Holiday 2003 Movies

Brother Bear

In a tiny village, when the Earth was young and ice still covered the land, a headstrong teenager, Kenai, has an is… more

In a tiny village, when the Earth was young and ice still covered the land, a headstrong teenager, Kenai, has an issue with bears. And why not -- the bears compete for the same food and land, loot his village, and ruin his coming of age ceremony. When his oldest brother is lost in a perilous battle with a ferocious grizzly, Kenai ignores the village teachings of brotherhood, choosing instead to track down the bear and satisfy his thirst for vengeance. Kenai, voiced by Joaquin Phoenix, is changed into a bear by the Great Spirits, forcing him to examine the world through the eyes of his enemy. In his quest to regain his human form, Kenai enlists the help of an adorable, talkative and sometimes-pesky bear cub named Koda. Their journey propels them across the northern territory, through glacial caverns, frosty tundra, a valley of fire and treacherous gorges. Over the course of the journey with Koda, Kenai is forced to question everything he knows and learns many important lessons about the true meaning of brotherhood. Ultimately, he realizes that his physical transformation from a man to a bear is insignificant compared to the change that has occurred within him.

Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Clarke Duncan, D.B. Sweeney… more

Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Clarke Duncan, D.B. Sweeney, Bob Walker, Rick Moranis, Aaron Blaise, Jeremy Suarez, Dave Thomas

Kids

The Matrix: Revolutions

In this third installment that concerns itself with death, Neo, Trinity, and Morpheus--along with the rest of thei… more

In this third installment that concerns itself with death, Neo, Trinity, and Morpheus--along with the rest of their battling posse--continue to come against the machines that have systematically enslaved the human race in the Matrix. Now displaying a greater confidence in his own power, Neo fully realizes that he is a superhuman figure capable of amazing feats, and is totally aware that he's able to see the codes of people and things with which he comes into contact. Simultaneously more humans, who are struggling to live in the real world, have awoken out of the Matrix. As their numbers increase, the machines invade Zion, the center of human resistance--considered the last real-world city.

Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss… more

Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jada Pinkett Smith, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, Joel Silver, Hugo Weaving

Sci-Fi

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

On April 11th, 2002, Irish documentarians Kim Bartley and Donnacha O'Briain were in Venezuela, with the intention o… more

On April 11th, 2002, Irish documentarians Kim Bartley and Donnacha O'Briain were in Venezuela, with the intention of making a movie about the nation's left-leaning (and Castro-inspired) democratic president, Hugo Chavez, whose support comes mostly from the country's impoverished, who make up 80% of the population (versus past leaders who were often supported by the country's big money minority, like the petroleum industry). Although they did accomplish that, the film took a seriously unexpected turn when the filmmakers found themselves in the heart of a coup d'etat, trapped in the president's palace as Chavez's right-wing oligarchic opposition overthrew the leader. Chavez was able to return to power within 48 hours, buoyed by public support, but this film captures those frightening moments and days in which a nation's political future was fought over using both bullets and manipulation of the media. Venezuela's television networks, all owned by oil companies except for the state channel which the coup brought down, reported distorted interpretations of the coup, as proven by this movie's footage, which was then picked up by international news organizations like CNN. This movie also addresses what the White House thought about this coup in the world's fifth largest producer of oil (providing 14% of the United States' petroleum).

Kim Bartley, Donnacha O'Briain, Hugo Chavez

Foreign
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Anything but Love

This homage to the golden era of 1950s Technicolor musicals tells the story of a cabaret singer, Billie Golden (Isa… more

This homage to the golden era of 1950s Technicolor musicals tells the story of a cabaret singer, Billie Golden (Isabel Rose), living with her mother in Queens who aspires to get out of the "airport circuit" (she sings at a dingy lounge at JFK Airport). Meanwhile, Billie is also trying to choose between two men who represent different paths her life could take next: a corporate attorney (Cameron Bancroft) she knew in high school, who could provide her with money and security; or her piano teacher (Andrew McCarthy) who doesn't have much money but understands her passion for music. In addition to the songs Billie performs on stage, there are also occasional musical numbers that represent Billie's daydream fantasies.

Andrew McCarthy, Robert Cary, Isabel Rose… more

Andrew McCarthy, Robert Cary, Isabel Rose, Cameron Bancroft, Eartha Kitt, Peter Appel

Musical

Billabong Odyssey

The most ambitious surfing movie ever undertaken — the "Billabong Odyssey", is based on a three-year global expedit… more

The most ambitious surfing movie ever undertaken — the "Billabong Odyssey", is based on a three-year global expedition to seek out and ride the biggest waves in the world. Shot primarily in 24-frames-per-second, progressive-scan 1080 HD format as well as 35mm, the film combines the talents of the world's best big-wave surfers, jet-powered watercraft tow vehicles, and cutting-edge weather-tracking technology to create an unprecedented cinematic experience. The Billabong Odyssey calls for three expeditions each year. Two, which will take place between October and March, will unfold in the Northern Hemisphere, including the entire West Coast of North America, the Hawaiian chain, Canada, and Mexico, as well as France and Spain. A third will occur in the Southern Hemisphere during its winter months of June through August. Although specific destinations remain secret, the maiden expedition took to the seas last October, focusing on key locations in the Pacific Northwest between San Francisco and Canada's Vancouver Island. Preparations are under way for future excursions to coastlines rich with high-surf potential, including Chile, South Africa, Ireland, New Zealand and the South Pacific isles.

