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Everyone loves the movies. But before you spend $10 on a ticket and invest at least two hours, it is probably a good idea to read about new releases in order to determine if they suit your film-going style.

MPAA ratings guide

2003 releases:
    December 2003 releases:
  • Paycheck   Directed by John Woo; Rated PG-13

    Based on a short story by Philip K. Dick

    Starring: Ben Affleck, Uma Thurman, Aaron Eckhart, Paul Giamatti and Joe Morton

  • 21 Grams   Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu; Rated R

    Written by Guillermo Arriaga

    Starring: Sean Penn, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Naomi Watts, Benicio Del Toro, Danny Huston and Melissa Leo

    November 2003 releases:
  • Bad Santa   Directed by Terry Zwigoff; Rated R

    Written by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa

    Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Cox, Brett Kelly, Lauren Graham, Cloris Leachman, Lauren Tom, John Ritter and Bernie Mac

  • Love Actually   Written and directed by Richard Curtis; Rated R-17

    Starring: Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Alan Rickman, Heike Makatsch, Bill Nighy, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Laura Linney, Kiera Knightley, Andrew Lincoln, Joanna Page, Kris Marshall, Lucia Moniz, Liam Neeson and Thomas Sangster

    October 2003 releases:
  • Beyond Borders   Directed by Martin Campbell; Rated R

    Written by Caspian Tredwell-Owen

    Starring: Angelina Jolie, Clive Owen, Teri Polo, Linus Roache, Noah Emmerich and Yorick Van Wageningen

  • School of Rock   Directed by Richard Linklater; Rated PG-13

    Written by Mike White Starring: Jack Black, Joan Cusack, Mike White, Sarah Silverman, Joey Gaydos, Jr., Maryam Hassan, Kevin Clark, Rebecca Brown, Robert Tsai and Caitlin Hale

    September 2003 releases:
  • The Rundown   Directed by Peter Berg; Rated PG-13

    Story by R. J. Stewart

    Starring: The Rock, Seann William Scott, Christopher Walken, Rosario Dawson and Ewen Bremner

  • Secondhand Lions   Written and directed by Tim McCanlies; Rated PG

    Starring: Robert Duvall, Michael Caine, Haley Joel Osment and Kyra Sedgwick

  • Lost in Translation   Written, directed and produced by Sofia Coppola

    Starring: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi and Anna Faris

  • Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star   Directed by Sam Weisman

    From a screenplay by Fred Wolf and David Spade; Rated PG-13

    Starring: David Spade, Mary McCormack, Jon Lovitz, Craig Bierko, Alyssa Milano, Rob Reiner, Bobby Slayton, Emmanuel Lewis, Scott Terra and Jenna Boyd

    August 2003 releases:
  • Open Range   Directed by Kevin Costner

    Based on the novel by Lauran Paine; Rated R

    Starring: Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall, Annette Bening, Michael Gambon, Diego Luna, Abraham Benrubi and James Russo

  • Buffalo Soldiers   Directed by Gregor Jordan

    Based on the novel by Robert O'Connor; Rated R

    Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Anna Paquin, Elizabeth McGovern, Michael Pena and Leon Robinson

  • Masked and Anonymous   Directed by Larry Charles

    Written by Rene Fontaine and Sergei Petrov; Rated PG-13

    Starring: Bob Dylan, Jeff Bridges, Penélope Cruz, John Goodman, Jessica Lange, Luke Wilson, Val Kilmer, Ed Harris, Christian Slater and Chris Penn

    July 2003 releases:
  • Seabiscuit   Directed by Gary Ross

    From the book by Laura Hillenbrand; Rated PG-13

    Starring: Jeff Bridges, Tobey Maguire, Chris Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, Gary Stevens and William H. Macy

  • Pirates of the Caribbean   Directed by Gore Verbinski

    Screenplay by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio; Rated PG-13

    Starring: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Pryce and Jack Davenport

  • The Swimming Pool   Directed by François Ozon

    Co-written by François Ozon and Emmanuele Bernheim; Rated R

    Starring: Charlotte Rampling, Ludivine Sagnier and Charles Dance

    June 2003 releases:
  • The Hulk   Directed by Ang Lee

    Based on the Marvel Comic character created by Stan Lee and Jack Kriby; Rated PG-13

    Starring: Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliott, Josh Lucas, Nick Nolte with Lou Ferrigno and Stan Lee

  • The Italian Job   Directed by F. Gary Gray

    From the film written by Troy Kennedy Martin; Rated PG-13

    Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Edward Norton, Seth Green, Jason Statham, Mos Def, Donald Sutherland and Franky G.

    May 2003 releases:
  • Bruce Almighty   Directed by Tom Shadyac; Screenplay by Steve Koren, Steve Oederek and Mike O'Keefe; Rated PG-13

    Starring: Jim Carrey, Jennifer Aniston, Morgan Freeman, Philip Baker Hall, Catherine Bell, Lisa Ann Walter and Steven Carell

  • The Shape of Things   Directed by Neil LaBute; Rated R

    From the play by Neil LaBute.

    Starring: Rachel Weisz, Paul Rudd, Gretchen Mol and Frederick Weller

    April 2003 releases:
  • Holes   Directed by Andrew Davis; Rated PG

    Based on the book and written for the screen by Louis Sachar.

    Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight, Patricia Arquette, Henry Winkler, Rick Fox, Eartha Kitt, Shia LaBeouf, Khleo Thomas, Jake M. Smith and Roma Maffia

    March 2003 releases:
  • Head of State   Directed by Chris Rock; Written by Chris Rock and Ali LeRoi; Rated PG-13

    Starring: Chris Rock, Lynn Whitfield, Robin Givens, Tamala Jones, Bernie Mac, Dylan Baker, Keith David and James Rebhorn

  • The Hunted   Directed by William Friedkin; Rated R

    Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Benicio Del Toro, Connie Nielsen, Leslie Stefanson, John Finn, Jose Zuniga and Ron Canada

  • Spider   Directed by David Cronenberg; From the novel by Patrick McGrath; Rated R

    Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Miranda Richardson, Gabriel Byrne, Bradley Hall, John Neville and Lynn Redgrave

    February 2003 releases:
  • The Life of David Gale   Directed by Alan Parker; Written by Charles Randolph; Rated R

    Starring: Kate Winslet, Kevin Spacey, Laura Linney, Matt Craven and Gabriel Mann

    January 2003 releases:
  • 25th Hour   Directed by Spike Lee; Rated R

    Screenplay by David Benioff, based on his novel.

    Starring: Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Pepper, Rosario Dawson, Brian Cox, Tony Siragusa and Anna Paquin

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