2001 November Movies

 (2001)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

  • 80%
  • PG
  • 152 min
  • Adventure

Based on the popular first book of the series by J.K. Rowling, in the normal human world--the world of "Muggles"--Harry is a nobody, treated like dirt by the aunt and uncle who begrudgingly inherited him when his parents were killed by the evil Voldemort. A mysterious letter, delivered by the friendly giant Hagrid, wrenches Harry from his dreary, Muggle-ridden existence. It is an acceptance letter to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Soon enough, Harry finds himself at Hogwarts with his owl Hedwig and in the world of wizards, he is famous as a survivor of the wizard who tried to kill him.

 (2001)

Monsters Inc.

    • G
    • 92 min
    • Animation

    In the realm of things that go bump in the night ? another animated flick from Pixar (Toy Story, Toy Story 2, A Bug's Life), this comedy-adventure tells the story of a large, furry, spotted, and horned James P. Sullivan (John Goodman) and his best friend and roommate, a green, opinionated, feisty little one-eyed monster (Billy Crystal), who audition for spots under children's beds. They then must capture the children's screams, that provide the energy on which the monsters live. When the two accidently transport a little girl (Mary Gibbs) back to their realm ? an absolute no-no ? they are exiled from their land by the factory's mean crablike CEO (James Coburn) and are forced to live in the human world.

     (2001)

    Monster's Ball

    • 85%
    • R
    • 111 min
    • Drama

    Set in the contemporary South, the story centers on three generations of racists and the interracial love story that affects them. Hank (Billy Bob Thornton) and his 20-something son, Sonny (Heath Ledger), work for the local department of corrections, where they are preparing the electric chair for a black inmate (Sean "P. Diddy" Combs). Hank eventually meets the convict's widow, Leticia (Halle Berry), and falls for her. She moves in with Hank only to discover his connection to her husband.

     (2001)

    Gosford Park

    • 86%
    • R
    • 137 min
    • Drama

    Robert Altman's latest is a British murder mystery satire that's drawn comparisons to Jean Renoir's classic Rules of the Game and Ten Little Indians, based on the novel by Agatha Christie. The scene is 1930s England, where an aristocratic family and their friends enjoy a hunting party weekend. But are there killers among them? The film features multiple storylines, showing the fairly boring lives of the rich and famous upstairs, and the more intriguing ones of the servants downstairs.

     (2001)

    Shallow Hal

    • 51%
    • PG-13
    • 114 min
    • Comedy

    A 9-year-old boy is advised by his dying father to date pretty young women, and he does. But when the man (Jack Black of High Fidelity) approaches middle age, he becomes enamored with a plain woman (Gwyneth Paltrow) who weighs over 300 pounds, but is blessed with inner beauty.

     (2001)

    Frailty

    • 74%
    • R
    • 100 min
    • Crime

    The FBI must track down a Texas serial killer who goes by the self-given nickname God's Hands; Matthew McConaughey plays Fenton Meeks, a man who realizes through a series of disturbing flashbacks about his childhood that it might be his brother whom the FBI is tracking.

     (2001)

    Spy Game

    • 66%
    • R
    • 126 min
    • Action

    During his last day at the CIA, a veteran agent (Robert Redford) must mastermind the rescue of his prot�g� (Brad Pitt), who's been captured by the Chinese while on a personal mission. The movie is filmed as a series of flashbacks, showing the history and relationship between the spies.

     (2001)

    Out Cold

    • 8%
    • PG-13
    • 89 min
    • Comedy

    Snowboarding buddies Rick (Jason London), Luke (Zach Galifianakis), Anthony (Flex Alexander) and Pig Pen (Derek Hamilton) are living large on Alaska's Bull Mountain, where partying hard, looking for girls, and having a good time is what life is all about. But when town founder Papa Muntz dies, his son Ted (Willie Garson) decides to sell the mountain to slick Colorado ski mogul John Majors (Lee Majors). Everyone is bummed by his plans to turn the boarding mountain into an espresso-and-tofu ski resort, and it's up to our heroes � along with Majors's beautiful, rebellious daughters, Inga and Anna � to keep Bull Mountain yuppie-free. Featuring stunts by real-life snowboarding champions including Todd Richards, Rio Tahara, Tara Dakides, and Rob "Sluggo" Boyce.

     (2001)

    Behind Enemy Lines

    • 37%
    • PG-13
    • 106 min
    • Action

    Owen Wilson is a top naval aviator who is frustrated that he hasn't seen any fighting action. Gene Hackman is an admiral who tells Wilson that he's not ready for combat. When Wilson flies over a section of Eastern Europe and photographs some graves he's not supposed to see, he gets to see what air combat is like first-hand. After being shot down behind enemy lines, Hackman vows to save his pilot and goes in after him.

     (2001)

    In the Bedroom

    • 93%
    • R
    • 130 min
    • Crime

    Set in modern-day Maine, the story is about a young man (Nick Stahl) who is snaring lobsters the summer before he's about to head to college to study architecture. He's also dating a woman (Marisa Tomei) ten years his senior, but the pair seem perfectly happy, and even his successful, upper-middle-class parents (Tom Wilkinson, who plays the town doctor, and Sissy Spacek, who teaches a high school choir group) approve, until the woman's estranged husband shows up, followed by tragic results.