September 2003 Movies

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Taking Sides

Set shortly after World War II in Berlin, this is the story of an American officer's (Harvey Keitel) prosecution of German conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler (Stellan Skarsgard) as part of the Allied Forces' de-Nazification trials. As the investigation progresses, the American, wanting to convict a man he sees as a Jew-killing Nazi is brought face-to-face into conflict with a man consumed entirely by his art, not politics.
Stellan Skarsgard, Harvey Keitel, István Szabó, Moritz Bleibtreu, R. Lee Ermey, Birgit Minichmayr, Ulrich Tukur, Oleg Tabakov
Drama War Historical

To Be and To Have

This documentary is an intimate portrayal of several months at a one-room elementary schoolhouse in a small village (Saint-Etienne Sur Usson) in rural France, where a single teacher, Georges Lopez, gives his small class of thirteen students, ages 3-10, the sort of attention that is dwindling in many other schools in France (and elsehwere), where crowded classrooms are the norm.
JoJo, Georges Lopez, Alize, Axel, Guillaume, Jessie, Johann, Jonathan
Documentary Foreign

Home Room

The aftermath of a high school shooting leaves Deanna (Erika Christensen), seriously wounded and nine others dead. Det. Van Zandt (Victor Garber), is assigned the task of finding someone to hold responsible. His attention settles on Alicia (Busy Philipps), a troubled outsider considered both the key witness and a possible suspect. Worlds collide when the high school principal compels Alicia to pay a reluctant visit on the still-hospitalized Deanna. United by their traumatic experience, the two young women form an unlikely friendship -- one tested by depression, despair, and the growing weight of the police investigation.
Victor Garber, Agnes Bruckner, Constance Zimmer, Busy Philipps, Erika Christensen, Taylor, Raphael Sbarge, James Pickens
Drama Crime


After it is killed in a bullfight, a bull's body parts are transported across Europe, in Spain, France, Italy and Belgium, with this ensemble drama showing us the people who are the recipients of the remains in one way or another, like an Italian actress (Chiara Mastroianni) selling the bones in a supermarket promotion, a Spanish woman (Angela Molina) who dines on its steaks, a little girl (Raphaelle Molinier) in northern France who imagines a world where animals are much larger than humans, and a taxidermist (Jacques Gamblin) whose wife is simultaneously giving birth to quintuplets.
Lucia Sanchez, Delphine Gleize, Chiara Mastroianni, Angela Molina, Lio, Esther Gorintin, Feodor Atkine, Pascal Bongard
Drama Foreign

Party Monster

Set in the New York nightclub scene of the late 1980's and 1990's, this is the story of Michael Alig (Macaulay Culkin), a Club Kid party organizer originally from Indiana, whose extravagant life was sent spiralling downward when he boasted on television that he had killed his drug dealer and roommate, Angel Melendez (Wilson Cruz).
Seth Green, Fenton Bailey, Lucy Liu, Dylan McDermott, Macaulay Culkin, Wilson Cruz, Daniel Franzese, Natasha Lyonne

Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star

TV child star of the '70s, Dickie Roberts is now 35 and parking cars. Craving to regain the spotlight, he auditions for a role of a normal guy, but the director quickly sees he is anything but normal. Desperate to win the part, Dickie hires a family to help him replay his childhood and assume the identity of an average, everyday kid. Several folk who are also involved in Dickie's special world include: Sidney, Dickie's longtime friend and agent; Cyndi, his on-again, off-again girlfriend; Peggy, Dickie's real mother; George, Dickie's adopted father figure; and Grace, his adopted mother figure.
David Spade, Craig Bierko, Jenna Boyd, Alyssa Milano, Corey Feldman, Sam Weisman, Jack Giarruputo, Tom McNulty

The Order

Alex Bernier (Heath Ledger) is a member of an arcane order of priests who is sent to Rome to investigate the mysterious death of the head of this order. The body may be of a Sin Eater, a renegade who offers absolution, last rites and therefore a path to heaven outside the jurisdiction of the church. Alex enlists the aid of his old comrade Father Thomas and of a troubled artist (Shannyn Sossamon) upon whom he once performed an exorcism. He soon finds himself plunged directly into the face of unimaginable evil, murder, and ultimately, a fate worse than death.
Adam Merims, Craig Baumgarten, Tim Van Rellim, Heath Ledger, Shannyn Sossamon, Mark Addy, Benno Furmann, Peter Weller
Thriller Suspense Horror
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Under the Tuscan Sun

