May 2005 Movies




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Crash

A Brentwood housewife and her DA husband. A Persian store owner. Two police detectives who are also lovers. A black television director and his wife. A Mexican locksmith. Two car-jackers. A rookie cop. A middle-aged Korean couple... They all live in Los Angeles. And in the next 36 hours, they will all collide... A provocative, unflinching look at the complexities of racial conflict in America, "Crash" is that rare cinematic event—film that challenges audiences to question their own prejudices. Diving headlong into the diverse melting pot of post-9/11 Los Angeles, this compelling urban drama tracks the volatile intersections of a multi-ethnic cast, examining fear and bigotry from multiple perspectives as characters careen in and out of one another's lives. No one is safe in the battle zones of intolerance. And no one is immune to the simmering rage that sparks violence—and changes lives...
Paul Haggis, Don Cheadle, William Fichtner, Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser, Ryan Phillippe, Nona Gaye, Paul Hagis
Drama Suspense Crime Gangster

House of Wax

A road trip to the biggest college football championship of the year takes a turn for the worse for Carly, Paige and their friends, when they decide to camp out for the night before heading to the game. A confrontation with a mysterious trucker at the camp site leaves everyone unsettled, and Carly has her hands full trying to keep the peace between her boyfriend Wade and her hot-headed brother Nick. They wake up the next morning to find that their car might have been tampered with, preventing their departure. At the risk of being stranded, they accept a local's invitation for a ride into Ambrose, the only town for miles. Once there, they are drawn to Ambrose's main attraction--Trudy's House of Wax, which is filled with remarkably life-like wax sculptures. But as they soon discover, there is a shocking reason the exhibits look so real. As the friends uncover the town's dark secrets, they are stalked by a mysterious killer and find themselves in a bloody battle for survival. The group must find a way out of Ambrose—or become permanent additions to the "House of Wax".
Damon Herriman, Robert Zemeckis, Chad Michael Murray, Joel Silver, Elisha Cuthbert, Steve Richards, Bruce Berman, Jaume Collet-Serra
Thriller Suspense Remake Mystery

Jiminy Glick in Lalawood

Jiminy Glick (Martin Short), an entertainment critic for a television station in Butte, Montana, arrives at the Toronto Film Festival, a complete unknown, intent on finding fame among the rich, famous and fabulous. His dreams of becoming the most celebrated and renowned star interviewer are realized when he is granted an exclusive with elusive young megastar Ben DiCarlo (Corey Pearson). This catapults Jiminy from obscurity to being the most talked about guy in town. Filmmakers and studio executives want to schmooze him and every actor wants to be interviewed by him, including fading Hollywood star Miranda Coolidge (Elizabeth Perkins). When Miranda is later found dead in Jiminy's bed, he thinks he is to blame and suddenly gets embroiled in a murder mystery whodunit complete with sex, scandal, rappers and glamorous celebrities.
Martin Short, Linda Cardellini, Vadim Jean, Jan Hooks, John Michael Higgins, Elizabeth Perkins, Janeane Garofalo, Corey Pearson
Comedy

Kingdom of Heaven

Set during the 12th century in the holy city of Jerusalem, a young Muslim peasant and blacksmith, Salaq Ul-Hul (Orlando Bloom), becomes a knight so that he may help repel the Crusaders who took control of the city in 1099. Meanwhile, the young knight also falls in love with the city's beautiful princess...
Eva Green, Liam Neeson, Ridley Scott, Jeremy Irons, William Monahan, Marton Csokas, Brendan Gleeson
Drama Action Adventure War Historical Romance
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Unleashed

On and beneath the meanest streets of Glasgow, fiery gangster Bart is merciless with debtors, would-be rivals, and anyone else to whom he takes even a passing dislike. How does Bart maintain his chokehold? Through his unwitting enforcer Danny, who he has "raised" since boyhood. Danny has been kept as a near-prisoner by his "Uncle" Bart; trained to attack and, if necessary, kill. Danny knows little of life, except the brutal existence that Bart has so crudely and cruelly fashioned for him. But when Danny has a chance encounter with soft-spoken blind piano tuner Sam, he senses true kindness and compassion for the first time and experiences the transforming power of music. When a sudden gangland coup separates Danny from Bart and his mob, Danny is at last away from the underworld. He takes refuge with Sam and his spunky teenaged stepdaughter Victoria. Sam and Victoria open their home and hearts to Danny, who begins to envision a new future for himself. However, the mob will not give up its prize pupil so easily, and Danny must soon fight again, and fight back, to protect his new family and bury his troubled past.
Morgan Freeman, Louis Leterrier, Robert Mark Kamen, Jet Li, Kerry Condon, Jason Hoffs, Luc Besson, Bob Hoskins
Action Adventure Thriller Suspense

