set on the Bering Sea, about a salvage crew that
learns the long-abandoned ship it is
towing to shore carries a demonic passenger. Steve
Beck (Thirteen Ghosts) directs from
a screenplay by Mark Hanlon (Buddy Boy)
and John Pogue (Rollerball). With Julianna
Margulies (Whats Cooking? The
Man From Elysian Fields), Gabriel Byrne (When
Brendan Met Trudy), Isaiah Washington (Exit
Wounds, Welcome to Collinwood),
Ron Eldard (Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood,
Just a Kiss) and Desmond Harrington
(We Were Soldiers). Also known as Chimera.
Oct. 25. Warner Bros.
drama about a woman who falls for a young police
officer after she is arrested for murdering her
husband's killer. Directed by Tom Tykwer (The
Princess and the Warrior) from a screenplay
by Krzysztof Piesiewicz and his late The Double
Life of Veronique-Blue-White-
screenwriting partner, Krzysztof Kieslowski. With
Cate Blanchett (Charlotte Gray), Giovanni
Ribisi (The Gift), Riotta Vincent, Remo
Girone, Max Giusti, Stefano Santospago and Alessandro
Sperduti. 102 min. R: A scene of sexuality. Oct.
4 in New York and Los Angeles. Miramax.
of MTVs censors, members of the Jackass
cast stage a golf-cart demolition derby in a mini-golf
facility, give each other paper cuts, create an
indoor fireworks show, snort green wasabi mustard,
soil the sales floor of a hardware store, consume
waste, and impersonate burglars. A documentary written
and directed by series vets Johnny Knoxville and
Jeff Tremaine, with additional sequences directed
by Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich,
Adaptation). With Knoxville (Men
in Black II), Jonze (Three Kings),
Tremaine, Tony Hawk (Gleaming the Cube),
Henry Rollins (The New Guy), Chris Pontius,
Jason Wee Man Acuna, Stephen Steve-O
Glover, Brandon Bam Margera, Dave England,
Ryan Dunn, Ehren McGhehey, Preston Lacy, Brandon
Dicamillo, Jess & Phil Margera, Rich Kozzak
and Chris Raab. Oct. 25. Paramount.
drama, set in Montana, about sons of Brooklyn-based
crime figures who take on a corrupt sheriff in order
to recover a bag of cash. The Rounders
writing team of David Levien and Brian Koppelman
make their feature directorial debuts from their
own screenplay. With Vin Diesel (XXX),
John Malkovich (Shadow of the Vampire),
Seth Green (Austin Powers in Goldmember),
Barry Pepper (We Were Soldiers), Andrew
Davoli (The Yards, Welcome to
Collinwood) and Dennis Hopper (Apocalypse
Now Redux). 93 min. Scope. R: Violence; language;
some drug use. Oct. 11. New Line.
examination of technology's encroachment on nature,
and man's willingness to make war. The third installment
of the Qatsi trilogy. Directed by Godfrey
Reggio (Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi)
from a screenplay by Reggio and composer Phillip
Glass (the Qatsi trilogy, The
Hours). PG: Violent and disturbing images;
brief nudity. Oct. 18 in New York and Los Angeles.
about the 12th Sonderkommando unit, Jews who secretly
planned an armed revolt after they were given by
the Nazis the task of exterminating their fellow
Jews at the Auschwitz death camp. Written and directed
by Tim Blake Nelson (O). With Harvey
Keitel (Little Nicky, Red Dragon),
Steve Buscemi (Spy Kids 2, Love
in the Time of Money), David Arquette (Eight
Legged Freaks), Mira Sorvino (The Triumph
of Love), Daniel Benzali (Screwed),
Allen Corduner (Me Without You), and
Natasha Lyonne (Night at the Golden Eagle).
Flat. 108 min. R: Strong holocaust violence; nudity;
language. Oct. 11. Lions Gate.
drama about a gay man who considers an offer to
have a child with an unhappy female stranger
despite the misgivings of his boyfriend. Written
and directed by Ryosuke Hashiguchi (Like Grains
of Sand). With Seiichi Tanabe, Kazuya Takahashi
(Safe Passage), Reiko Kataoka, Manami
Fuji, Kanako Fukaura and Ryo Iwamatsu. 135 min.
Oct. 18. Strand.
adventure about talking Christian vegetables, and
their take on Jonah's encounter with the biblical
whale. Based on the direct-to-video Veggie
Tales series. Written and directed by Mike
Nawrocki and Phil Vischer. Featuring the voices
of Vischer, Nawrocki, Kristin Blegen and Lisa Vischer.
Flat. G. Oct. 4. Artisan.
set in New York, about a group of people
including a phone psychic, a first-time hooker,
her john, an artist, and his muse and how
their relationships affect people theyve never
met. Written and directed by Peter Mattei. With
Rosario Dawson (The Adventures of Pluto Nash),
Steve Buscemi (Spy Kids 2, The
Grey Zone), Jill Hennessy (Exit Wounds),
Vera Farmiga (15 Minutes), Domenick
Lombardozzi (The Yards), Malcolm Gets
(Thirteen Conversations About One Thing)
and Carol Kane (My First Mister). 89
min. R: Disturbing violent image; strong sexual
content; language. Oct. 18 in New York and Los Angeles.
about a struggling writer and family man who joins
a male escort agency, then finds a chance at literary
stardom when he becomes involved with the wife of
a world-renowned author. George Hickenlooper (The
Low Life) directs from a screenplay by Phillip
Jayson Lasker (TVs The Golden Girls).
With Andy Garcia (Oceans Eleven),
Mick Jagger (Bent), Julianna Margulies
(Whats Cooking?, Ghost Ship),
Anjelica Huston (Blood Work), Olivia
Williams (Lucky Break) and James Coburn
(Snow Dogs). 105 min. R: Language; sexual
content. Oct. 4. IDP.