2004 May Movies

Art Of The Devil

Art Of The Devil

    • Unrated
    • 96 min
    • Horror

    Boom, pregnant from an affair, is told by her lover to leave him and his family alone. Enraged, she goes to a witch doctor and has him use black magic against her ex-lover and his family. They all die in suspicious manners. Just when Boom thinks everything is over, a woman claiming to be her lover's secret mistress claims his inheritance and moves in to his house with her 4 children. Not long after that, unexplainable things happen to the family and, one by one, they begin to die. Written by Ploy P.

    Atash

    Atash

      • Unrated
      • 109 min
      • Drama

      A family of five, their two goats and donkey live in the middle of nowhere far from their village home. They earn meager living by producing & selling charcoal, made from the surrounding trees. The father and son are the only ones who ever return to their native village. The Mother & two daughters have not left this place since the day they abandoned home, 10 years ago. One day the father decides to provide running water for the family by illegally diverting water onto their land. The three women recoil from the idea but the teenage son obeys submissively anything to be allowed to continue attending school. The water surging through the pipe parallels the surging resentment the family feels towards the father. He brought them to this place against their will and they know the reason they left their home is also the reason they can never return, but the newly free-flowing water on their land re-awakens the instinctive desire for freedom they have been repressing all these years. Written by Avi Kleinberger

      Baadasssss!

      Baadasssss!

        • R
        • 108 min
        • Biography

        The year was 1971 and the hot ticket at the box office was "The French Connection". Little did audiences and the film industry know that in the same year the birth of a new era was about to explode…Independent Black Cinema. The city was Detroit, and a weathered Melvin Van Peebles sat alone in the Grand Circus theatre watching only a few ticket buyers enter where his new film - his follow up to the successful comedy "Watermelon Man" - was about to play. After months of clawing, scheming and fighting to finish the film he wanted to make, the moment had arrived, and in a virtually empty theatre, Melvin sat with just a few curious onlookers. By the end of the screening, Melvin was alone. No one could have predicted what happened after that momentous end would be the beginning of history. Melvin Van Peebles stunned the world for the first time with his debut feature "The Story of a Three-Day Pass". Filmed in France and selected as the French entry in the San Francisco Film Festival, Melvin's film was awarded the top prize. Saying it was controversial would be an understatement. In 1968, for a black man to walk up to the podium and accept the top festival award for a film he had to go abroad to make now that's how you make your mark. After his comedy "Watermelon Man," Melvin was determined to push the Hollywood boundaries with the groundbreaking, and even more controversial, "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song". Turned down by every major studio including Columbia, where he had a three-picture deal, Melvin was forced to basically self-finance. Risking everything he had, Melvin delivered to the world the first Black Ghetto hero on the big screen, whether they were ready or not!

        Border Blues

        Border Blues

          • R
          • 86 min
          • Thriller

          Moskow police detective Andrei Somov resigns and emigrates from Russia, but has to accept a menial job in a restaurant while his adolescent son and pregnant daughter-in-law are denied exit visa's. 'Andy' does however get to know some LAPD cops after volunteering his expertise and Russian language skills and is sent to Tijuana to fetch cheap tiles. On that Mexican journey Somov bumps into coyote Larry, another ethnic Russian but US citizen, who lost his daughter years ago and now helps illegal families enter the States. His present client, arrogant Russian Lena, haughtily presumes to know everything better but is always wrong, yet he takes pity on her daughter. Meanwhile the LAPD takes medium Michael March seriously about a mad bomber who targets pharmaceutical companies and got a bad feeling with and envelop held by Larry. It all ties in. Written by KGF Vissers

          Boricua

            • R
            • 100 min
            • Documentary

            Slice of life in a Chicago neighborhood of Puerto Ricans, or boricuas. Tata wants to win a beauty pageant, Germán wants to succeed in real estate: both have few scruples. Lola is a college student who may get involved with Willy, a macho drug dealer. Violence simmers close to the surface. Family honor, saving face, unscrupulous choices, the longing for love, and a baseball autographed by Roberto Clemente figure in how events play out. Written by <[email protected]>

            Breakin' All the Rules

            Breakin' All the Rules

            • 31%
            • PG-13
            • 85 min
            • Comedy

            Jamie Foxx stars in "Breakin' All the Rules," a romantic comedy about a man who, after being unceremoniously dumped by his fiancee, pens a "how to" book on breaking up and becomes a best-selling author on the subject. Not wanting his male friends to suffer the same fate, he gives them advice on dumping their mates. What ensues is a hilarious comedy of errors.

            Breaking Vegas

            Breaking Vegas

              • Unrated
              • 75 min
              • Documentary

              Documentary tracing the attempts of a team of Massachusetts Institute of Technology Institue students to become rich playing blackjack at casinos throughout the United States and the attempts of the casinos' management to thwart them.

              Carandiru

              Carandiru

              • 69%
              • R
              • 145 min
              • Drama

              A film based on real life experiences of doctor Drauzio Varella inside dreadful State penitentiary Carandiru, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, while he was doing a social work of Aids prevention. There he found hundreds of convicts living under degrading conditions. The situation came to a climax in 1992, when in order to smother a rebellion, police force killed 111 men.

              Certi bambini

              Certi bambini

                • Unrated
                • 94 min
                • Crime

                The story focuses on the life of an 11-year old boy surrounded by criminality and poverty in the suburbs of Naples.

                Cheating Death, Stealing Life: The Eddie Guerrero Story

                Cheating Death, Stealing Life: The Eddie Guerrero Story

                  • Unrated
                  • 360 min
                  • Documentary

                  The highs and lows in the life of WWE Champion Eddie Guerrero are explored.