V No. 4
publication of the National Association of Theatre Owners
in In Focus
Drama about a biracial man, the son of an American
national and a Vietnamese woman, and his search for
identity in America after growing up in Vietnam as
a social outcast. Directed by Hans Petter Moland
(“Aberdeen”) from a screenplay by Sabina
Murray. With Nick Nolte (“Hotel Rwanda”),
Bai Ling (“Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow,” “Star
Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith”),
Tim Roth (“Silver City”), Phat Trieu
Hoang (“Three Seasons”), John Hussey
(“Arlington Road”) and Damien Nguyen.
136 min. R: Some language; a crude sexual reference.
May 13 in New York and Los Angeles. Sony Pictures
Thriller about an unscrupulous TV producer who
comes up with a controversial courtroom reality
show on which a criminal defendant must submit
to a live execution if viewers vote him guilty.
Directed by Philippe Martinez from a screenplay
by Tony Clarke and Kristina Hamilton. With Jerry
Springer (“Ringmaster”) as the TV producer,
as well as Armand Assante (“Looking for an
Echo”), Roy Scheider (“The Punisher”),
Raffaello Degruttola (“What a Girl Wants”),
Langley Kirkwood (“In My Country”)
and Justine Mitchell (“Conspiracy of Silence,” “The
Honeymooners”). May 6. IFG.
Spanish-language drama about a Miami-based aspiring
journalist who, eager to land the story of his
career, travels to a small village in Ecuador
to investigate a series of brutal murders. Sebastián
Cordero directs from his own screenplay. With
Damián Alcázar (“The Crime
of Father Amaro”), John Leguizamo (“Assault
on Precinct 13”), Alfred Molina (“Spider-Man
2”), Leonor Watling (“Bad Education”),
José María Yazpik (“Nicotina”)
and Gloria Leyton. Also known as “The Chronicles.” 98
min. R: Violence; a scene of sexuality; language.
May 27. Palm.
Hebrew-language drama about a successful author
who, in search of her free-spirited daughter, travels
to the Sinai Desert coast, where she is inspired
by the musings of a Bedouin storyteller. Directed
by Doran Eran from a screenplay by Hanita Halevy
and Yoav Halevy. With Razia Israeli (“Schindler’s
List”), Juliano Mer (“Kedma”),
Sami Samir (“Yellow Asphalt”), Meital
Dohan and Orli Perl. Flat. 86 min. May 20. Indican.
Macedonian-language drama, set in 1945 Yugoslavia,
about a 12-year-old sent to an “orphanage” labor
camp, where he attempts to resist the Stalinist
state’s ideological re-programming. Based
on the novel by Zhivko Chingo. Directed by Ivo
Trajkov from a screenplay by Vladimir Blazevski.
With Meto Jovanovski (“Before the Rain”),
Nikolina Kujaca (“Welcome to Sarajevo”),
Mitko Apostolovski, Branko Beninov and Risto Gogovski.
Also known as “The Great Flood,” and “Golemata
Voda.” Scope. 93 min. May 13. Picture This.
Glick In La La Wood
Comedy about a fawning, imbecilic entertainment
reporter from Butte, Mont., who becomes embroiled
in a murder mystery while attending the Toronto
Film Festival. Based on the Martin Short character
popularized on Comedy Central’s “Primetime
Glick” TV series. Directed by Vadim Jean
(“Leon the Pig Farmer”) from a
screenplay by the “SCTV”-”Martin
Short Show”-”Primetime Glick” writing
team of Martin Short (TV’s “Saturday
Night Live”), Paul Flaherty (TV’s “Muppets
Tonight!”) and Michael Short (“Speed
Zone”). Those reprising their “Primetime
Glick” roles include Short (“Get
Over It”) as Jiminy Glick and Jan Hooks
(“Simon Birch”) as wife Dixie Glick.
Co-stars include Elizabeth Perkins (“The
Ring Two”), John Michael Higgins (“Blade:
Trinity”), Linda Cardellini (“Scooby
Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed”), Janeane
Garofalo (“Wonderland”) and Corey
Pearson (“Summer Catch”). Steve
Martin, Kevin Kline, Kurt Russell, Jake Gyllenhaal,
Sharon Stone, Susan Sarandon, Forest Whitaker,
Rob Lowe, Kiefer Sutherland and Whoopi Goldberg
contribute cameos. R: Language; crude sexual
content. May 6 limited. MGM.
Drama about a woman who falls for one of her psychiatrist
husband’s hospitalized patients, unaware
that he brutally murdered his wife. Based on the
novel by Patrick McGrath (“Spider”).
Directed by David Mackenzie (“Young Adam”)
from a screenplay by Patrick Marber (“Closer”).
