II No. 10
publication of the National Association of Theatre Owners
in In Focus
about an 18-year-old driver assigned to a film crew
making an historical epic about the Ottoman Empires
extermination of 1.5 million Armenians between 1915
and 1923. Written and directed by Atom Egoyan (Exotica,
The Sweet Hereafter, Felicias
Journey). With David Alpay, Charles Aznavour
(The Truth About Charlie), Eric Bogosian
(Gossip), Brent Carver (Millenniumy),
Bruce Greenwood (Thirteen Days, Swept
Away, Below, The Core),
Elias Koteas (Harrisons Flowers),
Christopher Plummer (Lucky Break), David
Alpay, Raoul Bhaneja, Marie-Josee Croze (Maelström)
and Arsinee Khanjian (Fat Girl). 126
min. R: Violence; sexuality/nudity; language. Nov.
15 in New York and Los Angeles; wider Nov. 27. Miramax.
the Earths inner core mysteriously stops rotating
precipitating catastrophic changes to the
planets atmosphere its up to
a group of terranauts to navigate an
experimental ship to the core and set off a world-saving
nuclear detonation. Jon Amiel (Copycat,
Entrapment) directs from a screenplay
by Cooper Layne, John Rogers (American Outlaws)
and Sean Bailey. With Aaron Eckhart (Possession),
Hilary Swank (Insomnia), DJ Qualls (The
New Guy), Bruce Greenwood (Thirteen
Days, Swept Away, Below),
Tcheky Karyo (Kiss of the Dragon), Stanley
Tucci (Road to Perdition), Alfre Woodard
(K-Pax), Delroy Lindo (The One),
Richard Jenkins (The Man Who Wasnt There)
and Allejandro Abellan (Say it Isnt
So). Nov. 1. Paramount.
about a white factory worker from the 8 Mile
area of Detroit who battles to overcome stage fright
and personal betrayals as he pursues a career as
a rap artist. Directed by Curtis Hanson (L.A.
Confidential, Wonder Boys) from
a screenplay by Scott Silver (johns,
The Mod Squad). With Marshall Eminem
Mathers (The Wash), Brittany Murphy
(Sidewalks of New York), Mekhi Phifer
(Impostor, Paid in Full),
Kim Basinger (Bless the Child), Taryn
Manning (Crossroads, White Oleander),
Eugene Byrd (Whiteboys) and Omar Benson
Miller. Nov. 8. Universal.
documentary about the famed Paris Opera Ballet Company,
featuring performances set to Swan Lake
and Beethovens Ninth Symphony, and interviews
with the companys management, teachers, students,
and stars. Directed by actor Nils Tavernier (Post
Coitum, Animal Triste). 100 min. Nov. 8 in New
York. First Run.
set in France, about a beautiful former jewel thief
whose new life as the wife of a U.S. ambassador
is threatened when elements of her crime-filled
past come back to haunt her. Written and directed
by Brian De Palma (Mission to Mars).
With Rebecca Romijn-Stamos (Simone),
Antonio Banderas (Ballistic: Ecks Vs. Sever,
Frida), Jean Reno (Rollerball),
Peter Coyote (A Walk to Remember) and
Gregg Henry (Star Trek: Insurrection).
R: Strong sexuality; violence; language. Nov. 8.
set in New York and Barcelona, about a famous pianist
who becomes an object of desire to both a mother
and her son. Based on the novella The Page
Turner, by David Leavitt. Written and directed
by Ventura Pons (Beloved/Friend). With
Paul Rhys (From Hell), Kevin Bishop
(Muppet Treasure Island), Juliet Stevenson
(Emma), Allan Corduner (Me Without
You, The Grey Zone), Geraldine
McEwan (Loves Labours Lost),
Leslie Charles, Pamela Field, Manu Fullola and Pepa
Lopez. 112 min. Oct. 25 in New York; Nov. 8 in San
Francisco; Nov. 15 in Los Angeles. Small Planet.
animated comedy about a party animal whose brush
with the law lands him a community-service sentence
as an assistant referee in a youth basketball league.
