2008

SHUTTER ISLAND

An adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s 2004 novel. Ruffalo will play a U.S. Marshal who along with his new partner (DiCaprio) travels to a Massachusetts island to investigate the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane. While there, they get hit by a hurricane and trapped in a violent inmate riot.

Mark plays Chuck Aule
Directed by: Martin Scorcese
Cast Highlights: Leonardo Dicaprio
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REAL MEN CRY

Two childhood friends from South Boston turn to crime as a way to get by, ultimately causing a strain in their personal lives and their friendship.

Mark plays Brian
Directed by: Brian Goodman

Cast Highlights: Ethan Hawke, Amanda Peet
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BLINDNESS

A doctor’s wife becomes the only person with the ability to see in a town where everyone is struck with a mysterious case of sudden blindness. She feigns illness in order to take care of her husband as her surrounding community breaks down into chaos and disorder. Based on a novel by Nobel Prize winner Jose Saramago.

Mark plays Doctor
Directed by: Fernando Meirelles
Cast Highlights: Juliane Moore, Sandra Oh, Gael Garcia Bernal, Danny Glover
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THE BROTHERS BLOOM

A con man (Brody) gets the tables turned on him by his girlfriend (Weisz), when he decides to perform one last con with his brother and their silent partner.

Mark plays

Directed by: Rian Johnson
Cast Highlights: Rachel Weisz, Adrien Brody,
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MARGARET

Margaret centers on a 17-year-old New York City high-school student who feels certain that she inadvertently played a role in a traffic accident that has claimed a woman’s life. In her attempts to set things right she meets with opposition at every step. Torn apart with frustration, she begins emotionally brutalizing her family, her friends, her teachers, and most of all, herself. She has been confronted quite unexpectedly with a basic truth: that her youthful ideals are on a collision course against the realities and compromises of the adult world.

Mark plays
Directed by: Kenneth Lonergan

Cast Highlights: Anna Paquin, Matt Damon
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2007

CHICAGO 10

40 years after the riots and killings at 1968 Democratic convention, here is a new documentary re-exploring those events and re-actualizing them for today’s social and political struggle. Interweaving footage of the brutal clashes between police and demonstrators at the 1968 Democratic convention with 3-D animated reenactments of the outrageous trial that followed it… “Chicago 10” is a stirring account of young Americans taking a stand in the face of an oppressive government—a story with deep resonance to the world of today.

Mark plays Himself (voice)
Directed by: Terry George
Cast Highlights: Liev Schreiber, Roy Scheider, Amy Ryan

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RESERVATION ROAD

On a warm September evening, college professor Ethan Learner, his wife Grace, and their daughter Emma are attending a recital. Their 10-year-old son Josh is playing cello — beautifully, as usual. His younger sister looks up to him, and his parents are proud of their son. On the way home, they all stop at a gas station on Reservation Road. There, in one terrible instant, he is taken from them forever. On a warm September evening, law associate Dwight Arno and his 11-year-old son Lucas are attending a baseball game. Their favorite team, the Red Sox, is playing – and, hopefully, heading for the World Series. Dwight cherishes his time spent with Lucas. Driving his son back to his ex-wife, Lucas’ mother Ruth Wheldon, Dwight heads towards his fateful encounter at Reservation Road. The accident happens so fast that Lucas is all but unaware, while Ethan — the only witness — is all too aware, as a panicked Dwight speeds away. The police are called, and an investigation begins. Haunted by the tragedy, both fathers react in unexpected ways, as do Grace and Emma. As a reckoning looms, the two fathers are forced to make the hardest choices of their lives.

Mark plays Dwight Arno
Directed by: Terry George
Cast Highlights: Joaquin Phoenix, Jennifer Connely, Mira Sorvino

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ZODIAC

A serial killer in the San Francisco Bay Area taunts police with his letters and cryptic messages. We follow the investigators and reporters in this lightly fictionalized account of the true 1970’s case as they search for the murderer, becoming obsessed with the case. Based on Robert Graysmith’s book, the movie’s focus is the lives and careers of the detectives and newspaper people.