Frances Mayes (Diane Lane) is a 35-year-old San Francisco writer whose perfect life has just taken an unexpected detour. Her recent divorce has left her with terminal writer's block and extremely depressed, and her best friend, Patti (Sandra Oh), is beginning to think she might never recover. "Dr. Patti's" Rx: 10 days in Tuscany. And it's there that, on a whim, Frances purchases a villa named Bramasole - literally, "something that yearns for the sun." The home needs much restoration, but what better place for a new beginning than the home of the Renaissance? As she flings herself into her new life at the villa in the lush and beautiful Italian countryside, Frances makes new friends among her neighbors, but in the quiet moments, she is fearful that her ambitions for her new life - and a new family - may not be realized... until a chance encounter in Rome throws Frances into the arms of an intriguing Protobello antiquities dealer named Marcello (Raoul Bova). Can this be what she dreamed of? Can love last with Marcello? Will her new life flower under the Tuscan sun?
Raoul Bova, Kate Walsh, Lindsay Duncan, Dan Bucatinsky, Audrey Wells, Laura Fattori, Tom Sternberg, Frances Mayes
Drama Comedy Romance

Cold Creek Manor

A couple (Dennis Quaid and Sharon Stone) and their son (Ryan Wilson) and daughter (Kristen Stewart) relocate from the city to the country, where they discover that their dream home, a sprawling farmhouse, is more of a nightmare, as the previous owner (Stephen Dorff) returns from prison... and wants his home back. Badly.
Kristen Stewart, Dennis Quaid, Sharon Stone, Juliette Lewis, Christopher Plummer, Mike Figgis, Stephen Dorff, Dana Eskelson

Cabin Fever

College is finally over and five friends escape to a remote log cabin in the woods to enjoy some last days of decadence before entering the working world. Merriment and good times sour when a delirious stranger covered in bloody sores crashes their party. Shots are fired and the lunatic flees into the woods, but it's too late for our five friends: contact was already made. Soon one member of the circle gets ill and her skin starts to bubble and burn as a trail of oozing sores ravages her flesh. The group's compassion quickly turns to repulsion and terror as their friend deteriorates before their eyes.
Joey Kern, Eli Roth, James DeBello, Jordan Ladd, Rider Strong, Cerina Vincent, Giuseppe Andrew, Richard Boone
Comedy Horror

No Good Deed

While doing a friend a favor and searching for a runaway teenager on Turk Street, Jack (Jackson) stumbles upon a bizarre band of criminals about to pull off a bank robbery. Jack finds himself being held hostage while the criminals decide what to do with him, and the leader's beautiful girlfriend, Erin (Jovovich), is left alone to watch Jack. Erin, who is a master manipulator of the men in the gang, reveals another side to Jack - a melancholy romantic who could have been a classical pianist. She finds Jack's captivity an irresistible turn-on and he can't figure out if she's for real, or manipulating him, too. Before the gang returns, Jack and Erin's connection intensifies...
Samuel L. Jackson, Milla Jovovich, Stellan Skarsgard, Bob Rafelson, Doug Hutchison, Grace Zabriskie, Jonathan Higgins, Shannon Lawson
Drama Thriller Crime


Set in suburbia, the Greg Pritikin-directed film centers on socially challenged Steven (Adrien Brody), who quits his job to pursue a life-long dream of becoming a ventriloquist. Ignored at home by his father (Ron Leibman), mother (Jessica Walter) and embittered sister (Illeana Douglas), Steven begins to find his voice with the help of a wisecracking dummy.
Milla Jovovich, Vera Farmiga, Jared Harris, Greg Pritikin, Adrien Brody, Illeana Douglas, Jessica Walter, Ron Leibman
Drama Comedy Romance

Once Upon a Time in Mexico

The third installment in Robert Rodriguez's trilogy that began with 1992's "El Mariachi" and continued with 1995's "Desperado", the latter of which also starred Antonio Banderas. El Mariachi makes his way across a rugged landscape on the blood trail of Barrillo (Willem Dafoe), a cartel kingpin with one last score to settle who is planning a coup d'etat against the president of Mexico. Enlisted by Sands (Johnny Depp), a corrupt CIA agent, El Mariachi demands retribution, and the adventure begins against a backdrop of revolution, greed, and revenge.
Salma Hayek, Willem Dafoe, Johnny Depp, Rubén Blades, Robert Rodriguez, Eva Mendes, Mickey Rourke, Danny Trejo
Action Western Crime