Directed by Seth Kearsley (TVs Dilbert)
from a screenplay by Adam Sandler (Big Daddy,
Little Nicky), Brad Isaacs (TVs
Newsradio), Allen Covert and Brooks
Arthur. Featuring the voices of Sandler, Rob Schneider,
Jon Lovitz, Kevin Nealon, Tyra Banks, Jackie Titone,
Austin Stout and James Barber. Flat. PG-13: Frequent
crude and sexual humor; drinking; brief drug references.
Nov. 27. Sony.
about a teen from a troubled family who finds
an outlet through her writing and decides to run
away from home to compete in a poetry contest.
Actress Karen Moncrieff (TVs Santa
Barbara) directs from her own screenplay.
With Agnes Bruckner (Murder By Numbers),
David Strathairn (Harrisons Flowers),
Margaret Colin (Unfaithful), Frances
Fisher (Gone in 60 Seconds), A.J.
Buckley (Extreme Days), Amy Benedict
(Sneakers) and Regan Arnold. 96 min.
Nov. 8 in New York and Los Angeles; wider Nov.
15 and Nov. 22. Miramax.
superspy James Bond must contend with an enemy
who can disguise himself by physically altering
his facial features. Lee Tamahori (Once
Were Warriors, Along Came a Spider)
directs from a screenplay by Neal Purvis (The
World is Not Enough), Robert Wade (The
World is Not Enough) and Ben Willcock. Other
returnees from The World is Not Enough
include Pierce Brosnan (The Tailor of Panama)
as Bond, Judi Dench (The Importance of Being
Earnest) as M, John Cleese (the Harry
Potter series) as Q, and Samantha Bond (Erik
the Viking) as Moneypenny. Newcomers to
the series include Halle Berry (Monsters
Ball), Rick Yune (The Fast and the
Furious), Michael Madsen (Species
2), Will Yun Lee (Whats Cooking?),
Toby Stephens (Possession), Rosamund
Pike and Darcey Bussell. Nov. 22. MGM.
spanning 20 years, about a classics professor
at an elite prep school who finds his life inexorably
altered by the arrival of the headstrong son of
a powerful U.S. senator. Based on the short story
The Palace Thief by Ethan Canin (Emperor
of the Air). Directed by Michael Hoffman
(A Midsummer Nights Dream) from
a screenplay by Neil Tolkin (Jury Duty).
With Kevin Kline (A Midsummer Nights
Dream, Life as a House), Emile
Hirsch (The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys),
Embeth Davidtz (Bridget Joness Diary),
Patrick Dempsey (Sweet Home Alabama)
and Rob Morrow (Maze). Nov. 22. PG-13:
Some sexual content. Universal.
thriller, set in the Austrian Alps, about members
of a commercial film crew who find themselves
running, skiing, snowboarding and sky-diving for
their lives after they accidentally film the hideout
of a fugitive Serbian war criminal. Directed by
Christian Duguay (The Art of War)
from a screenplay by Michael Zaidan. With Rufus
Sewell (A Knights Tale), Bridgette
Wilson-Sampras (The Wedding Planner),
Devon Sawa (Slackers), Heino Ferch
(Run Lola Run), Jean-Pierre Castaldi
(The Musketeer), Klaus Löwitsch
(Gotcha!) and Rupert Graves (Dreaming
of Joseph Lees). Also known as The
Extremists. Nov. 22. Paramount.
drama, set in 1950s Connecticut, about a housewife
who, after she discovers her husband having sex
with another man, indulges another taboo by forging
a friendship with black gardener. Written and
directed by Todd Haynes (Safe, Velvet
Goldmine). With Julianne Moore (Safe,
World Traveler), Dennis Quaid (The
Rookie), Dennis Haysbert (Love &
Basketball), Viola Davis (Kate &
Leopold, Solaris) and Patricia
Clarkson (The Pledge, Welcome
to Collinwood). Flat. PG-13: Mature thematic
elements; sexual content; brief violence; language.
Nov. 8 limited. Focus.
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