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Guide to Home Video Releases:
July Release Calendar

DVD Releases

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July 1
  • Gangs of New York Martin Scorsese's epic take on the rise of gangs in mid-19th century America. The film takes place in New York circa 1863, and chronicles the violence and brutality in an obscure corner of Lower Manhattan, the Five Points. Ruled by Bill the Butcher ( Daniel Day-Lewis) -- who has an unholy alliance with the infamous Boss Tweed (Jim Broadbent), who ruled New York -- the neighborhood is a hellhole of thieves, prostitutes, gamblers, drugs and murderers. It's also the new American melting pot in which a wave of immigrants enter a world ruled by the bigoted Nativists. Into this mix comes Amsterdam (Leonardo DiCaprio), an American-born Irish orphan out to avenge his father's (Liam Neeson) death at the hands of the Butcher. Amsterdam worms his way into the Butcher's gang and gets involved with a headstrong pickpocket (Cameron Diaz). The incredibly violent scenes -- and the film's climax -- are played out against the Civil War and the Draft Riots that almost destroyed the city. A sweeping look at an American Dream shaped as much by hatred and crime as by the desire for liberty and freedom. Director: Martin Scorsese. Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz, Jim Broadbent, John C. Reilly, Henry Thomas, Brendan Gleeson, Liam Neeson. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: R, 168 min., Drama, Box office gross: $78.000 million, Miramax, $24.99 VHS SRP. DVD: Day & Date. 4 stars

  • How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days Dippy comedy that struck a funny bone at the nation's boxoffice. Basically a two-person comedy about beautiful people who find love with each other despite their initial attempts to dissuade any such possibility. Matthew McConaughey plays an advertising man who -- to win an account -- bets that he can get any woman to fall in love with him in 10 days. Kate Hudson plays a writer for a woman's magazine who persuades her editor to let her write a story on what not to do in a relationship -- i.e. how to lose a guy in 10 days. Naturally the pair meet at a bar and -- well, let the battle begin. Director: Donald Petrie. Stars: Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, Bebe Neuwirth, Robert Klein, Kathryn Hahn. 2003, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 116 min., Romantic comedy, Box office gross: $103.890 million, Paramount, No VHS SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date. 3 stars

  • Real Cancun, The Each year, more than 40,000 college students travel to Cancun, Mexico for Spring Break. But this year, for the first time, sixteen people came together for eight days in a beachfront Cancun villa for the ultimate Spring Break vacation. Bonds were forged, romances sparked, friendships tested and hearts broken, all amidst a backdrop of non-stop partying in what is billed as the first "reality feature film." New Line joined forces with Bunim/Murray Productions, the producers of the acclaimed, long-running MTV series, "The Real World" and "Road Rules" to bring the hottest trend in America to the big screen with The Real Cancun. Casting was done at colleges across the country to assemble a unique cast of real people -- with the understanding they would be followed 24 hours a day by six camera crews -- ready to explore reality's barriers beyond the limits of television while on the ultimate Spring Break vacation in Cancun, Mexico, with surprising and electric results. The result: bigscreen TV for the bored at heart. Director: Rick de Oliveira. 2003, CC, MPAA rating: R, 90 min., Reality, Box office gross: $103.890 million, New Line, $26.97 VHS SRP. DVD: Day & Date. 2 stars

July 8
  • Basic A riveting, multi-layered suspense thriller that will keep you guessing until the end. John Travolta plays Tom Hardy, a former Army Ranger and discredited DEA agent who is drawn into an ever-widening mystery surrounding the disappearance of the feared and often hated U.S. Army drill instructor Sgt. Nathan West (Samuel L. Jackson), as well as several of his elite Special Forces trainees, on a routine training exercise during a hurricane in the jungles of Panama. With only two survivors found, both soldiers provide conflicting stories during the investigation as to what really happened. As the story unfolds, each layer reveals more lies and greater deceptions, until they finally inch towards the horrible facts about the fate of the missing Rangers. The film repeats past incidents from the different points of view of the survivors as Hardy and an Army investigator (Connie Nielsen) attempt to uncover the truth. Director: John McTiernan. Stars: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Connie Nielsen, Taye Diggs, Harry Connick Jr., Giovanni Ribisi, Brian Van Holt, Roselyn Sanchez. 2003, CC, MPAA rating: R, 98 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $26.403 million, Columbia TriStar, No VHS SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date. 3 stars

