III No. 5
publication of the National Association of Theatre Owners
in In Focus
The distaff crimefighters are charged with recovering
two very special wedding rings – the jewelry
is encyrpted with a comprehensive federal witness
protection program database. Sequel to the blockbuster
2000 action comedy. Returnees from part one include
director Joseph McGinty “McG” Nichol,
screenwriter John August (“Titan A.E.”),
and actors Drew Barrymore (“Confessions of
a Dangerous Mind”) as Dylan Sanders, Cameron
Diaz (“Gangs of New York”) as Natalie
Cook, Lucy Liu (“Chicago”) as Alex
Munday, Crispin Glover (“Willard”)
as the Thin Man, Luke Wilson (“Old School”)
as Pete, and Matt LeBlanc (“All the Queen’s
Men”) as Jason Gibbons. Newcomers to the
movie series include Bernie Mac (“Head of
State”), who takes over the role of Bosley, “Charlie’s
Angels” vet Jaclyn Smith (“Nightkill”)
as Sabrina Duncan, John Cleese (“Die Another
Day”) as Alex’s father, Robert Patrick
(“Texas Rangers”) as Ray Carter, Justin
Theroux (“Mulholland Drive”) as Seamus,
and Demi Moore (“Passion of Mind”)
as fallen angel Madison Lee. June 27. Sony.
When Harry Met Lloyd
Prequel to the 1994 comedy blockbuster – this
time set in the 1980s – about teen versions
of Harry and Lloyd who struggle to rise out of
a class for kids with low intelligence quotients.
Directed by Troy Miller (“Jack Frost”)
from a screenplay by Miller, Robert Brenner, Tom
Gammill & Max Pross (TV’s “Futurama”),
Brian Hartt (TV’s “Mad TV”) and
Will Gluck (TV’s “Andy Richter Controls
The Universe”). With Eric Christian Olsen
(“The Hot Chick”) as Lloyd and Derek
Richardson as Harry. Also with Eugene Levy (“Bringing
Down the House,” “A Mighty Wind”),
Rachel Nichols (“Autumn in New York”),
Cheri Oteri (“Scary Movie”), Mimi Rogers
(“Lost in Space”), Luis Guzmán
(“Anger Management,” “Confidence”),
Elden Henson (“Cast Away”), Julia Duffy
(“Cutter’s Way”) and Lin Shaye
(“Dumb and Dumber,” “Boat Trip”).
June 13. New Line.
Cantonese-, Mandarin- and Thai-language thriller
about a young blind girl whose new ghost-revealing
corneal transplant leads her to investigate the
life of the cornea’s donor. Directed by brothers
Danny & Oxide Pang (“Bangkok Dangerous”)
from a screenplay by the Pang brothers and Jojo
Hui. With Lee Sin-Je, Lawrence Chou, Chutcha Rujinanon,
Pierre Png (“That’s the Way I Like
It”), Candy Lo (“Time and Tide”),
and Edmund Chen. Also known as “Jian Gui.” Flat.
98 min. June 16 limited. Palm.
Drama about two LAPD homicide detectives who become
involved in the murder investigation of a well-known
rap group. Directed by Ron Shelton (“Play
it to the Bone,” “Dark Blue”)
from a screenplay by Shelton and Robert Souza.
With Harrison Ford (“K-19: The Widowmaker”),
Josh Hartnett (“40 Days and 40 Nights”),
Keith David (“Agent Cody Banks”), Bruce
Greenwood (“The Core”), Kurupt (“Dark
Blue”), Lena Olin (“The Queen of the
Damned”), Lou Diamond Phillips (“Supernova”)
and Isaiah Washington (“Ghost Ship”).
June 13. Sony.
Sci-fi actioner about Bruce Banner, a scientist
who is transformed by gamma radiation into an impossibly
strong green giant when he gets angry. Based on
the Marvel Comics character created by Stan Lee
(“Spider-Man,” “X-Men,” “Daredevil”).
Directed by Ang Lee (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden
Dragon,” “Ride with the Devil”)
from a screenplay by James Schamus (“Crouching
Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” “Ride With the
Devil”). With Eric Bana (“Black Hawk
Down”), Jennifer Connelly (“A Beautiful
Mind”), Sam Elliot (“We Were Soldiers”),
Nick Nolte (“The Golden Bowl,” “The
Good Thief”), Josh Lucas (“Sweet Home
Alabama”), Brooke Langton (“The Replacements”)
and Mike Erwin (“The New Guy”). Flat.