Mark plays Det. David Toschi
Directed by: David Fincher
Cast Highlights: Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr. Chloë Sevigny
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2006

ALL THE KING’S MEN

In the 50’s, in Louisiana, the smart populist, manipulative and wolf hick Willie Stark is elected governor with the support of the lower social classes. He joins a team composed of his bodyguard and friend Sugar Boy; the journalist from an aristocratic family Jack Burden; the lobbyist Tiny Duffy; and his mistress Sadie Burke, to face the opposition of the upper classes. When the influent Judge Irwin supports a group of politicians in their request of impeachment, Stark assigns Jack to find some dirtiness along the life of Irwin, leading to a tragedy in the end.

Mark plays Adam Stanton
Directed by: Steven Zaillian
Cast Highlights: Sean Penn, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Anthony Hopkins
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2005

RUMOR HAS IT

Sarah Huttington, recently engaged, goes home to Pasadena with fiancé Jeff for a family wedding. She hears a rumor that “The Graduate” (book and movie) are based on her family. Did her grandmother and her mom have flings with the same man just before her parents married? Is she a strange man’s child; does this explain why she doesn’t fit in? Was her mother happy? Is she too facing a loveless marriage? Where can she seek answers: her mother’s dead, her father’s a pleasant naïf. Ask her salty grandma? Better to ask the man in the triangle, the real Benjamin Braddock. With Jeff’s blessing, Sarah heads for San Francisco, looking for the key to her past and to her future.

Mark plays Jeff Daly

Directed by: Rob Reiner
Cast Highlights: Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Costner, Shirley MacLaine
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JUST LIKE HEAVEN

Elizabeth Masterson is a dedicated, workaholic doctor who is way to busy for a life. One night, she gets into a horrible car accident and becomes a spirit stuck between heaven and earth. She doesn’t know she’s dead and thinks nothing has happened until she meets David Abbot, a lonely architect, who rents her old apartment. David thinks he’s crazy by seeing Elizabeth’s spirit and tries all ways to get rid of her, but she just won’t go away. Although the two are complete opposites they somehow may just form a relationship.

Mark plays David Abbott

Directed by: Mark Waters
Cast Highlights: Reese Witherspoon, Donal Logue,
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2004

COLLATERAL

For Max, the dreams of his own limo company are what keep him afloat from the mundane reminder of his real job: taxi driver, which he has been doing for over a decade. But one fateful night, Max has one cab fare that he would never expect named Vincent. He’s a smooth, charismatic fellow who is sharply dressed and apparently wealthy, offering Max an excellent tip if he’ll bring him to five stops throughout Los Angeles. But fate intervenes and Max soon finds out that Vincent isn’t a businessman, but a contract hitman making his rounds. As the night progresses, Max finds himself under the microscope of a coldblooded killer. Meanwhile, the police and FBI are onto Max’s cab while the two ultimately play a psychological cat and mouse game, that will lead to an inevitable climax neither would anticipate.

Mark plays Fanning

Directed by: Michael Mann
Cast Highlights: Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett-Smith
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13 GOING ON 30

Jenna Rink has two wishes – to become one of the school cool girls, and to be thirty – rather than be coming up to thirteen and hanging around with uncool Matt. After her disastrous birthday party an accidental sprinkling of magic dust makes both wishes come true and she finds herself at thirty as a highly successful New York fashion editor. Luckily she locates Matt for help on how her new world works, but as she finds out how she has behaved since that birthday party she increasingly discovers someone she thoroughly dislikes.

