Volume III No. 1
publication of the National Association of Theatre Owners
in In Focus
drama, set in a small southern town, about a
young man whose reputation for sexual conquest
catches up with him when he falls for his best
friend’s virginal little sister. Written
and directed by David Gordon Green (“George
Washington”). With Paul Schneider (“George
Washington”), Zooey Deschanel (“Abandon”),
Patricia Clarkson (“Far From Heaven”),
Benjamin Mouton (“The Whole Wide World”)
and Maurice Compte (“Deuces Wild”).
Scope. 108 min. R: Language; some sexuality.
Feb. 14 in New York. Sony Picture Classics.
based on a true story, about the police detective
who spent 12 years trying to track down the leader
of the “Shining Path,” Peru’s
extreme leftist guerrilla group. Actor John Malkovich
(“Knockaround Guys”) makes his feature
directorial debut from a screenplay by Nicholas
Shakespeare, who adapts his own his book. With
Javier Bardem (“Before Night Falls”),
Juan Diego Botto (“1492”), Oliver
Cotton (“Son of the Pink Panther”),
Lauren Morante (“The Son’s Room”),
Alexandra Lencastre and Elvira Mínguez.
Flat. R: Strong violence; language; drug content.
Feb. 26 limited. Fox Searchlight.
drama, set just before the riot-inciting 1992
Rodney King verdict, about two LAPD officers
investigating a high-profile quadruple homicide
in gang-riddled South Central Los Angeles. Directed
by Ron Shelton (“Play it to the Bone”)
from a screenplay by David Ayer (“The Fast
and the Furious,” “Training Day”).
With Kurt Russell (“Vanilla Sky”),
Scott Speedman (“Duets”), Jim Cody
Williams (“Trial and Error”), Ving
Rhames (“Undisputed”), Michael Michele
(“Ali,” “How to Lose a Guy”)
and Brendan Gleeson (“Harrison’s
Flowers,” “Gangs of New York”).
Also known as “4-29-92.” Scope. R:
Violence; language; brief sexuality. Feb. 21.
thriller, set in Cape Cod, Mass., about a murderer
who falls for his estranged brother’s violinist
rock-star wife. Mark Wilkinson makes his feature
directorial debut from his own screenplay. With
Annunziata Gianzero, Thomas Jay Ryan (“The
Legend of Bagger Vance”), Michael DeLuise
(“The Master of Disguise”), Richard
Bakalyan, Alex McArthur (“Kiss the Girl”),
Dorothy Brodesser (“The Crucible”),
Thomas Crawford (“Baby Geniuses”),
Lisa Dinkins (“Gang Related”) and
Will Lyman (“Floating”). 102 min.
Feb. 21. Artistic License.
set in the American Southwest, about two friends,
both named “Gerry,” who find
themselves lost, cold, dehydrated and hungry in
the desert after leaving their hiking group. Directed
by Gus Van Sant (“Psycho,” “Finding
Forrester”) from a screenplay by Van Sant
(“Even Cowgirls Get the Blues”), Matt
Damon (“Good Will Hunting”) and Casey
Affleck. With Damon (“The Bourne Identity,” “Confessions
of a Dangerous Mind”) and Affleck (“Ocean’s
Eleven”). Scope. 103 min. R: Language. Feb.
14 in New York and Los Angeles. Thinkfilm.
romantic thriller about a delusional artist who
resorts to acts of violence when her affair with
a married cardiologist is threatened. Directed
by Laetitia Colombani from a screenplay by Colombani
and Caroline Thivel. With Audrey Tautou (“God
is Great, I'm Not”), Samuel Le Bihan (“Brotherhood
of the Wolf”), Isabelle Carré (“The
Children of the Century”), Clément
Sibony (“Deep in the Woods”), Sophie
Guillemin (“Harry is Here to Help”)
and Eric Savin (“Happenstance”).
Also known as “À la folie... pas
du tout.” Flat. 92 min. Feb. 14. IDP.
about South African protest music, which was
used in the fight against racial repression and
apartheid from 1948 until Nelson Mandela became
the nation’s first democratically elected
president in 1994. Lee Hirsch makes his feature
directorial debut. Flat. 103 min. PG-13: Some
images of violence; momentary language. Feb.
