Mrs. Bennet (Brenda Blethyn) has always raised her five daughters to be aware of the importance of marrying a wealthy husband to secure their futures. But, the situation becomes desperate when the family learns that if Mr. Bennet (Donald Sutherland) dies before one of his daughters marries, their estate will be handed over to a distant cousin. Luckily, wealthy bachelor Mr. Bingley (Simon Woods) and his friend Mr. Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen) arrive in town to spend the summer, bringing with them a sense of hope. But, while the shy, beautiful Jane (Rosamund Pike) quickly falls in love with Mr. Bingley, independent, strong-willed Lizzie (Keira Knightley) finds Mr. Darcy snobbish and swears to loathe him forever. Directed by Joe Wright. With Jena Malone, Tom Hollander and Judi Dench. Categories: Drama, Romance, Based on a Novel. Year: 2005.
2005 in Pride & Prejudice
Uma Thurman plays an accomplished New York professional who is still single at age 37. When she starts dating a much younger guy (Bryan Greenberg) she is eager to share the news with her therapist (Meryl Streep). But the therapist figures out quickly that the new boyfriend is her own son, although she doesn't share the news with her patient. Prime is a contemporary comedy about what happens when three people who all care about each other are suddenly put in an impossible situation. Directed by Ben Younger. With Uma Thurman, Bryan Greenberg and Meryl Streep. Categories: Comedy, Drama, Romance. Year: 2005.
2005 in Prime
Max Bialystock (Nathan Lane), a shady Broadway producer, and Leo Bloom (Matthew Broderick), his nerdy accountant, concoct a scheme to over finance a huge flop and pocket the excess budget. But, despite their best efforts, the show becomes an unexpected smash hit. Directed by Susan Stroman. With Uma Thurman and Will Ferrell. Categories: Comedy, Musical, Remake. Year: 2005.
2005 in The Producers
When Captain Stanley (Ray Winstone) captures Charlie Burns (Guy Pearce), a notorious outlaw, he makes him an offer. Either he tracks down and kills his older brother (Danny Huston), or his younger brother (Richard Wilson) will be executed in nine days. Directed by John Hillcoat. With David Wenham, Emily Watson and John Hurt. Categories: Action, Crime, Drama, Western, Independent Film. Year: 2005.
2005 in The Proposition
Lisa Reisert (Rachel McAdams) never liked flying, but on an overnight flight to Miami she learns that planes are the least of her worries. Upon boarding, Lisa is pleased to find that she is seated next to Jackson (Cillian Murphy), a charming man she had a drink with at the airport terminal. But, just after takeoff, Jackson reveals that he is on a mission to kill the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, and Lisa is the key to the plot. Directed by Wes Craven. With Brian Cox and Jayma Mays. Categories: Action, Drama, Thriller. Year: 2005.
2005 in Red Eye
In this screen adaptation of the hit Broadway rock opera, Mark Cohen (Anthony Rapp), an aspiring film-maker, has lost his performance artist girlfriend, Maureen (Idina Menzel), to an uptight lawyer named Joanne (Tracie Thoms). Mark's roommate Roger (Adam Pascal) is an HIV-positive would-be musician who has misgivings about getting involved with Mimi (Rosario Dawson), an exotic dancer. Tom Collins (Jesse L. Martin), a disgruntled professor, falls for a transgendered street-drummer, Angel (Wilson Jermaine Heredia). Together this group of down and out friends must grapple with poverty, AIDS, suicide, commercialism and artistic stagnation. Directed by Chris Columbus. With Taye Diggs and Sarah Silverman. Categories: Drama, Musical, New York. Year: 2005.
2005 in Rent
Jake Green (Jason Statham), a hotshot gambler banned from most casinos, is invited to sit in on a private game with Dorothy Macha (Ray Liotta), a crime boss with little skill who wins by exploiting his reputation and violent intimidation. Jake isn't afraid of Macha, and, instead of letting the boss win, he takes his money and insults him at every turn. After the game, Macha puts out a hit on Jake, who teams up with a pair of brothers (Vincent Pastore and André Benjamin), who are out to take Macha down. Directed by Guy Ritchie. With Terence Maynard. Categories: Crime, Drama, Thriller. Year: 2005.
