Movie Releases by Score

The Best of Youth 1.

The Best of Youth

March 2, 2005 | R
Spanning four decades, from the chaotic 1960s to the present, this passionate epic follows two Italian brothers through some of the most tumultuous events of recent Italian history. [Miramax]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.8
Capote 2.

Capote

September 30, 2005 | R
A profile of Truman Capote during the years he researched the story that was to become the basis for the book "In Cold Blood."
Metascore:
88
User Score:
7.7
Nobody Knows 3.

Nobody Knows

February 4, 2005 | PG-13
Set in Tokyo, this is an exceptional story of a makeshift family of children left to survive in an urban jungle. (IFC Films)
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.5
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit 4.

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

October 5, 2005 | G
The cheese-loving Wallace and his ever faithful dog Gromit, the much-loved duo from Aardman's Oscar-winning clay-animated shorts star in an all new comedy adventure, marking their first full-length feature film. [DreamWorks]
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.2
Brokeback Mountain 5.

Brokeback Mountain

December 9, 2005 | R
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:
8.3
Murderball 6.

Murderball

July 8, 2005 | R
Featuring fierce rivalry, stopwatch suspense, and larger-than-life personalities, Murderball is a film about tough, highly competitive quadriplegic rugby players. (ThinkFilm)
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.4
Grizzly Man 7.

Grizzly Man

August 12, 2005 | R
In his mesmerizing new film, acclaimed director Werner Herzog explores the life and death of amateur grizzly bear expert and wildlife preservationist Timothy Treadwell. (Lions Gate Films)
Metascore:
87
User Score:
7.2
Turtles Can Fly 8.

Turtles Can Fly

February 18, 2005 | PG-13
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 Intruder 9.

The Intruder

December 23, 2005
A mysterious and enthralling story about fresh starts and the possibility of escape, both a tale of inner and outer traveling. The film follows the global travels of an enigmatic 68-year-old man (Subor) who goes looking for a long-lost son and a new organ to replace his ailing heart. (Wellspring)
Metascore:
85
User Score:
4.8
The Big Risk 10.

The Big Risk

November 18, 2005
Bridging argot-rich 50s masterworks like "Rififi" and "Touchez-pas au Grisbi" with Jean-Pierre Melville's pared-down thrillers of the 60s, Classe Tous Risques (1960) (the title refers to a type of insurance policy, à la "Double Indemnity," but is also a pun on "tourist class") is a penetrating study of the underworld tough guy at the end of his rope, drawn from screenwriter José Giovanni's first-hand knowledge of the post-war French underworld. (Film Forum)
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.3
Darwin's Nightmare 11.

Darwin's Nightmare

August 3, 2005
Darwin's Nightmare is a tale about humans between the North and South, about globilization and about fish. (Cellulois Dreams)
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.5
Kings & Queen 12.

Kings & Queen

May 13, 2005 | Unrated
This film expertly mixes comedy, tragedy and melodrama to tell the emotionally gripping story of the intersecting lives of two former lovers. (Wellspring Media)
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.0
Corpse Bride 13.

Corpse Bride

September 16, 2005 | PG
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
Hidden 14.

Hidden

December 23, 2005 | R
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:
6.7
The White Diamond 15.

The White Diamond

June 1, 2005
A film about the daring adventure of exploring the rainforest canopy with a novel flying device -- the Jungle Airship.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.2
Memories of Murder 16.

Memories of Murder

June 24, 2005 | Unrated
Memories of Murder tells the harrowing true story of the hunt for a sadistic serial rapist and murderer terrorizing a small province in 1980s South Korea. Marking the first of many successful collaborations between four-time Oscar winner Bong Joon Ho and leading man Song Kang Ho, the film follows the paths of three increasingly desperate detectives as they attempt to decipher the violent mind of a killer in a futile effort to solve the case. [Neon]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.4
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room 17.

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

April 22, 2005 | R
This documentary is the inside story of one of history's greatest business scandals, in which top executives of America's 7th largest company walked away with over one billion dollars while investors and employees lost everything. (Magnolia Pictures)
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.3
Duma 18.

Duma

August 5, 2005 | PG
Set in the exotic country of South Africa, Duma tells the powerful adventure tale of an unbreakable bond of friendship between a cheetah named Duma and a courageous young boy named Xan. (Warner Bros.)
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.4
The Constant Gardener 19.

