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September 2005
September Films

Now that the summer is over and a number of brainless films have come and gone, it's that time of the year when studios start releasing some hopeful quality films. Usually, the early days of September starts off with leftover films that studios hope will make some money. Samuel L. Jackson started the year with "Coach Carter" and has appeared in 3 other films since then. Well, he's back again and in a buddy movie along with Eugene Levy in "The Man". After being delayed for some time, the Jennifer Lopez and Robert Redford and Morgan Freeman film, "An Unfinished Life", finally makes its way to the big screen. Another Miramax holdover, "Proof" with Gweneth Paltrow and Anthony Hopkins gets released this month as well. Reese Witherspoon works the charm with Mark Ruffalo in "Just Like Heaven". Jodie Foster looks for her daughter aboard a plane in "Flightplan". Afrer releasing "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" this summer, Warner Bros. has another Tim Burton and Johnny Depp film, "Tim Burton's Corpse Bride". Ben Kinglsey hopes to rebound from "A Sound of Thunder" with his take as Fagin in Roman Polanski's "Oliver Twist". Director Malcolm Lee goes back to the days when rollerskating was the biggest thing in town with "Roll Bounce", starring Bow Wow. And to end the month off, Joss Whedon brings his cancelled TV show, Firefly, to the big screen with "Serenity". |

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Release Date: September 9, 2005

Distributor: New Line Cinema

Film Genre: Comedy, Action

Country: United States

 Director: Les Mayfield

Screenwriter: Margaret Oberman, Jim Piddock, Stephen W. Carpenter

Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Eugene Levy, Luke Goss, and Anthony Mackie


"Man" is about a bumbling salesman (Levy) who stumbles into an ATF sting. The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms agent (Jackson) realizes he needs to take on the mild-mannered milquetoast as his ersatz partner in order to bring down a drug lord.

Click here for trailer and photos -  http://www.blackfilm.com/20050114/features/fs_theman.shtml


Release Date: September 9, 2005

Distributor: Screen Gems

Director: Scott Derrickson

Screenwriters: Scott Derrickson, Paul Harris Boardman

Cast: Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson, Campbell Scott, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Jennifer Carpenter, Colm Feore


In an extremely rare decision, the Catholic Church officially recognized the demonic possession of a 19 year-old college freshman. Told in terrifying flashbacks, "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 (Tom Wilkinson) who performed the controversial exorcism.

Click here for trailer and photos - http://www.blackfilm.com/20050708/features/emilyrose.shtml



Distributor: Miramax Films

Director: Lasse Hallstrom

Cast: Robert Redford, Jennifer Lopez, Morgan Freeman, Josh Lucas, Camryn Manheim, Damian Lewis and Becca Gardner.

 Synopsis: 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. Robert Redford stars as Einar Gilkyson, a tough-skinned, retired rancher who long ago turned his back on memories. Still in shock from his only son's death a decade ago, Einar has let his ranch fall into ruin along with his marriage. Now, Einar spends his days caring only for his hired hand, and last trusted friend, Mitch (Morgan Freeman), who was gravely injured in an encounter with a grizzly bear. Einar intends to live out his days in this heartbroken solitude . . . until the very per-son he blames for his son's accident comes to town: his daughter-in-law Jean (Jennifer Lopez). Jean shows up broke, on the run and with a girl named Griff (newcomer Becca Gardner), who she swears is the granddaughter Einar never knew he had. Suddenly, Einar's quiet life is turned upside down as anger and accusations resurface. But slowly, miraculously, 11 year-old Griff's curiosity about Western life, and her longing for family and a father figure, begin to chip away at the stone that has become Einar's heart - opening up the way for unexpected connection, adventure, mercy and true reunion.

 Click here for trailer and photos - http://www.blackfilm.com/20041119/features/fs_unfinishedlife.shtml


Release Date:  October 5, 2005

Distributor: Warner Bros.

Director: Shane Black

Producer: Joel Silver

Screenwiter: Shane Black, based on the novel by Brett Halliday

Composer: John Ottman

Cast: Val Kilmer, Robert Downey Jr., Michelle Monaghan, Deanna Dozier, Shannyn Sossamon, Dash Mihok, & Corbin Bernsen


A petty thief (Downey) 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 (Monaghan) and a detective (Kilmer) who's been training him for his upcoming role...

