Movies Released December 29, 2004

Wednesday, December 29

2004 | December 2004
95 mins

The Assassination of Richard Nixon

Meticulously depicts the disintegration of Samuel Bicke (Sean Penn), a failed salesman and ineffectual would-be assassin. Unwillingly separated from his beautiful wife, Marie (Naomi Watts), Samuel is a meek and earnest everyman who grows increasingly embittered as mounting disappointment and rejec… more

Meticulously depicts the disintegration of Samuel Bicke (Sean Penn), a failed salesman and ineffectual would-be assassin. Unwillingly separated from his beautiful wife, Marie (Naomi Watts), Samuel is a meek and earnest everyman who grows increasingly embittered as mounting disappointment and rejection dash his dreams one by one. On the brink of a nervous collapse, he yearns for the success he sees in others, unable to understand why it cannot also be his. Inspired by real-life events, The Assassination of Richard Nixon tells the story of Samuel's breakdown and his subsequent attempt to assassinate the president – an endeavour which, like everything in his life, is inevitably doomed to failure. With the noise of Watergate providing a constant blaring background to the dissolution of his marriage and the loss of his job, Bicke loses his tenuous grip on reality. His desire to lash out at the government for his personal anguish drives him to conceal a gun under an orthopaedic leg brace. His intention: to hijack a plane and fly it into the White House.

Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Alfonso Cuarón, Don Cheadle, Jack Thompson… more

Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Alfonso Cuarón, Don Cheadle, Jack Thompson, Niels Mueller, Jorge Vergara, Jason Kliot

Drama Historical
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The Merchant of Venice

Set in 16th century Venice, this adaptation of the Shakespeare play tells the story of Antonio, who goes into debt with moneylendor Shylock (Al Pacino) so his friend Bassanio can impress the object of his affection, Portia.

Cary Brokaw, Michael Radford, Mackenzie Crook, Jason Piette, Al Pacino… more

Cary Brokaw, Michael Radford, Mackenzie Crook, Jason Piette, Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, Joseph Fiennes, Lynn Collins

Drama

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119 mins

A Love Song for Bobby Long

Upon hearing of her mother's death, jaded teenage loner Purslane Hominy Will (Scarlett Johansson) returns to New Orleans for the first time in years, ready to reclaim her childhood home. Expecting to find her late mother's house abandoned, Pursy is shocked to discover that it is inhabited by two o… more

Upon hearing of her mother's death, jaded teenage loner Purslane Hominy Will (Scarlett Johansson) returns to New Orleans for the first time in years, ready to reclaim her childhood home. Expecting to find her late mother's house abandoned, Pursy is shocked to discover that it is inhabited by two of her mother's friends: Bobby Long (John Travolta), a former literature professor, and his young protégé, Lawson Pines (Gabriel Macht). These broken men, whose lives took a wrong turn years before, have been firmly rooted in the dilapidated house for years, encouraged only by Lawson's faltering ambitions to write a novel about Bobby Long's life. Having no intention of leaving, Pursy, Bobby Long and Lawson are all forced to live together. Yet as time passes, their tenuous, makeshift arrangement unearths a series of buried personal secrets that challenges their bonds, and reveals just how inextricably their lives are intertwined.

Scarlett Johansson, David Lancaster, John Travolta, Bob Yari, Shainee Gabel… more

Scarlett Johansson, David Lancaster, John Travolta, Bob Yari, Shainee Gabel, John Penotti, Tim Williams, R. Paul Miller

Drama Comedy

Wednesday, December 29

2004 | December 2004