2005 in Revolver
After escaping from the curse of a mysterious video tape that killed everyone else unfortunate enough to watch it, journalist Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) and her son, Aidan (David Dorfman), move from Seattle to a small coastal town in Oregon, hoping to leave the horrifying tragedy behind them. But, after being in their new home for only a short time, another death occurs which seems eerily familiar to Rachel. When her investigation once again leads her to possess the dreaded tape, Rachels destroys it, believing that they curse may be put to rest once and for all. Her hopes prove to be short lived, however, when she returns home to discover that Samara, the young girl depicted in the tape, has made an intimate connection with Aiden that may cos thim his soul. Directed by Hideo Nakata. With Simon Baker, Elizabeth Perkins, Gary Cole, Sissy Spacek, Ryan Merriman and Emily VanCamp. Categories: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery. Year: 2005.
2005 in The Ring Two
This documentary showcases krumping, a frenetic, groundbreaking dance movement born on the streets of South Central Los Angeles. With roots in clowning, hip hop and African tribal rituals, krumping is an aggressive, visually stunning performance art that provides a positive outlet for many young people leading difficult lives. Directed by David LaChapelle. With Tommy the Clown. Categories: Documentary, Dance. Year: 2005.
2005 in Rize
After becoming engaged to her boyfriend Jeff (Mark Ruffalo), Sarah Huttington (Jennifer Aniston) travels home to Pasadena for her sister Annie's (Mena Suvari) wedding. Unsure about her new engagement and the direction of her career, Sarah's life is further complicated when she learns that her mother (Jennifer Bini Taylor) and grandmother (Shirley MacLaine) may have been the inspiration for the novel The Graduate. To learn the truth, Sarah tracks down Beau Burroughs (Kevin Costner), who she believes might be her father. But, when she learns that isn't the case, she ends up falling in love with him, adding another chapter to this timeless love story. Directed by Rob Reiner. With Richard Jenkins, Christopher McDonald, Mike Vogel and Kathy Bates. Categories: Comedy, Romance. Year: 2005.
2005 in Rumor Has It...
Matthew McConaughey is an adventurer who finds a coin he is sure comes from a cargo of treasure that was lost in the ocean during the Civil War. The treasure has ended up underneath the Saharan Desert. He persuades an archeologist (Penélope Cruz) and an old buddy of his (Steve Zahn) to help him track down the treasure, which will be worth a fortune. But they aren't the only ones after the gold, and they face enemies from all sides as they pursue the loot. Directed by Breck Eisner. With Lennie James, William H. Macy and Lambert Wilson. Categories: Action, Adventure, Comedy. Year: 2005.
2005 in Sahara
When Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) returns with another diabolical plot, he draws detective Eric Matthews (Donnie Wahlberg) into a danger game involving eight innocent victims, including Eric's son Daniel (Erik Knudsen). While the victims navigate through a booby-trapped shelter in search of the antidote for the nerve gas they have been breathing , Eric must find a way to convince Jigsaw to set them free and save his son. Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman. With Shawnee Smith, Franky G and Glenn Plummer. Categories: Crime, Horror, Thriller. Year: 2005.
2005 in Saw II
Mirabelle (Claire Danes), a plain, quiet young woman who works at a department store, finds the order of her mundane existence disrupted after meeting two very different men. Ray (Steve Martin) is a wealthy, well-spoken older man, and Jeremy (Jason Schwartzman) is an immature, socially awkward twentysomething without a penny to his name. Used to being alone, Mirabelle must make a choice between the two men as she struggles with her new life in Los Angeles. Directed by Anand Tucker. With Bridgette Wilson, Sam Bottoms and Frances Conroy. Categories: Drama, Romance, Based on a Novel. Year: 2005.
