December 2002 Movies

Empire

Victor Rosa (John Leguizamo) is all about the mighty dollar and fashions himself as a businessman on par with Rocke… more

Victor Rosa (John Leguizamo) is all about the mighty dollar and fashions himself as a businessman on par with Rockefeller, Carnegie, and Bill Gates. With an iron fist, he runs a successful "street pharmaceutical" business that peddles a heroin mix he has named Empire. His beautiful fiancée, Carmen, a Baruch College student, befriends a classmate with an investment-banker boyfriend, Jack Wimmer. Victor meets Jack, and they instantly connect. Both are hard-core businessmen from two different sides of the legal fence. When Jack offers Victor a piece of the action on the stock market, he sees his ticket out of the violent streets of the South Bronx and jumps at the opportunity. But there is a bigger price to be paid than clean money for his gorgeous new Soho lifestyle. For the first time, Victor is confronted with a price tag that he will find difficult to pay.

Peter Sarsgaard, Ruben Blades, John Leguizamo… more

Peter Sarsgaard, Ruben Blades, John Leguizamo, Franc Reyes, Denise Richards, Isabella Rossellini, Nestor Serrano, Vincent Laresca

Drama Crime
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To End All Wars

A true story about four Allied POWs who endure harsh treatment at the hands of their Japanese captors during World… more

A true story about four Allied POWs who endure harsh treatment at the hands of their Japanese captors during World War II while being forced to build a railroad through the Burmese jungle. Ultimately they find true freedom by forgiving their enemies.

Mark Strong, David L. Cunningham, Ciarán McMenamin… more

Mark Strong, David L. Cunningham, Ciarán McMenamin, Robert Carlyle, Sakae Kimura, Masayuki Yui, James Cosmo, John Gregg

Drama War
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Equilibrium

In a futuristic world, a strict regime has eliminated war by suppressing emotions: books, art and music are strict… more

In a futuristic world, a strict regime has eliminated war by suppressing emotions: books, art and music are strictly forbidden and feeling is a crime punishable by death. Cleric John Preston (Bale) is a top-ranking government agent responsible for destroying those who resist these rules. When he misses a dose of Prozium, a mind-alterering drug that hinders emotion, Preston, who has been trained to enforce the strict laws of the new regime, suddenly becomes the only person capable of overthrowing it.

Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Dominic Purcell… more

Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Dominic Purcell, Angus MacFadyen, Kurt Wimmer, Taye Diggs, Emily Watson, Matthew Harbour

Action Adventure Thriller
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Adaptation.

It's two odd stories in one. The plot follows the attempt of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Nicolas Cage) to adapt S… more

It's two odd stories in one. The plot follows the attempt of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Nicolas Cage) to adapt Susan Orlean's nonfiction novel "The Orchid Thief" for the big screen. As Kaufman tries to work with the book's true story — the tale of John Laroche (Chris Cooper), a Florida plant dealer who works with Seminole Indians to create clones of rare orchids, which he sells to collectors for huge profits — he nearly goes mad. Enter his fictional twin (also Cage), a more successful version of Charlie. Charlie finally manages to finish the script, finding that in the process, he's incorporated himself and his writer's block into the story.

Nicolas Cage, Brian Cox, Tilda Swinton… more

Nicolas Cage, Brian Cox, Tilda Swinton, Meryl Streep, John Cusack, Spike Jonze, Chris Cooper, Ron Livingston

Drama Comedy
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Analyze That

Sequel to the 1999 hit, "Analyze, This," follows Ben Sobel's struggle to help Paul Vitti, his mobster client. Paul… more

Sequel to the 1999 hit, "Analyze, This," follows Ben Sobel's struggle to help Paul Vitti, his mobster client. Paul, who's been spending time in prison, is released to the custody of his psychiatrist. Paul tries to adjust to a straight life, but it's Ben who has issues this time: he's depressed after the recent death of his father.

