May 2003 Movies




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Owning Mahowny

Polite, mild-mannered Dan Mahowny is an assistant bank manager with a head for numbers, a knack for making decisions, and a devastating appetite for gambling. Dan Mahowny is the unlikely hero who takes on two of the financial institutions everyone loves to hate, the bank and the casino, and, for a brief while, he wins.
John Hurt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Minnie Driver, Richard Kwietniowski, Maury Chaykin, Judi Embden, Matthew Ferguson, M.J. Kang
Thriller Suspense Crime

The Lizzie McGuire Movie

Graduating from junior high school, Lizzie McGuire (Hillary Duff) goes to Italy for her summer vacation. Lizzie's inner thoughts are represented on the screen in the form of an animated version of herself...
Jake Thomas, Adam Lamberg, Ashlie Brillaut, Yani Gellman, Jim Fall, Hilary Duff, Robert Carradine, Hallie Todd
Comedy Teen Based on TV

The Dancer Upstairs

Investigator Augustin Rejas is attempting to find the mysterious Ezequiel, the leader of a revolution being fermented largely by the indigenous people of an unnamed Latin American nation, a scene that Rejas left behind to pursue worldly ambitions. But now he is a man caught in a war and his choice to become policeman wears on him. So when he meets and is drawn to the teacher of his daughter's ballet class, Yolanda, it's a solace to the emptiness of his marriage and his frustration in the search for Ezequiel.
Javier Bardem, Laura Morante, Juan Diego Botto, Luis Miguel Cintra, Alexandra Lancastre
Drama

Marooned in Iraq

Set during the final days of the war between Iran and Iraq, this is the story of an elderly Iranian Kurd musician who ventures off with his two sons, also musicians, into the dangerous territory of Kurdish Iraq in search of his wife, Hanareh, a singer with an amazing voice, who they fear may be in danger there, after she ran away with the old man's best friend.
Bahman Ghobadi, Shahab Ebrahimi, Iran Ghobadi, Faegh Mohamadi, Allah-Morad Rashtian
War Foreign

X2: X-Men United

The X-Men have opponents new and old to face this time around. Magneto is back, but there is also a threat to Professor Xavier's school for mutants led by a human named Stryker, not to mention a vicious woman named Yuriko who has it in for Wolverine.
Avi Arad, Michael Dougherty, Hugh Jackman, Dan Harris, Halle Berry, Ralph Winter, Zak Penn, Patrick Stewart
Action Adventure Fantasy Sci-Fi
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Daddy Day Care

A father who loses his job, played by Eddie Murphy, decides to open a free-spirited daycare center with a friend (Jeff Garlin) and a computer geek (Steve Zahn). Anjelica Huston plays the evil owner of a rival daycare center.
Eddie Murphy, Steve Carr, Anjelica Huston, Steve Zahn, Lacey Chabert, Jeff Garlin
Comedy Family Kids

Only the Strong Survive

This documentary examines the careers of the 1950s-1970s Stax Records and Motown soul and R&B singers who "kept on keeping on" right through (and after) the disco scene into today, through the use of interviews with and performance footage by such Motown luminaries as Isaac Hayes, the Chi-Lites, Sam Moore (of Sam and Dave), Mary Wilson (of the Supremes) and others. The focus of the film is how these performers managed to keep thriving through the 30 years of change in the music industry since the heydays of classic R&B.
William Bell, Jerry Butler, The Chi-Lites, Isaac Hayes, Sam Moore, Ann Peebles, Wilson Pickett, Sir Mack Rice
Musical Documentary

The Trip

In 1973, Alan Oakley, a 24 year old Republican journalist working for the Los Angeles Chronicle, has a promising future sure to make his military father proud. At the other end of the spectrum, certain to strike shame into conservatives everywhere is Tommy Ballenger, a 19 year old Texas native relocated to California to form "Out Loud", a gay civil rights group. When a chance meeting brings these opposites together, the attraction is obvious to everyone except Alan, who is desperately trying to stick to the program. Stumbling all the way, the neurotic Alan falls in love and the two form a loving relationship. A jealous lawyer publishes Alan's anti-gay book, however, which he wrote before meeting Tommy. This breaks up their relationship, but later they are reunited once again.
Jill St. John, Alfred Dennis, Miles Swain, Larry Sullivan, Steve Braun, Alexis Arquette, Sirena Irwin, Ray Baker
Drama Comedy Romance

Man on the Train

At a deserted train station, a teacher and a gangster meet and realize that each might have been better suited to the other man's way of life. As a friendship of sorts develops between these opposite personalities, each starts to envy the other and by the week's end, everything will change for both of them.
Jean Rochefort, Edith Scob, Alain Guellaff, Arm, Johnny Hallyday, Charlie Nelson, Pascal Parmentier, Jean-François Stévenin
Drama Crime Foreign

The Matrix: Reloaded

Neo, Morpheus, Trinity, and the rest of their crew continue to battle the machines that have enslaved the human race in the Matrix. Now, more humans are waking up out of the matrix and attempting to live in the real world. As their numbers grow, the battle moves to Zion, the last real-world city and center of human resistance.
Carrie-Anne Moss, Keanu Reeves, Joel Silver, Hugo Weaving, Jada Pinkett Smith, Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski, Laurence Fishburne
Action Adventure Fantasy Sci-Fi Martial Arts
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L'Auberge Espagnole

