III No. 3
publication of the National Association of Theatre Owners
in In Focus
Comedy about a very
angry anger-management instructor who drives his
fits of rage. Directed by Peter Segal (“My
Fellow Americans,” “Nutty Professor
II: The Klumps”) from a screenplay by David
Dorfman (“The Guest”). With Adam Sandler
(“Punch-Drunk Love,” “The Hot
Chick”), Jack Nicholson (“About Schmidt”),
John Turturro (“Mr. Deeds”), Allen
Covert (“Mr. Deeds”), Marisa Tomei
(“The Guru”), Heather Graham (“The
Guru”), Harry Dean Stanton (“Sonny”),
Woody Harrelson (“Play it to the Bone”),
January Jones (“Full Frontal”), John
C. Reilly (“The Hours”) and Luis Guzmán
(“Punch-Drunk Love,” “Confidence”).
Scope. 101 min. April 25. Sony.
Drama about a teen from a
troubled family who finds an outlet through her
to run away from home to compete in a poetry contest.
Actress Karen Moncrieff (TV’s “Santa
Barbara”) makes her feature directorial debut
from her own screenplay. With Agnes Bruckner (“Murder
by Numbers”), David Strathairn (“Harrison’s
Flowers”), Margaret Colin (“Unfaithful”),
Frances Fisher (“Gone in 60 Seconds”),
A.J. Buckley (“Extreme Days”), Amy
Benedict (“Sneakers”) and Regan Arnold.
96 min. R: Sexual content; language. April 25 in
New York and Los Angeles; wider May 2 and May 9.
romantic drama, based on a true story, about alcoholic
Duras’ 16-year lesbian love affair with her
much younger secretary. Adapted from Duras’ book “Yann
Andrea Steiner.” Directed by Josee Dayan
(“Balzac”) from a screenplay by Dayan
and Gilles Taurand (“Alice and Martin,” “Time
Regained”). With Jeanne Moreau (“Ever
After”), Aymeric Demarigny, Christiane Rorato,
Sophie Milleron and Tanya Lopert (“A Man
and a Woman, 20 Years Later”). 100 min. April
2 in New York. New Yorker.
City of Ghosts
Thriller about a swindler
on the run from federal authorities who goes to
to take part in
an insurance scam. Actor Matt Dillon (“Deuces
Wild”) makes his feature directorial debut
from a screenplay by Dillon and Barry Gifford (“Lost
Highway”). With Dillon, James Caan (“Night
at the Golden Eagle”), Gérard Depardieu
(“C.Q.”), Natascha McElhone (“Solaris,” “Laurel
Canyon”), Stellan Skarsgård (“The
Glass House”), Leo Fitzpatrick (“Personal
Velocity”) and Rose Byrne (“Star Wars:
Episode II - Attack of the Clones”). Also
known as “Beneath the Banyan Trees.” 116
min. R: Language; some violence. April 25 limited.
Japanese sci-fi adventure, set on Mars in 2071,
crew that sets out
to seize the mastermind behind a catastrophic freeway
tanker explosion responsible for taking 500 lives.
Based on the animated TV series seen on Cartoon
Network. Directed by Shinichiro Watanabe from a
screenplay by Keiko Nobumoto. Featuring the voices
of Beau Billingslea, Melissa Charles, Nicholas
Guest, Jennifer Hale and David Lucas. Flat. 107
min. R: Some violent images. April 4 limited. IDP.
|Fellini: I'm a Born Liar
and Italian-language documentary about the life of
featuring scenes from his films as well as interview
footage with the director and his colleagues. Damian
Pettigrew makes his feature directorial debut. Featuring
Roberto Benigni, Italo Calvino, Terence Stamp, Giuseppe
Rotunno and Donald Sutherland. Also known as “Federico
Fellini: Sono un gran bugiardo.” 100 min. April
2 in New York; April 11 in Los Angeles. First Look.
Against The Ropes
based on a true story, about a Jewish woman from
Detroit who becomes a boxing manager, guides
several major careers and eventually becomes
the commissioner of the International Female
Boxing Association. Actor Charles Dutton (“Random
Hearts”) makes his feature directorial
debut from a screenplay by Cheryl Edwards (“Save
the Last Dance”). With Dutton, Meg Ryan
(“Kate & Leopold”), Omar Epps
(“Big Trouble”), Tony Shalhoub (“Men
in Black 2”), Kerry Washington (“Bad
Company”), Tim Daly (“The Object
of My Affection”) and Joe Cortese. Scope.
