II No. 10
publication of the National Association of Theatre Owners
in In Focus
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 performances
of classic Motown hits with Chaka Kahn, Ben
Harper, MeShell Ndegeocello, Gerard
Levert, Joan Osborne, Bootsey Collins and
Montel Jordan. 108 min. PG: Language; thematic
elements. Nov. 15. Artisan.
musical science fiction adventure about a
youngster named Jim Hawkins who must overcome
a treacherous cyborg named John Silver as
he searches for loot hidden on a secluded
world. Loosely based on the Robert Louis Stevenson
novel Treasure Island. Written
and directed by John Musker and Ron Clements
Featuring the voices of Emma Thompson, David
Hyde Pierce, Martin Short, Brian Murray and
Joseph Gordon-Levitt. PG: Adventure action;
peril. Nov. 27. Buena Vista.
about a contemporary female newspaper photographer
who sets out to investigate the details of
a brutal 1873 double-murder, only to find
parallels to the incident in her own life.
Based on the 1997 novel by Anita Shreve (The
Pilots Wife). Directed by Kathryn
Bigelow (K-19: The Widowmaker)
from a screenplay by Alice Arlen (Cookie)
and Christopher Kyle (K-19: The Widowmaker).
With Catherine McCormack (Spy Game),
Elizabeth Hurley (Serving Sara),
Sean Penn (I Am Sam), Sarah Polley
(No Such Thing), Josh Lucas (Sweet
Home Alabama), Katrin Cartlidge (No
Mans Land), Ciarán Hinds
(Road to Perdition), Ulrich Thomsen
(The World is Not Enough), Vinessa
Shaw (40 Days and 40 Nights) and
Anders Wodskou Berthelsen (Italian for
Beginners). Flat. 113 min. R: Violence;
sexuality/nudity; brief language. Nov. 1 limited.
drama about two men, each with a comatose
girlfriend. Written and directed by Pedro
Almodóvar (Live Flesh,
All About My Mother). With Javier
Camara (Sex and Lucia), Dario
Grandetti (The Day the Silence Died),
Rosario Flores (Danzon), Geraldine
Chaplin (Cousin Bette), Chus Lampreave
(The Secret of My Flower), Fele
Martinez (The Lovers of the Arctic Circle),
Paz Vega (Sex and Lucia), Mariola
Frentes (Live Flesh), Marisa Paredes
(The Devils Backbone), Elena
Anaya (Sex and Lucia) and Leonor
Watling. Also known as Hable con Ella.
112 min. R: Nudity; sexual content; some language.
Nov. 22 in New York and Los Angeles. Sony
comedy about a bratty youngster who cant
find his way home after he goes into the local
village to look for batteries. Written and directed
by Lee Jeong Hyang. With Kim Eul-Bun, Yu Seung-Ho,
Min Kyung-Hun, Yim Eun-Kyung, and Dong Hyo-Heui.
Also known as Jibeuro. 80 min. Nov.
15 in New York and Los Angeles. Paramount Classics.
fiction thriller, set during World War II,
about the crew of an American submarine trying
to keep one step ahead of the Nazi U-boats
above them only to discover that a
much bigger threat is situated beneath the
sub. Directed by David Twohy (Pitch
Black) from a screenplay by Twohy (Impostor),
Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream)
and Lucas Sussman. With Scott Foley (Scream
3), Olivia Williams (Lucky Break,
The Man from Elysian Fields),
Bruce Greenwood (Thirteen Days,
Swept Away, The Core),
Matthew Davis (Blue Crush), Zach
Galifianakis (Out Cold) and Holt
McCallany (Men of Honor). Previously
known as Proteus. R: Language;
some violence. Oct. 11. Miramax.
and Turkish-language drama about a woman who
finds herself drawn into the world of her
recently deceased husbands secret male
lover. Directed by Ferzan Ozpetek (The
Turkish Baths) from a screenplay by
Ozpetek and Gianni Romoli (Cemetery
Man). With Stefano Accorsi (The
Last Kiss), Margherita Buy, Serra Yilmaz,
Andrea Renzi, Gabriel Garko and Erika Blanc.
Also known as Le Fate ignoranti.
105 min. Sept. 20 in New York and San Francisco;
Oct. 4 in Los Angeles. Strand.
about a plus-size Mexican-American teen who
must choose between attending a New York college
on a full scholarship or staying to help her
sister run an East Los Angeles dress shop.
Based on the play by Josefina Lopez. Directed
by Patricia Cardoso from a screenplay by George
LaVoo (Frisk) and Josefina Lopez.
With America Ferrera, Lupe Ontiveros (Storytelling),
Ingrid Oliu (Flatliners), George
Lopez (Bread and Roses), Soledad
St. Hilaire (Full Frontal), Brian
Sites and Sandie Torres. 90 min. PG-13: Sexual
content; some language. Oct. 18 limited. Newmarket.
about an Ohio teen who inherits an adult magazine
publishing company. Directed by Andy Fickman
from a screenplay by Fickman, Maria Veltre
Druse and Jack Sekowski. With Brandon Davis
(MTVs Undressed), Colleen
Camp (Rat Race), Kadeem Hardison
(Showtime), Christine Lakin (Whatever
It Takes), Ali Landry (Beautiful),Shera
Danese (John Q) and William Atherton
(Bread and Roses). Oct. 11. Premiere.
documentary focusing on Americas obsession
with firearms. Written and directed by Michael
Moore (Roger & Me, The
Big One). Featuring Moore, George W.
Bush, Dick Clark, Charlton Heston, Marilyn
Manson, John Nichols and Matt Stone. 120 min.
R: Some violent images; language. Oct. 11
in New York and Los Angeles. MGM.
drama, based on a true story, about an inner-city
drug lord who suffers a crisis of conscience.
Directed by Charles Stone from a screenplay
by Matthew Cirulnick and Thulani Davis. With
Wood Harris (Remember the Titans),
Mekhi Phifer (Impostor, 8
Mile), Chi McBride (Undercover
Brother), Esai Morales (The Disappearance
of Garcia Lorca), Elise Neal (Mission
to Mars), Regina Hall (Scary Movie
2), Kevin Carroll (Being John
Malkovich), Jonas Chernick (Nostradamus)
and Hakan Coskuner. R: Violence; pervasive
language; some strong sexuality; drug content.
Oct. 25. Miramax.
thriller about a highly paid, highly skilled
courier who discovers the package hes
carrying contains a fabulous young woman.
Louis Leterrier makes his feature directorial
debut from a screenplay by the The Fifth
Element-Kiss of the Dragon
team of Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen.
With Jason Statham (The One, Mean
Machine), Francois Berleand (Deep
in the Woods), Doug Rand (Combination
Platter), Matt Schulze (Blade
2), Shu Qi, Jedd Tan and Rick Young.
Scope. PG-13: Violent sequences; some sensuality.
Oct. 11. Fox.
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