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December 03 Movie Preview

Posted By on January 14, 2005

Release Dates Movies
-The Last Samurai
-Big Fish (Limited)
-Girl with a Pearl Earring(Limited)
-Love Don’t Cost a Thing
-The Statement(Limited)
-Stuck on You
-Something’s Gotta Give
-The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
-Mona Lisa Smile
-Cheaper by the Dozen
-Cold Mountain
-Peter Pan
-Young Black Stallion (IMAX)
-House of Sand and Fog (Limited)
-Monster (Limited)


Title: Honey
Genre: Drama
Studio: Universal Pictures
Director: Bille Woodruff
Starring: Jessica Alba, Lil’ Romeo, Mekhi Phifer, David Moscow,
Zachary Williams, Joy Bryant, Lonette McKee, Missy Elliott (cameo),
Genuine (cameo), Third Story (cameo), Sean Desmond (cameo), Tweet
(cameo), The L.O.X. (cameo)
Plot Outline: Honey (Alba) is a sexy, tough music video choreographer
who shakes up her life after her mentor gives her an ultimatum: sleep
with him or be blacklisted within their industry.
Trailer: Trailer
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for drug content and some sexual references)
Title: The Last Samurai
Genre: Drama, Action, Advanture
Studio: Warner Brothers
Director: Edward Zwick
Starring:Tom Cruise, Timothy Spall, Billy Connolly, Tony
Goldwyn, Ken Watanabe, Hiroyuki Sanada, Shun Sugata, Shin Koyamada,
Seizo Fukumoto, Schichinosuke Nakamura, Koyuki, Masato Harada, Sosuke
Ikematsu, Aoi Minato
Plot Outline: In Japan, Civil War veteran Captain Woodrow
Algren trains Emperor Meiji’s troops in the way of the gun as they
prepare to defeat the last of the country’s samurais. But Algren’s
passion is swayed when he is captured by the samurai and learns about
their traditions and code of honor.
Trailer: Trailer
MPAA Rating: R (for strong violence and battle sequences)
December 10th

Title: Big Fish (limited)
Genre: Drama
Studio: Columbia Pictures (NY, LA, Toronto; wider release:
December 25; wide release: January 16)
Director: Tim Burton
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Jessica Lange, Danny
DeVito, Helena Bonham Carter, Steve Buscemi, Billy Crudup, Alison
Lohman, Hailey Anne Nelson, Robert Guillaume, Marion Cotillarcd
Plot Outline: The story revolves around a dying father and
his son, who is trying to learn more about his dad by piecing together
the stories he has gathered over the years. The son winds up re-creating
his father’s elusive life in a series of legends and myths inspired
by the few facts he knows. Through these tales, the son begins to
understand his father’s great feats and his great failings.
Trailer: Trailer
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for a fight scene, some images of nudity
and a suggestive reference)
December 12th

