December 2005 Movies

First Descent

The docu-drama "First Descent" chronicles the rebellious, inspiring and sometimes controversial rise of snowboardin… more

The docu-drama "First Descent" chronicles the rebellious, inspiring and sometimes controversial rise of snowboarding--as seen through the eyes of the snowboarders setting the standards and breaking the boundaries of this worldwide phenomenon.

"First Descent" spotlights a handful of snowboarding's early pioneers (including Shawn Farmer, Nick Perata and Terje Haakonsen) and some of the ultra-sponsored superstar phenoms at snowboarding's current cutting edge (Shaun White and Hannah Teter) and literally takes them to the edge--the snow blanketed mountains of Alaska—where these five icons face some of the most challenging and hard-core natural terrain on the planet. The five come for different reasons—Perata and Farmer to see if they still have what it takes, Haakonsen to add another credit to his Big Mountain resume, and White and Teter to undertake their first Big Mountain ride ever—and yet all seek to challenge themselves to accomplish the best snowboarding feat of their lives down peaks of powder no rider has ever descended.

Leading up to their first descent, the crew of five share their stories, comparing viewpoints, individual lifestyles, and unedited opinions on the evolution of snowboarding that began as a delinquent child of skiing and now stands as an international cultural movement that has permanently changed the face of winter sports.

Intercutting footage from the snowboarding revolution of the '80s and '90s, real-life accounts from both notorious and famed riders, and dramatic, newly-filmed scenes from the biggest winter contests and experiences these riders undergo on their way to and in Alaska, "First Descent" creates a fast-paced portrait of a snowsport that has quickly evolved from a fringe hobby to a full-fledged global event.

Kemp Curley, David Burwick, Kevin Harrison… more

Kemp Curley, David Burwick, Kevin Harrison, Shawn Farmer, Nick Perata, Terje Haakonsen, Shaun White, Hannah Teter

Sports Documentary

Transamerica

Bree is a perfectly adjusted conservative transsexual woman. Born Stanely, a genetic male, she's about to take the… more

Bree is a perfectly adjusted conservative transsexual woman. Born Stanely, a genetic male, she's about to take the final step to becoming the woman Stanley always wanted to be - until she finds out that she is the parent of a long-lost 17 year-old son. Afraid to tell the rebellious teenager the truth, Bree embarks on a journey with him that will challenge and change both their lives and bring them closer to the truth of their connection.

Felicity Huffman, Kevin Zegers, Graham Greene… more

Felicity Huffman, Kevin Zegers, Graham Greene, Duncan Tucker, Elizabeth Pena, Burt Young, Stephen Kazmierski, Linda Moran

Drama

The Kid & I

Bill Williams (Arnold) is a down-and-out actor who is unexpectedly hired to write a sequel a la "True Lies", the ac… more

Bill Williams (Arnold) is a down-and-out actor who is unexpectedly hired to write a sequel a la "True Lies", the action film that made him famous more than a decade ago. When Bill learns that his co-star is Aaron Roman (Gores), a rich kid with no acting experience, what appeared to be the chance for a major comeback turns into a series of outlandish complications. As the duo embark on a journey of outrageous misadventures, the unlikely pair discover that it takes more courage to face real life challenges than it does fighting bad guys on the big screen. Although Aaron may be inexperienced in acting, his tenacious spirit, unwavering optimism and unconditional friendship turns out to be an important, enduring gift to Bill.

Arielle Kebbel, Linda Hamilton, Jamie Lee Curtis… more

Arielle Kebbel, Linda Hamilton, Jamie Lee Curtis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Yvette Nicole Brown, Eric Gores, Penelope Spheeris, Tom Arnold

Comedy
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Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt

Steve Earle offered to "stand on Bob Dylan's coffee table in my cowboy boots" to declare him the world's greatest s… more

Steve Earle offered to "stand on Bob Dylan's coffee table in my cowboy boots" to declare him the world's greatest songwriter. In concert, Lucinda Williams often dedicates "2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten" to him. Artists, as diverse as Emmylou Harris and The Meat Puppets, have recorded his songs. The late Townes Van Zandt was the kind of artist who is always more famous dead than alive. Born into wealth, Townes was an outsider from the get-go. Clinical depression steered the ragged course as did his appetite for drugs and alcohol. Determined to be a success, Townes eventually had a hit. The royalty checks were welcome, but this mainstream cameo seems to have been awkward for him, and there's tangible discomfort and detachment from it all.

Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Steve Earle… more

Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Steve Earle, Margaret Brown, Sam Brumbaugh, Emmylou Harris

Documentary

Aeon Flux

Based on the MTV animated series by Peter Chung, "Aeon Flux" is set 400 years in the future, when disease has wiped… more

Based on the MTV animated series by Peter Chung, "Aeon Flux" is set 400 years in the future, when disease has wiped out the majority of the earth's population except for one walled, protected city-state, Bregna, ruled by a congress of scientists. The story centers on Aeon Flux (Charlize Theron), the top operative in the underground ‘Monican' rebellion – led by The Handler (Frances McDormand). When Aeon is sent on a mission to kill a government leader, she uncovers a world of secrets.

Charlize Theron, Karyn Kusama, Gary Lucchesi… more

Charlize Theron, Karyn Kusama, Gary Lucchesi, Matt Manfredi, Marton Csokas, Caroline Chikezie, Jonathan Hensleigh, Gregory Goodman

Drama Action Adventure Fantasy Sci-Fi Based on TV
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Brokeback Mountain

Set against the sweeping vistas of Wyoming and Texas, the film tells the story of two young men—a ranch-hand and a… more

Set against the sweeping vistas of Wyoming and Texas, the film tells the story of two young men—a ranch-hand and a rodeo cowboy—who meet in the summer of 1963, and unexpectedly forge a lifelong connection, one whose complications, joys, and tragedies provide a testament to the endurance and power of love. Early one morning in Signal, Wyoming, Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) and Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) meet while lining up for employment with local rancher Joe Aguirre (Randy Quaid). The world which Ennis and Jack have been born into is at once changing rapidly and yet scarcely evolving. Both young men seem certain of their set places in the heartland—obtaining steady work, marrying, and raising a family—and yet hunger for something beyond what they can articulate. When Aguirre dispatches them to work as sheepherders up on the majestic Brokeback Mountain, they gravitate towards camaraderie and then a deeper intimacy.

At summer's end, the two must come down from Brokeback and part ways. Remaining in Wyoming, Ennis weds his sweetheart Alma (Michelle Williams), with whom he will have two daughters as he ekes out a living. Jack, in Texas, catches the eye of rodeo queen Lureen Newsome (Anne Hathaway). Their courtship and marriage result in a son, as well as jobs in her father's business. Four years pass. One day, Alma brings Ennis a postcard from Jack, who is en route to visit Wyoming. Ennis waits expectantly for his friend, and when Jack at last arrives, in just one moment it is clear that the passage of time has only strengthened the men's attachment. In the years that follow, Ennis and Jack struggle to keep their secret bond alive. They meet up several times annually. Even when they are apart, they face the eternal questions of fidelity, commitment, and trust. Ultimately, the one constant in their lives is a force of nature—love.

Ang Lee, David Harbour, Anne Hathaway… more

Ang Lee, David Harbour, Anne Hathaway, Scott Ferguson, James Schamus, Larry McMurtry, Diana Ossana, E. Annie Proulx

Drama Western Romance
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Memoirs of a Geisha

Based on the best-selling novel by Arthur Golden, "Memoirs of a Geisha" is the epic drama of a young girl sold into… more

Based on the best-selling novel by Arthur Golden, "Memoirs of a Geisha" is the epic drama of a young girl sold into the slavery of a geisha house and her rise through the ranks as she becomes one of Japan's most famous geishas.

Akiva Goldsman, Bonnie Curtis, Robin Swicord… more

Akiva Goldsman, Bonnie Curtis, Robin Swicord, Rob Marshall, Michelle Yeoh, Douglas Wick, Ian Bryce, Zhang Ziyi

Drama Historical
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Breakfast on Pluto

Set in the 1960s and 1970s, "Breakfast on Pluto" follows Patrick "Kitten" Brady (Cillian Murphy), a kid who escapes… more

Set in the 1960s and 1970s, "Breakfast on Pluto" follows Patrick "Kitten" Brady (Cillian Murphy), a kid who escapes from his foster home in Ireland and becomes a transvestite and performer in London.

Ruth Negga, Neil Jordan, Liam Neeson… more

Ruth Negga, Neil Jordan, Liam Neeson, Stephen Rea, Brendan Gleeson, Alan Moloney, Stephen Woolley, Cillian Murphy

Drama
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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

"The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe", the first in an exciting series of films in the… more

"The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe", the first in an exciting series of films in the making and based on the phenomenal bestselling novels, concerns a war between good and evil, pitting the magnificent lion Aslan against the forces of darkness in the magical world of Narnia. A White Witch has used her dark powers to keep Narnia in winter for 100 years, but it is foretold that four humans will be able to help Aslan break the spell. When the Pevensie siblings - Lucy, Susan, Edmund, and Peter - discover the magic of Narnia by entering the enchanted world through a wardrobe, the stage is set for a classic battle of epic proportions.

