Volume VI No. 3
publication of the National Association of Theatre Owners
in In Focus
Satire of politics and show business, centering on
a national obsession – an obsession that reaches
all the way to the White House – with an “American
Idol”-like reality series. Written and directed
by Paul Weitz (“About a Boy,” “In
Good Company”). With Hugh Grant (“Bridget
Jones: The Edge of Reason,”), Dennis Quaid
(“Yours, Mine and Ours”), Mandy Moore
(“Saved”), Marcia Gay Harden (“Bad
News Bears”), Chris Klein (“Just Friends”),
John Cho (“In Good Company”), Judy Greer
(“Elizabethtown”), Jennifer Coolidge
(“Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate
Events,” “Date Movie”), Seth Meyers
(TV’s “Saturday Night Live”), Shohreh
Aghdashloo (“The Exorcism of Emily Rose”)
and Willem Dafoe (“Manderlay,” “Inside
Man”). Flat. PG-13: Brief strong language;
some sexual references. April 21. Universal.
Comedy about three friends who missed out on playing
baseball in their youths and form a three-man
team to compete in the local little league. Directed
by Dennis Dugan (“Saving Silverman,” “National
Security”) from a screenplay by the “Grandma’s
Boy” team of Allen Covert (“Eight
Crazy Nights”) and Nick Swardson (“Malibu’s
Most Wanted”). With David Spade (“Grandma’s
Boy”), Rob Schneider (“Grandma’s
Boy”), Jon Heder (“Just Like Heaven”),
Jon Lovitz (“The Producers: The Movie Musical”),
Adam Sandler (“The Longest Yard”),
Molly Sims (“Starsky & Hutch”)
and Craig Kilborn (“Old School,” “The
Shaggy Dog”). Flat. April 7. Sony.
Death of Mr. Lazarescu
Romanian-language comedy-drama about an aged man
who sees his health steadily deteriorate after
he falls ill and is shuttled – untreated – between
doctors, hospitals and diagnoses. Directed by Cristi
Puiu from a screenplay by Puiu and Razvan Radulescu.
With Ion Fiscuteanu, Doru Ana, Monica Barladeanu,
Doru Boguta, Dragos Bucur and Mimi Branescu. 153
min. April 26. Tartan.
Drama about the doomed passengers aboard the Sept.
11, 2001 United Airlines flight who attempted to
take back their plane from terrorists. Written
and directed by Paul Greengrass (“Bloody
Sunday,” “The Bourne Supremacy”).
With David Rasche (“Just Married”),
Kate Jennings Grant (“Kinsey,” “When
A Stranger Calls”), Leigh Zimmerman (“Proof”),
Alan Basche (“War of the Worlds”),
Susan Blommaert (“Kinsey”), Liza Colón-Zayas
(“Heights”), Rebecca Schull (“Analyze
That”), Corey Johnson (“Hellboy”),
Denny Dillon (“Seven Minutes in Heaven”)
and Marceline Hugot (“Uptown Girls”).
Scope. April 28. Universal.
Comedy-drama about a thirtysomething single woman
whose three best friends are married and much wealthier
than she. Written and directed by Nicole Holofcener
(“Walking and Talking,” “Lovely & Amazing”).
With Jennifer Aniston (“Rumor Has It”),
Joan Cusack (“Ice Princess”), Catherine
Keener (“Capote”), Frances McDormand
(“Aeon Flux”), Scott Caan (“Into
The Blue”), Greg Germann (“Sweet November”),
K.C. Clyde (“The Best Two Years”) and
Bobby Coleman. April 7 in New York and Los Angeles.
Sony Pictures Classics.
Drama about a 32-year-old man who brings home a
14-year-old girl he met on the Internet, only to
discover the girl has a previously undisclosed
agenda. Video director David Slade (Stone Temple
Pilots’ “Sour Girl”) makes his
feature directorial debut from a screenplay by
Brian Nelson (TV’s “JAG”). With
Ellen Page, Patrick Wilson (“Phantom of the
Opera”), Sandra Oh (“Sideways”),
Jennifer Holmes and Gilbert John. Scope. 103 min.
R: Disturbing violent and aberrant sexual content
involving a teen; language. April 14. Lionsgate.
and the Bee
Drama about a talented 11-year-old girl who overcomes
the difficulties of her South Los Angeles environment
to follow her dream of competing in the National
Spelling Bee. Doug Atchison makes his directorial
debut from his own screenplay. With Keke Palmer
(“Barbershop 2: Back in Business”),
Angela Bassett (“Mr. & Mrs. Smith”),
Laurence Fishburne (“Assault on Precinct
13”), Eddie Steeples (“Torque”),
Jeff Marlow, Curtis Armstrong (“Man of
the House”) and Sara Niemietz. Scope. PG:
Some language. April 28. Lionsgate.
Comedy about an art student who realizes the
best route to celebrity status – and the
coed he covets – is posing as a dangerous
criminal. The “Ghost World” team
of director Terry Zwigoff (“Bad Santa”)
and novelist-screenwriter Daniel Clowes reunite.
With Max Minghella (“Syriana”), John
Malkovich (“The Libertine”), Sophia
Myles (“Tristan & Isolde”), Jim
Broadbent (“The Chronicles of Narnia: The
Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”), Anjelica
Huston (“The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou”)
and Chris McKenna (“In & Out”).
R: Language including sexual references; nudity;
a scene of violence. April 28 in New York and
Los Angeles. Sony.
English-, French- and Cantonese-language drama about
a methadone-addicted ex-VJ who – after serving
a 6-month prison term for facilitating her rock-star
husband’s fatal heroin overdose – sets
out to regain custody of her son. Directed by Olivier
Assayas (“Les Destinees,” “Demonlover”)
from a screenplay by Assayas, Malachy Martin and
Sarah Perry. With Maggie Cheung (“2046”),
Nick Nolte (“The Beautiful Country”),
Don McKellar (“The Event”), Beatrice
Dalle (“The Time of the Wolf”) and Remi
Martin (“Les Destinees”). 111 min. R:
Drug content; language; brief nudity. April 14. Palm
Drama about 16-year-old who finds himself running
with a much more affluent crowd when his cocaine-addicted
mother is invited to move onto the estate of
her wealthy, much-older boyfriend. Directed by
Griffin Dunne (“Practical Magic,” “Famous”)
from a screenplay by Dirk Wittenborn. With Diane
Lane (“Must Love Dogs”), Elizabeth
Perkins (“Must Love Dogs”), Donald
Sutherland (“Pride and Prejudice,” “Ask
the Dust”), Kristen Stewart (“Zathura”)
and Anton Yelchin (“House of D”).
Flat. 112 min. R: Language; drug use; sexuality/nudity;
some violence. April 21 limited. Lionsgate.
Drama about three women – one American, one
Israeli and one Palestinian – who are thrown
together by circumstance and become traveling companions
in a remote area of Jordan. Directed by Amos Gitai
from a screenplay by Gitai & Marie-Jose Sanselme.
With Natalie Portman (“Star Wars: Episode
III – Revenge of the Sith,” “V
for Vendetta”), Hana Laszlo, Hiam Abbass
(“Munich”), Carmen Maura, Aki Avni,
Uri Klauzner and Makram Khoury (“Munich”).
90 min. April 7 in New York. New Yorker.
German-language comedy about a young soccer player
who – banned from his team because of his
sexual preference – forms a new, all-homosexual
team to meet his old team in a grudge match. Directed
by Sherry Horman from a script by Benedikt Gollhardt.
Starring Maximilian Brückner, Lisa Maria Potthoff
and Rolf Zacher. 106 min. April 14 limited. Regent.