  • Phone Booth An exciting thriller that takes place almost entirely in a phone booth. Colin Farrell plays Stu, a sleazy, fast-talking jerk who enters a phone booth in Manhattan to call what he hopes will be his new girlfriend (Katie Holmes) -- he doesn't use his cell phone cause his wife might find out. When he's done with his call, the phone rings, and on the other end is the voice of a man who informs Stu that if he hangs up he'll be killed -- the caller has a high-powered rifle aimed at him. To prove his point, the sniper kills a pimp who hassles Stu over his prolonged stay in the booth. When the NYPD show up -- headed by Forrest Whitaker -- Stu is not allowed to explain what's going on and the police have to figure things out before someone else gets killed. The motive -- the sniper (voiced by Kiefer Sutherland) is a vigilante who knocks off bad guys (greedy CEOs and pedophiles). Stu's crime -- he's a publicist. An offbeat and at-times thrilling outing by director Joel Schumacher and screenwriter Larry Cohen. Director: Joel Schumacher. Stars: Colin Farrell, Kiefer Sutherland, Forest Whitaker, Radha Mitchell, Katie Holmes, Paula Jai Parker. 2003, CC, MPAA rating: R, 80 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $45.000 million, Fox, No VHS SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date. 3 stars

July 15
  • Shanghai Knights Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson return in this entertaining follow-up to their 2000 kung fu Western "Shanghai Noon." There's plenty of slapstick, martial arts and bold anachronistic gags (supplied by Wilson). Chan plays Chon Wang, the wayward son of a traditional Chinese father, while Wilson is the cowardly sagebrush scalawag Roy O'Bannon. The film begins in China with the killing of Wang's father, who was the keeper of the imperial seal. Wang's sister, Chon Lin (Fann Wong) -- who also plays the romantic lead for Wilson -- vows to track down the murderer, Lord Rathbone, and retrieve the stolen seal. This leads her to London, where she contacts Wang, who is sheriff of Carson City. He's immediately on the road to join her. Traveling to turn-of-the-century New York, Wang picks up O'Bannon -- a born (but lovable) liar with a devious, woman-hungry nature. The pair travel to London, where they encounter fights, chases, arrests and escapes, with all sorts of allies and villains, including a thieving orphan, a Scotland Yard detective, Queen Victoria, the bastard son of the Chinese emperor, and a posse of sword-wielding Boxers from China. Director: David Dobkin. Stars: Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson, Aaron Johnson, Thomas Fisher, Aidan Gillen, Fann Wong, Donnie Yen, Gemma Jones. 2003, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 114 min., Western comedy, Box office gross: $58.460 million, Buena Vista, $24.99 VHS SRP. DVD: Day & Date. 3 stars

  • Laurel Canyon An absorbing tale of family, sex, love and rock n' roll. "Laurel Canyon" is Lisa Cholodenko's much anticipated follow-up to her acclaimed 1998 debut "High Art" and tells the tale of a conservative young Harvard graduate, his academic fiancee and their mind-altering stay with Jane, his wild record-producer mom. The entanglement begins when the very uptight Sam (Christian Bale) and Alex (Kate Beckinsale) arrive to stay at Jane's house in Laurel Canyon, assuming they were to be alone. Instead, Alex is introduced to Jane (Frances McDormand). Now in her early 40's, Jane is still going strong, mixing tracks with a hot young British band whose lead singer Ian (Alessandro Nivola) is also sharing her bed. As days go by, Alex finds herself attracted to the bohemian work and lifestyle of Sam's mother. Meanwhile, Sam, who longs for the stability his mother could never provide, finds himself tempted to have a fling with a local medical resident (Natascha McElhone). Director: Lisa Cholodenko. Stars: Frances McDormand, Christian Bale, Kate Beckinsale, Natascha McElhone, Alessandro Nivola. 2003, CC, MPAA rating: R, 103 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $2.617 million, Columbia TriStar, No VHS SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date. 3 stars

