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2003 Miramax/Dimension Previews!

01.17.2003

The 2003 movie preview fun continues to end off our week with the "indies": MIRAMAX/DIMENSION FILMS as well as the "new kid on the block": LIONS GATE FILMS. If you haven't seen any of the other 2003 STUDIO MOVIE PREVIEWS yet, click any of the following links to be taken directly to them: DISNEY / TOUCHSTONE, DREAMWORKS, MGM/UA, SONY/COLUMBIA, UNIVERSAL and WARNER BROS. Only two more to go: FOX and PARAMOUNT. Phew!

BAD SANTA

Release Date: Holiday 2003

Plot: It is the height of the festive holiday season and merry shoppers have begun their yearly pilgrimages to their local malls. Among the drove is a pair of con men, on a decadent road trip as Santa and his elf. Rather than spreading
good cheer, the duo’s motive is to rob each establishment, a strategy that becomes complicated when they encounter a precocious 8-year old that teaches them the true meaning of Christmas. Executive Produced by Joel and Ethan Coen.

Director: Terry Zwigoff

Cast: Billy Bob Thornton, Lauren Graham, John Ritter, Bernie Mac

BLUE CAR
Read JoBlo's review of BLUE CAR here

Release Date: April 25, 2003 (limited) May 2003 (expansion)

Plot: BLUE CAR is an evocative drama that tells the story of an 18 year-old girl, abandoned by her father and neglected by her overworked mother, who turns for solace and inspiration to her English teacher. What starts out as a mentoring relationship becomes increasingly complex and ambiguous as the tension in her family escalates. BLUE CAR marks the directorial debut of Karen Moncrieff and introduces Agnes Bruckner in a remarkable performance.

Director: Karen Moncrieff

Cast: David Strathairn, Agnes Bruckner, Margaret Colin, Regan Arnold, Frances Fisher

BUFFALO SOLDIERS

Release Date: May 9, 2003 (limited)

Plot: Set on an American army base in 1989, as the Berlin Wall is about to fall, BUFFALO SOLDIERS takes a satiric look as these men steal, drink, fight, and make, take, and sell drugs. Elwood (PHOENIX) is the brains behind the operation, easily duping his superior (HARRIS) and sleeping with his wife (MCGOVERN). But with the arrival of the new Sergeant (GLENN), everything changes. The Sergeant cracks down; Elwood retaliates by dating his daughter (PAQUIN) and attempting a big "weapons for drugs" deal, with the Sergeant in close pursuit.

Director: Gregor Jordan

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Ed Harris, Scott Glenn, Anna Paquin, Gabriel Mann, Leon Robinson, Dean Stockwell, Elizabeth McGovern

CITY OF GOD

Release Date: January 17, 2003 (limited), January 23, 2003 (expansion)

Plot: Welcome to the world’s most notorious slum: Rio de Janeiro’s CITY OF GOD. A place where combat photographers fear to tread, where Police rarely go, and residents are lucky if they live to the age of 20. This is the true story of a young man who grew up on these streets and whose ambition as a photographer is the world’s window in and ultimately may be his only way out.

Director: Fernando Meirelles

Cast: Matheus Nachtergaele, Seu Jorge, Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino Da Hora, Phelipe Haagensen, Douglas Silva, Roberta Rodriguez Silvia

COLD MOUNTAIN

Release Date: December 25, 2003

Plot: Directed by Academy Award®-winner Anthony Minghella (“The English Patient”, “The Talented Mr. Ripley”) and based on Charles Frazier's best-selling Civil War novel of the same name, COLD MOUNTAIN tells the story of Inman (JUDE LAW), a wounded confederate soldier who is on a perilous journey home to his mountain community, hoping to reunite with his pre-war sweetheart, Ada (NICOLE KIDMAN). In his absence, Ada struggles to survive, and revive her father's farm with the help of intrepid young drifter Ruby (RENÉE ZELLWEGER).

Director: Anthony Minghella

Cast: Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger, Eilleen Atkins, Brendan Gleeson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Natalie Portman, Giovanni Ribisi, Donald Sutherland, Ray Winstone, Kathy Baker, James Gammon, Charlie Hunnam, Jack White, Lucas Black, Ethan Suplee, Taryn Manning, Jena Malone, Melora Walters

CURSED

Release Date: August 8, 2003

Plot: The highly anticipated reunion of Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson, the creative minds behind the record breaking “Scream” trilogy. This time, Craven and Williamson put their signature on the classic werewolf tale, re-inventing the genre with their hip, edge-of-your-seat style. Set in Los Angeles, the film puts a modern, inventive twist on the archetypal story. Six time Academy Award winner Rick Baker (“An American Werewolf In London”) is on board to do the make-up.

Director: Wes Craven

Cast: In progress

DIRTY PRETTY THINGS

Release Date: April 11, 2003

Plot: From Stephen Frears, the Oscar®-nominated director of “The Grifters” and “Dangerous Liaisons”, comes a new film set in London’s secret underworld, where everything is for sale. It’s the story of a young man, Okwe (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and a Turkish chambermaid, Senay (Audrey Tautou), who work at the same West London hotel--a breeding ground for illegal activity. They are put to the test when Okwe makes a shocking discovery late one night.

Director: Stephen Frears

Cast: Audrey Tautou, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sergi Lopez, Sophie Okonedo, Benedict Wong

DUPLEX

Release Date: October 2003

Plot: In terms of living the American Dream, Alex (BEN STILLER) and Nancy (DREW BARRYMORE) have it pret-ty good. They’re a young, vibrant couple in New York City with bright futures ahead of them. But one thing is missing: a home of their own. But their new home comes with one feature they didn’t expect: an upstairs rent-controlled tenant, Mrs. Connelly, who isn’t quite as easy going or frail as Alex and Nancy originally anticipated. As their blissful life begins to seriously fray around the edges, their dream home rapidly turns into a nightmare. It's then that they start to wonder: if they can’t move Mrs. Connelly out...

Director: Danny DeVito

Cast: Ben Stiller, Drew Barrymore

DYSFUNKTIONAL FAMILY

Release Date: March 21, 2003

Plot: Eddie Griffin ("Undercover Brother", "Double Take", "Deuce Bigalow") stars in this hilariously raunchy concert film which features no-holds barred real life interviews with his family in Kansas City integrated into the comedy star's over the top stand-up performance. DYSFUNKTIONAL FAMILY showcases Griffin’s raucous and frank take on life, family and celebrity. If you think 'The Osbournes' are outrageous, you haven't seen anything yet...

Director: George Gallo

Cast: Eddie Griffin

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