April 2003 Movies

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The Good Thief R

Nick Nolte delivers a riveting performance as Bob Mantagnet, a wisecracking master thief whose luck seems to have finally run out. Pursued by the police at every turn, the king of con gambles it all on the casino heist of a lifetime inside the decadent world of the French Riviera. A savvy rogue with the perfect quote for every occasion, Bob's last bid at glory is to rob the priceless paintings inside an underground vault that's impossible to crack.
Ralph Fiennes, Ryan Phillippe, Neil Jordan, Nick Nolte, Jason Flemyng, Tcheky Karyo, Emir Kursturica, Said Taghmaoui
Drama Thriller Crime Gangster
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Cowboy Bebop: The Movie R

Set on Mars in the year 2071, "Cowboy Bebop: The Movie" is based on the much-loved animated television series by Japanese director Shinichiro Watanabe. As the film begins, Spike (David Lucas) and his gang of gypsy vigilantes are roaming the city, looking for trouble when Faye (Wendee Lee) witnesses a bioterrorist attack. Hovering above the city in her spaceship, she sees a man fleeing the scene. Over 500 people die in the attack, and the city offers a monetary reward for any information. The gang jumps at the opportunity. They decide to branch out, each using their own tactics to research the tragedy. Spike slinks through Chinatown, being led by shady underground characters. Faye traces the image of the man she saw back to military files. And the young Ed (Mellisa Fahn) and her dog Ein do some handy computer research. Meanwhile Jet (Beau Billinglsea), holds down the fort, worried about the gang. When the criminal Vincent (Daran Norris), is identified, with a connection to Spike's love interest Elektra (Jennifer Hale), the real action begins.

"Cowboy Bebop" is a visually dramatic film that combines several styles of illustration into one beautiful, cohesive animated environment. The Mars of this film is a combination of cities: New York, Hong Kong, London, Paris, and many more. Viewers are compelled to identify monuments and familiar structures, while the terrorist thematic hits fearfully close to home.
Shinichirô Watanabe, Masuo Ueda, Minoru Takanashi, Mashiko Minami, Yutaka Maseba, Haruyo Kanesaku, Kôichi Yamadera, Unshô Ishizuka
Action Adventure Comedy Animation Re-Release

A Man Apart R

Vin Diesel stars as Agent Sean Vetter, a DEA operative fighting the drug wars along the US/Mexican border. After a major player from the Baja Cartel is imprisoned, a new mysterious figure known as Diablo wrests control over the entire operation. But when Vetter's wife is murdered in a botched hit, he and his partner (Larenz Tate) must join forces with the jailed Cartel boss to hunt down the dangerous and elusive new player.
Vin Diesel, Larenz Tate, Steve Eastin, F. Gary Gray, Timothy Olyphant, Jacqueline Obradors, Geno Silva, Juan Fernadez
Action Crime

Levity R

This is the story of an ex-con (Billy Bob Thornton) freed from prison after 19 years for killing a teenager during an attempted robbery, whose picture he's been staring at on his wall the entire time, who tries to find some kind of personal redemption with the help of a minister (Morgan Freeman) and two women (Kirsten Dunst, Holly Hunter).
Kirsten Dunst, Luke Robertson, Ed Solomon, Billy Bob Thornton, Morgan Freeman, Holly Hunter, Manuel Aranguiz, Geoffrey Wigdor

DysFunKtional Family R

This comedy concert movie will see Eddie Griffin following in the footsteps of other black comedians like Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence. What makes this movie stand out, however, is that it is a combination of Griffin's stand-up routines with footage of Griffin's Kansas City family, including some of his eccentric uncles, like Uncle Buckey who's a former pimp, and Uncle Curtis, who has an extensive porn collection, much of which he filmed himself.
George Gallo, Eddie Griffin, Uncle Buckey, Uncle Curtis, Rob Schneider
Comedy Documentary

What a Girl Wants PG

This is the story of a 19-year-old girl (Amanda Bynes) who has been raised in New York City by her mother (Kelly Preston), a professional singer, who decides that she wants to find her long-lost British father (Colin Firth) in London, who's part of a very hoity-toity British aristocratic social circle. Once she gets there, however, it doesn't take long before her hip American lifestyle disrupts his entire life. Can she find a balance in the relationship between her two parents, find her own piece of mind, and along the way, possibly fall in love as well? Perhaps most importantly, does she have a chance at being the Debutante of the Year?
Bill Gerber, Hunt Lowry, Jonathan Pryce, Christina Cole, Erik von Detten, Dennie Gordon, Denise DiNovi, Jenny Bicks
Comedy Romance Musical Teen

