V No. 10
publication of the National Association of Theatre Owners
in In Focus
Dutch-language thriller about a teen girl who aids
the young, wounded drug mule from Afghanistan she
discovers hiding on her parents’ property.
Directed by Paula van der Oest (“Zus & Zo”)
from a screenplay by Carel Donck. With Laurien Van
den Broeck (“Memory of a Killer”), Hunter
Bussemaker, Andrew Howard (“Heights”)
and Jemma Redgrave (“Acid House”). Scope.
91 min. Nov. 18. Indican.
Drama, set in the early 19th century, about an
opinionated young woman who falls for an arrogant
aristocrat. Based on the novel by Jane Austen (“Sense
and Sensibility,” “Emma”). British
TV miniseries director Joe Wright (“Charles
II: The Power & the Passion”) makes his
feature directorial debut from a screenplay by
Deborah Moggach. With Keira Knightley (“Pure,” “Domino”),
Jena Malone (“The Ballad of Jack and Rose”),
Rosamund Pike (“Die Another Day”),
Donald Sutherland (“Lord of War,” “Fierce
People”), Judi Dench (“Ladies in Lavender”),
Matthew MacFadyen (“The Reckoning”),
Brenda Blethyn (“Beyond the Sea”) and
Tom Hollander (“Stage Beauty”). Scope.
PG: Some mild thematic elements. Nov. 18 limited.
Musical drama about one year in the life of a group
of young, bohemian artists squatting in New York’s
East Village as they struggle with relationships,
ambition, drugs and AIDS. Based on Jonathan Larson’s
Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical.
Written and directed by Chris Columbus (“Harry
Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” “Harry
Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”). With
Rosario Dawson (“The Devil’s Rejects”),
Taye Diggs (“Basic”), Wilson Jermaine
Heredia (“Flawless”), Jesse L. Martin
(“Restaurant”), Idina Menzel (“Just
a Kiss”), Adam Pascal (“School of Rock”),
Anthony Rapp (“A Beautiful Mind”),
Aaron Lohr (“D3: The Mighty Ducks”),
Mackenzie Firgens (“Groove”), Jennifer
Siebel (“Something’s Gotta Give”)
and Tracie Thoms (TV’s “Wonderfalls”).
Scope. Nov. 11 limited. Sony.
Spanish-language comedy, set in 1913, about a pregnant
wife who, with the help of her besotted brother-in-law,
sets out to track down her missing, Freud-obsessed
husband. Directed by Joaquín Oristrell from
a screenplay by Oristrell, Dominic Harari and Teresa
Pelegri. With Leonor Watling (“Cronicas”),
Luis Tosar, Alex Brendemühl, Mercedes Sampietro,
Juanjo Puigcorbé, Ana Rayo and Núria
Prims. Flat. Nov. 11 limited. Regent.
Drama, set in Shanghai just before World War II,
about a blind American diplomat who falls for a
beautiful and enigmatic Russian refugee. Directed
by James Ivory (“The Golden Bowl,” “Le
Divorce”) from a screenplay by Kazuo Ishiguro
(“Saddest Music in the World”). With
(“The Constant Gardener,” “Harry
Potter and the Goblet of Fire”), Natasha
Richardson (“Asylum”), Vanessa Redgrave
(“Crime and Punishment”), Lynn Redgrave
(“Kinsey”), and Madeleine Potter (“The
Golden Bowl”). Flat. Nov. 23 in New York
and Los Angeles. Sony Pictures Classics.
Mine and Ours
Comedy about a widow and a widower who fall in
love and marry – combining his family of
10 kids with hers of eight. A remake of the 1968
comedy, based on the novel by Helen Eileen Beardsley.
Directed by Raja Gosnell (“Big Momma’s
House,” the “Scooby-Doo” series)
from a screenplay by Ron Burch & David Kidd
(“Head Over Heels”) and Bob Hilgenberg
(TV’s “The Munsters Today”) & Rob
Muir (TV’s “USA’s Up All Night”).
