When unwelcomed visitors arrive, Inman fights to keep Sara and her baby out of harm's way. In this scene: Inman (Jude Law), Sara (Natalie Portman)
At the dawn of the Civil War, the men of Cold Mountain, North Carolina, rush to join the Confederate army. Ada has vowed to wait for Inman, but as the war drags on and letters go unanswered, she must find the will to survive while desperately struggling to hold onto her family's farm. Inman's long journey home takes him through the crumbling confederacy, as he meets people of all walks of life who both aid and hinder his mission.
The Hours chronicles a day in the life of three women, separated by a span of nearly 80 years, who find themselves weathering similar crises, all linked by a single work of literature. Virginia Woolf lives in a suburb of London in the 1920s as she struggles to begin writing her first great novel, Mrs. Dalloway. Laura Brown, a young wife and mother in post-World War II Los Angeles, is reading Mrs. Dalloway, and is so deeply affected by it that she begins to question the life she has chosen for herself. Finally, Clarissa Vaughan is a modern-day Mrs. Dalloway in contemporary New York, planning a party for her friend and former lover who is slowly losing his fight with AIDS. Starring, in alphabetical order: Allison Janney, Claire Danes, Ed Harris, Jeff Daniels, John C. Reilly, Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep, Miranda Richardson, Nicole Kidman, Stephen Dillane, Toni Collette
While awaiting her husband's return from war, Grace and her two young children live an unusually isolated existence behind the locked doors and drawn curtains of a secluded island mansion. When three mysterious servants arrive, it becomes frighteningly clear that there is far more to this house than meets the eye. In order to discover the truth, Grace must abandon all of her fears and beliefs and enter the otherworldly heart of the supernatural. Starring, in alphabetical order: Alakina Mann, Christopher Eccleston, Fionnula Flanagan, James Bentley, Nicole Kidman
With their father home, but far from happy, the children can't help but to dwell on the presence of their other house guests. In this scene: Grace (Nicole Kidman), Mrs. Mills (Fionnula Flanagan), Charles (Christopher Eccleston), Anne (Alakina Mann), Nicholas (James Bentley)
lonely, introverted bank clerk sends away for a Russian mail-order bride and winds up with a glamorous glasnost sweetheart at his beck and call. But it seems this Eastern Bloc beauty also comes with a shady past and some even shadier friends. Birthday Girl is a cautionary fable that warns: When you purchase a life partner, be sure to get a warranty.