Volume VI No. 10
publication of the National Association of Theatre Owners
in In Focus
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 (“Miami
Vice”), Alex Brendemühl, Mercedes Sampietro, Juanjo Puigcorbé,
Ana Rayo and Núria Prims. R: Sexual content including dialogue;
some drug material. Nov. 17 limited. Regent.
Spanish-language comedy about a dead woman
who returns as a ghost to comfort her daughters
and resolve the issues she couldn’t
attend to in life. Written and directed by
Pedro Almodóvar (“Talk to Her,” “Bad
Education”). With Penélope Cruz
(“Sahara”), Lola Dueñas
(“The Sea Inside”), Carmen Maura
(“Free Zone”), Yohana Cobo, Chus
Lampreave (“Talk to Her”), Antonio
de la Torre and María Isabel Díaz.
111 min. R: Some sexual content; language.
Nov. 3 in New York and Los Angeles. Sony
Drama, set in Apartheid-era South Africa, about a cat-and-mouse “game” played
by an aging white cop and a young black terrorist. Directed by Phillip Noyce
(“Rabbit-Proof Fence,” “The Quiet American”) from a screenplay
by Shawn Slovo (“Captain Corelli’s Mandolin”). With Tim Robbins
(“Zathura,” “Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny”), Derek
Luke (“Glory Road”), Robert Hobbs and Bonnie Mbuli. Also known as “Hotstuff.” Scope.
Oct. 27. Focus.
Romantic drama about parents who come into
each other’s lives as they tote
their kids to the local playgrounds and
pools. Based on the novel by Tom Perrotta
(“Election”). Directed by
Todd Field (“In the Bedroom”)
from a screenplay by Field and Perrotta.
With Jennifer Connelly (“Dark Water”),
Kate Winslet (“Finding Neverland,” “All
the King’s Men”), Patrick
Wilson (“Hard Candy,” “Running
with Scissors”), Noah Emmerich
(“Cellular”), Ty Simpkins
(“War of the Worlds,” “All
the King’s Men”), Jennifer
Ehle (“Possession”), Trini
Alvarado (“Paulie”), Sarah
Buxton (“Don’t Tell Mom The
Babysitter’s Dead”), Katie
Wolf (“Private Parts”) and
Jackie Earle Haley (“All the King’s
Men”). Scope. Oct. 6 in New York
and Los Angeles . New Line.
The macabre master torturer Jigsaw gets help
from an apprentice in the third installment
of the successful horror-thriller franchise.
Returnees from the first two films include
screenwriter Leigh Whannell and actors Tobin
Bell (“Overnight Delivery”),
Dina Meyer (“Star Trek: Nemesis”)
and Shawnee Smith (“The Island”).
Returnees from part two include director
Darren Lynn Bousman. Newcomers to the franchise
include actors Angus Macfadyen (“Equilibrium”),
Alan Van Sprang (“Land of the Dead”)
and Bahar Soomekh (“Mission: Impossible
III”). Oct. 27. Lionsgate.
Danish-language comedy-drama about an angry
woman who begins
a tentative relationship with her neighbor,
a pre-operative transsexual. Directed by Pernille
Fischer Christensen from a screenplay by Christensen
and Kim Fupz Aakeson. With David Dencik, Trine
Dyrholm (“The Celebration”), Frank
Thiel, Elsebeth Steentoft (“Italian for
Beginners”), Claes Bang and Jakob Ulrik
Lohmann. 103 min. Oct. 27 in New York. Strand.
of the Month
Comedy about two best friends who work together
in a big-box warehouse store – and
find themselves competing to impress the
attractive new cashier who fancies ambitious
men. Screenwriter Greg Coolidge (“Sorority
Boys”) makes his feature directorial
debut from a screenplay by Coolidge and Don
Calame & Chris Conroy. With Jessica Simpson
(“The Dukes of Hazzard”), Dax
Shepard (“Idiocracy”), Dane Cook
(“Waiting”), Efren Ramirez (“Crank”),
Sean Whalen (“The Last Shot”),
Andy Dick (“The Hebrew Hammer”),
Tim Bagley (“Accepted”), Harland
Williams (“Because of Winn-Dixie”)
and Danny Woodburn (“Death to Smoochy”).
PG-13: Crude and sexual humor; language.
Oct. 6. Lionsgate.
Drama about the struggle that arose between
British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Queen
Elizabeth II over arranging a suitable public
mourning following the 1997 death of Princess
Diana. Directed by Stephen Frears (“Dirty
Pretty Things,” “Mrs. Henderson
Presents”) from a screenplay by Peter
Morgan (“The Last King of Scotland”).
With Helen Mirren (“Shadowboxer”),
Michael Sheen (“Underworld: Evolution”),
James Cromwell (“The Longest Yard”),
Sylvia Syms (“What a Girl Wants”),
Elliott Levey and Gavin Park. Flat. PG-13:
Brief strong language. Sept. 30 in New York;
expands Oct. 6 and Oct. 13. Miramax.
sexually graphic ensemble drama, set in New
York, about – among other things – a
pair of homosexuals who decide to “open
up” their relationship, a dominatrix
with intimacy issues, and a woman desperate
to experience her first orgasm. Written and
directed by John Cameron Mitchell (“Hedwig
and the Angry Inch”). With Raphael Barker,
Shanti Carson, Jay Brannan, Lindsay Beamish,
Paul Dawson (“The Big Kahuna”),
Daniela Sea (TV’s “The L Word”)
and PJ DeBoy. Flat. 102 min. Oct. 6 in New
York; wider Oct. 13 and Oct. 20. ThinkFilm.
an adolescent city girl who moves to her father’s
farmhouse in the country after her mother dies
of a heroin overdose. Based on the novel by
Mitch Cullin (“Branches”). Directed
by Terry Gilliam (“Fear and Loathing
in Las Vegas,” “The Brothers Grimm”)
from a screenplay by Tony Grisoni (“Fear
and Loathing in Las Vegas,” “Brothers
of the Head”). With Jodelle Ferland (“Silent
Hill”), Jeff Bridges (“Stick It”),
Brendan Fletcher (“R.V.”), Janet
McTeer (“The King is Alive”) and
Jennifer Tilly (“Saint Ralph”).
Scope. 122 min. Oct. 13 in New York. ThinkFilm.