2000 October Movies

Requiem for a Dream

Requiem for a Dream

  • 78%
  • R
  • 102 min
  • Drama

Drugs. They consume mind, body and soul. Once you're hooked, you're hooked. Four lives. Four addicts. Four failures. Doing their best to succeed in the world, but failing miserably, four people get hooked on various drugs. Despite their aspirations of greatness, they succumb to their addictions. Watching the addicts spiral out of control, we bear witness to the dirtiest, ugliest portions of the underworld addicts reside in. It is shocking and eye-opening but demands to be seen by both addicts and non-addicts alike.

Meet the Parents

Meet the Parents

  • 84%
  • PG-13
  • 108 min
  • Comedy

Greg Focker is ready to marry his girlfriend, Pam, but before he pops the question, he must win over her formidable father, humorless former CIA agent Jack Byrnes, at the wedding of Pam's sister. As Greg bends over backward to make a good impression, his visit to the Byrnes home turns into a hilarious series of disasters, and everything that can go wrong does, all under Jack's critical, hawklike gaze.

Billy Elliot

Billy Elliot

  • 85%
  • R
  • 110 min
  • Comedy

The life of 11-year-old Billy Elliot (Jamie Bell), a coal miner's son in Northern England, is forever changed one day when he stumbles upon a ballet class during his weekly boxing lesson. Before long, he finds himself in dance, demonstrating the kind of raw talent seldom seen by the class' exacting instructor, Mrs. Wilkinson (Julie Walters).

With a tart tongue and a never-ending stream of cigarettes in her hand, Mrs. Wilkinson's zest for teaching is revived when she sees Billy's potential. Rather forgetting the other ballerinas, she's drawn into teaching her new protege.

But Billy must keep his participation in the class a secret from his widowed father (Gary Lewis) and overbearing brother (Jamie Draven), as both men are on strike from their jobs at the mine, and are struggling just to keep food on the table. Their pent up frustrations finally explode when they discover Billy has been squandering his boxing money on less than manly pursuits.

Banned from ballet, and troubled by the diminishing mental capacity of his grandmother (Jean Heywood), Billy finds solace with his school friend Michael (Stuart Wells) which deepens into a touching friendship. Meanwhile, Mrs. Wilkinson encourages Billy to try out for the Royal Ballet School in London, where he can refine his craft while escaping his oppressive surroundings.

But he is torn between his responsibility to his family and to the gift with which he has been blessed. For his overwhelming desire to dance is more than a means of self-expression. It is his passion, and it is his destiny.

Bedazzled

Bedazzled

  • 49%
  • PG-13
  • 93 min
  • Comedy

Meet Elliot Richards, a well-meaning but socially inept technical-support advisor who is in love with Alison Gardner, a female co-worker. Unfortunately she barely knows he's alive. Desperate to gain Alison's affections, Elliot strikes a deal with the Devil - a lusty, drop-dead gorgeous woman with, as he'll soon discover, a wicked sense of humor. In exchange for Elliot's soul, the temptress will grant him seven wishes. To start, Elliot asks to be rich, powerful and married to Alison. When he awakens the next morning, he discovers he's all that and more - as a Colombian drug lord. No problem, he thinks, because he's got six more wishes. How about becoming the most emotionally sensitive man in the world? Sure, only Elliot ends up a sniveling, driveling fool. A 7' 6" basketball superstar? Elliot breaks all NBA records, but unfortunately his "equipment" doesn't measure up. Elliot is learning the hard way to be careful what he wishes for. Because the Devil, always a step ahead of him, is dishing up hilariously subversive versions of Elliot's desires, turning each of his new lives into a living hell.

Pay It Forward

Pay It Forward

  • 40%
  • PG-13
  • 122 min
  • Drama

Everything in social studies teacher Eugene Simonet's (Kevin Spacey) life is in order -- every shirt, every pencil, every person in its proper place. To keep the surface placid means never having to go deeper. And no one and nothing in his life has ever asked him to.

Arlene McKinney (Helen Hunt) is a single mother hanging on by her fingertips, working two jobs, and struggling to raise her son, Trevor (Haley Joel Osment). She is trying to give him a new life, but in her absence she is losing him.