Robert De Niro, Lisa Kudrow, Harold Ramis… more

Robert De Niro, Lisa Kudrow, Harold Ramis, Billy Crystal, Joe Viterelli, Brian Rogalski

Comedy
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Evelyn

Desmond Doyle is devastated when his philandering wife abandons their family on the day after Christmas. His unempl… more

Desmond Doyle is devastated when his philandering wife abandons their family on the day after Christmas. His unemployment and the fact that there is no woman in the house to care for the children, Evelyn, Noel and Brendan, make it clear to the authorities that his is an untenable situation. The Catholic Church and the Irish courts decide the Doyle children put into Church-run orphanages. Although a sympathetic judge assures Desmond that when his financial situation reverses, he will be able to get his children back; money is hard to come by. During that time, Evelyn and her brothers suffer the abuses of living in orphanages while Desmond struggles to secure finances. Now he must battle the courts to get his children back.

Pierce Brosnan, Stephen Rea, Bruce Beresford… more

Pierce Brosnan, Stephen Rea, Bruce Beresford, Aidan Quinn, Julianna Margulies, John Lynch, Sophie Vavasseur, Alan Bates

Drama

Maid in Manhattan

A street savvy, independent single mother who lives in the Bronx with her son, and works as a maid in a first class… more

A street savvy, independent single mother who lives in the Bronx with her son, and works as a maid in a first class Manhattan hotel dreams of a better life but has learned to depend upon her own wits to get her there. When a handsome, debonair heir to an American political dynasty is in New York and staying in the hotel where Marisa works, the two meet by a twist of fate and mistaken identity. She soon finds herself gaining insight into the life of a man she might otherwise have judged from a distance. When her true identity is revealed, however, the truth sets in as to the disparity in their lives.

Ralph Fiennes, Wayne Wang, Jennifer Lopez… more

Ralph Fiennes, Wayne Wang, Jennifer Lopez, Bob Hoskins, Natasha Richardson, Di Quon

Comedy Romance
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The Hot Chick

Jessica Spencer (Anna Faris) is convinced she has the perfect life. She's the hottest, most popular girl in high sc… more

Jessica Spencer (Anna Faris) is convinced she has the perfect life. She's the hottest, most popular girl in high school, captain of the cheerleading squad and dating the dreamy quarterback. But thse gets a big does of reality when she wakes up in the body of a 30-year-old man (Rob Schneider)! She quickly discovers that trading on your looks isn't so easy when you're a girl who constantly needs a shave. And until she can figure out how to change herself back, Jessica must find a way to win the Cheer Competition, go to the prom, and win her boyfriend back - all as a guy. From some of the guys who brought you "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo" and "The Animal" comes a wild, heartfelt comedy everyone can enjoy no matter what you sex.

Rachel McAdams, Adam Sandler, Tom Brady… more

Rachel McAdams, Adam Sandler, Tom Brady, Rob Schneider, Anna Faris, Eric Christian Olsen, Matthew Lawrence

Comedy
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About Schmidt

Jack Nicholson stars as Warren Schmidt, a man who is set adrift following retirement and the sudden death of his wi… more

Jack Nicholson stars as Warren Schmidt, a man who is set adrift following retirement and the sudden death of his wife. Uncertain about his future as well as his past, Warren packs up his 30-foot Winnebago to set out on a journey across the Nebraska plains to attend his daughter's (Hope Davis) wedding to a waterbed salesman (Dermot Mulroney). But every step he takes seems wrong, and Warren seems destined to end his life as he lived it: a failure. But along the way, Warren recounts his journey and shares his observations with an unexpected friend - a poor Tanzanian boy he is sponsoring for 73 cents a day. In his long letters to the boy, Warren begins to see himself and the life he has lived with new eyes.

Dermot Mulroney, Kathy Bates, Jack Nicholson… more

Dermot Mulroney, Kathy Bates, Jack Nicholson, Hope Davis, Jim Taylor, June Squibb, Howard Hesseman, Harry Gittes

Drama Comedy
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Intacto

There are those among us who are preternaturally lucky. They are the survivors of the plane crash that kills everyo… more

There are those among us who are preternaturally lucky. They are the survivors of the plane crash that kills everyone else, the ones who escape being victims of war and terror, the gamblers who win high-stake games and even life itself. Their gift is not only being lucky, however; it includes the power to rob others of their luck and leave them helpless in the face of misfortune. Frederico has been robbed of his luck and believes that Tomas, the survivor of a plane crash, will be the instrument of his vengeance. The two men embark on a voyage of initiation, a series of trials challenging others that will lead them to the summit of chance, but they must avoid the scrutiny of policewoman Sara, herself a survivor, to finally meet Sam, the master of the domain from which only one person will emerge intact.

