III No. 9
publication of the National Association of Theatre Owners
in In Focus
For Rock and Roll
Drama about an all-girl punk band trying,
despite their turbulent personal lives,
to find breakthrough success in the Los
Angeles music world. Based on musician
Cheri Lovedog’s autobiographical
rock musical. Alex Steyermark makes his
feature directorial debut from a screenplay
by Lovedog and Robin Whitehouse. With Gina
Gershon (“Driven,” “Demonlover”),
Drea de Matteo (“Deuces Wild”),
Lori Petty (“Clubland”), Shelly
Cole (TV’s “Gilmore Girls”),
Marc Blucas (“I Capture the Castle”),
Ivan Martin (“People I Know”),
Sandra Seacat (“Crazy in Alabama”)
and Nancy Pimental (“Dumb and Dumberer”).
Also known as “My Favorite Sin.” 104
min. R: Language; sexual content; drug
use; brief violence. Oct. 3 in Los Angeles
and San Francisco; Oct. 17 in New York.
Legal thriller, set in New Orleans, about
a juror who conspires with his girlfriend
to manipulate a jury deciding a landmark
gun-lobby case. Based on the novel by
John Grisham (“A Time To Kill,” “The
Rainmaker”). Directed by Gary Fleder
(“Don’t Say a Word,” “Impostor”)
from a screenplay by Brian Koppelman & David
Levien (“Rounders,” “Knockaround
Guys”). With John Cusack (“Identity”),
Rachel Weisz (“Confidence”),
Dustin Hoffman (“Confidence”),
Gene Hackman (“The Royal Tenenbaums”)
and Jeremy Piven (“Old School,” “Scary
Movie 3”). Scope. PG-13: Violence;
language; thematic elements. Oct. 17.
Comedy about a down-and-out rock musician
himself forced to impersonate a 5th-grade
substitute teacher to make ends meet. Directed
Linklater (“Waking Life,” “Tape”)
from a screenplay by Mike White (“Orange
County,” “The Good Girl”).
With White (“The Good Girl”), Jack
Black (“Orange County”), Sarah
Silverman (“Evolution”), Joan Cusack
(“Where the Heart Is”), Cole Hawkins
(“Changing Lanes”), Joanna Adler
(“Down To You,” “The Event”)
and Lauren Adler (“Mona Lisa Smile”).
Flat. 110 min. PG-13: Some rude humor; drug
references. Oct. 3. Paramount.
Drama, set in 1950s Chicago,
about a pulp novelist whose painful skin
and blend the details of his life with those
of his long-out-of-print detective series.
Based on the 1986 BBC miniseries. Directed
by Keith Gordon (“Waking the Dead”)
from a screenplay by Dennis Potter (“Pennies
From Heaven,” “Track 29”).
With Robert Downey Jr. (“Wonder Boys,” “Gothika”),
Robin Wright Penn (“White Oleander”),
Katie Holmes (“Phone Booth,” “Pieces
of April”), Carla Gugino (“Spy
Kids 3D: Game Over”), Mel Gibson (“Signs”),
Jeremy Northam (“Possession”) and
Adrien Brody (“Love the Hard Way,” “Dummy”).
Flat. 109 min. R: Strong sexual content;
language; some violence. Oct. 24 limited.
of the troubled and tragic marriage of British
poet laureate Ted Hughes and American poet
Sylvia Plath, who eventually killed herself
following several failed suicide attempts.
Based on Hughes’ collection of poems “Birthday
Letters.” Directed by Christine Jeffs
(“Rain”) from a screenplay by John
Brownlow. With Gwyneth Paltrow (“View
From the Top”), Daniel Craig (“Road
to Perdition”), Amira Casar (the TV miniseries “Arabian
Nights”), Blythe Danner (“The Invisible
Circus”), Lucy Davenport (“Gangs
of New York”), Michael Gambon (“Open
Range”), Jared Harris (“Igby Goes
Down,” “Dummy”) and Eliza
Wade. R: Sexuality/nudity; language. Oct. 17
in New York and Los Angeles; wider Oct. 24.
