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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 23, 2005

Distributor: Touchstone Pictures

 Director: Robert Schwentke

Screenwriter: Peter A. Dowling and Billy Ray

Cast: Jodie Foster, Peter Sarsgaard, Erika Christensen and Sean Bean


Academy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer ("A Beautiful Mind," "Apollo 13") teams up with two-time Academy Award-winning actress Jodie Foster ("Silence of the Lambs," "The Accused") in the taut psychological thriller, FLIGHTPLAN, directed by Robert Schwentke and written by Peter Dowling and Billy Ray.  Flying at 40,000 feet in a cavernous, state-of-the-art 474 aircraft, Kyle Pratt (FOSTER) faces every mother's worst nightmare when her six year-old daughter, Julia, vanishes without a trace mid-flight from Berlin to New York.  Already emotionally devastated by the unexpected death of her husband, Kyle desperately struggles to prove her sanity to the disbelieving flight crew and passengers while facing the very real possibility that she may be losing her mind. While neither Captain Rich (SEAN BEAN), nor Air Marshal Gene Carson (PETER SARSGAARD) want to doubt the bereaved widow, all evidence indicates that her daughter was never on board resulting in paranoia and doubt among the passengers and crew of the plane.   Finding herself desperately alone, Kyle can only rely on her own wits to solve the mystery and save her daughter.

Click here for trailer and photos - http://www.blackfilm.com/20050422/features/flightplan.shtml



Release Date: September 23, 2005

Distributor: Rogue Pictures (Focus Features)

Film Genre: Thriller

Country: United States

Director: Jeff Wadlow

Producer: Beau Bauman

Screenwriters: Beau Bauman & Jeff Wadlow

Cast: Julian Morris, Jared Padalecki , Jon Bon Jovi, Lindy Booth, and Gary Cole

Synopsis: Modern-day retelling of The Boy Who Cried Wolf

Click here for trailer and photos - http://www.blackfilm.com/20050401/features/fs_crywolf.shtml



Release Date: September 23, 2005

 Distributor: Warner Bros.

Film Genre: Live-Action Animation

Country: United States

Directors: Michael Johnson, Tim Burton

Screenwriters: Caroline Thompson, Pamela Pettler

Cast: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham-Carter, Emily Watson, Richard E. Grant, Albert Finney, Joanna Lumley, Christopher Lee


Set in a 19th century European village, this stop-motion, animated feature 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, Victoria (Watson), waits bereft in the land of the living. Though life in the Land of the Dead proves to be a lot more colorful than his strict Victorian upbringing, Victor learns that there is nothing in this world, or the next, that can keep him away from his one true love. It's a tale of optimism, romance and a very lively afterlife, told in classic Tim Burton style.

Click here for trailer and photos - http://www.blackfilm.com/20041217/features/fs_corpsebride.shtml



Release Date: September 23, 2005

Distributor: Fox Searchlight

Director: Malcolm D. Lee

Producers: Robert Teitel & George Tillman Jr.

Screenwriter: Norman Vance Jr.

 Cast: Nick Cannon, Bow Wow, Mike Epps, Rick Gonzalez, Meagan Good, Brandon Jackson, Chi McBride, Kellita Smith, Jurnee Smollett, Khleo Thomas, Tai' isha Davis,

Synopsis: 1970s roller-skate jams fuel this coming-of-age comedy, as X (Bow Wow) and his friends, who rule their local rink, are shocked when their home base goes out of business. Heading over to the Sweetwater Roller Rink, they find their modest talents are, at first, no competition for their trick skaters and pretty girls who follow their every move.

Click here for trailer and photos - http://www.blackfilm.com/20041105/features/fs_rollbounce.shtml



Release Date: September 30, 2005

Distributor: Columbia Pictures

Director: Roman Polanski

Producers: Alain Sarde & Robert Benmussa

Screenwriter: Ronald Harwood, based on the novel by Charles Dickens

Cast: Ben Kingsley, Barney Clark, Jamie Foreman, Harry Eden, Lewis Chase, Leanne Rowe, & Edward Hardwicke

Synopsis: (From IMDB)

An adaptation of the classic Dickens tale, where an orphan meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to steal for their master.

Click here for photos - http://www.blackfilm.com/20041210/features/fs_oliverstwist.shtml



Release Date: September 30, 2005

Distributor: Universal Pictures

Film Genre: Futuristic action-adventure

Country: United States

Director: Joss Whedon

Screenwriter: Joss Whedon

Cast: Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nathan Fillion, Ron Glass, Summer Glau, Sean Maher, Jewel Staite, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk


Joss Whedon- the Oscar®- and Emmy-nominated writer/director responsible for the worldwide television phenomena of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel-now applies his trademark compassion and wit to a small band of galactic outcasts 500 years in the future in his feature film directorial debut, Serenity. The film 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. He leads a small, eclectic crew who are the closest thing he has left to family - squabbling, insubordinate and undyingly loyal. When Mal takes on two new passengers-a young doctor and his unstable, telepathic sister-he gets much more than he bargained for. The pair are fugitives from the coalition dominating the universe, who will stop at nothing to reclaim the girl. The crew that was once used to skimming the outskirts of the galaxy unnoticed find themselves caught between the unstoppable military force of the Universal Alliance and the horrific, cannibalistic fury of the Reavers, savages who roam the very edge of space. Hunted by vastly different enemies, they begin to discover that the greatest danger to them may be on board Serenity herself.

Click here for trailer and photos - http://www.blackfilm.com/20050107/features/fs_serenity.shtml




Release Date: September 30, 2005

Distributor: New Line Cinema

Film Genre: Action, Thriller

Country: United States

Director: David Cronenberg

Screenwriter: Josh Olson

Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Ed Harris and Maria Bello


A stylized thriller from director David Cronenberg, A History of Violence examines how far a man is willing to go in his quest for redemption and to protect his family. Viggo Mortensen stars as Tom McKenna, a man who leads a quiet, charmed life with his loving wife and family in a small town. But when an unexpected incident turns bloody and brings unwanted attention to him, Tom is forced to return to his secret past in order to rescue his family from peril.

Click here for photos - http://www.blackfilm.com/20050114/features/fs_historyofviolence.shtml



Release Date: September 30, 2005

Distributor: Columbia Pictures 

Director: John Stockwell

 Screenwriter: Matt Johnson

Cast: Paul Walker, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Dwayne Adway, Scott Caan, Ramon Saunders, Ashley Scott, Chris Taloa


Into the Blue is a high-stakes thriller set in the deep, shark-infested waters of the Bahamas. When young divers discover the wreckage of a cargo plane at the bottom of the sea, they believe their dream of buried treasure has come true. What they don't realize is that millions of dollars of illegal goods are in that sunken plane and a group of dangerous criminals are already desperately searching for it. As tensions mount and the friends begin to fight about what to do with their find, others get closer to discovering their secret - and the treasure hunters quickly become the hunted.

Click here for trailer and photos - http://www.blackfilm.com/20050107/features/fs_intotheblue.shtml


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