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The Movies You Should Catch This Winter

Lions, Panthers, and Apes, Oh My!

Sifting through the films that will close out 2005 and ring in 2006, we came up with the top twenty movies you should be sure to catch in the months ahead.

Pride and Prejudice: Based on the classic Jane Austen novel, a romance film that follows the tensions between relationships and class in 18th-century England. Stars Keira Knightley, who, during production, was also filming "Domino" and had to wear a wig and long sleeves to cover her muscles. (11/05)

Rent: A musical-made-movie that follows the struggles of the lives of a group of Bohemian New Yorkers. The cast is comprised of many of the Broadway originals. Directed by Chris Columbus. (11/05)

Brokeback Mountain: In the summer of 1963, two men in Wyoming form a controversial relationship that escalates from a close friendship to a passionate love affair. Love scenes between the two male stars were so intense that Heath Ledger nearly broke Jake Gyllenhaal’s nose while filming! (12/05)

King Kong: A remake of the 1933 classic follows explorers on Skull Island in search of the legendary King Kong. Director Peter Jackson, was paid $20,000,000, the highest amount ever paid before production. This blockbuster stars Naomi Watts, Jack Black, and Adrien Brody. (12/05)

The Producers: Mel Brooks's ironic Broadway musical about how trying to fail can sometimes lead to great success returns. Starring Broadway stars Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane, with new Producer-ites Uma Thurman and Will Ferrel. (12/05)

Fun with Dick and Jane: Téa Leoni and Jim Carrey play a couple whose expensive lifestyle and sudden job loss drive them to armed robbery. Jay Leno makes a cameo appearance in this remake of the 1977 original. (12/05)

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: The first in a series based on the popular children’s books written by C.S. Lewis. Just don’t be tempted by the Turkish Delight! Starring Rupert Everett and Liam Neeson. (12/05)

Memoirs of a Geisha: The story of the rise of one of Japan 's most famous geishas from a fishing-village birth, directed by Rob Marshall. Multiple rare and expensive Japanese tea mats from the Hakone Japanese Gardens in Saratoga, CA were ruined during shooting. (12/05)

Munich: This historic drama follows a group of Israelis tracking the Palestinian terrorists believed to be responsible for a massacre during the 1972 Munich Olympics. The Pulitzer Prize winner script writer, Tony Kushner, was said to have based the story on several historical sources, including recollections from actual participants in the event. (12/05)

Aeon Flux: Follows rebel Aeon Flux (Charlize Theron) in a world 400 years in the future when the only population remaining is ruled under a congress of scientists. Doing a stunt, Theron incurred a neck injury, delaying production for a month and adding a no stunts clause to her contract. (12/05)

The New World: Terrence Malick took on two challenges with this film: directing and writing. Inspired by the Jamestown settlement of 1607, the film explores love and discovery among English settlers and Native Americans in the New World. Check it out for hot stars Christian Bale and Colin Farrell. (12/05)

Rumor Has It: A romantic comedy about a woman who comes to the realization that "The Graduate" was inspired by her own messed-up family. Starring Jennifer Aniston, Shirley MacLaine, and Kevin Costner. (12/05) Casanova: Watch the legendary romantic Casanova (Heath Ledger) find his match in a beautiful Venetian woman (Sienna Miller) as he teaches her brother about love. Lasse Hallstrom directs. (12/05)

Match Point: The story of a love triangle between a former tennis pro (Jonathan Rhys-Myers) and a girl (Scarlett Johansson) who is dating his friend and soon-to-be brother-in-law. Directed by Woody Allen. (12/05) Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World: Wanna get a medal of freedom for getting people to laugh? So does Albert Brooks, writer, director, and star of this new cultural comedy. (1/06)

World’s Fastest Indian: Follows the life of Burt Munro (Anthony Hopkins), a New Zealander who built a motorcycle in 1920 that won him the land-speed world record. Hopkins' performance is so genuine that it moved Munro’s children to tears when they visited the film set. (1/06)

Idlewild: A musical following the battle over a club in the Prohibition-era South featuring Big Boi and Andre 3000. Director Bryan Barber has worked on many of Outkast's music videos. (1/06)

Tristan and Isolde: The love between a knight (James Franco) and a medieval princess (Sopohie Myles) may be the end of the peace that lies between Ireland and England in this epic romance. (2/06)

The Pink Panther: In a prequel to the classic Pink Panther, Inspector Clouseau investigates the murder of a soccer coach and searches for the stolen pink panther diamond. Henry Mancini's Pink Panther theme song will open a film for the eighth time. Steve Martin stars alongside Kevin Kline and Beyonce Knowles. (2/06)

Breaking and Entering: An architect’s interactions with a young thief cause a re-evaluation of life. Jude Law stars with Juliette Binoche in this Anthony Minghella film. (2/06)

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