So Close

A fast and furious action tale of three tough, hard-hitting women who take on a powerful pair of computer moguls, the Hong Kong police, two deadly assassins, and... each other. Shu Qi and Zhao Wei play sisters whose family inheritances are a state-of-the-art computer surveillance system and an unresolved family vendetta. After a wealthy Shanghai computer magnate is murdered, a beautiful and ambitious young undercover detective (Mok) is assigned to the case. Finding herself further drawn-in when she discovers the criminal masterminds are two women, the young detective eventually comes face-to-face with the sisters who, despite their delicate appearance, hold mental and combat skill to match her own. A battle of wits and force ensues in this tale of technological wizardry.
Shu Qi, Karen Mok, Vicki Zhao, Yasuaki Kurata, Candy Lo
Action Adventure Thriller

Millennium Actress

Genya Tachibana is a director and the president of a small production company. One day, he is contacted by the famous Gin Ei studios, that ask him to direct a documentary commemorating their 70 years of existence. Genya chooses as a subject the legendary actress Chiyoko Fujiwara, a superstar actress who 30 years earlier chose to end her career and disappear from public life. Chiyoko Fujiwara is a cinematographic enigma that nobody ever seemed to shed light on. Genya is obsessed by this fallen star, wanting to unravel the truth behind her secret. Accompanied by a young cameraman, Genya finds his way to Chiyoko, who has transformed into an elderly hermit living alone in an isolated house. At their first meeting, Genya sees that Chiyoko, although touched by the hand of time, has not lost any of her charm or energy. To gain her confidence, he brings her an ancient key that holds sentimental value, that rapidly allows Chiyoko to begin recounting her memories. The interview takes course, and our 3 protagonists are plunged into the past, visiting each fragment of what has been long gone, where the past and present meld together. The actress' recollections soon metamorphosize into a great adventure where cinema confronts her history and an incredible love is unveiled, that conflicted with her rather uncommon lifestyle...
Satoshi Kon, Miyoko Shoji, Mami Koyama, Fumiko Orikasa, Shouzou Iizuka, Masaya Onosaka, Shouko Tsuda, Hirotaka Suzuoki
Drama Historical Romance Animation Foreign

Matchstick Men

Phobia-addled con artist Roy (Nicolas Cage) and his protégé Frank (Sam Rockwell) are on the verge of pulling off a lucrative swindle when the unexpected arrival of Roy's teenage daughter Angela (Alison Lohman) disrupts his carefully-ordered life and jeopardizes his high-risk scam.
Nicolas Cage, Ridley Scott, Sam Rockwell, Bruce McGill, Bruce Altman, Alison Lohman
Drama Crime

Mystic River

When Jimmy Markum's daughter is found murdered, his childhood friend Sean Devine--now a detective--is assigned to the case. Sean's personal life starts unraveling, as his investigation takes him back into a world of violence and pain he thought he'd left behind. It also puts him on a collision course with Jimmy Markum, a man with his own mysterious dark past, who is now eager to solve the crime with brutal justice. And then there is Dave Boyle, a man who hides monstrous secrets beneath a bland facade--secrets that his wife, Celeste, is only beginning to suspect. As the race for a killer heats up, all are pulled closer toward an abyss that will force them to face their true selves--and will mark them as irrevocably, as the past itself has tainted their lives.
Laura Linney, Kevin Bacon, Cayden Boyd, Clint Eastwood, Marcia Gay Harden, Emmy Rossum, Judie Hoyt, Robert Lorenz
Drama Thriller Suspense

Secondhand Lions

"Secondhand Lions" follows the comedic adventures of an introverted 14 year-old boy (Haley Joel Osment) who reluctantly finds himself spending the summer with a pair of cranky, eccentric great-uncles (Michael Caine and Robert Duvall). At first appalled by their gruff uncaring manner, over time he becomes enthralled with his uncles as the exotic tales and remembrances of their own youthful exploits introduce the boy to a world of imagination and wonder and re-ignites the old men's spirits.
Josh Lucas, Tim McCanlies, Michael Caine, Kyra Sedgwick, David Kirschner, Scott Ross, Corey Sienega, Robert Duvall
Drama Comedy Family Kids

Emerald Cowboy

This is the true story of how a Japanese businessman from Los Angeles, Eishy Hayata, built an emerald mining empire in Columbia that is today one of the world's largest and most powerful, starting in the 1970s as an "esmeraldero", an emerald buyer who goes directly to rural areas where emeralds can be procured from locals at bargain prices in their rough form. Central to the film's intrigue are Columbia's more brutal realities, as guerrilla warfare and street kidnappings are quite common. To combat this, Hayata fashions himself as a sort of modern cowboy, armed and dressed to fit the bill, along with a powerful cadre of personal bodyguards.
Eishy Hayata, Andrew Molina, Eva Hayata
Drama Action Adventure Biography Foreign


