2005 July Movies

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

  • 83%
  • PG
  • 115 min
  • Adventure

Acclaimed director Tim Burton brings his vividly imaginative style to the beloved Roald Dahl classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, about eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka (Depp) and Charlie, a good-hearted boy from a poor family who lives in the shadow of Wonka's extraordinary factory. Long isolated from his own family, Wonka launches a worldwide contest to select an heir to his candy empire. Five lucky children, including Charlie, draw golden tickets from Wonka chocolate bars and win a...

The Descent (2005)

The Descent

  • 85%
  • R
  • 99 min
  • Adventure

In a remote mountain range, six girlfriends meet for their yearly adventure, a caving trip into the arteries of the earth. The group makes their way through the remote cave system, enjoying the hazardous but beautiful surroundings. Then, deep inside the cave, disaster strikes when their route back to the surface is blocked by a rockfall. When they learn that Juno, always pushing herself that little bit further, has brought them to an unexplored cave, and that no one is coming to rescue them,...

The Devil's Rejects (2005)

The Devil's Rejects

  • 53%
  • R
  • 101 min
  • Horror

The sequel to "House of 1000 Corpses" centers on a band of bounty hunters led by Sheriff Wydell's brother who is fueled by revenge when he finds out that his kin was slain by the Firefly family. The film will pick up shortly after the first with the Firefly clan going on the road after their house is burned down and a few family members have been gunned down during a police raid.

Wedding Crashers (2005)

Wedding Crashers

  • 75%
  • R
  • 119 min
  • Comedy

The outrageous comedy "Wedding Crashers" stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson as divorce mediators and lifelong friends who have never met a wedding they couldn't get themselves into. Guided by a secret set of wedding crashing "rules," the pair find their way into a different wedding and different bridesmaid’s heart every week. But when they crash the social event of the season, one of them falls for the engaged daughter (Rachel mcAdams) of an influential and eccentric politician (Christopher...

The Island (2005)

The Island

  • 40%
  • PG-13
  • 127 min
  • Action

Lincoln Six-Echo (McGregor) is a resident of a seemingly utopian but contained facility in the mid-21st century. Like all of the inhabitants of this carefully controlled environment, Lincoln hopes to be chosen to go to the “The Island”—reportedly the last uncontaminated spot on the planet. But Lincoln soon discovers that everything about his existence is a lie. He and all of the other inhabitants of the facility are actually human clones whose only purpose is to provide “spare parts”...

Sky High (2005)

Sky High

  • 73%
  • PG
  • 99 min
  • Adventure

Will Stronghold (Michael Angarano) is full of teen angst about friends, grades, and girls... in other words, Will is just another suburban teen about to start high school. If that isn't enough to deal with, Will has the added pressure of being the third generation of the Stronghold family to attend the esteemed and celebrated Sky High. This elite school is entrusted with the responsibility of molding today's power-gifted students into tomorrow's superheroes. The only problem... Will is starting...

The Skeleton Key (2005)

The Skeleton Key

  • 38%
  • PG-13
  • 104 min
  • Drama

Set largely in the dark atmospheric backwoods just outside of New Orleans, The Skeleton Key stars Hudson as Caroline, a live-in nurse hired to care for an elderly woman's (Rowlands) ailing husband (Hurt) in their home ... a foreboding and decrepit Gothic mansion in the Louisiana delta. Intrigued by the enigmatic couple, their mysterious and secretive ways and their rambling house, Caroline beings to explore the old mansion. Armed with a skeleton key that unlocks every door, she discovers a...

Stealth (2005)

Stealth

  • 13%
  • PG-13
  • 121 min
  • Action

Columbia Pictures' "Stealth" is an epic action thriller about a squadron of elite pilots who embark on a mission of global consequence to neutralize an out-of-control prototype drone fighter plane equipped with artificial intelligence and the ability to precipitate a nuclear war.

Hustle & Flow (2005)

Hustle & Flow

  • 82%
  • R
  • 114 min
  • Crime

Djay is a pimp suffering a midlife crisis, yearning to be a rap star, and after being galvanized by a gospel song, he gets to work, finding it a very hard road to fame and respect.

“Hustle & Flow” is the redemptive story of a streetwise Memphis hustler trying to find his voice and realize his long-buried dreams. Though DJay (Terrence Howard) has always had a way with words, that gift has long been misused; this philosopher-hustler lives a dead-end life at the fringes of society. ...

Lady Vengeance (2005)

Lady Vengeance

    • R
    • 110 min
    • Crime

    The third film Chan-wook Park's revenge trilogy following "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance" and "Oldboy".

    Bad News Bears (2005)

    Bad News Bears

    • 46%
    • PG-13
    • 114 min
    • Comedy

    When Billy Bob Thornton was Santa, he was bad. Now, as he becomes the coach of 12 bungling ballplayers, he's even worse.

