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xXx: State of the Union 1.

xXx: State of the Union

Release Date: April 29, 2005
NSA Agent Augustus Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson), fresh off the success of his last renegade recruitment, once again finds himself in need of an outsider. Gibbons and his new agent (Ice Cube), also code named "XXX," must track a dangerous military splinter group led by Willem Dafoe that is conspiring to overthrow the U.S. Government in the nation's capital. [Sony]
Metascore:
37
User Score:
6.2
King Kong 2.

King Kong

Release Date: December 14, 2005
Director Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) helms the dramatic adventure King Kong, bringing his sweeping cinematic vision to the iconic story of the gigantic ape captured in the wild and brought to civilization where he meets his tragic fate. (Universal Studios)
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.4
Into the Blue 3.

Into the Blue

Release Date: September 30, 2005
What begins as a carefree treasure hunt turns into a deadly battle over an ancient shipwreck in the Bahamas.
Metascore:
45
User Score:
5.7
Inside Deep Throat 4.

Inside Deep Throat

Release Date: February 11, 2005
It was a $25,000 movie that became a $600 million phenomenon. It caused an administration to declare war on freedom. It turned buying a ticket into an act of revolution. Now, more than 30 years after Deep Throat first burst upon the public consciousness, this documentary examines the chasm between the modest intentions of the movie's makes and the unforeseen legacy they inadvertently created. (Universal)
Metascore:
64
User Score:
7.4
Match Point 5.

Match Point

Release Date: December 28, 2005
Match Point is a drama about ambition and obsession, the seduction of wealth, and the often discordant relationship between love and sexual passion. Perhaps most importantly, however, the story reveals the huge part luck plays in the events of our lives, refuting the comforting misconception that more of life is under our control than really is. (Dream Works Pictures)
Metascore:
72
User Score:
8.4
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith 6.

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

Release Date: May 19, 2005
Years after the onset of the Clone Wars, the noble Jedi Knights lead a massive clone army into a galaxy-wide battle against the Separatists. When the sinister Sith unveil a thousand-year-old plot to rule the galaxy, the Republic crumbles and from its ashes rises the evil Galactic Empire. Jedi hero Anakin Skywalker is seduced by the dark side of the Force to become the Emperor's new apprentice -- Darth Vader. The Jedi are decimated, as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Jedi Master Yoda are forced into hiding. The only hope for the galaxy are Anakin's own offspring -- the twin children born in secrecy who will grow up to become heroes.
Metascore:
68
User Score:
7.7
Ong Bak 7.

Ong Bak

Release Date: February 11, 2005
One dark night, a former native of a rural Thai village, has his men steal the head of the town's Ong Bak (Buddha statue) to win favor with a ruthless crime boss. The locals regard the theft as a catastrophe, and seek a champion to retrieve their lost treasure. They find their man in Ting (Tony Jaa), an orphaned youngster raised at the local temple in an ancient system of Muay Thai: Nine Body Weapons. [Magnolia Pictures]
Metascore:
69
User Score:
8.7
Batman Begins 8.

Batman Begins

Release Date: June 15, 2005
Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins explores the origins of the Batman legend and the Dark Knight's emergence as a force for good in Gotham. [Warner Bros.]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
8.6
9 Songs 9.

9 Songs

Release Date: July 22, 2005
Not Rated
Matt, a young glaciologist, soars across the vast, silent, icebound immensities of the South Pole as he recalls his love affair with Lisa. They meet at a mobbed rock concert in a vast music hall -- London's Brixton Academy. They are in bed at night’s end. Together, over a period of several months, they pursue a mutual sexual passion whose inevitable stages (familiar to anyone who's ever been in love) unfold in counterpoint to the nine live-concert songs of the story's title. (Tartan Films)
Metascore:
43
User Score:
5.3
Brokeback Mountain 10.

Brokeback Mountain

Release Date: December 9, 2005
Set against the sweeping vistas of Wyoming and Texas, the film tells the story of two young men -- a ranch-hand and a rodeo cowboy -- who meet in the summer of 1963, and unexpectedly forge a lifelong connection, one whose complications, joys, and tragedies provide a testament to the endurance and power of love. (Focus Features)
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.2
Mr. & Mrs. Smith 11.

Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Release Date: June 10, 2005
Unrated
John and Jane Smith are an ordinary suburban couple with an ordinary, lifeless suburban marriage. But each of them has a secret: They are legendary assassins working for competing organizations. When the truth comes out, John and Jane end up in each other's cross-hairs. (20th Century Fox)
Metascore:
55
User Score:
8.4
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 12.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Release Date: July 15, 2005
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 Bucket (Highmore), a good-hearted boy from a poor family who lives in the shadow of Wonka's extraordinary factory. (Warner Bros.)
Metascore:
72
User Score:
6.6
Oldboy 13.

