Volume VI No. 12
publication of the National Association of Theatre Owners
in In Focus
Supernatural thriller about a teen – attacked
and left for dead – who finds himself
caught in limbo, invisible to the living
and racing to find his body before it dies.
Directed by David Goyer (“Blade: Trinity”)
from a screenplay by Mick Davis (“Modigliani”).
With Justin Chatwin (“War of the Worlds”),
Michelle Harrison (“Capote”),
Callum Keith Rennie (“Blade: Trinity”),
Chris Marquette (“The Girl Next Door,” “Alpha
Dog”) and Marcia Gay Harden (“American
Dreamz”). PG-13: Violence, criminality,
sensuality, language – all involving
teens. Jan. 26. Buena Vista.
Comedy about a young man who returns to his
hometown in an effort to stop his long-divorced
mother from marrying the old high school
gym teacher – a man notorious for having
made many a student, including the protagonist,
tremendously unhappy. Craig Gillespie makes
his directorial debut from a screenplay by
Michael Carnes and Josh Gilbert. With Billy
Bob Thornton (“School for Scoundrels”),
Seann William Scott (“The Dukes of
Hazzard”), Susan Sarandon (“Elizabethtown”),
Melissa Sagemiller (“The Guardian”),
Amy Poehler (“Envy,” “Tenacious
D in: The Pick of Destiny”), Kurt Fuller
(“The Pursuit of Happyness”),
M.C. Gainey (“Beerfest”) and
Ethan Suplee (“Clerks 2,” “The
Fountain”). Jan. 19. New Line.
Stomp The Yard
Drama about a troubled young street dancer
who is wooed at his new college by two rival
fraternities, both of which want him to help
win a national dancing competition. Directed
by Sylvain White from a screenplay by Robert
Adetuyi (“Turn it Up”). With
Columbus Short (“Accepted”),
Meagan Good (“Waist Deep”), Brian
J. White (“Brick,” “DOA:
Dead or Alive”), Courtney B. Vance
(“D-Tox”), April Clark (“ATL”),
Harry J. Lennix (“Ray”) and Angela
Bassett (“Akeelah and the Bee”).
Previously known as “Steppin.’” PG-13:
A scene of violence; some sexual material;
language. Jan. 12. Sony.
about the 1963-65 Frankfurt Auschwitz trials,
a 20-month series of proceedings that saw
death camp survivors accuse SS officers
taking part in mass murder. Directed by
Rolf Bickel and Dietrich Wagner. Jan. 12
York. First Run.
Russian-language drama about a little boy
in an isolated, run-down orphanage in Russia
who is adopted by an Italian family. Directed
by Andrei Kravchuk from a screenplay by Andrei
Romanov. With Nikolai Reutov, Denis Moiseenko,
Sasha Sirotkin, Olga Shuvalova, Polina Vorobieva,
Dima Zemlyanko and Kolya Spiridonov. 97 min.
PG-13: Some violence; sexual content; language;
thematic issues. Jan. 19. Sony Pictures Classics.
Actioner, set in North America around the year
1000, about a Viking boy, left behind after
a skirmish with the Native Americans, who
is raised by the tribe and eventually leads
them in battle against the returning Vikings.
A remake of the 1987 Norweigan film of the
same name. Directed by Marcus Nispel (“Texas
Chainsaw Massacre”) from a screenplay
by Laeta Kalogridis (“Alexander”).
With Karl Urban (“Doom”), Moon
Bloodgood (“A Lot Like Love”),
Russell Means (“29 Palms”), Jay
Tauare (“Cold Mountain”), Nathaniel
Arcand (“Elektra”), Ralf Moeller
(“The Scorpion King”) and Clancy
Brown (“The Hurricane”). Scope.
R: Strong brutal violence throughout. Jan.
Romantic drama about a poet trying to win the
heart of a young publisher by competing in
a slam poetry contest. TV writer E. Paul
Edwards (“Knight Rider,” “21
Jump Street”) makes his feature directorial
debut from his own screenplay. With Jeff
Stearns, Tara D’Agostino, Fred Willard
(“For Your Consideration”), C.
Thomas Howell (“The Keeper: The Legend
of Omar Khayyam”), Dominic Comperatore
and Edward Albert (“The Work and the
Glory”). Jan. 12. Indican.
The true story of the hunt for the Zodiac Killer, a never-captured serial murderer
who terrorized the San Francisco Bay Area between 1966 and 1978, taunted local
law enforcement officials and claimed credit for 37 murders. Based on the books "Zodiac" and "Zodaic
Unmasked" by Robert Graysmith ("Auto Focus: The Murder of Bob Crane").
Directed by David Fincher ("Fight Club," "Panic Room")
from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt ("Basic," "The Rundown").
With Jake Gyllenhaal ("Brokeback Mountain") as Graysmith, Mark Ruffalo
("All the King’s Men") as detective Dave Toschi, Brian Cox
("Running with Scissors") as attorney Melvin Belli, and Robert Downey,
Jr. ("A Scanner Darkly," "Fur") as investigating reporter
Paul Avery. Also with Anthony Edwards ("The Forgotten"), Clea DuVall
("The Grudge"), John Getz ("Curly Sue"), Adam Goldberg
("Déjà Vu"), Zach Grenier ("Pulse," "Rescue
Dawn"), Pell James ("The King"), Elias Koteas ("The Greatest
Game Ever Played"), Donal Logue ("The Groomsmen"), John Carroll
Lynch ("Looking For Comedy in the Muslim World"), Dermot Mulroney
(“The Family Stone”), Chloe Sevigny (“Manderlay”),
Ione Skye (“Fever Pitch”), John Terry (“The Big Green”),
Tom Verica (“Flags of Our Fathers”) and Charles Fleisher (“Permanent
Midnight”). Scope. R: Some strong killings; language; drug material;
brief sexual images. Jan. 19. Paramount.
Coming-of-age drama about the friendship
that develops between a young, vulnerable
pitcher and a gruff, alcoholic umpire. Written
and directed by James Ponsoldt. With Nick
Nolte (“Peaceful Warrior”), Trevor
Morgan (“The Prize Winner of Defiance,
Ohio”), Timothy Hutton (“Last
Holiday,” “The Good Shepherd”),
Sally Kirkland (“Adam & Steve”),
Johnathan Tchaikovsky (TV’s “Rescue
Me”), Sonia Feigelson, Whitney Bashor
and Peter Van Wagner (“Hollywood Ending”).
R: A crude sexual remark. Dec. 1 in New York.