IV No. 8/9
publication of the National Association of Theatre Owners
in In Focus
The psychotic plaything’s son is said
to cope with gender confusion in this fifth
installment of the “Child’s Play” horror
series. Don Mancini, who authored screenplays
for all four prior installments of the series,
makes his feature directorial debut from
his own screenplay. Featuring the voices
of Brad Dourif as Chucky, Jennifer Tilly
as Chucky’s erstwhile bride, and Billy
Boyd as Glen. With Hannah Spearritt (“Agent
Cody Banks 2”), Debbie Lee Carrington
(“She’s All That,” “The
Independent”), John Waters (“Sweet
and Lowdown”), Stephanie Chambers,
Rebecca Santos and Bethany Simons. Oct. 29.
American remake of the Japanese comedy about
a shy, middle-aged accountant who finds
his drab life transformed when a beautiful
young woman he spots though a dance studio
window inspires him to sign up for dance
lessons. Directed by Peter Chelsom (“Town & Country,” “Serendipity”)
from a screenplay by Audrey Wells (“Guinevere,” “The
Kid,” “Under the Tuscan Sun”).
With Jennifer Lopez (“Jersey Girl”),
Richard Gere (“Chicago”),
Susan Sarandon (“Moonlight Mile”),
Stanley Tucci (“The Terminal”),
Bobby Cannavale (“The Station Agent”),
Len Cariou (“Secret Window”)
and Richard Jenkins (“Cheaper by
the Dozen”). PG-13: Some sexual
references; brief language. Oct. 15.
Thriller, set in small-town Colorado, about
a mysterious death that may be tied to an
upcoming gubernatorial election. Written
and directed by John Sayles (“Sunshine
State,” “Casa de Los Babys”).
With Richard Dreyfuss (“Who Is Cletis
Tout?”), Maria Bello (“Secret
Window”), Billy Zane (“CQ”),
Thora Birch (“Ghost World”),
Chris Cooper (“Seabiscuit”),
Tim Roth (“The Musketeer”), Mary
Kay Place (“Sweet Home Alabama”),
Daryl Hannah (“Kill Bill”), Kris
Kristofferson (“Blade II”), Danny
Huston (“21 Grams”), Ralph Waite
(“Sunshine State”) and Michael
Murphy (“Magnolia”). Sept. 17.
Sound of Thunder
Sci-fi actioner about a game hunter who embarks
on a time-traveling safari in search
of dinosaurs. Based on the short story
by Ray Bradbury (“Little Nemo:
Adventures in Slumberland”). Directed
by Peter Hyams (“The Musketeer”)
from a screenplay by Thomas Dean Donnelly,
Joshua Oppenheimer, Clement Enlatarne
and Gregory Poirier (“See Spot
Run,” “Tomcats”). With
Ben Kingsley (“House of Sand and
Fog,” “Thunderbirds,” “Suspect
Zero”), Edward Burns (“Confidence”),
Catherine McCormack (“The Weight
of Water”), Corey Johnson (“Hellboy”),
Heike Makatsch (“Love Actually”),
Jemima Rooper (TV’s “As If”)
and August Zirner (“Amen”).
Oct. 8. Warner Bros.
Baby Geniuses 2
Sequel to the 1999 comedy, this time about
a baby, with powers and abilities far
beyond those of mortal men, who helps
a group of supersmart toddlers. Returnees
from part one include director Bob Clark
(“It Runs in the Family”)
and actors Gerry Fitzgerald, Leo Fitzgerald
and Myles Fitzgerald. Newcomers include
screenwriter Gregory Poppen and actors
Jon Voight (“Holes,” “The
Manchurian Candidate”), Scott Baio
(“The Bread, My Sweet”),
Vanessa Angel (“The Perfect Score”),
Justin Chatwin (“Taking Lives”),
Peter Wingfield (“X2,” “Catwoman”)
and Skyler Shaye. Sept. 3. Sony.
comedy about a former pizza-delivery woman
who drives a souped-up cab, and her friendship
with an awkward but good-hearted cop. An English-language
remake of the 1998 French film written by Luc
Besson (“Wasabi,” “The Transporter”).
Directed by Tim Story (“Barbershop”)
from a screenplay by Ben Garant & Thomas
Lennon (TV’s “Reno 911!”)
and Jim Kouf (“Rush Hour,” “Snow
Dogs”). With Queen Latifah (“Barbershop
2: Back in Business,” “The Cookout”),
Jimmy Fallon (“Anything Else”),
Jennifer Esposito (“Breakin’ All
the Rules”), Christian Kane (“Secondhand
Lions”), Ann-Margret (“Any Given
Sunday”), Henry Simmons (“Snow
Days”) and supermodel Gisele Bundchen.