Tell Them Who You Are

Filmmaker and award-winning photojournalist Mark S. Wexler's portrays his famous cinematographer father and attempts to reconcil with him. It is clear from the outset that the impatient Haskell Wexler has little confidence in his son, the filmmaker. They become dueling directors as Haskell prods, cajoles and lectures Mark throughout the production, reminding his son that he, Haskell Wexler, is the star of the movie.
Robert DeMaio, Jane Fonda, Mark Wexler, Haskell Wexler, Peter Bart, Michael Douglas
Documentary

Layer Cake

Based upon JJ Connelly's London crime novel, "Layer Cake" is about a successful cocaine dealer (Daniel Craig) who has earned a respected place among England's Mafia elite and plans an early retirement from the business. However, big boss Jimmy Price hands down a tough assignment: find Charlotte Ryder, the missing rich princess daughter of Jimmy's old pal Edward, a powerful construction business player and gossip papers socialite. Complicating matters are two million pounds' worth of Grade A ecstasy, a brutal neo-Nazi sect and a whole series of double crossings. The title "Layer Cake" refers to the layers or levels the dealer has to go through as he painstakingly plots his own escape. What is revealed is a modern underworld where the rules have changed. There are no 'codes', or 'families' and respect lasts as long as a line. Not knowing who he can trust, he has to use all his 'savvy', 'telling' and skills which make him one of the best, to escape his own. The ultimate last job, a love interest called Tammy and an international drugs ring, threaten to draw him back into the 'cake mix'. But, time is running out and the penalty will endure a lifetime.
Daniel Craig, Matthew Vaughn, Dexter Fletcher, Burn Gorman, Tamer Hassan, Sally Hawkins, Sienna Miller, J.J. Connolly
Drama Suspense Crime Gangster

Monster-in-Law

Charlotte "Charlie" Honeywell (Jennifer Lopez) is a professional dog walker who has a hard time finding any good men to date, with her social life mostly composed of continually disastrous blind dates. Her dreams seem to come true, however, when she meets Kevin, the perfect guy... until she meets his mother (Jane Fonda), who thinks no girl is good enough for Kevin, and *especialy* not Charlie. With her mother-in-law trying to sabotage the relationship, can Charlie's dream of a perfect wedding and marriage ever happen?
Richard LaGravenese, Adam Scott, Richard Brener, Robert Luketic, Jennifer Lopez, Jane Fonda, Anya Kochoff, Michael Vartan
Comedy Romance

Kicking and Screaming

Will Ferrell stars as Phil Weston, an everage Joe who's had to put up all his life with his overly competitive father, Buck (Robert Duvall). When Phil decides to coach his 10-year old son's soccer team, he goes head-to-head for the league championship against Buck, who coaches his own young son on the preeminent team of the league. Old scores come into play as Phil and Buck find themselves going to extreme measures to win the championship trophy.
Kate Walsh, Jimmy Miller, Steve Rudnick, Will Ferrell, Robert Duvall, Marco Schnabel, Charles Roven, Leon Benvenuti
Comedy Sports

Modigliani

This biopic focuses on the life of 20th-century Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani during the period after the first World War.
Mick Davis, Andy Garcia, Philippe Martinez, Elsa Zylberstein, Hippolyte Girardot, Omid Djalili, Eva Herzigova, Udo Kier
Drama Biography

Mindhunters

Hiding inside a group of eight young FBI profilers learning to hunt serial killers is a killer attempting to hunt them. As one by one the agents begin to disappear, none can be trusted. Each one is under suspicion. And they are all in mortal danger until, in the ultimate test of their crime-solving skills, they uncover the mysterious predator lurking in their midst.
Wayne Kramer, Renny Harlin, Kevin Brodbin, LL Cool J, Val Kilmer, Kathryn Morris, Christian Slater, Johnny Lee Miller
Action Adventure Thriller Crime

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

In "Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith"—the final installment of the "Star Wars" saga—the Clone Wars rage as the rift widens between Chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) and the Jedi Council. Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen), the young Jedi Knight with an allegiance to Chancellor Palpatine, struggles to keep his marriage to Padme' Amidala (Natalie Portman) a secret amid the turmoil. Seduced by promises of power and temptations of the dark side, he pledges himself to the evil Darth Sidious and becomes Darth Vader. Together, Sidious and Vader set in motion a plot of revenge against the Jedi, leading to a climatic lightsaber battle between Vader and his former master, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor), that will decide the fate of the galaxy.
Samuel L. Jackson, Natalie Portman, George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Ewan McGregor, Anthony Daniels, Mary Oyaya, Hayden Christensen
Drama Action Adventure Sequel Fantasy Sci-Fi
Scope TBA
5 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent
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Mad Hot Ballroom