James McAvoy, Georgie Henley, Christopher Markus… more

James McAvoy, Georgie Henley, Christopher Markus, Andrew Adamson, Mark Johnson, Tilda Swinton, William Moseley, Cary Granat

Action Adventure Fantasy Family Kids
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King Kong

It is 1933, and vaudeville actress Ann Darrow has found herself--like so many other New Yorkers during the Great De… more

It is 1933, and vaudeville actress Ann Darrow has found herself--like so many other New Yorkers during the Great Depression--without the means to earn a living. Unwilling to compromise and allow herself to sink into a career in burlesque, she considers her limited options while aimlessly wandering the streets of Manhattan. When her hunger drives her to unsuccessfully try to steal an apple from a fruit vendor's stall, she is rescued--literally--by filmmaker and multiple hyphenate Carl Denham. It seems that the entrepreneur-raconteur-adventurer is no stranger to theft, having that day lifted the only existing print of his most recent and unfinished film from under his studio executives' noses when they threatened to pull his completion funds. Carl has until the end of the day to get his crew onboard the Singapore-bound tramp steamer, the S.S. Venture, in hopes of completing his travelogue/action film. With that, the showman is certain he will finally achieve the personal greatness he knows awaits him around the corner--and although the crew believe that corner to be Singapore, Denham actually hopes to find and capture on film the mysterious place of legend: Skull Island. Unfortunately for Carl, his headlining actress has pulled out of his project, but his search for a size-four leading lady (the costumes have all been made) has, fatefully, led him to Ann. The struggling actress is reluctant to sign on with Denham, until she learns that the up-and-coming, socially relevant playwright Jack Driscoll is penning the screenplay--the fees his friend Carl pays for potboiling adventure are a welcome supplement to Driscoll's nominal income from his stage plays. With his newly discovered star and coerced screenwriter reluctantly onboard, Denham's moving picture ship heads out of New York Harbor--and toward a destiny that none aboard could possibly foresee.

Andy Serkis, Adrien Brody, Peter Jackson… more

Andy Serkis, Adrien Brody, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Thomas Kretschmann, Jamie Bell

Action Adventure Fantasy Thriller Sci-Fi
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The Producers

Two-time Tony Award winners Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick return to their celebrated roles as Max Bialystock an… more

Two-time Tony Award winners Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick return to their celebrated roles as Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom, a scheming theatrical producer and his mousy CPA who hit upon the perfect plan to embezzle a fortune: raise far more money than you need to produce a sure-fire Broadway flop and then (since no one will expect anything back), Max and Leo can pocket the difference. To do this, they need the ultimate bad play, which they find in the musical "Springtime for Hitler". Their plans come to naught and the duo are taken completely by surprise when their new production is hailed as a toast-of-the-town hit. Uma Thurman stars as Ulla, the Swedish secretary/slash/receptionist and would-be showgirl, and Will Ferrell brings his spot-on comic talents to the role of Franz Liebkind, the neo-Nazi playwright (and pigeon fancier) responsible for penning the "worst play ever written."

Will Ferrell, Nathan Lane, Uma Thurman… more

Will Ferrell, Nathan Lane, Uma Thurman, Roger Bart, Dolores McDougal, Susan Stroman, Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan

Drama Comedy Remake Musical
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The Family Stone

The Stones, a New England family, have their annual holiday gathering. The eldest son brings his girlfriend home to… more

The Stones, a New England family, have their annual holiday gathering. The eldest son brings his girlfriend home to meet his parents, brothers and sisters. The bohemian Stones greet their visitor--a high-powered, controlling New Yorker--with a mix of awkwardness, confusion and hostility. Before the holiday is over, relationships will unravel while new ones are formed, secrets will be revealed, and the family Stone will come together through its extraordinary capacity for love.

Diane Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Dermot Mulroney… more

Diane Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Dermot Mulroney, Luke Wilson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Claire Danes, Thomas Bezucha, Michael London

Comedy Family

Cheaper by the Dozen 2

Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt, Piper Perabo, Hilary Duff and the rest of the cast of "Cheaper By the Dozen" return in t… more

Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt, Piper Perabo, Hilary Duff and the rest of the cast of "Cheaper By the Dozen" return in this sequel to the 2003 remake.

Tom Baker (Martin) and wife Kate (Hunt), hoping to bring their family together for a memorable summer vacation, take their 12 offspring to the rustic Lake Winnetka. But their retreat soon becomes cutthroat when they enter into a competition with the over-achieving members of a large family headed by Tom's long-time rival, Jimmy Muraugh (Eugence Levy).

