thriller about a stressed-out Harvard undergrad
still haunted by the unexplained two-year-old
disappearance of the boyfriend she loved
and the troubled alcoholic police detective trying
to close the boyfriends missing-persons case.
Screenwriter Stephen Gaghan (Traffic)
makes his directorial debut from his own screenplay.
With Katie Holmes (The Gift), Benjamin
Bratt (Piñero), Charlie Hunnam
(TVs Undeclared), Zooey
Deschanel (The Good Girl), Gabrielle
Union (Two Can Play That Game, Welcome
to Collinwood), Melanie Lynskey (Coyote
Ugly, Sweet Home Alabama), Gabriel
Mann (Summer Catch), Will McCormack
(American Outlaws) and Fred Ward (Enough,
Sweet Home Alabama). PG-13: Drug and
alcohol content; sexuality; some violence; language.
Oct. 18. Paramount.
about Hogans Heroes star Bob Crane and
his immersion into the sexual underworld, his mysterious
murder, and the trial of his suspected assailant,
a camera enthusiast who documented Cranes
sexual adventures. Based on The Murder of
Bob Crane by Robert Graysmith. Directed by
Paul Schrader (Hardcore, Affliction)
from a screenplay by Michael Gerbosi. With Greg
Kinnear (We Were Soldiers), Willem Dafoe
(Spider-Man), Maria Bello (Duets),
Rita Wilson (The Story of Us), Alex
Meneses (The Flinstones in Viva Rock Vegas),
Michael E. Rodgers (Thomas and the Magic Railroad),
Marieh Delfino (TVs All About Us),
Nikita Ager (Tomcats), Joseph D. Reitman
(Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back), Kurt
Fuller (The New Guy) and Kevin Beard
(Collateral Damage). R: Strong sexuality;
nudity; language; some drug use; violence. Oct.
18. Sony Pictures Classics.
comedy about a hip-hop record label executive and
a magazine editor who have known each other since
childhood. Directed by Rick Famuyiwa (The
Wood) from a screenplay by Famuyiwa and Mike
Elliot (Like Mike). With Sanaa Lathan
(Catfish in Black Bean Sauce), Taye
Diggs (New Best Friend, Just a
Kiss), Queen Latifah (The Country Bears),
Nicole Parker (Loving Jezebel), Boris
Kodjoe (Love & Basketball), Mos
Def and Method Man (How High). PG-13:
Sexual content; language. Oct. 11. Fox Searchlight.
examining the daily life of Jacques Derrida, French
philosopher and author of deconstructionism, as
he eats yogurt, gets a haircut and discusses the
making of the documentary. Directed by Kirby Dick
and Amy Ziering Kofman. Oct. 23 in New York. Zeitgeist.
about aging Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Directed
by Estela Bravo. Featuring interviews with Muhammad
Ali, Harry Belafonte, Ted Turner and Alice Walker.
Oct. 18. First Run.
based on the life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo,
the leftist, polio-afflicted and one-legged wife
of famed muralist Diego Rivera. Based on the biography
by Hayden Herrera. Directed by Julie Taymor (Titus)
from a screenplay by Clancy Sigal (In Love
& War), Diane Lake and the My Family,
Mi Familia writing team of Gregory Nava &
Anna Thomas. With Salma Hayek (Timecode),
Alfred Molina (Road to Perdition), Antonio
Banderas (Spy Kids 2, Ballistic:
Ecks vs. Sever), Ed Norton (Death to
Smoochy, Red Dragon), Ashley Judd
(Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood),
Diego Luna (Y Tu Mama Tambien), Mía
Maestro (Timecode), Roger Rees (The
Scorpion King), Geoffrey Rush (Lantana,
The Banger Sisters), Saffron Burrows
(Gangster No. 1) and Margarita Sanz.
R: Sexuality/nudity; language. Oct. 25 in New York
and Los Angeles. Miramax.
set in World War II Berlin, about a group of mismatched
allies who can only retrieve a critical decryption
device by disguising themselves as female factory
workers. Directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky (Anatomie)
from a screenplay by actor David Schneider (A
Knights Tale). With Matt LeBlanc (Charlies
Angels), Eddie Izzard (The Cats
Meow), James Cosmo (Emma), Udo
Kier (feardotcom, Invincible),
David Birkin (Charlotte Gray) and Nicolette
Krebitz (Bandits). 105 min. Oct. 25
set in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, depicting
the events of Jan. 30, 1972 the day British
soldiers there fired on a civil rights march, killing
13. Written and directed by Paul Greengrass (The
Theory of Flight). With James Nesbitt (Lucky
Break), Tim Pigott Smith (Remains of
the Day, Four Feathers), Nicholas
Farrell (Charlotte Gray), Christopher
Villiers (Sliding Doors) and Gerard
McSorley (On the Edge). 107 min. R:
Violence; language. Oct. 4 in New York; wider Oct.
11. Paramount Classics.
about the friendship that develops between two friends
and a new girl in town all of whom team up
to outsmart a con man. Based on the short story
by Truman Capote (Breakfast at Tiffanys).
Directed by screenwriter Mark Medoff (Claras
Heart, City of Joy) from a screenplay
by Douglas Sloan. With Joe Pilcher (Shiloh
2), Sheryl Lee (John Carpenters
Vampires), Tania Raymonde (TVs Malcolm
in the Middle), Jesse Plemons (Like
Mike), Christopher McDonald (The Man
Who Wasnt There), Tom Arnold (Exit
Wounds) and Lucina Paquet (Novocaine).
Flat. PG: Mild thematic elements; brief language.
Oct. 18. Artisan.
musical comedy about eight women trapped in the
house during a winter storm as they try to solve
a mans murder. Based on the play by Robert
Thomas. Directed by Francois Ozon (See the
Sea, The Criminal Lovers, Under
the Sand) from a screenplay by Marina de Van
(Under the Sand) and Ozon. With Catherine
Deneuve (The Musketeer), Isabelle Huppert
(Merci Pour La Chocolat), Emmanuelle
Béart (Les Destinees), Fanny
Ardant (Beyond the Clouds), Virginie
Ledoyen (The Beach), Danielle Darrieux
(Scene of the Crime), Firmine Richard
(One 4 All), Ludivine Sagnier (My
Wife is an Actress) and Dominique Lamure.
Also known as 8 Femmes. Flat. 113 min.
R: Some sexual content. Oct. 18. Focus.
set in Liverpool, England, about a Yank-hating local
hitman who finds himself guiding a visiting American
chemist determined to market a new recreational
drug to the British rave scene. Ronny Yu (Bride
of Chucky) directs from a screenplay by Stel
Pavlou. With Samuel L. Jackson (XXX),
Robert Carlyle (The Beach), Michael
Lee Meatloaf Aday (The Salton
Sea) and Emily Mortimer (Lovely and
Amazing). Also known as The 51st State.
Scope. 92 min. R: Strong violence; drug content;
some sexuality. Oct. 18. Sony.