2002 September Movies

Spirited Away

Spirited Away

    • PG
    • 125 min
    • Animation

    In this traditional Japanese anime film, a young girl is taken away to an inhuman world inhabited by strange spirits. Her slovenly parents are turned into pigs, and she is faced with the task of turning them back to human form and finding her way home.

    Sweet Home Alabama

    Sweet Home Alabama

    • 38%
    • PG-13
    • 108 min
    • Comedy

    A young woman flees from Alabama to reinvent herself in New York, leaving behind her "white trash" upbringing and husband. She finds herself becoming a city socialite and is happy with her Park Avenue boyfriend. Everything goes perfectly until he proposes to her, forcing her to return home to tell her parents and get a divorce. But the trip back awakens memories of her past, and she must choose between her new life and the life she left behind.

    Barbershop

    Barbershop

    • 82%
    • PG-13
    • 102 min
    • Comedy

    Welcome to Calvin's Barbershop. Come in and get lined up. Take off your hat and let off some steam. They'll cut what's on your head while you say what's on your mind. Grab a chair, wait your turn, hang out, hear a story, talk some gossip, read a magazine, and be ready to share your opinions. But don't get mad when they laugh at what comes out of your mouth. The barbershop's a place where everyone comes together and is together. Everybody's equal, at least until they walk out the door. You come in for a haircut. You leave with a lot more.

    Secretary

    Secretary

    • 75%
    • R
    • 104 min
    • Comedy

    Lee Holloway (Maggie Gyllenhaal) has a few strikes against her when she applies for a secretarial position at the law office of E. Edward Grey (James Spader). First, she was released only recently from a mental institution; second, after only one day back with her dysfunctional suburban family, she has already succumbed again to her secret, self-destructive habit. Although she's never had a job in her life, Lee is hired by the mysterious lawyer Mr. Grey. At first the work seems quite normal, but soon, in between typing, filing, and coffee-making, Lee and Mr. Grey embark on a more personal relationship together, crossing lines of conduct that would give any human resource director pause. The film is based on the short story "Secretary," from Mary Gaitskill's collection Bad Behavior.

    Igby Goes Down

    Igby Goes Down

    • 76%
    • R
    • 97 min
    • Comedy

    Igby Slocumb (Kieran Culkin), a rebellious and sarcastic seventeen-year-old boy, is at war with the stifling world of �old money� privilege he was born in to. With a schizophrenic father (Bill Pullman), a self-absorbed, distant mother (Susan Sarandon), and a shark-like young republican big brother (Ryan Phillippe), Igby figures there must be a better life out there � and sets about finding it.

    Happily flunking out of yet another prep school, Igby is sent off to a military academy in the dreaded Midwest. With the aid of his mother�s pilfered credit card, he goes on the lam. His darkly comedic voyage eventually lands him in New York, where he hides out at his godfather�s (Jeff Goldblum) weekend pied-a-terre. There he encounters a deviant cast of characters, including his godfather�s trophy choreographer girlfriend (Amanda Peet) and the terminally bored Sookie Sapperstein (Claire Danes). In his quest to free himself from the oppressive dysfunction of his family, Igby�s struggles veer from the comic to the tragic in an ultimately noble attempt to keep himself from �going down.�

    City By The Sea

    City By The Sea

    • 48%
    • R
    • 108 min
    • Crime

    New York City homicide detective Vincent LaMarca (Robert De Niro) has forged a long and distinguished career in law enforcement, making a name for himself as a man intensely committed to his work. But on his latest case, the stakes are higher for Vincent � the suspect he's investigating is his own son (James Franco). In the course of the investigation, he discovers that his own unresolved pain and failures as a father have deeply influenced Joey's life, and now his 18-month-old grandson may be fated to follow their self-destructive paths.

    The Banger Sisters

    The Banger Sisters

    • 47%
    • R
    • 98 min
    • Comedy

    Two women who were friends and fellow groupies during their wilder rock and roll days reunite. Goldie Hawn plays a waitress who is excited to relive her wild past, while Susan Sarandon's character, a well-to-do socialite, seems to have something to hide.

    Swimfan

    Swimfan

    • 14%
    • PG-13
    • 85 min
    • Thriller

    The new girl in town becomes obsessed with a popular championship swimmer with Olympic prospects. When he turns her down, she develops a "fatal attraction" for him.

    The Four Feathers

    The Four Feathers

    • 41%
    • PG-13
    • 130 min
    • Adventure

    A British officer, Harry Faversham (Heath Ledger), resigns his post just before the battle of Omdurman. His fianc�e (Kate Hudson) and three friends (one of whom is played by Wes Bentley) present him with four white feathers, symbolizing his cowardice. But Faversham is actually planning to go undercover in the hopes of redeeming himself.

    Das Experiment

    Das Experiment

      • R
      • 114 min
      • Drama

      Moritz Bleibtreu (from "Run Lola Run" and one of Germany's biggest stars) is Tarek (A.K.A. Prisoner # 77), an ex-journalist intrigued by the idea of going undercover for this experiment, positive the ensuing interactions will provide his editor with a fascinating story. At first, the prisoners treat their roles with detached humor and playfulness, and the guards treat theirs with nervous unease. But within hours, small conflicts and petty disputes force all twenty men deeper into their assigned roles. As these trivial skirmishes quickly escalate, the guards must explore any possible means to keep the prisoners in line.