July 2004 Movies

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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 Zhou, Bill Kong, Sun Mian, Zhou Yu, Sun Honglei, Zhang Mei, Tony Leung Ka Fai

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.
Louis Schwartzberg, Minnie Bates Yancey, Jan Ross, Vincent Ueber, Roudy Roudebush, Ann Savoy, Marc Savoy, Mosie Burks
Documentary Music

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.
Robert Redford, Justin Haythe, Helen Mirren, Willem Dafoe, Pieter Jan Brugge, Palmer West, Jonah Smith, Melissa Sagemiller
Thriller Crime

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, Anne Walker-McBay, Diabolo, Richard Linklater, Isabelle Coulet, Julie Delpy, Vernon Dobtcheff, Louise Lemoine Torres
Drama Sequel Romance
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King Arthur

The Jerry Bruckheimer project is described as a more realistic representation of King Arthur (Clive Owen) and the Knights of the Round Table. Unlike other movies based on the medieval legend, such as the fantastical "Excalibur", this story will look at the historical significance of King Arthur's powerful role as a politician following the collapse of the Roman Empire.
Jerry Bruckheimer, Clive Owen, Keira Knightley, Stellan Skarsgard, Antoine Fuqua, Charlie Creed-Miles, Ivano Marescotti, Ken Stott
Drama Action Adventure War Historical

Riding Giants

" Riding Giants" takes us along surfing's timeline from it's early Polynesian roots, to its rebirth in the early 20th Century, to the development of a fledgling surf culture along the coast of Southern California in the 1940s highlighting the group of extraordinary adventurers that emerged: surfers who, not satisfied with the mere recreational and social aspects of the sport, began searching for bigger and bigger waves, pushing the boundaries of performance to explore the "unridden realm." Riding Giants is the story of these big wave riders, of where and how their quest began, of the classic characters who throughout the eras chased their dreams out into the blue water, and of the surfers who still do today, riding 50, 60 and even 70 foot waves in a manner once considered the realm of fantasy.
Stacy Peralta, Agi Orsi, Jane Kachmer, Greg Noll, Dave Kalama, Peter Mel, Titus Kinimaka, Darrick Doerner

Metallica: Some Kind of Monster

Three years in the making, this new film from acclaimed documentary filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky provides a fascinating, in-depth portrait of the most successful heavy metal band of all time, as they faced monumental personal and professional challenges while recording their first studio album of original songs in five years. In the tradition of such seminal music documentaries as "Don't Look Back" and "Gimme Shelter", "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster" seeks to transcend the conventions of the "rock 'n' roll movie" genre, trading rock-star posing for truthful introspection, and revealing an intimate portrait of the individuals behind a legendary band and their unique creative journey.
Joe Berlinger, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Bruce Sinofsky, Kirk Hammett, Dave Mustaine, Jason Newsted, Bob Rock


In the summer before their freshman year in high school, Julie (Alexa Vega) has a slumber party with her best friends, Hannah, Yancy, and Farrah - and they end up having the adventure of their lives. In attempt to cast off their less-than-cool reputations once and for all, Julie and her friends enter into an all-night scavenger hunt against their "popular girl" rivals. Hijacking dad's car, sneaking into clubs, evading Julie's mother, and even a first kiss - anything is possible at Julie's "Sleepover".
Brie Larson, Joe Nussbaum, Sean Faris, Bob Cooper, Charles Weinstock, Elisa Bell, Alexa Vega, Kallie Flynn Childress
Adventure Comedy Family Kids


Will Ferrell stars as Ron Burgandy, the top-rated anchorman in San Diego in the '70s. When feminism marches into the newsroom in the form of ambitious newswoman Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), Ron is willing to play along at first-as long as Veronica stays in her place, covering cat fashion shows, cooking, and other "female" interests. But when Veronica refuses to settle for being eye candy and steps behind the news desk, it's more than a battle between two perfectly coiffed anchor-persons...it's war.
Paul Rudd, Christina Applegate, David Koechner, Fred Willard, Judd Apatow, Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn
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The Door in the Floor

