||1. Gangs of New York
|Rob Marshall directs Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones in a
spectacular stunning sizzling flawless musical adventure. The two flapper
murders bask in celebrity light guided by lawyer Richard Gere. Worthy
of a standing ovation.
||Martin Scorsese has made a seething epic with dense trajectory into
how the mean streets of New York evolved from corruption, greed and brutality.
Leonardo DiCaprio represents the Irish immigrants and Daniel Day-Lewis
the Protestant Nativist known as Bill "The Butcher."
of the Rings: The Two Towers
||2. Far From Heaven
|A stunning beautiful sequel with spectacular special effects, background
||Todd Haynes works with Julianne Moore who is a 1957 Hartford housewife
affected by her husband's (Dennis Quaid) coming out of the closet as she
works to help cure his illness. The recreation of the fifties melodrama
is further enhanced by her affection for Dennis Haysbert her eloquent compassionate
|3. Catch Me If You
||3. The Hours
|Leonardo DiCaprio as a seventeen year old fools FBI agent Tom Hanks
as he impersonates a lawyer, pilot and doctor. Great fun and a fascinating
||Stephen Daldry's film about the influence of Mrs. Dalloway seamlessly
spans several decades with penetrating performances by Nicole Kidman, Julianne
Moore and Merly Streep in roles battling depression and dealing with suppressed
|4. 25th Hour
||4. Y Tu Mama Tambien
|Spike Lee moves Edward Norton through twenty four hours as he prepares
for a 7 year prison term and contemplates how he got where he is.
Powerful, intriguing and unrelenting story of regret and fear for the 25th
||Alfonso Cuaron's Mexican eclectically shot road picture is more than
a provocative coming-of-age film. It has deep insight into social
and political elements as two rebellious teens learn much about life and
themselves from an erotic, intelligent older woman.
|5. The Hours
|The best screen play of the year finds Nicole Kidman, writing Mrs.
Dalloway at the turn of the century as she contemplates suicide.
Julianne Moore in the fifties is confused frustrated and unable to relate
to her son and husband as she reads the book. Meryl Streep in 2000
deals with the end result of the book and the other women as their stories
are told in parallel. A classic beautiful film.
||Spike Jonze directs this eccentric, ingenious creation that has Nicolas
Cage in a memorable dual role. Meryl Streep is an author and a witty
Chris Cooper as her subject of the book "The Orchid Thief" which Cage is
adapting into a screen play.
|6. Far From Heaven
|Julianne Moore in a great performance as a fifties woman who keeps
up appearances while her husband (Dennis Quaid) comes out of the closet
and she has feelings for Dennis Haysbert her gardener.
||Mira Nair's sumptuous celebration of culture, tradition, and the complexities
of modern times during an arranged wedding in India.
|Nicolas Cage is two brothers the main one is adapting a book "The Orchid
Thief" into a screen play. But can't complete the work until he lives
the ending. Creative screen play and direction by Spike Jonze.
||Rib Marshall turns stage and choreography into a dynamic experience
on the screen in a homage to Bob Fosse, who first staged the play in 1975.
Renee Zellweger is riveting and Catherine Zeta-Jones is sexy as the two
rivals work with Richard Gere's lawyer.
|8. Minority Report
|Steven Speilberg guides accused police enforcer Tom Cruise in a spectacular
science fiction/political plot laced with dramatic special effects.
||Salma Hayek immerses herself into iconic Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.
Her tumultuous, torturous life is reflected in her work from the heart.
The film also benefits from the performance of Alfred Molina as philandering
artist and Frida's Communist-supporting husband.
|9. Road to Perdition
||9. Bowling for
|Powerful performance by hit man Tom Hanks as he works to protect his
son from the gang. Smoothly told tale by voice over from the son
in the future.
||Michael Moore's scathing documentary on America's love of guns goes
overboard with NRA president Charlton Heston, but it's witty and compelling
premise that race and fear may be at the core of the tragic events at Littleton,
|10. The Rookie
|A thoroughly enjoyable true baseball story of a thirty eight year old
rookie (Dennis Quaid) who makes it to the majors.
||Philip Noyce's shattering tale about horrors few know about perpetuated
upon Aborigines in Australia. Nicely understated role for Kenneth
Branagh who sends a search party out to stop three desperate sisters taking
the long way home.