2004 December Movies

Andrew Lloyd Webber's the Phantom of the Opera (2004)

Andrew Lloyd Webber's the Phantom of the Opera

    • PG-13
    • 143 min
    • Drama

    Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera tells the story of a disfigured musical genius (Gerard Butler) who haunts the catacombs beneath the Paris Opera, waging a reign of terror over its occupants. When he falls fatally in love with the lovely Christine (Emmy Rossum), the Phantom devotes himself to creating a new star for the Opera, exerting a strange sense of control over the young soprano as he nurtures her extraordinary talents.

    The Aviator (2004)

    The Aviator

    • 87%
    • PG-13
    • 169 min
    • Biography

    "The Aviator" tells the story of aviation pioneer Howard Hughes (DiCaprio), the eccentric billionaire industrialist and Hollywood film mogul famous for romancing some of the world's most beautiful women. The drama recounts the years of his life from the late 1920s through the 1940s, an epoch when Hughes was directing movies and test flying innovative aircraft he designed and created. It also chronicles Hughes' struggle with his physical disabilities and phobias, and his increasingly erratic,...

    Million Dollar Baby (2004)

    Million Dollar Baby

    • 91%
    • PG-13
    • 132 min
    • Drama

    A hardened fighter-cum-trainer works with a determined woman in her attempt to establish herself as a boxer.

    Closer (2004)

    Closer

    • 68%
    • R
    • 98 min
    • Drama

    Academy Award-winning director Mike Nichols follows the triumphant "Angels in America" with Closer. A bitingly funny and honest look at modern relationships, Closer is the story of four strangers (Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman and Clive Owen) -- their chance meetings, instant attractions and casual betrayals.

    Set in contemporary London, Closer is funny and powerful, and reminiscent of such Nichols’ classics as Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Carnal Knowledge.

    Ocean's Twelve (2004)

    Ocean's Twelve

    • 55%
    • PG-13
    • 120 min
    • Crime

    In this sequel to the blockbuster hit Ocean's Eleven, rival cat burglars who are masters of their craft team up to outfox the beautiful FBI agent one of them is in love with.

    Blade: Trinity (2004)

    Blade: Trinity

    • 26%
    • R
    • 114 min
    • Action

    Wesley Snipes returns as the day-walking vampire hunter in the explosive third and final film in the Blade franchise, Blade: Trinity. For years, Blade has fought against the vampires in the cover of night, with the world above unaware of the brutal ongoing war. But now, after falling into the crosshairs of the FBI, he is forced out into the daylight, where he is driven to join forces with a clan of human vampire hunters he never knew existed – The Nightstalkers. Together with Abigail (Jessica...

    Meet the Fockers (2004)

    Meet the Fockers

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

    The makers and stars behind the runaway hit of 2000, "Meet the Parents," are re-united in the follow-up comedy, "Meet the Fockers". Now that Greg Focker (Stiller) is "in" with his soon-to-be in-laws, Jack (De Niro) and Dina Byrnes, it looks like smooth sailing for him and his fiancée, Pam (Polo). But that's before Pam's parents meet Greg's parents, the Fockers. The hyper-relaxed Fockers and the tightly-wound Byrneses are woefully mismatched from the start, and no matter how hard Greg and Pam...

    Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

    Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

    • 72%
    • PG
    • 107 min
    • Adventure

    Based on the bestselling book series by Daniel Handler, the "Snicket" saga revolves around a pint-sized trio of orphans named Sunny, Klaus and Violet who find themselves fobbed off on a series of odd people, including Lemony Snicket, who narrates each of what has grown to a series of eight books since Handler debuted the first title in 1999. The recurring bad guy is a distant family relative named Count Olaf, who initially takes in the kids but clearly is trying to separate them from a family...

    The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

    The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

    • 56%
    • R
    • 118 min
    • Adventure

    Internationally famous oceanographer Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) and his crew -- Team Zissou -- set sail on an expedition to hunt down the mysterious, elusive, possibly non-existant Jaguar Shark that killed Zissou's partner during the documentary filming of their latest adventure. They are joined on their voyage by a young airline co-pilot who may or may not be Zissou's son (Owen Wilson), a beautiful journalist (Cate Blanchett) assigned to write a profile of Zissou, and Zissou's estranged wife...

    Spanglish (2004)

    Spanglish

    • 53%
    • PG-13
    • 131 min
    • Comedy

    From acclaimed multiple Oscar-winning writer/director/producer James L. Brooks comes the comedy/drama Spanglish – a look at cultures colliding as a beautiful native Mexican woman Flor (Paz Vega), the mother of an equally stunning 12-year-old girl, a golden child, becomes the housekeeper for an affluent Los Angeles family (Adam Sandler, Téa Leoni and Cloris Leachman). Of all the horrifying pitfalls she worried about in this new culture, Flor had never fathomed the peril of being truly...

    Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)

    Godzilla: Final Wars

    • 44%
    • PG-13
    • 125 min
    • Action

    Evil Space Aliens called the Xilians unleashes all the Earth's monsters to lay waste to most of the world's major cities, including Tokyo, New York, Sydney, Shanghai and Paris. It is up to Godzilla and the Earth Defense Force to vanquish the monsters and aliens to rescue the world in the ultimate "Save the Earth" battle.

    William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (2004)

    William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

    • 72%
    • R
    • 127 min
    • Drama

    In Venice, young Bassanio needs a loan of 3,000 ducats so he can properly woo a wealthy heiress of Venice named Portia. To get the necessary funds, Bassanio approaches his friend Antonio, a merchant. Antonio's money, unfortunately, is invested in merchant ships that are presently at sea; however, to help Bassanio, Antonio arranges for a short-term loan of the money from Shylock, a Jewish usurer. Shylock has a deep-seated hatred for Antonio because of the insulting treatment that Antonio has...

    In Good Company (2004)

    In Good Company

    • 83%
    • PG-13
    • 110 min
    • Comedy

    Filmmaker and Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Paul Weitz ("About a Boy") turns his complex sense of humor on Synergy, an insightful comedy about the relationship between a 50-year-old businessman and his new, 26-year-old boss. Dan Foreman (Quaid) is headed for a shakeup. He is demoted from head of ad sales for a major magazine when the company he works for is acquired in a corporate takeover. His new boss, Tom (Grace) is half his age--a business school prodigy who preaches corporate...

    Flight of the Phoenix (2004)

    Flight of the Phoenix

    • 30%
    • PG-13
    • 112 min
    • Action

    An action-adventure in which a group of air crash survivors - cast-offs from society who will never be missed - are stranded in the Mongolian desert with no hope of rescue. As they attempt to build a new plane from the wreckage of the old one, in hopes of flying back to civilization, they experience a rebirth of their own.

    Antares (2004)

    Antares

      • 105 min
      • Drama

      A deadly car crash sets off three parallel stories of women at crisis points, faltering behind the doors of the same, plain Vienna apartment block. A bored nurse with a stable, comfortable family life has a wild but almost-wordless extramarital affair with a fashion-conscious traveling salesman, who's obsessed with sex photos. An unstable young Austrian grocery checker lies to hold on to her philandering Yugoslavian boyfriend, claiming she's pregnant. Finally, a recent divorcée whose violent,...

      The Woodsman (2004)

      The Woodsman

      • 88%
      • R
      • 87 min
      • Drama

      A pedophile returns to his hometown after 12 years in prison and attempts to start a new life.

      Fat Albert (2004)

      Fat Albert

      • 23%
      • PG
      • 93 min
      • Comedy

      The characters of Bill Cosby’s famous “Fat Albert” cartoon series find themselves in human form when they tumble out of their television show and end up in the real world. As Fat Albert tries to help young Doris win some friends, he falls in love with her sister Lauri—and everyone gets nervous that not only will his famous problemsolving talent fail him, but that he’ll want to stay in the real world.

      "Boston Legal" Hired Guns

        • Unrated
        • 60 min
        • Comedy

        Alan helps a woman to keep her ex-husband kidnapping her children over the holidays. The situation escalates when the ex-husband comes to Crane, Poole and Schmidt to see Alan. Lori and Brad defend a woman who seems to have killed her husband and his mistress. Written by bd

        12 Days of Christmas Eve (2004)

        12 Days of Christmas Eve

          • PG
          • 120 min
          • Comedy

          Calvin Carter, a successful business executive, has it all, but neglects those closest to him. On Christmas Eve, all that changes when the sign on his office building falls on him. He awakes in a hospital bed, attended to by Angie, a nurse who soon lets him know he has 12 days (12 chances) to get his act together and achieve the "perfect" Christmas Eve. If he doesn't, there will be dire consequences. Written by DragonEyez

          A Bear Named Winnie (2004)

          A Bear Named Winnie

            • PG
            • 90 min
            • Drama

            It's 1914, the beginning of WWI. In White River, Ontario, en route to a training camp in Valcartier, Québec, with the Winnipeg section of the Canadian Army Veterinary Corps, Army Lieutenant Harry Colebourn, who has a natural rapport with animals, saves a black bear cub from being killed by a hunter, who killed the cub's mother. Not knowing what else to do with the cub, Harry brings her along to camp to act as the unit's mascot, who he names Winnie - short for Winnipeg. Most...