2005 in Shopgirl
Marv (Mickey Rourke) is an enormous thug who prowls the streets of Basin City looking for the killer of his love, Goldie (Jaime King). Hartigan (Bruce Willis) is a cop on a crooked police force trying to stop a Senator's disturbed son (Nick Stahl), who has an unhealthy obsession with young girls. Their stories make up just two to the twisted tales of the dark, hard-boiled world that is Sin City. Directed by Robert Rodriguez. With Benicio Del Toro, Jessica Alba, Devon Aoki, Alexis Bledel, Rosario Dawson, Josh Hartnett, Brittany Murphy, Clive Owen and Elijah Wood. Categories: Action, Crime, Thriller. Year: 2005.
2005 in Sin City
Journey the world as one yellow surfboard is shared by a group of friends. Mailed from one destination and one surfer to the next, this board unites a small group of dedicated surfers who have never met one another. Shot on location in California, Australia, Mexico, Hawaii and Japan. Directed by Jason Baffa. Categories: Sports, Documentary. Year: 2005.
2005 in Single Fin Yellow
Based on the bestselling novel by Ann Brashares, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is about four very different high-school friends, who find a pair of jeans in a second-hand store that fits all of them perfectly, even though they are different sizes. American Ferrara (of TV's Ugly Betty), Amber Tamblyn (star of the series Joan of Arcadia), Alexis Bledel (Rory on The Gilmore Girls) and Blake Lively (Gossip Girl) co-star in the story that takes place the summer before senior year. Directed by Ken Kwapis. With Mike Vogel and Bradley Whitford. Categories: Adventure, Comedy, Romance. Year: 2005.
2005 in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
In Nazi Germany in 1943, a group of idealistic young people, known as the White Rose group, plotted to bring down Hitler. They were caught, tortured and sentenced to death. The key members of this group were Sophie Scholl (Julia Jentsch) and her brother, Hans (Fabian Hinrichs). This focuses on Sophie's last days before her execution and how she defied her Nazi interrogator (Gerald Alexander Held). Directed by Marc Rothemund. Categories: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, War. Year: 2005.
2005 in Sophie Scholl - Die letzten Tage
In 1986 Park Slope, Brooklyn, Bernard Berkman (Jeff Daniels), a once promising author, now spends more time teaching than writing. When his wife, Joan (Laura Linney), begins to pursue her own literary talent, years of tension come to a head and break up the family. With their sons Walt (Jesse Eisenberg) and Frank (Owen Kline) left confused, hurt and searching for answers, Joan continues an affair with Frank's tennis coach (William Baldwin), while Bernard makes advances on one of his college students (Anna Paquin), whom Walt has fallen for. Directed by Noah Baumbach. Categories: Comedy, Drama, Independent Film. Year: 2005.
2005 in The Squid and the Whale
After leading a three year campaign against the evil General Grievous' (Matthew Wood) droid armies, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) have become heroes. Returning home following the daring rescue of Chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid), Anakin is reunited with Padme (Natalie Portman) and learns that his young wife is pregnant. But, when he is plagued by visions of Padme dying during childbirth, Anakin falls under the devious control of Chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid), submitting to the dark side of the Force and beginning his transformation into Darth Vader. Directed by George Lucas. With Samuel L. Jackson and Jimmy Smits. Categories: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi. Year: 2005.
2005 in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
Even-tempered psychiatrist Sam Foster (Ewan McGregor) attempts to thwart his patient Henry's (Ryan Gosling) plan to commit suicide on his 21st birthday. As Sam is drawn into the complex entanglements of Henry's problems, he loses his grip on his own life as the world around him gets increasingly surreal. Sam's relationship with his girlfriend and former patient Lila (Naomi Watts) suffers as a result, and eventually he is unable to determine where his consciousness ends and Henry's subconscious begins. Directed by Marc Forster. With Bob Hoskins, Elizabeth Reaser, Kate Burton and Janeane Garofalo. Categories: Drama, Mystery, Thriller. Year: 2005.