Title: Girl with a Pearl Earring(Limited)
Genre: Drama
Studio: Lions Gate Films (NY, LA; CHI, SF release: December
26; wider release: January 9, 2004)
Director: Peter Webber
Tagline: Beauty inspires obsession.
Starring: : Colin Firth, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Wilkinson,
Essie Davis, Alakina Mann, Cillian Murphy, Judy Parfitt, Leslie Woodhall
Plot Outline: Griet (Johansson) is a peasant girl who is
forced to work as a maid in the home of the painter Johannes Vermeer
(Firth). She eventually becomes the model for what becomes one of
his most famous works. Based on Tracy Chevalier’s novel.
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for some sexual content)
Title: Love Don’t Cost a Thing
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Troy Beyer
Tagline: Love Don’t Co$t A Thing but it pays to be yourself
Starring: Nick Cannon, Christina Milian, Steve Harvey, Kenan
Thompson, Kal Penn
Plot Outline: Highschool loser (Cannon) pays a cheerleader
(Milian) to pose as his girlfriend so he can be considered cool. Remake
of 1987′ Can’t Buy Me Love, starring Patrick Dempsey.
Trailer: Trailer
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content/humor)
Title: The Statement(Limited)
Genre: Crime, Documentary, Musical
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
Director: Norman Jewison
Starring: Michael Caine, Tilda Swinton, Alan Bates, Matt
Craven, David de Keyser, Ciarán Hinds, William Hutt, Noam Jenkins,
John Neville, Jeremy Northam, Charlotte Rampling
Plot Outline: Tale of a former Nazi executioner who becomes
a target of hit men and Police investigators.
Trailer: Trailer
MPAA Rating: R (for violence)
Title: Stuck on You
Genre: Comedy
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly
Starring: Matt Damon, Greg Kinnear, Eva Mendes, Seymour Cassel,
Cher, Terence Bernie Hines, Jackie Flynn, Skyler Stone, Al Pacino,
Jack Nicholson
Plot Outline: The very essence of the relationship between
co-joined twins Bob (Damon) and Walt (Kinear) is tested when Walt
convinces them to move to L.A. so he can become an actor. Quickly
the twins find fame and fortune by landing a job on Cher’s TV show,
but the success threatens to drive them apart.
Trailer: Trailer
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Title: Something’s Gotta Give
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Director: Nancy Meyers
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Keanu Reeves, Amanda
Peet, Frances McDormand, Jon Favreau
Plot Outline: A young man (Keanu Reeves) plays a doctor caring
for a man (Nicholson), who suffers a heart attack at the house of
his young girlfriend’s mother (Keaton). While there, the elder man
falls in love with the mom (Keaton). The doctor also finds he has
an attraction to her, despite their age difference.
Trailer: Trailer
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content, brief nudity and
strong language)

Title: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Studio: New Line Cinema
Director: Peter Jackson
Tag Line: This Christmas the journey ends.
Starring: Elijah Wood, Sir Ian McKellen, Sean Astin, Billy
Boyd, Orlando Bloom, Kevin Conway, Hugo Weaving, Brad Dourif, Marton
Csokas, Bernard Hill, Sir Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Dominic Monaghan,
Viggo Mortensen, John Rhys-Davies, John Noble, Liv Tyler, Karl Urban,
Cate Blanchett, David Wenham, Miranda Otto
Plot Outline: While Frodo & Sam continue to approach Mount
Doom to destroy the One Ring, unaware of the path Gollum is leading
them, the former Fellowship aid Rohan & Gondor in a great battle in
the Pelennor Fields, Minas Tirith and the Black Gates as Sauron wages
his last war against Middle-Earth.
Trailer: Trailer
MPAA Rating: PG-13

Title: Mona Lisa Smile
Genre: Drama
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Director: Mike Newell
Starring: Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles, Maggie
Gyllenhaal, Dominic West, Juliet Stevenson, John Slattery, Topher
Grace, Marcia Gay Harden, Marian Seldes, Ginnifer Goodwin
Plot Outline: Set in 1953, Katherine Watson (Roberts) is
a free-spirited graduate of UC Berkeley who accepts a teaching post
at Wellesley College, a women-only school where the students are torn
between the repressive mores of the time and their longing for intellectual
Trailer: Trailer
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content and thematic issues)
Title: Cheaper by the Dozen
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Shawn Levy
Tagline: This Christmas The More… The Scarier!
Starring: Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt, Hilary Duff, Missy “Misdemeanor”
Elliott, Piper Perabo, Tom Welling, Ashton Kutcher, Brent Kinsman,
Shane Kinsman, Alyson Stoner
Plot Outline: A remake of the original 1950 “Cheaper By the
Dozen”, based on the real-life story of the Gilbreth family, follows
them from Providence, Rhode Island, to Montclair, New Jersey, and
details the amusing anecdotes found in large families. Frank Gilbreth,
Sr., was a pioneer in the field of motion study, and often used his
family as guinea pigs (with amusing and sometimes embarrassing results).
He resisted popular culture, railing against his daughters’ desires
for bobbed hair and cosmetics.
Trailer: Trailer
MPAA Rating: PG (for language and some thematic elements)

