Critics' Choice: Top Movies of 2005
- Friday, December 30, 2005
- Release Date: September 30, 2005
- Rating: PG-13 (disturbing images)
- Genre: Drama
- Run Time: 130 min.
- Director: Roman Polanski
- Actors: Barney Clark, Ben Kingsley, Jamie Forman, Harry Eden, Edward Hardwicke
Acclaimed but notorious filmmaker Roman Polanski – who resides outside the United States because of charges brought against him decades ago for having sex with a minor – has directed one of this year’s finest family films. Polanski’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel, "Oliver Twist," is a triumph of deliberately paced storytelling, bravura acting and moral uplift, seasoned with just enough humor to sustain viewers through a story that is, at times, overwhelmingly bleak.
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
- Release Date: November 18, 2005
- Rating: PG (mild thematic elements)
- Genre: Drama
- Run Time: 127 min.
- Director: Joe Wright
- Actors: Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Brenda Blethyn, Donald Sutherland, Tom Hollander, Rosamund Pike, Jenna Malone, Simon Woods, Rupert Friend, Judi Dench
The social mores on display in "Pride and Prejudice" seem pleasantly quaint by today’s standards, yet Austen’s story has a timeless appeal. Director Joe Wright and screenwriter Deborah Moggach, whose previous work has been mostly for television, find a suitable tone for the repartee among Elizabeth, Darcy, and the rest of the Bennet family — not "Masterpiece Theater" stuffy, nor modernized for undiscriminating ticket-buyers.
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE
- Release Date: December 9, 2005
- Rating: PG (battle sequences, frightening moments)
- Genre: Family/Fantasy
- Run Time: 132 min.
- Director: Andrew Adamson
- Actors: Tilda Swinton, Jim Broadbent, James McAvoy, Liam Neeson, Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Rupert Everett, Ray Winstone, Dawn French
After months and months of eager expectation, families across America finally get to see “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” Based on the beloved children’s book by Christian apologist and theologian C.S. Lewis, the making of the film has been one of this year’s biggest news stories in Christian circles. Devotees and casual readers alike have been excitedly gobbling up any and all information available on the film’s production. The foremost question on everyone’s mind: does the movie properly portray the underlying Christian themes of the book? Lewis fans will no doubt cringe at some of the film’s minor variances from the original book, but for the most part, the highly anticipated movie is true to its source material.
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