Click here for trailer and photos - http://www.blackfilm.com/20050610/features/kisskissbangbang.shtml



Release Date: September 16, 2005

Distributor: Miramax Films

Film Genre: Drama

Country: United States

Director: John Madden

Screenwriters: David Auburn, Rebecca Miller

Cast: Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins, Jake Gyllenhaal, Hope DavisTrailer: http://movies.channel.aol.com/movie/main.adp?tab=trailers&mid=18015


 "Proof" follows a devoted daughter (Paltrow) who comes to terms with the death of her father (Hopkins) a brilliant mathematician whose genius was crippled by mental insanity -- and is forced to face her own long-harbored fears and emotions. She adjusts to his death with the help of one of her father's former mathematical students (Gyllenhaal) who searches through her father's notebooks in the hope of discovering a bit of his old brilliance. While coming to terms with the possibility that his genius, which she has inherited, may come at a painful price, her estranged sister (Davis) arrives to help settle their father's affairs.

Click here for trailer and photos - http://www.blackfilm.com/20050819/features/proof.shtml



Release Date: September 30, 2005

Distributor: Lions Gate Films

Film Genre: Drama, Thriller

Country: United States

Director: Andrew Niccol

Screenwriter: Andrew Niccol

 Cast: Nicolas Cage, Jared Leto, Bridget Moynahan, Ethan Hawke, Eamonn Walker, Ian Holm, Sammi Rotibi, Steve J. Termath, Nalu Tripician, Patrick Walton Jr.


After escaping the USSR for the land of opportunity, young hustler YURI (Nicolas Cage) seizes the opportunity to make a buck by selling a key to the UN armory and realizing his calling as an arms dealer. Driven by the lure of easy money and the heady cocktail of glamour and danger, Yuri and his brother VITALY claw their way up through the world of international arms dealing, all the while staying one step ahead of the law, ruthless competitors and treacherous clients by wit and cunning. With private jets and a beauty queen at his side, Yuri savors the high life in the fast lane, even after being forced to kill in cold blood and learning the brutal personal cost of his profession. But when Vitaly encounters the innocent victims of their unholy trade and is killed making a moral stand, Yuri's world begins to cave in.

Click here for trailer and photos - http://www.blackfilm.com/20050715/features/lordofwar.shtml



Release Date: Sept 16, 2005

Distributor: DreamWorks Pictures

Film Genre: Romantic Comedy

 Country: United States

Director: Mark Waters

Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Mark Ruffalo


When David (Mark Ruffalo) sublet his quaint San Francisco apartment, the last thing he expected-or wanted-was a roommate. He had only begun to make a complete mess of the place when a pretty young woman named Elizabeth (Reese Witherspoon) suddenly shows up, adamantly insisting the apartment is hers. David assumes there's been a giant misunderstanding…until Elizabeth disappears as mysteriously as she appeared. Changing the locks does nothing to deter Elizabeth, who begins to appear and disappear at will-mostly to rebuke David for his personal living habits in her apartment. Convinced that she is a ghost, David tries to help Elizabeth cross over to the "other side." But while Elizabeth has discovered she does have a distinctly ethereal quality-she can walk through walls-she is equally convinced that she is somehow still alive and isn't crossing over anywhere. As Elizabeth and David search for the truth about who Elizabeth is and how she came to be in her present state, their relationship deepens into love. Unfortunately, they have very little time before their prospects for a future together permanently fade away.

Click here for trailer and photos - http://www.blackfilm.com/20050805/features/justlikeheaven.shtml



Release Date: September 16, 2005

Distributor: Warner Independent Pictures

Director: Liev Schreiber

Screenwriter: Liev Schreiber

Cast: Elijah Wood, Eugene Hutz, Boris Leskin


Based on the acclaimed, best-selling novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, "Everything is Illuminated" tells the story of a young American Jewish man's quest to find the woman who saved his grandfather--in a small Ukrainian town that was wiped off the map by the Nazi invasion. The journey begins as a comic nightmare--with an eccentric trio of paid "expert" guides sorely lacking in expertise: a cranky grandfather who insists on bringing his unruly seeing-eye dog to help him drive, and his over-enthusiastic grandson, whose fractured command of English, passion for retro American pop culture, and inability to shut up threaten to make the worst of every situation. But what starts out as the tour from hell turns into a surprisingly meaningful journey--with an unexpected and powerful series of revelations that will indelibly change all of their lives.

Click here for photos - http://www.blackfilm.com/20050429/features/everythingisilluminated.shtml


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