With Dennis Quaid (“In Good Company”),
Rene Russo (“Big Trouble”), Rip Torn
(“Dodgeball”), Sean Faris (“Sleepover”),
Jerry O’Connell (“Kangaroo Jack”),
George Lopez (“The Adventures of Shark Boy
and Lava Girl”), Little JJ (“Beauty
Shop”), Linda Hunt (“A Lot Like Love”)
and Dean Collins (“Hoot”). Nov. 23.
Drama, set in Mexico City, about a worldly assassin
who forms a friendship with a suburban couple from
Denver. Richard Shepard (the straight-to-video
titles “Oxygen” and “Mexico City”)
directs from his own screenplay. With Pierce Brosnan
(“After the Sunset”), Hope Davis (“Proof,” “The
Weather Man”), Greg Kinnear (“Bad News
Bears”), Dylan Baker (“Hide and Seek”)
and Maureen Muldoon. Flat. 97 min. Nov. 4 limited.
Drama about a homosexual college student whose
closeted sexual preference comes to threaten
the re-election campaign of his father, a conservative
Republican senator. Directed by Zak Tucker from
a screenplay by Lecia Rosenthal and Ryan Shiraki.
With Matt Newton (“National Lampoon’s
Van Wilder”), Michael Lerner (“Elf”),
Karen Allen (“In the Bedroom”), Ian
Reed Kesler and Jack Noseworthy (“Undercover
Brother”). Flat. 98 min. Nov. 11 limited.
Japanese-language thriller about a group of teens
who discover a way to interact with the dead via
an Internet webcam. Written and directed by Kiyoshi
Kurosawa (“Bright Future”). With Haruhiko
Kato, Kumiko Aso, Koyuki (“The Last Samurai”),
Kurume Arisaka and Shinji Takeda. Also known as “Kairo.” Flat.
Nov. 11 in New York. Magnolia.
Thriller about a career CIA agent tracking terrorists,
an oil exec reeling from a family tragedy and
a U.S. president who elects to declare war. Based
on Robert Baer’s memoir “See No Evil:
The True Story of a Foot Soldier in the CIA’s
War on Terrorism.” Written and directed
by Stephen Gaghan (“Abandon”). With
George Clooney (“Ocean’s Twelve”),
Matt Damon (“The Brothers Grimm”),
Amanda Peet (“A Lot Like Love”),
Greta Scacchi (“Beyond the Sea”),
Christopher McDonald (“Grind”), David
Clennon (“Glory Days”), Gina Gershon
(“Prey For Rock and Roll”) and Michelle
Monaghan (“Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” “North
Country,” “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang”).
R: Violence; language. Nov. 23 limited. Warner
Biographical drama about Johnny Cash, an Arkansas
sharecropper’s son whose bouts with substance
abuse did not prevent him from recording hits like “Folsom
Prison Blues,” “I Walk The Line,” “Ring
of Fire” and “A Boy Named Sue.” Directed
by James Mangold (“Kate & Leopold,” “Identity”)
from a screenplay by Mangold and Gill Dennis. With
Joaquin Phoenix (“Hotel Rwanda”), Reese
Witherspoon (“Just Like Heaven”), Robert
Patrick (“Supercross”), Ginnifer Goodwin
(“Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!”),
Dan Beene (“We Were Soldiers”), Dallas
Roberts (“A Home at the End of the World”),
Larry Bagby (“God’s Army”), Rhoda
Griffis (“Runaway Jury”) and recording
artist Shelby Lynne. Scope. 136 min. Nov. 18. Fox.
Thriller, based on a true story, about three backpackers
in remote Australia who find themselves terrorized
by a serial killer. Greg McLean makes his feature
directorial debut from his own screenplay.
With John Jarratt, Kestie Morassi (“Darkness
Falls”), Cassandra Magrath, Andy McPhee,
Nathan Phillips, Guy Petersen and Jenny Starwall.
Flat. 95 min. Nov. 18. Weinstein.