2005 in Stay
When the military develops "EDI," a deadly new aircraft that flies using an advanced artificial intelligence, US Navy test pilots Ben Gannon (Josh Lucas), Kara Wade (Jessica Biel) and Henry Purcell (Jamie Foxx) are hesitant to accept their new wingman. Their opinions begin to change when EDI proves useful during their first mission. But, when a lightning storm fries EDI's circuitry and turns it stops following commands, it is up to the human pilots to ground the renegade aircraft and prevent a nuclear war. Directed by Rob Cohen. With Sam Shepard and Joe Morton. Categories: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller. Year: 2005.
2005 in Stealth
This documentary follows the 2002 mayoral race in Newark, New Jersey. In a city where the vote is earned on the street, newcomer Cory Booker attempts to unseat longtime mayor Sharpe James. While the democratic process is celebrated, the slander, fraud and ethical challenges that go along with it are shown first hand. Directed by Marshall Curry. Categories: Documentary. Year: 2005.
2005 in Street Fight
Antonio (John Leguizamo) is an aspiring singer/songwriter who moves from Mexico to Los Angeles to try to make it. But he finds many obstacles in his way to a successful career and also gets involved with two women. One, played by Ana Claudia Talancón, is a medical student devoted to her ailing father. The other, a divorcee (Elizabeth Peça), is a talented singer. He wants the singer to join his band for a radio contest, then wonders whether he should leave his roots behind and start singing in English. Directed by Renée Chabria. Categories: Comedy, Drama. Year: 2005.
2005 in Sueno
Inge Alltenburg (Elizabeth Reaser) travels from Norway to Minnesota in the 1920s to marry Olaf Torvik (Tim Guinee), a country farmer whom she has never met. After the pair learn that they will be unable to marry due to Inge's German citizenship, they must also deal with the community's cold treatment due to the the war in Germany. Ostracized from the community, Inge and Olaf are forced to harvest their crop completely by hand and alone. But, eventually, after Inge begins to learn English, the town warms to the woman, and she and Olaf find love through their shared hardships. Directed by Ali Selim. With Patrick Heusinger, Alan Cumming, Ned Beatty and Alex Kingston. Categories: Drama, Romance. Year: 2005.
2005 in Sweet Land
An oil executive (Matt Damon) makes a major deal with a sheik after his son is killed in an accident on a business trip. At the same time, a veteran CIA operative (George Clooney) watches as politics overtake judgment and warning signs are ignored in the fight against terrorism. Meanwhile, a lawyer's (Jeffrey Wright) morals are tested during the merger of two powerful oil companies, and a Pakistani teenager is recruited by a charismatic cleric. Directed by Stephen Gaghan. With Christopher Plummer, Chris Cooper, Amanda Peet, Alexander Siddig and William Hurt. Categories: Drama, Thriller. Year: 2005.
2005 in Syriana
Nick Naylor (Aaron Eckhart), the chief spokesman for Big Tobacco, can spin any story. With an answer for everything, Naylor makes his living defending the rights of smokers and cigarette companies who face increased scrutiny and a tidal wave of negative public opinion. With health nuts on the warpath and Senator Ortolan Finistirre (William H. Macy) pushing to require poison labels on packs of cigarettes, Nick goes on an all-out PR offensive. But, with Naylor's newfound notariety comes the need to explain his less than honorable actions to his son Joey (Cameron Bright). Directed by Jason Reitman. With Todd Louiso, J.K. Simmons, Rob Lowe, Adam Brody, Katie Holmes, David Koechner, Robert Duvall, Sam Elliott and Maria Bello. Categories: Comedy, Drama. Year: 2005.
2005 in Thank You for Smoking
When Melquiades Estrada (Julio Cedillo) is accidentally murdered by a Texas Border Patrolman Mike Norton (Barry Pepper), his friend Pete Perkins (Tommy Lee Jones) sets out to keep a promise he made to see that Melquiades is buried in his Mexican hometown. After kidnapping Norton and digging up his friend's body, Perkins begins a dangerous journey over harsh terrain while trying to elude a police search party. With only a story to lead his way, Perkins never wavers in his dedication to see that his promise is fulfilled. Directed by Tommy Lee Jones. With January Jones and Melissa Leo. Categories: Adventure, Crime, Drama, Western. Year: 2005.
