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Director: Fernando Meirelles Kátia Lund
Starring: Alexandre Rodrigues Leandro Firmino Phellipe Haagensen Douglas Silva Jonathan Haagensen Matheus Nachtergaele Seu Jorge Jefechander Suplino Alice Braga Emerson Gomes Edson Oliveira Michel de Souza Roberta Rodrigues Luis Otávio Maurício Marques Gustavo Engracia Darlan Cunha Robson Rocha Thiago Martins Leandra Miranda
Genre: Foreign
Theatrical: 2002   Rated: R
Duration: 130
Summary: Like cinematic dynamite, City of God lights a fuse under its squalid Brazilian ghetto, and we're a captive audience to its violent explosion. The titular favela is home to a seething army of impoverished children who grow, over the film's ambitious 20-year timeframe, into cutthroat killers, drug lords, and feral survivors. In the vortex of this maelstrom is L'il Z (Leandro Firmino da Hora--like most of the cast, a nonprofessional actor), self-appointed king of the dealers, determined to eliminate all competition at the expense of his corrupted soul. With enough visual vitality and provocative substance to spark heated debate (and box-office gold) in Brazil, codirectors Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund tackle their subject head on, creating a portrait of youthful anarchy so appalling--and so authentically immediate--that City of God prompted reforms in socioeconomic policy. It's a bracing feat of stylistic audacity, borrowing from a dozen other films to form its own unique identity. You'll flinch, but you can't look away. --Jeff Shannon


Director: Yoshihiro Nakamura, Masayuki Ochiai
Starring: Dark Tales of Japan
Genre: Foreign
Theatrical: 2005   Rated: NR
Duration: 94
Summary: Five of Japan's best horror directors race to reach the outer limits of fear! Five horrifying episodes on one disc: The Spiderwoman, Crevices, The Sacrifice, Blond Kwaldan and Presentiment


Director: Hans Weingartner
Starring: Knut Berger Bernhard Bettermann Oliver Bröcker Daniel Brühl Sebastian Butz Claudio Caiolo Stipe Erceg Heinz Fitz Sylvia Haider Reiner Heise Claudia Jakobshagen Julia Jentsch Burghart Klaußner Heinz Kreitzen Peer Martiny Laura Schmidt Lara Schützsack Petra Zieser Hanns Zischler
Genre: Foreign
Theatrical: 2004   Rated: R
Duration: 129
Summary: Jan (Daniel Brühl, Ladies in Lavender) and Peter are the best friends behind the radical and mysterious group The Edukators, united by their passion to change the world, in "The funniest, most original movie I've seen all year." (David Edwards, The Daily Mirror). When the rich go on vacation, The Edukators break into their homes. They don't steal, but simply rearrange everything, leaving the message "Your days of plenty are numbered." When Peter's girlfriend Jule (Julia Jentsch, winner, Best Young Actress, 2005 Bavarian Film Awards) moves in, she joins them in their subversive activities. But when a rich businessman catches them in the act, they rashly decide to kidnap him. Faced with the values of the generation in power, they will see what kind of revolutionaries they are, if their friendship can survive, and discover if they truly work in the interest of the greater good, or just in their own self-interest. Passions rage and loyalties shatter in director Hans Weingartner's exciting film that's "Fresh, biting, gripping, tender, and tense." (The Telegraph On Sunday


Director: Yimou Zhang
Starring: Jet Li Tony Leung Chiu Wai Maggie Cheung Ziyi Zhang Daoming Chen Donnie Yen Liu Zhong Yuan Zheng Tia Yong Yan Qin Chang Xiao Yang Zhang Ya Kun Ma Wen Hua Jin Ming Xu Kuang Hua Wang Shou Xin Hei Zi Cao Hua Li Lei Xia Bin Peng Qiang Zhang Yimou
Genre: Foreign
Theatrical: 2004   Rated: PG-13
Duration: 99
Summary: Master filmmaker Quentin Tarantino presents HERO -- starring martial arts legend Jet Li in a visually stunning martial arts epic where a fearless warrior rises up to defy an empire and unite a nation! With supernatural skill ... and no fear ... a nameless soldier (Jet Li) embarks on a mission of revenge against the fearsome army that massacred his people. Now, to achieve the justice he seeks, he must take on the empire's most ruthless assassins and reach the enemy he has sworn to defeat! Acclaimed by critics and honored with numerous awards, HERO was nominated for both an Oscar® (2002 Best Foreign Language Film)and Golden Globe!


Director: Joshua Marston
Starring: Catalina Sandino Moreno Virgina Ariza Yenny Paola Vega Rodrigo Sánchez Borhorquez Charles Albert Patiño Wilson Guerrero Johanna Andrea Mora Fabricio Suarez Mateo Suarez Evangelina Morales Juana Guarderas John Álex Toro Jaime Osorio Gómez Guilied Lopez Victor Macias Hugo Ferro Ana Maria Acosta Ada Vergara De Solano Maria Consuelo Perez Ed Trucco
Genre: Foreign
Theatrical: 2003   Rated: R
Duration: 101
Summary: When a movie can blend passionate social concern with good old-fashioned suspense, it must be doing something right. Maria Full of Grace scores high on both counts. Maria is a Colombian teenager who, for a large paycheck, agrees to be a mule for drug-runners: she has to swallow dozens of thumb-sized capsules of heroin and smuggle them into New York. This debilitating process is painstakingly described, and of course not everything goes as planned when Maria and her fellow mules land in America. Director Joshua Marston is working on a low budget, which explains the film's narrow, single-minded focus--but this may be a strength, not a weakness. The trump card is the lead performance of Catalina Sandrino Moreno, who won awards at the Seattle and Newport Film Festivals. Her empathetic face carries us along on Maria's journey, and humanizes a problem that is too easily relegated to a headline. --Robert Horton


Director: Prachya Pinkaew
Starring: Petchtai Wongkamlao Tony Jaa Pumwaree Yodkamol Suchao Pongwilai Chumphorn Thepphithak Chatewut Watcharakhun Wannakit Sirioput Rungrawee Barijindakul Chatthapong Pantanaunkul Nudhapol Asavabhakhin Pornpimol Chookanthong Udom Chouncheun Boonsri Yindee Arirat Ratanakaitkosol Woravit Tanochitsirikul Chalongsak Sirimahasan Sawang Rodnuch Sutin Rodnuch Woranard Tantipidok Somjaj Junmoonree
Genre: Foreign
Theatrical: 2003   Rated: R
Duration: 101
Summary: No computer graphic can ever surpass what a real human body can do--and what the body can do is on spectacular display in Ong-Bak, a Thai action movie starring the lithe and flexible Tony Jaa. When the head is stolen from a holy statue in Jaa's rural village, he goes to Bangkok to get it back. Of course, it just so happens that the thief is connected to a bar where criminal big shots gamble over bare-knuckle brawls, and Jaa is--despite his virtuous efforts--drawn into the game. But that's only the beginning; a chase through the city streets rivals the ingenious acrobatics of Jackie Chan, with Jaa leaping between panes of glass, over a bicycle in motion, and through a wreath of barbed wire. Jaa's fighting prowess has been compared to Bruce Lee, Jet Li, and just about every other martial arts master, but he has an equal degree of charisma as well. He won't win acting awards, but his engaging presence carries the movie. One word of warning: The numerous fights will make you wince as much as gape in astonishment. Ong-Bak follows the action-flick tradition that the hero needs to be as battered as possible before he ultimately triumphs, and the battering is intense. --Bret Fetzer