"Underworld" reimagines Vampires as a secretive clan of modern, aristocratic sophisticates whose mortal enemies are the Lycans (werewolves), a shrewd gang of street thugs who prowl the city's underbelly. The balance of power is upset when a beautiful young Vampire and a nascent Lycan - deadly rivals for centuries - fall in love. Len Wiseman directs Kate Beckinsdale and Scott Speedman in a fast-paced, modern-day tale of deadly action, ruthless intrigue and forbidden love, all set against the backdrop of an ancient feud between the two tribes in a timeless, Gothic metropolis.
Danny McBride, Bill Nighy, Gary Lucchesi, Richard S. Wright, Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Michael Sheen, Len Wiseman
Action Adventure Fantasy Thriller Horror Sci-Fi

Anything Else

The story of a struggling artist (Woody Allen) who has an affair with a much, much younger woman (Christina Ricci), which breaks the heart of her boyfriend (Jason Biggs), and raises the ire of her shotgun-wielding father (Dammu DeVito).
Jason Biggs, Danny DeVito, Woody Allen, Christina Ricci, Jimmy Fallon, Glenn Close
Comedy Romance

The Fighting Temptations

When slick-talking New York City advertising executive Darrin Fox travels back to his small hometown in Georgia to claim the inheritance his aunt Sally left him, he finds he must fulfill her last wish before he can collect -- create a gospel choir and lead it to success. But with a town full of tin ears and a shortage of singers, Darrin is about ready to give up and head back to the city where he belongs…until he runs into Lilly. A beautiful nightclub singer with a voice that could rock the competition at the annual Gospel Explosion, Lilly is just the miracle Darrin is looking for... if he can persuade her to sing.
Mike Epps, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jonathan Lynn, Faith Evans, Steve Harvey, Beyonce Knowles, Rue McClanahan, Melba Moore
Comedy Musical

Bubba Ho-Tep

Based on the Bram Stoker Award nominee short story by acclaimed author Joe R. Lansdale, "Bubba Ho-tep" tells the "true" story of what really did become of Elvis. We find the King (Campbell) as an elderly resident in an East Texas rest home, who switched identities with an Elvis impersonator years before his "death", then missed his chance to switch back. Elvis teams up with Jack (Davis), a fellow nursing home resident who thinks that he is actually President John F. Kennedy, and the two valiant old codgers sally forth to battle an evil Egyptian entity who has chosen their long-term care facility as his happy hunting grounds...
Reggie Bannister, Don Coscarelli, Campbell, Ossie Davis, Gigi Fast Elk Porter, Bob Ivy, Ella Joyce, Heidi Marnhout
Comedy Horror

Mambo Italiano

They're all Italian living in Montreal, but they could be from any large city in the western world with an Italian community. Angelo is a travel agent trying to become a television writer in his late twenties. Nino is a well-respected law enforcement officer, also in his thirties. Maria and Gino, Angelo's parents, emigrated in the 1950's and married after their arrival in "the new world". Maria and Gino's world is shattered when their son decides to get a place of his own. They are relieved however when Angelo's childhood buddy Nino decides to move in with their son. Their relief is short lived as they find out that Nino and Angelo are more than just roomates-they're lovers!
Luke Kirby, Diane Lavallee, Emile Goudreault, Ginette Reno, Paul Sorvino, Claudia Ferri, Peter Miller, Pierrette Robitaille
Comedy Romance


A young woman, Diane, works for a multinational corporation run by Henri-Pierre Volf. In the logic of the diversification of its activities - from real estate to clothing design - the Volf Group is negociating the acquisition of TokyoAnime, a Japanese company which produces a new form of manga and their pornographic version, hentaï, in digital 3D images that will outdate and destroy the competition in this extraordinarily lucrative market. Two companies battle to obtain exclusive diffusion of Volf's new images on the Web: Mangatronics and Demonlover. Mangatronics has recruted Diane as a sort of industrial spy to serve its interests by torpedoing the Demonlover contract from within. The links between Demonlover and various violent and illegal pornographic sites dangerously weakens the relationship with the Volf Group, unaware of the existence of those secret sites. Diane discovers that they also have their strategy and their spies in the form of her seemingly neutral, naive colleagues. She ends up knowing too much and becomes a danger to Demonlover. Soon there is no way out, except fading into the cyber-reality of which she was perhaps a part from the start.
Chloë Sevigny, Olivier Assayas, Thomas M. Pollard, Jorgen Doering, Mathias Mlekuz, Ludovic Schoendoerffer, Connie Nielsen, Charles Berling