The Constant Gardener

August 31, 2005 | R
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
Pride & Prejudice 20.

Pride & Prejudice

November 11, 2005 | PG
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
The Squid and the Whale 21.

The Squid and the Whale

October 5, 2005 | R
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
Downfall 22.

Downfall

February 18, 2005 | R
A portrait of Hitler's final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.6
My Summer of Love 23.

My Summer of Love

June 17, 2005 | R
This film vibrantly charts the emotional and physical hothouse effects that bloon one summer for two young women. [Focus Features]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.8
Gilles' Wife 24.

Gilles' Wife

November 16, 2005 | Not Rated
Set in the 1930's, Gilles' Wife is a haunting tale of love and betrayal in a small mining town on the outskirts of France. [Cinema Guild]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.6
A History of Violence 25.

A History of Violence

September 23, 2005 | R
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
Ballets Russes 26.

Ballets Russes

October 26, 2005 | Not Rated
Unearthing a treasure trove of archival footage, filmmakers Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine have fashioned a dazzlingly entrancing ode to the revolutionary twentieth-century dance troupe known as the Ballets Russes. What began as a group of Russian refugees who never danced in Russia became not one but two rival dance troupes who fought the infamous "ballet battles" that consumed London society before World War II. [Zeitgeist Films]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.0
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 27.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

November 18, 2005 | PG-13
Harry and friends are back in this fourth installment of the series.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.9
King Kong 28.

King Kong

December 14, 2005 | PG-13
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
The World 29.

The World

July 1, 2005
Acclaimed Chinese director Jia Zhangke casts a compassionate eye on the daily loves, friendships and desperate dreams of the twenty-somethings from China’s remote Provinces who come to live and work at Beijing’s World Park. (Zeitgeist Films)
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.0
Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire 30.

Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire

May 18, 2005
Shake Hands With The Devil is the most powerful documentary produced about the Rwandan genocide. Unflinching. Gut-wrenching. Challenging. Hard-hitting. (White Pine Pictures)
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.2
Junebug 31.

Junebug

August 3, 2005 | R
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
Café Lumière 32.

Café Lumière

June 10, 2005
A residential neighborhood in Tokyo, 2003. Yoko, a freelance writer researching musical legend Jiang Ewn-Ye, befriends Hajime, the owner of a secondhand bookstore. They spend many hours together in the district's coffee shops and train stations. Yoko feels she can tell the quiet, calm Hajime anything. When she is with him, she experiences an unusual peace of mind, a calmness of spirit. For his part, Hajime loves Yoko profoundly, but remains silent. Raised in rural Hokkaido by her near-blind uncle, Yoko now enjoys a good relationship with her father and step-mother. But when she returns to her father's house and tells them she is pregnant, and that she has no intention of marrying the Taiwanese father, they worry deeply for Yoko's future. (Wild Bunch)
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.3
Tony Takitani 33.

Tony Takitani

July 29, 2005
Alone and self-sufficient since childhood, Tony shuns emotions as illogical and immature. After finding his true vocation as a technical illustrator, he becomes fascinated with Eiko, whom he marries. His life changes, he feels vibrantly alive, and for the first time, he understands and fears loneliness. But when Eiko's all consuming obsession for designer clothes ends in tragedy, Tony finds himself alone again, sitting in his wife's closet, gazing at her treasured couture pieces, the whispering ghosts of her soul. Finally, Tony places an ad in the paper searching for a woman who fits Eiko's measurements perfectly. (Strand Releasing)
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.2
The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till 34.

The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till

August 17, 2005 | PG-13
This documentary investigates the murder and subsequent injustice surrounding Emmett Louis Till's death, which many consider to be the true catalyst for the American Civil Rights Movement. (ThinkFilm)
Metascore:
80
User Score:
tbd
The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill 35.

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

February 11, 2005 | G
The true story of a Bohemian St. Francis and his remarkable relationship with a flock of wild red-and-green parrots. Mark Bittner, a dharma bum, former street musician in San Francisco, falls in with the flock as he searches for meaning in his life, unaware that the wild parrots will bring him everything he needs. (Shadow Distribution)
Metascore:
80
User Score:
6.8
Saraband 36.