Leonardo Sbaraglia, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Eusebio Poncela… more

Leonardo Sbaraglia, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Eusebio Poncela, Monica Lopez, Antonio Dechent

Thriller Suspense
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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

The sequel to "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" follows the continuing quest of Frodo Baggins and the… more

The sequel to "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" follows the continuing quest of Frodo Baggins and the Fellowship that has joined together to destroy the One Ring and stand against the leader of the dark lord Sauron. The fellowship has divided and now find themselves taking different paths to defeating Sauron and his allies. Their destinies now lie at two towers: Orthanc Tower in Isengard, where the corrupted wizard Saruman waits, and Sauron's fortress at Barad-dur, deep within the dark lands of Mordor.

Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett… more

Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Viggo Mortensen, Peter Jackson, Brad Dourif, Dominic Monaghan, Karl Urban

Drama Action Adventure War Fantasy Sci-Fi
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Antwone Fisher

Based on a true story, a biographical drama centering upon Antwone "Fish" Fisher who—once a Sony Pictures sec… more

Based on a true story, a biographical drama centering upon Antwone "Fish" Fisher who—once a Sony Pictures security guard—eventually gained fame as an acclaimed writer and a Hollywood producer. In the earlier part of his life, he was a sailor prone to violent outbursts. On the verge of being kicked out of the Navy for repeated fighting, he is sent to a naval psychiatrist for help. Refusing at first to open up, the young man eventually breaks down and reveals a horrific childhood rife with abuse. With the help of a Navy psychiatrist, he turns his life around and decides to embark on a search to find the family that abandoned him as a baby. Through the guidance of his doctor, he confronts his painful past and begins a quest to find the family he never knew. In the course of that search, his life changes dramatically.

Todd Black, Viola Davis, Denzel Washington… more

Todd Black, Viola Davis, Denzel Washington, Antwone Fisher, Derek Luke, Cory Hodges, Malcolm David Kelley, Salli Richardson

Drama
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The Wild Thornberrys Movie

This Nickelodeon movie finds this animated family going on wild adventures around the world. Now 12-year-old Eliza… more

This Nickelodeon movie finds this animated family going on wild adventures around the world. Now 12-year-old Eliza is in Africa where she meets a mysterious shaman who grants her the power to talk to animals. But there's a catch - if she reveals her gift, she will lose it forever. One day, Eliza discovers that poachers plan to kill an elephant herd with an electrified fence and she and Darwin, her pet chimp, must stop them.

Rupert Everett, Marisa Tomei, Tim Curry… more

Rupert Everett, Marisa Tomei, Tim Curry, Brenda Blethyn, Tom Kane, Alfre Woodard, Jeff McGrath, Cathy Malkasian

Comedy Animation
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Gangs of New York

Set during the mid 1800s, this story is based upon the non-fiction book of the same title by Herbert Asbury, about… more

Set during the mid 1800s, this story is based upon the non-fiction book of the same title by Herbert Asbury, about the beginning of the mob in America. The story centers around two rival gangs, the Dead Rabbits and the Native Americans. When the leader of the Dead Rabbits is murdered, his son Amsterdam (Leonardo DiCaprio) seeks revenge on the man held responsible Bill "The Butcher" (Daniel Day-Lewis).

Martin Scorsese, Steven Zaillian, Liam Neeson… more

Martin Scorsese, Steven Zaillian, Liam Neeson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Henry Thomas, Alberto Grimaldi, Steven Zallian, Jay Cocks

Drama Crime
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Two Weeks Notice

In the romantic comedy "Two Weeks Notice", Sandra Bullock plays a brilliant but detail-obsessed attorney opposite H… more

In the romantic comedy "Two Weeks Notice", Sandra Bullock plays a brilliant but detail-obsessed attorney opposite Hugh Grant as her charming, irresponsible and fabulously wealthy boss in a film that explores whether or not it's ever too late to say "I Love You."

