V No. 7
publication of the National Association of Theatre Owners
in In Focus
Drama about a Chicago art dealer who travels to North Carolina to meet
her husband’s estranged family and finds cracks in the tightly-wound
clan’s façade. Phil Morrison makes his feature directorial
debut from a script by Angus MacLachlan. With Benjamin McKenzie (TV’s “The
O.C.”), Embeth Davidtz (“The Emperor’s Club), Alessandro
Nivola (“The Clearing”) and Amy Adams (“The Wedding
Date”). 106 min. R: Sexual content; language. Aug. 5. Sony Pictures
Episodic Russian-language fantasy-thriller, set in a present-day Moscow,
about a hapless vampire slayer dealing with an outbreak of evil. Based
on the novel by Sergei Lukyanenko. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov from
a screenplay by Bekmambetov and Lukyanenko. With Konstantin Khabensky,
Vladimir Menshov, Valeri Zolotukhin, Mariya Poroshina, Galina Tyunina,
Yuri Kutsenko, Aleksei Chadov, Zhanna Friske, Ilya Lagutenko, Viktor
Verzhbitsky, Rimma Markova and Mariya Mironova. Also known as “Nochnoy
dozor.” Flat. 115 min. R: Strong violence; disturbing images
and language. Aug. 26. Fox Searchlight.
Thriller about a beautiful young woman held captive on an airplane by
her seatmate – a stranger who threatens to order her father killed
unless she helps murder the deputy secretary of Homeland Security. Wes
Craven (the “Scream” trilogy, “Cursed”) directs
from a screenplay by veteran TV writer Carl Ellsworth (TV’s “Cleopatra
2525”). With Rachel McAdams (“The Wedding Crashers”),
Cillian Murphy (“Cold Mountain”), Brian Cox (“The Bourne
Supremacy”), Kyle Gallner (“Wet Hot American Summer”),
Amber Mead (“Monster-In-Law”) and Brittany Oaks (“The
Cat in the Hat”). PG-13: Some intense sequences of violence; language.
Aug. 19. DreamWorks.
Thriller, set in New Orleans, about a young caretaker who encounters
spooky, unexplainable occurrences while looking after a housebound
invalid. Directed by Iain Softley (“Wings of the Dove,” “K-PAX”)
from a screenplay by Ehren Kruger (“The Ring,” “The
Ring Two,” “The Brothers Grimm”). With Kate Hudson
(“Raising Helen”), Joy Bryant (“Spider-Man 2”),
Peter Sarsgaard (“Kinsey”), John Hurt (“Hellboy”)
and Gena Rowlands (“The Notebook”). PG-13: Violence; disturbing
images; some partial nudity; thematic material. Scope. Aug. 12. Universal.
Mandarin-dialect drama about a science fiction novelist whose memories
of past romances help him build a futuristic story about a man who
makes love to a beautiful android. Written and directed by Wong Kar-Wai
(“In the Mood for Love,” “Happy Together”).
With Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (“Hero”), Gong Li (“Zhou
Yu’s Train”), Ziyi Zhang (“House of Flying Daggers,” “Zu
Warriors”), Faye Wong (“Jet Li’s Hero”) and
Maggie Cheung (“Hero”). R: Sexual content. 123 min. R:
Sexual content. Aug. 5. Sony Pictures Classics.
Documentary about a young British man who awoke on the New York City
subway in Coney Island without any memory of who he is. Rupert Murray
makes his feature directorial debut. Flat. 80 min. PG-13: Drug references;
brief strong language. Aug. 26. Wellspring.
English-language Dutch drama about a neglected teen who happens upon a
very young, wounded cocaine “mule” in her foster parents’ garden
shed – and decides to care for him. Directed by Paula van der Oest
from a screenplay by Carel Donck. With Laurien Van den Broeck, Hunter
Bussemaker, Andrew Howard (“Below,” “Heights”),
Johan Leysen (“Queen Margot”), Franck Sasonoff (“CQ”)
and Jemma Redgrave (“I’ll Be There”). 91 min. Aug.
Dark comedy, set in a Beverly Hills high school, about a teen who frames
her drama teacher for sexual harassment. TV director Marcos Siega (“Eyes,” “Veronica
Mars”) makes his feature directorial debut from a screenplay by Skander
Halim. With Evan Rachel Wood (“The Upside of Anger”), James
Woods (“Be Cool”), Ron Livingston (“Little Black Book”),
Selma Blair (“In Good Company”), Jaime King (“Sin City”),
Jane Krakowski (“Alfie”), Christopher Meloni (“Harold & Kumar
Go To White Castle”), Christina Applegate (“Surviving Christmas”)
and Navid Negahban (TV’s “The Shield”). Scope. 110 min.
Aug. 12. IDP.
Romance & Cigarettes
Musical comedy, set in Bensonhurst, N.Y., about a cheating husband forced
to choose between his wife and his mistress. Written and directed by
John Turturro (“Mac,” “Illuminata”). With James
Gandolfini (“Surviving Christmas”), Steve Buscemi (“Coffee
and Cigarettes”), Christopher Walken (“Around the Bend,” “Domino”),
Kate Winslet (“Finding Neverland”), Mary-Louise Parker (“Saved!”),
Mandy Moore (“Saved!”), Susan Sarandon (“Alfie”),
Eddie Izzard (“Ocean’s Twelve”), Bobby Cannavale (“Shall
We Dance?” “Happy Endings”) and Amy Sedaris (“Bewitched”).
R: Sexual content; some violence. Aug. 19. MGM.
Action drama about two brothers competing on the same international motorcycle
racing circuit. Directed by Steve Boyum (“Meet the Deedles”)
from a script by Ken Solarz (“City of Industry”). Starring
Steve Howey (TV’s “Reba”), Mike Vogel (“Sisterhood
of the Traveling Pants”), Daryl Hannah (“Silver City”),
Robert Patrick (“Ladder 49”), Cameron Richardson (TV’s “Point
Pleasant”) and Sophia Bush (“Van Wilder”). PG-13: Language;
some sexuality. Aug. 12. Fox.
Comedy-drama about a group of young men and women struggling to make it
as actors and musicians in Los Angeles. Directed by Meiert Avis (“Far
From Home”) from a screenplay by John Galt. With Fisher Stevens
(“Anything Else”), Carrie Fisher (“Wonderland”),
Ashlee Simpson (“The Hot Chick”), Kip Pardue (“Imaginary
Heroes”), and Pell James (“Uptown Girls,” “Broken
Flowers”). Aug. 26. Lions Gate.
Animated comedy about a pigeon who gets into the homing business and becomes
a hero of World War II-era Britain. Gary Chapman makes his feature
directorial debut from a screenplay by Jordan Katz (“Incognito”),
George Webster and George Melrod (TV’s “Mike Hammer, Private
Eye”). Featuring the voices of Ewan McGregor, John Cleese, Ricky
Gervais, Tim Curry, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Laurie and John Hurt. Flat.
G. 75 min. Aug. 19. Buena Vista.
War drama about the son of an American man and a Vietnamese woman
and his search for identity. Directed by Hans Petter Moland (“Aberdeen”)
from a screenplay by Sabina Murray (“True Crime,” “Crime
and Punishment in Suburbia”). With Damien Nguyen, Nick
Nolte (“Hotel Rwanda”), Bai Ling (“Sky Captain
and the World of Tomorrow”) and Phat Trieu Hoang (“Three
Seasons”). R: Some language; a crude sexual reference.
136 min. July 8. Sony Pictures Classics.