Title: Cold Mountain
Genre: Drama, Romancer
Studio: Miramax Films
Director: Anthony Minghella
Starring: Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renee Zellweger, Jen Apgar,
Eileen Atkins, Kathy Baker, Lucas Black, Emily Deschanel, James Gammon,
Brendan Gleeson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Charlie Hunnam, Jena Malone,
Taryn Manning, Mark Jeffrey Miller, Robin Mullins, Natalie Portman,
Giovanni Ribisi, Ethan Suplee, Donald Sutherland, Melora Walters,
Ray Winstone, Jack White
Plot Outline: Tells the story of Inman (Law), a wounded confederate
soldier who is on a perilous journey home to his mountain community,
hoping to reunite with his pre-war sweetheart, Ada (Kidman). In his
absence, Ada struggles to survive, and revive her father’s farm with
the help of intrepid young drifter Ruby (Zellweger).
Trailer: Trailer
MPAA Rating: R (for violence and sexuality)
Title: Paycheck
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Director: John Woo
Starring: : Ben Affleck, Uma Thurman, Michael C. Hall, Aaron
Eckhart, Kathryn Morris, Paul Giamatti, Colm Feore, Joe Morton
Plot Outline: Jennings (Affleck), an electrician who has
had part of his memory erased, struggles to to find clues to his whereabouts
for the past two years. Turns out his employer did the evil deed as
a security measure, leaving him only with a collection of random objects
to help him reconstruct his past.
Trailer: Trailer
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense action violence and brief language.
Title: Peter Pan
Genre: Adventure, Family, Action, Fantasy
Studio: Universal Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Revolution
Director: P.J. Hogan
Tagline: Let the fight begin.
Starring: Jeremy Sumpter, Jason Isaacs, Rachel Hurd-Wood,
Lynn Redgrave, Ludivine Sagnier, Olivia Williams, Richard Briers,
Harry Newell, Freddie Popplewell, Rupert Simoneon, Don Battee, Theodore
Chester, Harry Eden, Carsen Gray, George MacKay, Sophie Wyburd
Plot Outline: The Darling family children receive a visit
from Peter Pan, who takes them to Never Never Land where an ongoing
war with the evil Pirate Captain Hook is taking place.
Trailer: Trailer
MPAA Rating: PG (for adventure action sequences and peril)

Title: Young Black Stallion (IMAX)
Genre: Adventure, Family
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Director: Simon Wincer
Tagline: The greatest story of friendship ever told.
Starring: Biana Tamini, Patrick Elyas, Richard Romanus, Gérard
Plot Outline: A young girl befriends a wild black stallion
Trailer: Trailer
MPAA Rating: G (for General Audiences)


Title: House of Sand and Fog (Limited)
Genre: Drama
Studio: Dreamworks Pictures
Director: Vadim Perelman
Tagline: Some dreams can’t be shared.
Starring: Sir Ben Kingsley, Jennifer Connelly, Ron Eldard,
Shohreh Aghdashloo, Jonathan Ahdout, Kim Dickens, Frances Fisher,
Carlos Gomez
Plot Outline: Massoud Amir Behrani, an Iranian immigrant,
has spent most of his savings trying to enhance his daughter’s chances
of a good marriage. Once she is married, he spends the remaining funds
on a house at an auction, unwittingly putting himself and his family
in the middle of a legal tussle with the house’s former owner. What
begins as a legal struggle turns into a personal confrontation, with
tragic results.
Trailer: Trailer
MPAA Rating: R (for some violence/disturbing images, language
and a scene of sexuality)

Title: Monster (Limited)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Studio: Newmarket Films (NY, LA, SF; wider release: January,
Director: Patty Jenkins
Starring: Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern, Scott
Wilson, Lee Tergesen, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Annie Corley, Marco St.
John, Bubba Baker, Marc Macaulay, Brett Rice
Plot Outline: A biopic on Aileen Carol Wuornos, a highway
prostitute who was executed for killing seven men in the state of
Florida during the 1980s.
Trailer: Trailer
MPAA Rating: R (for strong violence and sexual content, and
for pervasive language)

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