January 2003 Movies

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Kangaroo Jack

Two friends from Brooklyn (Jerry O'Connell, Anthony Anderson) are forced to deliver mob money to Australia. Their misadventures begin when one of them places his red jacket on a kangaroo while attempting to snap a picture. When the kangaroo bounces off, they realize the mob money is in the jacket and are forced to give chase through the Outback.
Christopher Walken, Michael Shannon, Marton Csokas, David McNally, Jerry O'Connell, Anthony Anderson, Estella Warren, Dyan Cannon
Comedy Crime Family Kids

National Security

Earl Montgomery (Martin Lawrence) is a cocky L.A.P.D. cadet who would probably be a great cop if it weren't for his rebellious behavior. When his attitude gets him kicked out of the police academy, he can only find employment as a lowly security guard at "National Security." After Earl accuses uptight police officer Hank Rafferty (Steve Zahn) of harassment, Hank is stripped of his badge and ends up as a guard at National Security as well, where Earl's overzealous style of police work leads to the discovery of a sophisticated smuggling operation led by Nash (Eric Roberts) and a possible police cover-up. Now everyone wants Earl and Hank dead – though they just may kill each other first.
Steve Zahn, Martin Lawrence, Eric Roberts, Dennis Dugan, Bill Duke, Colm Feore
Action Adventure Comedy

Divine Intervention

"Divine Intervention" follows ES, a character played by and clearly based upon the filmmaker himself. ES is burdened with a sick father, a stalled screenplay and an unrequited love affair with a beautiful Palestinian woman (Manal Khader) living in Ramallah. An Israeli checkpoint on the Nazareth-Ramallah road forces the couple to rendezvous in an adjacent parking lot. Their relationship and the absurd situations around them serve as metaphors for the lunacy of larger cultural problems, and the result is palpable, bottled personal and political rage.
Avi Kleinberger, Menashe Noy, Elia Suleiman, Emma Boltanski, Amer Daher, Jamel Daher, Nayef Fahoum Daher, George Ibrahim
Drama War Romance

A Guy Thing

The morning after his wild bachelor party, Paul wakes up and finds a beautiful, strange woman, named Becky, sleeping soundly in his bed. He soon discovers that Becky is his fiancee's cousin. Since Paul can't remember much about the night before, he naturally assumes the worst--that he's cheated on his adoring fiancee, Karen. And so, the guilt-ridden Paul spends the week before his wedding, scrambling to cover up his supposed infidelity.
Lochlyn Munro, Bill Wrubel, Jason Lee, Julia Stiles, Selma Blair, Chris Koch, David Nicksay, David Ladd

City of God

The main character in Cidade de Deus is not a person. It is a place. Cidade de Deus is a poor housing project started in the 60's that became one of the most dangerous places in Rio de Janeiro by the beginning of the 80's. In order to tell the story of the place the film tells us the stories of many characters. But all is seen through the eyes of the narrator: Busca-Pi, a poor black kid too frail and scared to become an outlaw but also to smart to be content with an underpaid job. He grows up in a very violent environment. The odds are all against him. But he discovers he can see the reality with a different eye: the eye of an artist. Eventually he becomes a professional photographer. That is his redemption... Buscapi is not the real protagonist of the film. He is not the one who makes the story moves on [sic]. He is not the one who makes the decisions that will determine the main chain of events. Nevertheless, not only his life is attached to what happens in the story but it is also through his perspective of life that we understand the humanity of a world apparently condemned to endless violence.
Matheus Nachtergaele, Seu Jorge, Gero Camilo, Renato de Souza, Karina Falcão, Graziela Moretto, Roberta Rodriguez Silvia, Douglas Silva
Drama Action Thriller Crime

Big Shot's Funeral

This is the story of what happens when a famous director (Sutherland) travels to China to film a historical epic about the last emperor of the Qing Dynasty. As the title suggests, there's also something about the director's planned funeral. Specifically, as he's about to die, his crew discover that he doesn't the money to pay for it, so they concoct a scheme to use "product endorsements" of the funeral by major companies.
Feng Xiaogang, Paul Mazursky, Ge You, Rosamund Kwan, Ying Da
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Newly commissioned SS Lieutenant and respected civilian chemist, Kurt Gerstein, discovers that the Zyklon B pellets he has developed to disinfect soldiers' drinking water are being used to gas interred Jews by the thousands. Recruited to help streamline the death camp process by a team of SS officers, Gerstein secretly approaches the Swedish Consulate, the German Protestant community and finally Vatican representatives in the hopes of exposing this unspeakable crime. The only one who listens is Father Ricardo, a young Jesuit priest with deep family connections at the Vatican. Ricardo promises Gerstein he will alert the Pope to the Jewish genocide in hopes that the pontiff will reveal and denounce the Final Solution to the Christian world...
Constantin Costa-Gavras, Ulrich Tukur, Mathieu Kassovitz, Michael Duchaussoy, Ulrich Muhe, Ion Caramitru, Marcel Iures, Friedrich Von Thun
Drama Foreign

Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary

This documentary presents 90 minutes of interview footage (edited down from more than ten hours) with Traudl Junge (1920-2002), who from 1942 to 1945 was one of three personal secretaries of Adolf Hitler, whom she describes as a "pleasant boss and fatherly friend". Ms. Junge describes first-hand experiences of what life was like within the most inner circles of the Third Reich, including those chilling last days for Hitler, Goebbels and Eva Braun in the bunker, where she transcribed Hitler's last will and testament before he and the others committed suicide.
Andre Heller, Othmar Schmiderer, Traudl Junge
War Documentary

