comedy about a 36-year-old playboy whose life gets complicated
when he becomes attached to his current girlfriends
12-year-old son. Based on the bestselling novel by Nick
Hornby (Fever Pitch, High Fidelity).
Written and directed by Paul and Chris Weitz (Down
to Earth). With Hugh Grant (Bridget Joness
Diary), Rachel Weisz (The Mummy Returns),
Toni Collette (Shaft, Changing Lanes),
Annabelle Apsion (From Hell) and Nicholas
Hoult (Intimate Relations). PG-13: Brief strong
language; some thematic elements. May 17. Universal.
set in 1969 Paris, about a young American documentary
filmmaker who after a more experienced filmmaker
has his judgment clouded by a beautiful lead actress
is brought in to complete a troubled science fiction movie
set in the year 2000. Veteran second unit director Roman
Coppola (Jack, The Rainmaker,
The Virgin Suicides) makes his feature directorial
debut from his own screenplay. With Jeremy Davies (Up
at the Villa), fashion model Angela Lindvall, Élodie
Bouchez (The Dreamlife of Angels), Gerard
Depardieu (The Closet), Massimo Ghini (Up
at the Villa), Giancarlo Giannini (Hannibal),
John Philip Law (Tarzan, The Ape Man), Jason
Schwartzman (Slackers), Dean Stockwell (The
Rainmaker) and Billy Zane (The Taxman).
91 min. R: Some nudity; language. May 24 limited. MGM.
comedy about a movie executive who hires a filmmaker to
direct a movie a movie whose star happens to be
both the execs current girlfriend and the directors
ex-wife. Written and directed by Woody Allen (Small
Time Crooks, The Impostors, The
Curse of the Jade Scorpion). With Allen (The
Curse of the Jade Scorpion), Téa Leoni (Jurassic
Park III), Treat Williams (Deep Rising),
Debra Messing (The Mothman Prophecies), Tiffani
Thiessen (The Ladies Man) and Mark Webber
(Storytelling, Chelsea Walls).
PG-13: Some drug references; sexual material. May 3. DreamWorks.
about a female police officer struggling to unravel a
mystery involving a detective who accidentally shot his
own partner, and the killer who blackmailed the detective
after witnessing the deed. Remake of the 1998 Norwegian
feature. Directed by Chris Nolan (Memento)
from a screenplay by Hillary Seitz. With Al Pacino (Any
Given Sunday), Hilary Swank (The Affair of
the Necklace), Robin Williams (Bicentennial
Man, Death to Smoochy), Martin Donovan
(Onegin) and Maura Tierney (Scotland,
PA.). 99 min. R: Language; some violence; brief
nudity. May 24. Warner Bros.
drama, set in Paris, about a young Scottish aristocrat-turned-royalist
whose friendship with the Duke of Orleans is severely
tested during the events of the French Revolution. Based
on Grace Elliotts memoirs Journal of My Life
During the French Revolution. Written and directed
by Eric Rohmer (A Tale of Winter, An
Autumn Tale). With Lucy Russell (Following),
Jean-Claude Dreyfus (The Adventures of Pinocchio),
Marie Rivière (Venus Beauty Institute,
Girls Cant Swim), Alain Libolt (An
Autumn Tale), Daniel Tarrare (A Tale of Winter)
and Charlotte Very (Blue). Also known as LAnglaise
et le duc. PG-13: some violent images. 123 min.
May 10 in New York and Los Angeles. Sony Pictures Classics.
comprised of three dramatic vignettes and hosted by Queen
Latifah. Part one, Unos World, is about
a young Namibian woman who must accept the ramifications
of her obsession with a bad boy. Part two,
Hang Time, is about a young West African basketball
player who resorts to violence to get new shoes so he
can impress an American basketball scout. Part three,
Raya, deals with a young womans attempt
to reunite with her mother and daughter after rebelling
against her Muslim upbringing and spending time in jail.
Unos World was directed by Bridget Pickering,
Hang Time by Ngozi Onwurah and Raya
by Zulfa Otto-Sallies. The cast of Unos World
includes Sophie David, Esi Shimming-Chase, Adam Mhone,
Sacha Oliver and Muhindua Kaura. The cast of Hang
Time includes Brian Biragi and Brian Bovell (Secrets
& Lies). The cast of Raya includes
Rehane Abrahams, Oscar Petersen (The Quarry)
and Ayesha Krige. May 3 limited. Wellspring.
and Dari-language drama about a young Iranian man who
falls for an illegal Afghan immigrant who must disguise
herself as a male in order to provide for her family.
Written and directed by Majid Majidi (The Children
of Heaven, The Color of Paradise). With
Reza Naji (The Children of Heaven), Behzad
Rafii (The Color of Paradise), Hossein Mahjoub
(The Color of Paradise), Hossein Abedini,
Zahra Bahrami, Hossein Rahimi and Gholam-Ali Bakhshi.
94 min. PG: Language; brief violence. May 3 limited. Miramax.
about a woman who goes on the run with her daughter in
an attempt to escape her abusive husband. Directed by
Michael Apted (The World Is Not Enough) from
a screenplay by Nicholas Kazan (Matilda, Fallen).
With Jennifer Lopez (Angel Eyes), Billy Campbell
(Jungle Book 2), Dan Futterman (Urbania),
Fred Ward (Corky Romano), Noah Wyle (Donnie
Darko), Tessa Allen, Chris Maher (Executive
Decision), Ruben Madera (The Fluffer)
and Juliette Lewis (The Way of the Gun). PG-13:
Intense scenes of domestic violence; some sensuality;
language. May 24. Sony.
comedy, set in 1890s England, about a country dweller
who invents a brother named Ernest as part of a scheme
that allows him to continue visiting the beautiful young
woman he fancies. Based on the play by Oscar Wilde (An
Ideal Husband). Written and directed by Oliver Parker
(Othello, An Ideal Husband). With
Rupert Everett (An Ideal Husband, The
Next Best Thing), Judi Dench (The Shipping
News, Iris) Frances O'Connor (A.I.
Artificial Intelligence), Reese Witherspoon (Legally
Blonde), Tom Wilkinson (In the Bedroom),
Anna Massey (Dark Blue World), Edward Fox
(Lost in Space) and Colin Firth (Bridget
Joness Diary). May 31 in New York and Los
about a flamboyant basketball star who becomes the first
player to be banned from the NBA for life and is
forced to make a comeback by posing as a woman in the
WNBA. Music video director Jesse Vaughan makes his feature
debut from a screenplay by Bradley Allenstein. With Miguel
A. Nunez Jr. (Nutty Professor II: The Klumps),
Vivica A. Fox (Two Can Play That Game), Tommy
Davidson (Bamboozled), Kim Wayans (Dont
Be A Menace to South Central
), Kevin Pollak
(3,000 Miles to Graceland, Frank McClusky,
C.I.), and recording artist Ginuwine. Flat. PG-13:
Language; sex-related material. May 10. Warner Bros.
drama, set in 1988 Beijing, about a homosexual love affair
shared by an architecture student from the sticks and
a trading company exec with commitment issues. Based on
the Internet novel Beijing Story by Beijing
Comrades. Directed by Stanley Kwan (Rouge,
The Island Tales) from a screenplay by Jimmy
Ngai (The Island Tales). With Hu Jun (Behind
the Forbidden City), Liu Ye, Zhang Yongning (Frozen),
Li Shuang (Beijing Bicycle), Li Huatong and
Su Jin. 87 min. May. Strand.