Saraband

July 8, 2005 | R
In this sequel to Bergman's 1973 film "Scenes from a Marriage," Marianne and Johan meet again after thirty years without contact, when Marianne suddenly feels a need to see her ex-husband again. She decides to visit Johan at his old summer house in the western province of Dalarna. And so, one beautiful autumn day, there she is, beside his reclining chair, waking him with a light kiss. (Sony Pictures Classics)
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.9
Nine Lives 37.

Nine Lives

October 14, 2005 | R
Nine Lives is a moving exploration of the individual experiences of nine women as told through nine single unbroken takes. As characters from one story reappear in supporting roles in others, Rodrigo Garcia interweaves a grand tapestry of universal resonance that hinges on performances from an incredible ensemble. (Magnolia Pictures)
Metascore:
80
User Score:
6.8
Once Upon a Time in the West (re-release) 38.

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

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
Sunset Story 39.

Sunset Story

February 4, 2005
Sunset Story is a funny and intimate documentary drama that will make you think differently about growing old. Set against the backdrop of a retirement home for political progressives, the film goes inside the world of two women, Irja (81) and Lucille (95), whose feisty engagement with life draws them together inextricably. (Gabbert/Libresco Productions)
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.2
Howl's Moving Castle 40.

Howl's Moving Castle

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
Good Night, and Good Luck. 41.

Good Night, and Good Luck.

October 7, 2005 | PG
Good Night, and Good Luck chronicles that real-life conflict between esteemed television newsman Edward R. Murrow (Strathairn) and Senator Joseph McCarthy. (Warner Independent Pictures)
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.3
March of the Penguins 42.

March of the Penguins

June 24, 2005 | G
This documentary chronicles one year in the life of an emperor penguin flock.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.8
Broken Flowers 43.

Broken Flowers

August 5, 2005 | R
Resolutely single Don (Murray) has just been dumped by his latest lover (Delphy). Don yet again resigns himself to being alone and left to his own devices. Instead, he is compelled to reflect on his past when he receives by mail a mysterious pink letter. It is from an anonymous former lover and informs him that he has a 19-year-old son who may now be looking for his father. (Focus Features)
Metascore:
79
User Score:
6.1
Look at Me 44.

Look at Me

April 1, 2005 | PG-13
The story of human beings who know perfectly what they would do in someone else's place but don't do very well in their own. (Sony Pictures Classics)
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.2
Keane 45.

Keane

September 9, 2005 | R
Damian Lewis's riveting, visceral performance of a man grappling with the effects of a profound loss makes Keane a complex, deeply humane and unforgettable portrait. (Magnolia Pictures)
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.6
Henri Langlois: The Phantom of the Cinematheque 46.

Henri Langlois: The Phantom of the Cinematheque

October 12, 2005 | Not Rated
This documentary chronicles the life, times, and passions of the legendary film archivist.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
tbd
Head-On 47.

Head-On

January 21, 2005 | R
A marriage of convenience in Hamburg between two troubled Turks changes both their lives in this fine, gritty, contemporary love story. Director Fatih Akin dives deep into Turkish culture and explores the slippery slope of identity and cultural pride faced by Turks who either move to or are born in Germany. (Strand Releasing)
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.3
Funny Ha Ha 48.

Funny Ha Ha

April 29, 2005
When you graduate college you easily sashay into the world of adulthood, start a career, and get serious, right? Wrong. Marnie has left college, but not her drinking habits and her bad taste in bad men. What's more, Marnie can't seem to find a permanent job. It would be sad if it weren't so funny. (Goodbye Cruel Releasing)
Metascore:
78
User Score:
5.2
Innocence 49.

Innocence

October 21, 2005 | R
In this cryptic story, a group of young girls are sequestered in a woodsy community where they are trained for ambiguous future roles.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.7
Up and Down 50.

Up and Down

February 25, 2005 | R
In the dead of the night, near the Czech-Slovak border, two smugglers discover their truckload of illegal Indian immigrants have left a baby behind. (Sony Pictures Classics)
Metascore:
78
User Score:
6.1
The Fearless Freaks 51.

The Fearless Freaks

May 27, 2005
This documentary offers an intimate look at one of today's most acclaimed alternative rock groups, The Flaming Lips. (Shout! Factory)
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.5
Tropical Malady 52.