With Natasha Richardson (“Maid In Manhattan”),
Ian McKellen (the “Lord of the Rings” series),
Hugh Bonneville (“Stage Beauty”), Joss
Ackland (“K-19: The Widowmaker”), Marton
Csokas (“The Bourne Supremacy,” “Kingdom
of Heaven”), Sean Harris (“24 Hour
Party People”) and Judy Parfitt (“The
Girl With a Pearl Earring”). R: Strong sexuality;
some violence; brief language. May 13 limited.
Danish-language drama about a married – and
long-presumed-dead – officer in Denmark’s
military who returns home from a U.N. mission
in Afghanistan to find that his irresponsible
younger brother has moved into his house and
assumed many husbandly duties. Susanne Bier (“Open
Hearts”) directs from a screenplay by Anders
Thomas Jensen (“Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself,” “The
Green Butchers”). Connie Nielsen (“Basic”)
stars in her first film from her native country
with Ulrich Thomsen (“Max,” “Kingdom
of Heaven”), Nikolaj Lie Kaas (“The
Idiots”), Bent Mejding, Solbjørg
Højfeldt, Sarah Juel Werner and Rebecca
Løgstrup. 98 min. R: Violence; language;
brief nudity. May 6 limited. IFC.
Episodic ensemble meditation on race relations, set
in Los Angeles, about: An Asian motorist who collides
with a Latina; a white couple carjacked by two black
kids; a redneck who taunts an Iranian shopkeeper;
a white cop who harasses an affluent African-American
couple; and another white cop who kills a black fellow
officer. Screenwriter Paul Haggis (“Million
Dollar Baby”) makes his feature directorial
debut from a screenplay by Haggis and Bobby Moresco.
With Sandra Bullock (“Miss Congeniality 2”),
Don Cheadle (“The Assassination of Richard
Nixon”), Matt Dillon (“City of Ghosts”),
Jennifer Esposito (“Taxi”), Brendan Fraser
(“Looney Tunes: Back in Action”), Thandie
Newton (“The Chronicles of Riddick”),
Ryan Phillippe (“Igby Goes Down”), Daniel
Dae Kim (“Spider-Man 2,” “The Cave”),
Chris “Ludacris” Bridges (“2 Fast
2 Furious”), Loretta Devine (“Woman Thou
Art Loosed,” “King’s Ransom”),
William Fichtner (“Equilibrium,” “The
Longest Yard”) and Tony Danza (“Meet
Wally Sparks”). Scope. 100 min. R: Language;
sexual content; some violence. May 13. Lions Gate.
Drama about an ailing trainer who finds a way
back into the boxing community when he begins
mentoring a talented but self-destructive young
pugilist. Eddie O’Flaherty makes his feature
directorial debut from a screenplay by J.P. Davis.
With Davis, Eddie Jones (“The Terminal”),
Christina Chambers (TV’s “As the
World Turns”), Paul Terrell Clayton (“Dragonfly”),
Don Wallace (“Hell’s Kitchen”),
Diane Tayler and Scot Belsky. 110 min. R: Language;
some sexual content. May 13. IFG.
Dark French-language comedy, set in Paris, about
a washed-up actor who must convince his seriously
ill wife that he has been cast by a famous American
director in a Yiddish version of “Hamlet,” fearful
that less-good news might weaken her health further.
Based on the novel by Daniel Goldenberg. Steve
Suissa directs from a screenplay by Daniel Cohen,
Sophie Tepper and Suissa. With Suissa (“Ronin”),
Cohen (“Kings and Queen”), Stéphane
Freiss (“Alias Betty”), Bérénice
Bejo (“A Knight’s Tale”), Peter
Coyote (“Bon Voyage”), François
Berléand (“The Chorus”) and
Mickaël Sabah (“My Wife Is An Actress”).
Flat. 89 min. May 6 in New York. First Run.
Thriller about a group of young motorists who,
while passing through a small town, encounter killers
who like to coat their victims with wax. A remake
of the 1953 horror classic “House of Wax
3-D.” Commercial director Jaume Serra makes
his feature directorial debut from a screenplay
by Carey & Chad Hayes (TV’s “Baywatch”).
With Elisha Cuthbert (“The Girl Next Door”),
Jared Padalecki (“Flight of the Phoenix”),
Chad Michael Murray (“A Cinderella Story”),
Jon Abrahams (“My Boss’s Daughter”),
Paris Hilton (“Raising Helen”), Damon
Herriman (“Son of the Mask”), Robert
Ri’chard (“Coach Carter”), Emma
Lung (“Garage Days”) and Brian Van
Holt (“S.W.A.T.,” “Man of the
House”). Flat. 110 min. R: Horror violence;
some sexual content; language. May 6. Warner Bros.