14 in New York and Los Angeles. Artisan.
thriller about a crook, long suspected of having
engineered a diamond heist, who teams up with
an old cop adversary to find the dangerous
man who is holding the crook's daughter for
a diamond ransom. Directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak
("Romeo Must Die," "Exit Wounds")
from a screenplay by Channing Gibson ("Lethal
Weapon 4") and John O'Brien. With Jet
Li ("The One"), DMX ("Exit Wounds"),
Mark Dacascos ("The Brotherhood of the
Wolf"), Anthony Anderson ("Barbershop," "Kangaroo
Jack"), Kelly Hu ("The Scorpion King"),
Gabrielle Union ("Abandon," "Deliver
Us From Eva") and Tom Arnold ("Hansel & Gretel").
Scope. Feb. 28. Warner Bros.
adventure about attorney Matt Murdock, whose
childhood encounter with a radioactive truck
left him blind but also with the super-acute
hearing, touch and smell that he secretly uses
to pursue a career as a crime fighter. Based
on the Marvel comic book character created
by Stan Lee (“X-Men,” “Spider-Man”).
Written and directed by Mark Steven Johnson
(“Simon Birch”). With Ben Affleck
(“The Sum of All Fears”) as Murdock,
Jennifer Garner (“Pearl Harbor,” “Catch
Me If You Can”) as Elektra Natchios,
Michael Clarke Duncan (“The Scorpion
King”) as Wilson “The Kingpin” Fisk,
Colin Farrell (“Minority Report,” “The
Recruit”) as Bullseye, Jon Favreau (“Made”)
as Foggy Nelson, David Keith (“World
Traveler”), Scott Terra (“Eight
Legged Freaks”), Joe Pantoliano (“The
Adventures of Pluto Nash”) as Ben Urich,
Ellen Pompeo (“Moonlight Mile,” “Catch
Me if You Can,” “Old School”)
as Karen Page, David Keith (“Behind Enemy
Lines”) as Jack Murdock, and Coolio (“Batman
and Robin”) as Daunte Jackson. Feb. 14.
comedy, set in New York, about an aged legal
professional and his efforts to reconcile with
an estranged son and grandson. Directed by
Fred Schepisi (“Fierce Creatures,” “Last
Orders”) from a screenplay by Jesse Wigutow.
With Michael Douglas (“Don’t Say
a Word”), Kirk Douglas (“Diamonds”),
Cameron Douglas (“Mr. Nice Guy”),
Rory Culkin (“Igby Goes Down”),
Diana Douglas (“Planes, Trains & Automobiles”),
Michelle Monaghan (“Unfaithful”)
and Bernadette Peters (“Snow Days”).
Also known as “Smack in the Kisser.” Feb.
14 in New York and Los Angeles. MGM.
drama, set before and during the early days
of the Civil War, centering around
the events leading up to Confederate general “Stonewall” Jackson’s
1863 fall at Chancellorsville. Based on the novel
by Jeff Shaara. Written and directed by Ronald
F. Maxwell (“The Night the Lights Went
Out in Georgia,” “Gettysburg”).
With Stephen Lang (“Trixie”), Robert
Duvall (“John Q”), Chris Conner (“Playing
By Heart”), Jeff Daniels (“Blood
Work”), Jeremy London (“Mallrats”),
William Sanderson (“Last Man Standing”),
Mira Sorvino (“The Grey Zone”), C.
Thomas Howell (“Gettysburg”), Kevin
Conway (“Black Knight”), Patrick
Gorman (“Wild Bill”), Brian Mallon
(“The Informant”), Bo Brinkman (“Gettysburg”)
and Royce D. Applegate (“The Rookie”).
Scope. 240 min. Feb. 21. Warner Bros.
about a womanizer who bets his friends that
he can date a girl for more than 10 days – but
runs into trouble when the girl decides to
dump him almost immediately. Loosely based
on the book by Michele Alexander and Jeannie
Long. Directed by Donald Petrie (“Miss
Congeniality”) from a screenplay by Burr
Steers (“Igby Goes Down”), Ellen
Simon (“One Fine Day”) and Kristen
Buckley & Brian Regan (“102 Dalmations”).
With Matthew McConaughey (“Reign of Fire”),
Kate Hudson (“The Four Feathers”),
Michael Michele (“Ali,” “Dark
Blue”), Kathryn Hahn (TV’s “Crossing
Jordan”), Thomas Lennon (“Out Cold,” “A
Guy Thing”) and Adam Goldberg (“The
Salton Sea”). Feb. 7. Paramount.