Tropical Malady

June 29, 2005 | Not Rated
This lyrical and mysterious new film by maverick Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethaku chronicles the mystical love affair between a young soldier and the country boy he seduces, soon to be disrupted by the boy's sudden disappearance. (Strand Releasing)
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.4
2046 53.

2046

August 5, 2005 | R
Picking up where "In the Mood for Love" left off, 2046 is a visually seductive reverie of memory and regret, refracted through a serial womanizer's experiences with six women. (Sony Pictures Classics)
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.5
Kung Fu Hustle 54.

Kung Fu Hustle

April 8, 2005 | R
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
Oldboy 55.

Oldboy

March 25, 2005 | R
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:
77
User Score:
8.7
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada 56.

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

December 16, 2005 | R
A man is shot and quickly buried in the high desert of West Texas. The body is found and reburied in Van Horn's town cemetery. Peter Perkins (Jones), a local ranch foreman kidnaps a Border Patrolman and forces him to disinter the body. With his captive in tow and the body tied to a mule, Pete undertakes a dangerous and quixotic journey into Mexico. (Sony Pictures Classics)
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.6
Machuca 57.

Machuca

January 19, 2005
Set in Santiago, Chile in 1973 (and based on filmmaker Andrés Wood's own childhood), Machuca is not just a political drama, but a poignant coming-of-age film. (Film Forum)
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.7
Syriana 58.

Syriana

November 23, 2005 | R
From writer/director Stephen Gaghan, winner of the Best Screenplay Academy Award for "Traffic," comes Syriana, a political thriller that unfolds against the intrigues and corruption 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. [Warner Bros.]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.7
Intimate Stories 59.

Intimate Stories

March 4, 2005 | Unrated
Set in the otherworldly expanses of Southern Patagonia, this quirkily comic road-movie is a distinctive blend of bemused satire and gentle humanism. (New Yorker Films)
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.6
Cinévardaphoto 60.

Cinévardaphoto

February 16, 2005
A collection of three short cineessays by Agnes Varda: Ydessa, The Bears, and etc. (2004), Ulysses (1982) and Salut les Cubains (1963). A photographer before she turned to film, Varda explores the medium's ability to preserve a moment for eternity, while remaining open to an array of interpretations that evolve over time. (Film Forum)
Metascore:
76
User Score:
tbd
Brothers 61.

Brothers

May 6, 2005 | R
The lives of two very different brothers become simultaneously intertwined and thrust apart in this intense and powerful drama. (IFC Films)
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.4
Me and You and Everyone We Know 62.

Me and You and Everyone We Know

June 17, 2005 | R
Me and You and Everyone We Know is a poetic and penetrating observation of how people struggle to connect with one another in an isolating and contemporary world. [IFC Films]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.0
The Animation Show 2005 63.

The Animation Show 2005

February 18, 2005 | Not Rated
A collection of the world's best animated short films, personally programmed by co-producers Mike Judge (Beavis and Butt-Head, King of the Hill, Office Space) and Academy Award nominated animator Don Hertzfeldt.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.5
The Far Side of the Moon 64.

The Far Side of the Moon

December 2, 2005
Childhood memories and the race to the moon by two rival nations are recurring themes in this feature film exploring reconciliation and the fundamental question of whether we're alone in the universe. (TLA Releasing)
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.9
Down to the Bone 65.

Down to the Bone

November 25, 2005 | R
Irene (Vera Farmiga) is a working class mother living in upstate New York. She struggles to keep her marriage together and raise two sons while keeping her cocaine addiction a secret. After a series of nearly fatal mishaps, and finally hoping to make a change in her life, she decides to check herself into a rehab center. There, she meets and falls in love with a fellow reformed addict (Hugh Dillon). When one of them falls into a relapse with the addiction, their commitment to staying clean – and to each other – shatters. This beautifully wrought film accurately and authentically explores the wrenching road of recovery without ever resorting to histrionics. [Down to the Bone Productions]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
6.2
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 66.

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

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:
5.9
The Holy Girl 67.

The Holy Girl

April 29, 2005 | R
Martel intimately explores the burgeoning sexuality and religious fervor of two teenage girls, Amalia (Alche) and her best friend, Josefina (Zylberberg). Artfully piecing together a mosaic of nuanced details, fragments of sounds, and small moments, Martel creates a potent and specific portrait of adolescent life. (Lita Stantic Producciones SA)
Metascore:
75
User Score:
6.9
Clean 68.

