Volume VI No. 7
publication of the National Association of Theatre Owners
in In Focus
Computer-animated comedy about farm animals who decide to run things when the
farmer is away. Written and directed by Steve Oedekerk (“Kung Pow:
Enter the Fist”). Those lending their voices to the project include
Kevin James, Danny Glover, Courteney Cox, Sam Elliott, Andie MacDowell,
David Koechner and Wanda Sykes. PG: Some mild peril; rude humor. July 28.
Comedy about two American brothers visiting Germany
for Oktoberfest who discover a strange underground
beer cult. The “Broken Lizard” team
behind “Super Troopers” and “Club
Dread,” including writer-director-actor Jay
Chandrasekhar and screenwriter-actors Kevin Heffernan,
Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske, reunite.
Co-stars include Will Forte (“Around the
World in 80 Days”), Mo’Nique (“Phat
Girlz”), Cloris Leachman (“Scary Movie
4”), Nat Faxon (“Club Dread”)
and Eric Christian Olsen (“Cellular”).
Aug. 25. Warner Bros.
Drama about a high-school basketball superstar
trying to decide between a UCLA scholarship and
an NBA contract. Written and directed by Preston
Whitmore (“The Walking Dead”). With
Anthony Mackie (“Freedomland”), Wesley
Jonathan (“Roll Bounce”), Kristen Wilson
(“Walking Tall”), Wayne Brady (“Roll
Bounce”), Eva Pigford (TV’s “America’s
Next Top Model”), Little JJ (“Yours,
Mine and Ours”), Michael Bivins (“Friday
After Next”) and Allen Payne (“The
Perfect Storm”). PG-13: Sexual content; some
language. Aug. 25. Sony.
Dead Or Alive
Actioner, based on the popular video game, about
five female martial artists who come to an exotic
island for a duel to the death. Directed by Corey
Yuen (“The Transporter,” “So
Close”) from a screenplay by J.F. Lawton
(“The Hunted,” “Chain Reaction”)
and Adam & Seth Gross (TV’s “Bill
Nye the Science Guy”). With Devon Aoki (“Sin
City”), Jaime Pressly (“Torque”),
Sarah Carter (“Final Destination 2”),
Holly Valance (TV’s “Prison Break”),
Natassia Malthe (“Elektra”), Robin
Shou (“Mortal Kombat: Annihilation”),
Steve Howey (“Supercross”), Kevin Nash
(“Grandma’s Boy”), Silvio Simac
(“Unleashed”), Brian J. White (“Brick”)
and Eric Roberts (“Phat Girlz”). Aug.
British caper comedy about a con man trying to
pay off a 50,000-pound 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”), Tony Haygarth and
Edward Hibbart (“Uptown Girls”). 84
min. Aug. 18. Indican.
Comedy about a teen who, unable to get accepted
into college per his parents’ wishes, uses
an abandoned psychiatric facility to create his
own faux university. Screenwriter Steve Pink
(“Grosse Pointe Blank,” “High
Fidelity”) makes his feature directorial
debut from a screenplay by Mark Perez (“The
Country Bears”) and Adam Cooper & Bill
Collage (“New York Minute”). With
Justin Long (“The Break-Up”), Blake
Lively (“Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”),
Lewis Black (“The Night We Never Met”),
Anthony Heald (“X-Men: The Last Stand”),
Ann Cusack (“America’s Sweethearts”),
Maria Thayer (“Hitch”), Carla Jimenez
(“Phat Girlz,” “Nacho Libre”),
Katilin Doubleday (“Waiting”), Jay
Harik (“American Dreamz”), Tim Bagley
(“The Day After Tomorrow”), Ross
Patterson (“The New Guy”), Columbus
Short (“War of the Worlds”) and Jonah
Hill (“Click”). Scope. PG-13: Language;
sexual material; drug content. Aug. 11. Universal.
Rich All My Life
Documentary about the Silver Belles, a tap-dancing
troupe of women in their 80s and 90s who met
during the heyday of Harlem nightspots – and
continue to perform today. Directed by Heather
Lyn MacDonald. Featuring Bertye Lou Wood, Cleo
Hayes, Marion Coles, Elaine Ellis, Fay Ray and
Geri Kennedy. 81 min. July 21 in New York; wider
August. First Run.
French-language thriller about a man who falls for
a bridesmaid at his sister’s wedding, only
to discover later that she is a very disturbed individual.
Directed by Claude Chabrol (“Merci Pour le
Chocolat,” “The Flower of Evil”)
from a screenplay by Chabrol and Pierre Leccia. With
Benoît Magimel (“The Flower of Evil”),
Laura Smet (“Gilles’ Wife”), Aurore
Clément (“La Petite Jerusalem”),
Suzanne Flon (“Joyeux Noel”) and Bernard
Le Coq (“Joyeux Noel”). Aug. 4 in New
York. First Run.
Thriller, set in North Carolina, about six female
spelunkers who become trapped two miles underground
with a bizarre tribe of blind, bloodthirsty hominoids.
Written and directed by Neil Marshall. With Shauna
Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza (“The Great
Raid”), Saskia Mulder (“The Beach”),
Nora-Jane Noone (“Ella Enchanted”),
Oliver Milburn (“Me Without You”)
and Alex Reid (“The Honeymooners”).
Scope. 99 min. R: Strong violence/gore; language.
Aug. 18. Lionsgate.
Drama about a Los Angeles man who makes his living
at odd jobs, so as not to interfere with his pursuit
of women, drinking and gambling. Adapted from the
novel by Charles Bukowski (“Post Office”).
Directed by Bret Hamer (“Kitchen Stories”)
from a screenplay by Hamer and Jim Stark. With
Matt Dillon (“Herbie: Fully Loaded,” “You,
Me and Dupree”), Lili Taylor (“The
Notorious Bettie Page”), Marisa Tomei (“Alfie,” “Loverboy”),
Karen Young (“Daylight”), Adrienne
Shelly (“Sleep With Me”) and Fisher
Stevens (“Undiscovered”). 132 min.
R: Language; sexual content. Aug. 18. IFC.