    In "Bad News Bears," grizzled former professional baseball player Morris Buttermaker (Thornton) is bribed by a straitlaced lawyer (Marcia Gay Harden) to coach the Bears, a woefully inept youth baseball team. Buttermaker's got to find a way to drive this gang of 12 misfits to a championship against their hated rivals: the Yankees and their overbearing coach (Greg...

    Dark Water (2005)

    Dark Water

    • 46%
    • PG-13
    • 103 min
    • Drama

    Acclaimed director Walter Salles ( Central Station, The Motorcycle Diaries ) helms and Academy-award-winner Jennifer Connelly stars in DARK WATER, a psychological thriller featuring a stellar cast, including Academy Award-nominees John C. Reilly, Tim Roth, and Pete Postlethwaite, as well as Dougray Scott and newcomer Ariel Gade. Based on a film by the creators of the Japanese version of The Ring comes this haunting, chilling film about a young mother who goes to extreme lengths to solve a...

    Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (2005)

    Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

    • 33%
    • PG-13
    • 101 min
    • Animation

    Two years have passed since the final battle with Sephiroth. Though Midgar, city of mako, city of prosperity, has been reduced to ruins, its people slowly but steadily walk the road to reconstruction. However, a mysterious illness called Geostigma torments them. With no cure in sight, it brings death to the afflicted, one after another, robbing the people of their fledgling hope.

    A Good Band is Easy to Kill (2005)

    A Good Band is Easy to Kill

      • Unrated
      • 89 min
      • Documentary

      After eight years, Beulah called it quits. In support of YOKO, their fourth and final album, the band embarked upon a twenty-three city tour in the fall of 2003. They journeyed eight thousand miles throughout the US and Canada, kicking off what would prove to be the last days of "the best band you never heard."

      - Written by

      Christopher J. Nance

      A Stranger of Mine (2005)

      A Stranger of Mine

        • Unrated
        • 98 min
        • Comedy

        In one long Friday evening, Takeshi Miyata, a straight-arrow businessman, will encounter a number of people (some only fleetingly) who have intertwining fates. After six months he is still mourning the loss of his girlfriend, Ayumi and is lured from his apartment when his childhood friend, the detective Yusuke Kanda, telephones invoking Ayumi's name. Arriving late at the appointed restaurant, Kanda says Ayumi is getting married and chides Miyata over not finding a new girlfriend. He then...

        Aristide and the Endless Revolution (2005)

        Aristide and the Endless Revolution

        • 100%
        • Unrated
        • 84 min
        • Documentary

        Only an hour south of Miami, the elected president of the Western Hemisphere's poorest nation, Jean Bertrand Aristide, has twice been forced from office with the complicity of the international community. An intelligent and engrossing examination of the oft-suppressed story of the 2004 coup d'etat in Haiti, Rossier's film investigates the events that led to the second violent expulsion of Aristide from Haiti, and reveals the tangled web of hope, deceit, and political violence...

        Attack of the Sabretooth (2005)

        Attack of the Sabretooth

          • R
          • 90 min
          • Adventure

          In the Fiji islands, the greedy and unscrupulous owner of the Valalola Resort Primal Park invites investors and guests for an opening party of his compound composed of hotel and zoo aiming to find partners for his discoveries. When a bunch of college smalltime thieves puts a virus in the security system to participate in a scavenger hunt, the greatest attractions of the zoo - sabretoothes from the prehistoric age developed from DNA found in fossils - escape, killing the hosts and guards for...

          Avenge But One of My Two Eyes (2005)

          Avenge But One of My Two Eyes

            • Unrated
            • 100 min
            • Documentary

            Shot in the Occupied Territories by Israeli director Avi Mograbi, this controversial documentary film draws parallels between the Israeli - Palestinian situation today and the enduring myths of Samson and Masada. Mograbi offers a powerful, at times chilling, lament of the continuing cycles of violence rooted in the past and threatening to engulf everyone's future. With the roots of so much real-world conflict left unexamined by today's restless media, this film reminds us just how vital...

            Back to You and Me (2005)

            Back to You and Me

              • G
              • 92 min
              • Documentary

              Dr. Syd has a good practice in the big city but a bad day when her terminal patient finally passes away. Her surgeon boyfriend, who has been sarcastically nick named "Mr. Personality" and "Settle For" by Syd's best friend (Nurse Brenda), takes this opportunity to offer support and destroys it by telling Syd dying is part of life and she'd be a better doctor if she stayed more remote from her patients and, oh, by the way, "can I come over tonight"? He is surprised when she says...

              Bill Maher: I'm Swiss (2005)

              Bill Maher: I'm Swiss

                • Unrated
                • 99 min
                • Comedy

                Political comedy about the Government (domestic and foreign policies), the president, the public's own ignorance and faults, and so forth. He also makes some hilarious detours in his own renditions of rap lyrics read out in proper, coherent (non-Ebonic) language. There are also some very poignant pieces on Bush, religion, drugs (notably marijuana), which then link to homeland security. Unlike a comedian like George Carlin who may go from topics in the 'big world' in his act to things in the...