Alicia Witt, Marc Lawrence, Hugh Grant… more

Alicia Witt, Marc Lawrence, Hugh Grant, Mark Feuerstein, Robert Klein

Comedy Romance
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Pinocchio

Written by, directed by, and starring Roberto Benigni, this is the classic story of a wooden puppet come to life an… more

Written by, directed by, and starring Roberto Benigni, this is the classic story of a wooden puppet come to life and his magnificent odyssey to become a 'real boy'. Despite guidance from the beautiful Blue Fairy (Nicoletta Braschi) and the love of his father, Gepetto (Carlo Guiffre), Pinocchio's curious spirit leads him into one wild adventure after another - distracting him from his goal, and distancing him from his loved ones. Using Carlo Collodi's original masterwork as its source, the film is filled with mysterious fairies, colorful circuses, mystical forests, talking animals, fantastical toys and magnificent playlands.

Roberto Benigni, Carlo Giuffre, Nicoletta Braschi… more

Roberto Benigni, Carlo Giuffre, Nicoletta Braschi, Carlo Guiffre, Bruno Arena

Comedy Fantasy Kids
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Catch Me If You Can

Frank Abagnale, Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio) worked as a doctor, a lawyer, and as a co-pilot for a major airline—a… more

Frank Abagnale, Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio) worked as a doctor, a lawyer, and as a co-pilot for a major airline—all before his 18th birthday. A master of deception, he was also a brilliant forger, whose skill gave him his first real claim to fame: At the age of 17, Frank Abagnale, Jr. became the most successful bank robber in the history of the United States. FBI Agent Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks) had made it his prime mission to capture Frank and bring him to justice, but Frank is always one step ahead of him, baiting him to continue the chase.

Tom Hanks, Amy Adams, Steven Spielberg… more

Tom Hanks, Amy Adams, Steven Spielberg, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Garner, Brian Howe, Frank John Hughes, Ellen Pompeo

Drama Action Adventure Crime
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Sonny

This is the story of a young man, Sonny (James Franco), living in New Orleans and trained to follow the family trad… more

This is the story of a young man, Sonny (James Franco), living in New Orleans and trained to follow the family tradition as a paid male prostitute for wealthy women, and he hates it. He wants to free himself from this predetermined life and find something for himself outside the business, perhaps even in the Army, but his family won't hear of it.

James Franco, Nicolas Cage, Brenda Blethyn… more

James Franco, Nicolas Cage, Brenda Blethyn, Brenda Vaccaro, Scott Caan, Seymour Cassel, Mena Suvari, Harry Dean Stanton

Drama
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The Pianist

The film is adapted from the autobiography of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish Jew who detailed his survival during Wor… more

The film is adapted from the autobiography of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish Jew who detailed his survival during World War II. A composer and a pianist, he played the last live music heard over Polish radio airwaves before Nazi artillery hit. During the brutal occupation, he eluded deportation and remained in the devastated Warsaw ghetto. There, he struggled to stay alive even when cast away from those he loved. He would eventually reclaim his artistic gifts and confront his fears, with aid from the unlikeliest of sources.

Roman Polanski, Adrien Brody, Ed Stoppard… more

Roman Polanski, Adrien Brody, Ed Stoppard, Ruth Platt, Thomas Kretschmann, Maureen Lipman, Frank Finlay, Emilia Fox

Drama
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Chicago

It's the long-awaited film version of the Broadway hit. Set in the roaring 20's, this is the story of Chicago choru… more

It's the long-awaited film version of the Broadway hit. Set in the roaring 20's, this is the story of Chicago chorus girl Roxie Hart (Renée Zellweger), who shoots her unfaithful lover (Dominic West). Landing in jail, she meets Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones), another chorus girl and murderess, currently enjoying media attention and legal manipulation, care of her attorney, Billy Flynn (Richard Gere), king of the old "Razzle Dazzle." Soon enough, however, Flynn takes Roxie's case as well, and Velma finds herself old news as Roxie is now the most famous murderess in town, on her way to getting out of jail and becoming a star. The two go through a series of attempts at getting what they both want: freedom and fame.

Richard Gere, John C. Reilly, Queen Latifah… more

Richard Gere, John C. Reilly, Queen Latifah, Mya, Rob Marshall, Dominic West, Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones

Drama Comedy Crime Musical
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