Clean

August 12, 2005 | R
A desperate woman with a drug problem seeks to put her life in order to regain contact with her little boy.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.1
Touch the Sound: A Sound Journey with Evelyn Glennie 69.

Touch the Sound: A Sound Journey with Evelyn Glennie

September 7, 2005
Through the rhythms of Evelyn Glennie we touch the sound – we feel the beat of the universe. Thomas Riedelsheimer takes us on an expedition with Scottish percussionist Evelyn Glennie into the center of the sound world – a journey involving each of our senses. See, Feel, Embrace the sound. Evelyn’s postcards from her journey across the world feed into the creation of music from the interior of one of the most unique perspectives of sound and image on the planet. (Shadow Distribution)
Metascore:
75
User Score:
6.9
The Beat That My Heart Skipped 70.

The Beat That My Heart Skipped

July 1, 2005 | Unrated
In this follow-up to his critical smash "Read My Lips," Jacques Audiard has adapted and updated James Toback’s cult 1978 noir "Fingers" to come up with this memorable character study about a young man torn between a life of crime and classical music. (Wellspring Media)
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.9
Make It Funky! 71.

Make It Funky!

September 9, 2005 | Not Rated
A raucous tribute to the musical heritage of New Orleans, this documentary is chock full of blazing performances, fiery archival footage and red-hot conversations with the remarkable men and women who created it. (Sony)
Metascore:
75
User Score:
4.7
Another Road Home 72.

Another Road Home

April 29, 2005 | Not Rated
This documentary is the deeply moving story of Israeli filmmaker, Danae Elon's quest to find Musa Obeidallah, the Palestinian man who helped raise her from the time she was a baby until she joined the Israeli army. This film reaches out with unsentimental acuity seasoned by deep affection, to all who believe in the power of family, trust and friendship. (GeoQuest Entertainment Group)
Metascore:
75
User Score:
tbd
Rize 73.

Rize

June 24, 2005 | PG-13
Rize reveals a groundbreaking dance phenomenon that's exploding on the streets of South Central, Los Angeles. Taking advantage of unprecedented access, this documentary film brings to first light a revolutionary form of artistic expression borne from oppression. (Lions Gate Entertainment)
Metascore:
74
User Score:
8.4
My Mother's Smile 74.

My Mother's Smile

February 11, 2005
A fascinating portrait of a man (Castellitto) who is forced to reconcile with his own atheism after receiving a shocking appeal from the Church requesting his participation in the canonization of his "saintly" mother. (New Yorker Films)
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.0
Serenity 75.

Serenity

September 30, 2005 | PG-13
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:
8.3
After Innocence 76.

After Innocence

October 21, 2005 | Unrated
This documentary tells the dramatic and compelling story of the exonerated -- innocent men wrongfully imprisoned for decades and then released after DNA evidence proved their innocence. The film focuses on the gripping story of seven men and their emotional journey back into society and efforts to rebuild their lives. (New Yorker Films)
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.3
Forty Shades of Blue 77.

Forty Shades of Blue

September 28, 2005 | R
Forty Shades of Blue tells the story of Laura, a young Russian woman living in Memphis with a much older rock n' roll legend, and the personal awakening she experiences in the wake of her unfortunate affair with his estranged son. (First Look Pictures)
Metascore:
74
User Score:
8.7
Munich 78.

Munich

December 23, 2005 | R
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:
8.0
Millions 79.

Millions

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:
8.2
Genesis 80.

Genesis

May 27, 2005 | G
Animals are the main players in this flamboyant, modern, yet timeless Genesis. (ThinkFilm)
Metascore:
74
User Score:
tbd
Sin City 81.

Sin City

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
Mysterious Skin 82.

Mysterious Skin

May 6, 2005 | NC-17
Based on the acclaimed novel by Scott Heim, Mysterious Skin explores the hearts and minds of two very different boys who come to find the key to their future happiness lies in the exorcism of their collective demons. (Tartan Films)
Metascore:
73
User Score:
8.2
The Memory of a Killer 83.