Oldboy

Release Date: March 25, 2005
Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik) is an ordinary Seoul businessman with a wife and little daughter who, after a drunken night on the town, is locked up in a strange, private "prison." No one will tell him why he's there or who his jailer is. The imprisonment last for 15 years until one day when Dae-su finds himself unexpectedly deposited on a grass-covered high-rise roof, determined to discover the mysterious enemy who had him locked up. (Tartan Films)
Metascore:
74
User Score:
8.6
Chaos 14.

Chaos

Release Date: August 12, 2005
Not Rated
Quite definitely one of the most brutal displays of violence ever set to celluloid, Chaos is a dark fairy tale of two young happy teens whose rose-colored contact lenses tint their wooded path a little too densely,causing them to lose themselves in their youthful immortality, and the big bad wolf is all too real. (Dinsdale Releasing)
Metascore:
1
User Score:
2.3
Crash 15.

Crash

Release Date: May 6, 2005
Unrated
A provocative, unflinching look at the complexities of racial tolerance in contemporary America. Diving headlong into the diverse melting pot of post-9/11 Los Angeles, this compelling urban drama tracks the volatile intersections of a multi-ethnic case of characters' struggles to overcome their fears as they careen in and out of one another's lives. (Lions Gate Films)
Metascore:
69
User Score:
8.6
Gay Sex in the 70s 16.

Gay Sex in the 70s

Release Date: November 4, 2005
Not Rated
Documentary producer/director Joseph Lovett focuses his lens on the unbridled sexual passion and exploration that marked the twelve years from Stonewall (1969) to the first reported cases of AIDS (1981). (Lovett Productions)
Metascore:
65
User Score:
5.8
Prime 17.

Prime

Release Date: October 28, 2005
A witty romantic comedy about the trials and tribulations of two mismatched lovers: a 37-year-old photography producer (Thurman) reeling from a recent divorce and a 23-year-old painter (Greenberg) recently out of college. (Universal Pictures)
Metascore:
58
User Score:
6.5
Kung Fu Hustle 18.

Kung Fu Hustle

Release Date: April 8, 2005
Set amid the chaos of pre-revolutionary China, small time thief, Sing (Chow), aspires to be one of the sophisticated and ruthless Axe Gang whose underworld activities overshadow the city. (Sony)
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.7
Kingdom of Heaven 19.

Kingdom of Heaven

Release Date: May 6, 2005
An epic adventure about a common man who finds himself thrust into a decades-long war, a stranger in a strange land. He serves a doomed king, falls in love with an exotic forbidden queen, and rises to the knighthood. Ultimately, he must protect the people of Jerusalem from overwhelming forces while striving to keep a fragile peace. (20th Century Fox)
Metascore:
63
User Score:
8.1
Pride & Prejudice 20.

Pride & Prejudice

Release Date: November 11, 2005
Keira Knightly stars as Elizabeth Bennet in this classic tale of love and misunderstanding which unfolds in class-conscious England near the close of the 18th century. (Focus Features)
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.7
War of the Worlds 21.

War of the Worlds

Release Date: June 29, 2005
A contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells's seminal classic, the sci-fi adventure thriller reveals the extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it. (Paramount Pictures)
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.4
Downfall 22.

Downfall

Release Date: February 18, 2005
A portrait of Hitler's final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.6
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 23.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Release Date: December 9, 2005
Unrated
C.S. Lewis' timeless adventure follows the exploits of the four Pevensie siblings -- Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter -- in World War II England who enter the world of Narnia through a magical wardrobe while playing a game of hide-and-seek in the rural country home of an elderly professor. Once there, the children discover a charming, peaceful land inhabited by talking beasts, dwarfs, fauns, centaurs and giants that has become a world cursed to eternal winter by the evil White Witch, Jadis. Under the guidance of a noble and mystical ruler, the lion Aslan, the children fight to overcome the White Witch's powerful hold over Narnia in a spectacular climactic battle that will free Narnia from Jadis' icy spell forever. (Walt Disney Pictures / Walden Media)
Metascore:
75
User Score:
5.8
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang 24.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Release Date: October 21, 2005
A petty thief (Robert Downey Jr.) posing as an actor is brought to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition and finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation along with his high school dream girl (Michelle Monaghan) and a detective (Val Kilmer) who's been training him for his upcoming role.
Metascore:
72
User Score:
8.7
The Island 25.

