Volume VI No. 2
publication of the National Association of Theatre Owners
in In Focus
I F%!#in’ Shot That!
Documentary capturing a 2004 Beastie Boys concert
at Madison Square Garden, composed almost entirely
of footage shot by 50 fans with handheld Hi-8 cameras.
Directed by Adam Yauch, who directed a number of
Beastie Boys videos, including “Intergalactic,” “Looking
Down the Barrel of a Gun” and “Alive.” March
Mystery about a high school student who sets out
to investigate the death of an old girlfriend,
who had recently fallen in with a substance-abusing
clique of rich kids. Rian Johnson makes his feature
directorial debut from his own screenplay. With
Joseph Gordon-Levitt (“Mysterious Skin”),
Lukas Haas (“Last Days”), Emilie de
Raven (TV’s “Lost,” “The
Hills Have Eyes”), Nora Zehetner (“American
Pie 2”), Noah Segan and Noah Fleiss (“Storytelling”).
Flat. 117 min. R: Violent and drug content. March
24 in New York. Focus.
Chappelle’s Block Party
Documentary about a 2004 comedy-and-music concert
hosted by TV personality Dave Chappelle at a
secret locale in Brooklyn, N.Y. Directed by Michel
Gondry (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless
Mind”). Performers include Kanye West,
Mos Def, Erykah Badu, Dead Prez, Jill Scott,
Big Daddy Kane, The Roots and The Fugees (reunited
onstage for the first time since 1997). Flat.
R: Language. March 3. Focus.
Devil and Daniel Johnston
Documentary about a manic-depressive musician-artist
who recorded much of his life on paper, audiotape
and film. Written and directed by Jeff Feuerzeig.
Featuring Daniel Johnston, Mabel Johnston, Bill
Johnston, Lewis Black and Jeff Tartakov. 110 min.
March 31 in New York and Los Angeles. Sony Pictures
Spanish-language drama about two Mexican adolescents
whose plans for the perfect parent-free day are
disrupted first by a neighbor girl and then by
an inept pizza-delivery man. Directed by Fernando
Eimbcke from a screenplay by Eimbcke and Paula
Markovitch. With Diego Cataño, Daniel Miranda,
Enrique Arreola and Danny Perea. 87 min. R: Language;
some drug content. March 10 in New York and Los
Angeles; wider March 17 and March 24. Warner Independent
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”), Kieran O’Brien
(“9 Songs,” “Tristram Shandy: A
Cock and Bull Story”), Stephen Dillane (“The
Greatest Game Ever Played”) and Marcel Iures
(“The Cave”). Featuring appearances by
Kieron Dyer, Patrick Kluivert, Wayne Rooney and Alan
Shearer. 121 min. PG-13: Some sexual content; language;
a brief drug reference. March 3. Buena Vista.
Comedy, set in Atlanta, about a hotshot hip-hop
roller-skater who falls for a local roller-rink
worker. Veteran music-video director Chris Robinson
directs from a screenplay by Tina Gordon Chism
(“Drumline”), Gina Prince-Bythewood
(“Love & Basketball”), Antwone
Fisher (“Antwone Fisher”) and Joe Robert
Cole. With recording artist T.I., Lauren London,
Mykelti Williamson (“After the Sunset”),
Keith David (“Transporter 2”), Big
Boi (“Idlewild”), Lauren Leah Mitchell
(“Diary of a Mad Black Woman”), Tasha
Smith (“The Whole Ten Yards”) and Jason
Weaver (“The Ladykillers”). Previously
known as “Jellybeans.” March 31. Warner
Instinct 2: Risk Addiction
Murderous author Catherine Tramell takes her
ice pick and heads in search of new victims to
Britain, where she enters into a cat-and-mouse
game with a Scotland Yard psychiatrist. A sequel
to the 1992 thriller. Sharon Stone (“Broken
Flowers”) reprises the role of Tramell.
Newcomers to the franchise include director Michael
Caton-Jones (“City by the Sea”),
screenwriters Henry Bean (“The Believer”)
and Leora Barish (“Desperately Seeking
Susan”), and actors David Morrissey (“Derailed”),
Stan Collymore, Hugh Dancy (“King Arthur”),
Charlotte Rampling (“The Statement”)
and David Thewlis (“Kingdom of Heaven”).
March 31. Sony.
French-language drama about a young man, living off
welfare and petty thievery, who decides to sell his
newborn son on the black market. Written and directed
by Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne (“Rosetta,” “The
Son”). With Jérémie Renier (“Brotherhood
of the Wolf”), Déborah François,
Jérémie Segard, Mireille Bailly (“Rosetta”),
Samuel De Ryck, Stéphane Bissot and Olivier
Gourmet (“Time of the Wolf,” “When
the Sea Rises”). 95 min. March 24 in New York
and Los Angeles. Sony Pictures Classics.
Sea in 3D
Imax documentary about the creatures inhabiting
the ocean’s depths. Directed by Howard
Hall (“Island of the Sharks”).
Narrated by “Finding Neverland” vets
Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet. March 3. Warner
Drama about an aging movie star who abruptly leaves
the Utah set of the Western he’s shooting
to visit his long-estranged mother, who tells him
about a son in Montana he never knew he had. The “Paris,
Texas” team of director Wim Wenders (“Million
Dollar Hotel”) and screenwriter Sam Shephard
(“Simpatico”) reunite. With Shephard
(“Stealth”), Jessica Lange (“Broken
Flowers”), Fairuza Balk (“Personal
Velocity”), Tim Roth (“Dark Water”),
Sarah Polley (“Dawn of the Dead”) and
Eva Marie Saint (“Because of Winn-Dixie”).
125 min. R: Language; brief nudity. March 17 in
New York and Los Angeles. Sony Pictures Classics.
Crime thriller, based on the true story of the
longest mafia trial in U.S. history, about
an accused mobster who chooses to defend himself
in court rather than betray his accomplices.
Directed by Sidney Lumet (“Critical Care,” “Gloria”)
from a screenplay by T.J. Mancini and Robert
McCrea. With Vin Diesel (“The Pacifier”),
Annabella Sciorra (“Chasing Liberty”),
Ron Silver (“Ali”), Peter Dinklage
(“The Baxter”), Michalina Almindo
(“Prime”), Eddie Marrero (TV’s “The
Guiding Light”), Alex Rocco (“The
Wedding Planner”) and Cassandra Hepburn
(“Even Money”). March 17. Freestyle.
Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things
Drama about a young boy pulled from foster care
and sent to live with his unstable and abusive
23-year-old mother. Based on the autobiographical
series of short stories by author JT Leroy. Directed
by Asia Argento from a screenplay by Argento and
Alessandro Magania. With Argento (“Land of
the Dead”), Peter Fonda (“The Limey”),
Cole & Dylan Sprouse (“The Astronaut’s
Wife”), Michael Pitt (“Last Days”),
Kip Pardue (“Undiscovered”), Matt Shulze
(“Torque”), Jeremy Sisto (“A
Lot Like Love”) and Winona Ryder (“Mr.
Deeds,” “A Scanner Darkly”).
Flat. 97 min. R: Intense depiction of child abuse/neglect;
strong sex and drug content; pervasive language;
some violence. March 10 limited. Palm.