Volume VI No. 10
publication of the National Association of Theatre Owners
in In Focus
Biography of photographer Diane Arbus, whose career creating disturbing portraits
was cut short by her 1971 suicide. Based on the book by Patricia Bosworth.
The “Secretary” team of director Steven Shainberg and screenwriter
Erin Cressida Wilson reunite. With Nicole Kidman (“Bewitched”),
Robert Downey Jr. (“A Scanner Darkly”), Jane Alexander (“The
Ring”), Emily Bergl (“The Rage: Carrie 2”), Emmy Clarke (TV’s “Monk”),
Harris Yulin (“The Emperor’s Club”), Boris McGiver (“The
Pink Panther”), Marceline Hugot (“United 93”) and Ty Burrell
(“Down in the Valley”). R: Graphic nudity; some sexuality; language.
Nov. 17. Picturehouse.
Computer-animated musical, set in Antactica, about
a penguin who cannot sing his breed’s mating
song – but does turn out to be an exceptional
dancer. Directed by George Miller (“Lorenzo’s
Oil,” “Babe: Pig in the City”)
from a screenplay by Miller, Warren Coleman, Judy
Morris (“Babe: Pig in the City”) and
John Collee (“Master and Commander: Far Side
of the World”). Featuring the voices of Hugh
Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Elijah Wood, Elizabeth
Daily, Robin Williams and Brittany Murphy. Nov.
17. Warner Bros.
Drama, based on a true story and the 1981 book
by Clifford Irving (“Final Arguments”),
about how Irving tried in 1971 to sell to McGraw-Hill
a fake “authorized biography” of billionaire
Howard Hughes for $750,000. Directed by Lasse Hallstrom
(“An Unfinished Life,” “Casanova”)
from a screenplay by William Wheeler. With Richard
Gere (“Bee Season”), Alfred Molina
(“The Da Vinci Code”), Marcia Gay Harden
(“American Dreamz”), Julie Delpy (“Broken
Flowers”) and Hope Davis (“The Matador,” “Infamous”).
Flat. R: Language. Nov. 17 limited; wider Nov.
Piano Tuner of Earthquakes
Portuguese- and English-language drama, set in
the 18th century, about a piano tuner who tries
to rescue of an opera singer, who has been kidnapped
by a malevolent doctor determined to turn her into
a musical automaton. Brothers Stephen & Timothy
Quay, longtime creators of animated short subjects
like “The Phantom Museum,” direct from
a screenplay by the Quays and Alan Passes. With
Gottfried John, Amira Casar, Assumpta Serna, César
Saracho and Ljubisa Gruicic. 99 min. Nov. 17 in
New York; Dec. 15 in Los Angeles. Zeitgeist.
Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
The third installment of the popular holiday franchise
has Santa working to keep Christmas safe from
a takeover by Jack Frost. Returnees from parts
one and two include Tim Allen (“Zoom”),
David Krumholtz (“Serenity,” “Bobby,” “Tenacious
D in: The Pick of Destiny”), Eric Lloyd
(“My Giant”), Judge Reinhold (“Homegrown”)
and Wendy Crewson (“Eight Below”).
Returnees from part two include director Michael
Lembeck (“Connie and Carla”), screenwriters
Ed Decter & John J. Strauss (“The
Lizzie McGuire Movie”), and actors Elizabeth
Mitchell (“Running Scared”), Spencer
Breslin (“Zoom”) and Liliana Mumy
(“Cheaper by the Dozen”). Newcomers
include Martin Short (“Jiminy Glick in
La La Wood”) and Ann-Margret (“The
Break Up”). Flat. Nov. 3. Buena Vista.
D in: The Pick of Destiny
Comedy about the formation of rock & roll duo
Tenacious D, the self-proclaimed “greatest
band on Earth.” Directed by Liam Lynch (“Sarah
Silverman: Jesus Is Magic”) from a screenplay
by Lynch, Jack Black and Kyle Gass. Band member/actors
Black (“Nacho Libre”) and Gass (“Elf”)
play themselves opposite David Koechner (“Snakes
on a Plane,” “Let’s Go to Prison”),
Amy Poehler (“Envy”), Tim Robbins (“Zathura,” “Catch
A Fire”), Ben Stiller (“School for
Scoundrels”), Colin Hanks (“King Kong”),
David Krumholtz (“Serenity,” “Bobby,” “The
Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause”), Jason
Segal (“Slackers”), Meat Loaf (“The
Salton Sea”), Ned Bellamy (“Ice Harvest”),
Paul F. Tompkins (“Anchorman”) and
Michael Rivkin (“Men in Black II”).
Scope. Nov. 17. New Line.
Documentary about “the f-word,” its
role, its origin and its controversial nature.
Directed by Steve Anderson (“The Big Empty”).