Darkness Falls

Kyle Walsh (Chaney Kley) must return home to confront his troubled past and save his childhood sweetheart Caitlin (Emma Caulfield) and her younger brother Michael (Lee Cormie) from an unrelenting evil that has plagued the town of Darkness Falls for over one hundred and fifty years.
Emma Caulfield, Emily Browning, Jonathan Liebesman, Chaney Kley, Joshua Anderson, Andrew Bayly, Lee Cormie, Peter Curtin
Thriller Horror

Super Sucker

"Super Sucker" is a hilarious comedy about rival door-to-door vacuum cleaner sales teams. In addition to writing and directing, Jeff Daniels, once again, the underdog heads up his team of misfits as Fred Barlow. Barlow meets Howard Butterworth, played by fellow Michigan native and Purple Rose Theatre (a repertory theatre founded by Daniels) alumnus Matt Letscher ('Good Morning Miami'). The two, with the help of Purple Rose Theatre veterans Leonard (Guy Sanville), Rhonda (Sandra Birch), Shelby (John Seibert) and Darlene (Kate Peckham) team up against Barlow's cross-town rival, and nemesis, Winslow Schnaebelt. Schnaebelt, played by Harve Presnell is the razzle-dazzle red-suited competitor who will do anything to undermine Barlow. Barlow and Schnaebelt battle for territory and survival in a ‘winner takes all' contest.
Jeff Daniels, Howard Butterworth, Matt Letscher, Guy Sanville, John Seibert, Kate Peckham, Harve Presnell, Dawn Wells


"Samsara" is a spiritual love story set in the majestic landscape of Ladakh, in the Himalayas, about one man's quest to find enlightenment. Tashi, a brilliant young disciple, is just completing three years of solitary meditation in a remote hermitage. Brought out of a deep trance, Tashi is taken back to his ancient monastery where he slowly recovers his strenght, but his return has unexpected results. Despite a life devoted to the rigors of spiritual development, he finds himself experiencing a suprisingly profound sexual awakening. These feelings coincide with his journey to a village to perform a harvest blessing where he meets Pema, a beautiful young woman. For the first time, Tashi begins to question the spiritual values of his monastic existence, realizing that one has to experience worldly existence in order to renounce it. Through Tashi's eyes, this spiritual and moving love story chronicles one man's discovery of the promise of "Samsara" - the world.
Nalin Pan, lin Pan, Shawn Ku, Christy Chung, Neelesha Bavora, Kelsang Tashi, Lhakpa Tsering, Jamayang Jinpa
Drama Romance
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The Recruit

In an era when the country's first line of defense, human intelligence, is more important than ever, comes a thriller that gives an insider's view into the CIA's secret training ground: The Farm. James Clayton (Colin Farrell) might not have the attitude of a typical recruit, but he is one of the smartest graduating seniors in the country – and he's just the person that Walter Burke (Al Pacino) wnats in the Agency. James regards the CIA's mission as an intriguing alternative to an ordinary life, but before he becomes an Ops Officer, James has to survive the Farm, where the veteran Burke teaches him the ropes and the rules of the game. James quickly rises through the ranks and falls for Layla (Bridget Moynahan), one of his fellow recruits. But just when James starts to question his role and decides to "wash out," Burke taps him for a special assignment to root out a mole. As the suspense builds toward a gripping climax, it soon becomes clear that at The Farm, the CIA's old maxims are true: "trust no one" and "nothing is as it seems."
Colin Farrell, Al Pacino, Roger Donaldson, Bridget Moynahan, Gabriel Macht, Kenneth Mitchell
Thriller Spy

Lost in La Mancha

Avery has finally gotten his life back on track. A competitive swimmer, he had to drop out of college to support his girlfriend, Krista, and their son, Jordan. He's back on the swim meet circuit, and starting to have some success. When he's approached by a college scout after winning his latest race, he goes out to celebrate with his friends, Cashmere and Dre. In an instant, Avery's luck is about to run out...
Johnny Depp, Terry Gilliam, Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe, Bernard Bouix, René Cleitman, Benjamín Fernández, Tony Grisoni

Biker Boyz

"Biker Boyz" is an contemporary Western on wheels with desperados who live every day on the edge. Lawyers and city workers by day, they take to the streets in their leathers to race by night. In the world of underground motorcycle clubs, the undefeated racer known as Smoke (Laurence Fishburne) is the undisputed "King of Cali." But Smoke's dominance of the set is about to be threatened by a young motorcycle racing prodigy called Kid (Derek Luke), who is determined to win Smoke's helmet and earn the coveted title.
Laurence Fishburne, Larenz Tate, Djimon Hounsou, Lisa Bonet, Meagan Good, Rick Gonzalez, Reggie Rock Bythewood, Derek Luke
Action Adventure

Final Destination 2

The sequel is the story of a bunch of people meeting because of a traffic accident due to a premonition by a freshman in college. What transpires is a rush to save the life of an unborn child with the help of Clear Rivers, [played by Ali Larter, from the first movie). The story of this film and the events of the first movie unexpectedly coincide and intertwine to create many surprises and revelations about Death and its plans on Earth.
Ali Larter, Lynda Boyd, A.J. Cook, Jonathan Cherry, David R. Ellis, Andrew Downing, Tony Todd, Enid-Raye Adams
Thriller Horror

The Guru

A young Indian dance teacher named Ramu Gupta (Jimi Mistry) embarks for New York City in pursuit of fame and fortune only to find himself working as a waiter in an Indian restaurant. Through an encounter with Sharonna (Heather Graham), a beautiful adult-film star, the shy, inexperienced Ramu is mistaken for a spiritual leader - the Guru of Sex - and becomes an overnight celebrity. Fame comes at a price, however, and Ramu must choose between his newfound fame and his growing love for the beautiful Sharonna.
Marisa Tomei, Heather Graham, Christine Baranski, Jimi Mistry, Bobby Cannavale, Bill Massof, Amanda Hall Rogers
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