Pieces of April

April Burns (Katie Holmes) is a 21-year-old wild child with a very big problem. Against her better judgment, she's invited her straightlaced family for Thanksgiving dinner. Her boyfriend, Bobby, wants to help, but she banishes him from the apartment while she attempts to cook the meal. To make matters worse, she then discovers that her oven doesn't work. So, while April is forced to ask her eccentric neighbors for help in cooking her fifteen pound turkey, the Burns Family begins a reluctant journey from suburban Pennsylvania toward New York City's Lower East Side. April's Dad, Jim Burns (Oliver Platt) tries to convince the family that the day will be beautiful. Her mom, Joy (Patricia Clarkson) has her doubts and freely voices them. April's teenage sister and brother are squeezed between Grandma Dottie and a bag of snacks in the back seat as the Burns' family car hurtles toward Manhattan and what will most likely be certain disaster.
Gary Winick, John Gallagher Jr., Sean P. Hayes, Peter Hedges, John Lyons, Alexis Alexanian, Holly Becker, Katie Holmes
Drama Comedy

Lost in Translation

The second feature film from writer-director Sofia Coppola ("The Virgin Suicides") is set in Tokyo, where two bored Americans — a fading TV star (Bill Murray) shooting an alcohol ad and a young married woman (Scarlett Johansson) with an ambitious, neglectful husband — become fast friends after meeting in a hotel bar. The two then spend an adventure-filled weekend together "finding themselves."
Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, Sofia Coppola, Bill Murray, Anna Faris
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Hope Springs

In this romantic comedy, British artist Colin Ware (Colin Firth) discovers that his fiance, Vera (Minnie Driver), the love of his life, is going to marry another man. Distraught and despondent, he gets on a plane for America and ends up in the tiny town of Hope in New England. At first, Colin is depressed, but he soon finds more than a shoulder to cry on when his innkeepers introduce him to Mandy (Heather Graham), a beautiful nurse. All's going well and Colin has almost forgotten his old flame until Vera suddenly shows up with a surprise of her own. "Hope Springs" is about finding happiness where you least expect it.
Colin Firth, Mark Herman, Heather Graham, Minnie Driver, Oliver Platt, Mary Steenburgen
Comedy Romance
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Yossi & Jagger

Two male soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces fall in love, which is forbidden in the army. They hide their love while stationed at an outpost during the Lebanon war.
Assi Cohen, Hani Furstenberg, Sharon Raginiano, Eytan Fox, Ohad Knoller, Yehuda Levi, Aya Steinovitz
Drama Romance

National Lampoon's Dorm Daze

A college student living with his little brother in a dorm hires Dominique, a prostitute, so that his younger sibling can finally lose his virginity. Hilarity of the highest order (read: pratfalls) ensues when a foreign exchange student also named Dominque is mistaken for the prostitute.
Tatyana Ali, Boti Bliss, Tony Denman, Danielle Fishel, Courtney Gains, Edwn Hodge, Jennifer Lyons, Chris Owen


Set in the competitive world of New York City real estate, a couple (Drew Barrymore and Ben Stiller), whose dream home is a converted duplex apartment in the perfect neighborhood, decide to kill the sweet little old lady (Eileen Essell) who's currently living there, or else they'll never get to buy it...
Maya Rudolph, Drew Barrymore, Justin Theroux, Ben Stiller, Harvey Fierstein, Danny DeVito, Sheryl Klein, Amber Valletta


A German monk challenges the political and religious authorities of his time.
Alfred Molina, Mathieu Carrière, Torben Liebrecht, Jeff Caster, Eric Till, Joseph Fiennes, Jonathan Firth, Claire Cox

The Rundown

When Travis (Seann William Scott), the son of an underworld kingpin, disappears in the Amazon in search of a priceless artifact, Beck (The Rock), the kingpin's retrieval expert, is sent to get him. Despite their hostility - and their love for the same woman (Rosario Dawson) - the two must eventually join forces to fight the evil head (Christopher Walken) of a gold-mining corporation who is after the same treasure.
Dwayne Johnson, Peter Berg, Marc Abraham, Rosario Dawson, Jon Gries, Kevin Misher, Karen Glasser, Kario Salem
Action Adventure Comedy