A young Frenchman moves into an apartment full of international students in Barcelona and discovers that mixing with students of many nationalities gives him a new perspective on life.
Cécile De France, Cédric Klapisch, Romain Duris, Judith Godreche, Audrey Tautou, Kelly Reilly, Xavier De Guillebon
Comedy Romance Foreign

Sweet Sixteen

Liam's mom, Jean, is in prison but is due to be released in time for his 16th birthday. This time Liam is determined that things will be different. He dreams of a family life he's never had, which means creating a safe haven beyond the reach of wasters like Jean's boyfriend Stan and his own mean-spirited grandfather. But first he's got to raise the cash - no mean feat for a skinny teenager. It's not long before Liam and his pals' crazy schemes lead them into all sorts of trouble. Finding himself dangerously out of his depth, Liam knows he should walk away. Only this time, he just can't let go.
Michelle Abercromby, Ken Loach, Martin Compston, William Ruane, Annmarie Fulton, Michelle Coulter, Gary McCormack, Tommy McKee
Drama

Pokemon Heroes

Ash and Pikachu travel to the Water Capital of the world, Alto Mare, where they meet two new Pokemons, the brother/sister pair of birds called Latias and Latios who protect a treasure called the Droplet of the Heart, which is the target of a pair of thieves, Zanna and Rion. As the town gets accidentally flooded, the Droplet becomes endangered... can Ash save the day?
Kunihiko Yuyama, Jim Malone, Addie Blaustein, Rachael Lillis, Eric Stuart, Veronica Taylor
Action Sequel Kids Animation

Down with Love

Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor are the toast of the town in the most stylish romantic comedy of the year! From the producers of "American Beauty" and the director of "Bring It On" comes a teasing, tantalizing battle of the sexes that is "pure enchantment" ("Daily News"). When best-selling feminist author Barbara Novak (Zellweger) becomes the target of dashing playboy Catcher Block (McGregor), these sparring, would-be lovers generate enough sparks to fly you to the moon and back. In other words, the ultimate catch has just met his match!
Dennis Drake, Ewan McGregor, Renée Zellweger, Peyton Reed, Bruce Cohen, Dan Jinks, Eve Ahlert, Rachel Dratch
Comedy Romance
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Bruce Almighty

Bruce Almighty stars Jim Carrey as Bruce Nolan, a "human interest" television reporter in Buffalo, New York who is discontented with almost everything in life, despite his popularity and the love of his girlfriend Grace (Jennifer Aniston). At the end of the worst day in his life, Bruce angrily ridicules and rages against God – and God responds. He appears in human form (Morgan Freeman) and, endowing Bruce with all of His divine powers, challenges Bruce to take on the big job and see if he can do it any better.
Morgan Freeman, Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, Gary Barber, Jennifer Aniston, Nora Dunn, Tom Shadyac, James D. Brubaker
Comedy

The Italian Job

A band of thieves, led by Charlie Croker (Mark Wahlberg), pulls off the ultimate heist by rigging the stoplights of the city of Los Angeles so that they can drive right out of the city with a carful of gold (in a safe that they're stealing back after Croker's double-crossing ex-partner, played by Edward Norton, stole it from Croker first), with nothing but greenlights, while everyone else gets redlights, thus keeping the roads plugged with the largest traffic jam in L.A. history, and the police from pursuing them. Aiding their escape is the fact that the bandits are driving BMW Mini Coopers (tiny cars), so they're able to use sidewalks and the subway system in addition to L.A.'s streets and highways. That, of course, is how it's *supposed* to work...
Charlize Theron, Jason Statham, Donald Sutherland, Mark Wahlberg, Mos Def, F. Gary Gray, Donald De Line, Donna Powers
Action Adventure Crime Remake

The Three Marias

Focuses on Filomena Capadscio, the matriarch of a family who is abruptly visited by tragedy. Filomena's husband and two sons are brutally murdered by the sons of Firmino Santos Guerra. Thirty years earlier, Filomena had been engaged to Santos Guerra but left him before their wedding to marry his rival Borges Capadscio. The result of this union filled Santos Guerra with rage and promise to someday exact revenge on the newly married couple. Filomena buries her husband and sons and begins to set plans to have revenge against the Santos Guerra family. She brings together her three daughters (Maria Francisca, Maria Rosa and Maria Pia) and sends them off into the backlands of Brazil to locate and hire three ruthless killers. Maria Francisca has to find the gunman known as Zi das Cobras, who has not spoken to a woman since the death of his mother. Maria Rosa looks for Chief Tensrio, a backwoods cop who is also a knife specialist, and convince him to break the laws he defends. Maria Pia goes off in search of Jesulino Cruz, also known as "The Devil's Horse," but there is a slight obstacle in her path: this killer is locked up in prison."
Aluisio Abranches, Tuca Andrada, Cassiano Carneiro, Enrique Díaz, Taveira Júnior, Júlia Lemmertz, Fábio Limma, Luíza Mariani
Drama Crime