The Island

Release Date: July 22, 2005
Lincoln Six-Echo (McGregor) is a resident of a seemingly utopian but contained facility in the mid-21st century. Like all the inhabitants of this carefully constructed environment, Lincoln hopes to be chosen to go to "The Island" -- reportedly the last uncontaminated spot on the plant -- until he makes a terrible discovery that everything about his existence is a lie. (Warner Bros.)
Metascore:
50
User Score:
8.6
Constantine 26.

Constantine

Release Date: February 18, 2005
Born with a gift he didn't want, the ability to clearly recognize the half-breed angels and demons that walk the earth in human skin, Constantine (Reeves) was driven to take his own life to escape the tormenting clarity of his vision. But he failed. Resuscitated against his will, he found himself cast back into the land of the living. Now, marked as an attempted suicide with a temporary lease on life, he patrols the earthly border between heaven and hell, hoping in vain to earn his way to salvation by sending the devil's foot soldiers back to the depths. (Warner Bros.)
Metascore:
50
User Score:
8.7
Waiting... 27.

Waiting...

Release Date: October 7, 2005
Unrated
A hilarious comedy about frustrated waiters, stingy tippers and dicey food this film focuses on a group of young employees battling boredom at Shenanigan's, a generic chain restaurant. (Lions Gate Entertainment)
Metascore:
30
User Score:
6.1
The Exorcism of Emily Rose 28.

The Exorcism of Emily Rose

Release Date: September 9, 2005
Unrated
In an extremely rare decision, the Catholic Church officially recognized the demonic possession of a 19 year-old college freshman. The Exorcism of Emily Rose chronicles the haunting trial of the priest accused of negligence resulting in the death of the young girl believed to be possessed. Inspired by true events, the film stars Laura Linney as the lawyer who takes on the task of defending the priest (Wiklinson) who performed the controversial exorcism. (Sony)
Metascore:
46
User Score:
6.7
Fantastic Four 29.

Fantastic Four

Release Date: July 8, 2005
Marvel's first family of comic superheroes takes the world by storm as the longest running comic book series in history comes to the big screen. [20th Century Fox]
Metascore:
40
User Score:
5.7
Boogeyman 30.

Boogeyman

Release Date: February 4, 2005
In this chilling horror movie, Barry Watson stars as Tim, a young man who must return to his childhood home and confront the terrifying visions that have haunted him all his life. (Screen Gems)
Metascore:
32
User Score:
3.8
Rumor Has It... 31.

Rumor Has It...

Release Date: December 25, 2005
Sarah Huttinger (Aniston) is in a fog. She's finally agreed to marry her boyfriend Jeff (Ruffalo), but isn't at all sure that marriage is what she really wants. Now she's on her way home to attend her sister's wedding, which means spending a lot of time with the tennis-obsessed Pasadena family that she's never felt quite a part of. It isn't until Sarah stumbles into a well-kept family secret that she starts to question her roots and sets off in search of the man who may have the answers she's looking for (Costner). (Warner Bros.)
Metascore:
35
User Score:
3.9
G 32.

G

Release Date: September 16, 2005
Set amidst the grandeur of the ultra elite Hamptons, G is a contemporary African-American romance inspired by the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald story "The Great Gatsby." (Andrew Lauren Productions)
Metascore:
42
User Score:
5.5
Diary of a Mad Black Woman 33.

Diary of a Mad Black Woman

Release Date: February 25, 2005
Filled with a mix of comedy and drama, Diary of a Mad Black Woman is based on the immensely popular play of the same name written by Tyler Perry. (Lions Gate Films)
Metascore:
36
User Score:
7.2
Zathura: A Space Adventure 34.

Zathura: A Space Adventure

Release Date: November 11, 2005
Based on the best-selling book by the acclaimed children's writer Chris Van Allsburg ("The Polar Express," "Jumanji"), Zathura is a heart-racing sci-fi adventure about two squabbling brothers who are propelled into deepest, darkest space while playing a mysterious game they discovered in the basement of their old house. (Sony Pictures)
Metascore:
67
User Score:
6.8
Four Brothers 35.

Four Brothers

Release Date: August 12, 2005
After their adoptive mother is murdered during a grocery store holdup, the Mercer brothers -- hotheaded Bobby (Wahlberg), hard-edged Angel (Gibson), family man and businessman Jeremiah (Benjamin) and hard rocking Jack (Hedlund) -- reunite to take the matter of her death into their own hands. As they track down the killer, the four brothers come together to discover that they are bound by ties thicker than blood. (Paramount Pictures)
Metascore:
49
User Score:
6.2
Son of the Mask 36.

Son of the Mask

Release Date: February 18, 2005
A decade after the legendary Mask of Loki wreaked havoc on the life of an unsuspecting adult, the magical mask finds its way into the possession of a child in the family comedy Son of the Mask. (New Line Cinema)
Metascore:
20
User Score:
6.0
Serenity 37.

