Dec. 25, 2005
Life Aquatic --
Bill Murray (Lost in Translation), Owen Wilson (Shanghai Noon), Cate Blanchett (Lord of the Rings), Anjelica Huston (Addams Family), round out just half of the cast in this comedy about
Steve Zissou. Zissou is this explorer who tries his
best to come up with documentary footage that will maintain
his career which is winding down. Unfortunately, his
partner gets eaten by a mythical jaguar shark
and he wants revenge. Very similar to the Royal Tennenbaums
and directed by the same guy, Wes Anderson. Only this movie is reminiscent of Jacques Cousteau with a few mythical
creatures added in for effect. Drier than Royal Tannenbaums,
yet loaded with much wit. If you are unsure of whether
you want to see this movie or not, watch Royal Tannenbaums
and if you enjoy that style of movie, add some interesting
creatures, and place it underwater, you will have this
Dec. 22, 2005
(Star Wars Ep. 1), Laura Linney
(Mystic River). Neeson plays Alfred Kinsey, and Linney
portrays his mate, Clara McMillen or Mac as he calls
her. This is about the life and times of Alfred Kinsey,
the first scientist who actually took the time to study
the sexual nature of humanity in 1948. The movie is
a drama/history. The content of the movie has some graphic
discussions about adult situations.
Meet the Fockers
-- Robert De Niro
, Ben Stiller
(Runaway Jury) star in this sequel to Meet
This is the story of what happens when both sides of
the marriage party meet for the first time, craziness
ensues. If you liked the first one you will more than
likely enjoy this.
of the Opera
-- Gerard Butler (Dracula 2000), Emmy Rossum (Mystic River), Patrick Wilson (The Alamo), play Phantom, Christine,
and Raoul respectively. This is the movie adaptation
to the Andrew Lloyd Webber
musical and it is done very well considering they added
some backstory and some possibilities as to what happens
after. The styles of Webber are not changed hardly at
all and FX are done beautifully. The costumes, the sets,
and even the infamous chandelier scene are so
vivid and appropriate. This is the movie to see for
great music numbers, the actors were convincing with
their singing. CHICAGO fans, eat your heart
After the Sunset
-- Pierce Brosnan (007) and Salma Hayek (Frida) star in this adventure after a master thief achieves his last big heist, when
the FBI agent who promised he'd capture him is about to do the same thing.
Alexander --Anthony Hopkins (Silence of the Lambs) Colin Farrell (The Recruit) Angelina Jolie (Tomb Raider) are part of the many actors that play the characters that
tell the story of the conqueror of half of Europe. If
you liked Troy , then you will like this.
Blade Trinity -- Wesley Snipes (Blade), Kris Kristofferson (Blade's Whistler),Jessica Biel (7th Heaven), Ryan Reynolds (Van Wilder), take on the vampire
fight against the legendary Dracula. I have to say this
movie went off the path the first two movies started
out on. Written by the same writers that wrote the first
two, this is basically what Star Trek: Nemesis was to
the Star Trek universe. For the serious Blade fans and
comic book lovers this is going to gather a lot of criticism.
Whereas if you like movies like Nemesis, Dardevil,
and Alexander, you will like this one.
Bridget Jones -- Renée Zellweger
(Chicago) is Bridget Jones again , this time she is
trying to continue her relationship with her boyfriend
from the first movie as her old boss still confesses
her feelings for her. Pretty much the same as the first
Christmas w/the Kranks --
(Home Improvement), Jamie Lee Curtis
(True Lies), are the Kranks. They decide to skip
the holidays by taking a vacation just by themselves,
when their daughter decides to come home for the holidays
at the last minute.This is your typical Tim Allen role.
(Star Wars), Jude Law
(Sky Captain), Julia Roberts
(Pretty Woman ,
Clive Owen (King Arthur)
are two couples that are constantly caught cheating
on each other. This is the movie where one does the
other quite literally. Is it good? Well, that depends
on whether or not you like soaps.
Finding Neverland -- Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Carribean) and Kate Winslet (Titanic) play opposite roles in this drama about a playwright who comes
up with the concept of Peter Pan after spending time
with a family.
