V No. 11
publication of the National Association of Theatre Owners
in In Focus
Comedy about a man who schemes to pay off a crushing debt by pretending
to be developmentally challenged and entering the Special Olympics.
Directed by Barry Blaustein (“Beyond the Mat”) from a screenplay
by Ricky Blitt. With Johnny Knoxville (“The Dukes of Hazzard”),
Katherine Heigl (“Valentine”), Brian Cox (“Red Eye,” “Match
Point”), Steven Chester Prince (“The Alamo”), Jed
Rees (“Galaxy Quest,” “Elizabethtown”), Bill
Chott (“Dude, Where’s My Car?”), Katherine Willis
(“Sin City”), Lauren-Elaine Edleson (“Sin City”),
Zen Gesner (“Fever Pitch”), John Rothman (“Taxi”),
Edward Barbanell and Damian Fannin. Scope. PG-13: Crude and sexual
humor; language; some drug references. Dec. 23. Fox Searchlight.
about a transsexual born-again Christian who
sets out to form a relationship with the son
she never knew she fathered, now a teen hustler
in New York. Written and directed by Duncan
Tucker (“Boys to Men”). With Felicity
Huffman (“Christmas With the Kranks”),
Kevin Zegers (“Dawn of the Dead”),
Fionnula Flannagan (“Four Brothers”),
Graham Greene (“Snow Dogs”) and
Elizabeth Peña (“Tortilla Soup”).
Flat. R: Sexual content; nudity; language;
drug use. Dec. 2. Weinstein.
Drama, set in Shanghai before
World War II, about
a blind American diplomat who falls for a
beautiful and enigmatic Russian refugee.
James Ivory (“The Golden Bowl,” “Le
Divorce”) from a screenplay by Kazuo
Ishiguro (“The Saddest Music in the World”).
With Ralph Fiennes (“The Constant Gardener,” “Harry
Potter and the Goblet of Fire”), Natasha
Richardson (“Asylum”), Vanessa
Redgrave (“Crime and Punishment”),
Lynn Redgrave (“Kinsey”), John
Wood (“The Body”) and Madeleine
Potter (“The Golden Bowl”). Flat.
PG-13: Some violent images and thematic elements.
Dec. 16 in New York and Los Angeles. Sony
Rumor Has It
Comedy about a young woman
who discovers that her parents and grandparents
may have been the inspiration for the novel
on which Mike Nichols’ 1967 comedy “The
Graduate” was based. Directed by Rob
Reiner (“The Story of Us,” “Alex & Emma”)
from a screenplay by Ted Griffin (“Ocean’s
Eleven,” “Matchstick Men”).
With Jennifer Aniston (“Along Came
Polly,” “Derailed”), Greta
Scacchi (“Beyond the Sea,” “Syriana”),
Shirley MacLaine (“In Her Shoes”),
Mena Suvari (“Domino”), Mark
Ruffalo (“Just Like Heaven,” “All
the King’s Men”) and Charlie
Hunnam (“Green Street Hooligans”).
Flat. PG-13: Mature thematic material; sexual
content; crude humor; a drug reference. Dec.
25. Warner Bros.
the Sea Rises
French-language comedy about a
married fortysomething stand-up
comic who, while touring rural towns along
the French-Belgian border, finds herself sharing
a mutual attraction with a flighty young man
she meets on the road. Written and directed
by Yolande Moreau & Gilles Porte. With
Moreau (“Amélie”), Wim Willaert,
Olivier Gourmet, Philippe Duquesne (“A
Very Long Engagement”), Vincent Mahieu
and Jan Hammenecker (“Kings and Queen”).
Also known as “Quand la mer monte ... ” Dec.
23 in New York. New Yorker.
Thriller about two married executives who find themselves blackmailed
by a violent criminal who knows about their affair. Based on the
novel by James Siegel. Mikael Håfström directs from
a screenplay by Stuart Beattie (“Collateral”). With
Clive Owen (“Sin City”), Jennifer Aniston (“Along
Came Polly,” “Rumor Has It”), Melissa George
(“The Amityville Horror”), RZA (“Unleashed”),
Xzibit (“XXX: State of the Union”), Giancarlo Esposito
(“Ali”) and Tom Conti (“Beyond Therapy”).
Scope. R: Strong disturbing violence; language; some sexuality.
Nov. 11. Weinstein.
Comedy about a diverse group of high school
kids who – when their principal
infringes upon what they believe to be
their basic First Amendment freedoms – conspire
to derail her campaign for superintendent.
Veteran TV writer Josh Stolberg (TV’s “Sabrina
the Animated Series”) directs from
a screenplay by Stolberg and actor Andrew
Shaifer (“The Master of Disguise,” “Roomies”).
With Gregory Smith (“American Outlaws”),
Julie Bowen (“Joe Somebody”),
Caitlin Wachs (“Divine Secrets
of the Ya Ya Sisterhood”), Emy
Coligado (“Miss Congeniality 2:
Armed and Fabulous”), Nicole Ritchie
(TV’s “The Simple Life”),
W. Earl Brown (“The Last Shot”),
George Wendt (“Outside Providence”)
and Adam Arkin (“Hitch”).
PG-13: Sexual content; mature thematic
elements; language. Nov. 4. Slowhand.
Period comedy-drama, set during the Restoration,
about the Earl of Rochester, a philanderer
whose poetry was labeled pornographic by
many. Laurence Dunmore makes his directorial
debut from a screenplay by Stephen Jeffreys.
With Johnny Depp (“Charlie and the
Chocolate Factory”), John Malkovich
(“Hitchhiker’s Guide to the
Galaxy”), Samantha Morton (“Enduring
Love”), Tom Hollander (“Stage
Beauty,” “Pride and Prejudice”)
and Rosamund Pike (“Die Another Day,” “Pride
and Prejudice”). Scope. 100 min.
Nov. 23 in New York and Los Angeles. Weinstein.
German-language coming-of-age drama, set in
a summer camp, about a teen who comes to
realize he is attracted to his male best
friend and rowing teammate. Directed by
Marco Kreuzpaintner from a screenplay by
Kreuzpaintner and Thomas Bahmann. With
Robert Stadlober (“Enemy at the Gates”),
Kostja Ullmann, Jürgen Tonkel, Miriam
Morgenstern, Alicja Bachleda-Curus and
Tristano Casanova. 97 min. Nov. 4 limited.