an actress walks off a movie set, the movies producer
brings in her replacement a digitally created woman
whom the public adores and believes to be a real person.
Written and directed by Andrew Niccol (Gattaca).
With Al Pacino (Insomnia), Catherine Keener
(Death to Smoochy, Lovely and Amazing,
Full Frontal), Jay Mohr (Pay It Forward,
The Adventures of Pluto Nash), Pruitt Taylor
Vince (Nurse Betty), Stanley Anderson (The
Kid), Winona Ryder (Mr. Deeds), Evan Rachel
Wood (Practical Magic, Little Secrets),
Rebecca Romijn-Stamos (Rollerball) and Jason
Schwartzman (Slackers, C.Q.). Scope.
PG-13: Some sensuality. Aug. 16. New Line.
about the Funk Brothers, a band that for 14 years provided
the music for almost every hit single Detroit-based Motown
Records released. Directed by Paul Justman. Featuring archival
footage and interviews with the band, as well as performances
of classic Motown hits fronted by Chaka Kahn, Joan Osborne,
Ben Harper, MeShell NdegéOcello, Gerard Levert,
Bootsey Collins and Montel Jordan. 108 min. August. Artisan.
thriller about a surly extreme-sports competitor recruited
by a secret government agency to crack a ring of evildoers.
Rob Cohen (Dragonheart, The Skulls,
The Fast and the Furious) directs from a screenplay
by Richard Wilkes (Airheads, Glory Daze,
The Jerky Boys). With Vin Diesel (The
Fast and the Furious), Samuel L. Jackson (Star
Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones), Asia Argento
(B. Monkey), Michael Roof (Black Hawk
Down), Marton Csokas (Star Wars: Episode II
- Attack of the Clones), Joe Bucaro III (Coyote
Ugly) and rap star Eve Jihan Jeffers. Also known as
Triple X. Scope. Aug. 9. Sony.
comedy, set in the Hollywood Hills, about four self-destructive
showbiz neophytes including a model and an aspiring
film director whose day of relaxation takes a disastrous
turn for the worse. Based on the play Magic Afternoon
by Wolfgang Bauer. Catherine Jelski makes her feature directoial
debut from her own screenplay. With Devon Gummersall (Dick),
Eion Bailey (Almost Famous), Arly Jover (Impostor)
and Leslie Bibb (See Spot Run). 87 min. July.
about two Lakota Sioux native Americans a police
officer and his brother, a recovering alcoholic trying
to cope with civilian life following their tours in Vietman
War. Based on the novel by Adrian C. Louis (Ancient
Acid Flashes Back: Poems ). Directed by Chris Eyre
(Smoke Signals) from a screenplay by Jennifer
Lyne. With Graham Greene (Snow Dogs), Eric Schweig
(Tom and Huck), Nathaniel Arcand (American
Outlaws), Michelle Thrush (Dead Man),
and Gary Farmer (The Score). 87 min. R: Language;
violence. Aug. 9 in New York; Aug. 16 in Los Angeles. First
and Juni Cortez, now full-fledged spies like their parents,
encounter pint-sized rivals when they set off after a supervillian
geneticist known as the island man. A sequel
to the 2001 action-comedy blockbuster. Returnees from part
one include writer-director Robert Rodriguez (From
Dusk Till Dawn, The Faculty) as well as
actors Alexa Vega (The Deep End of the Ocean),
Daryl Sabara, Antonio Banderas (Original Sin),
Carla Gugino (The One), Cheech Marin (Spy
Kids), Mike Judge (Office Space) and Danny
Trejo (The Salton Sea). Newcomers to the series
include Steve Buscemi (Domestic Disturbance,
Mr. Deeds), Christopher McDonald (The
Perfect Storm), Matthew OLeary (Frailty),
Ricardo Montalban (The Naked Gun), and Emily
Osment (TVs Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winters
End). Aug. 7. Miramax.
about a graduate psychology student who, after witnessing
a horrible accident, begins to wonder if there was a reason
behind her childhood fear of the dark. Robert Harmon (Nowhere
to Run) directs from a screenplay by Brendan Hood
(TVs The Darklings). With Laura Regan
(Someone Like You), Marc Blucas (We Were
Soldiers, Sunshine State), Dagmara Dominczyk
(The Count of Monte Cristo), Ethan Embry (The
Independent), and Jon Abrahams (Texas Rangers).
Aug. 23. Miramax.