Flight of the Phoenix
-- Dennis Quaid (Frequency), Giovanni Ribisi (Sky Captain), Tyrese (2 Fast 2 Furious). Basically a crew gets stranded in the desert and
they have to work together to rebuild a plane so that
they can get back to civilized society. They do however,
encounter a few problems with some other people. This
is one of those survival movies.
Sarah Michelle Gellar (TV's Buffy). This is a movie about a cursed house where something bad
happens to any who visit it. Rated PG-13 and it is pretty
good, much better than SAW. Produced by Sam Raimi (Spider
Man director). This falls into the category of Americanized
Japanese horror. Based on Ju-on:The Grudge written by
Takashi Shimizu who also directed this movie
I Heart Huckabees -- Dustin Hoffman
(Runaway Jury), Jude Law
(Sky Captain), Mark Wahlberg
(Italian Job), make up just part of the cast in this
existential comedy. Two parents try to play detective
and solve their kids issues (existential
Incredibles -- Craig T. Nelson
(TV's Coach), Holly Hunter
(Moonlight Mile), Samuel L. Jackson
(Star Wars-Mace Windu), Jason Lee
(Dogma) provide the voices for this superhero animated
movie.The heroes powers' are based on the Fantastic
Four which is obvious, but this is a movie for the whole
family. There is at least one Star Wars inspired scene.
This is THE movie. Made by Pixar, the ones who made
Snicket's Unfortunate Events
-- Jim Carrey
(Bruce Almighty) portrays Count Olaf, a distant uncle
of three talented children orphaned by their parents
who died in a fire. It is up to the children to discover
the truth behind their parents' deaths and bring justice
to the killer. Meryl Streep
(The Hours) also plays a distant aunt. Narrated
Based on the book series about a series of unfortunate
events that happen to the children in the course of
National Treasure -- Nicolas Cage (ConAir and soon to play Ghost Rider), Jon Voight (Tomb Raider), Diane Kruger (Helen from TROY). This is the tale of a man who finds clues to our
nation's greatest treasure buried deep somehwere and
the Declaration of Independence has a map on the back
of it which yields the clues as to the location of it.
Kind of a far-fecthed idea but it provides entertainment
for those who liked Tomb Raider movies. Just remove
Lara Croft and insert Nicolas Cage.
Oceans Twelve -- This stars all the same cast from the previous one with George Clooney. Only this time Catherine Zeta-Jones and a few others are added to the mix. Basically the premise is
that they all have to pay back what they stole in the
first movie, so they all work three diffenrent heists
in Europe. Much like the first one.
Polar Express -- Tom Hanks (The Terminal) is the lead voice in this adaptation of the children's
storybook about a train that goes to the North Pole
only some kids wind up lost in the North Pole. They
actually digitally scanned every facet of Tom Hanks'
face into the computer when they constructed the character.
From what people have been saying about this movie when
they come out: 'this movie is like a video game on steroids'
and 'can they cram any more special FX in that movie?'
Ray -- Jamie Foxx (Any Given Sunday) is Ray Charles. This is about the life and times
of Ray Charles from the beginning of his life and the
end. This is one of those movies that stands on its
own. If you like Ray Charles music and always wanted
to see a movie based on his life, then by all means
come see this movie.
Saw -- Cary Elwes(Twister),
Weapon), are the leads in this movie only it is Leigh Whannell
(the voice of the Animatrix' Axel) who makes this movie
worth watching at all. The premise is that the villain
comes up with ways to make people mutilate themselves
to escape from his traps, only they wind up, well 6
feet under. The idea of the movie is good, however,
Cary Elwes is more comical than anything I have ever
seen in any horror movie. And yes there are talks of
making a sequel already with Leigh.
Spanglish -- Adam Sandler (SNL comic), Téa Leoni (Deep Impact). Sandler plays a professional chef who begins to make
a name for himself, who has an insecure wife. They hire
a woman (Paz Vega) and her daughter who are immigrants from Mexico to help out in their
home. This movie is for all you fans of romantic comedy.
Spongebob Squarepants Movie
-- Based on the ever popular kids show on Nickolodeon TV, this is the
full length movie where Plankton tries to take over
Bikini Bottom by stealing the Krabby Pattie formula
from Mr. Krabs. Guest starring Baywatch's David Hasselhoff.