Garrett Grant, Piper Perabo, Adam Shankman… more

Garrett Grant, Piper Perabo, Adam Shankman, Shawn Levy, Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt, Carmen Electra, Hilary Duff

Comedy Sequel Family Kids
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Fun With Dick and Jane

In Columbia Pictures' larcenous romantic comedy "Fun with Dick and Jane", Dick (Jim Carrey) and Jane (Téa Leoni) ar… more

In Columbia Pictures' larcenous romantic comedy "Fun with Dick and Jane", Dick (Jim Carrey) and Jane (Téa Leoni) are in love and living the American dream—until one day it becomes an American nightmare. When the company Dick works for becomes involved in an Enron-like scandal and he is confronted with the prospect of losing everything, Dick and Jane are forced to bag, borrow and steal to get it all back.

Alec Baldwin, Dean Parisot, Jim Carrey… more

Alec Baldwin, Dean Parisot, Jim Carrey, Judd Apatow, Tea Leoni, Vincent Curatola, Brian Grazer, Nicholas Stoller

Comedy Crime Remake
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Munich

The film recounts the dramatic story of the secret Israeli squad assigned to track down and assassinate 11 Palestin… more

The film recounts the dramatic story of the secret Israeli squad assigned to track down and assassinate 11 Palestinians believed to have planned the 1972 Munich massacre—and the personal toll this mission of revenge takes on the team and the man who led it. Eric Bana stars as the Mossad agent charged with leading the band of specialists brought together for this operation.

Inspired by actual events, the narrative is based on a number of sources, including the recollections of some who participated in the events themselves.

Daniel Craig, Kathleen Kennedy, Hanns Zischler… more

Daniel Craig, Kathleen Kennedy, Hanns Zischler, Steven Spielberg, Eric Roth, Geoffrey Rush, Mathieu Kassovitz, Ciaran Hinds

Drama Thriller Historical
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The Ringer

When Steve Barker (Johnny Knoxville) finds himself running dead last in the corporate rat race, he sinks to an all… more

When Steve Barker (Johnny Knoxville) finds himself running dead last in the corporate rat race, he sinks to an all time low...he attempts to rig the Special Olympics by pretending to be intellectually challenged. But, Barker is completely out-classed by his fellow Olympians, who are not only better athletes; they're just plain better people. And they're on to him. But rather than rat-out the rat, they join forces with him to once and for all beat Jimmy, the cocky reigning champion of the annual games. With a work-out regime uniquely their own, they train Barker to go for the gold and, in the process, show him what's at the heart of a true winner.

Barry Blaustein, Ricky Blitt, Johnny Knoxville… more

Barry Blaustein, Ricky Blitt, Johnny Knoxville, Bradley Thomas, Bobby Farrelly, Brian Cox, Katherine Heigl, Peter Farrelly

Comedy Sports
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Caché

Georges, a television talk show host, and his wife Anne, are living the perfect life of modern comfort and security… more

Georges, a television talk show host, and his wife Anne, are living the perfect life of modern comfort and security. One day, their idyll is disrupted in the form of a mysterious videotape that appears on their doorstep. On it they are being filmed by a hidden camera from across the street with no clues as to who shot it, or why. As more tapes arrive containing images that are disturbingly intimate and increasingly personal, Georges launches into an investigation of his own as to who is behind this. As he does so, secrets from his past are revealed, and the walls of security he and Anne have built around themselves begin to crumble.

Annie Girardot, Veit Heiduschka, Michael Haneke… more

Annie Girardot, Veit Heiduschka, Michael Haneke, Juliette Binoche, Daniel Auteuil, Maurice Bénichou, Lester Makedonsky

Drama Foreign
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Dosti: Friends Forever

They had nothing in common. Karan was wealthy and a mansion was his habitat. Raj had empty pockets and the sky was… more

They had nothing in common. Karan was wealthy and a mansion was his habitat. Raj had empty pockets and the sky was his roof. Karan's jet ensured that he could fly if he wanted. Raj could only depend on his two feet. Karan had a family and yet craved love. Raj had loved to share, but craved a family. Karan was the eternal Casanova. Raj was the proverbial one-woman man. Karan had it all and yet felt empty. Raj had nothing but his heart was full. They were two people as different as can be. Yet they found a common ground. One that led to the glorious road of friendship! Their bond was unshakable. If Karan gave Raj a home and all the material comforts, Raj gave Karan a shoulder and all the emotional security. If Karan supported Raj at every step, Raj covered up for all of Karan's misdoings. They laughed together, lied together, loved together and fought the odds together all in the name of friendship. Their blind faith in each other attracted the envy of the world. But it was this very world that never let them forget that theirs was not a relationship of equals. And how long could an unequal relationship sustain? Karan and Raj defied conventions proving that true friendship was above all such trivialities… But like a bolt out of the blue came a raging storm that threatened to sink the ship that housed the sentiments of the two friends.