Mark plays Matt Flamhaff

Directed by: Gary Winick
Cast Highlights: Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Andy Serkis, Kathy Baker
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ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND

Joel is stunned to discover that his girlfriend Clementine has had her memories of their tumultuous relationship erased. Out of desperation, he contracts the inventor of the process, Dr. Howard Mierzwaik, to have Clementine removed from his own memory. But as Joel’s memories progressively disappear, he begins to rediscover their earlier passion. From deep within the recesses of his brain, Joel attempts to escape the procedure. As Dr. Mierzwiak and his crew chase him through the maze of his memories, it’s clear that Joel just can’t get her out of his head.

Mark plays Stan

Directed by: Michel Gondry
Cast Highlights: Kate Winslet, Jim Carrey, Elijah Wood, Kirsten Dunst
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WE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE

The negligent housewife Terry (Laura Dern) is married with the teacher Jack Linden (Mark Ruffalo) and they have a son and a daughter. The careful housewife Edith (Naomi Watts) is married with the teacher and aspirant writer Hank Evans (Peter Krause) and they have a daughter. The two middle-class couples are best friends, visiting frequently each other. Edith feels neglected by Hank, and has a torrid affair with Jack. Terry loves Jack, but cheats him with Hank. And life goes on.

Mark plays Jack Linden

Directed by: John Curran
Cast Highlights: Laura Dern, Peter Krause, Naomi Watts
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2003

IN THE CUT

A psychological thriller: a lonely New York woman discovers the darker side of passion after becoming involved with a tough homicide detective who is investigating a series of murders in her neighborhood.

Mark plays Detective Malloy

Directed by: Jane Campion
Cast Highlights: Meg Ryan, Jennifer Jason Leigh
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VIEW FROM THE TOP

A comedy centering around Donna, a young woman from meager beginnings, who has high hopes for the future and dreams of living the glamorous life. Donna dreams of becoming a first class international flight attendant, and is willing to do whatever it takes to ensure that her dreams come true. The road to success though, is rarely a smooth flight, and as she begins her trip she encounters more turbulence than even she bargained for. But the real question is whether her bumpy start will force her to leave her real dreams behind, or if it will take her on a journey of a llifetime.

Mark plays Ted Stewart

Directed by: Bruno Barreto
Cast Highlights: Gwineth Paltrow, Christina Applegate, Candice Bergen
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MY LIFE WITHOUT ME

Ann, 23 years old, lives a modest life with her two kids and her husband in a trailer in her mother’s garden. Her life takes a dramatic turn, when her doctor tells her that she has uterine cancer and only two months to live. She compiles a list of things to do before she dies, arranges her family life and falls in love to a lonely man she met in a laundromat.

Mark plays Lee

Directed by: Isabel Coixet
Cast Highlights: Sarah Polley, Deborah Harry, Scott Speedman, Leonor Watling
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2002

WINDTALKERS

n the close quarters and brutal fighting of the World War II Pacific Theater, the U.S. Intelligence services desperately seek a fool-proof encryption code, immune to the code breakers of the Japanese. The answer is soon discovered in the ancient language of the Navajo. Enlisted into the Marine Corps are several “Windtalkers” who are deployed to frontline areas in the Pacific, to use their language as an impossible-to-crack secret code. A drawback, however, is that the U.S. military soon puts forth a directive that the Windtalkers must never be captured alive by the enemy, so additional Marines are assigned to make certian that this directive is carried out to the letter.

Mark plays Private Pappas

Directed by: John Woo
Cast Highlights: Nicolas Cage, Christian Slater
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XX/XY

When two college students, Sam and Thea, meet Coles at a party, their mutual attraction is immediate, leading to a passionate and awkward night together, and the onset of an intensely charged bond. As they continue to push the sexual boundaries of their friendship, however, they are tested by Sam and Coles’ incipient romance and Thea’s increasing recklessness, until the relationship dissolves amid a cloud of fear, resentment and mistrust. Eight years later they reunite. An animator for a high-profile ad agency, Coles now lives with Claire, his girlfriend of five years. Thea is happily married to Miles, with whom she owns a flourishing restaurant. And Sam has just returned to Manhattan after working in London where she recently broke off her engagement. Yet upon reconnecting, the three are drawn back into the complicated dynamic that defined their relationship from the start and are forced to confront the true meaning of commitment and love.