Set in the beach community of East Hampton, New York, the film chronicles one pivotal summer in the lives of famous children's books author Ted Cole (Jeff Bridges) and his beautiful wife Marion (Kim Basinger). Their once-great marriage has been strained by tragedy. The Coles lovingly parent their surviving child, bright 4-year-old Ruth (Elle Fanning), who takes everything in stride as perhaps only a child can. But Marion's equation of love with loss, coupled with Ted's infidelities, points towards a much-needed change in the relationship. That may come in the form of Eddie O'Hare (Jon Foster), the young man Ted hires to work as his summer assistant – and, Ted hopes, the catalyst to invigorate the Coles' bond of marriage. Eddie idolizes Ted, but Ted's erratic work habits soon leave Eddie to his own devices. Marion becomes an object of desire for Eddie, rekindling in her some surprising emotions as a mother and as a woman. To Eddie's surprise and delight, his yearning is potently reciprocated. As he becomes passionately entwined with the seemingly fragile yet increasingly bold Marion, Eddie comes to realize that, similarly, Ted's surface fecklessness hides something deeper within. As the summer draws to a close, Marion and Ted must make difficult decisions about the future of their family. Adapted from John Irving's best-selling novel "A Widow for One Year."
Mimi Rogers, Elle Fanning, Jeff Bridges, Jon Foster, Tod Williams, Anne Carey, Michael Corrente, Ted Hope
Drama Romance


A young man who thought himself already in love with a nice girl is drawn into a literary drama when he is captured by a deep and stimulating love affair.
Helle Fagralid, Christoffer Boe, Mogens Rukov, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Maria Bonnevie, Krister Henriksson, Nicolas Bro, Ida Dwinger
Drama Romance
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A persistent cell phone ring connects four crisscrossing stories of Indian Americans in this light-hearted movie set in the post Information Technology boom: two long-distance buddies who share every waking thought; two parents who delight in arguing with each other and are getting to know their future daughter-in-law Jenni, and their son who is juggling all of them; jobless roommates who can't fathom their friend's obsession for a girl back in India; and a newlywed, forced-to-stay-at-home girl who creates a fascinating world for herself within her home. Everything is conneted in this warm, quirky comedy that says the world is really, really small.
Raj Nidimoru, Anjan Srivastava, Reef Karim, Krishna DK, Anupam Mittal, Pooja Kumar, Bharati Achrekar, Sireesha Katragadda
Comedy Teen

A Cinderella Story

In this twisted and hilarious update of the classic fairy tale, high school senior Sam Montgomery (Hilary Duff) lives at the beck and call of her self-obsessed step-mother Fiona (Jennifer Coolidge) and her sinfully wicked step-sisters. Sam finds her less-than-sparkling social life wonderfully complicated when she meets her prince charming online. But when her anonymous cyber soul mate turns out to be her high school's uber-popular quaterback Austin Ames (Chad Michael Murray), Sam makes a mad dash back to reality, leaving her cell phone behind just before the clock strikes midnight. Fearing rejection if her secret is revealed, Sam dodges Austin's efforts to discover the identity of his princess. Will Sam let fear hold her back or will she find the courage to be herself and claim the life she's always wanted? Her chance at happily ever after depends on it.
Dylan Sellers, Regina King, Hilary Duff, Lin Shaye, Mark Rosman, Cliff Werber, Hunt Lowry, Ilyssa Goodman
Comedy Teen Family Kids