Philip Boston, Shawn Barney Barron, Layne Beachley… more

Philip Boston, Shawn Barney Barron, Layne Beachley, Ken Bradshaw, Ken Collins, Brad Gerlach, Brian Keaulana, Brock Little

Documentary

Elephant

Based partially on the shootings at Columbine High School, writer-director Gus Van Sant presents "Elephant", which… more

Based partially on the shootings at Columbine High School, writer-director Gus Van Sant presents "Elephant", which takes place during one day at a typical American high school. Following ten kids in their daily activities, an atmosphere of violence and lawlessness becomes brutally evident as tension mounts, leading to a tragic event.

Gus Van Sant, Dany Wolf, Elias McConnell… more

Gus Van Sant, Dany Wolf, Elias McConnell, Bill Robinson, Eric Deulen, Alex Frost, John Robinson, Timothy Bottoms

Teen

Elf

Many years ago, a playful toddler accidentally ended up in one of Santa's bags of presents, and got whisked away to… more

Many years ago, a playful toddler accidentally ended up in one of Santa's bags of presents, and got whisked away to the North Pole, where he would live out his entire childhood. One of Santa's elves adopted the child, named Buddy, and raised it among the tight-knit community of elves, who live up North with Santa, making toys year-round. Now a tall, fully grown man, Buddy and his distinctly non-elfishness, regularly causes havoc in Santa's workshop. He is unable to fully fit in with the other elves, and becomes forlorn. This inspires Buddy's adopted elf father to suggest to his human son that it's time for him to travel out into the world of men, and try to find his biological father and family back in New York City. However, it maybe just as hard for Buddy to fit into this new world, as he's only existed with other elves around him, and is not quite used to the ways of humans--especially urbanites.

Jon Favreau, Will Ferrell, Jon Berg… more

Jon Favreau, Will Ferrell, Jon Berg, Ed Asner, Shauna Robertson, Todd Komarnicki, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel

Holiday

Love Actually

Set in contemporary London in the weeks before Christmas, "Love Actually" tells one story which weaves together a s… more

Set in contemporary London in the weeks before Christmas, "Love Actually" tells one story which weaves together a spectacular number of love stories-sometimes romantic, sometimes sad, sometimes stupid-all funny in their own way. Everywhere you look, love is causing chaos. From the new bachelor Prime Minister who falls in love 30 seconds after entering Downing Street to a loser sandwich delivery guy who doesn't have a hope with the girls in the UK, so heads for Wisconsin; from a jilted writer who escapes to the south of France to nurse his broken heart to an aging rock star trying to make a comeback at any price; from a bride having problems with her husband's best man to a married woman having trouble with her husband; from a schoolboy with a crush on the prettiest girl in the school to his architect step-father with a crush on Claudia Schiffer. These London lives and loves collide, mingle and finally climax on Christmas Eve-again and again and again-with romantic, poignant and funny consequences for all.

Colin Firth, Richard Curtis, Liam Neeson… more

Colin Firth, Richard Curtis, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Rodrigo Santoro, Eric Fellner, Duncan Kenworthy, Laura Linney

Romance

Love Forbidden

Shortly after both his brother died and his girlfriend left him, Bruce (Rodolphe Marconi), a young filmmaker atten… more

Shortly after both his brother died and his girlfriend left him, Bruce (Rodolphe Marconi), a young filmmaker attending a year-long seminar in Rome, finds himself becoming the subject of obssession by a mostly straight Italian tour guide, Matteo (Andrea Necci), after the two end up sleeping together. Matteo continues to hang around Bruce, sometimes lurking in the darkness, stalking him, even as a new American girl (Echo Danon) with a fascination with serial killers enters their lives.

Rodolphe Marconi, Andrea Necci, Echo Danon… more

Rodolphe Marconi, Andrea Necci, Echo Danon, Orietta Gianjorio, Herve Brunon

Foreign

My Architect

In this documentary, Nathaniel Kahn examines the life and career of his father, Philadelphia architect Louis I. Kah… more

In this documentary, Nathaniel Kahn examines the life and career of his father, Philadelphia architect Louis I. Kahn (1901-1974), whose work included the Salk Institute and the Parliament and Capitol Buildings in Dhaka, Bangladesh, before dying of a heart attack in a Penn Station bathroom in 1974, unidentified and broke despite having been one of the century's most influential architects. Louis Kahn also led three different personal lives, with three different families, fathering a daughter with his wife, and a child each by two other lovers (one of whom was the mother of Nathaniel, who was 11 when his father died).

Nathaniel Kahn, Louis I. Kahn

Documentary

A House on a Hill

Harry Mayfield (Baker Hall) was once an extremely successful Los Angeles architect. Today, he is an aging, charming… more

Harry Mayfield (Baker Hall) was once an extremely successful Los Angeles architect. Today, he is an aging, charming but cantankerous idealist who teaches rather than practices architecture. Decades earlier, he had started work on a magnificent house for his family on a hillside site overlooking the city and the sea. A rich young couple, Kate and Richard Banks, see the charred remains of what was once his house, and decide they want Mayfield to come out of retirement and re-build the house for them. Mayfield, flattered by the attention and attracted by the challenge, agrees. Kate hires him to redesign the house and asks a young Hollywood friend, Gaby (Sangiacomo), to make a documentary record, a film of the building of the house. She learns that Mayfield's work made considerable impact on his colleagues and experts in the field, but for some reason he never achieved great public fame. The house was not finished, and the incidents surrounding its failure to be completed caused the tragic death of his young son, and possibly the end of his career. Mayfield works hard to make a new design. After getting it approved by Kate he starts construction with the contractor he has hired to rebuild the house.

