fable, set during World War II, about a blond Jew
who made his name in Berlin nightclubs as the Aryan
strongman Siegfried. Based on a true story. Directed
by Werner Herzog ("My Best Fiend") from a screenplay
by Herzog and E. Max Frye ("Where the Money Is,"
"Palmetto"). With Joachim Paul Assböck ("The Musketeer"),
Tim Roth ("The Musketeer"), Udo Kier ("Megiddo:
The Omega Code 2," "Feardotcom," "The Last Minute"),
Renate Krößner, Max Raabe, and Gustav-Peter Wöhler.
Flat. 131 min. PG-13: Some sexual content; thematic
elements. Sept. 20. Fine Line.
comedy, set on the British island of Man, about
three young men who separately make changes in their
lives following the drowning death of a contemporary.
Written and directed by "Boyfriends" team of Tom
Hunsinger and Neil Hunter. With Josephine Butler
(TV's "The Last of the Blonde Bombshells"), Clementine
Celarie ("Les Miserables"), Ellie Haddington ("Beautiful
Creatures"), Douglas Henshall ("Twice Upon a Yesterday"),
Tom Hollander ("Gosford Park," "Possession"), Bill
Nighy ("Lucky Break") and Sukie Smith ("Topsy-Turvy").
R: Strong sexuality/nudity; language. Sept. 13.
drama about a grieving young man who while
staying at the home of his late fiancées
family finds himself falling in love with
a woman grieving over the loss of her own mate.
Written and directed by Brad Silberling (City
of Angels). With Susan Sarandon (Joe
Goulds Secret, The Banger Sisters,
Igby Goes Down), Dustin Hoffman (The
Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc), Holly
Hunter (O Brother, Where Art Thou?,
Festival in Cannes), Jake Gyllenhaal
(Lovely and Amazing, The Good
Girl) and Ellen Pompeo (Coming Soon,
Old School). Also known as Babys
in Black and Goodbye Hello. Scope.
Sept. 20. Buena Vista.
drama, based on a true story, about an inner-city
drug lord who suffers a crisis of conscience. Directed
by Charles Stone (True) from a screenplay
by Matthew Cirulnick and Thulani Davis. With Wood
Harris (Remember the Titans), Mekhi
Phifer (Impostor), Chi McBride (Undercover
Brother), Esai Morales (The Disappearance
of Garcia Lorca), Elise Neal (Mission
to Mars), Regina Hall (Scary Movie 2),
Kevin Carroll (Jesuss Son), Jonas
Chernick (Nostradamus) and Hakan Coskuner.
Sept. 6. Miramax.
comedy about a doctor who engages his troubled secretary
in increasingly twisted games of bondage and domination.
Based on the short story by Mary Gaitskill. Directed
by Steven Shainberg (Hit Me) from a
screenplay by Erin Cressida Wilson. With James Spader
(The Watcher), Maggie Gyllenhaal (40
Days and 40 Nights), Jeremy Davies (CQ),
Patrick Bauchau (Panic Room), Stephen
McHattie (Theodore Rex), Oz Perkins
(Not Another Teen Movie), Lesley Ann
Warren (Trixie) and Michael Mantell
(A.I. Artificial Intelligence). Flat.
112 min. R: Strong sexuality; some nudity; depiction
of behavioral disorders; language. Sept. 20. Lions
about a man who turns to crime in order to pay for
his nieces freshman year at university. Directed
by Bruce McCulloch (Superstar) from
a screenplay by Martin Hynes (The Big Split)
and Peter Tolan (Analyze This, Americas
Sweethearts). With Jason Lee (Big Trouble,
A Guy Thing), Owen Wilson (The
Royal Tenenbaums), Tom Green (Freddie
Got Fingered), Leslie Mann (Orange County),
Megan Mullally (Best Man in Grass Creek),
Seymour Cassel (Bartleby), John C. McGinley
(The Animal, Crazy as Hell),
and Dennis Farina (Big Trouble). Also
known as Stealing Stanford, Say
Uncle and You Promised. Flat.
PG-13: Crude and sexual humor; language; drug references.
