by a true story, this British comedy stars Helen Mirren and Julie Walters. In
Yorkshire, the no-longer-young members of a local chapter of the Women's Institute
decide to raise money for charity by posing nude for calendar photos. In due course,
the photos are taken (with flower arrangements masking the naughty parts) and
the calendar printed, and then the ladies must deal with the consequences of it
becoming a big seller.
Moore is paired with Matthew Goode in this romantic comedy. Moore plays Anna Foster,
teenage daughter of the U.S. President. Anna, whose Secret Service code name is
Liberty, tires of the restrictions she must endure as First Daughter, and on a
visit to Prague, slips away for a taste of freedom. She meets a young Brit named
Ben Calder (Goode), and together they take a tour of Europe while being tracked
by Secret Service agents.
of the Palme d'Or at Cannes, this hard-hitting English-language drama was written,
directed, and edited by Gus Van Sant. Plotless and featuring few recognizable
actors, the film chronicles a fictional day at a typical American high school
in Oregon. Although the day at first seems ordinary, things take a tragic turn
when two students go on a shooting rampage reminiscent of the one that occurred
at Columbine in Colorado.
With a Pearl Earring"
Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth, this historical drama based on a best-selling
novel supplies a fictional background to a famous 17th-century portrait painted
by Dutch master Johannes Vermeer. Johansson plays the teenage girl Griet, who
goes to work as a maid in the home of Vermeer (Firth). Griet takes an interest
in Vermeer's work, helps him mix paints, and becomes his model as the girl and
the artist develop an unusual relationship.
Cruise and Ken Watanabe star in this epic set in 19th-century Japan. Cruise plays
American Civil War veteran Nathan Algren, who is hired to work for the Japanese
emperor in putting down samurai uprisings. But Algren is captured and eventually
bonds with the samurai leader Katsumoto (Watanabe). When Algren realizes he sympathizes
more with the samurai than with the emperor's mercenaries, he must make some major
is the 2003 live-action version of "Peter Pan" where young teenagers
Jeremy Sumpter and Rachel Hurd-Wood play Peter and Wendy. Jason Isaacs takes the
traditional dual roles of Captain Hook and Wendy's father. The story of course
still involves Wendy traveling from her London home to Neverland, where Peter
and Captain Hook live, but this version shows that even though we lose something
when we grow up, it's best not to remain a child forever.
Triplets of Belleville"
for an Academy Award in the Best Animated Feature category, this highly eccentric
film might be described as darkly comic. It has only a couple of lines of intelligible
dialogue, originally in French, but later dubbed into English. The story is set
in motion when a world-class bicyclist is kidnapped by mobsters. In the fictitious
metropolis of Belleville, his grandmother enlists the aid of three ancient sisters
who used to be a musical act.
Fog of War"
Winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary, this is Errol Morris's portrait
of former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. Most of the documentary consists
of interviews of McNamara at age 85 reflecting on his role in the firebombing
of Japan during World War II, the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Vietnam War.
The film also includes some historical footage and other visual material. The
musical score is by Philip Glass.
Samantha Morton and Djimon Hounsou got Oscar nominations for their performances
in this drama, which was on many 2003 top ten lists. Set in the early 21st century,
the story follows a young Irish familyhusband, wife (Morton), and two girlsthat
immigrates to New York after the death of the family's only boy. When poverty
forces them to live in a tenement with junkies, they become friends with a terminally
ill neighbor (Hounsou).
This comedy is the third in a series of spoofs, following "Scary Movie"
(2000) and "Scary Movie 2" (2001). This time around the movies spoofed
include "Signs," "The Sixth Sense," "The Matrix,"
"The Ring," and "8 Mile." "Scary Movie 3" has a
large and varied cast that includes Anna Faris, Charlie Sheen, Anthony Anderson,
Camryn Mannheim, George Carlin, Queen Latifah, Eddie Griffin, and Leslie Nielsen
as the U.S. President.
Based on a true story, this sports drama centers around the USA hockey team
at the 1980 Olympics. The Soviet Union team looks unbeatable, and American coach
Herb Brooks (Kurt Russell) selects very young players, hoping he can mold them
into a disciplined unit. He drives them hard and is unforgiving, wanting his players
to bond in their hatred of him. The results are shown in the film's set piece,
the game between the USA and the USSR.
Ben Affleck and Uma Thurman star in this sci-fi thriller. Michael Jennings
(Affleck) earns big bucks by stealing high-tech secrets and afterward having his
memory erased by a dangerous process. After a three-year job, Michael finds he
signed away millions of dollars and is being pursued by both law enforcement and
evildoers. He teams up with a woman (Thurman) as he tries to figure out what's
going on, and there are some action sequences.
Starring Martin Henderson and Ice Cube, this action movie takes place in the
world of motorcycle gangs. After a long stay in Thailand, biker Cary Ford (Henderson)
returns to the U.S., where he's caught up in a hassle over some crystal meth.
Also, a rival biker frames Ford for murder, and the victim's brother Trey (Ice
Cube) seeks revenge. The resolution requires lots of macho posturing and a series
of stunt sequences involving motorcycles.
This drama takes place in the world of street dancers and stars Omari "Omarion"
Grandberry of B2K and Marques Houston of IMX. J-Boog, Raz-B, and Lil' Fizz, all
of B2K, are also in the movie. Omarion and Houston play best friends who head
up a top street-dance team, but they have a falling out while preparing for an
important competition. But the thin story is just a framework on which to hang
energetic dance sequences.
Created by and starring the five-man Broken Lizard comedy troupe ("Super
Troopers"), "Club Dread" shows what might happen if a slasher crossed
over into a spring break movie. Coconut Pete (Bill Paxton) runs a cheesy tropical
resort called Paradise Island where the wacky staff revels in one continuous party
as new groups of guests arrive. Then staff members begin turning up dead, but
it's all played for laughs: this is a horror movie spoof.
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"
This is the last installment in "The Lord of the Rings," a fantasy
epic that spans three movies. Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin) continue
their quest to destroy the magic Ring, but they must contend with the treachery
of the computer-generated Gollum. Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) must lead forces in
a spectacular final battle. Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, and John Rhys-Davies
continue their portrayals of important characters.
Ray Romano and Gene Hackman star in this comedy. Romano plays Handy Harrison,
owner of the hardware store in sleepy Mooseport, Maine, where he's been dating
Sally (Maura Tierney) for several years. But things get livelier in Mooseport
when former U.S. President Monroe Cole (Hackman) takes up permanent residence
there. He runs for mayor, and Sally goes out with him. This galvanizes Handy into
opposing Cole in the mayoral race.