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Click to go to Maurice's BlogTim Burton has always been a hit and miss film-maker.
BIG FISH

Tim Burton has always been a hit and miss film-maker. When he’s on, he’s on (Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Ed Wood, Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice), but when he’s off, he’s ... Planet of the Apes. Too often he’s a theme without a coherent plot (Batman Returns). However, with Big Fish, some of his favorite themes, alienation and the power of stories, combine with his strengths as a film-maker to craft a wonderful fable about fables.
Review by MAURICE BROADDUS

BROKEBACK MOUNTAINBROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
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Director: Ang Lee. Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams. Two young, modern-day cowboys (Gyllenhaal and Ledger) meet in the early 60s as both work as ranch hands on a sheep ranch in Wyoming. The two form a lifelong bond, even as their lives diverge and one becomes a rodeo star and the other a ranch hand. Based on the novel by Annie Proulx. —Overview (dial up)
DIRTYDIRTY
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Director: Chris Fisher. Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Clifton Collins Jr., Keith David, Cole Hauser, Wyclef John, Wood Harris. In a city ravaged by violent crime, the police department's anti-gang task force uses any means at its disposal to get the bad guys off the streets, with cops often acting as judge, jury and executioner. As the unit's self-justifying brutality and corruption spiral further out of control, gang member-turned-cop Armando Sancho begins to question the life he and his partner Salim Adel have chosen.
BEE SEASONBEE SEASON
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Everyone in the film is in search of some spiritual fulfillment.
Aaron chants in the Krishna temple. Saul teaches Eliza a Kabbalistic exercise designed to clear her mind to be receptive to God. Later, she does this on her own to reach a major (and scary) mystical state.
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Click to go to NARNIAThe Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
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Director: Andrew Adamson. Stars: Tilda Swinton, Georgie Henley, William Moseley, Skandar Keynes, Anna Popplewell.The four Pevensie children travel through their wardrobe to the land of Narnia, where they learn of their destiny from a lion messiah. —Overview
WOLF CREEK WOLF CREEK
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Director: Greg McLean. Stars: Nathan Phillips, Cassandra Magrath, Kestie Morassi.
The Plot: Three travelers are plunged into danger when they accept help from a friendly local in the Australian outback.
AN UNFINISHED LIFE
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Set against the rugged ranchlands of Wyoming, "An Unfinished Life" is the story of a modern-day Western family, as stoic as they are divided, learning the true meaning of forgiveness.
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THE GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYEDTHE GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED
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In 1913, a 20 year-old kid named Francis Ouimet unexpectedly became an overnight American hero. In an electrifying standoff at golf’s U.S. Open, he stunned American audiences by proving that golf wasn’t just a game for the country club elite but a sport in which any American -- no matter how youthful, how poor or how unknown - could aspire to triumph. Overview (dial up)
HOSTELHOSTEL
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Director: Eli Roth. Stars: Jay Hernandez, Derek Richardson, Eythor Gudjonsson. Three backpackers head to a Slovakian city that promises to meet their hedonistic expectations, with no idea of the hell that awaits them.
CASANOVACASANOVA
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Director: Lasse Hallström. Stars: Heath Ledger, Sienna Miller
The famous lover (Ledger) encounters a woman (Miller) immune to his charms.
Match PointMATCH POINT (2005)
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Director: Woody Allen. Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Emily Mortimer, Matthew Goode. At a turning point in his life, former tennis pro Chris (Rhys-Meyers) falls for Nola (Johansson), a femme fatal type who happens to be dating Tom (Goode), Chris's nemesis and soon-to-be brother-in-law.
SHOPGIRLSHOPGIRL
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Director: Anand Tucker. Stars: Steve Martin, Claire Danes, Jason Schwartzman. When Mirabelle (Danes) is seduced Ray Porter (Martin), a wealthy and caring older man, her life takes a much-needed turn for the better. But in time, she must make a choice between Ray and Jeremy (Schwartzman), a struggling musician closer to her age ... but maybe not to her heart. Overview (dial up speed)
TRISTAN & ISOLDETRISTAN & ISOLDE
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Director: Kevin Reynolds. Stars: James Franco, Sophia Myles, Rufus Sewell. A medieval legend of a princess and warrior’s love affair, which threatens to tear apart an uneasy peace between England and Ireland. A tale of epic battles, royal intrigue and a timeless, star-crossed passion.