Serenity

Release Date: September 30, 2005
This story of a small band of galactic outcasts 500 years in the future centers around Captain Malcolm Reynolds, a hardened veteran (on the losing side) of a galactic civil war, who now ekes out a living pulling off small crimes and transport-for-hire aboard his ship, Serenity. (Universal)
Metascore:
74
User Score:
8.4
Coach Carter 38.

Coach Carter

Release Date: January 14, 2005
Inspired by a true-life story, Coach Carter is an inspirational account of a controversial high school basketball coach, who received both high praise and staunch criticism when he made national news in 1999 for benching his entire undefeated basketball team for poor academic performance. (Paramount)
Metascore:
57
User Score:
7.8
Sin City 39.

Sin City

Release Date: April 1, 2005
Unrated
Robert Rodriguez and comic book icon Frank Miller co-direct Sin City, based on the series of graphic novels created, written and illustrated by Miller. The film is infested with criminals, crooked cops and sexy dames, some searching for vengeance, some for redemption and others, both. [Dimension Films]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
8.8
Munich 40.

Munich

Release Date: December 23, 2005
Steven Spielberg directs an international cast in Munich, a gripping suspense thriller set in the aftermath of the massacre of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munch Olympics. This dramatic exploration inspired by true events follows a secret Israeli squad assigned to track down and kill the 11 Palestinians suspected to have planned the Munich attack -- and the personal toll this mission of revenge takes on the team and the man who led it. (Universal Pictures)
Metascore:
74
User Score:
8.1
A History of Violence 41.

A History of Violence

Release Date: September 23, 2005
Tom Stall is living a happy and quiet life with his lawyer wife and their two children in the small town of Millbrook, Indiana, until one night their idyllic existence is shattered when Tom foils a vicious attempted robbery in his diner. (New Line Cinema)
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.4
Alone in the Dark 42.

Alone in the Dark

Release Date: January 28, 2005
Based on the best-selling Atari videogame series, this film features Edward Carnby (Slater), a private investigator specializing in unexplainable supernatural phenomena. (Lions Gate Films)
Metascore:
9
User Score:
1.6
Millions 43.

Millions

Release Date: March 11, 2005
TV-14
A heartwarming story of two little boys, faith, miracles...and lots of money. (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Metascore:
74
User Score:
8.4
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 44.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Release Date: November 18, 2005
Harry and friends are back in this fourth installment of the series.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.9
Saw II 45.

Saw II

Release Date: October 28, 2005
In this sequel to the 2004 hit "Saw," Jigsaw, the diabolical criminal, returns.
Metascore:
40
User Score:
6.9
Doom 46.

Doom

Release Date: October 21, 2005
Unrated
Doom, the landmark videogame that electrified a generation, leaps from the computer screen to the big screen as a terrifying sci-fi horror action adventure, transporting audiences to a dark and disturbing future with all the visceral excitement and horror that made its gaming predecessor a global phenomenon. (Universal)
Metascore:
34
User Score:
5.8
The Constant Gardener 47.

The Constant Gardener

Release Date: August 31, 2005
Adapted from the novel by John le Carre, this is a gripping romantic thriller that sweeps audiences along one man's emotional and global journey to uncover the truth behind a personal loss and a worldwide conspiracy. (Focus Features)
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.0
Yes 48.

Yes

Release Date: June 24, 2005
The story of a passionate love affair between an American woman (Joan Allen) and a Middle-Eastern man (Simon Abkarian) in which they confront some of the greatest conflicts of our generation - religious, political and sexual. [Sony Pictures Classics]
Metascore:
55
User Score:
7.6
Hide and Seek 49.

Hide and Seek

Release Date: January 28, 2005
A widower (DeNiro) suspects his 9 year-old daughter (Fanning) has come up with an unexpected way of dealing with her mother's death through a terrifying "imaginary" friend.
Metascore:
35
User Score:
9.0
Once Upon a Time in the West (re-release) 50.

Once Upon a Time in the West (re-release)

Release Date: September 30, 2005
M
Sergio Leone's monumental epic is as big as its Monument Valley locations, as grand as its fine, distinguished cast, as tough and bawdy as every kid imagines the Old West. (Paramount)
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.4
Wedding Crashers 51.

Wedding Crashers

Release Date: July 15, 2005
Not Rated
This outrageous comedy stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson as divorce mediators and lifelong friends who have never met a wedding they couldn't get themselves into. (New Line Cinema)
Metascore:
64
User Score:
8.8
Madagascar 52.

Madagascar

Release Date: May 27, 2005
When a group of animals from New York's Central Park Zoo wash ashore on the exotic island of Madagascar, they must figure out how to survive in the wild and discover the true meaning of the phrase "It's a jungle out there." [DreamWorks]
Metascore:
57
User Score:
6.8
Transporter 2 53.

