about a bumbling investigator who goes undercover to crack
an insurance scam. Directed by Arlene Stanford (Ill
Be Home for Christmas) from a screenplay by Mark Perez.
With David Sheridan (Corky Romano), Enrico Colantoni
(A.I. Artificial Intelligence), Dolly Parton
(Straight Talk), Patrick Cranshaw (Bubble
Boy), Randy Quaid (Not Another Teen Movie),
Kevin Pollak (Steal This Movie! Stolen
Summer) Cameron Richardson and Andy Richter (Scary
Movie 2, Big Trouble). April 26. Buena
comedy about a scientist obsessed with table manners, his
beautiful assistant, an improbably hairy young woman, and
the remarkably intelligent jungle-reared ape-man in whom
they all take considerable interest. Music video director
Michel Gondry (The Foo Fighters Everlong)
makes his feature directorial debut from a screenplay by
Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich). With
Tim Robbins (AntiTrust), Patricia Arquette (Little
Nicky), Rhys Ifans (The Shipping News),
Miranda Otto (The Well), Rosie Perez (Riding
in Cars With Boys), Robert Forster (Mulholland
Drive), Toby Huss (The Mod Squad) and
Celia Weston (In the Bedroom). Flat. 96 min.
R: Sexuality/nudity; language. April 12. Fine Line.
comedy, set in Seattle, about a successful local TV reporter
who tries to change her fate after a homeless psychic with
an excellent track record informs her that she has only
a few days to live. Directed by Stephen Herek (101
Dalmatians, Holy Man, Rock Star)
from a screenplay by John Scott Shepherd (Joe Somebody)
and Dana Stevens (For Love of the Game). With
Angelina Jolie (Original Sin), Edward Burns
(Sidewalks of New York), Melissa Errico (Frequency),
Tony Shalhoub (Impostor), Stockard Channing
(The Business of Strangers), Max Baker (TVs
Talk To Me), Christian Kane (Summer Catch),
Greg Hein and Lisa Thornhill (The Family Man).
April 26. Fox.
comedy about a group of prison inmates who stage a musical
to divert attention from their escape attempt. Directed
by Peter Cattaneo (The Full Monty) from a screenplay
by Ronan Bennett (The Break). With Lennie James
(Snatch), James Nesbitt (Waking Ned Devine),
Bill Nighy (Blow Dry), Christopher Plummer (A
Beautiful Mind), Timonthy Spall (Rock Star),
Olivia Williams (Born Romantic), Ron Cook (Chocolat)
and Frank Harper (A Room For Romeo Brass). PG-13:
Brief strong language; some sexual references. April. Paramount.
comprised of three dramatic vignettes hosted by Queen Latifah
(The Bone Collector). Part one, Unos
World, is about a young Nambian 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 she rebelled
against her Muslim upbringing and spent time in jail. Unos
World was directed by Bridget Pickering, Hang
Time was directed by Ngozi Onwurah and Raya
was directed 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. April 26 limited. Wellspring.
about a high-powered attorney and Harvard Law professor
who comes to suspect that her husband is not the man she
thought he was after she agrees to defend him in
military court against charges of mass murder. Based on
the novel by Joseph Finder (The Zero Hour).
Directed by Carl Franklin (One True Thing) from
a screenplay by Yuri Zeltser (Bad Dreams). With
Ashley Judd (Kiss the Girls, Someone Like
You), Morgan Freeman (Kiss the Girls,
Along Came a Spider), Jim Caviezel (The
Count of Monte Cristo), Amanda Peet (Saving
Silverman, Changing Lanes), Tom Bower
(Hearts in Atlantis) and Adam Scott (A.I.
Artificial Intelligence, Changing Lanes).
Scope. PG-13: Violence; sexual content; language. April
drama about an underdog soccer team that, in its quest to
win a prestigious tournaments $1 million prize, decides
to bring its players kung-fu skills to the playing
field. Co-written and co-directed by the God of Cookery
team of Stephen Chow and Lik-Chi Lee. With Chow, Vicki Zhao,
Man Tat Ng, Yin Tse, and Kar-Ying Law (The Legend
of Drunken Master). Also known as Shaolin Soccer
and Siu lam juk kau. 111 min. April 5. Miramax.
about a small town mechanic who finds his plan to get his
beautiful girlfriend from Texas to Los Angeles derailed
when he has to rescue her dim cousin from a vengeful mobster.
TV director David Semel (Boston Public, Angel)
makes his feature directorial debut from a screenplay by
Trevor Munson. With Joshua Jackson (Gossip),
James King (Pearl Harbor, Slackers),
DJ Qualls (Road Trip, Big Trouble),
Jullian Dulce Vida (Punks, Showtime),
Matt Davis (Legally Blonde), Krista Betts and
Tyler Waldrop. PG-13: Language; violence; some sensuality;
drug material. April 12. Sony.
thriller about a rookie FBI profiler who must, with her
first case, outwit a pair of gifted high school students
who set out to engineer a series of perfect murders. Directed
by Barbet Schroeder (Our Lady of the Assassins)
from a screenplay by Henry Bean (Deep Cover)
and Tony Gayton (The Salton Sea). With Sandra
Bullock (Miss Congeniality), Ben Chaplin (Birthday
Girl), Ryan Gosling (Remember the Titans),
Michael Pitt (Finding Forrester), Chris Penn
(Corky Romano), and R.D. Call (I Am Sam).
Previously known as Untitled Barbet Schroeder
and Fool Proof. April 19. Warner Bros.
drama, set in Buenos Aires, about two small-time con men
whose perfect plan to forge and sell nine rare
German Weimer Republic stamps begins to unravel. Written
and directed by Fabian Bielinsky. With Ricardo Darín,
Leticia Bredice (Plata Quemada), Graciela Tenembaum,
Maria Mercedes Villagra, Gabriel Correa, Pochi Ducasse and
Amancay Espindola. Also known as Nueve Reinas.
114 min. R: Language. April 12 in New York and Los Angeles.
Sony Pictures Classics.
set in the summer of 1972, about a 13-year-old girl coming
to grips with her blossoming sexuality and her parents
impending divorce. Based on the novel by Kirsty Gunn (The
Keepsake). Written and directed by Christine Jeffs.
With Alicia Fulford Wierzbicki, Sarah Peirse (Heavenly
Creatures), Marton Csokas (The Lord of the Rings:
Fellowship of the Rings), Alistair Browning (Vertical
Limit), and Aaron Murphy. 92 min. April 12. IDP.