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Year 2004 Top Movie Picks

Calendar Girls

(Helen Mirren, Julie Walters)

The prim and proper ladies of the Yorkshire Women's Institute breathe new life into one of their fundraising campaigns by posing nude in their annual calendar. (DVD and Videocassette)

The Day After Tomorrow

(Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal)

A climatologist and his family must find a way to survive the devastation caused by an extreme shift in the global climate. (DVD and Videocassette)

The Elegant Universe:

Originally seen on NOVA, this three-hour miniseries explains the string theory, which some physicists believe may unify the forces of nature. Scientific commentary is provided by Brian Greene, a professor of physics at Columbia University. (Videocassette)

Elf

(Will Ferrell, James Caan)

A human child raised by elves at the North Pole, learns of his human family and goes to live with them in New York City. (DVD and Videocassette)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

(Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet)

A man goes through a procedure to remove memories of his girlfriend from his mind, only to realize the value of what they had as each memory is erased. (DVD and Videocassette)

Fahrenheit 9/11:

Michael Moore’s documentary digs deep into the surprising relationship with the Bin Laden family held by both Bush administrations, and questions whether or not potential Saudi involvement with the 9/11 attacks has been ignored. The film puts a face on the “war on terror†and begs Americans to never stop questioning their government’s actions. (DVD and Videocassette)

The Fog of War:

Former Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara is the sole focus of documentarian Errol Morris’ film, that not only analyzes McNamara’s controversial decisions during the first half of the Vietnam War, but also his childhood upbringing, his education at Berkley and Harvard, his involvement in World War II, and his later years as president of the World Bank. Winner of the 2004 Academy Award for “Best Documentary.†(DVD and Videocassette)

House of Sand and Fog

(Ben Kingsley, Jennifer Connelly)

When a former colonel of the Iranian Air Force and his family purchase a small California home at auction, they are faced with a great conflict as the former owner, who has wrongly lost the home, fights to get it back. Based on the book, House of Sand and Fog, by Andre Dubus. (DVD and Videocassette)

In America

(Samantha Morton, Paddy Considine)

An Irish illegal immigrant family tries to adjust to life in New York City. (DVD and Videocassette)

Laws of Attraction

(Pierce Brosnan, Julianne Moore)

Though equally respected in their field, divorce lawyers Audrey Woods and Daniel Rafferty are opposites inside and outside the courtroom. (DVD and Videocassette)

Love, Actually

(Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson)

The story of eight couples and their relationships during Christmas time in London. (DVD and Videocassette)

The Maldonado Miracle

(Peter Fonda, Ruben Blades)

A spiritually - and financially - bankrupt town is in need of hope, until one day a young boy gives them something to believe in. (DVD)

Mona Lisa Smile

(Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst)

An independent-minded woman accepts a teaching position at an all women's college in 1953, and tries to help her students see the opportunities available to them. (DVD and Videocassette)

The Passion of the Christ

(Jim Caviezel, Monica Belluci)

The last 12 hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth. (DVD and Videocassette)

Pieces of April (Patricia Clarkson, Katie Holmes)

A daughter who was a misfit in suburbia tries to make amends with her family by cooking Thanksgiving dinner - which would be a nice idea if she could cook. (DVD and Videocassette)

Shattered Glass

(Hayden Christensen, Peter Sarsgaared)

Stephen Glass, a talented young reporter for a respected news magazine, suffers a fall from grace when it is discovered that he fabricated one-half of his stories. Based on a true story. (DVD and Videocassette)

Shrek 2

(Voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz)

Shrek and Princess Fiona are married now and her parents have a problem accepting the ogre as a son-in-law. (DVD and Videocassette)

Spartan

(Val Kilmer, Kristen Bell)

Secret Service agent Robert Scott is assigned to the kidnapping case of Laura Newton, the missing daughter of a high-ranking political official. (DVD and Videocassette)

The Station Agent

(Peter Dinklage, Patricia Clarkson)

A four-foot-tall lonely man chooses to live the life of a hermit in an abandoned train yard following the death of his only friend. While he is there, he unexpectedly meets and befriends a couple of fellow loners. (DVD and Videocassette)

The Terminal

(Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones)

A man finds himself on the wrong end of a nasty technicality while en route to America: His passport was issued from a country, which, during a political upheaval, ceased to exist in an official capacity. Unauthorized to leave Kennedy Airport upon his arrival and unable to return home, Viktor finds himself exiled inside the terminal's international transit lounge. (DVD and Videocassette)

13 Going on 30

(Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo)

At her 13th birthday party, Jenna Rink wishes she were 30 and wakes up to discover that she has an apartment in New York City, a job at a fashion magazine, and a sexy boyfriend - but inside she is still 13. (DVD and Videocassette)