Scope. Oct. 8. Fox.
set in 1820s England, about a lower-class girl
who determines to integrate herself into the
upper-crust society. Based on the novel by
William Makepeace Thackeray (“The Memoirs
of Barry Lyndon, Esq.”). Directed by
Mira Nair (“Monsoon Wedding”) from
a screenplay by Julian Fellowes (“Gosford
Park”) and Matthew Faulk & Mark Skeet
(the TV mini-series “Jason & the
Argonauts”). With Reese Witherspoon (“Legally
Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde”),
Gabriel Byrne (“Ghost Ship,” “P.S.”),
Jonathan Rhys-Meyers (“I’ll Sleep
When I’m Dead”), Romola Garai (“Dirty
Dancing: Havana Nights”), James Purefoy
(“Resident Evil”), Jim Broadbent
(“Around the World in 80 Days”),
Geraldine McEwan (“The Magdalene Sisters”)
and Bob Hoskins (“Maid in Manhattan”).
Scope. PG-13: Some sensuality/partial nudity;
a brief violent image. Sept. 1. Focus.
comedy about a low-ranked tennis pro who falls
for a rising female tennis star as he takes
his last real shot at a Wimbledon victory.
Directed by Richard Loncraine (“Richard
III”) from a screenplay by Adam Brooks
(“Practical Magic,” “The
Invisible Circus”) and Jennifer Flackett & Mark
Levin (“Madeline”). With Kirsten
Dunst (“Spider-Man 2”), Paul Bettany
(“The Reckoning”), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
(“Black Hawk Down”), Austin Nichols
(“The Day After Tomorrow”), Jon
Favreau (“Something’s Gotta Give”),
James McAvoy (“Behind the Lines,” “Bright
Young Things”) and Sam Neill (“Jurassic
Park III”). Sept. 24. Universal.
French-language comedy about a director making
an explicit romantic drama starring two actors
who can’t stand each other. Written
and directed by Catherine Breillat (“Fat
Girl”). With Anne Parillaud (“The
Man in the Iron Mask,” “One 4
All”), Gregoire Colin (“Friday
Night”), Roxane Mesquida (“Fat
Girl”), Ashley Wanninger (“Romance”)
and Dominique Colladant. 92 min. Oct. 29.
Animated comedy, set in the ocean, about
a spunky, well-liked fish whose seemingly
innocent white lie gets him into trouble
with the members of the formidable underseas
mafia. Directed by Bibo Bergeron (“The
Road to El Dorado”) and Vicky Jenson
(“Shrek”) from a screenplay
by Michael J. Wilson (“Ice Age”)
and Rob Letterman. Featuring the voices
of Will Smith, Robert De Niro, Renée
Zellweger, Jack Black, Angelina Jolie,
Peter Falk, Michael Imperioli, Vincent
Pastore, Martin Scorsese, Doug E. Doug
and Katie Couric. Oct. 1. DreamWorks.
the World of
Sci-fi action thriller, set in 1939, about
an inquisitive female reporter who teams
up with two pilots to investigate why scientists
from all over the world have begun disappearing.
Kerry Conran makes his feature directorial
debut from his own screenplay. With Gwyneth
Paltrow (“Sylvia”), Jude Law
(“Cold Mountain,” “I Heart
Huckabees”), Angelina Jolie (“Taking
Lives”), Bai Ling (“My Baby’s
Daddy,” “Face,” “She
Hate Me”), Michael Gambon (the “Harry
Potter” series, “Being Julia”)
Omid Djalili (“Spy Game”) and
Giovanni Ribisi (“Cold Mountain,” “The
Flight of the Phoenix”). PG: Sequences
of stylized sci-fi violence; brief mild language.
Sept. 17. Paramount.
Drama, set in 1660s England and based on
a true story, about an actor celebrated for
his portrayals of women, and the crisis he
undergoes when King Charles II decides to
allow females to play female roles. Based
on the play “Compleat Female Stage
Beauty” by Jeffrey Hatcher (“A
Picasso”). Directed by Richard Eyre
(“Iris”) from a screenplay by
Hatcher. With Billy Crudup (“Big Fish”),
Claire Danes (“Terminator 3: Rise of
the Machines”), Rupert Everett (“The
Importance of Being Earnest”), Hugh
Bonneville (“The Emperor’s New
Clothes,” “Asylum”), Tom
Wilkinson (“Eternal Sunshine of the
Spotless Mind”), Ben Chaplin (“Murder
by Numbers”), Richard Griffiths (the “Harry
Potter” series), Stephen Marcus (“Iris”)
and Tom Hollander (“Possession,” “Paparazzi”).
Scope. 105 min. R: Sexual content; language.
Oct. 8 in New York and Los Angeles; wider
Oct. 22; wider Oct. 29. Lions Gate.
Autobiographical documentary about a 31-year-old
homosexual who chronicles growing up with
a schizophrenic mother in rural Texas. Written
and directed by Jonathan Caouette. Flat.
88 min. Oct. 6 in New York; Oct. 15 in Los
thriller about a homosexual artist who embarks
on a desperate trip from Los Angeles to Buenos
Aires in search of the cheating Argentinian
ex-boyfriend who broke his heart. Based on
the novel by James Robert Baker (“Adrenaline”).
Directed by David Moreton (“Edge of Seventeen”)
from a screenplay by Moreton and Dennis Hensley.