Drama, based on a true story, about the
who was murdered in 1996 after she wrote
a series of revealing articles about various
local crime figures. Directed by Joel Schumacher
(“Bad Company,” “Phone Booth”)
from a screenplay by Carol Doyle (“Washington
Square”) and Mary Agnes Donoghue (“Deceived,” “White
Oleander”). With Cate Blanchett (“Heaven,” the “Lord
of the Rings” series), Brenda Fricker
(“Masterminds”), Darragh Kelly
(“Nora”), Ciarán Hinds (“Lara
Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life”)
and Gerard McSorley (“Bloody Sunday”).
Scope. 98 min. R: Violence; language; some
drug content. Oct. 17. Buena Vista.
Japanese-language sci-fi thriller about a
time-traveler from the future who teams with
an assassin to prevent an impending alien
invasion. Written and directed by Takashi
Yamazaki. With Takeshi Kaneshiro (“Fallen
Angels”), Ann Suzuki (“Snow Falling
on Cedars”), Kirin Kiki (“The
Mystery of Rampo”), Goro Kishitani
and Yukiko Okamoto. Flat. 116 min. Oct. 17.
The third installment
of the “Scary
Movie” franchise, this time spoofing,
among other things, “Signs,” “The
Ring,” “Hulk” and “8
Mile.” Returnees from parts one and
two include actors Anna Faris (“May”)
and Regina Hall (“Malibu’s
Most Wanted”). Newcomers to the series
include director David Zucker (“BASEketball,” “My
Boss’s Daughter”), screenwriters
Pat Proft (“Wrongfully Accused”)
and Craig Mazin (“Rocket Man,” “Senseless”),
and actors Charlie Sheen (“Being
John Malkovich”), Denise Richards
(“Empire”), Eddie Griffin (“Undercover
Brother”), Queen Latifah (“Bringing
Down the House”), Peter Boyle (“The
Santa Clause 2”), Anthony Anderson
(“Malibu’s Most Wanted”),
Leslie Nielsen (“Wrongfully Accused,” “Men
With Brooms”) and Jeremy Piven (“Old
School,” “Runaway Jury”).
Oct. 24. Miramax.
Drama based on the true story of former
editor Stephen Glass, whose career derailed
after editors discovered many of the sources
in his stories had been fabricated. Screenwriter
Billy Ray ("Hart’s War”) makes
his feature directorial debut from his own
screenplay. With Hayden Christensen (“Star
Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones”),
Chloë Sevigny (“American Psycho,” “Party
Melanie Lynskey (“Abandon”), Steve
Zahn (“Daddy Day Care”) and Greg
Kinnear (“Auto Focus”). Scope.
PG-13: Language; sexual references; brief
drug use. Oct. 17 in New York and Los Angeles.
Comedy-drama, set in rural New
Jersey, about a dwarf loner
(with a passion for trains) who finds himself
drawn into the lives of two others: an intrusive
hot dog vendor and an emotionally-scarred
artist. Actor Thomas McCarthy (“The Guru”)
makes his feature directorial debut from his
own screenplay. With Peter Dinklage (“Human
Nature,” “Just a Kiss”),
Patricia Clarkson (“All the Real Girls,” “Pieces
of April”), Bobby Cannavale (“Washington
Heights”), Michelle Williams (“Me
Without You”), Raven Goodwin (“Lovely
and Amazing”), Paul Benjamin (“Rosewood”)
and Richard Kind (“Confessions of a Dangerous
Mind”). Flat. 88 min. R: Language;
some drug content. Oct. 3 in New York and
Remake of 1974 horror thriller
about five young adults
in rural Texas who find themselves subjected
to the wrath of a chainsaw-wielding maniac
and his sadistic family. Veteran music-video
director Marcus Nispel (No Doubt’s “Spiderwebs,” Gloria
Estefan’s “Turn the Beat Around”)
makes his feature directorial debut from a
screenplay by Scott Kosar. With Eric Balfour
Jessica Biel (“The Rules of Attraction”),
Jonathan Tucker (“The Deep End”),
Erica Leerhsen (“Hollywood Ending”),
Lauren German (“A Walk to Remember”)
and Mike Vogel (“Grind”). Flat.
100 min. R: Strong horror violence/gore;
language; drug content. Oct. 17. New Line.
Wants to Kill Himself
set in Glasgow, Scotland, about
two brothers who find their lives transformed
by a harried single mother. Lone Scherfig
For Beginners”) makes his English-language
directorial debut from a screenplay by Scherfig
and Anders Thomas Jensen (“Open Hearts”).