  • Gods & Generals Two-volume set. Rousing, touching epic about the early years of America's fierce Civil War, based on Jeff Shaara's New York Times' best-seller. A prequel to the acclaimed film "Gettysburg." The film follows the life and heroism of General Robert E. Lee, Colonel Joshua Chamberlain and General Stonewall Jackson during the first two years of America's Civil War. Director: Ronald F. Maxwell. Stars: Jeff Daniels, Stephen Lang, Robert Duvall, Mark J. Nichols, Mira Sorvino, Kevin Conway, C. Thomas Howell, Frankie Faison. 2003, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 216 min., Historical drama, Box office gross: $12.870 million, Warner, $22.99 VHS SRP. DVD: Day & Date. 3 stars

  • Pinocchio This attempt to reanimate "Pinocchio" was the brainchild of Roberto Benigni and when it was released in Italy it became the highest grossing film of all time there; released here (in a poorly dubbed version) it was a boring flop. The film aimlessly follows the "Pinocchio" story line and suffers from an aimless script, a lead (Benigni) much too old to be parading around as a wooden boy, and dubbing that doesn't synch up with moving lips. On the plus side are great sets and costumes. Unfortunately they're not strong enough to salvage the production. Benigni is such a top draw and filmic icon in Italy that we can only surmise that Italian moviegoers will flock to see anything he stars in. Not so here. Director: Roberto Benigni. Stars: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Carlo Guiffre; voices of Breckin Meyer, Glenn Close, John Cleese, Eric Idle. David Suchet, Cheech Marin, Eddie Griffin, Queen Latifah, Regis Philbin. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: G, 108 min., Fantasy, Box office gross: $3.681 million, Miramax, No VHS SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date. 1 stars

July 22
  • Read My Lips She teaches him good manners. He teaches her bad ones. Sexy French actors Emmanuelle Devos and Vincent Cassel star in this award-winning film noir thriller. Winner of three Cesar Awards including Best Actress and Best Original Writing, the film was also an Official Selection at the Toronto International Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival and Opening Night at Rendezvous with New French Cinema at the Lincoln Center. Young secretary Carla (Devos) is a long-time employee of a property development company. Loyal and hardworking, first to arrive and last to leave, Carla is beginning to chafe at the limitations of her career and is looking to move up. But as a 35-year-old woman with a hearing deficiency, she is not sure how to climb out of her humdrum life, though she is confident in her own abilities. Carla has one skill that sets her above others: she can read lips and tell what people are saying across a crowded room. Into her life comes Paul Angeli (Cassel), a new trainee she decides to hire. Paul is 25 years old and completely unskilled -- he's a thief, fresh out of jail and very good looking. It's a symbiotic case of good meeting bad: he helps her steal office documents that allow her to rise the corporate ladder; she finds him a place to crash. When Paul has to quit to work off an IOU to sleazy nightclub owner Marchand (Olivier Gourmet), he decides that the two should join forces to rob Marchand using her excellent lip-reading abilities. A tense crime thriller. French with English subtitles. Director: Jacques Audiard. Stars: Vincent Cassel, Emmanuelle Devos, Olivier Gourmet, Olivier Perrier, Olivia Bonamy, Bernard Alane. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: R, 119 min., Drama, Box office gross: $1.359 million, Columbia TriStar, No VHS SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date. 3 stars

  • Spun A very gritty comedy. College dropout and out-of-control speed freak Ross (Jason Schwartzman) is introduced to the local crystal meth cook (Mickey Rourke) through his dealer Spider Mike (John Leguizamo) and agrees to become his personal driver in exchange for free drugs. With his friends Nikki (Brittany Murphy), Cookie (Mena Suvari) and Frisbee (Patrick Fugit) in tow, a massive three-day adventure ensues as he ricochets from one bizarre situation to the next, descending deeper and deeper into the insomniac, anarchic and amoral world of meth junkies and the strange characters who inhabit it. Featuring original music from The Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan. Director: Jonas Akerlund. Stars: Brittany Murphy, John Leguizamo, Mena Suvari, Jason Schwartzman, Mickey Rourke, Patrick Fugit, Eric Roberts. 2003, CC, MPAA rating: R/UR, 101 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $0.396 million, Columbia TriStar, No VHS SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date. 2 stars

