III No. 6
publication of the National Association of Theatre Owners
in In Focus
Life 4: Four Play
Anthology of four shorts centered around homosexual
characters. 1) “Bumping Heads,” a 22-minute
drama written and directed by Brian Sloan (“I
Think I Do”), stars Craig Chester (“Circuit”)
and Andersen Gabrych (“Hit and Runaway”)
as two men – each sporting fresh bar-brawl
injuries – who share love secrets while waiting
in an emergency room. 2) “LTR,” a 16-minute
comedy written and directed by Phillip Bartel (“Crush”),
stars Weston Mueller (“Crush”) and
Cole Williams as a young couple who allow a filmmaker
to create a documentary about their relationship.
3) “O Beautiful,” a 29-minute drama
written and directed by Alan Brown, stars Jay Gillepsie
and David Rogers as two men who try to overcome
their differences through forgiveness. 4) “This
Car Up” is a 15-minute comedy written and
directed by Eric Mueller (“World and Time
Enough”). Flat. July 25. Strand.
Drama, set at a retreat for aspiring young performers,
about a group of kids struggling with the awkward
unpleasantries of adolescence. Screenwriter Todd
Graff (“Death To Smoochy”) makes his
feature directorial debut from his own script.
With Anna Kendrick, Daniel Leeterle, Chris Spain
(“Kingpin”), Don Dixon, Sasha Allen,
Robin De Jesus, Joanna Chilcoat and Tiffany Taylor.
Flat. 110 min. PG-13: Mature thematic elements
regarding teen sexual issues; some language. July
25 limited; wider Aug. 8. IFC.
Italian-language drama, set in a small coastal
town outside Naples, about the relationship shared
by a middle-aged dwarf taxidermist and his assistant – a
tall, beauteous young man with a gentle passion
for animals. Directed by Matteo Garrone from a
screenplay by Garrone, Ugo Chiti and Massimo Procacci.
With Ernesto Mahieux, Valerio Foglia Manzillo,
Elisabetta Rocchetti, Lina Bernardi (“The
Last Kiss”), Pietro Biondi and Bernardino
Terracciano. Also known as “L’Imbalsamatore.” Flat.
100 min. July 11 in New York. First Run.
Prequel to the 1973 thriller, set in the early
part of the 20th century, about a young priest’s
journey through Africa and his first encounter
with demonic possession. Based upon characters
and events depicted in William Blatty’s novel “The
Exorcist.” Directed by Paul Schrader (“Affliction,” “Auto
Focus”) from a screenplay by novelist Caleb
Carr (“The Alienist”) and William Wisher
Jr. (“Judge Dredd,” “The 13th
Warrior”). With Stellan Skarsgård (“City
of Ghosts”), Clara Bellar (“A.I. Artificial
Intelligence”), Gabriel Mann (“The
Life of David Gale”), Antonie Kamerling (“Left
Luggage”), Andrew French (“The Tailor
of Panama”), Ralph Brown (“Mean Machine”)
and Billy Crawford. July 18. Warner Bros.
How to Deal
Romantic comedy about a teen who decides love does
not exist – until she falls in love with
the perfect guy. Based on the novels “Someone
Like You” and “That Summer” by
Sarah Dessen (“This Lullaby”). Directed
by Claire Kilner from a screenplay by Neena Beber.
With Mandy Moore (“A Walk to Remember”),
Trent Ford (“Gosford Park”), Allison
Janney (“The Hours”), Alexandra Holden
(“The Hot Chick”), Dylan Baker (“Head
of State”) and Peter Gallagher (“Mr.
Deeds”). Flat. 101 min. PG-13: Sexual content;
drug material; language; some thematic elements.
July 18. New Line.
Irish drama, set in Dublin, about a well-heeled
spinster who finds herself embarking upon an unlikely
affair with the impoverished German scholar who
rents her family’s shed. A theatrical re-release
of the 1978 made-for-British-TV drama. Based on
the novel by Aidan Higgins (“The Whole Hog”).
