2005 February Movies

Downfall

Downfall

    • R
    • 150 min
    • Biography

    When writer-producer Bernd Eichinger read the galleys of historian Joachim Fest's book "Der Untergang" ("The Downfall: Inside Hitler's Bunker, The Last Days of the Third Reich"), he knew he had found the dramatic key to a film he had wanted to make for decades, but never thought possible due to its scope. Fess' book focuses on the final days of the Reich, and Eichinger saw that the horrifying epic of Hitler and his people during his twelve years in power was reflected in those last twelve days in the bunker. "The final days tell us a lot about how the mass fanaticism functioned in the regime's earlier years and how it continued to reign until the bitter end," says Eichinger.

    Eichinger read another very important book around the same time he read Fest's; the memoirs of Traudl Junge, Hitler's private secretary ("Until the Final Hour: Hitler's Last Secretary".); which was later made into the documentary "Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary." "Fest gave me the time frame, Traudl Junge gave me the character who could hold it all together."

    "Downfall" is the first German film to broach the subject of Hitler straight-on since G.W. Pabst's 1956 "Der Letste Akt" ("The Last Act") which was told from the point of view of an ordinary German soldier, played by Oskar Werner. Says director Oliver Hirschbiegel, "In terms of German film history, we are breaking new ground here, since there is no cinematic frame of reference. After reading the book, it was clear to me that if I committed myself, then it would have to be a total and complete commitment, meaning that I was going to spend two years of my life in the Third Reich, with all of those characters and that primitive ideology… My hair stood on end. My wife advised me against it. Yet I noticed that it just wouldn't leave me in peace, and in my heart, before accepting the project, I knew that I had already opened myself up to it."

    Constantine

    Constantine

    • 46%
    • R
    • 122 min
    • Fantasy

    Based on the DC/Vertigo comic book Hellblazer and written by Kevin Brodbin, Mark Bomback and Frank Capello, "Constantine" tells the story of irreverent supernatural detective John Constantine (Reeves), who has literally been to hell and back. When Constantine teams up with skeptical policewoman Angela Dodson (Weisz) to solve the mysterious suicide of her twin sister (also played by Weisz), their investigation takes them through the world of demons and angels that exists just beneath the landscape of contemporary Los Angeles. Caught in a catastrophic series of otherworldy events, the two become inextricably involved and seek to find their own peace at whatever cost.

    Cursed

    Cursed

    • 16%
    • PG-13
    • 96 min
    • Comedy

    It is a moonlit night in Los Angeles, when something lurking in the shadows causes their car to suddenly swerve off the road, a teenaged brother and his career-driven sister emerge relatively unscathed, but forever changed by the accident. Suddenly, the siblings find themselves blessed with increased physical strength, heightened sensibilities and undeniable allure to everyone around them. But, what if what happened to them that night wasn’t just an accident and what seemed like fate was really something more? It is only a matter of time before Ellie (Christina Ricci) and Jimmy (Jesse Eisenberg “Rodger Dodger”) can no longer control these impulses because their newfound power comes with a price that they never expected to pay and a mystery that only they can solve.

    Hitch

    Hitch

    • 69%
    • PG-13
    • 118 min
    • Comedy

    In the sophisticated romantic comedy "Last First Kiss," Will Smith stars as Alex "Hitch" Hitchens. Most men have difficulty finding love because it's hard to be yourself when your "self" thinks you should be someone else. That’s where Hitch comes in. As a tactical adviser who specializes in first impressions – he customizes and orchestrates a client's first three dates – Hitch has been secretly responsible for hundreds of New York City weddings. Eva Mendes co-stars as Sara, a gossip reporter for a daily tabloid who, after a chance meeting with Hitch, finds her professional life and personal life on a collision course. She makes Hitch re-evaluate his game and teaches him that love is not a feeling, it's an action.

    The Wedding Date

    The Wedding Date

    • 10%
    • PG-13
    • 90 min
    • Comedy

    Messing stars as Kat Ellis, a young woman who returns to her parents' London home for her sister's wedding and has to confront her ex-fiance, who dumped her two years before. In a desperate attempt to face the ordeal with dignity, Kat hires a top-drawer male escort (Mulroney) to pose as her new boyfriend, only to realize that pretend relationships could be more nerve racking that facing up to the truth.

    Son of the Mask

    Son of the Mask

    • 6%
    • PG
    • 94 min
    • Adventure

    A decade after the legendary Mask of Loki wreaked havoc on the life of an unsuspecting adult, the magical mask finds its way into the possession of a child in the family comedy Son of the Mask. When cartoonist Tim Avery's (Jamie Kennedy) new son is born with the Mask's spectacular powers - to the dismay of the family's jealous dog - it turns the household upside down and launches a kid versus canine battle for control of the Mask. But unbeknownst to them all, Loki has come looking for his mask and is willing to do whatever it takes to get it back. Featuring incredible special effects work from the Academy Award-winning Industrial Light & Magic team and Tippett Studio, Son of the Mask is directed by Lawrence Guterman (Cats & Dogs). The film also features a talented ensemble cast that includes Alan Cumming, Bob Hoskins, and Traylor Howard.

    Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior

    Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior

      • R
      • 107 min
      • Action

      A sacred Buddha statuette called "Ong Bak" is stolen from it's rural town and it soon becomes the task of young man, named Boonting, to track the thief down to Bangkok and reclaim the religious treasure. Along the way, Boonting must wears his astounding athleticism and traditional Muay Thai skills to fights his adversaries.

      Diary of a Mad Black Woman

      Diary of a Mad Black Woman

      • 16%
      • PG-13
      • 116 min
      • Comedy

      "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" is set in an affluent community and focuses on Helen, a devoted and loving wife who, on the eve of her 20th wedding anniversary, is rudely surprised to find that her husband Charles wants to divorce her in order to be with her best friend. Struggling with this sudden change, Helen is forced to deal with many new and upsetting feelings, sending her into a comedic barrage of confrontations while she struggles with her anger, bitterness, jealousy, denial, revenge, and selfishness. Finally, Helen realizes that if she is to recover from the changes in her life, she must rely upon the strength of her faith, lifelong values and the compassion and forgiveness required to heal the hurt.

      Because of Winn-Dixie

      Because of Winn-Dixie

      • 53%
      • PG
      • 106 min
      • Comedy

      Based on the perennial best seller, a lonely young girl adopts an orphaned dog, Winn-Dixie (so named for the supermarket where she found him), who helps her makes friends in the small Florida town. The bond between the girl and her special companion brings together the townspeople, and helps heal her own troubled relationship with her father.

      The World's Fastest Indian

      The World's Fastest Indian

      • 82%
      • PG-13
      • 127 min
      • Biography

      Centers on the life of Burt Monro, a New Zealander who invested several decades building a 1920 Indian motorcycle. He then traveled to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, where he set the land-speed world record in the 1970s.