2005 in The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
Justin Cobb (Lou Taylor Pucci) is desperate to find a way to stop sucking his thumb and alleviate the undue stress his habit puts on his family, his love life and his identity. His father (Vincent D'Onofrio) gives him a cayenne-pepper cream and takes him fly-fishing. His mother (Tilda Swinton) is wrapped up in a fake relationship with a TV star. The only thing that stops his thumbsucking is hypnosis therapy administered by his orthodontist (Keanu Reeves), but the problem resurfaces in other forms. Directed by Mike Mills. With Benjamin Bratt and Vince Vaughn. Categories: Comedy, Drama. Year: 2005.
2005 in Thumbsucker
Bree (Felicity Huffman), a pre-operative male-to-female transsexual, is eager to embrace her new life as a woman. However, her old life as a man suddenly catches up with her when she receives a phone call from a teenager named Toby (Kevin Zegers), who is apparently her son from a long-forgotten sexual encounter. The phone call is not for a friendly chat, but a request for bail for the hustling runaway. Bree flies from LA to New York to bail Toby out of jail and offers him a cross-country ride. But, her real plan is to abandon Toby with his step-father. Bree struggles to reconcile her old life with her new as her already complicated life gets just a bit more complicated. Directed by Duncan Tucker. With Fionnula Flanagan, Elizabeth Peña, Burt Young and Graham Greene. Categories: Drama. Year: 2005.
2005 in Transamerica
Bart (Bob Hoskins) is a fierce gangster who maintains his chokehold on the mean streets of Glascow through his enforcer Danny (Jet Li), who he has raised as a savage killer since he was a child. Kept prisoner by Bart, Danny has a chance encounter with a blind piano tuner named Sam (Morgan Freeman) and experiences true kindness and the power of music for the first time. When Danny is able to escape, he takes refuge with Sam and his stepdaughter Victoria (Kerry Condon), whom he must protect when Bart and his gangsters come looking for him. Directed by Louis Leterrier. Categories: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller. Year: 2005.
2005 in Unleashed
V (Hugo Weaving), a masked freedom fighter, takes up arms against a totalitarian government in futuristic Great Britain. At once literary, flamboyant, tender and intellectual, V is also bitter, lonely and driven by a personal need for revenge. After rescuing her from an attack by a group of corrupt policemen, V finds an unlikely ally in the form of Evey Hammond (Natalie Portman). With her help, V persuades the citizens of his country to oppose the state's oppression with magnificent violence. Directed by James McTeigue. With Stephen Rea, Stephen Fry and John Hurt. Categories: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller. Year: 2005.
2005 in V for Vendetta
Dean (Justin Long) didn't consider working at Shenaniganz a waste of time until he learned about a former classmate's success. But, Dean's friend Monty (Ryan Reynolds) couldn't care less. During the course of one shift, Monty trains a shy new employee (John Francis Daley), and introduces him to the rest of the Shenangan's crew: the tough-talking ex-girlfriend, Serena (Anna Faris), the over-zealous manager, Dan (David Koechner), and disgusting head cook Raddimus (Luis Guzmán). Directed by Rob McKittrick. With Chi McBride, Dane Cook, Emmanuelle Chriqui and Andy Milonakis. Categories: Comedy. Year: 2005.
2005 in Waiting...
While growing up during the Great Depression, Johnny Cash (Joaquin Phoenix) quickly learns to love music. This film explores the life of this country legend, starting with his early years on a cotton farm to his rise to success. But, the focal point quickly becomes the love he shares with musician June Carter (Reese Witherspoon). Directed by James Mangold. With Robert Patrick. Categories: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance. Year: 2005.
2005 in Walk the Line
Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise) has seen better days. Estranged from his family, he is left to care for his son (Justin Chatwin) and daughter (Dakota Fanning) when his ex-wife leaves town. The kids aren't happy and neither is he. When disaster strikes in the form of an alien invasion, Ray must rise to extraordinary heights as he attempts to save his family from extraterrestrial invaders of enormous power. Directed by Steven Spielberg. With Tim Robbins and Miranda Otto. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Categories: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller. Year: 2005.