Touch of Pink

A comic clash of cultures, values and sexuality, Touch of Pink is a romantic comedy featuring Alim (Jimi Mistry), a young South Asian-Canadian, now living in London, who is so caught up in the romance, style and dreams of the old movies that he thinks he's living with the spirit of Cary Grant (Kyle MacLachlan). But Alim's ideal life in London with lover Giles (Kristen Holden-Ried) begins to unravel when his mother Nuru (Suleka Mathew) shows up. She's come to London to find Alim a proper Ismaili-Muslim girlfriend and to convince him to come home to Canada and join the family for his cousin's spectacular wedding. Once in Toronto, Alim's different worlds begin to collide and he has to choose between his fantasy life with Cary and the earthier pleasures of real life.
Suleka Mathew, Ian Iqbal Rashid, Jennifer Kawaja, Martin Pope, Julia Sereny, Jimi Mistry, Kyle MacLachlan, Kristen Holden-Ried
Drama Comedy

Maria Full of Grace

The film tells the story of one young woman's journey from a small Colombian town to the streets of New York. A bright, spirited 17-year old, Maria Alvarez (Catalina Sandino Moreno) lives with three generations of her family in a cramped house in rural Colombia and works stripping thorns from flowers in a rose plantation. The offer of a lucrative job involving travel – in fact, becoming a drug "mule" – changes the course of her life. Far from the uneventful trip she is promised, Maria is transported into the risky and ruthless world of international drug trafficking. Her mission becomes one of determination and survival and she finally emerges with the grace that will carry her forward into a new life.
Joshua Marston, John Álex Toro, Paul Mezey, Guilied Lopez, Patricia Rae, Yenny Paola Vega

I, Robot

Will Smith stars in this action thriller inspired by the classic short story collection by Isaac Asimov and brought to the big screen by director Alex Proyas ("Dark City", "The Crow"). In the year 2035, robots are an everyday household item and everyone trusts them, except one slightly paranoid detective (Will Smith) investigating what he alone believes is a crime perpetrated by a robot. The case leads him to discover a far more frightening threat to the human race.
Shia LaBeouf, Will Smith, Laurence Mark, Bruce Greenwood, Topher Dow, Akiva Goldsman, Alex Proyas, John Davis
Fantasy Thriller Suspense Sci-Fi


"De-lovely" is an original musical portrait of American composer Cole Porter, filled with his unforgettable songs. In the film, Porter is looking back on his life as if it was one of his spectacular stage shows, with the people and events of his life becoming the actors and action onstage. Through elaborate production numbers and legendary hits like "Anything Goes," "It's De-lovely," and "Night and Day," Porter's elegant, excessive past comes to light - including his deeply complicated relationship with his wife and muse, Linda Lee Porter. Directed by Academy Award-winner Irwin Winkler from a script by Jay Cocks and starring Oscar-winner Kevin Kline, Ashley Judd, and Jonathan Pryce in addition to some of today's biggest rock and pop music stars, "De-lovely" is a sparkling celebration of Porter's music as well as a stirring exploration of the artist's journey and the undying power of love.
Rob Cowan, Charles Winkler, Kevin Kline, Natalie Cole, Jonathan Pryce, Lara Fabian, Vivian Green, Irwin Winkler
Drama Historical Biography

Donnie Darko

Donnie is a troubled high school student: in therapy, prone to sleepwalking and in possession of an imaginary friend, a six-foot rabbit named Frank, who tells him the world is going to end in 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes and 12 seconds. During that time he will navigate teenage life, narrowly avoid death in the form of a falling jet engine, follow Frank's maladjusted instructions and try to maintain the space-time continuum.
Sean McKittrick, Jake Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Richard Kelly, Jena Malone, Nancy Juvonen, Adam Fields, Mary McDonnell
Fantasy Horror Romance Sci-Fi Mystery
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The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi

