about a streetwise African-American enlisted by the CIA
to take the place of his late twin brother, a Harvard-educated
intelligence agent. Directed by Joel Schumacher (Tigerland)
from a screenplay by Jason Richman and Michael Browning
(Six Days Seven Nights). With Chris Rock (Jay
and Silent Bob Strike Back), Anthony Hopkins (Hearts
in Atlantis), Gabriel Macht (Behind Enemy
Lines), Kerry Washington (Save the Last Dance)
and Brooke Smith (The Man Who Wasn't There).
Previously known as Black Sheep. June 7. Buena
thriller about a woman who, while under electronic-bracelet
house arrest, frees herself for a few hours to find the
criminal responsible for her running over a police officer.
Written and directed by Finn Taylor (Dream With
the Fishes). With Robin Tunney (Vertical Limit),
Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother, Where Art Thou?),
Brad Hunt (Harts War), Jason Priestly
(Eye of the Beholder), Nora Dunn (Max
Keebles Big Move), Lindsay Crouse (Impostor),
and musician Liz Phair. 102 min. R: Language. June 7 in
New York and Los Angeles; wider June 14; wider June 21.
thriller about a gang of Catholic school kids who plan
to steal back a comic book confiscated by an evil one-legged
nun named Sister Ascension. Based on the novel by Chris
Fuhrman. Music video director Peter Care makes his feature
directorial debut from a screenplay by Michael Petroni
(The Queen of the Damned) and Jeff Stockwell.
With Kieran Culkin (The Cider House Rules),
Jena Malone (Donnie Darko, Life as a
House), Michele Seidman (Empire Records),
Tyler Long (The Patriot), Jake Richardson,
(Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back), Vincent
DOnofrio (Impostor, Chelsea Walls,
The Salton Sea), and Jodie Foster (Panic
Room). 105 min. June. ThinkFilm.
comedy, set in 1821 France, about what happens when Napoleon
escapes from exile and makes his way back to Paris, only
to discover that the citys asylum is overpopulated
with men claiming to be the former emperor. Based on the
novel The Death of Napoleon by Simon Leys.
Alan Taylor (Palookaville) directs from a
screenplay by Taylor, Kevin Molony and Herbie Wave. With
Ian Holm (Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the
Ring) reprising his Time Bandits role
of Napoleon. Also with Iben Hjejle (High Fidelity),
Tim McInnerny (102 Dalmatians), Tom Watson
(The Winter Guest), Nigel Terry (Christopher
Columbus: The Discovery) and Hugh Bonneville (Iris).
Also known as I vestiti nuovi dellimperature.
June 14. Paramount Classics.
action thriller, set in the arctic of pre-colonial North
America, about a long-missing young Inuit hunter who returns
to restore balance to his tribe after an evil shaman with
supernatural powers stirs up deadly discord. Based on
the Inuit legend. Zacharias Angilirq makes his feature
directorial debut from a screenplay by Paul Apak Angilirq.
With Natar Ungalaaq, Sylvia Ivalu, Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq,
Lucy Tulugarjuk, Madeline Ivalu and Paul Quiltatik. 168
min. June 7 limited. Lot 47.
about a man who washes, bullet-ridden, out of the Mediterranean
Sea with no memories and comes to learn that his
face has been altered with plastic surgery and that the
flesh of his hip contains surgically-implanted microfilm.
Based on the 1980 novel by Robert Ludlum (The Holcroft
Covenant). Directed by Doug Liman (Swingers,
Go) from a screenplay by W. Blake Herron and
Tony Gilroy. With Matt Damon (Oceans Eleven),
Franka Potente (Storytelling), Chris Cooper
(The Patriot), Brian Cox (Super Troopers,
The Rookie), Julia Stiles (The Business
of Strangers), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agabaje (Ace
Ventura: When Nature Calls), Judy Parfitt (Ever
After) and Clive Owen (Gosford Park).
June 14. Universal.
about real-life Australian adventurer Steve Irwin, who
saves a crocodile from what he thinks are poachers, but
are really CIA agents attempting to retrieve the top-secret
satellite beacon the reptile swallowed. John Stainton
makes his feature directorial debut from a screenplay
by Holly Goldberg Sloan (The Big Green, Whispers:
An Elephants Tale). With Irwin and wife Teri
Irwin as themselves. Also with Magda Szubanski (Babe:
Pig in the City), David Wenham (Moulin Rouge),
Lachy Hulme and Kate Behan. June 28. MGM.
about a Seattle woman who doesnt invite her mother
whom she considers an embarrassment to her
wedding, only to become the recipient of a mysterious
box containing mementos and a diary detailing the mothers
adventures. Based on the novel by Rebecca Wells (Little
Altars Everywhere). Screenwriter Callie Khouri (Thelma
and Louise, Something to Talk About)
makes her feature directorial debut from a screenplay
by Khouri and Mark Andrus (As Good as it Gets,
Life as a House). With Sandra Bullock (A
Time To Kill, Murder By Numbers), Ashley
Judd (A Time To Kill, Someone Like You,
High Crimes), Ellen Burstyn (Requiem
for a Dream), James Garner (Space Cowboys),
Ron Eldard (Black Hawk Down), Cherry Jones
(The Perfect Storm), Shirley Knight (Angel
Eyes, The Salton Sea), Matthew Settle
(The In Crowd), Maggie Smith (Gosford
Park), Allison Bertolino (Flipper),
Fionnula Flanagan (The Others), Angus MacFadyen
(Titus, Equilibrium), Jacqueline
McKenzie (Deep Blue Sea),Katy Selverstone
(Rain Without Thunder) and Kiersten Warren
(Duets). Scope. PG-13: Mature thematic elements;
language; brief sensuality. June 7. Warner Bros.
action thriller following a London East End gangster from
his violent rise in late 60s Soho to his bloody
downfall some 30 years later. Directed by Paul McGuigan
(The Acid House) from a screenplay by Johnny
Ferguson. With Paul Bettany (A Beautiful Mind),
Malcolm McDowell (Just Visiting), David Thewlis
(Besieged), Jamie Foreman (Saving Grace),
Saffron Burrows (Timecode) and Kenneth Cranham
(Born Romantic). 103 min. R: Strong brutal
violence; pervasive language; brief drug use; nudity.