106 min. PG-13: Crude language; violence; brief
sensuality; some drug material. March 14. Paramount.
Thriller, set at a U.S. Army
basic training camp in Panama, about a DEA man’s
investigation into a set of murders that occurred
devastating hurricane. Directed by John McTiernan
(“The Thomas Crown Affair,” “Rollerball”)
from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt (“Darkness
Falls”) and Cathy Rabin. With John Travolta
(“Domestic Disturbance”), Samuel
L. Jackson (“Formula 51”), Connie
Nielsen (“One Hour Photo,” “The
Hunted”), Brian Van Holt (“Windtalkers,” “Confidence”),
Giovanni Ribisi (“Heaven”), Dash
Mihok (“The Guru”), Roselyn Sanchez
(“Rush Hour 2,” “Boat Trip,” “Chasing
Papi”), Andy Garcia (“The Man From
Elysian Fields,” “Confidence”),
Taye Diggs (“Chicago,” “Malibu’s
Most Wanted”), Harry Connick Jr. (“Hope
Floats”), Tim Daly (“The Object of
My Affection,” “Against the Ropes”)
and Cristián de la Fuente (“Driven”).
Scope. 95 min. R: Violence; language. April 18.
a mysterious monk who teams with a self-absorbed,
man to protect
an ancient scroll that bears the key to ultimate
power. Based on the comic book series co-penned
by Gotham Chopra (son of Deepak) and Brett Lewis.
Video director Paul Hunter makes his feature
directorial debut from a screenplay by the “Demon
Knight” team of Ethan Reiff & Cyrus
Voris. With Chow Yun-Fat (“Crouching Tiger,
Hidden Dragon”), Seann William Scott (“Jay
and Silent Bob Strike Back,” “Old
School”), James King (“Slackers”),
Karel Roden (“Blade 2”), Victoria
Smurfit (“About a Boy”) and Mako
(“Pearl Harbor”). April 16. MGM
Comedy about a handsome
womanizer who, while engaged to three women in
finds himself in hot water when the women discover
his duplicity. Linda Mendoza (TV’s “The
Bernie Mac Show”) makes her feature directorial
debut from a screenplay by Steve Antin (“Gloria”),
Elizabeth Sarnoff (TV’s “Crossing
Jordan”), Laura Angelica Simon, and Alison
Balian. With Roselyn Sanchez (“Rush Hour
2,” “Boat Trip,” “Basic”),
Sofia Vergara (“Big Trouble”), Lucy
Butler (“Monkeybone”), Eduardo Verastequi
and Jaci Velasquez. Also known as “Papi
Chulo.” Flat. April 16. Fox.
Thriller about a con
man who must pull off a job for the mafia after
a mob accountant. Directed by James Foley (“Fear,” “The
Corruptor”) from a screenplay by Doug Jung.
With Edward Burns (“Life or Something Like
It,” “Ash Wednesday”), Dustin
Hoffman (“Moonlight Mile”), Rachel
Weisz (“About a Boy”), Andy Garcia
(“The Man From Elysian Fields,” “Basic”),
Paul Giamatti (“Big Fat Liar”), Brian
Van Holt (“Windtalkers,” “Basic”),
Morris Chestnut (“Half Past Dead”),
Luis Guzmán (“Punch-Drunk Love,” “Anger
Management”) and Donal Logue (“The
Château”). Scope. 98 min. R: Language;
violence; sexuality/nudity. April 25. Lions Gate.
Down With Love
Romantic comedy, set
in New York City during the 1960s, about a best-selling
finds herself flustered by a playboy journalist.
Directed by Peyton Reed (“Bring It On”)
from a screenplay by Dennis Drake and Eve Ahlert.
With Renée Zellweger (“Chicago”),
Ewan McGregor (“Star Wars: Episode II - Attack
of the Clones”), Sarah Paulson (“What
Women Want”), David Hyde Pierce (“Full
Frontal”), Tony Randall (“Fatal Instinct”)
and John Aylward (“Bad Company”). Scope.
April 18. Fox.