III No. 8
publication of the National Association of Theatre Owners
in In Focus
Action-thriller about a vampire and a werewolf
who fall in love despite the ancient feud
dividing their two supernatural cliques.
Music video director Len Wiseman (En Vogue’s “Riddle”)
makes his feature directorial debut from
a screenplay by Danny McBride (TV’s “Outer
Limits”). With Kate Beckinsale (“Laurel
Canyon”), Bill Nighy (“I Capture
the Castle”), Scott Speedman (“Dark
Blue,” “My Life Without Me”),
Michael Sheen (“The Four Feathers”),
Erwin Leder (“Schindler’s List”),
Sophia Myles (“From Hell”)
and Shane Brolly (“Imposter”).
R: Strong violence/gore; some language.
Sept. 19. Sony.
Biography of John Holmes, the infamous porn
star whose life, cut short by AIDS, was linked
to drug dealers and a horrific 1981 multiple
murder in Los Angeles’ Hollywood Hills.
Based on the book “Porn King: The Autobiography
of John C. Holmes” by John & Laurie
Holmes and Fred Basten. Directed by James
Cox from a screenplay by Cox, Captain Mauzner,
Todd Samovitz and D. Loriston Scott. With
Val Kilmer (“The Salton Sea,” “Masked & Anonymous”),
Kate Bosworth (“The Rules of Attraction”),
Lisa Kudrow (“Analyze That,” Marci
X”), Josh Lucas (“The Hulk”),
Christina Applegate (“View From the
Top”), Janeane Garofalo (“Big
Trouble”), Natasha Gregson Wagner (“High
Fidelity”), Ted Levine (“The
Truth About Charlie”), Dylan McDermott
(“Texas Rangers,” “Party
Monster”), Carrie Fisher (“Jay
and Silent Bob Strike Back”), M.C.
Gainey (“Terminator 3”), Tim
Blake Nelson (“Holes”) and Eric
Bogosian (“Igby Goes Down”).
Flat. Sept. 26 in New York and Los Angeles;
wider Oct. 17. Lions Gate.
United States Of Leland
Drama about a sensitive teen who kills an
autistic child out of sympathy, and how
the act affects both the incarcerated killer
and the surrounding community. Written
and directed by Matthew Ryan Hoge. With
Kevin Spacey (“The Life of David
Gale”), Don Cheadle (“Sword-fish”),
Ryan Gosling (“Murder By Numbers,” “The
Slaughter Rule”), Chris Klein (“We
Were Soldiers”), Lena Olin (“Hollywood
Homicide”), Martin Donovan (“Agent
Cody Banks”), Kerry Washington (“Bad
Company,” “The Human Stain”)
and Jena Malone (“The Dangerous Lives
of Altar Boys”). 108 min. R: Language;
some drug content. Sept. 12 limited. Paramount
Drama about a pair of homosexual Israeli
army officers who undertake a secret
love affair while stationed at a rural
army base in Lebanon. Directed by Eytan
Fox from a screenplay by Avner Bernheimer.
With Yehuda Levi, Ohad Knoller, Assi
Cohen, Aya Steinovitz and Hani Furstenberg.
Flat. 71 min. Sept. 24 in New York.
Romantic comedy, set in Toronto, about a young, wealthy professional
who, in a frenzied attempt to appease his traditional Indian family,
hires a beautiful professional escort of Indian ancestry to accompany
him to his sister’s wedding. Written and directed by Deepa
Mehta (“Fire,” “Earth”). With Rahul Khanna
(“The Emperor’s Club”), Lisa Ray, Moushumi Chatterjee,
Dina Pathak (“A Passage To India”), Kulbhushan Kharbanda
(“Monsoon Wedding”) and Ranjit Chowdhry (“King
of the Jungle”). Scope. 103 min. Aug. 29 in New York and
Los Angeles. Magnolia.
“Hallucinogenic western” about 1) a pair of Texas brothers
who find themselves on opposite sides of the law in the Balkans
of 1913, and 2) a 90-year-old woman who decides to turn the tables
on a burglar who is trying to steal Balkan gold in contemporary
New York. Written and directed by Milcho Manchevski (“Before
the Rain”). With Joseph Fiennes (“Enemy at the Gates”),
Adrian Lester (“Born Romantic”), David Wenham (the “Lord
of the Rings” series), Anne Brochet (“All the Mornings
of the World”), Vera Farmiga (“Love in the Time of
Money”) and Nikolina Kujaca (“Welcome to Sarajevo”).
127 min. R: Sequences of strong violence; sexual content; language.
Aug. 8 in New York and Los Angeles. Lions Gate.
Comedy about an aging 1980s pop star who learns he has, thanks
to a long-ago weekend fling, a teen daughter living in Wales. Actor-screenwriter
Craig Ferguson (“Saving Grace”) makes his feature directorial
debut from a screenplay by Ferguson and Philip McGrade. With Ferguson
(“Born Romantic”), recording artist Charlotte Church,
Jemma Redgrave (“The Acid House”), Joss Ackland (“K-19:
The Widowmaker”), Ralph Brown (“Mean Machine”),
Ian McNeice (“The Cherry Orchard”) and Imelda Staunton
(“Crush”). Flat. 105 min. PG-13: Drug references; some
sexual humor/nudity; brief language. Aug. 1 limited. Warner Bros.
Episodic French- and Spanish-language drama about the fate of a
slain fighting bull’s corpse, as its components are delivered
to various people across Spain, France and Belgium. Written and
directed by Delphine Gleize. With Chiara Mastroianni (“Time
Regained”), Ángela Molina (“Live Flesh”),
Lio (“Nobody Loves Me”), Lucia Sanchez, Esther Gorintin
(“Tracks”) and Marilyne Even (“Les Destinées”).
133 min. Aug. 15. Wellspring.
Spanish-language drama, set in Mexico, about two argumentative
teen cousins who must journey together to grant their late, beloved
grandfather’s final wishes. Directed by Juan Carlos de Llaca
from a screenplay by Antonio Armonia. With Osvaldo Benavides, Rodrigo
Cachero, Ana de la Reguera, Otto Sirgo and Alejandro Tommasi. Also
known as “Por la Libre.” Flat. 97 min. Aug. 22. Venevision.
Thing of Ours
Drama about a group of gangsters who, through
advanced Internet and satellite systems,
embark on the biggest bank heist in American
history. Actor Danny Provenzano makes his
feature directorial debut from a screenplay
by Provenzano and Ted A. Bohus. With Provenzano,
Frank Vincent (“The Crew,” “Snipes”),
Vincent Pastore (“Serving Sara”),
Louis Vanaria (“Don’t Say a Word”),
Edward Lynch (“Jack”) and Chuck
Zito (“Man on the Moon”). 133
min. Aug. 1. Small Planet.