Transporter 2

Release Date: September 2, 2005
Jason Statham returns in his signature role as ex-Special Forces operative Frank Martin, aka "The Transporter." Now retired in Miami, Martin makes a living driving for a wealthy family, including the young son, with whom he has unexpectedly bonded. But when the boy is abducted, Martin must use all his skills to bring him to safety and discover the kidnapper's master plan. (20th Century Fox)
Metascore:
56
User Score:
3.2
The 40 Year Old Virgin 54.

The 40 Year Old Virgin

Release Date: August 19, 2005
Unrated
A comedic take on a sweet-natured but middle-aged virgin who, through the well-meaning but misguided efforts of his co-workers, begins an unforgettable educational journey toward the goal of finally 'doing it.' (Universal)
Metascore:
73
User Score:
8.0
The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D 55.

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D

Release Date: June 10, 2005
From the wild imagination of a child and the digital vision of director Robert Rodriguez comes this magical, original, not to mention three-dimensional, family entertainment. (Dimension Films)
Metascore:
38
User Score:
4.4
The Amityville Horror 56.

The Amityville Horror

Release Date: April 15, 2005
Thirty years after the shocking events that inspired a best selling novel and one of the most popular horror films of all time, come revisit the house that started it all: The Amityville Horror. (United Artists Pictures)
Metascore:
33
User Score:
8.0
Sahara 57.

Sahara

Release Date: April 8, 2005
Clive Cussler's master explorer Dirk Pitt (McConaughey) takes on the adventure of his life when he embarks on a treasure hint through some of the most dangerous regions of West Africa. Searching for what the locals call "The Ship of Death," a long lost Civil War battleship which protects a secret cargo, Pitt and his wisecracking sidekick (Zahn) use their wits and clever heroics to help Doctor Eva Rojas (Cruz) when they realize the shop may be linked to mysterious deaths in the same area. (Paramount Pictures)
Metascore:
41
User Score:
8.0
Memoirs of a Geisha 58.

Memoirs of a Geisha

Release Date: December 9, 2005
Set in a mysterious and exotic world which still casts a potent spell today, the story begins in the years before World War II, when a Japanese child is torn from her penniless family to work as a servant in a geisha house. Despite a treacherous rival who nearly breaks her spirit, the girl blossoms into the legendary geisha Saguri. Beautiful and accomplished, Saguri captivates the most powerful men of her day, but is haunted by her secret love for the one man beyond her reach. (Sony Pictures)
Metascore:
54
User Score:
6.8
Red Eye 59.

Red Eye

Release Date: August 19, 2005
Wes Craven presents a suspense thriller at 30,000 feet. Lisa Reisert (McAdams) hates to fly, but the terror that awaits her on the night flight to Miami has nothing to do with fear of flying. Moments after takeoff, Lisa's seatmate Jackson (Murphy), menacingly reveals that he is an operative in a plot to kill the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security -- and Lisa is the key to his success. (DreamWorks Pictures)
Metascore:
71
User Score:
8.7
The Longest Yard 60.

The Longest Yard

Release Date: May 27, 2005
The Longest Yard is the story of pro quarterback Paul Crewe (Sandler) and former college champion and coach Nate Scarboro (Reynolds) who are doing time in the same prison. Asked to put together a team of inmates to take on the guards, Crewe enlists the help of Scarboro to coach the inmates to victory in a football game "fixed" to turn out quite another way. (Paramount Pictures)
Metascore:
48
User Score:
7.5
The Skeleton Key 61.

The Skeleton Key

Release Date: August 12, 2005
This contemporary supernatural thrilled, set largely in the dark atmospheric backwoods just outside of New Orleans, stars Hudson as a live-in nurse hired to care for an elderly woman's (Rowlands) ailing husband (Hurt) in their home...a foreboding and decrepit mansion in the Louisiana delta. (Universal Pictures)
Metascore:
47
User Score:
9.0
Sky High 62.

Sky High

Release Date: July 29, 2005
Freshman Will Stronghold (Angarano) must learn to live up to the legacy of his superhero parents (Russell and Preston) when he attends Sky High, a special high school for teens with superpowers. (Walt Disney Pictures)
Metascore:
62
User Score:
8.1
Æon Flux 63.

Æon Flux

Release Date: December 2, 2005
In this futuristic sci-fi thriller set 400 years in the future, Charlize Theron stars as Aeon Flux, the top underground operative at war with the totalitarian regime governing what appears to be a perfect society. But is this perfect life hiding a perfect lie? Aeon is on the front lines of a rebellion that will reveal a world of secrets. (Paramount Pictures)
Metascore:
36
User Score:
5.6
Private 64.

