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A 20th Century Fox Retrospective Scrapbook: 2005


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2005 opened with Jennifer Garner in Elektra, a superhero film.

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Hide and Seek, a violent thriller, with Robert De Niro, Dakota Fanning, Famke Janssen, Elisabeth Sue, Amy Irving, and Melissa Leo soon followed.

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Because of Winn-Dixie was the sweet, simple tale of a girl and her dog, nothing more, but likable, with good support from Jeff Daniels, Cicely Tyson, and Eva Marie Saint.

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Millions was another family film, this one about brothers finding a cache of stolen money that fell off a train, and how one wanted to do good things with it. Danny Boyle directed it.

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Robots was an animated film from the makers of ice Age, and, at the time at least, it was enjoyable.

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Melinda and Melinda was the latest Woody Allen a dissection of fiction showing a similar story through a comic and a tragic lens.

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Guess Who (with Columbia) was a broad comedy remake and inversion of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.

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Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon were in Fever Pitch, a rom com set against the Red Sox's winning season.

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Kingdom of Heaven was Ridley Scott's take on the Crusades.

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Star Wars Episode III was expected to be the end of the sci-fi series, but time would change that verdict. Successful though, and the last one of the series handled by Fox.

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were a married pair of hit people in Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

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Rebound was a youth oriented basketball comedy.

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Fantastic Four introduced another team of Marvel superheroes to Fox.

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Supercross was a motorcycle racing film.

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While Transporter 2 continued the action series that was popular in Europe

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Separite lives was a twisty British import involving a hit and run drunk driving accident, and how both the husband (Tom Wilkinson) and lover (Rupert Everett) of the guilty party (Emily Watson) were determined to make things appear differently so she would avoid prison. All three leads handled their roles well.

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Roll Bounce was a 70s set tale of Roller boogie.

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Little Manhattan was a New York set variation on 1979's A Little Romance, about very young love.

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Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette, and Shirley MacLaine starred in In Her Shoes, a film dealing with trying to come to terms with the problems of the past. Ken Howard, Candice Azzara, Brooke Smith, and Norman Lloyd were all in the supporting cast.

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Stay was a brooding psycological thriller with Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts, Ryan Gosling, Janeane Garofalo, BD Wong, and Bob Hoskins

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Bee Season found Richard Gere and Juliette Binoche as the parents to a spirtually gifted daughter and champion speller.

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In the Mix was a crime comedy drama with a musical twist since it starred R & B singer Usher.

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More music, naturally, with Walk the Line, a much admired film that looked at the life of Johnny Cash. Joaquin Phoenix was nominated for playing him; Reese Witherspoon, playing his second wife, went a step farther and won the Oscar.

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The Family Stone was a comedy-drama involving a slightly awkward Christmas gathering between a large family and the new fiancee of one of the offspring, hardly more different from the family she was marrying into. Sarah Jessica Parker, Claire Danes, Diane Keaton, Craig T Nelson, Dermot Mulroney, Luke Wilson, and Rachel McAdams were featured.

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A sequel came to the 2003 version of Cheaper by the Dozen....

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And 2005 closed with somebody being The Ringer at the Special Olympics.

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This was a good year for the studio. A variety of output across genres.

WALK THE LINE is good, though I think Reese Witherspoon can get a bit annoying at times.

THE FAMILY STONE has a predictable plot but is handled well by its esteemed cast.

BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE is a sweet little film.

GUESS WHO is funny, and in some ways, I think it plays better than the original. 

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My top picks, although even those aren't spectacular...another poor year:

  1. Millions
  2. Kingdom of Heaven
  3. Walk the Line

 

I've also seen ElektraHide & SeekBecause of Winn-DixieRobots, Melinda & MelindaStar Wars: Revenge of the SithMr. & Mrs. SmithFantastic FourTransporter 2In Her Shoes, and Stay.

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