Phillip Baker Hall, Chuck Workman, Laura San Giacomo… more

Phillip Baker Hall, Chuck Workman, Laura San Giacomo, Shirley Knight, Henry Rollins, Rebecca Staab, James Karen, Paul Mazursky

Drama

Looney Tunes: Back in Action

Set in a live-action world in which Warner Bros.' beloved assortment of irreverent animated entertainers interact w… more

Set in a live-action world in which Warner Bros.' beloved assortment of irreverent animated entertainers interact with human characters for maximum comic effect, the story unfolds on the Studio backlot and careens all over the map in time-honored Looney Tunes style. Our celluloid heroes embark on a hilarious adventure that takes them from Hollywood to Las Vegas, Paris and the jungles of Africa in search of Fraser's character's missing father and the mythical Blue Monkey Diamond.

Brendan Fraser, Joan Cusack, Joe Dante… more

Brendan Fraser, Joan Cusack, Joe Dante, Glenn Ficarra, Matthew Lillard, Chris deFaria, Larry Doyle, Joel Simon

Animation

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Russell Crowe is Lucky Jack Aubrey, the Navy's greatest fighting captain and Paul Bettany is ship's doctor Stephen… more

Russell Crowe is Lucky Jack Aubrey, the Navy's greatest fighting captain and Paul Bettany is ship's doctor Stephen Maturin. The ship, the Surprise, is suddenly attacked by a superior enemy. With the Surprise badly damaged and much of his crew injured, Aubrey – the "Master" of the Surprise and "Commander" of his men – is torn between duty and friendship as he sets sail in a high-stakes chase across two oceans, to the far side of the world, to intercept and capture their foe. It's a mission that can decide the fate of a nation – or destroy Lucky Jack and his crew. The film is based on the narrative outline of the tenth book in Patrick O'Brian's legendary "Aubrey/Maturin" series of high seas novels about the British navy during the Napoleonic Wars.

Russell Crowe, Patrick Gallagher, Duncan Henderson… more

Russell Crowe, Patrick Gallagher, Duncan Henderson, Paul Bettany, David Threlfall, Peter Weir, John Collee, Samuel Goldwyn

Historical

The Big Empty

John Person (Jon Favreau), a struggling actor on the verge of eviction from his Hollywood studio apartment, goes ag… more

John Person (Jon Favreau), a struggling actor on the verge of eviction from his Hollywood studio apartment, goes against his better judgement -- and that of his pretty neighbor Grace (Joey Lauren Adams) -- and accepts an offer from his strange neighbor Neely (Bud Cort) to courier a blue suitcase up to the desert truck stop of Baker, California. His instructions are simple: deliver the suitcase to a trucker called Cowboy (Sean Bean) and collect $27 thousand. Oh yeah, and he has to defend the suitcase with his life. Naturally, nothing goes according to plan once John arrives. The Cowboy is nowhere to be found, John meets with some kooky alien-obsessed locals and Special Agent Banks (Kelsey Grammer) questions John about the mysterious decapitation of Neely and about other missing persons. When the final showdown approaches, John is faced with a choice that could change his life forever. Has the whole town gone mad? Or are the loony locals, who he dismissed as crazy, the only sane ones in this strange parallel universe called The Big Empty?

Kelsey Grammer, Jon Favreau, Sean Bean… more

Kelsey Grammer, Jon Favreau, Sean Bean, Adam Beach, Rachael Leigh Cook, Daryl Hannah, Steve Anderson, Joey Lauren Adams

Comedy

The Cooler

Bernie Lootz (William H. Macy) is the unluckiest man in Las Vegas... he's so unlucky, it's contagious. Looking to… more

Bernie Lootz (William H. Macy) is the unluckiest man in Las Vegas... he's so unlucky, it's contagious. Looking to knock out their highest rollers, one of the last mob-run casinos in town, the Shangri-La Hotel and Casino downtown, decides to use Bernie as a "cooler" to defuse their lucky streaks. The scheme goes fine until Bernie falls in love with a cocktail waitress, Natalie (Maria Bello), who becomes his "lady luck", much to the chagrin of the casino's crooked director (Alec Baldwin) who aims to break up the romance, and Bernie's newfound luck...

Alec Baldwin, Paul Sorvino, William H. Macy… more

Alec Baldwin, Paul Sorvino, William H. Macy, Wayne Kramer, Maria Bello, Ron Livingston, Estella Warren, Joey Fatone

Crime

Tupac: Resurrection

A documentary about the pivotal hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur that is narrated entirely in the words of the deceased… more

A documentary about the pivotal hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur that is narrated entirely in the words of the deceased artist himself. Through a variety of interviews, journal readings, poetry performances, private home movies, and never-before-seen concert footage, the film serves as a "self-portrait" of a cultural icon whose career and persona, both, continue to grow from beyond the grave.