Eugene gives Trevor's class an assignment: look at the world around you and fix what you don't like. But can you fix people?

Dancer in the Dark

Dancer in the Dark

  • 68%
  • R
  • 140 min
  • Crime

Selma, a Czech immigrant on the verge of blindness, struggles to make ends meet for herself and her son, who has inherited the same genetic disorder and will suffer the same fate without an expensive operation. When life gets too difficult, Selma learns to cope through her love of musicals, escaping life's troubles - even if just for a moment - by dreaming up little numbers to the rhythmic beats of her surroundings.

The Little Vampire

The Little Vampire

  • 55%
  • PG
  • 95 min
  • Adventure

9 year-old Tony has just moved to Scotland with his family. Like many new kids do, Tony is having trouble making friends and fitting in. To make matters worse, he dreams of vampires every night. When, one night, a bat flies into his room and turns into Rudolph, a young vampire boy fleeing from a Vampire hunter - Tony and Rudolph become friends.

With the vampire hunter hot on the tail of Rudolph, his family and the other vampires, the pressure is on as Rudolph's family try to find a magic stone that turns vampires into humans.

Get Carter

Get Carter

  • 12%
  • R
  • 102 min
  • Action

Jack Carter's brother is dead. And Jack (Sylvester Stallone) wants to know why. A Las Vegas mob enforcer, he carefully packs his guns and sets off for Seattle by train. At the funeral, he discovers his brother was full of alcohol when he died in a car accident. But according to his niece, Doreen (Rachael Leigh Cook), his brother didn't drink. Jack starts on a tortuous trail that leads, via gang boss Brumby (Michael Caine) and porno-loving thug Cyrus Paice (Mickey Rourke), to a Seattle computer billionaire named Jeremy Kinnear (Alan Cumming). Among those trying to "get Carter" is Con (John C. McGinley), another enforcer from Las Vegas.

Dr. T and the Women

Dr. T and the Women

    • R
    • 133 min
    • Comedy

    Dr. Sullivan Travis (Gere) is a man at the top of his game, a rich and successful Dallas gynecologist whose "religion" is women. Dr. T worships women. In his immediate family and in his office, they surround him. He is loving and giving to each and every one at all times - he is their savior, and he would have it no other way. And sure enough, as in the story of Job, one day a higher force decides to test his faith. Once a man in complete control of his universe, Dr. T now finds himself buffeted by chaos and confusion.

    The doctor of choice for the city's society elite, Dr. T is steadily losing ground to his overbooked schedule, despite the efforts of his devoted chief nurse, Carolyn (Long). His home life starts to boil over as well: his beloved wife Kate (Fawcett) has regressed into a childlike state just as plans for the upcoming wedding of the cheerleader daughter DeeDee (Hudson) are shifting into high gear. Adding to the chaos, Dr. T's champagne-loving sister-in-law Peggy (Dern) has moved in with her three little girls, while Kennedy conspiracy-buff daughter Connie (Reid) is sounding the alarm about DeeDee's chosen maid of honor, the mysterious Marilyn (Tyler). Overwhelmed, Dr. T begins spending more time at his country club's golf course, adding a new woman to his life-the easygoing golf pro, Bree (Hunt).

    Tigerland

    Tigerland

    • 76%
    • R
    • 101 min
    • Drama

    1971. A nation stands divided over the escalating war in Vietnam. Thousands of young Americans lie dead on foreign soil. And at Fort Polk, Louisiana, thousands more prepare to join them.

    The specter of combat hangs over the men of A-Company, Second Platoon, as they enter the final stage of infantry training. They will be sent to the war. But each man deals with this prospect in his own way. Private Jim Paxton (Matt Davis), notebook in hand, expects the war to inform his writing - a romantic notion drawn from Hemingway and James Jones. Miter (Clifton Collins, Jr.) hopes to prove himself as a man. Cantwell (Thomas Guiry) simply resigns himself to the inevitable. And Wilson (Shea Whigham), with disturbing zeal, lusts for battle.