Movies Released November 23, 2005

Wednesday, November 23

2005 | November 2005

Syriana

Based on Robert Baer's memoir "See No Evil: The True Story of a Foot Soldier in the CIA's War on Terror." A drama showing how the CIA lost funding and let its guard down in the Middle East after the end of the Cold War.

George Clooney, Michelle Monaghan, Matt Damon, Stephen Gaghan, Michael Nozik… more

George Clooney, Michelle Monaghan, Matt Damon, Stephen Gaghan, Michael Nozik, Max Minghella, Amanda Peet, Steven Soderbergh

Drama Suspense Spy

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Just Friends

A womanizing music exec (Ryan Reynolds), who became a player after the girl he longed for in high school told him she just wanted to be friends, reconnects with the woman as an adult and is determined to win her over.

Roger Kumble, William Vince, Adam Davis, Christopher Marquette, Chris Bender… more

Roger Kumble, William Vince, Adam Davis, Christopher Marquette, Chris Bender, J.C. Spink, Michael Ohoven, Ryan Reynolds

Comedy

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The Ice Harvest

"The Ice Harvest" is a wickedly funny thriller about thick thieves and thin ice. It's Christmas Eve in rainy, icebound Wichita, Kansas, and this year Charlie Arglist (John Cusack) just might have something to celebrate. Charlie, an attorney for the sleazy businesses of Wichita, and his unsavory… more

"The Ice Harvest" is a wickedly funny thriller about thick thieves and thin ice. It's Christmas Eve in rainy, icebound Wichita, Kansas, and this year Charlie Arglist (John Cusack) just might have something to celebrate. Charlie, an attorney for the sleazy businesses of Wichita, and his unsavory associate, the steely Vic Cavenaugh (Billy Bob Thornton), have just successfully embezzled $2,147,000 from Kansas City boss Bill Guerrard (Randy Quaid). Even so, the real prize for Charlie would be the stunning Renata (Connie Nielsen), who runs the Sweet Cage strip club. Charlie's fondest Christmas wish is to slip out of town with Renata. But, as daylight fades and a storm whirls, everyone from Charlie's drinking buddy Pete Van Heuten (Oliver Platt) to the local police begin to wonder just what exactly is in Charlie's Christmas stocking. For Charlie, the 12 hours of Christmas Eve are filled with nonstop twists and turns, both on the ice and off.

Billy Bob Thornton, Ron Yerxa, John Cusack, Harold Ramis, Connie Nielsen… more

Billy Bob Thornton, Ron Yerxa, John Cusack, Harold Ramis, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Platt, Albert Berger, Robert Benton

Comedy

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130 mins

The Libertine

The story of "The Libertine" focuses on 17th-century womanizing poet John Wilmot (Johnny Depp), the Earl of Rochester, who befriended King Charles II (John Malkovich) and died at the young age of 33 after falling in love with aspiring actress Elizabeth Barry (Samantha Morton).

Rosamund Pike, Jack Davenport, Johnny Depp, Samantha Morton, John Malkovich… more

Rosamund Pike, Jack Davenport, Johnny Depp, Samantha Morton, John Malkovich, Lianne Halfon, Johnny Vegas, Kelly Reilly

Drama Historical Erotic

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The White Countess

Set in Shanghai in the late 1930s, it is the story of the relationship between a disillusioned former US diplomat and a refugee Russian countess reduced to a sordid life in the city's bars. Todd Jackson (Ralph Feinnes), once an American diplomat filled with idealism, has become bitterly disill… more

Set in Shanghai in the late 1930s, it is the story of the relationship between a disillusioned former US diplomat and a refugee Russian countess reduced to a sordid life in the city's bars.

Todd Jackson (Ralph Feinnes), once an American diplomat filled with idealism, has become bitterly disillusioned by realpolitik and the seemingly unavoidable nature of war and conflict. Moreover, he is deeply bereaved by the deaths of his wife and children, who were victims of violent political events in 1930s China that also robbed Jackson of his sight.