Tupac Shakur, Lauren Lazin

Documentary

21 Grams

From the Mexican writing-directing team behind the Oscar-nominated "Amores Perros" comes this explosive, emotionall… more

From the Mexican writing-directing team behind the Oscar-nominated "Amores Perros" comes this explosive, emotionally charged English-language drama about a woman (Naomi Watts), her cheating lover (Sean Penn), and an ex-convict (Benicio Del Toro).

Benicio Del Toro, Sean Penn, Naomi Watts… more

Benicio Del Toro, Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Melissa Leo, Teresa Delgado, Clea DuVall, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Danny Huston

Gangster

Blindness

Set in Los Angeles at home of the middle-class Hong family, a drama thriller in which many layers of deception in a… more

Set in Los Angeles at home of the middle-class Hong family, a drama thriller in which many layers of deception in a bi-cultural clan are unraveled--upon the arrival of an intruder brandishing a gun.

Chin Han, Anna Chi, Lisa Lu… more

Chin Han, Anna Chi, Lisa Lu, Vivian Wu

Drama

Blue Gate Crossing

In this romantic triangle teen drama set in modern Taipei, high school students Ke-Rou (Lun-Mei Guey) and Yueh-Chen… more

In this romantic triangle teen drama set in modern Taipei, high school students Ke-Rou (Lun-Mei Guey) and Yueh-Chen (Shu-Hui Liang) are best friends. When Yueh-Chen asks Ke-Rou to approach a boy, Shih-Hao (Bo-Lin Chen) that she has a crush on (but is too shy to ask), Shih-Hao unexpectedly asks Ke-Rou out instead. She excepts, but with a warning, because she has a secret: she thinks she might be a lesbian because she's actually in love with Yueh-Chen. Going out with Shih-Hao, however, is her chance to test herself to see if she is, or if she isn't...

Chin-Yen Yee, Bo-Lin Chen, Lun-Mei Guey… more

Chin-Yen Yee, Bo-Lin Chen, Lun-Mei Guey, Joanna Chou, Shu-Hui Liang, Ming-Gin Cheng

Teen

Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat

Mike Myers stars in the title role of Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat, the film adaptation of the beloved literary cl… more

Mike Myers stars in the title role of Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat, the film adaptation of the beloved literary classic. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss was first published in 1957, and remains one of the top ten best-selling hardcover children's books of all time. The mischievous feline visitor in the striped stove-pipe hat makes his big screen debut with this live-action production, which will bring the off-kilter Dr. Seuss characters - as well as some new ones created especially for the film - to life on the big screen.

Alec Baldwin, Dakota Fanning, Brian Grazer… more

Alec Baldwin, Dakota Fanning, Brian Grazer, Jeff Schaffer, Bo Welch, Sean Hayes, Kelly Preston, Lawrence Quinn

Kids

Gothika

A criminal psychologist (Halle Berry) awakens to find herself a patient in the very same mental institution in whic… more

A criminal psychologist (Halle Berry) awakens to find herself a patient in the very same mental institution in which she works, with no memory of the murder of her husband (Charles S. Dutton) that she's accused of committing. As she tries to regain her memory and convince her coworkers of her innocence, a vengeful spirit uses her as an earthly pawn... which only further convinces all involved of both her guilt and her increasingly stead descent into madness and delusion.

Penelope Cruz, Robert Downey Jr., Halle Berry… more

Penelope Cruz, Robert Downey Jr., Halle Berry, Mathieu Kassovitz, Bernard Hill, Charles S. Dutton

Supernatural

The Barbarian Invasions

A revisiting, some 15 years later, of the principal characters of Denys Arcand's 1986 comedy drama film, "The Decli… more

A revisiting, some 15 years later, of the principal characters of Denys Arcand's 1986 comedy drama film, "The Decline of the American Empire". Rémy, now divorced and in his early fifties, is hospitalized. His ex-wife, Louise, asks their son Sébastien to come home from London where he now lives. Sébastien hesitates; he and his father haven't had much to say to one another for years now. He relents, however, and flies to Montreal to help his mother and support his father. As soon as he arrives, Sébastien moves heaven and earth, brings his contacts into play and disrupts the system in every way possible to ease the ordeal that awaits Rémy. Around his father's bedside, Sébastien also reunites the merry band of folk who were all players in Rémy's complicated past: relatives, friends and former mistresses.

Remy Girard, Isabelle Blais, Pierre Curzi… more

Remy Girard, Isabelle Blais, Pierre Curzi, Dominique Michel, Louise Portal, Yves Jacques, Dorothee Berryman, Markita Boies

Foreign

Triplets of Belleville

Adopted by his grandmother, Madame Souza, Champion is a lonely little boy. Noticing that this lad is never happie… more

Adopted by his grandmother, Madame Souza, Champion is a lonely little boy. Noticing that this lad is never happier than on a bicycle, Madame Souza puts him through a rigorous training process. Years go by and Champion becomes worthy of his name. Now his ready to enter the world-famous cycling race, the Tour de France. However during this cycling contest two mysterious men in black kidnap Champion. Madame Souza and her faithful dog Bruno set out to rescue him. Their quest takes them across the ocean to a giant Megalopolis called Belleville where they encounter the renowned "Triplets of Belleville", three eccentric female music-hall stars from the 30's who decide to take Madame Souza and Bruno under their wing. Thanks to Bruno's brilliant sense of smell, the brave duo are soon on to Champion's trail. But will they succeed in beating the devilish plans of the evil French mafia?

