V No. 3
publication of the National Association of Theatre Owners
in In Focus
Lot Like Love
Comedy about a pair of twentysomethings who fall
for each other at an extremely inopportune time.
Nigel Cole (“Calendar Girls”) directs
from a screenplay by actor Colin Patrick Lynch (“Phone
Booth”). With Ashton Kutcher (“Guess
Who”), Amanda Peet (“Melinda and Melinda”),
Moon Bloodgood (“Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!”),
Ron Bottitta (“In Good Company”), Brendan
Patrick Connor (“Spider-Man 2”), Aimee
Garcia (“Spanglish”), William Stanford
Davis (“City of Angels”) and Lionel D.
Carson. PG-13: Sexual content; nudity; language.
April 22. Buena Vista.
Man Who Copied
Portuguese-language drama, set in Brazil, about
a young copy-shop employee who resorts to counterfeiting
after he falls for the boutique salesgirl next
door. Directed by Jorge Furtado from his own screenplay.
Lázaro Ramos (“Woman on Top”),
Pedro Cardoso (“Four Days in September”),
Leandra Leal, Luana Piovani, Júlio Andrade
and Irene Brietzke. 123 min. R: Language; some
brief nudity. April 8. TLA.
Italian-language drama, set in World War II Budapest,
about an anti-fascist Italian national who risks
his life coordinating safe houses to save thousands
of persecuted Jews. Based on the life of Giorgio
Perlasca and the novel by Enrico Deaglio. Alberto
Negrin directs from a screenplay by Sandro Petraglia
(“The Truce,” “The Best of
Youth”) and Stefano Rulli (“The Truce”).
With Luca Zingaretti (“Artemisia”),
Amanda Sandrelli (“Remember Me, My Love”),
Marco Bonini (“Under the Tuscan Sun”),
Lorenzo Lavia (“Artemisia”), Christiane
Filangieri and Franco Castellano. Also known
as “Perlasca, Un Eroe Italiano.” Flat.
126 min. April 15. Castle Hill.
Drama about an agent with the National Underwater
and Marine Agency who teams with a beautiful U.N.
medical advisor to uncover a source of nuclear
waste dumping that could destroy all sea life on
the planet. Based on the novel by Clive Cussler
(“Raise the Titanic”). Directed by
Breck Eisner (TV’s “Taken” miniseries)
from a screenplay by Josh Oppenheimer & Thomas
Dean Donnelly (“A Sound of Thunder”)
and James V. Hart (“Contact,” “Tuck
Everlasting”). With Matthew McConaughey (“How
to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”), Penélope
Cruz (“Head in the Clouds”), William
H. Macy (“Cellular”), Steve Zahn (“Shattered
Glass”), Delroy Lindo (“The Core”),
Lennie James (“24-Hour Party People”),
Nathan Osgood (“Velvet Goldmine”),
Glynn Turman (“Men of Honor”), Ranin
Wilson (“House of 1,000 Corpses”),
Mark Wells (“Sky Captain and the World of
Tomorrow”), Billy Seymour (“Sylvia”)
and Dayna Cussler. PG-13: Action violence. April
Japanese-language romantic comedy about a quirky,
adventurous 17-year-old girl who becomes infatuated
with a young local policeman. Eiji Okuda makes
his feature directorial debut from a screenplay
by Katsuhiko Manabe and Izuru Narushima. With Okuda,
Hideo Murota (“Heaven and Earth”),
Mayu Ozawa, Akira Shoji and Mari Natsuki. Scope.
122 min. April 22. Indican.
Spanish-language drama about a woman who takes
her son and flees her physically abusive husband,
to discover that her husband will stop at nothing
to find them. Icíar Bollaín directs
from a screenplay by Alicia and Luna Bollaín.
With Luis Tosar (“Mondays in the Sun”),
Candela Peña (“All About My Mother,” “Torremolinos
73”), Rosa María Sardà (“My
Mother Likes Women”), Kiti Manver (“The
Flower of My Secret”) Nicolás Fernández
Luna (“The Sea Inside”) and Laia
Marull. Flat. 100 min. April 22 in New York.
Korean-language romantic drama about a handsome
drifter who secretly dwells in different vacant
houses – repaying the vacationing homeowners’ hospitality
with small chores – until he finds himself in a mansion with a woman
desperate to escape her abusive marriage. Written and directed by Ki-Duk Kim
(“The Isle,” “Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter … and Spring”).
With Jae Hee and Lee Seung-yeon. Also known as “Bin-jip.” Flat.
90 min. R: Some sexual content. April 29 in New York and Los Angeles. Sony
Drama, set in Paris, about a young woman trying
to find a professional niche as a singer, while
also struggling to get her busy, famous father
to pay attention to her. Directed by Agnès
Jaoui (“On the Run,” “The Taste
of Others”) from a screenplay by Jaoui and
Jean-Pierre Bacri (“The Taste of Others,” “The
Housekeeper”). With Jaoui (“The Taste
of Others”), Bacri (“The Housekeeper”),
Laurent Grévill (“It’s Easier
for a Camel”), Virginie Desarnauts (“Jefferson
in Paris”), Serge Riaboukine (“The
Time of the Wolf”), Michèle Moretti
(“Who Killed Bambi?”) and Marilou Berry.
Also known as “Comme Une Image.” Scope.
110 min. PG-13: brief language; a sexual reference.