  • Life of David Gale, The Kevin Spacey stars with Kate Winslet in this weak thriller. Spacey is a respected philosophy professor who advocates abolition of the death penalty. But a conspiracy and murderous deception begins when he's charged with rape and murder and it appears likely that -- only in the irony of melodrama -- he's be executed on Texas' death row. With four days left before his execution, he summons a newsmagazine reporter (Winslet) to tell his story to and declare his innocence. And naturally she tries to prove his innocence, even as the professor takes his last steps. Heavy footed and heavy handed. Director: Alan Parker. Stars: Kevin Spacey, Kate Winslet, Laura Linney, Gabriel Mann, Rhona Mitra, Matt Craven. 2003, CC, MPAA rating: R, 130 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $19.593 million, Universal, No VHS SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date. 2 stars

  • Final Destination 2 You can't fool father death -- but you sure can try. This sequel to the 2000 sleeper horror hit picks up one year after the events of the first film -- in which a group of teens cheat death by leaving a doomed airliner but, one-by-one, are claimed by Death -- and follows nine people who, thanks to a premonition by teenager Kimberly (A.J. Cook), avoid a massive freeway pileup. But Death comes a'knockin and starts to get its due. Kimberly seeks out Clear Rivers (Ali Larter), one of the survivors of the first film, and the pair attempt to save the victims. As in the first go-round, Death strikes in unusual and outlandish ways, titillating the horror-lovers in the audience. Director: David Ellis. Stars: Ali Larter, A.J. Cook, Michael Landes, David Paetkau, James Kirk. 2003, CC, MPAA rating: R, 91 min., Horror, Box office gross: $46.455 million, New Line, $22.99 VHS SRP. DVD: Day & Date. 3 stars

  • In Praise of Love A mesmerizing and lyrical meditation on love and the role history and memory play in shaping human consciousness, past and present, by one of the great directors of all time, Jean-Luc Godard. The film is divided into two parts, a black and white section chronicling the journey of a young man while working on an ever-changing project that includes the search for a young woman who may be the granddaughter of a married couple who fought in the French Resistance, and a digital color video half in which the young man encounters the Resistance fighters two years before the first section. In both sections Godard takes brittle aim at the celebrity culture of the United States; contrary to many reviewers' opinions, his "attacks" on America's pop-saturated and consumer-oriented consciousness is not malicious but more akin to a wayward uncle scolding his nephews/nieces on having lost sight of the true nature of experience and life. As with much of Godard's work, the film is deep with allusions and symbols that require heady -- but worthwhile work -- on the part of the viewer. A must for true cineastes. Director: Jean-Luc Godard. Stars: Bruno Putzulu, Cecile Camp, Jean Davy, Francoise Verny, Audrey Klebaner. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: NR, 98 min., Drama, Box office gross: $0.251 million, New Yorker, No VHS SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date. 3 stars

  • Nicholas Nickleby From one of Charles Dickens' most beloved novels come some of his most unforgettable characters, vibrantly brought to life by a star-studded, award-winning cast. In Nicholas Nickleby, young Nicholas and his family have enjoyed a comfortable life -- but then again, this is Dickens. Nicholas' father dies, the family is left penniless, and Nicholas, his sister, and mother venture to London to seek help from their Uncle Ralph. Unfortunately, Ralph's only intentions are to break up the family and exploit them, and Nicholas is sent to a school run by the cruel, abusive, and horridly entertaining Wackford Squeers. Eventually, Nicholas runs away with fellow schoolmate Smike, and the two set off on an adventure to find and reunite the Nickleby family. Director: Douglas McGrath. Stars: Anne Hathaway, Stella Gonet, Romola Garai, Jamie Bell, Charlie Hunnam, Juliet Stevenson, Timothy Spall, Christopher Plummer, Nathan Lane, Barry Humphries, Alan Cumming, Tom Courtenay, Jim Broadbent. 2003, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 132 min., Drama, Box office gross: $1.309 million, MGM, No VHS SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date. 3 stars

