Movies Released July 2, 2004

Friday, July 2

84 mins

America's Heart and Soul

America is a vast country--three thousand miles from end to end. But it's not the land that makes America so special--it's the people. Filmmaker Louis Schwartzberg packed-up his camera and hit the road, with a goal of capturing both the unparalleled beauty of the land and the incomparable spirit of the people. He connects with people, capturing their values, dreams, and passion in a journey that reveals the stories--unusual, captivating, inspiring and emotional--that make Americans into something more than a collection of individuals. It's a celebration of a nation told through the voices of its people.
Minnie Bates Yancey, Louis Schwartzberg, Jan Ross, Vincent Ueber, Roudy Roudebush, Ann Savoy, Marc Savoy, Mosie Burks
Documentary Music
80 mins

Before Sunset

Nine years ago, two strangers met by chance, spent a night together in Vienna, and parted before sunrise. Now, they're about to cross paths again—in Paris—where they will get the chance we all wish we had… to find out what might have been. The only problem is they have just a few hours to figure out if they belong together.
Ethan Hawke, Richard Linklater, Isabelle Coulet, Diabolo, Anne Walker-McBay, Julie Delpy, Vernon Dobtcheff, Louise Lemoine Torres
Drama Sequel Romance

The Clearing

Wayne (Robert Redford) and Eileen (Helen Mirren) Hayes live the American Dream. Together they've raised two children and struggled to build a successful business from the ground up. But there have been sacrifices along the way. When Wayne is kidnapped by an ordinary man, Arnold Mack (Willem Dafoe), and held for ransom in a remote forest, the couple's world is turned inside out. Eileen finds her home full of FBI Agents, their life under scrutiny. While Wayne is engaged in the negotiation of his lifetime, Eileen works frantically with the FBI to secure his release. The terrifying ordeal causes Wayne and Eileen to reassess their marriage and come to a deeper sense of their commitment to each other. With each passing hour, the need and desire for Wayne to return home safely becomes ever more urgent.
Willem Dafoe, Robert Redford, Jonah Smith, Justin Haythe, Melissa Sagemiller, Pieter Jan Brugge, Palmer West, Helen Mirren
Thriller Crime
92 mins

Zhou Yu's Train

On a passenger train, a beautiful young woman traveling alone carries a handmade ceramic vase, intricately painted by her own hand, a gift for a distant lover. She meets a friendly, handsome young veterinarian, who tries to tell her that she should sell the valuable piece to him, instead of giving it away to her boyfriend for free. Simply to spite the persistent animal doctor, the young woman hurls the vase to the floor of the train, shattering it to pieces.
Gong Li, Sun Honglei, Sun Zhou, Bill Kong, Sun Mian, Zhou Yu, Zhang Mei, Tony Leung Ka Fai
Foreign

Friday, July 2