Private

Release Date: November 18, 2005
Not Rated
Inspired by real events, documentary filmmaker Saverio Costanzo's feature debut is a minimalist psychological drama about a Palestinian family of seven suddenly confronted with a volatile situation in their home that in many ways reflects the larger ongoing conflict between Palestine and Israel. (Typecast Releasing)
Metascore:
61
User Score:
tbd
Hustle & Flow 65.

Hustle & Flow

Release Date: July 22, 2005
The redemptive story of a streetwise Memphis hustler trying to find his voice and realize his long-buried dreams. (Paramount Classics / MTV Films)
Metascore:
68
User Score:
9.0
Land of the Dead 66.

Land of the Dead

Release Date: June 24, 2005
Unrated
George A. Romero's long-awaited return to the genre he invented. (Universal)
Metascore:
71
User Score:
4.8
Howl's Moving Castle 67.

Howl's Moving Castle

Release Date: June 10, 2005
TV-PG
An amazing new animated adventure that celebrates the power of love to transform and the resiliency of the human spirit in the face of adversity. (Disney)
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.8
Layer Cake 68.

Layer Cake

Release Date: May 13, 2005
TV-MA
A riveting thriller set in the drug underworld of the UK. (Sony Pictures Classics)
Metascore:
73
User Score:
8.7
House of Wax 69.

House of Wax

Release Date: May 6, 2005
What begins as a weekend getaway for six friends becomes a terrifying fight for their lives in House of Wax, an exciting re-imagining of the 1953 horror classic. (Warner Bros.)
Metascore:
41
User Score:
7.5
Are We There Yet? 70.

Are We There Yet?

Release Date: January 21, 2005
In this family comedy, Nick (Ice Cube), a smooth operator, is trying to land a date with a young, attractive divorcee, Suzanne (Long). He gallantly offers to drive her children from Portland, Oregon to Vancouver to be reunited with their mom. What Nick doesn't know is that Suzanne's children think that no man is good enough for their mom and will do everything they can to make the trip a nightmare for him. Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy ride. (Sony)
Metascore:
27
User Score:
4.1
Elektra 71.

Elektra

Release Date: January 14, 2005
Unrated
Jennifer Garner returns as Elektra, a lethal synthesis of grace and power with the mystical power known as kimagure: a limited ability to see the future. She has purposefully severed all ties with the world and lives only for her next assignment. Elektra's latest job forces her to make a decision that can take her life in a whole new direction -- or destroy her. (20th Century Fox)
Metascore:
34
User Score:
4.4
The New World 72.

The New World

Release Date: December 25, 2005
The New World is a sweeping adventure set amidst the first encounter of European and Native American cultures during the founding of the Jamestown Virginia settlement in 1607. Acclaimed filmmaker Terence Malick brings to life his own unique interpretation of the classic tale of Pocahontas and her relationships with adventurer John Smith and aristocrat John Rolfe. This woman's remarkable journey of love lost and found takes her from the untouched beauty of the Virginia wilderness to the upper crust of English socirty as we witness the dawn of a new America. (New Line Productions)
Metascore:
69
User Score:
6.8
Just Friends 73.

Just Friends

Release Date: November 23, 2005
This romantic comedy stars Ryan Reynolds as a former high school geek turned trendy Los Angeles music executive. When he gets stranded in his New Jersey home town due to bad weather with a superstar singer he is trying to sign, he finds himself reunited with his high school crush and discovers she is his true love. (New Line Cinema)
Metascore:
47
User Score:
6.6
The Devil's Rejects 74.

The Devil's Rejects

Release Date: July 22, 2005
From the visionary mind of acclaimed musician Rob Zombie comes the follow-up to his smash hit "House of 1000 Corpses." Written and directed by Zombie, this film further explores the Dr. Satan Cult Murders by blending traditional horror elements with the Western genre to paint a shocking portrait of vigilante justice. (Lions Gates Films)
Metascore:
53
User Score:
6.9
My Mother 75.

My Mother

Release Date: May 13, 2005
A disturbing relationship develops between an attractive widow (Huppert) and her teenage son (Garrel).
Metascore:
35
User Score:
6.1
A Lot Like Love 76.

A Lot Like Love

Release Date: April 22, 2005
It takes some people years to fall in love at first sight. A Lot Like Love is a romantic comedy about destiny, connection and the frequently fuzzy line between chance and friendships and happily ever after. (Touchstone Pictures)
Metascore:
48
User Score:
7.2
Robots 77.

Robots

Release Date: March 11, 2005
A timeless, comedic tale that pushes the boundaries of animation while introducing characters rich with humor and soul, and a heart-warming story proves that a robot can shine no matter what he is made of. (Twentieth Century Fox)
Metascore:
64
User Score:
7.6
The Pacifier 78.

