Signs
Rating:
  PG-13
Actors:  Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Cherry Jones, Rory Culkin
Director:  M. Night Shyamalan 
Comments:  Writer/producer/director M. Night Shyamalan delivers another unique psychological thriller that skillfully combines his brand of horror with science fiction, weaving both into an enthralling story and earning him the well-deserved title, "Master of Suspense."  Mel Gibson again proves his ability to deliver a likable but complex character, one who wrestles with his new role as a single dad, tries to forget who and what he was in the past and openly grieves for his dead wife.
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The Count of Monte Cristo
Rating:  PG-13
Actors:  Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce, Richard Harris, Luis Guzman
Director:  Kevin Reynolds
Comments:  Alexandre Dumas' classic story has been retold many times on the big screen, but no version has ever achieved the epic style and artistry brought to the story by director Kevin Reynolds and screenwriter Jay Wolpert. This thrilling, swashbuckling adventure has everything: It's perfectly cast and has gorgeous scenery (Ireland and Malta), exciting plot twists and old-fashioned swordfight excitement filmed with 21st century Matrix- style camera techniques.
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The Emperor's Club
Rating:  PG-13
Actors:  Kevin Kline, Roger Rees, Rob Morrow, Steven Culp, Joel Gretsch, Patrick Dempsey
Director:  Michael Hoffman
Comments:  Director Michael Hoffman (One Fine Day) delivers a thought-provoking look at how a teacher changed the lives of his students.  On a deeper level this story deals with the issue of those who try and "beat the system" by taking the easy road to success, with little regard for who they hurt or step on in that journey.  But at what price and at what cost does that behavior affect others?  Rarely do we see a realistic story dealing with ethics between a teacher and his pupils.  The Emperor's Club is sort of a cross between Dead Poets Society and Goodbye, Mr. Chips, only much better because the story isn't depressing and there are no deaths, suicides or musical numbers.
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The Lord of the Rings:  The Two Towers
Rating:  PG-13
Actors:  Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, John Rhys-Davies, Liv Tyler, Elijah Wood
Director:  Peter Jackson
Comments:  This is an incredible fantasy, sci-fi, adventure epic filled with elaborate sets, grotesque creatures, beautiful New Zealand countryside, a superb ensemble of talented actors and some of the most amazing special effects and battle scenes you've ever seen!  Director Peter Jackson has taken on a monumental task that no other director in history had tried to accomplish before this trilogy--making three films in a year and a half of production.
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