With David Sutcliffe (“Under the Tuscan
Sun”), Antonio Sabato Jr. (“The
Big Hit,” “Wasabi Tuna”),
Sonia Braga (“Empire”), Celina
Font and Jennifer Coolidge (“American
Wedding,” “A Cinderella Story”).
105 min. Sept. 10 in New York. Strand.
Romantic thriller, set in Chicago, about
a young investment
banker who puts his engagement on hold when
he comes to believe that the ex-girlfriend
he loves might be in grave danger. Based on
the 1996 French film “L’Appartement.” Directed
by Paul McGuigan (“Gangster No. 1,” “The
Reckoning”) from a screenplay by Brandon
Boyce (“Apt Pupil”). With Josh
Hartnett (“Hollywood Homicide”),
Matthew Lillard (“The Perfect Score,” “Without
a Paddle”), Rose Byrne (“Troy”),
Diane Kruger (“Troy”), Jessica
and Gillian Ferrabee (“Secret Window”).
Also known as “The Apartment.” PG-13:
Sexuality; language. Sept. 3. MGM.
drama, set during the German occupation of
the Czech Republic, about a young nurse who
forms a unique bond with a rural mountain-man – whose
life she saves with her own blood. Based on
the novel by Kveta Legatova. Directed by Ondrej
Trojan from a screenplay by Petr Jarchovsky.
With Anna Geislerova, György Cserhalmi,
Jaroslava Adamova, Miroslav Donutil and Jaroslav
Dusek (“Divided We Fall”). Flat.
148 min. R: Violence; some sexual content.
Sept. 17. Sony Pictures Classics.
Drama about a professional motorcycle racer’s intense longing
for his girlfriend during a road trip from New Hampshire to his
next race in California. Written and directed by Vincent Gallo
(“Buffalo ‘66”). With Gallo (“Trouble Every
Day”), Chloë Sevigny (“Dogville”) and ‘70s
supermodel Cheryl Tiegs. Flat. 93 min. Aug. 27 limited. Wellspring.
Me, My Love
Italian-language drama about a contemporary
Italian family whose individual dreams and
aspirations threaten to separate them. Directed
by Gabriele Muccino (“The Last Kiss”)
from a screenplay by Muccino and Heidrun
Schleef (“The Son’s Room”).
With Monica Bellucci (“The Passion
of the Christ,” “She Hate Me”),
Fabrizio Bentivoglio (“Hotel”),
Laura Morante (“The Dancer Upstairs”),
Nicoletta Romanoff, Silvio Muccino (“The
Last Kiss”) and Gabriele Lavia (“The
Legend of 1900”). Also known as “Ricordati
di Me.” 125 min. Aug. 20. IDP.
Thriller about an FBI agent who discovers
that another agent is acting as vigilante,
taking out serial killers. Directed by E.
Elias Merhige (“Shadow of the Vampire”)
from a screenplay by Zak Penn (“Inspector
Gadget,” “Behind Enemy Lines”)
and Billy Ray (“Hart’s War,” “Shattered
Glass”). With Aaron Eckhart (“Paycheck”),
Carrie-Anne Moss (the “Matrix” series),
Ben Kingsley (“Thunderbirds,” “A
Sound of Thunder”), Julian Reyes (“Mi
Vida Loca”), Frank Collison (“The
Whole Ten Yards”), Kevin Chamberlin
(“Road to Perdition,” “The
Last Shot”) and William Mapother (“Minority
Report”). R: Violent content; language;
some nudity. Aug. 27. Paramount.
Drama, set in rural Oregon, about a group of teens who boat down
a river to celebrate their friend’s birthday and seek revenge
on a local bully. Written and directed by Jacob Aaron Estes. With
Rory Culkin (“It Runs in the Family”), Ryan Kelley
(“Stolen Summer”), Scott Mechlowicz (“Eurotrip”),
Trevor Morgan (“The Glass House”), Josh Peck (“Spun”)
and Carly Schroeder (“The Lizzie McGuire Movie”). Aug.
20. Paramount Classics.
German- and English-language drama, based
on a true story of World War II Berlin, about
gentile women who fought to prevent their
Jewish husbands from being deported, fearful
that the men would face extermination if
they left the city. Directed by Margarethe
von Trotta (“The Promise”) from
a screenplay by Von Trotta and Pamela Katz.
With Katja Riemann (“The Harmonists”),
Maria Schrader (“Aimée & Jaguar”),
Martin Feifel, Jürgen Vogel (“Good
Bye, Lenin!”), Jutta Lampe and Doris
Schade (“Beyond Silence”). 136
min. PG-13: Mature thematic material; some
violence; brief drug content. Aug. 20. IDP.
about a teen who, bewildered to find herself
pregnant without any recollection of having
had sex, decides that she is carrying the child
of God. Deborah Kampmeier makes her feature
directorial debut from her own screenplay.
With Elisabeth Moss (“The Missing”),
Robin Wright Penn (“The Singing Detective,” “A
Home at the End of the World”), Daphne
Rubin-Vega (“Flawless”) and Peter
Gerety (“People I Know”). 114 min.
Aug. 13 in New York. Artistic License/Full