AEON FLUXAEON FLUX
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Director: Karyn Kusama. Stars: Charlize Theron, Frances McDormand, Sophie Okonedo. 400 years in the future, as a disease has wiped out most of the Earth's population, many of those who have survived live in Bregna, a walled city-state ruled by scientists. A mysterious operative (Theron) aligned with an underground rebellion, is dispatched by her handler (McDormand) to assassinate a top government official. -Overview (dial up)


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HOODWINKEDHOODWINKED
Available on DVD May 2, 2006
Director: Cory Edwards, Todd Edwards. Stars: Tara Strong, Patrick Warburton, Sally Struthers. Set at the end of the story of Little Red Riding Hood, police officers from the animal world investigate a report of a disturbance at Grandma's house. They discover two suspects, a weapon, numerous criminal offenses, and a potential connection to a case involving the elusive "Goody Bandit."
LAST HOLIDAYLAST HOLIDAY
Available on DVD May 2, 2006
Director: Wayne Wang. A shy cookware clerk, believing her days are numbered, throws caution to the wind and embarks on a dream vacation to Europe. While staying at a grand hotel, she and her uninhibited attitude have a profound and humorous effect on the guests and staff.
THE FAMILY STONETHE FAMILY STONE
Available on DVD May 2, 2006
Director: Thomas Bezucha. Stars: Dermot Mulroney, Sarah Jessica Parker, Claire Danes. At Christmastime, Everett Stone (Mulroney) comes home to his loving family with his girlfriend Meredith (Parker) in tow. Everett wants to propose, Meredith wants to accept, but the family, who has bristled at Meredith's presence in their home, want things to turn out differently.
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MUNICHMUNICH
Available on May 9, 2006
Although Munich is not without its flaws, this 2-hour and 44-minute film ranks among the year’s best. It is an engaging, if not historically accurate, political thriller that is provoking discussion of the most-talked about moral questions of our day. —Overview and reviews
BIG MAMMA'S HOUSE 2BIG MAMMA'S HOUSE 2
Available on DVD May 6 2006
Director: John Whitesell. Stars: Martin Lawrence, Emily Procter, Nia Long . On his latest assignment, FBI agent Malcolm Turner (Lawrence) once again goes undercover as Big Momma, and works as a nanny for an unhappily woman (Procter) who is under investigation for murder.
RUMOR HAS ITRUMOR HAS IT
Available on DVD May 9, 2006
Director: Rob Reiner. Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Mark Ruffalo, Shirley MacLaine, Kevin Costner, Kathy Bates. A woman (Aniston) learns that her family was the inspiration for the book and film The Graduate -- and that she just might be the offspring of the well-documented event.
NANNY McPHEENANNY McPHEE
Available on May 9, 2006

Director: Kirk Jones. Stars: Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Angela Lansbury. The Plot: Governess Nanny McPhee (Thompson) uses magic to reign in the behavior of seven ne'er-do-well children in her charge.
THE NEW WORLDTHE NEW WORLD
Available on DVD May 9, 2006
Director: Terrence Malick. Stars: Colin Farrell, Christopher Plummer, David Thewlis. A chronicle of the adventurous life of Captain John Smith (Farrell), who helped settle the colony of Jamestown, Virginia in 1607, and his relationship with Pocahontas, the young Algonquian native who Smith claimed saved him from sure death.
GRANDMA'S BOYGRANDMA'S BOY
Available on DVD May 9, 2006
Director: Nicholaus Goossen. Stars: Allen Covert, Linda Cardellini, Shirley Jones . Kicked to the curb by his roommates, a thirtysomething video game tester (Covert) moves in with his grandma and her two friends.
THE PRODUCERS (2005)
Available on DVD May 16, 2006
Director: Susan Stroman. Stars: Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Uma Thurman. Max Bialystock (Lane), a faded Broadway producer, latches on to a get-rich-quick scheme concocted by his neurotic accountant, Leo Bloom (Broderick). But their plan to unveil the worst musical ever written takes a series of unexpected comic turns.