The Memory of a Killer

August 26, 2005 | R
Angelo Ledda (Decleir) is an international hitman who has been hired to terminate two people in Belgium. Unknown to those around him, Ledda has advanced symptoms of Alzheimers, and this double murder will likely be his last. (Sony Pictures Classics)
Metascore:
73
User Score:
8.1
Layer Cake 84.

Layer Cake

May 13, 2005 | TV-MA
A riveting thriller set in the drug underworld of the UK. (Sony Pictures Classics)
Metascore:
73
User Score:
8.6
The 40 Year Old Virgin 85.

The 40 Year Old Virgin

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
Trilogy: The Weeping Meadow 86.

Trilogy: The Weeping Meadow

September 14, 2005
The film, the first of a projected trilogy, traces the history of Greece in the 20th century through the story of the relationship between a man and a woman over decades. Part one ends with the Greek civil war after World War II.
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.8
War of the Worlds 87.

War of the Worlds

June 29, 2005 | PG-13
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:
7.5
New York Doll 88.

New York Doll

October 28, 2005 | PG-13
New York Doll is a film that captures one of those rare occasions where life is not only stranger, but better than fiction. This documentary chronicles the extraordinary journey of Arthur "Killer" Kane to reunite with his bandmates. (First Independent Pictures)
Metascore:
72
User Score:
8.1
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 89.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

July 15, 2005 | PG
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:
6.7
3-Iron 90.

3-Iron

April 29, 2005 | R
A battered woman finds an unlikely hero in a transient young man who breaks into empty homes while the residents are away.
Metascore:
72
User Score:
8.3
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang 91.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

October 21, 2005 | R
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 Tunnel 92.

The Tunnel

April 29, 2005
Based on the true story of the biggest underground escape attempt from East to West Berlin, The Tunnel is a cracking slice of old-fashioned, widescreen entertainment. (Roxie Releasing)
Metascore:
72
User Score:
6.2
Tell Them Who You Are 93.

Tell Them Who You Are

May 13, 2005 | R
Mark Wexler's cinematic blend of biography and autobiography centers on his relationship with his father, legendary cinematographer and filmmaker Haskell Wexler, whose long and illutrious career is a virtual catalogue of 20th century classics. (ThinkFilm)
Metascore:
72
User Score:
6.2
The Aristocrats 94.

The Aristocrats

July 29, 2005 | Not Rated
Comedy veterans and co-creators Penn Jillette and Paul Provenza capitalize on their insider status and invite over 100 of their closet friends (who happen to be some of the biggest names in entertainment, from George Carlin, Whoopi Goldberg, Drew Carey to Gilbert Gottfried, Bob Saget, Paul Reiser and Sarah Silverman) to reminisce, analyze, deconstruct and deliver their own versions of the world's dirtiest joke, an old burlesque routine, too extreme to be performed in public, called "The Aristocrats." (ThinkFilm)
Metascore:
72
User Score:
6.0
Army of One 95.

Army of One

January 27, 2005
In the wake of 9/11 three young people join the U.S. army, seeking direction in their lives. They discover that unless they conform fully to the army values, their personal issues are only magnified within the military. What unfolds is an intimate and heartbreaking account of their two-year wayward journeys. (Red Storm Productions)
Metascore:
72
User Score:
tbd
Walk the Line 96.

Walk the Line

November 18, 2005 | PG-13
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
Control 97.

Control

April 1, 2005 | R
The massive labyrinthine netherworld that is the Budapest subway system, provides the stunning setting for Kontroll, a high-style, high-speed romantic thriller in which the lives of assorted outcasts, lovers and dreamers intersect and collide. (ThinkFilm)
Metascore:
72
User Score:
8.7
Match Point 98.

Match Point

December 28, 2005 | R
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
The Talent Given Us 99.

The Talent Given Us

June 17, 2005
A road movie about a family that is forced to come together, for better or worse. (Daddy W Productions)
Metascore:
72
User Score:
tbd
Isn't This a Time! A Tribute Concert for Harold Leventhal 100.

Isn't This a Time! A Tribute Concert for Harold Leventhal

December 9, 2005
The documentary features a 2003 Carnegie Hall concert featuring many of folk music's leading lights, in honor an unsung American hero: music impresario Harold Leventhal. (Seventh Art Releasing)
Metascore:
72
User Score:
tbd

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