Volume VI No. 12
publication of the National Association of Theatre Owners
in In Focus
Comedy about a small-town entrepreneur who
convinces his friends to star in his porn film. Screenwriter
Michael Traeger (“Dead Man on Campus”)
makes his feature directorial debut from his own
script. With Jeff Bridges (“Tideland”),
Tim Blake Nelson (“Hoot”), William Fichtner
(“Ultraviolet”), Patrick Fugit (“Saved!”),
Glenne Headly (“Eulogy”), Jeanne Tripplehorn
(“Swept Away”), Brad Garrett (“The
Pacifier”) and Ted Danson (“Mumford”).
Formerly known as “The Moguls.” 100 min.
R: Sexual content; language. Jan. 19. Bauer-Martinez.
Balls of Fury
Comedy about a down-and-out former table-tennis champion
who enters the seedy world of underground ping
pong tournaments to find the man who killed his
father. Directed by Ben Garant (TV’s “Reno
911!”) from a screenplay by Garant & Thomas
Lennon (“The Pacifier,” “Herbie:
Fully Loaded,” “Let’s Go to Prison,” “Night
at the Museum”). With Dan Fogler (“School
for Scoundrels”), Maggie Q (“Mission:
Impossible III”), Aisha Tyler (“The
Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause”), Jenny
Robertson (“Joe the King”), George
Lopez (“Yours, Mine and Ours”), Patton
Oswalt (“Failure to Launch”) and Christopher
Walken (“Man of the Year”). Jan. 26.
Drama, based on a true story, about a 23-year-old
Long Beach, Calif., English teacher who inspired
her “at-risk” students to participate
in a journal project – one designed to facilitate
tolerance and a desire to continue their educations
beyond high school. Based on “The Freedom
Writers Diary: How a Group of Extraordinary Teens
Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World
Around Them.” Written and directed by Richard
LaGravenese (“Living Out Loud”). With
Hilary Swank (“The Black Dahlia”),
Imelda Staunton (“Nanny McPhee”), Patrick
Dempsey (“Sweet Home Alabama”), Scott
Glenn (“Buffalo Soldiers”), April Hernandez,
R&B artist Mario and Robert Wisdom (“Haven”).
Flat. PG-13: Violent content; some thematic material;
language. Jan. 12. Paramount.
Korean-language horror thriller about a family coping
with a massive mutant tadpole-like creature attacking
the people of Seoul. Directed by Joon-ho Bong from
a screenplay by Bong Chul-hyun Baek and Jun-won
Ha. With Kang-ho Song (“Lady Vengeance”),
Hie-bong Byeon, Ah-sung Ko, Hae-il Park and Du-na
Bae (“Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance”).
Also known as “Gwoemul.” 118 min. Jan.
Drama about a impromptu kidnapping gone
horribly wrong, loosely based on the true story
James Hollywood. Written and directed by Nick Cassavetes
(“The Notebook”). With Emile Hirsch
(“Lords of Dogtown”), Justin Timberlake
(“On the Line”), Mandy Moore (“American
Dreamz”), Bruce Willis (“16 Blocks,” “Fast
Food Nation”), Kevin Costner (“The
Guardian”), Dominique Swain (“New Best
Friend”) and Sharon Stone (“Basic Instinct
2: Risk Addiction,” “Bobby”).
117 min. R: Pervasive drug use and language; strong
violence; sexuality; nudity. Jan. 12. Universal.
Arthur and the Invisibles
Animated/ live-action adventure about a boy who attempts
to save his grandfather’s house by locating
a fabled treasure in a mystical land. Written and
directed by Luc Besson (“The Fifth Element,” “The
Messenger”). Featuring the voices of Madonna,
Snoop Dogg, David Bowie, Freddie Highmore and Mia
Farrow. Jan. 12. Weinstein.
Catch and Release
Romantic comedy-drama about a woman who grows close
to the best friend of her late fiancé. Screenwriter
Susannah Grant (“Erin Brockovich,” “In
Her Shoes”) makes her feature directorial
debut from her own screenplay. With Jennifer Garner
(“Elektra”), Timothy Olyphant (“The
Girl Next Door”), Fiona Shaw (“The
Black Dahlia”), Juliette Lewis (“Aurora
Borealis”), Michael Karl Richards (“Deck
The Halls”), Nicole Leroux (“The Core”),
Sam Jaeger (“Lucky Number Slevin”),
Georgia Craig (“Sisterhood of the Traveling
Pants”), Joshua Friesen (TV’s “Reunion”),
Nancy Hower (TV’s “Star Trek: Voyager”),
Kevin Smith (“Clerks 2”), Kyla Anderson
(“Rat Race”) and Sonja Bennett (“Where
the Truth Lies”). Scope. PG-13: Sexual content;
language; some drug use. Jan. 26.
Animated comedy about a young princess who heads
a resistance effort designed to defeat her stepmother,
who is leading a group of evildoers bent on taking
over the land of fairy tales. Directed by Paul
J. Bolger from a screenplay by Robert Moreland
(the straight-to-DVD movie “Ground Control”).
Featuring the voices of Sarah Michelle Gellar,
Freddie Prinze, Jr., Sigourney Weaver, Michael
McShane, Joe Polito, Andy Dick, Wallace Shawn and
George Carlin. Flat. Jan. 5. Lionsgate.