Sylvain Chomet, Paul Cadieux, Didier Brunner… more

Sylvain Chomet, Paul Cadieux, Didier Brunner, Michele Caucheteux, Jean-Claude Donda, Michel Robin

Foreign
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Bad Santa

This is the story of two criminals who disguise themselves as Santa Claus (Billy Bob Thornton) and his elf, traveli… more

This is the story of two criminals who disguise themselves as Santa Claus (Billy Bob Thornton) and his elf, traveling across the country to major malls, using the good will people have towards Santa to rob the stores blind. The plan is going great until the two baddies meet an introverted 8-year-old boy who reminds them of the true meaning of Christmas.

Bob Weinstein, Lauren Graham, Bernie Mac… more

Bob Weinstein, Lauren Graham, Bernie Mac, Glenn Ficarra, Cloris Leachman, Terry Zwigoff, Sarah Aubrey, John Cameron

Holiday

In America

With their two young daughters in tow, Johnny and Sarah emigrate from Ireland to New York City in pursuit of a drea… more

With their two young daughters in tow, Johnny and Sarah emigrate from Ireland to New York City in pursuit of a dream. The family uses ingenuity and sheer strength of will to make the most of their new life. Ultimately it is their kindness to a stranger and that stranger's response in return that builds their new home.

Djimon Hounsou, Paul Myler, Jim Sheridan… more

Djimon Hounsou, Paul Myler, Jim Sheridan, Kirsten Sheridan, Paddy Considine, Nye Heron, Arthur Lappin, Naomi Sheridan

Romance

The Haunted Mansion

When a man (Eddie Murphy) and his family encounter a ghost while visiting a haunted house during a job interview, h… more

When a man (Eddie Murphy) and his family encounter a ghost while visiting a haunted house during a job interview, he learns the value of family, and the lesson that he should make sure he never neglects them. Based upon the popular Disney theme park attraction.

Nathaniel Parker, Rob Minkoff, Eddie Murphy… more

Nathaniel Parker, Rob Minkoff, Eddie Murphy, Terence Stamp, Jennifer Tilly, Marsha Thomason

Kids

Timeline

A mystery suspense thriller based on Michael Crichton's best-selling novel about a team of student archaeologists o… more

A mystery suspense thriller based on Michael Crichton's best-selling novel about a team of student archaeologists on a dig at a medieval site in France. When Professor Johnston, their team leader, disappears, they suddenly find themselves in 14th century feudal France on a perilous journey beyond their wildest dreams. Now, to find their missing professor and avoid a potentially catastrophic event, they won't be excavating the past, they'll be living it.

Paul Walker, Gerard Butler, Jim Van Wyck… more

Paul Walker, Gerard Butler, Jim Van Wyck, Neal McDonough, Michael Sheen, Lauren Shuler Donner, Robert Nolfi, Billy Connolly

Sci-Fi

The Legend of Leigh Bowery

This documentary examines the short life of Australian-born Leigh Bowery (1961-1994) whose resume included being a… more

This documentary examines the short life of Australian-born Leigh Bowery (1961-1994) whose resume included being a famous fashion designer, a 1980s gay nightclub icon in London (as host of the Taboo nightclub), outrageous performance artist, lead singer of the art rock group Minty and the costume designer for the Michael Clarke Dance Company.

Charles Atlas, Leigh Bowery, Boy George… more

Charles Atlas, Leigh Bowery, Boy George, Michael Clark, Cerith Wyn Evans, Bella Freud, Damien Hirst, Rifat Ozbek

Documentary

Forget Baghdad: Jews and Arabs - The Iraqi Connection

This documentary investigates the stories of the dozens of thousands of Jews who emigrated to Israel in 1948 from I… more

This documentary investigates the stories of the dozens of thousands of Jews who emigrated to Israel in 1948 from Iraq, making up 25% of the new nation's Hebrew population. Leaving an Iraq in the 1940s in which Jews lived in peace with Christian and Muslim neighbors, these emigres found themselves pitched into a new political environment in which they were not exactly welcomed, with Ben Gurion once saying of the Iraqi Jews, "We kicked out good Arabs and brought in bad Jews". Director Samir interviewed a quartet of elderly survivors from that time (who also happened to be Communists, which was another reason they were not welcomed), along with NYU film historian Ella Shohat, to make a film that combines their testimony with light-hearted fragments of the last 100 years of Jewish culture as documented in the movies, to demonstrate the sometimes thin, sometimes thick lines between Arabs, Jews, and those who have claim to both heritages (ie, the "Mizrahim", or Eastern Jews).

Samir Jamal Aldin, Shimon Ballas, Moshe Houri… more

Samir Jamal Aldin, Shimon Ballas, Moshe Houri, Sami Michael, Samir Naqqash, Ella Habiba Shohat

Documentary

Honey

This is the story of Honey (Jessica Alba), a tough sexy dancer from the inner city, who becomes a successful music… more

This is the story of Honey (Jessica Alba), a tough sexy dancer from the inner city, who becomes a successful music video choreographer, a career which is threatened when her mentor makes him either sleep with him... or get blacklisted within the industry. She ultimately decides to pursue her lifelong dream of opening her own dance studio for inner-city youths.

