#5:  MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD
#1:  THE LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING
#2: KILL BILL: VOL. 1
#4:  PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL
#1:  The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King  *****
#2:  Kill Bill: Vol. 1  *****
#3:  Finding Nemo ****1/2
#4:  Pirates of the Caribbean:
      Curse of the Black Pearl  ****1/2
#5:  Master and Commander:
       The Far Side of the World ****1/2
Directed By:  Peter Weir
Written By:  Patrick O'Brian (novels) / Peter Weir & John Collee (screenplay)
Starring:  Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, James D'Arcy, Edward Woodall
MPAA:  Rated PG-13 for intense battle sequences & images, and brief language.

The captain and crew of the HMS Surprise are trolling for a French warship in this exciting and intelligent high seas adventure set during the Napoleonic wars.
Directed By:  Gore Verbinski
Written By:  Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Stuart Beattie, Jay Wolpert (story)
Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio (screenplay)
Starring:  Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley
MPAA:  Rated PG-13 for action/adventure violence

The Disneyland ride comes to life in grand style, due in large part to a tour-de-force performance by Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow!
Directed By:  Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich
Written By:  Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson, David Reynolds
Starring:  the vocal talents of Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould,
Willem Dafoe, Brad Garrett, Allison Janney, Austin Pendleton. Stephen Root
Vicki Lewis, Joe Ranft, Geoffrey Rush, Andrew Stanton, Elizabeth Perkins
MPAA:  Rated G for General Audiences

Just keep swimming... Just keep swimming... PIXAR Studios does it again with this father and son fish tale.  Perfect family entertainment!
Directed By:  Quentin Tarantino
Written By:  Quentin Tarantino
Starring:  Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Lucy Liu, Daryl Hannah, Vivica A. Fox,
Michael Madsen, Michael Parks, Sonny Chiba, Chiaki Kuriyama, Julie Dreyfus
  
MPAA:  Rated R for strong bloody violence, language and some sexual content.

Okay, so it's only half a movie... but it still rocked big-time!  And, mark my words, it's only gonna get better!  Bring on Q&U's Kill Bill: Vol. 2!
Directed By:  Peter Jackson
Written By:  J.R.R. Tolkien   (novel) / Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens (screenplay) / Peter Jackson (screenplay)  Starring:  Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, John Rhys-Davies, Dominic Monaghan, Noel Appleby, Miranda Otto, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett, Karl Urban, Bernard Hill, David Wenham, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Liv Tyler
MPAA:  Rated PG-13 for intense epic battle sequences and frightening images.

What... like you even had to ask???
Honorable mention: Big Fish, Lost in Translation and Seabiscuit.

So, these were my favorites.  And now, click the link below for something completely different...
Starring a cast of many!
#3:  FINDING NEMO
Here are my top five favorite films for the year 2003
Click the posters for my reviews of each film!

Remember, unlike those who review films for a living, I haven't seen every movie released this year.  This list is chosen from the films that I have seen.

(Also, keep in mind that I'm American and male...  'nuf said?)
A.J.'s Best & Worst of 2003
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