Directed by David Hugh Jones (“Jacknife”)
from a screenplay by Harold Pinter (“The
Comfort of Strangers”). With Jeremy Irons
(“And Now Ladies & Gentlemen”),
Judi Dench (“Die Another Day”), Pinter
(“The Tailor of Panama”), Annette Crosbie
(“Shooting Fish”), Susan Williamson
(“Sharky’s Machine”) and Margaret
Whiting. 105 min. July 11 in Los Angeles. Castle
Czech-language comedy about a 75-year-old prankster
whose life becomes more complicated when he infuriates
his wife – a penny-pincher frantically
saving for twin funeral plots – with his
childish antics. Directed by Vladimír
Michálek from a screenplay by Jirí Hubac.
With Vlastimil Brodský, Stella Zázvorková (“Kolya”),
Stanislav Zindulka, Ondrej Vetchý (“Dark
Blue World”) and Simona Stasová (“Divided
We Fall”). Also known as “Babí Léto.” Flat.
95 min. July 25 in New York. First Look.
Bad Boys II
Miami cops Marcus Burnett and Mike Lowrey head
to London to team with Burnett’s half-sister,
an undercover agent investigating a money laundering
scheme. Sequel to the 1995 action comedy. Returnees
from part one include director Michael Bay
(“Pearl Harbor”) and actors Will
Smith (“Men in Black II”) and Martin
Lawrence (“National Security”).
Newcomers to the franchise include screenwriters
Ron Shelton (“Play it to the Bone,” “Hollywood
Homicide”), John Lee Hancock (“Midnight
in the Garden of Good and Evil”) and
novelist Jerry Stahl (“Permanent Midnight”)
as well as actors Gabrielle Union (“Cradle
2 the Grave”), Joe Pantoliano (“Daredevil”),
Gino Salvano (“All About the Benjamins”)
and Yul Vazquez (“Traffic”). Scope.
July 18. Sony.
Spanish-, English- and French-language comedy
about a land battle between Heaven and Hell over
the soul of a popular boxer. Written and directed
by Agustín Díaz Yanes. With Penélope
Cruz (“Waking Up in Reno,” “Masked & Anonymous”),
Gael Garcia Bernal (“The Crime of Father
Amaro”), Victoria Abril (“101 Reykjavík”),
Demián Bichir (“Santitos”)
and Fanny Ardant (“8 Women”). Also
known as “Sin Noticias de Dios.” Scope.
95 min. July 11. First Look.
Australian comedy, set in Sydney, about a struggling
garage band determined to succeed in the cutthroat
world of rock & roll. Directed by Alex Proyas
(“The Crow,” “Dark City”)
from a screenplay by Proyas (“Dark City”),
Dave Warner and Michael Udesky. With Kick Gurry,
Maya Stange (“XX/XY”), Pia Miranda
(“Queen of the Damned”), Chris Sadrinna,
Brett Stiller, Russell Dykstra (“Lantana”),
Yvette Duncan (“Praise”) and Marton
Csokas (“Kangaroo Jack”). 105 min.
R: Strong sexual content; drug use; language.
July 18 limited. Fox Searchlight.
French-language comedy, set in Paris and on the
beaches of Normandy, about a lonely fiftysomething
sound engineer who unexpectedly forms a close
bond with the women he hires to take care of
his apartment. Based on the novel by Christian
Oster. Written and directed by Claude Berri (“Germinal,” “Lucie
Aubrac”). With Jean-Pierre Bacri (“The
Taste of Others”), Catherine Breillat, Émilie
Dequenne (“Brotherhood of the Wolf”),
Brigitte Catillon (“Merci pour le Chocolat”),
Jacques Frantz and Axelle Abbadie. Also known
as “Une Femme de Ménage.” 91
min. July 4 limited. Palm.
Spy comedy about a rusty secret agent who sets
out to catch a sneaky French jewel thief who threatens
to topple the queen’s throne. Directed by
Peter Howitt (“Sliding Doors,” “AntiTrust”)
from a screenplay by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade
(“Die Another Day,” “The Italian
Job”) and William Davies (“Ghost in
the Machine,” “Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde”).
With Rowan Atkinson (“Scooby-Doo”),
John Malkovich (“Knockaround Guys”),
recording artist Natalie Imbruglia (Australian
TV’s “Neighbours”), Ben Miller
(“Birthday Girl”), Douglas McFerran
(“AntiTrust”) and Tim Pigott-Smith
(“Gangs of New York”). Flat. 87 min.
PG: Comic nudity; some crude humor; language. July