Featuring comedians Drew Carey, Billy Connolly,
Janeane Garofolo and Bill Maher, writer-director
Kevin Smith, musicians Alanis Morissette and Pat
Boone, actor-rapper Ice-T, adult film star Ron
Jeremy, television producer Steven Bochco, author
Hunter S. Thompson and news anchor Sam Donaldson.
91 min. Nov. 10 in New York and Los Angles. ThinkFilm.
Drama about an Englishman who moves to Provence,
France, to take over an inherited vineyard,
only to clash with an American woman who also
claims ownership of the property. Based on
the novel by Peter Mayle (“A Year in
Provence”). Directed by Ridley Scott
(“Matchstick Men,” “Kingdom
of Heaven”) from a screenplay by Marc
Klein (“Serendipity”). With Russell
Crowe (“Cinderella Man”), Abbie
Cornish (“Somersault,” “Candy”),
Albert Finney (“Ocean’s Twelve”),
Aaron Eckhart (“The Black Dahlia”),
Tom Hollander (“Pirates of the Caribbean:
Dead Man’s Chest”), Valeria Bruni
Tedeschi (“Côte d’Azur”),
Marion Cotillard (“A Very Long Engagement”)
and Freddie Highmore (“Charlie and the
Chocolate Factory”). Scope. PG-13: Language;
some sexual content. Nov. 10. Fox.
Comedy-drama, set at a North England “grammar” school
in the 1980s, about eight gifted, sex-obsessed teens
as they prepare for their college entrance exams.
Based on the 2005 play by former “Beyond the
Fringe” writer-performer Alan Bennett (“A
Question of Attribution”). Directed by Nicholas
Hytner (“Center Stage”) from a screenplay
by Bennett (“A Private Function,” “Prick
Up Your Ears,” “The Madness of King George”).
With Samuel Barnett (“Mrs. Henderson Presents”),
Stephen Campbell Moore (“A Good Woman”),
Dominic Cooper (“I’ll Be There”),
James Corden (“All or Nothing”), Andrew
Knott (“Black Beauty”), Francis de la
Tour (“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”),
Clive Merrison (“Up at the Villa”), Adrian
Scarborough (“Vera Drake”), Penelope
Wilton (“Match Point”) and Richard Griffiths
(the “Harry Potter” series). R: Language;
sexual content. Nov. 22 limited. Fox Searchlight.
Go To Prison
Comedy about a career criminal who exacts revenge
on the son of the judge who sentenced him, manipulating
the innocent man into prison as his cellmate
and engaging him in a game of jailtime one-upmanship.
Screenwriter Bob Odenkirk (“Tenacious D:
The Pick of Destiny”) directs from a screenplay
by Robert Ben Garant & Thomas Lennon (“The
Pacifier,” “Herbie: Fully Loaded”)
and Michael Patrick Jann (TV’s “The
State”). With Dax Shepard (“Idiocracy,” “Employee
of the Month”), Will Arnett (“R.V.”),
Dylan Baker (“The Matador”), Chi
McBride (“Annapolis”), Michael Shannon
(“World Trade Center”) and David
Koechner (“Snakes on a Plane,” “Tenacious
D: The Pick of Destiny”). Flat. R: Language;
sexual content; some violence; drug material.
Nov. 22. Universal.
Thriller about a young woman who comes to believe
she has been reincarnated – and is being
prepared by supernatural forces to avenge her
own murder. Directed by Asif Kapadia from a
screenplay by Adam Sussman. With Sarah Michelle
Gellar (“The Grudge”), Sam Shepard
(“Don’t Come Knocking”),
J.C. MacKenzie (“The Aviator,” “The
Departed”), Adam Scott (“Art School
Confidential”), Katherine Willis (“The
Ringer”), Kate Beahan (“The Wicker
Man”) and Peter O’Brien. Also known
as “Revolver.” Scope. PG-13: Violence;
terror; disturbing images. Nov. 10. Focus.
Comic fantasy about an IRS auditor who comes unglued
when he begins to hear his life being narrated.
Directed by Marc Forster (“Finding Neverland,” “Stay”)
from a screenplay by Zach Helm. With Will Ferrell
(“Talladega Nights”), Dustin Hoffman
(“The Lost City”), Maggie Gyllenhaal
(“Trust the Man”), Emma Thompson (“Nanny
McPhee”), Queen Latifah (“Last Holiday”),
Tony Hale (“R.V.”), Linda Hunt (“Yours,
Mine and Ours”), Tom Hulce (“Frankenstein”)
and Kristen Chenoweth (“R.V,” “Running
with Scissors,” “Deck the Halls”).
Scope. PG-13: Some disturbing images; sexuality;
brief language; nudity. Nov. 10. Sony.