With Jamie Sives (“Mean Machine”),
Adrian Rawlins (the “Harry Potter” series),
Shirley Henderson (“Once Upon A Time
in the Midlands,” “Hypnotic”),
Susan Vidler (“Trainspotting”),
Robert McIntosh and Lisa McKinlay. Scope.
122 min. Oct. 24 in New York; wider Nov.
Romantic comedy, set in New York, about a frustrated comedy writer
who contemplates dumping both his low-rent manager and his sexually
dysfunctional actress-girlfriend. Written and directed by Woody
Allen (“The Curse of the Jade Scorpion,” “Hollywood
Ending”). With Allen (“Hollywood Ending”), Christina
Ricci (“Pumpkin”), Jason Biggs (“American Wedding”),
Jimmy Fallon (“Almost Famous”), Danny DeVito (“Death
to Smoochy”), Stockard Channing (“Le Divorce”)
and singer Diane Krall. R: A scene of drug use; some sexual references.
Sept. 19. DreamWorks.
Comedy about a young introvert who learns to express himself with
ventriloquism. Written and directed by Greg Pritikin. With Adrien
Brody (“Love the Hard Way,” “The Singing Detective”),
Milla Jovovich (“Resident Evil”), Illeana Douglas
(“The Adventures of Pluto Nash”), Vera Farmiga (“Dust”),
Jessica Walter (“Slums of Beverly Hills”) and Jared
Harris (“Igby Goes Down,” “Sylvia”).
90 min. Sept. 12. Artisan.
Comedy, set in Montreal, about an Italian immigrant couple who
discover that their son – who recently defied his family’s
traditional wishes by getting a place of his own – has invited
his new male lover to live with him. Based on the play by Steve
Galluccio. Written and directed by Emile Gaudreault. With Luke
Kirby ("Halloween Resurrection"), Ginette Reno ("It’s
Your Turn, Laura”), Paul Sorvino (“See Spot Run,” “Ciao
America”), Claudia Ferri (“Stardom”), Johnny
Griffin and Peter Miller. 99 min. R: Language; sexual situations.
Sept. 19 in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. IDP.
Be and To Have|
Documentary about a rural single-class
French school (with
ranging in age from four to 10) and its soon-to-retire
teacher. Directed by Nicolas Philibert. Also
known as “Etre et Avoir.” Flat.
104 min. Sept. 19 in New York and Los Angeles.
Thriller about a female exec who, while working to undermine a
deal between two multinational corporations, discovers a link
between one of the companies and an on-line torture site. Written
and directed by Olivier Assayas (“Late August, Early September,” “Les
Destinées”). With Connie Nielsen (“Basic”),
Chloë Sevigny (“American Psycho,” “Party
Monster,” “Shattered Glass”), Gina Gershon
(“Driven,” “Prey for Rock and Roll”),
Charles Berling (“How I Killed My Father”) and Jean-Baptiste
Malartre (“Les Destinées”). 120 min. Sept.
19 limited. Palm.
Comedy-drama about a skateboarder who spends a weekend wandering
Los Angeles’ homosexual neighborhoods in search of a sex
partner. Written and directed by Everett Lewis. With Justin Herwick
(“Broken Vessels”), Sean Thibodeau (“The Ladies
Man”), Pamela Gidley (“The Little Vampire”),
Shane Powers, Barry Wyatt and Jonah Blechman. 90 min. Sept. 12.
Drama, based on a true story of post-World
War II Berlin, about a hard-nosed U.S. officer
chosen to investigate and interrogate the
famous Berlin Philharmonic conductor Wilhelm
Furtwangler during the Allied de-Nazification
trials. Based on the 1995 play by Ronald
Harwood. Directed by István Szabó (“Sunshine”)
from a screenplay by Harwood (“The
Pianist”). With Harvey Keitel (“Red
Dragon”), Moritz Bleibtreu (“Das
Experiment”), Stellan Skarsgård
(“City of Ghosts”), Birgit Minichmayr
(“The Farewell”) and Ulrich Tukur
(“Bonhoeffer”). Flat. 108 min.
Sept. 5 in New York and Los Angeles. New