  • Ararat "Ararat" is director Atom Egoyan's most provocative film to date, dealing as it does with the meaning of life, the search for identity, parent-children relationships, and the horrors and meaning of the Turkish genocide of millions of Armenians in 1915, which still haunts generations of Armenians. It is a story about truth and denial -- on both an intimate and a grand scale. The estranged members of a contemporary Armenian family are faced both with Turkey's denial of their catastrophic past and with their own complicated present: A mother who only wants peace, a young woman who wants nothing but retribution, and a young man whose journey to uncover his roots is jeopardizing his future. Told in Egoyan's trademark elliptical style -- much of the story revolves around a film within a film, also called "Ararat," by a respected Armenian director (Charles Aznavour), some of it kicked off by a Canadian customs agent (Christopher Plummer) detaining 18-year-old Raffi (David Alpay) at the airport and listening to his problems about his mother and his French girlfriend -- "Ararat" is at once a mysterious and powerful story about determining truth. Director: Atom Egoyan. Stars: Christopher Plummer, Charles Aznavour, Elias Koteas, Arsinee Khanjian, Bruce Greenwood, Eric Bogosian. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: R, 115 min., Drama, Box office gross: $1.554 million, Miramax, No VHS SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date. 3 stars

July 29
  • Daredevil For Daredevil, justice is blind, and for the guilty, there's hell to pay! By day, blind attorney Matt Murdock (Ben Affleck) toils for justice in Hell's Kitchen. By night, he's Daredevil, The Man Without Fear, a powerful, masked vigilante stalking the dark streets and bringing justice to the downtrodden with an uncanny "radar sense" that allows him to "see" with superhuman capabilities. A freak accident has given Murdock his signature "radar sense " but doesn't give him super powers, which makes him all the more human. Following the accident, Murdock embarks on a rigorous training regimen to build his mind and body. He learns that he can "see" by the vibrations made by sound -- he can even hear a man's heart beating -- and he possesses extraordinary senses of touch and smell. Spurred on by his father's murder, Murdock devotes his life to justice. With longtime friend Franklin "Foggy" Nelson (Jon Favreau) he opens a storefront law office. When criminals beat the system, Murdock becomes the daredevil to bring street-style justice to the neighborhood. But when the love of his life, fiery Elektra Natchios (Jennifer Garner), is targeted by New York City's ruthless Kingpin of Crime (Michael Clarke Duncan) and his deadly assassin Bullseye (Colin Farrell), Daredevil may be about to meet his match. Unlike "Spider-Man's" Tobey Maguire -- who grows into his character before your very eyes and becomes a comic book human superhero -- Ben Affleck's "Daredevil" is never more than a comic book hero, the humanness left behind in the search for onscreen justice. Still, it's an all-out assault on the senses and special effects. Director: Mark Steven Johnson. Stars: Ben Affleck, Michael Clarke Duncan, Jennifer Garner, Colin Farrell, Jon Favreau, Scott Terra, Ellen Pompeo, Joe Pantoliano, Coolio. 2003, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 103 min., Action, Box office gross: $100.329 million, Fox, $22.98 VHS SRP. DVD: Day & Date. 3 stars

  • Solaris George Clooney turns in a stellar performance in this sci-fi movie from Steven Soderbergh. Based on Polish writer Stanislaw Lem's classic 1961 science fiction novel and the 1972 Andrei Tarkovsky Soviet film. Aboard a lonely space station orbiting the planet Solaris, terrified crew members are experiencing a host of strange phenomena, including eerie visitors who seem all too human. When psychologist Chris Kelvin (George Clooney) arrives to investigate, he confronts a power beyond imagining that could hold the key to mankind's deepest dreams or darkest nightmares. Somewhere on the planet below an alien lifeform seeps into Kelvin's mind and recreates for him his long-dead wife Rheya (Natascha McElhone). Is she really his wife? Kelvin is not sure, so he lures her into a pod and sends her into space. Did he make a mistake? Solaris gives him another chance. It's a creepy, claustrophobic adventure and speculation on reality and humanness highlighted by fine performances all around. Director: Steven Soderbergh. Stars: George Clooney, Natascha McElhone, Jeremy Davies, Viola Davis, Ulrich Tukur. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 99 min., Science Fiction, Box office gross: $14.970 million, Fox, No VHS SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date. 3 stars

