Title Screen Film Genre(s), Title, Year, (Country), Length, Director, Description
Adaptation (2002), 114 minutes, D: Spike Jonze
Bowling for Columbine (2002), 123 minutes, D: Michael Moore
Chicago (2002, US/Can.), 113 minutes, D: Rob Marshall
City of God (2002, Braz./Fr./US) (aka Cidade De Deus), 131 minutes, D: Fernando Meirelles, Katia Lund
Far From Heaven (2002, US/Fr.), 107 minutes, D: Todd Haynes
Writer/director Todd Haynes' acclaimed film was a tribute to the tear-jerking melodramas of Douglas Sirk. It marked Julianne Moore's third Oscar nomination as she precisely portrayed late 1950s suburban Connecticut housewife Cathy Whitaker, who was living a seemingly-perfect, insular life. After learning a shocking secret about her husband's closeted homosexuality, her pain and confusion spiraled out of control, but she for once was guided by her heart. In desperation, she sought comfort and friendship with her compassionate African-American gardener, Raymond Deagan (Dennis Haysbert), causing her to face gossip, self-doubt, social ostracism, and more internal conflict in the bittersweet conclusion.
Femme Fatale (2002), 110 minutes, D: Brian de Palma
Frida (2002), 120 minutes, D: Julie Taymor
Gangs of New York (2002, US/Germ./It./UK/Netherl.), 168 minutes, D: Martin Scorsese
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002, US/UK), 161 minutes, D: Chris Columbus
See Harry Potter series.
The Hours (2002, US/UK), 114 minutes, D: Stephen Daldry
Stephen Daldry's drama was about the stories of women (over generations) who were affected by the work and life of Virginia Woolf (Nicole Kidman), an ailing lesbian who was writing her novel Mrs. Dalloway in 1923 England, and feeling despairing and depressed. Julianne Moore portrayed troubled, brooding, depressed, and pregnant housewife Laura Brown in early 1950s Los Angeles. In a heart-wrenching, restrained and controlled performance, she deftly portrayed a sexually-repressed, despairing, and miserable woman suffocated and stifled by her kindly husband Dan (John C. Reilly) and needy child Richie (Jack Rovello). In a baking scene in which she produced a lopsided chocolate cake for her husband's birthday, she exhibited her futility, suffering, exhaustion, and loathing. By film's end, although she flirted with the idea of committing suicide, she unapologetically and willfully chose to abandon her family to find her autonomous self and purpose. The other woman in the plot was Clarissa Vaughan (Meryl Streep) - a lesbian career publisher living in present day New York of 2001. Her nickname, given to her by her poet-friend Richard Brown (Ed Harris) (dying of AIDS) that she was caring for, was Mrs. Dalloway.
Ice Age (2002), 85 minutes, D: Chris Wedge
Irreversible (2002, Fr.), 97 minutes, D: Gaspar Noe
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002, US/NZ), 179 minutes, D: Peter Jackson
See The Lord of the Rings series.
Peter Jackson's monumental, big-budget action/adventure epic (all three films) was a dazzling synthesis of many fantastical elements from J.R.R. Tolkein's masterwork about Middle-Earth: an heroic quest, good vs. evil, war stories, sci-fi creatures (dwarves, elves, goblins, orcs, etc.) and ancient wonders. Multiple story lines and epic battles were interwoven together in a story of friendship, loyalty, honor and courage. The quest was specifically to destroy a powerful artifact known as the One Ring, created by the Dark Lord Sauron (the eponymous "Lord of the Rings"), in order to end Sauron's lordship over the Elves and Middle Earth. A series of awe-inspiring battles culminated with the defeat of Sauron, an end to corrupted Wizard Saruman the White (Christopher Lee), and the destruction of the Ring. Innovative motion capture created the unforgettable creature of Gollum (Andy Serkis) (once a good hobbit named Sméagol), who served as the wretched guide to young hobbits Frodo (Elijah Wood) and friend Sam (Sean Astin) during their mission - to return the Ring to Mordor and destroy it in Mount Doom's molten lava.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002), 95 minutes, D: Joel Zwick
The Pianist (2002, UK/Fr./Germ./Neth./Pol.), 148 minutes, D: Roman Polanski
Punch-Drunk Love (2002), 95 minutes, D: Paul Thomas Anderson
The Ring (2002), 105 minutes, D: Gore Verbinski
Russian Ark (2002, Russia/Germ.) (aka Russkij Kovcheg), 96 minutes, D: Aleksandr Sokurov
Secretary (2002), 111 minutes, D: Steven Shainberg
Signs (2002), 106 minutes, D: M. Night Shyamalan
Solaris (2002), 99 minutes, D: Steven Soderbergh
Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002), 143 minutes, D: George Lucas
See Star Wars series.
Talk to Her (2002, Sp./Fr.) (aka Hable Con Ella), 101 minutes, D: Pedro Almodovar
28 Days Later... (2002, UK), 99 minutes, D: Danny Boyle
Unfaithful (2002), 124 minutes, D: Adrian Lyne
Whale Rider (2002, NZ), 101 minutes, D: Niki Caro