2005 in War of the Worlds
Each year, John Beckwith (Owen Wilson) and Jeremy Klein (Vince Vaughn) look forward to wedding season so they can take advantage of the heightened romantic mood and invent fool proof stories to entice the women they meet. Life couldn't be better for the two shameless sleaze balls, until John falls hard for Claire (Rachel McAdams), daughter of Secretary William Cleary (Christopher Walken). With their whole way of life threatened, Jeremy does his best to cope and back up his friend's quest, while fending off the advances of Claire's unstable sister (Isla Fisher). Directed by David Dobkin. With Jane Seymour, Rebecca De Mornay and Bradley Cooper. Categories: Comedy, Romance. Year: 2005.
2005 in Wedding Crashers
Upon his release from prison, kind-hearted conman Wendell Baker (Luke Wilson) gets a job at a retirement hotel near the Texas-Mexico border. With his longtime girlfriend Doreen (Eva Mendes) and good friend Reyes (Jacob Vargas) still giving him the cold shoulder after his last scam, Wendell bonds with three residents of the hotel (Seymour Cassel, Kris Kristofferson and Harry Dean Stanton). When it becomes apparent that the head nurse (Owen Wilson) is running a scam of his own, Wendell helps his new friends organize a rebellion, while they help him win back his love. Directed by Andrew Wilson and Luke Wilson. With Eddie Griffin. Categories: Comedy, Drama, Romance. Year: 2005.
2005 in The Wendell Baker Story
In the 1950's, Lanny Morris (Kevin Bacon), a manic comedian, and Vince Collins (Colin Firth), his cool and collected straight man, are the most beloved entertainers in America. When a dead beauty is found in their hotel room, their reputations are sullied and their partnership comes to an end. But, due to their airtight alibis, neither showman is ever charged with the crime. Fifteen years later, Karen O'Connor (Alison Lohman), a young female journalist, tries to uncover the truth behind the breakup and the events that led up to the unsolved murder. Directed by Atom Egoyan. With Maury Chaykin and Rachel Blanchard. Categories: Drama, Mystery. Year: 2005.
2005 in Where the Truth Lies
In Shanghai in the late 1930s, Todd Jackson (Ralph Fiennes), a former US diplomat, has gone blind and spends his days thinking of his long-dead wife and children. After an unexpected windfall, he pursues the dream of creating the perfect bar. Eventually, he forms a relationship with a refugee White Russian countess (Natasha Richardson) who has been reduced to working as a taxi driver and prostitute to support members of her late husband's family. Directed by James Ivory. With Lynn Redgrave and Vanessa Redgrave. Categories: Drama, History, Romance. Year: 2005.
2005 in The White Countess
This documentary focuses on the military industrial complex and the rise of the American Empire. It surveys a half-century of military action and argues that the US economy's survival depends on a state of constant war. Directed by Eugene Jarecki. With John McCain, Gore Vidal and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Categories: Documentary, History. Year: 2005.
2005 in Why We Fight
Twenty-something pals Kristy (Kestie Morassi), Ben (Nathan Phillips) and Liz (Cassandra Magrath) take a road trip through Australia to hike through Wolf Creek National Park. After spending time camping, the trio returns to their car and finds that it won't start. Their troubles escalate when a local bushman offers to make the repairs, and then takes them captive. Directed by Greg McLean. With John Jarratt. Categories: Horror, Thriller, Adventure, Crime. Year: 2005.
2005 in Wolf Creek
When Admiral Frank Beardsley (Dennis Quaid), a strict widower with eight children, marries his high school sweetheart Helen (Rene Russo), a free-spirited fashion designer with ten children of her own, the sheer size of their new fmaily is enough to give them a headache. But, when the two sets of children begin to clash, a giant turf war begins, pitting brother against brother and sister against sister. To make the marriage work, Frank and Helen will have to find a way to make peace between the warring factions before their house is torn apart. Directed by Raja Gosnell. With Sean Faris, Drake Bell, Rip Torn and David Koechner. Categories: Comedy, Family. Year: 2005.
2005 in Yours, Mine and Ours