Phone Booth R

A phone call can change your life, but for one man it can also end it. Set entirely within and around the confines of a New York City phone booth, "Phone Booth" follows a slick media consultant (Colin Farrell) who is trapped after being told by a caller - a serial killer with a sniper rifle - that he'll be shot dead if he hangs up.
Richard T. Jones, Joel Schumacher, Colin Farrell, Forest Whitaker, Radha Mitchell, Ted Kurdyla, Gil Netter, David Zucker
Drama Thriller Suspense

The Man Without a Past PG-13

At the beginning of the film, a man (Markku Peltola) who has traveled to Helsinki in search of work gets mugged and loses his memory, forcing him to start completely anew. He soon discovers love (Kati Outinen), and a new set of values. A small story about people who still know how to be gentle.
Juhani Niemela, Aki Kaurismaki, Markku Peltola, Kati Outinen, Kaija Pakarinen, Sakari Kuosmanen
Comedy Romance

The Guys PG

Based on Anne Nelson's original plays, this is the story of a fire captain who lost eight men in the collapse of the World Trade Center and the editor who helps him prepare the eulogies he must deliver. A portion of the film's proceeds will be set aside to benefit the families of New York City firefighters.
Sigourney Weaver, Anthony LaPaglia

House of 1000 Corpses R

Set in the 1970's, two young couples take a misguided tour onto the back roads of America in search of a local legend known as Dr. Satan. Lost and stranded, they are set upon by a bizarre family of psychotics. Murder, cannibalism and satanic rituals are just a few of the thousand horrors that await.
Rob Zombie, Karen Black, Chris Hardwick, Bill Moseley, Sid Haig, Michael J. Pollard, Sheri Moon, Jeanne Carmen

Anger Management PG-13

A mild-mannered businessman (Adam Sandler) is wrongly accused of a crime and sentenced to an anger management program, where he discovers that his instructor (Jack Nicholson) is a crazy psycho with his own serious anger management problem, and is probably the one man in the world most capable of making his new student blow his lid.
Harry Dean Stanton, Michelle Rodriguez, Peter Segal, Jack Nicholson, Marisa Tomei, Luis Guzman, Woody Harrelson, John Turturro


"XX/XY" is a tale about a trio composed of a young artist, Coles, and two Sarah Lawrence undergrads, Sam and Thea, who, on the night they meet, tread briefly on the wild side of sexual lust and drunken experimentation. As friends and, at some points, alternately couples and/or lovers, the three carry on a relationship that ends dramatically. Quite by accident, the relationship is reborn a decade later, and passionate desires are significantly reopened.
Austin Chick, Joey Kern, Mark Ruffalo, Kathleen Robertson, Maya Stange, Petra Wright, Kel O'Neill, Joshua Spafford
Drama Romance

Better Luck Tomorrow R

Ben is an overachieving high-school student in Orange County, Calif. He's at the top of his class and set to matriculate at an Ivy League school. But Ben has a darker side. While he maintains academic success, to alleviate the pressure put upon him by his parents, he indulges in acts of crime. His life slowly begins to spin out of control and he eventually joins a gang.
John Cho, Jerry Mathers, Suzanne Keilly, Justin Lin, Karin Anna Cheung, Parry Shen, Jason J. Tobin, Sung Kang
Drama Crime Teen
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A Mighty Wind PG-13

Formed in the 1960's, the Folksmen (Guest, McKean, Shearer) were a key group in the "Great Folk Music Scare", meeting as freshmen at Ohio Wesleyan College, and touring for 26 months as a folk trio, singing a unique type of "eclectified folk" music. It wasn't meant to last, however, and the three musicians went their separate ways. Now, thirty years later, they've reunited for a comeback tour of sorts, as long as the folk festivals they're playing at are within a day's travel of their homes, all of which leads up to a climactic memorial concert at Carnegie Hall following the death of a legendary folk music promoter, where they reunite with two other folk groups. In the tradition of This is Spinal Tap (an aging heavy metal band), Waiting for Guffman (a small town theater group), and Best in Show (the Westminster Dog Show), this is a mocking look at the world of folk music.
Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy, Michael McKean, Bob Balaban, Ed Begley Jr., Laura Harris, Linda Kash
Comedy Musical

Chasing Papi PG

"Chasing Papi" revolves around three disparate women - a buttoned down lawyer from Chicago, a Miami cocktail waitress, and a wealthy, sheltered New Yorker - who discover they have something in common: the irresistible lothario who has been three-timing them. They decide to teach their "papi chulo" a lesson, but instead end up on a wild adventure of their own, which takes them to a beauty pageant, a dance festival, and into some dangerous run-ins with a pair of shady characters.
Roselyn Sanchez, Maria Conchita Alonso, Linda Mendoza, Sofia Vergara, Jaci Velasquez, Eduardo Verastegui, D.L. Hughley, Paul Rodriguez