Mark plays Coles
Directed by: Austin Chick

Cast Highlights: Maya Stange,
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2001

THE LAST CASTLE

When three star General Irwin is transferred to a maximum security military prison, its warden, Colonel Winter, can’t hide his admiration towards the highly decorated and experienced soldier. Irwin has been stripped of his rank for disobedience in a mission, but not of fame. Colonel Winter, who runs the prison with an iron fist, deeply admires the General, but works with completely different methods in order to keep up discipline. After a short while, Irwin can feel Winter’s injustice towards the inmates himself. He decides to teach Winter a lesson by taking over command of the facility and thus depriving him of his smugly position. When Winter decides to participate in what he still thinks of as a game, it may already be too late to win.

Mark plays Yates
Directed by: Rod Lurie
Cast Highlights: Robert Redford, Steve Burton, Delroy Lindo

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LIFE/DRAWING

An L.A. artist (Mark Ruffalo) with everything seemingly going for him suddenly finds a change in his life when an art curator cancels his upcoming one-man show. His model girl friend (Anne Marie Johnson) immediately leaves him. Forced to move back to his old job at a pizza parlor and into a rundown tenement where a number of oddballs wander the hall including a lonely middle aged woman (Mary Coleston) who makes spam casseroles for all the bachelors, a daffy prostitute (Krystina Carson), and a Spanish Don Juan (Manual Cabra) who wanders the halls in his bathrobe. Then a young Colorado woman (Beth Ulrich) moves across the hall and things look up, until he learns that she has a total backwoods quality that he doesn’t know how to handle. When he dumps her, the whole building turns on him.

Mark plays Alex
Directed by: Dan Bootzin
Cast Highlights: Beth Ulrich, Anne Marie Johnson
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2000

COMMITTED

This is the story of an intense young woman, played by Graham, whose husband leaves her in order to find himself. She then follows him cross-country and when she catches up with him, complications arise.

Mark plays T-Bo

Directed by: Lisa Krueger
Cast Highlights: Heather Graham, Casey Affleck, Luke Wilson, Goran Visnjik
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YOU CAN COUNT ON ME

A lot happens at once to Sammy, a single mom living in the Catskill town of her birth, where her parents died in a car crash when she was small. Her son Rudy, who’s 8, begins imagining his unseen father as a hero; she picks up, sort of, with last year’s boyfriend; she gets a new boss who imposes foolish rules; and, her wayward brother Terry arrives for a visit after months of no communication. The boyfriend proposes, the relationship with her boss takes an unexpected turn, and her brother and son bond, not always with positive consequences. When Terry asks young Rudy if he wants to meet his father, a crisis of sorts ensues, and brother and sister must re-frame their relationship.

Mark plays Terry Prescott
Directed by: Kenneth Lonergan

Cast Highlights: Laura Linney, Matthew Broderick
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1999

RIDE WITH THE DEVIL

Jake Roedel and Jack Bull Chiles are friends in Missouri when the Civil War starts. Women and Blacks have few rights. Jack Bull’s dad is killed by Union soldiers, so the young men join the Bushwhackers, irregulars loyal to the South. One is a Black man, Daniel Holt, beholden to the man who bought his freedom. They skirmish then spend long hours hiding. Sue Lee, a young widow, brings them food. She and Jack Bull become lovers, and when he’s grievously wounded, Jake escorts her south to a safe farm. The Bushwhackers, led by men set on revenge, make a raid into Kansas. At 19, Jake is ill at ease with war. As his friends die one after another, he must decide where honor lies.

Mark plays Alf Bowden
Directed by: Ang Lee
Cast Highlights: Tobey Mcguire, Skeet Ulrich, James Caviezel, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers

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