Bobby Deol, Suneel Darshan, Robin Bhatt… more

Bobby Deol, Suneel Darshan, Robin Bhatt, Akshay Kumar

Drama

Rumor Has It

Sarah Huttinger's (Jennifer Aniston) life is in a tailspin. She's finally agreed to marry her boyfriend Jeff (Mark… more

Sarah Huttinger's (Jennifer Aniston) life is in a tailspin. She's finally agreed to marry her boyfriend Jeff (Mark Ruffalo), but isn't at all sure that marriage is what she really wants…in fact, she's not sure what she wants in general.

As conflicted as she is about her love life, her professional life isn't much better – an aspiring journalist, Sarah's career has stalled at the "New York Times" obituary column. To top it all off, she's on her way home to attend her sister's wedding, which means spending a lot of time with her tennis-obsessed Pasadena family.

Somewhat of a black sheep, Sarah's never quite felt a part of things when it comes to her relatives.

But when she meets Internet millionaire Beau Burroughs (Kevin Costner), their encounter unexpectedly unlocks some well-kept secrets that may help Sarah uncover the truth about her family and finally discover who she truly is.

Kevin Costner, George Clooney, Jennifer Aniston… more

Kevin Costner, George Clooney, Jennifer Aniston, Kathy Bates, Ted Griffin, Mike Vogel, Jordyn Tracey, Mike Baldridge

Comedy
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Match Point

"Match Point" represents a departure for native New Yorker Woody Allen, the majority of whose films lovingly depict… more

"Match Point" represents a departure for native New Yorker Woody Allen, the majority of whose films lovingly depict New York and—not always so lovingly—New Yorkers. Crossing the Atlantic for the first time in his film career, Allen set "Match Point" in London, where it was also filmed. The film is described as a melodrama about many things -- ambition, the seduction of wealth, love, sexual passion and, most importantly, the huge part luck plays in events as opposed to the comforting misconception that more of life is under our control than it really is.

Scarlett Johansson, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Eddie Marsan… more

Scarlett Johansson, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Eddie Marsan, Letty Aronson, Gareth Wiley, Brian Cox, James Nesbitt, Steve Pemberton

Drama Thriller Suspense
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Casanova

Heath Ledger plays the fabled romantic as a man who, after failing to win the affection of a particular Venetian wo… more

Heath Ledger plays the fabled romantic as a man who, after failing to win the affection of a particular Venetian woman, strives to discover the real meaning of love.

Sienna Miller, Jeremy Irons, Mark Gordon… more

Sienna Miller, Jeremy Irons, Mark Gordon, Michael Cristofer, Natalie Dormer, Betsy Beers, Oliver Platt, Stephen Greif

Drama Comedy Romance
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Mrs. Henderson Presents

An eccentric widow (Judi Dench) buys an old London theater and opens it up as the Windmill, a performance hall whic… more

An eccentric widow (Judi Dench) buys an old London theater and opens it up as the Windmill, a performance hall which goes down in history for, among other things, its all-nude revues; also starring Christopher Guest and Bob Hoskins.

Judi Dench, Stephen Frears, Bob Hoskins… more

Judi Dench, Stephen Frears, Bob Hoskins, Christopher Guest, Kelly Reilly, Norma Heyman, Martin Sherman, William Young

Comedy

The New World

"The New World" is an epic adventure set amid the encounter of European and Native American cultures during the fou… more

"The New World" is an epic adventure set amid the encounter of European and Native American cultures during the founding of the Jamestown Settlement in 1607. Inspired by the legend of John Smith (Colin Farrell) and Pocahontas, acclaimed filmmaker Terrence Malick transforms this classic story into a sweeping exploration of love, loss and discovery, both a celebration and an elegy of the America that was…and the America that was yet to come. Against a historically accurate Virginia backdrop, Malick has set a dramatized tale of two strong-willed characters-a passionate and noble young native woman and an ambitious soldier of fortune-torn between the undeniable requirements of their civic duty and the inescapable demands of the human heart.

Terrence Malick, David Thewlis, Bill Mechanic… more

Terrence Malick, David Thewlis, Bill Mechanic, Colin Farrell, Christopher Plummer, Christian Bale, Eddie Marsan, Trish Hofmann

Drama Historical
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