Jackson is trying to retreat into a smaller, more controllable world by creating here, in one of the world's most licentious, glittering and sordid ports, the perfect bar. After countless hours spent critically examining dive after dive in the city's pleasure districts, Jackson has become a connoisseur of decadence. One day, after a chance meeting with Matsuda - a mysterious Japanese man who appears to share his refined eye for the beauty of low-life establishments - Jackson gambles his savings on a horse, wins, and sets about realizing his masterpiece: a bar that will achieve the exquisite balance of romance, tragedy, and political tension.

Matsuda is a decidedly shadowy figure, but that fails to worry Jackson, and they partner to create the perfect bar. When rumors circulate that Matsuda has come to Shanghai to oversee a Japanese invasion of the city, Jackson still willfully refuses to listen.

Sofia (Natasha Richardson) is a White Russian countess in her thirties who fled the Bolshevik Revolution as a child. Her immediate family have perished, and she now lives in a Shanghai slum with members of her late husband's aristocratic family and her ten-year-old daughter, Katya. The household's sole breadwinner, Sofia works as a taxi-dancer in dingy night spots, resorting to prostitution when times are hard. The rest of the household show their gratitude by endlessly ostracizing her for bringing disgrace to the family.

Jackson encounters Sofia one night working at her taxi-dance hall, decides she is the perfect blend of tragedy and sensuality and asks her to become the centerpiece of his perfect bar. Thus begins a relationship that will see Jackson - despite his best efforts - slowly coaxed out of his enclosed world. He gradually comes to concede that Sofia may be more than a beautiful picture, becomes drawn to the spirited young Katya, and ultimately, into the intrigues within the family to separate Sofia from her child.

The story ends as the Japanese invade Shanghai, with the entire world on the brink of World War II. Ironically, it is at this point that Jackson, in acknowledging his love for Sofia and her daughter, finds reawakened his own idealism for a world free from war.

Ralph Fiennes, Hiroyuki Sanada, Kazuo Ishiguro, Vanessa Redgrave, Madeleine Potter… more

Ralph Fiennes, Hiroyuki Sanada, Kazuo Ishiguro, Vanessa Redgrave, Madeleine Potter, James Ivory, Ismail Merchant, Natasha Richardson

Drama
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Yours, Mine & Ours

A widow and widower fall in love and get married, but the resulting combined eighteen children make for a hair-raising situation under one roof.

Dennis Quaid, Rene Russo, George Lopez, David Kidd, Jerry O'Connell… more

Dennis Quaid, Rene Russo, George Lopez, David Kidd, Jerry O'Connell, David Koechner, Drake Bell, Richard Suckle

Comedy Remake

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In the Mix

When New York's hottest nightclub deejay Darrell (Usher) saves a mob boss's life (Chazz Palminteri), he is rewarded for his bravery with the responsibilty of watching over the don's beautiful daughter Dolly (Emmanuelle Chriqui). The sparks soon begin to fly between this attractive couple from ver… more

When New York's hottest nightclub deejay Darrell (Usher) saves a mob boss's life (Chazz Palminteri), he is rewarded for his bravery with the responsibilty of watching over the don's beautiful daughter Dolly (Emmanuelle Chriqui). The sparks soon begin to fly between this attractive couple from very different worlds, against her formidable father's wishes. Meanwhile, the don has other things on his mind—quashing a potential war with an arch-rival and controlling a young, ruthless challenger to his throne. In the end, all's fair in love and gangster warfare in this hip, romantic comedy, "In the Mix".

Kevin Hart, Emmanuelle Chriqui, John Sacchi, Holly Davis-Carter, Ron Underwood… more

Kevin Hart, Emmanuelle Chriqui, John Sacchi, Holly Davis-Carter, Ron Underwood, John Dellaverson, Chanel Capra, Usher Raymond

Drama Romance

User Rated: 3 / 5

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Wednesday, November 23

2005 | November 2005