V No. 10
publication of the National Association of Theatre Owners
in In Focus
Loose sequel to the 1995 thriller “Jumanji,” this time introducing
an intergalactic board game that integrates itself into the players’ reality.
Based on the novel by Chris Van Allsburg (“Jumanji,” “The
Polar Express”). Directed by Jon Favreau (“Made,” “Elf”)
from a screenplay by John Kamps (“The Borrowers”) and David
Koepp (“Spider-Man,” “Secret Window”). With Tim
Robbins (“War of the Worlds”), Josh Hutcherson (“Kicking & Screaming,” “Little
Manhattan”), Kristen Stewart (“Undertow”), Dax Shepard
(“Without a Paddle”) and Jonah Bobo (“Around the Bend”).
Flat. PG: Fantasy action and peril; some language. Nov. 11. Sony.
Comedy about a chef trying to host the perfect bridal shower – despite
the the secret feelings she harbors for the bride. Trish Doolan
makes her feature directorial debut from her own screenplay. With
Doolan, Maria Cina (“The Amanti Girls”), Randall Batinkoff
(“As Good As It Gets”), Zach Ward (“Resident
Evil: Apocalypse”), Molly Cheek (“A Lot Like Love”),
Samantha Lemole (“Legally Blonde”), Lara Harris (“Demolition
Man”) and Delaina Mitchell (“Vanilla Sky”). Flat.
Oct. 7. Regent.
Good Morning, Night
Italian-language drama about
a conflicted young woman who aids in the 1978
kidnapping and murder of Italian prime minister
Aldo Moro. Based on the book by Anna Laura
Braghetti and Paola Tavella. Written and directed
by Marco Bellocchio. With Maya Sansa (“The
Best of Youth”), Luigi Lo Cascio (“The
Best of Youth”), Roberto Herlitzka (“It’s
Easier For A Camel”) and Giovanni Calcagno.
Also known as “Buongiorno, notte.” Flat.
106 min. Oct. 14. Wellspring.
Drama about a successful
young R&B singer who returns home when
his estranged clergyman father turns ill, only
to discover that it is up to him to help save
the ailing man’s church. Written and
directed by Rob Hardy (“Trois”).
With Boris Kodjoe (“Brown Sugar”),
Keisha Knight Pulliam (“Beauty Shop”),
Omar Gooding (“Baby Boy”), Nona
Gaye (“XXX: State of the Union”)
and Clifton Powell (“Ray”). Flat.
PG: Thematic elements including suggestive
material; mild language. Oct. 7 limited. Sony.
set in New York City, about an 11-year-old
a crush on a slightly older girl he meets
in karate class. Screenwriter Mark Levin
his feature directorial debut from a screenplay
by “Madeline”-”Wimbledon” writing
partner Jennifer Flackett. With Charlie Ray,
Josh Hutcherson (“Kicking & Screaming,” “Zathura”),
Bradley Whitford (“Sisterhood of the
Traveling Pants”), Paul Borghese (“Perfect
Lies”), Josh Pais (“It Runs in
the Family”), Willie Garson (“Just
Like Heaven”), Tonye Patano (“The
Hurricane”), and Cynthia Nixon (“Igby
Goes Down”). Scope. PG: Mild thematic
elements; language; brief action. 90 min.
Oct. 28. Fox.
period drama about a revered master musician
his career against a backdrop of Thailand’s
tumultuous political change. Directed by
Ittisoontorn Vichailak from a screenplay
by Vichailak, Peerasak
Saksiri and Dolkamok Sattatip. With Anuchit
Sapanpong, Sumeth Ong-ard, Phoovarit Phumpuang
and Chumphorn Thepphithak. Also known as “Hom
Rong.” Flat. 104 min. Oct. 7 in San
Jigsaw turns his attention to a new set of
and his elaborate, brutal murder scenarios
attract the attention of a detective named
Eric Mason. A sequel to the 2004 horror hit.
Returnees from part one include screenwriter
Leigh Whannell and actors Dina Meyer (“Star
Trek: Nemesis”), Tobin Bell (“Overnight
Delivery”) and Shawnee Smith (“The
Island”). Newcomers to the franchise
include writer-director Darren Lynn Bousman
and actors Donnie Wahlberg (“Dreamcatcher”),
Beverley Mitchell (“The Crow: City of
Angels”), Franky G (“Wonderland”),
Emmanuelle Vaugier (“Secondhand Lions”),
Erik Knudsen (“The Prizewinner of Defiance,
Ohio”) and Glenn Plummer (“Day
After Tomorrow”). R: Grisly violence
and gore; terror; language; drug content. Oct.
