III No. 7
publication of the National Association of Theatre Owners
in In Focus
Action thriller about the Los Angeles Police
Department’s special weapons and tactical
team, which finds itself battling bloodthirsty
reward-seekers after a druglord offers $100
million to anyone who can free him from police
custody. Based on the 1975-76 ABC TV series.
Clark Johnson (TV’s “The Shield”)
makes his feature film debut from a screenplay
by David Ayer (“Training Day,” “Dark
Blue”), Jim McClain and Ron Mita. With
Samuel L. Jackson (“Basic”),
Colin Farrell (“Phone Booth”),
Michelle Rodriguez (“Blue Crush”),
Jeremy Renner (“Dahmer”), Oliver
Martinez (“Unfaithful”) and LL
Cool J (“Deliver Us from Eva”).
Scope. Aug. 8. Sony.
An inter-connected 3-feature French-language
series written and directed by Lucas Belvaux
and starring Belvaux (“Madame Bovary”),
Catherine Frot (“Chaos”), Dominique
Blanc (“A Soldier’s Daughter
Never Cries”), Ornella Muti (“Somewhere
in the City”) and Gilbert Melki (“Venus
Beauty Institute”). Flat. Magnolia.
Thriller about a psychopath who escapes from
prison after 15 years and soon finds himself
having to find new allies when the old ones
betray him. Also known as “Cavale.” 111
min. July 18.
An Amazing Couple
Comedy about a couple – a hypochondriac
husband with a wife who is obsessively convinced
that her husband is having an affair – whose
disorders precipitate disaster. 97 min. Aug.
Thriller about a cop whose heroin-addict
wife is adopted by a street fugitive
wandering the city in seach of drugs. 120
min. Aug. 15.
the motley lives of female transsexuals
who perform in a
New York club called “The Slipper
Room.” Directed by Gabriel Baur.
With Dréd Gerestant, Diane Torr,
Del LaGrace Volcano, Bridge Markland and
Mo Fisher. Flat. 104 min. Aug. 22 in New
York. First Run.
Drama, set in Los Angeles, about a vulnerable
7th-grader who completely changes her life
and appearance in order to fit in with her
school’s “bad girl” clique.
Catherine Hardwicke makes her feature directorial
debut from a screenplay by Hardwicke and
Nikki Reed. With Reed, Evan Rachel Wood (“Simone”),
Holly Hunter (“Levity”), Jeremy
Sisto (“Angel Eyes”), Brady Corbet,
Deborah Unger (“The Salton Sea”)
and Kip Pardue (“The Rules of Attraction”).
87 min. Aug. 20 limited. Fox Searchlight.
Comedy about a young
New York heiress who, after losing all
her money, must take a
job as nanny to a precocious 9-year-old.
Directed by Boaz Yakin (“A Price
Above Rubies,” “Remember the
Titans”) from a screenplay by Julia
Dahl (TV’s “The West Wing”)
and Lisa Davidowitz. With Brittany Murphy
(“Just Married”), Dakota Fanning
(“Sweet Home Alabama”), Marley
Shelton (“Just a Kiss”), Heather
Locklear (“Money Talks”), and
Donald Adeosun Faison (“Big Fat Liar”).
Flat. August 15. MGM.
Romantic comedy-drama, set at an American Army base in 1989 Germany
(just before the fall of the Berlin Wall), about a scheming army
clerk who finds himself romancing the daughter of the ironhanded
new sergeant whose efforts threaten the clerk’s lucrative
black-market operations. Based on the novel by Robert O’Connor.
Directed by Gregor Jordan from a screenplay by Jordan and Eric
Weiss & Nora MacCoby. With Joaquin Phoenix (“Signs”),
Anna Paquin (“X2”), Ed Harris (“The Hours,” “Masked & Anonymous”),
Scott Glenn (“The Shipping News”), Gabriel Mann (“The
Life of David Gale”) and Dean Stockwell (“CQ”).
Also known as “Army Go Home.” Scope. 98 min. R: Violence;
drug content; strong language; some sexuality. July 25 in New York
and Los Angeles; wider Aug. 8. Miramax.
Thriller, set in London, about a young immigrant night porter from
Nigeria who teams with a Turkish chambermaid to solve the mystery
behind an inexplicable murder. Directed by Stephen Frears (“High
Fidelity,” “Liam”) from a screenplay by British
TV producer Stephen Knight. With Andrey Tautou (“L’Auberge
Espagnole”), Chiwetel Ejiofor (“Amistad”), Sergi
López (“With a Friend Like Harry,” “Jet
Lag”), Sophie Okonedo (“The Jackal”) and Benedict
Wong (“Spy Game”). Flat. 97 min. R: Sexual content;
disturbing images; language. July 18 in New York and Los Angeles.
Capture the Castle
Romantic drama, set in 1930s England, about a 17-year-old who finds
her complacency shaken when a pair of wealthy American brothers
move in next door to her eccentric family’s dilapidated castle.
Based on the novel by Dodie Smith (“101 Dalmatians”).
Directed by Tim Fywell from a screenplay by Heidi Thomas. With
Romola Garai (“Nicholas Nickleby”), Rose Byrne (“City
of Ghosts”), Henry Cavill (“The Count of Monte Cristo”),
Marc Blucas (“View From the Top”), Bill Nighy (“Lawless
Heart”), Tara Fitzgerald (“Dark Blue World”)
and Sinéad Cusack (“Passion of Mind”). 111 min.
R: Brief nudity. July 11. IDP.
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”). PG-13: Drug references;
some sexual humor/nudity; brief language.
July 25 limited. Warner Bros.
French-language comedy about a bisexual attorney who finds his
days as a playboy numbered when he gets involved in a three-way
relationship. Directed by Ilan Duran Cohen from a screenplay
by Cohen and Philippe Lasry. With Pascal Greggory (“The
Messenger”), Vincent Martinez (“The School of Flesh”),
Julie Gayet, Bulle Ogier (“Venus Beauty Institute,” “Seaside”),
Nelly Borgeaud (“Jeanne and the Perfect Guy”), Alain
Bashung and Nathalie Richard (“Late August, Early September”).
Also known as “La Confusion des Genres.” 94 min.
July 4 in New York. Picture This.
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. July.
11 in New York; wider Aug 1. Cavu.
Spanish-language comedy about a woman who
discovers long-lost friends and forgotten
freedoms while searching for her missing
husband. Based on the novel “La
Hija del Canibal” by Rosa Montero.
Written and directed by Antonio Serrano.
With Cecilia Roth (“Talk To Her”),
Kuno Becker, Carlos Álvarez-Novoa
(“Son of the Bride”), Margarita
Isabel (“Cronos”) and Enoc
Leaño (“Frida”). Also
known as “La Hija del Canibal.” 110
min. July 25 limited. Fox Searchlight.
comedy, set in Madrid, featuring seven interlaced
stories about people who meet at the city’s
popular Plaza del Sol. Written and directed
by Juan Luis Iborra & Yolanda García
Serrano. With Concha Velasco, Carlos Fuentes,
Mercè Pons, Tristan Ulloa (“Sex
and Lucía”), Silke Hornillos Klein
and Jesús Cabrero. Flat. 105 min. July
11 in New York; wider July 18. TLA.