The Pacifier

Release Date: March 4, 2005
Vin Diesel stars as Navy SEAL Shane Wolfe who, as an elite member of the world's fiercest and most highly trained force thought he was prepared to take on any duty no matter how perilous or impossible -- until he tried baby-sitting. (Disney)
Metascore:
30
User Score:
5.5
Hidden 79.

Hidden

Release Date: December 23, 2005
Georges (Auteuil), a television talk show host, and his wife Anne (Binoche), are living the perfect life of modern comfort and security. One day, their idyll is disrupted in the form of a mysterious videotape that appears on their doorstep. On it they are being filmed by a hidden camera from across the street with no clues as to who shot it, or why. As more tapes arrive containing images that are disturbingly intimate and increasingly personal, Georges launches in to an investigation of his own as to who is behind this. As he does so, secrets from his past are revealed, and the walls of security he and Anne have built around themselves begin to crumble. (Sony Pictures Classics)
Metascore:
83
User Score:
6.6
In the Mix 80.

In the Mix

Release Date: November 23, 2005
When New York's hottest nightclub deejay Darrell (Usher) saves a mob boss's life (Palminteri), he is rewarded for his bravery with the job of watching over the Don's beautiful daughter Dolly (Chriqui). (Lions Gate Films)
Metascore:
31
User Score:
2.0
Walk the Line 81.

Walk the Line

Release Date: November 18, 2005
The story of the young Johnny Cash and his incendiary love affair with June Carter Cash come to life in Walk the Line. (20th Century Fox)
Metascore:
72
User Score:
8.3
Lord of War 82.

Lord of War

Release Date: September 16, 2005
The film, based on fact, follows the globetrotting exploits of arms dealer Yuri Orlov (Cage). Through some of the deadliest war zones, Yuri struggles to stay one step ahead of a relentless Interpol agent (Hawke), his business rivals, even some of his customers who include many of the world’s most notorious dictators. Finally, Yuri must also face his own conscience. (Lions Gate)
Metascore:
62
User Score:
8.8
Venom 83.

Venom

Release Date: September 16, 2005
A voodoo horror tale set deep in the swamps of Louisiana centered around a group of teenagers fighting foe their lives against a mysterious evil force. (Miramax)
Metascore:
25
User Score:
6.8
The Brothers Grimm 84.

The Brothers Grimm

Release Date: August 26, 2005
The adventures of legendary fairytale scribes Will and Jake Grimm, two brothers who travel around the Napoleonic countryside vanquishing monsters and demons in exchange for quick money. But when the French authorities figure out their scheme, the con men are forced to contend with a real magical curse when they enter an enchanted forest where young maidens keep disappearing under mysterious circumstances. (Miramax)
Metascore:
51
User Score:
7.4
The Great Raid 85.

The Great Raid

Release Date: August 12, 2005
Unrated
From director John Dahl comes the stirring true story of one of the most spectacular rescue missions ever to take place in American history: "the great raid on Cabanatuan," the daring exploit that would liberate more than 500 U.S. Prisoners of War in the face of overwhelming odds. A gripping depiction of human resilience, the film vividly brings to life the personal courage and audacious heroism that allowed a small but stoic band of World War II soldiers to attempt the impossible in the hopes of freeing their captured brothers. (Miramax)
Metascore:
48
User Score:
7.9
Junebug 86.

Junebug

Release Date: August 3, 2005
When Madeleine (Davidtz), a British-born dealer in regional, "outsider" art, travels from Chicago to North Carolina to pursue a local painter for her gallery, she and her brand-new, younger husband George (Nivola) extend the trip to include an introduction to his family. Madeleine confronts the difficulty of two cultures colliding, and discovers the tumultuous outcome as these separate ways of life must coexist. (Sony Pictures Classics)
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.9
Memories of Murder 87.

Memories of Murder

Release Date: June 24, 2005
Unrated
Based on a true story, Memories of Murder is a Korean suspense thriller offering an unusual fusion of death and laughter, while recollecting truly nightmarish events. [Palm Pictures]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.3
Eating Out 88.

Eating Out

Release Date: April 8, 2005
Unrated
Caleb is a hunky poli-sci major with an affection for aggressive girls. Gwen is an aggressive girl who falls for gay acting boys. It's a match made in therapy. (Ariztical Entertainment)
Metascore:
28
User Score:
3.6
The Ring Two 89.