28. Lions Gate.
set on Halloween in West Hollywood, Calif.,
a group of drag queens who conspire to return
reality-show star Anna Nicole Smith’s
kidnapped dog Sugar-Pie. Directed by Lee Friedlander
from a screenplay by Celia Fox. With Jason
London (“Grind”), Antonio Sabato,
Jr. (“Testosterone”), Tim Meadows
(“The Cookout”), Alanna Ubach (“Herbie:
Fully Loaded”), Guillermo Diaz (“The
Terminal”) and Alexis Arquette (“Lords
of Dogtown”). Flat. 92 min. R: Sexual
content. Oct. 28. Indican.
Action thriller, based
on a true story, about a former Ford Agency
turned female bounty hunter. Directed by
Tony Scott (“Enemy of the State,” “Man
on Fire”) from a screenplay by Richard
Kelly (“Donnie Darko”). With
Keira Knightley (“Pure,” “Pride & Prejudice”),
Mena Suvari (“Beauty Shop”),
Lucy Liu (“Kill Bill”), Mickey
Rourke (“Sin City”), Christopher
Walken (“Wedding Crashers”),
Shondrella Avery (“Napoleon Dynamite”),
Dabney Coleman (“Moonlight Mile”),
Jacqueline Bisset (“Latter Days”),
Delroy Lindo (“Sahara”), Macy
Gray (“Around the World in 80 Days”),
Ian Ziering (“Endless Love”)
and Brian A. Green (TV’s “Beverly
Hills 90210”). R: Strong violence;
pervasive language; sexual content/nudity;
drug use. Scope. R: Strong violence; pervasive
language; sexual content/nudity; drug use.
Oct. 14. New Line.
Good Night, and Good Luck
Drama, based on true events,
about CBS news anchor Edward R. Murrow’s
efforts in the 1950s to expose the tactics
employed by U.S. senator Joseph McCarthy. Directed
by George Clooney (“Confessions of a
Dangerous Mind”) from a screenplay by
Clooney and actor Grant Heslov (“The
Scorpion King”). With David Strathairn
(“Twisted”) as Murrow, Robert Downey
Jr. (“Eros,” “Kiss Kiss,
Bang Bang”) as Joe Wershba, Patricia
Clarkson (“Miracle,” “The
Woods,” “The Dying Gaul”)
as Shirley Wershba, Tate Donovan (“The
Pacifier”) as Jesse Zousmer, Robert John
Burke (“Hide and Seek”) as Charlie
Mack, Jeff Daniels (“Because of Winn-Dixie”)
as Sid Mickelson, Reed Diamond (“Spider-Man
2”) as John Aaron, Ray Wise (“Jeepers
Creepers II”) as Don Hollenbeck, Frank
Langella (“House of D”) as William
Paley, Heslov as Don Hewitt and Clooney (“Ocean’s
Twelve,” “Syriana”) as
Fred Friendly. 93 min. PG: Mild thematic
brief language. Oct. 7 in New York and Los
Angeles. Warner Independent Pictures.
Kiss Kiss Bang
an actor who turns private-eye after he begins
discovering a series of female corpses. Screenwriter
Shane Black (“Last Action Hero,” “The
Long Kiss Goodnight”) makes his directorial
debut from his own script. With Robert Downey
Jr. (“Eros,” “Good Night,
and Good Luck”), Val Kilmer (“Mindhunters”),
Michelle Monaghan (“Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” “Syriana”),
Joel Michaely (“Wonderland”), Ali
Hillis (MTV’s “Undressed”),
Kathy Lamkin (“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”),
Vincent Laresca (“Lords of Dogtown”)
and Corbin Bernsen (“Major League: Back
to the Minors”). 102 min. Scope. R:
Language; violence; sexuality/nudity. Oct.
horror thriller about a cameraman who journeys
into the subway tunnels beneath Tokyo to
investigate the legends of spirits who reside
by Takashi Shimizu (“The Grudge”)
from a screenplay by Chiaki Konaka. With
Shinya Tsukamoto, Tomomi Miyashita, Miho
Kazuhiro Nakahara and Shun Sugata (“The
Last Samurai”). Oct. 28. Tartan.
about the Mariinsky Theater, the legendary
opera and ballet venue that has endured through
many of Russia’s numerous political
regimes. Directed by Joshua Waletzky. Featuring
Gergiev, Yevgeny Nikitin, Yulia Makhalina,
George Trypin, Elizabeth Kendall and Placido
Domingo. Oct. 7. First Run.
drama, set in Jerusalem, about a young Orthodox
Jewish man with a criminal past who finds himself
obliged to welcome two old friends who recently
escaped from prison. Directed by Giddi Dar
from a screenplay by Shuli Rand. With Rand,
Michal Bat-Sheva Rand, Shaul Mizrahi and Ilan
Ganani. Flat. 91 min. PG: Mild thematic elements.
Oct. 19. Picturehouse.