Movies Released December 22, 2004

Wednesday, December 22

2004 | December 2004
81 mins

In the Realms of the Unreal

An innovative masterpiece that literally gives wings to one man's singular vision of an imaginary world. Henry Darger lived a reclusive life and died alone in a Catholic mission in 1973. For more than 60 years, he created a massive literary and graphic body of work, including The Realms of the Unr… more

An innovative masterpiece that literally gives wings to one man's singular vision of an imaginary world. Henry Darger lived a reclusive life and died alone in a Catholic mission in 1973. For more than 60 years, he created a massive literary and graphic body of work, including The Realms of the Unreal, an epic, fifteen-thousand-page novel with hundreds of paintings that recounts the wars between nations on an enormous unnamed planet. Darger's keen sense of composition and vivid colors allowed him to create incredibly intense and beautiful illustrations which are often disturbingly violent. Consciously excluding art experts and psychologists, Yu presents impressions of Darger's work only from the people who knew him, letting the audience make up their own minds about the man. The film cleverly parallels his real life with his fantasies, making the oddness of his fantasy world more accessible.

Larry Pine, Jessica Yu, Susan West, Sue West, Dakota Fanning… more

Larry Pine, Jessica Yu, Susan West, Sue West, Dakota Fanning, Henry Darger

Documentary
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114 mins

Meet the Fockers

Now that Greg Focker is in with his soon-to-be in-laws, Jack and Dina Byrnes, it looks like smooth sailing for him and his fiancée, Pam. But that's before Pam's parents meet Greg's parents, Bernie and Roz Focker. The hyper-relaxed Fockers and the tightly-wound Byrneses are woefully mismatched from… more

Now that Greg Focker is in with his soon-to-be in-laws, Jack and Dina Byrnes, it looks like smooth sailing for him and his fiancée, Pam. But that's before Pam's parents meet Greg's parents, Bernie and Roz Focker. The hyper-relaxed Fockers and the tightly-wound Byrneses are woefully mismatched from the start, and no matter how hard Greg and Pam try, there is just no bringing their families together.

Robert De Niro, Jim Herzfeld, Jay Roach, Ben Stiller, Teri Polo… more

Robert De Niro, Jim Herzfeld, Jay Roach, Ben Stiller, Teri Polo, Jane Rosenthal, Nancy Tenebaum, Tim Rasmussen

Comedy Sequel

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143 mins

The Phantom of the Opera

Based on the hit musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the tale tells the story of a disfigured musical genius who haunts the catacombs beneath the Paris Opera, waging a reign of terror over its occupants. When he falls fatally in love with the lovely Christine, the Phantom devotes himself to creating a… more

Based on the hit musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the tale tells the story of a disfigured musical genius who haunts the catacombs beneath the Paris Opera, waging a reign of terror over its occupants. When he falls fatally in love with the lovely Christine, the Phantom devotes himself to creating a new star for the Opera--exerting a strange sense of control over the young soprano as he nurtures her extraordinary talents.

Gerard Butler, Patrick Wilson, Emmy Rossum, Joel Schumacher, Andrew Lloyd Webber… more

Gerard Butler, Patrick Wilson, Emmy Rossum, Joel Schumacher, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Alan Cumming, Ciaran Hinds, Minnie Driver

Drama Romance Musical

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134 mins

A Very Long Engagement

Set in France near the end of World War I in the deadly trenches of the Somme, in the gilded Parisien halls of power, and in the modest home of an indomitable provincial girl and her relentless search to find her fiancée, who has disappeared. He is one of five French soldiers believed to have been… more

Set in France near the end of World War I in the deadly trenches of the Somme, in the gilded Parisien halls of power, and in the modest home of an indomitable provincial girl and her relentless search to find her fiancée, who has disappeared. He is one of five French soldiers believed to have been court-martialed under mysterious circumstances and pushed out of an allied trench into an almost-certain death in no-man's land. All an investigation into the arbitrary nature of secrecy, the absurdity of war, and the enduring passion, intuition and tenacity of the human heart.

Denis Lavant, Audrey Tautou, Dominique Pinon, Chantal Neuwirth, David Puttnam… more

Denis Lavant, Audrey Tautou, Dominique Pinon, Chantal Neuwirth, David Puttnam, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Guillaume Larant, Gaspard Ulliel

Drama

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Wednesday, December 22

2004 | December 2004