Zatoichi is a 19th century blind nomad who makes his living as a gambler and masseur. However, behind this humble facade, he is a master swordsman gifted with a lightning-fast draw and breathtaking precision. While wandering, Zatoichi discovers a remote mountain village at the mercy of Ginzo, a ruthless gang-leader. Ginzo disposes of anyone who gets in his way, especially after hiring the mighty samurai ronin, Hattori, as a bodyguard. After a raucous night of gambling in town, Zatoichi encoutners a pair of geishas--as dangerous as they are beautiful—who've come to avenge their parents' murder. As the paths of these and other colorful characters intertwine, Ginzo's henchmen are soon after Zatoichi. With his legendary cane sword at his side, the stage is set for a riveting showdown.
Taka Gatarukanaru, Yûko Daike, Takeshi Kitano, Masayuki Mori, Tsunehisa Saitô, Michiyo Ogusu, Saburo Ishikura, Tadanobu Asano
Action Adventure Martial Arts

The Bourne Supremacy

Two years ago, Jason Bourne thought he had walked away from his past. But now, his past is about to return. Bourne and Marie have maintained their anonymous, underground existence at the cost of permanence. Fueled by splintered nightmares and haunted by the past he cannot remember, Bourne moves Marie from city to city, trying to remain one step ahead of the threat implicit in every unexplained stranger's glance, every wrong number phone call—that at any second, without any warning, he might get pulled back into the world he hopes he left behind. When an operative appears in the sleepy village that has been their latest home, Bourne and Marie collapse their lives and head out. His past at the door, their only chance now is to run. But once a line is crossed and the stakes in a new global game of cat-and-mouse are raised, the Jason Bourne created by Treadstone—the covert, now dismantled operation that spawned cold-blooded, professional assassins—returns. Two years ago, Bourne walked away from the deadly world that created him with a promise of retaliation should anyone attempt contact. Now that that world has indeed come calling, Bourne intends to keep his word. They should have left him alone.
Frank Marshall, Doug Liman, Julia Stiles, Karl Urban, Paul Greengrass, Patrick Crowley, Tony Gilroy, Robert Ludlum
Action Adventure Sequel Thriller Spy

A Home at the End of the World

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Hours" comes a story that chronicles a dozen years in the lives of two best friends who couldn't be more different. From suburban Cleveland in the 60s, to New York City in the 80s, where they meet an older woman, the film charts a journey of trials, triumphs, loves and losses. Now the question is: can they navigate the unusual triangle they've created and hold their friendship together?
Robin Wright, Colin Farrell, Ryan Donowho, Michael Mayer, Keith Bunin, Michael Cunningham, Sissy Spacek, Dallas Roberts
Drama Romance

Festival Express

In the summer of 1970, a chartered train crossed Canada carrying some of the world's greatest rock bands. The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band, Buddy Guy, and others lived together for five days, stopping in major cities along the way to play live concerts. Their journey was filmed.
Janis Joplin, Buddy Guy, Bob Smeaton, The Grateful Dead, The Flying Burrito Bros, Mash Makan, Sha Na Na, Jerry Garcia

She Hate Me

Harvard, MBA-educated biotech executive John Henry "Jack" Armstrong (Anthony Mackie) gets fired when he informs on his bosses and initiates an investigation into their business dealings by the Securities & Exchange Commission. Branded a whistle-blower and therefore unemployable, Jack desperately needs to make a living. When his former girlfriend Fatima (Kerry Washington), a high powered businesswoman and now a lesbian, offers him cash to impregnate her and her new girlfriend Alex (Dania Ramirez), Jack is persuaded by the chance to make "easy" money. Word spreads and soon Jack is in the baby-making business at $10,000 a tryst. Lesbians with a desire for motherhood and the cash to spare are lining up to seek his services. But, between the attempts by his former employers to frame him for securities fraud and his dubious fathering activities, Jack finds his life, all at once, becoming very complicated.
Kerry Washington, Anthony Mackie, Sarita Choudhury, Ossie Davis, Brian Dennehy, Spike Lee, Ellen Barkin, Monica Bellucci
Drama Comedy

Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle

Two likeable underdogs, Harold and Kumar, set out on a Friday night quest to satisfy their craving for White Castle hamburgers and end up on an epic journey of deep thoughts, deeper inhaling and a wild road trip as un-PC as it gets.
Ryan Reynolds, Anthony Anderson, Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Kahane, David Krumholtz, Bobby Lee, Fred Willard, John Cho