Mekhi Phifer, Missy Elliott, Bille Woodruff… more

Mekhi Phifer, Missy Elliott, Bille Woodruff, David Moscow, Jessica Alba, Lil' Romeo, Zachary Williams, Joy Bryant

Teen

Prisoner of Paradise

A chronicle of the true story of Kurt Gerron, a well known and beloved German-Jewish actor, director and cabaret st… more

A chronicle of the true story of Kurt Gerron, a well known and beloved German-Jewish actor, director and cabaret star in Berlin in the 1920's and '30's. Among his greatest accomplishments, he co-starred with the legendary Marlene Dietrich in the film classic, "The Blue Angel." He also sang "Mack The Knife" in the original production of "Threepenny Opera." Ultimately, Gerron was captured and sent to a concentration camp, where he was ordered to both write and direct a pro-Nazi propaganda film.

Malcolm Clarke, Stuart Sender, Kurt Gerron… more

Malcolm Clarke, Stuart Sender, Kurt Gerron, Renée Saint-Cyr, Ian Holm, Peter Lorre

Documentary

The Last Samurai

Set in the late 1870s, this epic film depicts the beginnings of the modernization of Japan, as the island nation ev… more

Set in the late 1870s, this epic film depicts the beginnings of the modernization of Japan, as the island nation evolved past a feudal society, as symbolized by the eradication of the samurai way of life. We see all this happen from the point of view of an alcoholic Civil War veteran turned Winchester guns spokesman, Captain Woodrow Algren (Tom Cruise), who arrives in Japan to train the troops of the emperor, Meiji, as part of a break away from the long-held tradition of relying on employed samurai warriors to protect territories, as the emperor's new army prepares to wipe out the remaining samurai warriors. When Algren is injured in combat and captured by the samurai, he learns about their warrior honor code from their leader, Katsumoto, which forces him to decide which side of the conflict he actually wants to be on.

Ken Watanabe, Edward Zwick, Tom Cruise… more

Ken Watanabe, Edward Zwick, Tom Cruise, Timothy Spall, Hiroyuki Sanada, Billy Connolly, Tony Goldwyn, Shun Sugata

Historical

Crust

Normally, the mantis shrimp only grows to about a foot long or so, but in this movie, a seven-foot-long one shows u… more

Normally, the mantis shrimp only grows to about a foot long or so, but in this movie, a seven-foot-long one shows up in England (by way of the Philippines). Pub owner and failed boxer Bill (Kevin McNally) buys the creature, seeing it as his chance to become rich and famous, training the ferocious crustacean to box. Hitting the road with his amateur boxer best friend, Steve (Perry Fitzpatrick), a trainee hairdresser (Louise Mardenborough) and the giant sea creature, Bill heads to London to convince a TV network to feature the crustacean on an 'American Gladiators'-style event hosted by Ulrika Jonsson.

Naomie Harris, Mark Locke, Kevin McNally… more

Naomie Harris, Mark Locke, Kevin McNally, Perry Fitzpatrick, Louise Mardenborough, Madhav Sharma, Enzo Cilenti, Ulrika Jonsson

Sci-Fi

Girl with a Pearl Earring

A speculative account of the life of Griet, a 16-year-old girl who appears in Johannes Vermeer's painting of the sa… more

A speculative account of the life of Griet, a 16-year-old girl who appears in Johannes Vermeer's painting of the same title. Set in 17th century Holland, Griet is employed by Vermeer as a housemaid to care for his six children, his jealous pregnant wife and his uncommunicative mother-in-law. Tensions arise when Vermeer's wife suspects intimacy between her husband and the girl--and then climax, when the wife discovers that Griet borrowed her precious pearl earrings to sit for the now famous portrait.

Scarlett Johansson, Colin Firth, Cillian Murphy… more

Scarlett Johansson, Colin Firth, Cillian Murphy, Tom Wilkinson, Peter Webber, Essie Davis, Alakina Mann, Judy Parfitt

Drama

Love Don't Cost a Thing

In this modern update of the classic 1987 teen comedy "Can't Buy Me Love", our hero is high-school senior Alvin Joh… more

In this modern update of the classic 1987 teen comedy "Can't Buy Me Love", our hero is high-school senior Alvin Johnson (Nick Cannon), a brilliant, likable outcast who has come to regret the years of intellectual endeavors that prevented him and his un-hip friends from socializing, getting girlfriends and hanging out with the super-cool "Elite" kids. When queen of the Elites, Paris Morgan (Christina Milian) wrecks her mother's car, Alvin steps in and mortgages his future to help her out. The catch: In exchange for $1500 in car parts and Alvin's automotive expertise, Paris agrees to "fake a front" with him to convince the school that they're dating. The question is: can Alvin rein in his newfound ego before he loses his true friends, his chance for a scholarship and a shot at a real relationship with Paris?

Nick Cannon, Kal Penn, Nichole Robinson… more

Nick Cannon, Kal Penn, Nichole Robinson, Troy Beyer, Christina Milian, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Steve Harvey, Melissa Schuman

Teen

Something's Gotta Give

New York City music executive Harry Langer (Jack Nicholson) is a man of some age and experience who generally dates… more

New York City music executive Harry Langer (Jack Nicholson) is a man of some age and experience who generally dates younger women. His world is turned upside-down, however, when he has a heart attack while visiting the East Hampton beach home of the divorced playwright mother, Erica (Diane Keaton), of his latest trophy girlfriend, Marin (Amanda Peet). With his girlfriend having gone back to the city, Harry is left in the care of Erica and his doctor (Keanu Reeves), but the two men soon find themselves competing with each other, as they both fall in love with the same woman... the mom.