WHEN A STRANGER CALLSWHEN A STRANGER CALLS
Available on DVD May 16 2006
Director: Simon West, Stars: Camilla Belle. High school student Jill Johnson settles in for a routine night of babysitting. With the children sound asleep, she locks the door and sets the alarm. But when a series of eerie phone calls from a Stranger Jill begins to panic.
Something NewSOMETHING NEW
Available on DVD May 16, 2006

Director: Sanaa Hamri. Stars: Sanaa Lathan, Simon Baker
With checklist in hand, career woman Kenya (Lathan) sets out to find her perfect man. In Brian (Baker), she finds a guy who, despite all outward appearances, just might be the one.
SOPHIE SCHOLL: THE FINAL DAYSSOPHIE SCHOLL: THE FINAL DAYS
Available on DVD May 16, 2006
In February 1943, as Germany struggled with a two front war, a group of university students in Munich were busy publishing leaflets. The leaflets were diatribes against Hitler and the German government over the war and various government policies. Those students (known as The White Rose) were taking part in a dangerous conspiracy that would be punished severely if they were caught. Among those students were Hans Scholl and his sister Sophie.
DOOGALDOOGAL
Available on DVD May 16, 2006
Director: Dave Borthwick Jean Duval. Stars: Robbie Williams, Ian McKellen, Bill Nighy. When a sugar-addicted pooch accidentally frees the villainous Zeebad from a supernatural prison, the bad guy sets in motion events that cause the next ice age. The dog teams up with a sorcerer , a snail, a cow, and a bunny on a quest for three magical, life-restoring diamonds.
THE RINGER THE RINGER
Available on DVD May 16, 2006
Director: Barry W. Blaustein. Stars: Johnny Knoxville, Katherine Heigl, Brian Cox. To help settle his friend's debt, Steve Barker (Knoxville) schemes to fix the Special Olympics by entering as a contestant.
BLOODRAYNEBLOODRAYNE
Available on DVD MAY 23, 2006
In eighteenth century Romania, Rayne, a dhampir (half-human, half-vampire), prone to fits of blind blood rage but saddled with a compunction for humans, strives to avenge her mother's rape by her father, Kagan, King of Vampires. Two vampire hunters, Sebastian and Vladimir, from the Brimstone Society persuade her to join their cause.
TRANSAMERICATRANSAMERICA
Available on DVD May 23 2006
Poor Bree! She is days away from the final surgery that will compete her gender reassignment. It is a long and trying process – years of surgery, hormones, learning to live, walk and talk like a woman, counseling. Then, just as she has everything in order, she discovers that she may have fathered a child many years ago.
CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN 2 CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN 2
Available on DVD May 23, 2006
Director: Adam Shankman. Stars: Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt, Hilary Duff. The Plot: While on vacation at Lake Winnetaka, The Baker family encounters The Murtaughs, and what should be a peaceful retreat for the two families turns into fierce competition for supremacy on the water.
FREEDOMLANDFREEDOMLAND
Available on DVD May 30, 2006
When her daughter disappears, a single mother blames an African-American man for the crime. During the resulting controversy, a detective and reporter work together on the ever-twisting case.
DATE MOVIEDATE MOVIE
Available on DVD May 30, 2006
Director: Jason Friedberg Aaron Seltzer. Stars: Alyson Hannigan, Adam Campbell, Fred Willard. A spoof of romantic comedies that follows a young guy's (Campbell) attempt to get his crush (Hannigan) to love him.
TOUCH THE SOUNDTOUCH THE SOUND
Available on May 30, 2006
Riedelsheimer is back. And he helps us to focus on sound by emphasizing the ambient sounds and rhythms of everyday life.
Review by Darrel Manson
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UNDERWORLD: EVOLUTION UNDERWORLD: EVOLUTION
Available on DVD June 6 2006
Director: Len Wiseman. Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Bill Nighy . As the war between the Death Dealers and the Lycans rages on, Selene (Beckinsale), the vampire warrior, and Michael (Speedman), the werewolf hybrid, work together in an effort to unlock the secrets of their respective bloodlines.
RUNNING SCAREDRUNNING SCARED
Available on June 6 2006

Director: Wayne Kramer. Stars: Paul Walker, Cameron Bright, Chazz Palminteri. A "hot" snub-nosed .38 pistol brings together a mob flunky (Walker), his young kid (Bright), a Russian gangster ... and a cop who should be dead.
