thriller about a sporting goods salesman who is assigned
by a dying spy to carry out a mission a mission
tied to a deadly outbreak in Turkey responsible for 2,000
deaths in six months. Directed by Teddy Chan (Purple
Storm) from a screenplay by Ivy Ho. With Jackie
Chan (Rush Hour 2), Eric Tsang, Vivian Hsu,
Min Jeong Kim, Hsing-kuo Wu, Alfred Cheung (Twin
Dragons), Anthony Rene Jones (Blue Sky)
and Glory Simon (Chuck & Buck). Also known
as Te wu mi cheng. PG-13: Strong action violence;
some drug content; nudity. April 5. Miramax.
based on the true story of Thomas H. Ince, who disappeared
in 1924 while aboard William Randolph Hearsts
yacht. Based on the play by Steven Peros. Directed by
Peter Bogdanovich (The Thing Called Love)
from a screenplay by Steven Peros. With Edward Herrmann
(Double Take), Kirsten Dunst (crazy/beautiful),
Jennifer Tilly (Dancing at the Blue Iguana),
Cary Elwes (Shadow of the Vampire), Joanna
Lumley (Maybe Baby) and Eddie Izzard (Shadow
of the Vampire). Flat. 110 min. April 5. Lion's
set in New York, about a businessman and a lawyer who
see their road rage escalate into an all-out feud following
a fender-bender. Directed by Roger Michell (Notting
Hill) from a screenplay by Chap Taylor and Michael
Tolkin (The New Age, Deep Impact).
With Ben Affleck (Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back),
Samuel L. Jackson (The Cavemans Valentine),
Toni Collette (Shaft), Sydney Pollack (Random
Hearts), Amanda Peet (Saving Silverman,
High Crimes), Jennifer Dundas (The First
Wives Club), Adam Scott (A.I. Artificial Intelligence,
High Crimes) and Kim Staunton (Holy
Man). April 12. Paramount.
comedy, set in a small English town, about three women
who meet weekly to swap stories about their pathetic love
lives at least until one of them falls in love.
Written and directed by John McKay. With Andie MacDowell
(Town & Country, Harrisons
Flowers), Imelda Staunton (Rat), Anna
Chancellor (The Man Who Knew Too Little),
Kenny Doughty (Titus) and Bill Paterson (Sunshine).
R: Sexuality; language. 111 min. April 5 in New York and
Los Angeles. Sony Picture Classics.
about the 70s skateboarding team from Santa Monica,
Calif., that rose to fame by revolutionizing the sport
with surfing techniques. Directed by Stacy Peralta (TVs
The 70s: The Decade That Changed Television)
and written by Peralta and Craig Stecyk. Narrated by Sean
Penn and featuring interviews and archival footage of
Jay Adams, Tony Alva, Bob Biniak, Paul Constantineau,
Shogo Kubo, Jim Muir, Peggy Oki and Nathan Pratt. PG-13:
Language; some drug references. 89 min. April 26 in New
York and Los Angeles. Sony Pictures Classics.
comedy, set in Miami, about a harried ad man, an evil
executive, assassins, arms dealers, teens, law enforcement
officials and a very heavy suitcase containing a nuclear
device. Based on the 1999 first novel by Dave Barry. Directed
by Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black, Wild
Wild West) from a screenplay by Matthew Stone &
Robert Ramsey (Destiny Turns on the Radio,
Life). With Tim Allen (Joe Somebody),
Rene Russo (The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle,
Showtime), Janeane Garofalo (The Independent),
Patrick Warburton (Joe Somebody), Zooey Deschanel
(Almost Famous), Tom Sizemore (Black
Hawk Down), Dennis Farina (Sidewalks of New
York), Jason Lee (Vanilla Sky), DJ Qualls
(Cherry Falls, Lone Star State of Mind),
Omar Epps (Brother), Stanley Tucci (Sidewalks
of New York), Andy Richter (Scary Movie 2,
Frank McKlusky, C.I.) and Ben Foster (Get
Over It). PG-13: Language; crude humor; sex-related
material. April 5. Buena Vista.
Drama about 35 people interacting during a single day
at New Yorks Chelsea Hotel. Directed by actor
Ethan Hawke (Tape) from a screenplay by
actress Nicole Burdette (Digging to China),
based on her play. With Vincent DOnofrio (Impostor,
The Salton Sea), Kris Kristofferson (Planet
of the Apes, Blade 2), Robert Sean
Leonard (Tape), Uma Thurman (Tape),
Natasha Richardson (Blow Dry, Wakin
Up in Reno), Kevin Corrigan (Steal this
Movie, Scotland, PA), Paz de la Huerta
(A Walk to Remember), Mark Webber (Storytelling)
and Steve Zahn (Riding in Cars with Boys).
Also known as Last Word on Paradise. Flat.
109 min. R: Language. April 12 in New York. Lions Gate.
based on the true story of Vincent LaMarca, a policeman
whose father was a murderous kidnapper and whose son faced
the death penalty as a result of being charged with murder.
Based on an Esquire article by New York Daily News columnist
Mike McAlary. Directed by Michael Caton-Jones (The
Jackal) from a screenplay by Caton-Jones and Ken
Hixon (Inventing the Abbotts). With Robert
De Niro (The Score, Showtime),
Frances McDormand (The Man Who Wasnt There),
James Franco (Whatever It Takes, Deuces
Wild) and Eliza Dushku (Soul Survivors).
Also known as Mark of a Murderer. April 26.
set in 1950s Brooklyn on the eve of a bloody gang war,
about a pair of cousins driven apart when they both fall
for the same woman. Directed by Scott Kalvert (The
Basketball Diaries) from a screenplay by Paul Kimatian
and Chris Gambale. With Stephen Dorff (Cecil B.
Demented), Fairuza Balk (Almost Famous),
Matt Dillon (One Night at McCools),
James Franco (Whatever It Takes, City
by the Sea), Brad Renfro (Ghost World),
Balthazar Getty (The Center of the World),
Joshua Leonard (Men of Honor), Norman Reedus
(Gossip, Blade 2), Debbie Harry
(The Fluffer), Frankie Muniz (My Dog
Skip, Big Fat Liar) and Vinny Pastore
(Made). April 26. MGM.
drama about a 15-year-old girl who finds herself confused
over the sudden death of the father that she never knew,
and runs away to the shores of Brittany to join her vacationing
best friend. Anne-Sophie Birot makes her feature directorial
debut from a screenplay by Birot and Christophe Honore.
With Marie Rivière (Venus Beauty Institute),
Pascal Elso (Life and Nothing But), Pascale
Bussières (The Five Senses), Sandrine
Blancke (Toto the Hero), Yelda Reynaud, Isild
Le Besco and Karen Alyx. Also known as Le Filles
ne Savent Pas Nager. 102 min. April 5 in New York
and Los Angeles. Wellspring.