Bulletproof Monk PG-13

For 60 years, a mysterious monk with no name (Chow Yun-Fat) has traversed the globe to protect an ancient scroll - a scroll that holds the key to unlimited power. Now the Monk must look for a new scrollkeeper. Kar (Seann William Scott) is an unlikely candidate, a streetwise young man who only cares about himself. But when he inadvertently saves the Bulletproof Monk from capture, the two become partners in a scheme to save the world from the scroll's most avid pursuer. The Monk, Kar and a sexy Russian mob princess called Bad Girl (Jaime King) must struggle to find, face and fight the ultimate enemy.
Seann William Scott, Karel Roden, Paul Hunter, Chow Yun-Fat, James King, Mako, Marcus Jean Pirae, Victoria Smurfit
Action Adventure Fantasy

Love and Diane

A moving documentary from director Jennifer Dworkin, "Love and Diane" tells the hard tale of Diane, whose crack cocaine drug addiction in the 1980s resulted in social services taking each of her six children out of her care for more stable lives in foster homes and group homes. Now Diane is clean, and the oldest of her children, Love, is 18-years-old, HIV positive, and has a baby boy. Diane tries to reunite the family, which consists of five teenagers (one of her sons died), but life for them is not easy. At the beginning of the film they are all living together in a Brooklyn, New York apartment. But slowly things go awry. Diane and Love quarrel and social services comes to take the baby away. Neglect charges are filed against Love and social services separates her sisters into another living situation. Their younger brother stops going to school and then also leaves the apartment, no longer interested in living with his mother or with his family. A moving and emotional look at a family struggling against difficult odds to do what's best, LOVE & DIANE is mostly made up of conversations between Diane, Love, and the family. They talk about the hardships they've endured, how they got through difficult times, and how they pray for a brighter future. All combined, it is a truly affecting portrait of a family trying to keep together.
Jennifer Dworkin
Drama Documentary
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Malibu's Most Wanted PG-13

Malibu's most wanted rapper, Brad "B-Rad" Gluckman, maintains a hip-hop lifestyle that is seriously hindering his father's bid for governor. When his dad's campaign manager tries to neutralize the "problem" and teach him a lesson about what gangsta life is really like, B-Rad proves to the player-haters that he's for real and wins the affection of a business-savvy South Central hottie.
Blair Underwood, Regina Hall, Kal Penn, Nick Swardson, Taye Diggs, John Whitesell, Jamie Kennedy, Anthony Anderson

Holes PG

Based on Louis Sachar's popular children's book. It's about a young boy who is punished for a crime he didn't commit and is sent to a juvenile detention center where he is forced to dig holes under the watchful eye of a mean-spirited warden.
Shia LaBeouf, Sigourney Weaver, Khleo Thomas, Siobhan Fallon, Nathan Davis, Andrew Davis, Jon Voight, Patricia Arquette
Drama Thriller Crime Family

Lilya 4-Ever R

Follows young Lilya, who moves to Sweden from the Soviet Union with her boyfriend after her mother leaves for America. Once she gets there, she finds nothing but deceit, betrayal, and violence.
Artyom Bogucharsky, Liliya Shinkaryova, Lukas Moodysson, Oksana Akinshina, Lyubov Agapova, Elina Benenson, Pavel Ponomaryov, Tomas Neumann
Drama Crime

The Real Cancun R

The hottest trend in America comes to the big screen with The Real Cancun. Casting was done at colleges across the country to assemble a unique cast of real people ready to explore reality's barriers beyond the limits of television while on the ultimate Spring Break vacation in Cancun, Mexico, with surprising and electric results.
Rick De Olivereira
Drama Comedy Documentary

Identity PG-13

Caught in a savage rainstorm, ten travelers are forced to seek refuge at a strange desert motel. They soon realize they've found anything but shelter. There is a killer among them and, one by one, they are murdered. As the storm rages on and the dead begin to outnumber the living, one thing becomes clear: Each of them was drawn to the motel, not by accident or circumstance, but by forces beyond imagination, forces that promise anyone who survives a mind-bending and terrifying destiny.
Ray Liotta, James Mangold, John Cusack, Cathy Konrad, Michael Cooney, John Hawkes, Jake Busey, John C. McGinley
Thriller Suspense Mystery

Confidence R

Following in the long tradition of heist films, "Confidence" tells the story of con man Jake Vig (Ed Burns), who gets a few thousand dollars from a victim who is actually a powerful crime mogul's accountant with the help of his friends. When the mob boss, appropriately named "Boss" (Dustin Hoffman), finds out, Jake and his pals have to cut a deal to pay him back.
Paul Giamatti, Dustin Hoffman, Morris Chestnut, James Foley, Edward Burns, Rachel Weisz, Tom Lister Jr.
Thriller Crime