Keanu Reeves, Jon Favreau, Diane Keaton… more

Keanu Reeves, Jon Favreau, Diane Keaton, Nancy Meyers, Jack Nicholson, Nancy Myers

Romance

Stuck on You

A comedy about the oppositional relationship that evolves between a set of Siamese twins--conjoined at the torso--n… more

A comedy about the oppositional relationship that evolves between a set of Siamese twins--conjoined at the torso--named Bob and Walt. They have used their "disability" throughout life to great advantage; for example, they excelled in High School by using the fact that they are joined at the hip to their advantage in sports, where they were a great hockey goalie and wrestling champion. Unfortunately, their different life goals may begin to threaten their happy union, as they vowed they would never split up. So, after graduation Walt wants to go to Hollywood to pursue an acting career, and although Bob opposes the move, he begrudgingly goes along. When the twins get to Los Angeles, the duo soon finds themselves landing a job on a TV show starring Cher, which results in quick fame and fortune, but will the new changes in their lives ultimately drive the twins apart?

Eva Mendes, Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson… more

Eva Mendes, Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson, Peter Farrelly, Matt Damon, Greg Kinnear, Cher, Jackie Flynn

Comedy

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The third of the trilogy. As the shadow of Mordor grows across the land, Aragorn is revealed as the hidden heir to… more

The third of the trilogy. As the shadow of Mordor grows across the land, Aragorn is revealed as the hidden heir to the ancient kings. Gandolf miraculously returns and defeats the evil wizard, Saruman. Sam leaves his master for the dead after a battle with the giant spider, Shelob; but Frodo is still alive--in the hands of the Orcs. And while the armies of the Dark Lord are massing--and the one ring comes ever closer to the Cracks of Doom.

Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett… more

Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Viggo Mortensen, Peter Jackson, Dominic Monaghan, Karl Urban, Bernard Hill

Sci-Fi

Calendar Girls

"Calendar Girls" is based on the true story of a group of women who bare all - or nearly all - for charity and beco… more

"Calendar Girls" is based on the true story of a group of women who bare all - or nearly all - for charity and become international celebrities as a result. The Women's Institute, in Great Britain, encourages the ancient skills of jam-making, flower pressing, knitting and baking. So when a group of extraordinary women are looking for a new way to raise money, they decide to take the annual WI calendar, normally featuring landscapes or flowers, and create something traditional - but with a twist. Behind the baked goods, the apple pressing and the flower arranging, the women are completely nude.

Ciaran Hinds, Helen Mirren, Nigel Cole… more

Ciaran Hinds, Helen Mirren, Nigel Cole, Julie Walters, Geraldine James, Linda Bassett, Celia Imrie, Annette Crosbie

Comedy

Mona Lisa Smile

Academy Award®-winner Julia Roberts heads an all-star cast featuring Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles, Maggie Gyllenhaal… more

Academy Award®-winner Julia Roberts heads an all-star cast featuring Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Marcia Gay Harden in "Mona Lisa Smile", an uplifting and poignant drama about one woman's desire to enrich the lives of her students. In 1953, a time when women's roles were rigidly defined, novice art history professor Katherine Watson (Roberts) begins teaching at the prestigious all-female Wellesley College, which despite its academic reputation is an environment where success is measured by how well the students marry. Encouraging these women to strive for a more enlightened future, Watson challenges the administration and inspires her students to look beyond the image of what is, and consider the possibilities of what could be.

Topher Grace, Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst… more

Topher Grace, Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Julia Stiles, Ginnifer Goodwin, Marcia Gay Harden, Dominic West

Drama

The Fog of War

Robert McNamara, former Secretary of Defense during the JFK and LBJ administrations, was one of the key figures in… more

Robert McNamara, former Secretary of Defense during the JFK and LBJ administrations, was one of the key figures in the Vietnam War. This documentary is built around 20 hours of interviews and additional archival footage of Mr. Namara, who later became president of the World Bank and broadened his global influence.

Robert McNamara, Barry Goldwater, John F. Kennedy… more

Robert McNamara, Barry Goldwater, John F. Kennedy, Fidel Castro, Lyndon Johnson, Errol Morris, Michael Williams, Julie Ahlberg

Documentary

The Hebrew Hammer

This action comedy spoof, said to be in the same vein as "Undercover Brother", but for Orthodox Jews, Adam Goldberg… more

This action comedy spoof, said to be in the same vein as "Undercover Brother", but for Orthodox Jews, Adam Goldberg ("Saving Private Ryan") stars as a superhero detective who's out to stop Santa's evil son Damien (Andy Dick) from eliminating Hanukkah forever. It's based on the short of the same name, written and directed by Jonathan Kesselman during his days as a student at USC's Film School.

Nora Dunn, Judy Greer, Andy Dick… more

Nora Dunn, Judy Greer, Andy Dick, Rachel Dratch, Mario Van Peebles, Melvin Van Peebles, Jonathan Kesselman, Adam Goldberg

Comedy

Cheaper by the Dozen

When Tom Baker (Steve Martin) gets a job offer to coach football at Northwestern University in Chicago, he and his… more

When Tom Baker (Steve Martin) gets a job offer to coach football at Northwestern University in Chicago, he and his wife, Mary, move to the big city, which is a big change for them and their 12 children, who range from preschool-age twins Kyle and Nigel all the way up to 22-year-old Anne who has already left home. With the recent publication of her long-in-the-works book, Mary feels demands outside the home taking away as much time as Tom's new job does, so the two are forced to try to find new ways of parenting their massive tribe, but they find their parenting styles aren't always completely compatible...