Set in the year 2065, this is the story of ex-astronaut and USAF Colonel Jeff Tracy and his five sons who form a rescue team called International Rescue that uses a fleet of vehicles, from rockets to boats, to race into action whenever their unique services are required. Helping the Tracys are Brains, a technological genius who invented the amazing rockets used by International Rescue; Jeff's assistant Kyrano and his daughter Tin-Tin; the lovely Lady Penelope, and her driver, Parker. In this adventure, Tracy Island is attacked by an evil mastermind, Aristotle Spode, AKA The Hood, who wants to use the International Rescue vehicles to commit acts of crime. The emphasis of the story will be on Alan, the youngest of the clan, who will have to rescue his father and brothers from Spode's villainous clutches, with the help of two of his friends.
Ron Cook, Jonathan Frakes, Mark Huffam, Bill Paxton, Ben Kingsley, Anthony Edwards, Sophia Myles, Ben Torgeson
Action Adventure Comedy Family Kids

The Village

Set in 1897, the tale of an isolated village confronting an astonishing truth that lies just outside its borders. At first glance, this village seems picture perfect, but this close-knit community lives with the frightening knowledge that creatures reside in surrounding woods. The evil and foreboding force is so unnerving that none dare venture beyond the borders of the village and into the woods. But when curious, headstrong Lucius Hunt plans to step beyond the boundaries of the town and into the unknown, his bold move threatens to forever change the fate of the village.
Sigourney Weaver, Sam Mercer, M. Night Shyamalan, Bryce Dallas Howard, Judy Greer, Cherry Jones, Brendan Gleeson, Scott Rudin
Drama Thriller Suspense Romance Supernatural

The Manchurian Candidate

U.S. Army Major Bennett Marco can't sleep at night—and he doesn't want to. Marco spends his days giving inspiring speeches about his platoon's ambush in the Kuwaiti desert and the heroics of Sergeant Raymond Shaw, who won the Medal of Honor for saving Marco's crew. But at night, Marco's dreamlike memories of the desert turn sinister and terrifying. And Marco privately wonders whether the two soldiers who died in the firefight might have met darker fates than officially recorded—and whether Shaw might not be the glorious hero that everyone thinks he is. When Shaw takes the national stage as a surefire candidate for vice president—under the thumb of his controversial mother, Senator Eleanor Prentiss Shaw—Marco is forced to act on his growing suspicions. With military officials questioning his sanity, and the net of security tightening around Shaw, Marco races to probe deeper into the unimaginable, shocking truth before the White House is won.
Meryl Streep, Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Jeffrey Wright, Ted Levine, Jonathan Demme, Scott Rudin, Tina Sinatra
Thriller Remake


Patience Philips is a woman who can't seem to stop apologizing for her own existence. She works as a graphic designer for Hedare Beauty, a mammoth cosmetics company on the verge of releasing a revolutionary anti-aging product. When Patience inadvertently happens upon a dark secret her employer is hiding, she finds herself in the middle of a corporate conspiracy. What happens next changes Patience forever. In a mystical twist of fate, she is transformed into a woman with the strength, speed, agility and ultra-keen senses of a cat. With her newfound prowess and feline intuition, Patience becomes Catwoman, a sleek and stealthy creature balancing on the thin line between good and bad. Like any wildcat, she's dangerous, elusive and untamed. Her adventures are complicated by a burgeoning relationship with Tom Lone, a cop who has fallen for Patience but cannot shake his fascination with the mysterious Catwoman, who appears to be responsible for a string of crime sprees plaguing the city.
Halle Berry, Benjamin Bratt, Michael E. Uslan, Bruce Berman, John Brancanto, Sharon Stone, Denise DiNovi, Ed McDonnell
Action Adventure Crime Supernatural Martial Arts