This is a profile of several New York City's public school kids and their journey into the world of ballroom dancing. The eleven-year-olds go from reluctantly participating in ballroom dancing to preparing to compete in the citywide finals.
Marilyn Agrelo, Amy Sewell
Documentary

Second Best

Elliot Kelman (Joe Pantoliano) is a failed publishing executive who can't get back into the business. He supports himself selling suits at the local mall and relies on hand-outs from his mother, ex-wife, and son. He also self-publishes a weekly newsletter on the perils of self-delusion. Afraid his writings will be rejected, he hires a high school kid to post them on supermarket bulletin boards and stuff them under windshields in his New Jersey hometown. After he meets the sexy Carole (Jennifer Tilly) and his newsletter begins to find an audience, things start looking up for Elliott. However, the return home of his oldest friend Richard (Boyd Gaines), a prominent movie producer, and the only one of his friend's to have found success, brings Elliot's feelings of inadequacy and squandered potential back to the surface. With Richard in town, the competitive tensions rise, and once Carole takes an interest in his friend, Elliot must confront his envy of Richard's success and his disenchantment with his own failure.
Joe Pantoliano, Boyd Gaines, Barbara Barrie, Eric Weber, Jennifer Tilly, Bronson Pinchot, Matthew Arkin, Polly Draper
Comedy

Dominion: A Prequel to the Exorcist

Paul Schrader's initially scrapped prequel to "The Exorcist" focuses on a young Father Merrin and his first encounter with Satan.
Paul Schrader, James G. Robinson, William Wisher, Caleb Carr, Stellan Skarsgard, Gabriel Mann, Eddie Osei, Julian Wadham
Action Adventure Suspense Horror Prequel

Sex, Politics & Cocktails

Unable to tie the knot with his Prozac captivated girlfriend, young Cuban filmmaker Sebastian finds himself thirty years-old and never in love. On his quest to finding the one, Sebastian turns to his friend/tour guide Daria. She introduces him to her sandbox of gay, thirsty, thirty-something cohorts and the adventure of his life as he tries to navigate through the unchartered waters of Hollywood and sexual politics.
Marisa Petroro, Paul Lekakis, Seth Macari, Don Max
Drama
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Madagascar

Four zoo animals are shipped back to their homeland by an animal rights group that feels they belong in the wild. When the ship capsizes, the animals find themselves stranded in Madagascar. Having had humans care for them their entire life, they know nothing about survival and must work together with the locals to help them fit in.
Tom McGrath, Teresa Cheng, Billy Frolick, Mark Burton, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Eric Darnell, Karey Kirkpatrick
Action Adventure Comedy Family Kids Animation

Bunty and Babli

Bunty and Babi are two avid dreamers -- two free souls born into caged small town realities. They grow weary of being two specks on the horizon. They desire the horizon itself. And, so they pack their aspirations in worn out bags, whip a scarf of confidence around their proud necks and set forth on a journey across the length and breath of the country, spinning circles around the people they meet.
Yash Chopra, Abhishek Bachchan, Aditya Chopra, Amitabh Bachchan, Rani Mukherjee, Raj Babbar, Tania Zaetta
Drama Musical Foreign

Cronicas

A Miami reporter travels to a small Ecuadorian village to cover a series of brutal murders and get the biggest story of his career, tracking a possible serial killer dubbed the Monster of Babahoyo.
Guillermo del Toro, John Leguizamo, Alfred Molina, Alfonso Cuarón, Jorge Vergara, Leonor Watling, Jose Maria Yazpik, Damian Alcazar
Drama Thriller Foreign

Saving Face

A romantic comedy-of-manners where the single mother of a young Chinese-American woman arrives on her doorstep unannounced... and pregnant.
Will Smith, Teddy Zee, Jessica Hecht, Michelle Krusiec, Alice Wu, James Lassiter, Richard Chang, Joan Chen
Drama Comedy Romance

Bomb the System

Anthony "Blest" Campo and his crew are the best street artists in town, which makes them a prime target for Bobby Cox and the infamous NYPD Vandal Squad. After a fatal accident threatens to break up the crew and convinces Blest he needs to leave town for good, a violent clash is inevitable.
Joey Dedio, Adam Bhala Lough, Ben Rekhi, Sol Tryon, Mark Webber, Jaclyn DeSantis, Gano Grills, Jade Yorker
Drama

The Longest Yard

Pro quarterback Paul Crewe and former college champion and coach Nate Scarboro are doing time in the same prison. Asked to put together a team of inmates to take on the guards, Crewe enlists the help of Scarboro to coach the inmates to victory in a football game fixed to turn out quite the other way.
William Fichtner, Peter Segal, David Gale, Nelly, Van Toffler, Sheldon Turner, Tracy Keenan Wynn, Albert S. Ruddy
Comedy Remake Sports