IV No. 10
publication of the National Association of Theatre Owners
in In Focus
Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry
Documentary about how presidential candidate
John Kerry’s Navy tour of duty in Vietnam
and his vehement anti-war sentiments shaped
his political career. Based on the book by
Douglas Brinkley. Directed by George Butler
(the “Pumping Iron” series, “Shackleton’s
Antarctic Adventure”). Oct. 1. ThinkFilm.
Drama about a small-town teen girl’s
summer at a New York City music school. Directed
by Sean McNamara (“3 Ninjas: High Noon
at Mega Mountain”) from a screenplay
by Sam Schreiber. With Hilary Duff (“A
Cinderella Story”), Oliver James (“What
a Girl Wants”), John Corbett (“Raising
Helen”), Rebecca De Mornay (“Identity”),
Jason Ritter (“Freddy Vs. Jason”),
David Keith (“Daredevil”), Dana
Davis, Kat Dennings (TV’s “Raising
Dad”), Johnny K. Lewis (TV’s “Quintuplets”)
and Rita Wilson (“Auto Focus”).
Also known as “Heart of Summer.” Scope.
103 min. PG: Thematic elements; language.
Oct. 8. New Line.
Punjabi-language drama, set in 1970s and ‘80s
Pakistan, about a widowed mother who witnesses
her teen son fall under the influence of
Muslim fundamentalists. Directed by Sabiha
Sumar from a screenplay by Sumar and Paromita
Vohra. With Kiron Kher (“Main Hoon
Na”), Aamir Ali Malik, Arsad Mahmud,
Salmon Shahid, Shilpa Shukla and Sarfaraz
Ansari. Flat. 99 min. Oct. 8. First Run.
Comedy about a successful man who, afflicted
with holiday depression, hires the family
currently living in his childhood home to
reenact the Christmases of his boyhood. Directed
by Mike Mitchell (“Deuce Bigalow: Male
Gigolo”) from a screenplay by Jeff
Ventimilia, Joshua Sternin and Deborah Kaplan & Harry
Elfont (“Josie and the Pussycats”).
With Ben Affleck (“Jersey Girl”),
Christina Applegate (“Anchorman”),
James Gandolfini (“The Last Castle”),
Catherine O’Hara (“A Mighty Wind”),
Bill Macy (“Analyze This”), Bryan
Fisher (TV’s “Undressed”),
Jennifer Morrison (“Grind”),
Sy Richardson (“Human Nature”),
David Selby (“White Squall”),
Amy Halloran (“In Her Shoes”),
Joan Blair (“Baadasssss!”), Peter
Jason (“Seabiscuit”), and Josh
Zuckerman (“Austin Powers in Goldmember”).
Flat. 130 min. PG-13: Sexual content; language;
a brief drug reference. Oct. 22. DreamWorks.
Drama, based on a true story, about a young
girl whose selfless deeds and convictions
eventually lead her to sainthood. Leonardo
Defilippis makes his directorial debut from
a screenplay by Patti Defilipis and Saint
Therese of Lisieux. With Leonardo Defilippis,
Maggie Rose Fleck, Susan Fleck, Linda Hayden
and Samantha Kramer. Flat. 108 min. Oct.
1 limited. Luke Films.
-Drama, set in a rural Southern town, about
two brothers who run away from home following
the arrival of their volatile uncle. Directed
by David Gordon Green (“George Washington,” “All
the Real Girls”) from a screenplay
by Green and Joe Conway. With Dermot Mulroney
(“Safety of Objects”), Josh Lucas
the Bend”), Shiri Appleby (“The
Battle of Shaker Heights”), Jamie Bell
(“Nicholas Nickleby”) and Kristen
Stewart (“Catch That Kid”). 107
min. R: Violence. Oct. 29. MGM.
Documentary detailing the rise and fall of
Hollywood starlet Marilyn Monroe, told
through the eyes of Los Angeles police
officer Jim Dougherty, reputed to be her
first lover. Written and directed by Schani
Krug. Featuring little-seen photos and
rare clips of Monroe, as well as interviews
with Dougherty, and LC Van Savage, Dougherty’s
biographer and co-author of his book, “To
Norma Jeane With Love, Jimmie.” 92
min. PG: Language; thematic elements. Oct.
Comedy about two old friends – a famous
actor and a failed writer – taking
their last road trip as two single men. Based
on the novel by Rex Pickett. The “Election”-”About
Schmidt” team of writer-director Alexander
Payne and screenwriter Jim Taylor (“Jurassic
Park III”) reunite. With Paul Giamatti
(“Paycheck”), Thomas Haden Church
(“3000 Miles to Graceland”),
Sandra Oh (“Under the Tuscan Sun”),
Virginia Madsen (“The Haunting”),
Alysia Reiner (“Kissing Jessica Stein”),
Alex Kalognomos (“Deuces Wild”),
Joe Marinelli (“The Assassination of
Richard Nixon”) and Patrick Gallagher
(“Walking Tall”). Flat. 123 min.
R: Language; some strong sexual content;
nudity. Oct. 20 limited. Fox Searchlight.
British comedy about a street in a sleepy
London suburb teeming with the homes of an
improbable number of very famous people.
Based on the BBC TV comedy series by the
same name. Series director-screenwriter-actor
Peter Richardson (“The Pope Must Die”)
and screenwriter-actors Phil Cornwell and
John Sessions reunite. Newcomers to the franchise
include actress Ronni Ancona. Oct. 22. Strand.
America: World Police
Satirical comedy, performed entirely by marionettes,
about a group of highly-trained adventurers
who traverse the planet fighting terrorism
and evil. Directed by “South Park” creators
Trey Parker (“South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut”)
and Matt Stone from a screenplay by the “South
Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut” team
of Parker, Stone and Pam Brady. Featuring
the voices of Parker, Stone, Elle Russ and
Stanley Sawicki. Oct. 15. Paramount.
Documentary about the gay and lesbian community’s
struggle to gain the right to legally marry.
Jim de Sève makes his feature film
debut. Featuring personal histories and archival
footage from legislative and court debates.
Flat. 82 min. Oct. 8. IDP.