detailing the meteoric rise, fall and rise of 71-year-old
actor-producer Robert Evans, whose filmmaking credits
include Chinatown, Marathon Man,
Popeye, The Cotton Club, Urban
Cowboy, Sliver and The Saint.
Based on Evans autobiography. Directed by Brett
Morgen & Nanette Burstein (On the Ropes).
Narrated by Evans. 93 min. R: Language; some brief violent
and sexual images. July 26 in New York and Los Angeles;
wider Aug. 2; wider Aug. 9. USA.
about Pistachio Disguisey, a waiter who discovers he has
inherited his familys energico, a 2,000-year-old
spiritual energy which gives him the ability to impersonate
virtually anyone or anything. Production designer Perry
Blake (Little Nicky, Joe Dirt)
makes his directorial debut from a screenplay by Dana
Carvey and Harris Goldberg (Deuce Bigalow: Male
Gigolo). With Carvey (Little Nicky),
Jennifer Esposito (Dont Say a Word),
James Brolin (Traffic), Harold Gould (Stuart
Little), Brent Spiner (I Am Sam), Erick
Avari (The Glass House, Mr. Deeds)
and Edie McClurg (Van Wilder). Flat. 67 min.
PG: Mild language; some crude humor. Aug. 2. Sony.
thriller about an old, lonely photo-lab employee who becomes
obsessed with a suburban family after he processes their
snapshots. Written and directed by music video director
Mark Romanek. With Robin Williams (Insomnia),
Connie Nielsen (Gladiator), Michael Vartan
(The Next Best Thing), Gary Cole (The
Gift), Eriq LaSalle (DROP Squad), Erin
Daniels (Chill Factor), Carmen Mormino (The
Odd Couple II) and Andrew A. Rolfes. 95 min. R:
Sexual content; language. Aug. 21. Fox Searchlight.
comedy about a headstrong young Englishwoman who convinces
the man charged with serving her her divorce papers to
travel with her from Manhattan to Texas to confront her
estranged husband. Directed by Reginald Hudlin (The
Ladies Man) from a screenplay by David Ronn (TVs
Spin City) and Jay Sherick. With Matthew Perry
(The Whole Nine Yards), Elizabeth Hurley (Bedazzled),
Bruce Campbell (Spider-Man), Amy Adams (Psycho
Beach Party, Pumpkin) and Vincent Pastore
(Deuces Wild). PG-13: Crude humor; sexual
content; language. Aug. 23. Paramount.
romantic comedy, set in Iran, about an idealistic pro-democracy
female pollster and the cynical soldier assigned to escort
her. Written and directed by Babak Payami. With Nassim
Abdi, Cyrus Abidi, Youssef Habashi, Farrokh Shojaii and
Gholbahar Janghali. G. Aug. 9 in New York and Los Angeles.
Sony Pictures Classics.
about a little girl who sets up a truth-telling
booth in her backyard, where she spends her summer self-employed
as the guilty neighborhood kids secret keeper.
Directed by Blair Treu (TVs Power Rangers
Lost Galaxy) from a screenplay by Jessica Barondes.
With Evan Rachel Wood (Practical Magic, Simone),
Michael Angarano (Almost Famous), David Gallagher
(Phenomenon), Vivica A. Fox (Two Can
Play That Game, Juwanna Mann) and Rick
Macy (Brigham City). Aug. 23. IDP.
drama about a chef whose simple and ordered life grows
complicated when she suddenly finds herself having to
raise her strong-willed niece and her workplace
decides to hire a carefree Italian as its newest chef.
Written and directed by Sandra Nettelbeck. With Martina
Gedeck (Maybe, Maybe Not), Sergio Castellitto
(Va Savoir), August Zirner (The Promise),
Ulrich Thomsen (The World is Not Enough),
Sibylle Canonica (Beyond Silence) and Katja
Studt (Sunshine). Also known as Drei
Sterne. 105 min. Aug. 16 limited. Paramount Classics.
drama about a pair of contemporary scholars gathering
evidence to support their theory that two Victorian-era
poets engaged in a secret affair. Based on the 1990 novel
by A.S. Byatt. Directed by Neil LaBute (Your Friends
and Neighbors, Nurse Betty) from a screenplay
by LaBute, Laura Jones (Angelas Ashes)
and David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly, Golden
Gate). With Gwyneth Paltrow (The Royal Tenenbaums),
Aaron Eckhart (The Pledge), Jeremy Northam
(Enigma), Anna Massey (The Importance
of Being Earnest), Jennifer Ehle (Sunshine),
Trevor Eve (Aspen Extreme) and Toby Stephens
(Space Cowboys). PG-13: Sexuality; some thematic
elements. Aug. 30. USA.
drama, set in Tunisia, about a young widow who emerges
from her sadness by becoming the most popular belly dancer
in a local nightclub. Written and directed by Raja Amari.
With Hiyam Abbas, Hend El Fahem, Maher Kamoun, Monia Hichri,
Faouzia Badr, Nadra Lamloun and Salah Miled (The
English Patient). Aug. 16 in New York. Zeitgeist.
about what happens to a preacher-turned-farmer
still haunted by the automobile mishap that claimed both
his wife and his faith after crop circles
mysteriously appear in his Pennsylvania field. Written
and directed by M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense,
Unbreakable). With Mel Gibson (We Were
Soldiers), Joaquin Phoenix (Quills),
Rory Culkin (You Can Count on Me, Igby
Goes Down), Abigail Breslin, Cherry Jones (The
Perfect Storm, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya
Sisterhood), Patricia Kalember (A Far Off
Place) and Jose L. Rodriguez (Unbreakable).
Flat. PG-13: Some frightening moments. Aug. 2. Buena Vista.