III No. 2
publication of the National Association of Theatre Owners
in In Focus
about a man who becomes the unlikely presidential
nominee of a major political party. Actor-screenwriter
Chris Rock makes his feature directorial debut
from a screenplay by the “Down to Earth” team
of Rock & Ali LeRoi. With Rock (“Bad
Company”), Bernie Mac (“Ocean’s
Eleven”), Tamala Jones (“Two Can Play
That Game”), Lynn Whitfield (“Stepmom”),
Dylan Baker (“Road to Perdition”),
Nick Searcy (“One Hour Photo”) and
Robin Givens (“Blankman”). March 28.
about two young couples who seek refuge from
an ominous storm within the confines of a
mansion inhabited by murderous lunatics. Musician
and video director Rob Zombie makes his feature
directorial debut from his own screenplay. With
Sid Haig (“Jackie Brown”), Karen Black
(“The Underground Comedy Movie”), Bill
Moseley (“Mr. Jones”), Michael J. Pollard
(“Tumbleweeds”), Sheri Moon and Jeanne
Carmen. R: Strong sadistic violence/gore; sexuality;
language. March 14. Lions Gate.
thriller, with scenes arranged in a chronologically-reversed
order, about a man
who sets out to avenge his girlfriend’s rape.
Written and directed by Gaspar Noé (“I
Stand Alone”). With Vincent Cassel (“Read
My Lips”), Monica Bellucci (“Brotherhood
of the Wolf,” “Tears of the Sun”),
Albert Dupontel (“A Self Made Hero”),
Philippe Nahon (“The Château”),
Jo Prestia (“Femme Fatale”) and Stéphane
Drouot. Scope. 99 min. March 7 in New York and
Los Angeles; wider March 14. Lions Gate.
Swahili- and English-language drama, set in Kenya
during World War II, about a Jewish
family that, after it flees its German homeland
in order to escape Nazi persecution, struggles
to establish a new home on the plains of Kenya.
Based on the novel by Stefanie Zweig. Written and
directed by Caroline Link (“Beyond Silence”).
With Juliane Köhler (“Aimée & Jaguar”),
Regine Zimmermann, Merab Ninidze (“Bride
of the Wind”), Matthias Habich (“Enemy
at the Gates”), Lea Kurka, Anthony Bate,
Gabrielle Odinis and Karoline Eckertz. Also known
as “Nirigendwo in Afrika.” Scope. 140
min. March 7 in New York. Zeitgeist.
set in the mid-1980s, about a writer who uses
a journalism scholarship to attend Harvard,
where she battles an acute depression that eventually
lands her in therapy as a prime Prozac candidate.
Based on the memoir by Elizabeth Wurtzel. Directed
by Erik Skjoldbjaerg (the Norwegian version of “Insomnia”)
from a screenplay by Larry Gross (“Crime
and Punishment in Suburbia”) and Frank Deasy.
With Christina Ricci (“Pumpkin”), Anne
Heche (“John Q”), Michelle Williams
(“Me Without You”), Jason Biggs (“American
Pie 2”), Jessica Lange (“Titus”),
Nicolas Campbell (“New Waterford”)
and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers (“Titus,” “Bend
it Like Beckham”). Flat. 99 min. R: Language;
drug content; sexuality/nudity; some disturbing
images. March 14. Miramax.
set in New York City, about a yuppie couple who
realize the only thing keeping
them from their dream apartment is the little old
tenant currently residing there. Directed by Danny
DeVito (“War of the Roses,” “Matilda,” “Death
to Smoochy”) from a screenplay by Larry Doyle
(TV’s “The Simpsons”). With Ben
Stiller (“The Royal Tenenbaums”), Drew
Barrymore (“Confessions of a Dangerous Mind”),
Eileen Essell, Harvey Fierstein (“Death to
Smoochy”), Justin Theroux (“Zoolander”),
James Remar (“What Lies Beneath”),
Amber Valletta (“Max Keeble’s Big Move”),
Tim Maculan (TV’s “Six Feet Under”),
Swoosie Kurtz (“The Rules of Attraction”)
and Robert Wisdom (“Storytelling”).
March 14. Miramax.
and Chechen-language romantic comedy, set in
1996, about the residents of an asylum
who find themselves drawn into the Chechen War
when a group of soldiers arrives to set up camp.
Written and directed by Andrei Konchalovsky (“Tango & Cash,” “The
Inner Circle”). With Yuliya Vysotskaya
(“Max”), Sultan Islamov, Stanislav
Varkki, Vladas Bagdonas, Yevgeni Mironov (“Burnt
By the Sun”) and musician Bryan Adams (“Pink
Cadillac”) as himself. Also known as “Dom
Durakov.” Flat. 104 min. March 21 limited.
thriller about 10 occupants of a roadside motel,
stranded during a desert storm, who are
being murdered one at a time. Directed by James
Mangold (“Girl, Interrupted,” “Kate & Leopold”)
from a screenplay by Michael Cooney. With John
Cusack (“Max”), Amanda Peet (“Igby
Goes Down”), Ray Liotta (“Narc”),
Clea Duvall (“13 Conversations About One
Thing”), Jake Busey (“The First $20
Million is Always the Hardest”), Rebecca
De Mornay (“The Winner”), William
Lee Scott (“Pearl Harbor”), John
C. McGinley (“Stealing Harvard”),
Matt Lescher (“The Mask of Zorro,” “Gods
and Generals”) and Alfred Molina (“Frida”).
Also known as “I.D.” R: Strong violence;
language. March 21. Sony.
set in Los Angeles, about a famous, fast-living
record producer who is suddenly confronted with
the conservative values of her psychiatrist son
and his girlfriend when the couple moves nearby.
Written and directed by Lisa Cholodenko (“High
Art”). With Frances McDormand (“City
by the Sea”), Christian Bale (“Equilibrium”),
Kate Beckinsale (“Serendipity”),
Alessandro Nivola (“Jurassic Park III”)
and Natascha McElhone (“Solaris”).
Flat. 101 min. R: Sexuality; language; drug use.
March 7 in New York and Los Angeles. Sony Pictures
comedy about Winnie the Pooh’s
smallest friend, Piglet, and his chance to save
his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood from danger.
A sequel to 2000’s “The Tigger Movie.” Directed
by Francis Glebis. Those reprising their voice
roles from the “Tigger” movie include
John Fiedler as Piglet, Jim Cummings as Pooh
and Tigger, Peter Cullen as Eeyore and Ken Samson
as Rabbit. Voice actors new to the series include
Nikita Hopkins, Kath Soucie and Andre Stojka.
Music by Carly Simon, Brian Hohlfield and the
Sherman Brothers. March 21. Buena Vista.