IV No. 1
publication of the National Association of Theatre Owners
in In Focus
Norwegian-language comedy, set in 1950s Scandinavia
and based on a true story, about a team of Swedish
scientists who set out to create more efficient
kitchens by scrutinizing the habits of a Norwegian
bachelor. Directed by Bent Hamer from a screenplay
by Hamer and Jörgen Bergman. With Joachim
Calmeyer, Tomas Norström (“The Slingshot”),
Bjorn Floberg (“Insomnia”), Reine
Brynolfsson (“A Song For Martin”)
and Sverre Anker Ousdal. Flat. 95 min. Feb. 13.
La Mentale The Code
French-language drama about a man who, after serving
a 4-year prison term, must choose between an
honest job in the produce business and another
working for a powerful crime lord. Directed by
Manuel Boursinhac from a screenplay by Boursinhac
and Bibi Naceri. With Naceri, Samuel Le Bihan
(“He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not”),
Samy Naceri (“Taxi 2”), Clotilde
Courau (“Deterrence”), Marie Guillard
(“One 4 All”) and Michel Duchaussoy
(“Amen”). Flat. 116 min. Feb. 13.
French-language drama, set in early-1960s Paris,
about an abandoned Jewish boy who befriends an
elderly Muslim shopkeeper. Based on the novel by
Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt. Written and directed by
François Dupeyron. With Omar Sharif (“The
13th Warrior”), Pierre Boulanger, Gilbert
Melki (“Venus Beauty Institute,” “On
the Run,” “An Amazing Couple,” “After
Life”), Isabelle Renauld (“Murderous
Maids”), Lola Naymark and Céline Samie
(“Read My Lips”). Flat. 95 min. R:
Some sexual content. Feb. 13. Sony Pictures Classics.
Thriller about a detective
who becomes the center of a murder investigation
begin dying. Directed by Philip Kaufman (“Rising
Sun,” “Quills”) from a screenplay
by Sarah Thorp. With Ashley Judd (“Frida”),
Samuel L. Jackson (“S.W.A.T.” “Kill
Bill”), Andy Garcia (“Confidence”),
David Strathairn (“Blue Car”), D.W.
Moffett (“Thirteen”), Mark Pellegrino
(“The Hunted”) and Bill Duke (“Hoodlum”).
Also known as “Blackout” and “The
Blackout Murders.” Flat. 93 min. Feb. 27.
Kill Bill Vol. 2
Having dispatched Vernetta Green and O-Ren Ishi,
the vengeful bride turns her attention to Bill,
Bill’s brother Budd, and one-eyed blonde
Amazon Elle Driver, “the California Mountain
Snake.” Returnees from Vol. 1 include writer-director
Quentin Tarantino (“Pulp Fiction,” “Jackie
Brown”) and actors Uma Thurman (“Chelsea
Walls,” “Paycheck”), Michael
Madsen (“My Boss’s Daughter”),
Daryl Hannah (“Casa de Los Babys”),
David Carradine (“Roadside Prophets”),
Gordon Liu (“Drunken Master III”),
Chiaki Kuriyama (“Battle Royale”),
Samuel L. Jackson (“S.W.A.T.,” “Twisted”),
Bo Svenson (“Speed 2”), Sonny Chiba
(“Aces: Iron Eagle III”), Lucy Liu
(“Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle”)
and Vivica A. Fox (“Boat Trip”).
Newcomers to the franchise include Michael Jai
White (“Pandora’s Box”). Scope.
Feb. 20. Miramax.
Klezmer on Fish Street
English-, Polish- and Yiddish-language documentary
about a group of Jewish-American klezmer musicians
who travel to Poland to explore the Jewish communities
there. Directed by Yael Strom. 86 min. Feb. 20
in New York. Castle Hill.
Drama about legendary coach Herb Brooks, who in 1980
led the underdog U.S. hockey team to an astonishing
victory over its Soviet Union counterpart. Directed
by Gavin O’Connor (“Tumbleweeds”)
from a screenplay by Eric Guggenheim. With Kurt
Russell (“Dark Blue”), Eddie Cahill
(TV’s “Glory Days”), Noah Emmerich
(“Beyond Borders”), Ken Mitchell
(“The Recruit”), Patricia Clarkson
(“Pieces of April”), Michael Coristine
(TV’s “Taken”) and Nathan West
(“Not Another Teen Movie”). Feb.
6. Buena Vista.
about a female FBI profiler on the trail of a serial
killer who assumes the identities of his slain
victims. Based on the novel by Michael Pye (“The Drowning
Room”). Directed by D.J. Caruso (“The
Salton Sea”) from a screenplay by Jon Bokenkamp
and Hillary Seitz (“Insomnia”). With
Angelina Jolie (“Beyond Borders”), Ethan
Hawke (“Training Day,” “Tape,” “The
Jimmy Show”), Kiefer Sutherland (“Phone
Booth”), Gena Rowlands (“The Weekend”),
Olivier Martinez (“S.W.A.T.”) and Tchéky
Karyo (“The Core”). Feb. 20. Warner Bros.
2 Men Went To War
Action comedy, set in 1942 and
based on a true story, about two English soldiers
in the Army Dental Corps who travel across the
English Channel to blow up a pair of German battleships.
Based on the novel “Amateur Commandos” by
Raymond Foxall. Directed by John Henderson from
a screenplay by Richard Everett and Christopher
Villiers. With Kenneth Cranham (“Gangster
No. 1”), Leo Bill (“28 Days Later”),
Derek Jacobi (“Gosford Park”), Rosanna
Lavelle (“Charlotte Gray”), Phyllida
Law (“The Time Machine”) and James
Fleet (“Charlotte Gray”). Scope.
91 min. Feb. 20. Indican.