Volume VI No. 2
publication of the National Association of Theatre Owners
in In Focus
Horror thriller about a group of online gamers who start to die off in
real life as their characters do within their game. Directed by William
Brent Bell from a screenplay by Bell and Matthew Peterman. With Frankie
Muniz (“Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London”), Samaire
Armstrong (“Not Another Teen Movie,” “Just My Luck”),
Jon Foster (“The Door in the Floor”), Sophia Bush (“Supercross”),
Milo Ventimiglia (“Dirty Deeds”), Adam Goldberg (“How
to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”), James Haven (“Monster’s
Ball”) and Jimmi Simpson (“Herbie: Fully Loaded”).
Scope. March 24. Buena Vista.
Spanish-language drama about an abused wife
who discovers she still loves the husband
she fled. Directed by Icíar Bollaín
from a screenplay by Bollaín and Alicia
Luna. With Laia Marull, Luis Tosar (“Unconscious”),
Candela Peña (“All About My
Mother”), Nicolás Fernández
Luna (“The Sea Inside”), Sergi
Calleja and Elisabet Gelabert. Flat. 106
min. March 17 in New York. New Yorker.
Dramatic thriller, set in a futuristic, totalitarian
Britain, about a young woman who unexpectedly
becomes the ally of a revolutionary who relies
on terrorist tactics to fight political oppressors.
Based on the graphic novel written by Alan
Moore (“Constantine”). Second
Unit Director James McTeigue (the “Matrix” series, “Star
Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones”)
makes his directorial debut from a screenplay
by Larry & Andy Wachowski (the “Matrix” series).
With Natalie Portman (“Star Wars: Episode
III – Revenge of the Sith”),
Hugo Weaving (the “Matrix” and “Lord
of the Rings” series), John Hurt (“The
Skeleton Key”), Rupert Graves (“Extreme
Ops”) and Stephen Rea (“Breakfast
on Pluto”). R: Strong violence; some
language. March 17. Warner Bros.
German-language coming-of-age drama, set
in a German summer camp, about a teen who
comes to realize he is homosexually attracted
to his best friend and rowing teammate. Directed
by Marco Kreuzpaintner from a screenplay
by Thomas Bahmann and Kreuzpaintner. With
Robert Stadlober (“Enemy at the Gates”),
Jürgen Tonkel (“The Downfall”),
Alicja Bachleda-Curus, Tristano Casanova,
Kostja Ullmann, Miriam Morgenstern and Marlon
Kittel. Also known as “Sommersturm.” Flat.
97 min. March 10. Regent.
You For Smoking
Comedy about an amoral tobacco lobbyist who
is enlisted by the head of the Academy
of Tobacco Studies to thwart a Vermont
senator’s plan to put a skull and
crossbones on every package of cigarettes.
Based on the novel by Christopher Buckley.
Written and directed by Jason Reitman.
With Aaron Eckhart (“Suspect Zero”),
Maria Bello (“A History of Violence”),
Katie Holmes (“Batman Begins”),
Robert Duvall (“Kicking & Screaming”),
William H. Macy (“Sahara”),
Adam Brody (“Mr. & Mrs. Smith”),
J.K. Simmons (“Spider-Man 2”),
David Koechner (“The 40-Year-Old
Virgin,” “Winter Passing”),
Sam Elliott (“Hulk”) and
Rob Lowe (“View from the Top”).
Scope. 92 min. R: Language; some sexual
content. March 17 limited. Fox Searchlight.
Animated fantasy about a group of friends who must journey to defeat the evil
wizard who oppresses them. Directed by Dave Borthwick (“The Secret Adventures
of Tom Thumb”), cinematographer Frank Passingham (“Chicken Run”)
and Jean Duval from a screenplay by Stephane Sanoussi, Raolf Sanoussi and Paul
Bassett, with English-language dialogue by Tad Safran. Featuring the voices of
Ian McKellen, Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams, Bill Nighy, Lee Evans, Joanna Lumley,
Ray Winstone, Jim Broadbent and Tom Baker. Also known as “The Magic Roundabout.” Flat.
Feb. 24. Weinstein.
Comedy about a socially awkward video store
clerk with an encyclopedic knowledge of film
whose life is transformed after the store
fires him and he falls for a pretty downtown
hipster. Written and directed by video store
clerk James Westby. With Melik Malkasian,
Tyler Gannon (“Thumbsucker”),
Tara Walker (“What the #$*! Do We Know!?”),
Leslie Taylor (“What the #$*! Do We
Know!?”), Matt Morris, Jack Ryan and
John Breen. Feb. 10 in New York. First Run.
Episodic Russian-language fantasy-thriller,
set in a present-day Moscow, about a hapless
vampire slayer dealing with an outbreak of
evil. Based on the novel by Sergei Lukyanenko.
Directed by Timur Bekmambetov from a screenplay
by Bekmambetov and Lukyanenko. With Konstantin
Khabensky, Vladimir Menshov, Valeri Zolotukhin,
Mariya Poroshina, Galina Tyunina, Yuri Kutsenko,
Aleksei Chadov, Zhanna Friske, Ilya Lagutenko,
Viktor Verzhbitsky, Rimma Markova and Mariya
Mironova. Also known as “Nochnoy dozor.” Flat.
Feb. 17 limited. 86 min. Fox Searchlight.
|Woman Is The Future
drama about two old friends reuniting for one
night. Written and directed by Sang-soo Hong.
With Ji-tae Yu (“Oldboy,” “Lady
Vengeance”), Dal-su Oh (“Oldboy,” “Lady
Vengeance”), Tae-woo Kim, Ho-jung Kim
and Hyeon-a Seong. Flat. 87 min. Feb. 17. New
Comedy about a thirtysomething man who meets the woman of his dreams – but
comes to suspect she might be part of a scheme his parents have cooked up to
get him to move out of their house. Directed by Tom Dey (“Shanghai Noon,” “Showtime”)
from a screenplay by TV writers Tom J. Astle (“The Tracy Morgan Show”)
and Matt Ember (“Titus”). With Matthew McConaughey (“Two for
the Money”), Sarah Jessica Parker (“The Family Stone”), Zooey
Deschanel (“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” “Winter
Passing”), Katheryn Winnick (“Fabled”), Justin Bartha (“National
Treasure”) and Bradley Cooper (“Wedding Crashers”). Feb. 10.
Young: Heart of
Concert documentary derived from rock legend
Neil Young’s two August 2005 performances
at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.
Directed by Jonathan Demme (“Stop
Making Sense,” “Storefront
Hitchock,” “The Manchurian
Candidate”). Featuring Young, Emmylou
Harris, the Fisk University Jubilee Singers
and Wayne Jackson of the Memphis Horns.
Feb. 10. Paramount Classics.
about a low-level thug who must think fast
when he loses the gun a mobster used to kill
a policeman. Written and directed by Wayne
Kramer (“The Cooler”). With Cameron
Bright (“Birth”), Paul Walker (“Into
the Blue”), Elizabeth Mitchell (“The
Santa Clause 2”), Chazz Palminteri (“Into
the Mix”), Johnny Messner (“Anacondas:
The Hunt for the Blood Orchid”), Michael
Cudlitz (“Forces of Nature”), Ivana
Milicevic (“Just Like Heaven”)
and Vera Farmiga (“The Manchurian Candidate”).
Scope. R: Pervasive strong brutal violence;
language; sexuality; drug content. Feb. 24.