THE THREE BURIALS OF MELQUIADES ESTRADA
Available on DVD June 6, 2006
Tommy Lee Jones, in his directing debut, has created a story that can lead us in thinking about many issues – violence and anger, racism, fidelity, redemption.
FIREWALLFIREWALL
Available on DVD June 6, 2006
Director: Richard Loncraine. Harrison Ford plays the head of security at a major global bank whose wife and children are held for ransom in order to convince him to rob his own bank for millions of dollars.
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Available on DVD June 9 2006
Director: Shawn Levy. Stars: Steve Martin, Kevin Kline, Jean Reno
Inspector Jacques Clouseau (Martin) is tasked by the duplicitous Chief Inspector Dreyfus (Kline) to solve the murder of a famous soccer coach and the disappearance of the infamous Pink Panther diamond.
GREEN STREET HOOLIGANSGREEN STREET HOOLIGANS
Available on DVD June 13, 2006
Director: Lexi Alexander. Stars: Elijah Wood, Charlie Hunnam, Claire Forlani.Journalism student Matt Buckner (Elijah Wood) has been expelled from Harvard for a crime he didn't commit. His promising career ended and his future looking bleak, he heads for London to seek refuge with his married sister Shannon (Claire Forlani) and her husband Steve (Marc Warren).
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DAVE CHAPPELLE'S BLOCK PARTYDAVE CHAPPELLE'S BLOCK PARTY
Available on DVD June 13, 2006
I enjoyed it all the way. This movie works on many levels, but the very best part of the film was the music – the performances by the musicians themselves are nothing short of incredible!
AQUAMARINEAQUAMARINE
Available on DVD June 13, 2006

That means you mermaids too. Take the old Tom Hanks/Darrel Hannach movie SPLASH, mix in a dash of THE LITTLE MERMAID, throw in a trio of cute girl actors, and then just add water. Presto! You got yourself a genuine tear-jerker for the tween girl set called AQUAMARINE!
THE WORLD'S FASTEST INDIANTHE WORLD'S FASTEST INDIAN
Available on DVD June 13 2006
The film opens with a shot panning a shelf filled with what looks like junk – pieces of metal that we can’t quite make out their shapes. Under the shelf are the words “offerings to the god of speed.” These are engine parts that have been made and rejected by a man who has made his life’s work the goal of going as fast as possible on his forty year old motorcycle...
END OF THE SPEAREND OF THE SPEAR
Available on DVD June 13, 2006
A powerful story of reconciliation, social justice and repentance. End of the Spear shows us a kind of radical peacemaking that, in fact, has the the power to transform enemies into friends, without the need for the “satisfaction” of justice.
16 BLOCKS16 BLOCKS
Available on DVD June 13,2005
Director: Richard Donner. Stars: Bruce Willis, Mos Def
An aging cop (Willis) is assigned the ordinary task of escorting a fast-talking witness (Def) from police custody to a courthouse. There are however forces at work trying to stop prevent them from making it.
EIGHT BELOWEIGHT BELOW
Available on DVD June 20, 2006
Director: Frank Marshall. Stars: Paul Walker, Jason Biggs, Bruce Greenwood . Brutal cold forces two Antarctic explorers (Walker, Biggs) to leave their team of sled dogs behind as they fend for survival.
THE HILLS HAVE EYESTHE HILLS HAVE EYES
Available on DVD June 20, 2006
Director: Alexandre Aja. Stars: Ted Levine, Kathleen Quinlan, Dan Byrd
A car accident strands a vacationing family deep in the desert, where a group of savages target them for death.
SYRIANASYRIANA
Available on DVD June 20 2006
A political thriller that unfolds against the intrigue of the global oil industry. From the players brokering back-room deals in Washington to the men toiling in the oil fields of the Persian Gulf, the film's multiple storylines weave together to illuminate the human consequences of the fierce pursuit of wealth and power. Overview
ULTRAVIOLETULTRAVIOLET
Available on DVD June 27, 2006
Director: Kurt Wimmer. Stars: Milla Jovovich, Cameron Bright. Toward the end of this century, a peculiar disease turns some of the world's population into beings with enhanced speed, strength, and intelligence. As this new breed separates from the rest of humankind and the world teeters on the brink of a civil war, an infected woman (Jovovich) is caught in the middle, not yet aware that she might be the one person who can restore peace.