April 1 in New York and Los Angeles. Sony Pictures
Drama, set in 1971, about a hydroplane racer
and father who must decide whether or not to
abandon his family’s fading Indiana river
town. Directed by William Bindley from a screenplay
by William and Scott Bindley. With James Caviezel
(“The Passion of the Christ”), Mary
McCormack (“Dickie Roberts: Former Child
Star”), Bruce Dern (“Monster”),
Brent Briscoe (“Spider-Man 2”), Richard
Lee Jackson (TV’s “Saved By the Bell:
The New Class”) and Jake Lloyd (“Star
Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace”).
PG: Some mild language; sports peril. April 22.
Drama about a 13-year-old named Aviva who decides
she wants to be pregnant, and runs away from home
after her parents refuse to approve. Written and
directed by Todd Solondz (“Welcome to the Dollhouse,” “Happiness,” “Storytelling”).
Aviva is played by no fewer than six different actors,
including 42-year-old Jennifer Jason Leigh (“The
Jacket”), Will Denton (“Kinsey”),
Sharon Wilkins (“National Treasure”),
Shayna Levine (TV’s “All My Children”),
Valerie Shusterov, Rachel Corr and Hannah Freiman.
Their co-stars include Stephen Adly-Guirgis (“Meet
Joe Black”), Ellen Barkin (“She Hate
Me”), Richard Masur (“Play It to the
Bone”), Matthew Faber (“Ride with the
Devil”), Debra Monk (“Center Stage”)
and Stephen Singer (“The Prince & Me”).
100 min. April 13 limited. Wellspring.
Comedy about a college basketball coach who,
having behaved badly at a game, is reduced to
coaching a junior-high team. Directed by Steve
Carr (“Dr. Dolittle 2,” “Daddy
Day Care”) from a screenplay by Ed Decter & John
Strauss (“The Santa Clause 2,” “The
Lizzie McGuire Movie”), William Wolff (TV’s “G
vs. E”), Scott Moore and Jon Lucas. With
Martin Lawrence (“Bad Boys II”),
Patrick Warburton (“Men in Black II”),
Horatio Sanz (“Boat Trip”), Steven
Anthony Lawrence (“Cheaper by the Dozen”),
Oren Williams (“The Players Club”),
Tara Mercurio (“Daddy Day Care”),
Amy Bruckner (TV’s “Phil of the Future”),
Alia Shawkat (“Three Kings”) and
Fred Stoller (“Daddy Day Care”).
PG: Mild language; thematic elements. April 15.
Politics and Cocktails
Romantic comedy about a 30-year-old filmmaker who,
unable to get his Prozac-dependent girlfriend to
settle down with him, embarks on an adventure to
find “the one.” Julien Hernandez makes
his feature directorial debut from his own screenplay.
With Hernandez, Maria Petroro (“Big Fat Liar”),
Ron Doyle (“Disorder-lies”), Seth Macari,
Alex Douglas, Don Max, Dave Emerson and Gina Vetro.
88 min. April 1. Regent.
Episodic crime thriller about, among other things,
an unstoppable street fighter who goes on a vengeful
rampage after the beautiful girl he loved is killed
while lying beside him in bed. Based on the graphic
novel by Frank Miller (“The Dark Knight Returns”).
Co-written and co-directed by Miller (screenwriter
of “RoboCop 2” and “RoboCop 3”)
and Robert Rodriguez (the “Spy Kids” series, “Once
Upon a Time in Mexico”). Quentin Tarantino
(“Kill Bill”) serves as “guest
director” for one sequence. With Mickey Rourke
(“Man on Fire”), Bruce Willis (“Hostage”),
Michael Madsen (“Kill Bill”), Nick
Stahl (“Terminator 3”), Josh Hartnett
(“Wicker Park”), Maria Bello (“Assault
on Precinct 13”), Brittany Murphy (“Little
Black Book”), Jessica Alba (“Honey”),
Alexis Bledel (“Bride and Prejudice”),
Rosario Dawson (“Alexander”), Carla
Gugino (“The Singing Detective”), Michael
Clarke Duncan (“Daredevil,” “D.E.B.S”),
Benicio Del Toro (“21 Grams”), Marley
Shelton (“Uptown Girls”), Clive Owen
(“Closer”), Jaime King (“White
Chicks”) and Makenzie Vega (“Saw”).
April 1. Miramax.
Them Who You Are
Documentary about Oscar-winning filmmaker Haskell
Wexler, who directed “Medium Cool” (1969)
and served as cinematographer on such films as “Who’s
Afraid of Virginia Woolf” (1966), “In
the Heat of the Night” (1967), “One Flew
Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975), “Bound
For Glory” (1976), “Coming Home” (1978)
and “Silver City” (2004). Directed
by son Mark Wexler. Written by Mark Wexler and
DeMaio. Featuring interviews with Billy Crystal,
Michael Douglas, George Lucas, Julia Roberts, Paul
Newman and Dennis Hopper. Flat. 95 min. April 22
in New York and Los Angeles. ThinkFilm.
Spanish-language comedy-drama, set in 1973 Spain,
about a burned-out encyclopedia salesman who believes
he is on the verge of being fired until he and
his wife agree to star in his boss’ sexually-explicit “Danish
World Encyclopedia of Reproduction” scientific
film series. Pablo Berger makes his feature directorial
debut from his own screenplay. With Javier Camara
(“Bad Education”), Candela Peña
(“All About My Mother,” “Take
My Eyes”), Juan Diego (“Jamon, Jamon”),
Fernando Tejero (“Bearcub”), Mads Mikkelsen
(“King Arthur”), Ramon Barea (“800
Bullets”) and Malena Alterio. Flat. 91 min.
April 8 in New York. First Run.