Piper Perabo, Shawn Levy, Steve Martin… more

Piper Perabo, Shawn Levy, Steve Martin, Richard Jenkins, Liliana Mumy, Ashton Kutcher, Alyson Stoner, Sam Harper

Kids

Cold Mountain

Directed by Academy Award®-winner Anthony Minghella ("The English Patient", "The Talented Mr. Ripley") and based on… more

Directed by Academy Award®-winner Anthony Minghella ("The English Patient", "The Talented Mr. Ripley") and based on Charles Frazier's best-selling Civil War novel of the same name, "Cold Mountain" tells the story of Inman (Jude Law), a wounded confederate soldier who is on a perilous journey home to his mountain community, hoping to reunite with his pre-war sweetheart, Ada (Nicole Kidman). In his absence, Ada struggles to survive, and revive her father's farm with the help of intrepid young drifter Ruby (Renee Zellweger).

Nicole Kidman, Natalie Portman, Anthony Minghella… more

Nicole Kidman, Natalie Portman, Anthony Minghella, Jude Law, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Renée Zellweger

Romance

Paycheck

Based on the short story by Philip K. Dick, "Paycheck" is about world famous genius Michael Jennings (Ben Affleck)… more

Based on the short story by Philip K. Dick, "Paycheck" is about world famous genius Michael Jennings (Ben Affleck), who does specialized projects for high-tech corporations. Once a job is complete, his memory is erased so as not to divulge any company secrets. Highly paid for his work, Jennings expects to earn $4.4 billion for his latest 5-year project, but upon completion of the job, instead of a big paycheck, he is given an envelope full of random objects and told that he has agreed to forfeit all payment. With his memory erased per usual, Jennings has no defense, until he discovers that the objects are clues to his past. Now, with the help of Rachel (Uma Thurman), the woman he has worked with and loved for the last three years, Jennings is in a race against time to put the pieces of his past together before the people he once worked for have him killed.

Michael C. Hall, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Hackett… more

Michael C. Hall, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Hackett, Uma Thurman, John Davis, Ben Affleck, Scott Frank, Dean Georgaris

Suspense

Peter Pan

Peter Pan is the boy who won't age, who lives in Neverland with other ageless kids, the Lost Boys. Tinkerbelle, a f… more

Peter Pan is the boy who won't age, who lives in Neverland with other ageless kids, the Lost Boys. Tinkerbelle, a fairy, gives three children: Wendy, John, and Michael Darling the ability to fly; and soon they're off to Neverland, where they're soon in battle with the evil Captain Hook and his band of pirates.

Amy Pascal, Douglas Wick, Ludivine Sagnier… more

Amy Pascal, Douglas Wick, Ludivine Sagnier, P.J. Hogan, Patrick McCormick, Jason Isaacs, Jeremy Sumpter, Olivia Williams

Kids

The Company

This ensemble drama portraits the life of several dancers of a Chicago troupe, focusing on a young dancer who's on… more

This ensemble drama portraits the life of several dancers of a Chicago troupe, focusing on a young dancer who's on the verge of becoming a principal dancer, but finds herself distracted by other interests.

James Franco, Christine Vachon, Malcolm McDowell… more

James Franco, Christine Vachon, Malcolm McDowell, Robert Altman, Neve Campbell, Joshua Astrachan, Domingo Rubio, Pamela Koffler

Drama

House of Sand and Fog

Based on the acclaimed bestseller by Andre Dubus III. Massoud Amir Behrani (Ben Kingsley) is living a lie to fulfil… more

Based on the acclaimed bestseller by Andre Dubus III. Massoud Amir Behrani (Ben Kingsley) is living a lie to fulfill a dream. Once a member of the Shah of Iran's elite inner circle, he has brought his family to America to build a new life. Despite a pretense of continued affluence, he is barely making ends meet until he sees his opportunity in the auction of a house being sold for back taxes. It is a terrible mistake. Through a bureaucratic snafu, the house had been improperly seized from its rightful owner, Kathy Lazaro (Jennifer Connelly). The loss of her home tears away Kathy's last hope of a stable life—a life that had been nearly destroyed by addiction—and Kathy decides to fight to recover her home…at any cost.

Ron Eldard, Jennifer Connelly, Shohreh Aghdashloo… more

Ron Eldard, Jennifer Connelly, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Kim Dickens, Frances Fisher, Vadim Perelman, Ben Kingsley, Jonathan Ahdout

Historical

Japanese Story

Sandy, a geologist, finds herself stuck on a field trip to the Pilbara desert with a Japanese man she finds inscrut… more

Sandy, a geologist, finds herself stuck on a field trip to the Pilbara desert with a Japanese man she finds inscrutable, annoying and decidedly arrogant. Hiromitsu?s view of her is not much better. Things go from bad to worse when they become stranded in one of the remotest regions on earth. Japanese Story is a journey of change and discovery for its two lead characters.

Lynette Curran, Gotaro Tsunashima, Sue Brooks… more

Lynette Curran, Gotaro Tsunashima, Sue Brooks, Toni Collette, Matthew Dyktynski, Yumiko Tanaka, Kate Atkinson, John Howard

Drama