Sept. 13. Sony.
action/animated romantic comedy about a commercial
director whose new commitment to his live-in girlfriend
is tested by his best friend's lover. Actor Fisher
Stevens ("Piñero") makes his feature directorial
debut from a screenplay by Patrick Breen. With Ron
Eldard ("Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood"),
Kyra Sedgwick ("What's Cookin'"), Marisa Tomei ("In
the Bedroom"), Marley Shelton ("Bubble Boy") and
Sarita Choudhury ("A Perfect Murder"). R: Strong
sexual images; language. Sept. 20. Paramount Classics.
drama, set in New York, about several people - including
a phone psychic, a first-time hooker, an artist,
a gallery receptionist, an unhappy wife, a bond
trader and a wealthy contractor - and how their
encounters come to affect people they never met.
TV writer Peter Mattei ("Clarissa Explains It All")
makes his feature directorial debut from his own
screenplay. With Jill Hennessy ("Exit Wounds"),
Steve Buscemi ("Mr. Deeds," "Spy Kids 2"), Rosario
Dawson ("The Adventures of Pluto Nash," "Men in
Black 2"), Vera Farmiga ("15 Minutes"), Domenick
Lombardozzi ("The Yards"), Malcolm Gets ("Thirteen
Conversations About One Thing"), and Carol Kane
("My First Mister"). 89 min. R: Disturbing violent
image; strong sexual content; language. Sept. 20.
about a a thirtysomething named Mitch who moves
out on his cheating girlfriend and moves into a
huge house near a university campus which
quickly becomes a frat-like party zone for Mitch,
his two best thirtysomething pals, and a good chunk
of the local student body. The Road Trip
team of writer-director Todd Phillips and screenwriter
Scott Armstrong reunite. With Luke Wilson (The
Royal Tenenbaums), Will Ferrell (Austin
Powers in Goldmember), Vince Vaughn (Domestic
Disturbance), Leah Remini (Glory Daze),
Ellen Pompeo (Coming Soon, Moonlight
Mile), Seann William Scott (Jay and
Silent Bob Strike Back), Andy Dick (Scotland,
PA), Elisha Cuthbert (TVs 24),
Jeremy Piven (Black Hawk Down), Juliette
Lewis (Enough) and Harve Presnell (Mr.
Deeds). Sept. 27. DreamWorks.
drama based on the life of Jia Hongshen, a Chinese
film actor whose career derailed as he became increasingly
addicted to narcotics. The Shower team
of director Zhang Yang and screenwriters Yang and
Huo Xin reunite. With Hongshen (Suzhou River),
Wang Tong (So Close to Paradise), Chai
Xiuling, Jia Fengshen and Shun Xing. Also known
as Zuotian. 119 min. R: Drug content.
Sept. 13. Sony Pictures Classics.
adventure about a little girl who, after her parents
are turned into pigs, enters the world of the gods
in order to find a way to return them to human form.
Hayao Miyazaki (Princess Mononoke) directs
from his own screenplay. Featuring the voices of
Daveigh Chase, Michael Chiklis, Susan Egan, Lauren
Holly, John Marsden, Suzanne Pleshette, John Ratzenberger
and David Ogden Stiers. Flat. 124 min. PG: Some
scary moments. Buena Vista.
comedy about a poor woman from Alabama who
after reinventing herself as a Manhattan socialite
and accepting the mayors sons marriage
proposal finally gets around to divorcing
the good-hearted hick she married and left behind.
Directed by Andy Tennant (Ever After,
Anna and the King) from a screenplay
by Tennant, Rick Parks (Ever After)
and C. Jay Cox. With Reese Witherspoon (The
Importance of Being Earnest), Rhona Mitra
(Get Carter), Ethan Embry (The
Independent, They), Josh Lucas
(A Beautiful Mind), Patrick Dempsey
(Scream 3), Candice Bergen (Miss
Congeniality), Mary Kay Place (Human
Nature), Fred Ward (Enough, Abandon),
Katherine Towne (Mulholland Drive),
Michelle Krusiec (Nixon, Pumpkin),
Jean Smart (Disneys The Kid) and
Dakota Fanning (I Am Sam, Trapped).
PG-13: Some language/sexual references. Sept. 27.