The Ring Two

Release Date: March 18, 2005
Not Rated
The story picks up six months after the horrifying events that terrorized Rachel Keller (Watts) and her son Aidan (Dorfman) in Seattle. To escape her haunting memories, Rachel takes Aidan and moves to the small coastal community of Astoria, Oregon, to start fresh. However, Rachel's resolve quickly turns to dread when evidence at a local crime scene-including an unmarked videotape-seems eerily familiar. Rachel realizes that the vengeful Samara is back and more determined than ever to continue her relentless cycle of terror and death. (DreamWorks)
Metascore:
44
User Score:
3.2
Turtles Can Fly 90.

Turtles Can Fly

Release Date: February 18, 2005
This third feature from internationally acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi is set in his native Kurdistan on the eve of the American invasion of Iraq. The devastation to this land and its inhabitants is revealed in the matter-of-fact perspective of the children and is equally displayed with every poignant detail of its unbearable nature. (IFC Films)
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.7
The Wedding Date 91.

The Wedding Date

Release Date: February 4, 2005
In this romantic comedy, Debra Messing plays Kat, a never-married New Yorker, who is invited to her younger sister's wedding in London. What should be a joyous occasion bodes disaster for Kat, however, when she discovers that the best man will be none other than her ex-fiancé. In a desperate attempt to face the ordeal with dignity, Kat hires Nick (Mulroney), a charming and handsome professional male escort, to pose as her new boyfriend and escort her to the wedding. (Universal)
Metascore:
32
User Score:
5.7
The Weather Man 92.

The Weather Man

Release Date: October 28, 2005
Nicholas Cage stars as popular Chicago TV weatherman David Spritz who has a shot at the big time when "Hello America," a national morning show calls him for an audition. At the top of the world professionally, David is approaching disaster on a personal level as rapidly as the weather changes. His painful divorce, his dad's illness, and trouble with his kids have David poised on the knife's edge between stability and calamity. Trying to gain control of his situation, David slowly comes to realize that life, much like the weather, is completely unpredictable. (Paramount Pictures)
Metascore:
61
User Score:
8.7
The Squid and the Whale 93.

The Squid and the Whale

Release Date: October 5, 2005
The Squid and the Whale captures with extraordinary immediacy the inner workings of the Berkman family in 1986 Brooklyn.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.4
Dirty Love 94.

Dirty Love

Release Date: September 23, 2005
Unrated
In the slapstick comedy Dirty Love, Jenny McCarthy is gorgeous, goofy and gross all at once in this hilarious take on one woman's chaotic quest for true love. (First Look Pictures Releasing)
Metascore:
9
User Score:
2.3
Corpse Bride 95.

Corpse Bride

Release Date: September 16, 2005
Set in a 19th century European village, this stop-motion, animated features follows the story of Victor (Depp), a young man who is whisked away to the underworld and wed to a mysterious Corpse Bride (Bonham-Carter), while his real bride waits bereft in the land of the living. (Warner Bros.)
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.9
An Unfinished Life 96.

An Unfinished Life

Release Date: September 9, 2005
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. (Miramax)
Metascore:
49
User Score:
7.3
Ladies in Lavender. 97.

Ladies in Lavender.

Release Date: April 29, 2005
The dull lives of two elderly sisters on the coast of Cornwall are interrupted by a shipwrecked Polish sailor who rekindles old sibling rivalries, jealousies and unfulfilled dreams. (Roadside Attractions)
Metascore:
61
User Score:
8.0
Hitch 98.

Hitch

Release Date: February 11, 2005
TV-14
In this sophisticated romantic comedy, Alex "Hitch" Hitchens (Smith) is a legendary - and deliberately anonymous - New York City "date doctor" who, for a fee, has helped countless men woo the women of their dreams. While coaching Albert (James), a meek accountant who is smitten with a glamorous celebrity (Valletta), Hitch finally meets his match in the person of the gorgeous, whip-smart Sara (Mendes), a gossip columnist who is on to him. (Sony)
Metascore:
58
User Score:
8.2
The World's Fastest Indian 99.

The World's Fastest Indian

Release Date: December 7, 2005
Anthony Hopkins stars as Burt Munro, a man who never let the dreams of youth fade. After a lifetime of perfecting his classic Indian motorcycle, Burt sets off from the bottom of the world to test his bike at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. With all the odds against him, he set a new speed record and captured the spirit of his time. Burt Munro's 1967 world record remains unbroken and his legend lives on today. (Magnolia Pictures)
Metascore:
68
User Score:
8.4
Rent 100.

Rent

Release Date: November 23, 2005
Based on Puccini's classic opera La Boheme, Jonathan Larson's revolutionary rock opera Rent tells the story of a group of bohemians struggling to live and pay their rent in the gritty background of New York's East Village. "Measuring their loves in love," these starving artists strive for success and acceptance while enduring the obstacles of poverty, illness and the AIDS epidemic. (Sony)
Metascore:
53
User Score:
7.3