Volume VI No. 4
publication of the National Association of Theatre Owners
in In Focus
Mockumentary about three British couples competing
to organize “the most original wedding of the
year.” Written and directed by Debbie Isitt.
With Martin Freeman (“The Hitchhiker’s
Guide to the Galaxy”), Felicity Montagu (“Bridget
Jones’ Diary”), Stephen Mangan (“Birthday
Girl”), and Vincent Franklin (“Vera Drake”).
Flat. R: Nudity; language. May 26 limited. Fox Searchlight.
Drama, set in rural England, about a deranged army
vet seeking violent revenge on the drug dealers
responsible for the molestation and torture of
his developmentally-challenged brother. Directed
by Shane Meadows (“A Room for Romeo Brass,” “Once
Upon a Time in the Midlands”) from a screenplay
by Meadows and actor Paddy Considine (“Cinderella
Man”). With Considine, Gary Stretch (“Alexander”),
Toby Kebbell (“Alexander”), Emily Aston
(“Millions”), Neil Bell (“24
Hour Party People”) and Andrew Shim (“Once
Upon a Time in the Midlands”). 86 min. May
Black comedy about college freshman who gets caught
up in a campus-wide uproar after he feigns homosexuality
to get close to the girl of his dreams. Written
and directed by Ryan Shiraki. With Sam Huntington
(“Sleepover”), Marla Sokoloff (“Sugar
and Spice”), Mike Erwin (“Pretty Persuasion”),
Heather Matarazzo (“Princess Diaries 2: Royal
Engagement”), John Goodman (“Beyond
the Sea”) and Rachel Dratch (“Winter
Passing”). 92 min. May 12. Regent.
The Land of Women
Drama about a Los Angeles TV writer who returns
to Detroit to look after his sickly grandmother,
and finds himself bonding with the family across
the street. TV writer Jonathan Kasdan (“Dawson’s
Creek”) makes his feature directorial debut
from his own script. With Adam Brody (“Mr. & Mrs.
Smith”), Meg Ryan (“Against the Ropes”),
Kristen Stewart (“Zathura”), Olympia
Dukakis (“The Event”), Makenzie Vega
(“Sin City,” “Just My Luck”),
Clark Gregg (“When A Stranger Calls”),
Bret Harrison (“Orange County”), Lindsey
Sloane (“The In-Laws”) and Dustin Milligan
(“Final Destination 3”). May 5 limited.
Warner Independent Pictures.
Comedy, set in Manhattan, about a young woman whose
lifelong streak of good luck ends abruptly when
it’s suddenly transferred to a heretofore
incredibly unlucky young man. Directed by Donald
Petrie (“How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days,” “Welcome
to Mooseport”) from a screenplay by Jonathan
Bernstein, Mark Blackwell, James Greer (“Max
Keeble’s Big Move”) and I. Marlene
King (“Now and Then”). With Lindsay
Lohan (“Herbie: Fully Loaded”), Chris
Pine (“The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement”),
Samaire Armstrong (“Not Another Teen Movie,” “Stay
Alive”), Faizon Love (“Torque”),
Chris Carmack (TV’s “The O.C.”),
Dane Rhodes (“A Love Song for Bobby Long”)
and Makenzie Vega (“Sin City,” “In
the Land of Women”). Also known as “Lady
Luck.” PG-13: Some brief sexual references.
Flat. 102 min. May 12. Fox.
Drama, set in Corpus Christi, Texas, about the
illegitimate son of a Baptist preacher who, fresh
out of the Navy, decides to cause problems for
his biological father. Directed by James Marsh
(“Wisconsin Death Trip”) from a screenplay
by Marsh and Milo Addica (“Monster’s
Ball,” “Birth”). With Gael Garcia
Bernal (“Bad Education”), William Hurt
(“Syriana”), Laura Harring (“The
Punisher”), Pell James (“Undiscovered”)
and Paul Dano (“The Ballad of Jack and Rose”).
Scope. 105 min. May 19. Thinkfilm.
Horror thriller, set in 19th century Tennessee,
about a gothic demon that haunts a teenage girl – and
torments a member of her well-to-do family to death.
Based on the alleged true story chronicled in the
book “The Bell Witch: An American Haunting” by
Brent Monahan (“To Move The World”).
Directed by Courtney Solomon (“Dungeons & Dragons”)
from his own screenplay. With Shauna Shim (“Dogville”),
Donald Sutherland (“Ask the Dust”),
Sissy Spacek (“North Country”), Rachel
Hurd-Wood (“Peter Pan”), James D’Arcy
(“Exorcist: The Beginning”), Thom Fell
and Matthew Marsh. 90 min. May 5. Freestyle.
Da Vinci Code
Thriller about a Harvard symbologist who teams
with a French cryptologist to investigate a cipher
found near the body of the Louvre’s murdered
curator – a cipher that hints at a 2,000-year-old
conspiracy and a secret that could rewrite religious
history. Based on the novel by Dan Brown (“Angels
and Demons”). Directed by Ron Howard (“The
Missing,” “Cinderella Man”)
from a screenplay by Akiva Goldsman (“I,
Robot,” “Cinderella Man,” “Poseidon”).
With Tom Hanks (“The Polar Express”),
Audrey Tautou (“A Very Long Engagement”),
Jean Reno (“The Pink Panther”), Ian
McKellen (“Asylum,” “X-Men:
The Last Stand”), Paul Bettany (“Firewall”)
and Alfred Molina (“Crónicas”).
Scope. May 19. Sony.
British caper comedy about a con man trying to pay
off a large debt by selling the same long-lost
Italian sketch five times. Directed by Richard
Janes from a screenplay by Paul Gerstenberger.
With Tom Chambers, Kate Ashfield (“Pure”),
Matthew Rhys (“What Ever Happened to Harold
Smith?”), Art Malik (“A Kid in King
Arthur’s Court”) and Edward Hibbart
(“Uptown Girls”). 84 min. May 19.
The Dream Begins
Drama about a Latino soccer player who leaves
his hometown of Los Angeles to move to England
and fulfill his dream of going pro. Danny Cannon
(“I Still Know What You Did Last Summer”)
directs from a screenplay by Mike Jeffries and
Adrian Butchart. With Kuno Becker (“Lucía,
Lucía”), Cassandra Bell (“Mindhunters”),
Alessandro Nivola (“Junebug,” “The
Sisters”), Kieran O’Brien (“Tristram
Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story”), Stephen
Dillane (“The Greatest Game Ever Played,” “Haven”)
and Marcel Iures (“The Cave”). Featuring
appearances by Kieron Dyer, Patrick Kluivert,
Wayne Rooney and Alan Shearer. Scope. 121 min.
PG-13: Some sexual content; language; a brief
drug reference. May 12. Buena Vista.
Documentary about former vice president Al Gore’s
mission to raise awareness about what he believes
to be the devastating effects of global warming.
Directed by Davis Guggenheim (“Gossip”).
95 min. May 26 limited. Paramount Classics.
Up With The Steins
Comedy about a boy who decides to use the occasion
of his bar mitzvah to heal the rift between his
father and grandfather. Directed by Scott Marshall
from a screenplay by Mark Zakarin (TV’s “The
L Word”). With Daryl Sabara (the “Spy
Kids” series”), Jeremy Piven (“Two
for the Money”), Garry Marshall (“Orange
County”), Larry Miller (“Kiss Kiss,
Bang Bang”), Cheryl Hines (“Herbie:
Fully Loaded,” “RV”), Daryl Hannah
(“Supercross”), Jami Gertz (“Twister”)
and Doris Roberts (“Grandma’s Boy”).
99 min. May 12. Miramax.