WHY WE FIGHTWHY WE FIGHT
Available on DVD June 27, 2006
The influence of the military-industrial complex (MIC) does indeed call for an examination. It is no longer a threatening sounding concept; it is the way of life in this country. We have become so used to the MIC that we hardly notice how extensive it is. Jarecki lays out some of the facts that we need to hear to oversee the “meshing” of these giants.
FIND ME GUILTY
Available on DVD June 27, 2006
Director: Sidney Lumet. Stars: Vin Diesel, Peter Dinklage, Ron Silver. A drama based on the longest Mafia trial in U.S. history, as mobster Jack DiNorscio (Diesel), faced with a series of charges, decides to stand trial instead of ratting out his family and associates. A wrench is thrown into the system when DiNorscio opts to defend himself.
ANNAPOLISANNAPOLIS
Available on DVD June 27, 2006
Director: Justin Lin. Stars: James Franco, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson. A young man (Franco) who's good with his fists realizes his dream of attending the Annapolis Naval Academy.
Failure to LaunchFAILURE TO LAUNCH
Available on DVD June 27, 2006
Director: Tom Dey. Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Jessica Parker, Zooey Deschanel. A lay-about (McConaughey) suspects his parents of setting him up with his ideal woman (Parker) in order to get him to finally move out of their home.
MADEA'S FAMILY REUNIONMADEA'S FAMILY REUNION
Available on DVD June 27, 2006
Director: Tyler Perry. Stars: Tyler Perry, Blair Underwood, Lynn Whitfield. A pistol-packing grandma (Perry) tries to hold a family reunion, a funeral gathering, and a wedding all on the same weekend.
THE LIBERTINETHE LIBERTINE
Available on DVD June 27, 2006
In every generation, there comes along a person so scandalous, so rebellious, so willing to break taboos that they topple the world’s ideas of what being a free spirit truly means. In the 17th century that person was unequivocally John Wilmot, AKA the 2nd Earl of Rochester -- the wily and talented rogue who in the course of his short, wild life, become known all at once as a troublemaker, a genius and one of history’s most irrepressible believers in liberty. Overview (dial up speed )
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THE MATADORTHE MATADOR
Available on July 4, 2006
A chance encounter between a travelling salesman and a lonely hitman triggers a strangely profound relationship which provokes each to act in ways neither would have imagined possible. Fate steps in to form a friendship between two men from irreconcilable worlds that will alter the lives of both forever.
SHE'S THE MANSHE'S THE MAN
Available on DVD July 18, 2006
Director: Andy Fickman. Stars: Amanda Bynes, Laura Ramsey, Channing Tatum. When Viola (Bynes) learns that her school has cut her soccer team from the sports program, she heads over to her twin brother's boarding school, disguises herself as him, and proceeds to fall for one of her teammates. Further romantic complications arise when the school beauty falls for Viola.
FINAL DESTINATION 3FINAL DESTINATION 3
Available on DVD July 25, 2006
Director: James Wong. Stars: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ryan Merriman
A high school student (Winstead) has a premonition of a disaster at her local amusement park. After the accident claims the lives of some of her friends, she and her schoolmate (Merriman) plot to save the survivors from death.
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THE SHAGGY DOG
Available on DVD August 1, 2006
Director: Brian Robbins. Stars: Tim Allen, Kristin Davis, Craig Kilborn
Dave Douglas (Allen) tries to live a normal life, despite the fact that he sometimes turns into a sheepdog.
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CURIOUS GEORGECURIOUS GEORGE
Director: Matthew O'Callaghan. Stars: Will Ferrell, Drew Barrymore, Eugene Levy. While in Africa, a man (Ferrell) who wears a curious yellow hat accidentally adopts a mischievous chimpanzee named George. With a new life in America, George's adventurous nature takes control, and he heads out into is new world.
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A down-and-dirty musical love story set in the world of the working class. Nick is an ironworker who builds and repairs bridges. He's married to Kitty, a dressmaker, a strong and gentle woman with whom he has three daughters. He is carrying on a torrid affair with a redheaded woman named Tula.
 

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