IV No. 5
publication of the National Association of Theatre Owners
in In Focus
Romantic comedy about a man who, after getting dumped by his fiancée,
writes a best-selling book about how to leave one’s lover.
Written and directed by Daniel Taplitz (“Commandments”).
With Jamie Foxx (“Ali”), Morris Chestnut (“Confidence”),
Jennifer Esposito (“The Master of Disguise”), Bianca
Lawson (“Bones”), Peter MacNicol (“Baby Geniuses”),
Jill Ritchie (“Ready to Rumble”) and Gabrielle Union
(“Bad Boys II”). Also known as “The Breakup Handbook.” PG-13:
Sexual material/humor; language. PG-13: Sexual material/humor;
language. May 14. Sony.
Drama, set in rural Vermont, about an awkward,
chicken-toting teen who, following the death
of his mother, develops a more-than-friendly
relationship with a handsome neighbor lad.
Michael Burke makes his feature directorial
debut from his own screenplay. With Emile
Hirsch (“The Emperor’s Club,” “The
Girl Next Door”), Tom Guiry (“Mystic
River”), Richard Jenkins (“Cheaper
by the Dozen”), Pablo Schreiber (“Bubble
Boy”), Zachary Knighton (“The
Prince & Me”) and Ryan Donowho.
Flat. 94 min. R: Strong sexual content including
graphic dialogue; a rape; language. April
23 in New York. Strand.
Romantic drama, based on a true story, about
a privileged young man who, while on
leave from the Marines, falls for a popular
young entertainer. Written and directed
by Reverge Anselmo. With Jonathan Tucker
(“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”),
Rachel Leigh Cook (“The Big Empty”),
Agnes Bruckner (“Murder by Numbers”),
Joe Mantegna (“Liberty Heights”),
Val Kilmer (“The Missing”),
Ed Begley Jr. (“A Mighty Wind”),
Carrie Fisher (“Wonderland”)
and Penny Marshall (“The Hard Way”).
Scope. R: Language; some sexuality/nudity;
underage drinking. May 21. IDP.
Frankie & Johnny
Drama about a frustrated couple who, in an attempt to revitalize
their dying relationship, set out to mount a production of the
play “Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune.” Written
and directed by Michael Pressman (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
II,” “To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday”). With
Pressman (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II”), Lisa
Chess (“Separate Lives”) and Alan Rosenberg (“Impulse”).
98 min. R: Language including sexual references; brief drug use.
May 28 limited. IFC.
Khmer Rouge Killing Machine
Khmer- and Vietnamese-language documentary, featuring interviews with prisoners
and guards, about the Khmer Rouge-controlled Cambodian interrogation center
Tuol Sleng and the atrocities that occurred there between 1975 and 1979. Written
and directed by Rithy Panh. May 19 in New York. First Run.
Drama, set in contemporary Toronto, about
a young man who gets involved with homosexual
prostitutes. Loosely based on the novel “Oliver
Twist” by Charles Dickens (“Great
Expectations,” “Nicholas Nickleby”).
Former child actor Jacob Tierney (“Josh
and SAM,” “The Neon Bible”)
makes his feature directorial debut from
his own screenplay. With Nick Stahl (“Terminator
3”), Joshua Close (“K-19: The
Widowmaker”), Gary Farmer (“The
Big Empty”), Stephen McHattie (“Secretary”),
Brigid Tierney (“Affliction,” “Levity”),
Tygh Runyan (“K-19: The Widowmaker”),
Michele-Barbara Pelletier (“Mad City”)
and Mike Lobel (TV’s “Degrassi:
The Next Generation”). 97 min. May
21 in New York. Strand.