ancient battle, in a feat that unites all of Greece against the Persian army, King Leonidas, played by Gerard Butler, as well as 300 Spartans go into an inspiring battle with the Persian army led by Xerxes.

“The Ex” stars Zach Braff as an underachiever named Tom who relies on his loving wife, Sophia, played by Amanda Peet. Peet plays a happy and established lawyer in New York City.

However, after having their first child together, Sophia decides that she wants to stay home and take care of her baby rather than go back to work.

After getting fired from his job in New York, Tom finds himself working for his father-in-law in Ohio. Neither Tom nor Sophia find themselves happy in this new situation.

Thus this comedy takes on a journey that attempts to get this new family back on the right track.

“The Namesake” follows the lives of the Ganguli family as they attempt to hold on to their culture and native home in Calcutta while adjusting to a whole new environment in New York. The move is the result of Ashoke and Ashima (Irfan Kahn, Tabu) yearning for a better life for their children.

The movie tracks their son’s journey to find himself while still retaining his Indian heritage.

If you’re in the mood for drama, “Nomad: The Warrior” is set in the 18th century and tracks a boy who seems destined to unite the three tribes in Kazakhstan that have been at war against invaders and enemies for centuries.

Michael Caton-Jones’ “Beyond the Gates” tells the story of Joe Connor, a man who wants to make a difference, and goes to teach in Rwanda.

The film aims to teach people that even events that occur on the other side of the world affect us and that our choices make a difference.

And last but not least, “Premonition” opens March 16 and stars Sandra Bullock in a mystery that drags the audience into a mind-boggling and seemingly paranormal world.

Bullock plays a housewife who loses her husband to a car accident and then wakes up the next day to realize that her husband is alive and what happened didn’t really happen.

This so-called premonition occurs over and over leading her on a chase to save her husband’s life.

Either on vacation or in your hometown, check out these movies this break and come back with something to talk to about.