145 min. June 20. Universal.
the Hard Way
Romantic drama, set in New York, about a brainy
biology student from New England who finds her
life growing progressively seedier after she falls
for a local scam artist. Directed by Peter Sehr
from a screenplay by Sehr and Marie Noelle. With
Adrien Brody (“The Pianist”), Charlotte
Ayanna (“Spun”), Jon Seda (“Undisputed”),
August Diehl, Pam Grier (“The Adventures
of Pluto Nash”), Joey Kern (“XX/XY”)
and Katherine Moennig (“The Shipping News”).
110 min. June 6 in New York and Los Angeles. Kino.
Alex & Emma
Drama about an alcoholic gambler and writer
for the stenographer he hires to transcribe his
work. Based on the short story “The Gambler” by
Fyodor Dostoyevsky (“Crime and Punishment”).
Directed by Rob Reiner (“Ghosts of Mississippi,” “The
Story of Us”) from a screenplay by Jeremy
Leven (“The Legend of Bagger Vance,” “Crazy
as Hell”). With Kate Hudson (“How
to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”), Luke Wilson
(“Old School,” “Charlie’s
Angels: Full Throttle”), Sophie Marceau
(“The World is Not Enough”), David
Paymer (“Focus”), Alexander Wauthier,
Jordan Lund (“The Visit”) and Rip
Taylor (“Indecent Proposal”). Also
known as “Loosely Based on a True Love
Story.” June 20. Warner Bros.
Finnish-, Saami- and Russian-language drama,
set in Northern Russia during Finland’s
forced 1944 withdrawal from World War II, about
a Russian captain and a Finnish sniper soldier
who escape to the rural home of a local woman.
Directed by Alexander Rogozhkin from his own
screenplay. With Anni-Christina Jusso, Ville
Haapsalo, Viktor Bychkov, Mikhail Korobochkin
and Aleksei Kashnikov. Also known as “Kukushka.” 99
min. PG-13: Sexual content; violence. June 27
in New York and Los Angeles. Sony Pictures Classics.
Australian comedy about a trio of incarcerated
siblings who find a way to continue their bank
robbing careers – thanks to the occasional “leaves
of absence” engineered by their savvy lawyer.
Screenwriter Scott Roberts (“K2”)
makes his feature directorial debut from his
own script. With Guy Pearce (“Till Human
Voices Wake Us”), Rachel Griffiths (“The
Rookie”), Robert Taylor (“Vertical
Limit”), Joel Edgerton (“Star Wars:
Episode II – Attack of the Clones”),
Vince Colosimo (“Lantana”), Rhondda
Findleton and Damien Richardson. Scope. 102 min.
R: Strong violence; language; sexuality; brief
drug use. June 13 in New York and Los Angeles;
wider June 27. Lions Gate.
Heart of Me
Drama, set in 1930s London, about two sisters,
Madeleine and Dinah, who grow closer following
the untimely death of Madeleine’s husband
- who was secretly conducting a longtime affair
with Dinah. Based on Rosamond Lehmann’s
novel “The Echoing Grove.” Directed
by Thaddeus O’Sullivan (“December
Bride”) from a screenplay by Lucinda
Coxon. With Helena Bonham Carter (“Till
Human Voices Wake Us”), Olivia Williams
(“Below”), Paul Bettany (“Gangster
No. 1”), Eleanor Bron (“Iris”)
and Luke Newberry. Flat. 96 min. June 13. Thinkfilm.
Drama about a young, sheltered boy who leaves
his orthodox family in Tel Aviv and heads to
Jerusalem, where he falls in love with a prostitute
and befriends a boisterous bar owner. Eitan Gorlin
makes his feature directorial debut from his
own screenplay. With Albert Illouz, Oren Rehany,
Tchelet Semel, Saul Stein (“Fast Food Fast
Women”) and Arie Moskuna. Flat. 96 min.
June 20 in New York and Los Angeles. Cavu.
French-language romantic comedy about two people
who meet at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport:
one is an attractive Mexico-bound beautician fleeing
her boyfriend; the other is a frazzled businessman
traveling from the United States to Germany. Directed
by Danièle Thompson (“La Bûche”)
from a screenplay by Danièle and Christopher
Thompson (“La Bûche”). With Juliette
Binoche (“Children of the Century”),
Jean Reno (“Rollerball”), Sergi López
(“With a Friend Like Harry”), Scali
Delpeyrat (“Sade”), Lucy Harrison (“My
Wife is an Actress”) and Karine Belly (“The
Man in the Iron Mask”). Also known as “Décalage
Horaire.” 91 min. June 13 in New York and
Los Angeles. Miramax.