A Decade Under the Influence R

The 1970s was an extraordinary time of rebellion, of questioning every accepted idea: political activism, hedonism, protests, the sexual revolution, the women's movement, the civil rights movement, the music revolution, rage and liberation. Every standard by which we set our social and cultural clocks was either turned inside out or thrown away completely and reinvented. For American cinema, the 1970s was an era during which a new generation of filmmakers created work for a new kind of audience--moviegoers who were hungry for stories that reflected their own experiences and who were turning their backs on aged old studio formulas. As a result, emerging filmmakers influenced by foreign directors such as Godard, Kurasowa and Fellini coupled with the social climate and a struggling studio system, converged to create a new kind of moviemaking. Through their choice of material, filmmakers such as Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Robert Altman, Peter Bogdonovich, William Friedkin, Roger Corman and Paul Schrader revolutionized mainstream movies and for the first time personal visions were coming out of the studio system.
Francis Ford Coppola, William Friedkin, Steven Soderbergh, Ted Demme, Richard LaGravenese, Jack Nicholson, Paul Thomas Anderson
Documentary Foreign

It Runs in the Family PG-13

The Grombergs are a highly successful New York family - except when it comes to communicating with each other. Three generations of a family, each in their own way, live separate lives but find a couple moments in time to come together through laughter and tears and remind themselves that they are attached by blood. Mitchell Gromberg (Michael Douglas), the patriarch, is having difficulty coming to grips with his mortality. His son, Alex (Kirk Douglas), has spent his life trying not to duplicate his father's mistakes, while Alex's eldest son, Asher (Cameron Douglas), a rebellious college student, tries to cope with live, love, sex and rock 'n' roll in today's confused society. They all struggle to get from one end of life to the other - the younger Grombergs try to figure out where they are going while the older Grombergs try to figure out how in the hell they got where they are.
Rory Culkin, Colman Domingo, Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas, Michelle Monaghan, Fred Schepisi, Bernadette Peters, Sarita Choudhury

House of Fools R

Winner of the Jury Grand Prize at the Venice Film Festival, and the Official Russian Selection for Academy Award® Best Foreign Language Film, "House of Fools" (Dom Durakov) is a satirical look at war seen through the eyes of a beautiful woman who is literally madly in love. Based on a true story, "House of Fools" tells the tale of a young Chechen woman, Janna, who is one of several inmates living in a psychiatric hospital on the Russian border of Chechnya. Insulated from the world, the inmates are oblivious to the war that rages around them. In her dream world, Janna finds comfort when her imaginary fiancé (Bryan Adams, played by himself) sings her love songs.
Bryan Adams, Yuliya Vysotskaya, Sultan Islamov, Stanislav Varkki, Vladas Bagdonas, Yevgeni Mironov, Marina Politsejmako
Drama Foreign

City of Ghosts R

Jimmy Cremming (Matt Dillon) finds himself in Bangkok after fleeing the investigation of an insurance scam in the United States. Having discovered that his partner and mentor Marvin (James Caan) has surfaced in Cambodia, Jimmy sets off to get his promised cut of the action. What he finds, however, is a bizarre, ominous environment where cleverness is bait. The further Jimmy searches for Marvin, the deeper he plunges into torment - and the farther he gets from getting out alive.
Matt Dillon, James Caan, Natascha McElhone, Stellan Skarsgard, Gerard Depardieu, Leo Fitzpatrick, Serevyuth Kem

Blue Car R

The film takes us into the teenage psyche of Meg, a gifted but emotionally scarred 18-year-old. Haunted by her father's abandonment of the family, she is neglected by her overworked mother and left to her own devices in dealing with her emotionally disturbed younger sister. Meg finds solace in writing poetry. Mr. Auster, her English teacher, recognizes her talent and steps into the role of mentor and father figure, encouraging her to enter a national poetry contest for which he is a judge. As tension at home escalates and Meg struggles to find a way to get to the poetry finals in Florida, Auster's role in her life becomes increasingly complex.
Frances Fisher, Karen Moncrieff, Agnes Bruckner, David Strathairn, Margaret Colin, AJ Buckley

Spellbound G

This documentary follows eight children of various ages as they compete their ways through regional finals, with their eyes on going to the 1999 Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., and hopefully, winning. Nine million kids try each year, but only 250 make it to the Nationals. The kids seen in this movie come from vastly different backgrounds, from families ranging from the affluent to the struggling (and some in-between).
Jeffrey Blitz, Harry Altman, Angela Arenivar, Ted Brigham, April DeGideo, Neil Kadakia, Nupur Lala, Emily Stagg
Kids Documentary