  • Quiet American, The Faithful adaptation of Graham Greene's novel about pre-Vietnam War Indo-China. Michael Caine is superb as a drugged, boozed and sexed out British reporter grown accustomed to living the good colonial life in the tropical clime of Southeast Asia. It was a decadent time for the elite, but the cozy life was soon to be upset by more global concerns. Into the complacent life of Thomas Fowler (Caine) comes bright-eyed and bushy tailed American aid worker Alden Pyle (Brendan Fraser), whose idealism and desire to help the people of the third world also extends to Fowler's mistress. When the Times of London threatens to recall Fowler, he gets energized and starts an investigation into corruption and massacres, uncovering the fact that Pyle is not what he has professed to be. Director: Phillip Noyce. Stars: Michael Caine, Brendan Fraser, Hai Yen Do, Rade Serbedzija, Tzi Ma. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: R, 101 min., Drama, Box office gross: $11.000 million, Miramax, No VHS SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date. 3 stars

  • Spider Winner at the Toronto International Film Festival for Best Canadian Feature Film and Best Director (David Cronenberg) at the Genie Awards, "Spider" was also honored with nominations at the Cannes Film Festival, the European Film Awards and the Golden Satellite Awards. Set in East End London, this riveting psychological thriller tells the intense story of a deeply disturbed young boy nicknamed Spider who sees his father brutally murder his mother and replace her with a prostitute, Yvonne (Miranda Richardson). Convinced they plan to murder him next, Spider hatches an insane plan, which he carries through to tragic effect. Years later, Spider (Ralph Fiennes) is admitted to a halfway house for the mentally ill, where he receives little care or attention from the landlady, Mrs. Wilkinson (Lynn Redgrave). Unsupervised, Spider stops taking his medication for acute schizophrenia and starts revisiting his childhood haunts. His attempts to sustain his delusional account of his past begin to unravel and he spirals into fresh madness and loses his fragile grip on reality. Director: David Cronenberg. Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Miranda Richardson, Gabriel Byrnes, Lynn Redgrave, John Neville. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: R, 98 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $1.490 million, Columbia TriStar, No VHS SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date. 3 stars

  • XX/YY When New York animator Coles (Mark Ruffalo) meets Sam (Maya Strange) the attraction is immediate. And when Sam invites her hot friend Thea (Kathleen Robertson) to join their bed, the resulting menage a trois is both a dream come true -- until ugly secrets destroy the carefree threesome. Eventually the three go their separate ways, only to reunite 10 years later, when their very different lives converge again. Over the course of a weekend at the Hamptons, they are forced to confront the true meaning of love and commitment. Director: Austin Chick. Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Kathleen Robertson, Maya Strange, Petra Wright, David Thornton. 2003, CC, MPAA rating: R, 91 min., Drama, Box office gross: $0.065 million, MGM, No VHS SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date. 3 stars

  • Piglet's Big Movie It's Piglet's first movie, a wonderful story of friendship, fun and adventure in which Pooh and the rest of the A.A. Milne- created gang learn it doesn't take somebody big to do big things. Favorite characters Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Roo and more from the Hundred Acre Wood join Piglet in a delightful animated movie packed with laughs, adventure and fun for the whole family. The film includes five new songs by Carly Simon and Brian Hohlfeld, and music from the legendary Disney song duo The Sherman Brothers. Piglet disappears into the Hundred Acre Wood after hearing he is "just too small" to help with the gang's "hunny"-gathering scheme. Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and the other Hundred Acre Wood friends "think, think, think" and decide to use Piglet's scrapbook of memories to find him. Soon, they realize just how BIG a part Piglet plays in their many adventures together. Director: Francis Glebas. Voices: John Fiedler, Jim Cummings, Andre Stojka, Kath Soucie, Nikita Hopkins, Peter Cullen, Ken Sansom, Tom Wheatley. 2003, CC, MPAA rating: G, 75 min., Animated, Box office gross: $23.073 million, Disney, $24.99 VHS SRP. DVD: Day & Date.

  • Till Human Voices Wake Us Story of Sam Frank (Guy Pearce), an Australian psychologist who must return to his childhood home to fulfill his father's dying wish to be buried there. On his journey home, Sam encounters a woman named Ruby (Helena Bonham Carter), who soon becomes the key to his acceptance of the past. Now, as the past and present collide, Sam must come to terms with the tragic accident that happened in his youth and continues to haunt him in his adult life. Stars: Guy Pearce, Helena Bonham Carter. 2003, CC, MPAA rating: R, 96 min., Drama, Box office gross: $0.117 million, Paramount, No VHS SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date.

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