Wong Dai, the world’s most powerful Chinese drug kingpin, is sitting at a long table in an old building in Paris, France, going through the motions of a gigantic merger between himself and several other major Chinese drug dealers. Sai Lo controls shipments in the French heroin market in Paris, using laundromats all over Paris as a front. Tang “The Bird” Zhili controls the entire New York drug conglomerate from the Chinatown section of New York, and runs Mahjong gambling rackets. Yin Quinshi of Sofia, Bulgaria, controls an Eastern European drug cartel. Li Bo controls drug exports in Shang Hai, China, and has a penchant for French restaurants. Fang “The Barber” Lee controls a Paris drug cartel, and he is known to hire unique assassins. And Mr. Chang controls drug money in London, England. Yale University archeology professor Robert Burns, who has just recently won the prestigious and much-coveted Winthrop Award for excellence in archeology, stumbles onto the fact that his expedition to China, near the China/Kazakhstan border, is being used by Wong Dai as a cover for a drug smuggling operation. Realizing the danger of sticking around, Burns and his assistant, Luo Yi, make a run for it, but in the resulting gunfight and chase, Luo Yi is killed, and when Burns reaches the border, he finds that Wong’s smugglers have set him up for smuggling the drugs. Burns lands in a Chinese prison, framed for drug-running. Burns is questioned by beautiful Chinese narcotics cop Tommie Ling and surly DEA agent Ed Gray, who want to release him and use him as bait to nail the smugglers. Burns is quickly released and sent to the USA, where he promises Luo Yi’s father Luo Dazhong that he will get revenge for Luo Yi’s murder, but Wong Dai is not done with Burns yet. Wong Dai sends hit men to Burns’s house in New Haven, Connecticut to plant a bomb in Burns’s house, which explodes and kills Burns’s wife Maya. With the two people closest to him dead at the hands of Wong Dai and his minions, and with Tommie and Gray shadowing his every move, Burns is out for revenge. As it turns out, Burns was not always a Professor. He was once a master thief of Chinese artifacts, who served time in prison and earned his archeology degree while in prison, and he changed his name and married Maya after he was released. With his determination to exterminate those who killed Maya, Burns tells Tommie and Gray to stay out of his way, as he cuts a bloody path through Chinatown and across Europe on his way to a confrontation with Wong Dai.
The evil Emperor Shao Kahn has broken the rules of the Mortal Kombat tournament and, with his generals Motaro, Sheeva, Ermac, and Sindel (former queen of Edenia, once a beautiful kingdom, now the ravaged outworld), engineers the merger of the Earth and Outworld realms, destroying life as man knows it. The destruction will take place in six days, unless Lord Rayden, Liu Kang, Princess Kitana, Sonya Blade, and their companions can thwart the Outworld squadrons.
Roger Cobb is a author who has just separated from his wife. He moves into a new house and tries to work on a novel based on his experiences in the Vietnam War. Strange things start happening around him; little things at first, but as they become more frequent, Cobb becomes aware that the house resents his presence.
The Rizzos, a family who doesn’t share their habits, aspirations, and careers with one another, find their delicate web of lies disturbed by the arrival of a young ex-con (Strait) brought home by Vince (Garcia), the patriarch of the family, who is a corrections officer in real life, and a hopeful actor in private.
Jack Carter (Michael Caine) — a vindictive and amoral London gangster — returns to his home town of Newcastle after his brother dies in a car accident. Carter, however, is convinced that he was murdered, and begins an investigation into Newcastle’s criminal underworld. When Carter is ordered to leave town by the minions of a shadowy mob boss, his suspicious become confirmed, and he begins his brutal vengeance.
A nameless woman keeps a diary as the Russians invade Berlin in the spring of 1945. She is in her early 30s, a patriotic journalist with international credentials; her husband, Gerd, a writer, is an officer at the Russian front. She speaks Russian and, for a day or two after the invasion, keeps herself safe, but then the rapes begin. She resolves to control her fate and invites the attentions of a Russian major, Andreij Rybkin. He becomes her protector of sorts subject to pressures from his own fellow soldiers and officers. Dramas play out in the block of flats where she lives. Is she an amoral traitor? She asks, “How do we go on living?” And what of Gerd and her diary?
Francesca is a young kindergarten teacher whose dream is to immigrate to Italy. Searching for a better life, Francesca is ready to overcome any obstacles, even the worries and the doubtfulness of the people closest to her. The plan is that her boyfriend, Mita, should join her in Italy as soon as he closes the small business he runs. Things take an unfortunate turn, painful truths come to light and priorities change.
Amelia Earhart, a Kansas girl, discovers the thrill of aviation at age 23, and within 12 years has progressed to winning the Distinguished Flying Cross for being the first woman to pilot a plane solo across the Atlantic Ocean. At age 39, she sets out on an attempt to circumnavigate the globe, an adventure that catapults her into aviation myth.
Raven-haired, 14-year-old Arab boy Sami Benboudaoud (Samy Seghir) enjoys growing up in the rough-natured but familiar town of Chalon-sur-SaÃ´ne, where he spends his time palling around with several buddies. But when his mother (Farida Khelfa) takes a job on a cruise ship, Sami gets yanked out of the community against his will and dropped into the custody of his financially comfy aunt and uncle, who live in Neuilly. Sami instantly becomes a fish out of water, and must face a number of formidable nemeses, including his obnoxious cousin, Charles (Jeremy Denisty) whose chief ambition is to become one of Sarkozy’s successors, and a bigoted WASP-y school that perceives all Arabs as “scum,” mirroring a notoriously racist, well-publicized remark from Sarkozy himself. Sami also falls hard for his cute, blonde, super-intellectual classmate Marie (Josephine Japy), who doesn’t exactly warm to the idea of dating someone with Sami’s ethnic background.