III No. 9
publication of the National Association of Theatre Owners
in In Focus
Romantic drama, set against a backdrop of recent
world conflicts, about a love affair shared by
two United Nations relief workers. Directed by
Martin Campbell (“The Mask of Zorro,” “Vertical
Limit”) from a screenplay by Caspian Tredwell-Owen.
With Angelina Jolie (“Lara Croft Tomb Raider:
The Cradle of Life”), Clive Owen (“The
Bourne Identity”), Teri Polo (“Domestic
Disturbance”), Linus Roache (“Hart’s
War”), Noah Emmerich (“Windtalkers”)
and Norman Mikeal Berketa (“The Sum of All
Fears”). Scope. 128 min. R: Language; war-related
violence. Oct. 24. Paramount.
Portuguese-language documentary about an infamous
2000 bus hijacking in Rio de Janeiro. Co-directed
by José Padilha and Felipe Lacerda. Featuring
Yvonne Bezerra De Mello, Sandro Do Nascimento and
Rodrigo Pimentel as themselves. Also known as “Onibus
174.” Flat. 122 min. Oct. 8 in New York.
Drama, set in Portland, Ore., about a group of high school students whose lives
are destroyed by a violent school shooting perpetrated by two classmates. Written
and directed by Gus Van Sant (“Finding Forrester,” “Gerry”).
With Alex Frost, Eric Deulen, John Robinson, Elias McConnell, Jordan Taylor and
Carrie Finklea. 81 min. Oct. 24 in New York and Los Angeles; wider Nov. 7. Fine
Spanish- and English-language drama, based on a
true story, about a man who embarks on a 25-year
journey into the dangerous world of gem mining
in Colombia. Directed by Andrew Molina and Eishy
Hayata from a screenplay by Hayata. With Luis Velasco,
Eva Varella and Ricardo Wilke. 124 min. Sept. 19
limited; Oct. 3 wider. Indican.
Will Be Girls
Episodic comedy about three actress-roommates (all
played by males) and their adventures in Hollywood.
Written and directed by Richard Day. With Jack
Plotnick (“Down With Love”), Clinton
Leupp (“Trick”), Jeffery Roberson,
Ron Mathews (“Daredevil”), Eric
Stonestreet (“Almost Famous”),
Hamilton von Watts (“Good Burger”)
and Dana Gould (“Dumb and Dumberer”).
79 min. Oct. 10. IFC.
Contemporary romantic drama about a woman whose
utter infatuation with the 1950s leads her into
a love triangle where she must choose between a
high school sweetheart or a nightclub pianist.
Robert Cary makes his feature directorial debut
from a screenplay by Cary and Isabel Rose. With
Rose (“Forrest Gump”), Andrew McCarthy
(“New Waterford Girl”), Cameron Bancroft
(“Mystery, Alaska”), Eartha Kitt (“Holes”)
and Ilana Levine (“Storytelling”).
Also known as “Standard Time.” Flat.
99 min. PG-13: Some language; innuendo. Oct. 3
Animated period fantasy about a Native American
lad who seeks vengeance on the bear who killed
his father, only to be transformed by the spirits
of forests into a bear himself. Longtime animator
Aaron Blaise (“The Lion King,” “Mulan”)
and Robert Walker make their feature directorial
debuts from a screenplay by Steve Bencich & Ron
J. Friedman. Featuring the voices of Joaquin
Phoenix, Jeremy Suarez, Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas,
Joan Copeland, Michael Clarke Duncan, Jason Raize
and D.B. Sweeney. Scope. G. Oct. 24 in New York
and Los Angeles; wider Nov. 1. Buena Vista.
Comedy, set in New York City, about a yuppie couple
who realize the only thing keeping them from their
dream apartment is the little old tenant currently
residing there. Directed by Danny DeVito (“War
of the Roses,” “Matilda,” “Death
to Smoochy”) from a screenplay by Larry Doyle
(TV’s “The Simpsons”) and John
Hamburg (“Zoolander”). With Ben Stiller
(“The Royal Tenenbaums”), Drew Barrymore
(“Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle”),
Eileen Essell, Harvey Fierstein (“Death to
Smoochy”), Justin Theroux (“Charlie’s
Angels: Full Throttle”), James Remar (“2
Fast 2 Furious”), Amber Valletta (“Max
Keeble’s Big Move”), Tim Maculan (TV’s “Six
Feet Under”), Swoosie Kurtz (“The Rules
of Attraction”) and Robert Wisdom (“Storytelling”).
Flat. Oct. 3. Miramax.
Drama, set in New York City, about a district
attorney who investigates an apparent suicide,
one of many recently plaguing the Chelsea district’s
homosexual community. Directed by Thom Fitzgerald
(“Beefcake”) from a screenplay
by Fitzgerald, Steven Hillyer and Tim Marback.
With Parker Posey (“A Mighty Wind”),
Olympia Dukakis (“Better Living”),
Don McKellar (“Waydowntown”), Sarah
Polley (“No Such Thing,” “My
Life Without Me”), Jane Leeves (“Music
of the Heart”) and Brent Carver (“Ararat”).
Flat. 112 min. R: Sexual content; language;
some drug use. Sept. 19. Thinkfilm.
Flower of Evil
French-language drama, set in Bordeaux, France,
about a young man who returns home from America
to learn his aunt may have been involved in the
mysterious 1944 death of her father. Directed
by Claude Chabrol (“Merci Pour la Chocolat”)
from a screenplay by Chabrol, Caroline Eliacheff
(“Merci Pour la Chocolat”) and Louise
Lambrichs. With Nathalie Baye (“Catch Me
If You Can”), Benoît Magimel (“The
Piano Teacher”), Suzanne Flon (“Children
of the Marshland”), Bernard Lecoq (“The
School of Flesh”) and Mélanie Doutey.
Also known as “La Fleur du Mal.” 105
min. Oct. 3. Palm.
Comedy about a youngster who discovers his new
pet dog is actually an extraterrestrial – an
extraterrestrial dispatched to investigate rumors
that his distant cousins (the dogs left to colonize
and dominate Earth thousands of years ago) have
completely abandoned their original mission.
Actor John Hoffman (TV’s “Northern
Lights”) makes his feature directorial
debut from his own script. With Liam Aiken (“Road
to Perdition”), Molly Shannon (“American
Splendor,” “My Boss’s Daughter”),
Brittany Moldowan (“Bones”), D. Harlan
Cutshall (“Bones”) and Kevin Nealon
(“Daddy Day Care”). Featuring the
voices of Matthew Broderick, Donald Faison, Brittany
Murphy and Carl Reiner. Oct. 10. MGM.