Volume VI No. 5
publication of the National Association of Theatre Owners
in In Focus
Portuguese-language drama, set in the split-level
Brazilian city of Salvador de Bahia, about two petty
hustlers whose lifelong friendship is threatened
when they both fall in love with the same beautiful
prostitute. Directed by Sergio Machado from a screenplay
by Machado and Karim Ainouz. With Alice Braga (“City
of God”), Lázaro Ramos (“The Man
Who Copied”), Wagner Moura (“Woman on
Top”), Olga Machado, Harildo Deda and José Dumont.
Flat. 98 min. June 14. Palm.
Comedy about a young priest who dons a mask and
cape and enters the world of Mexican wrestling
to save a monastery from financial ruin. Directed
by Jared Hess (“Napoleon Dynamite”)
from a screenplay by Jared Hess & Jerusha
Hess (“Napoleon Dynamite”) and Mike
White (“The Good Girl,” “School
of Rock”). With Jack Black (“King
Kong”), Peter Stormare (“The Brothers
Grimm”), Carla Jimenez (“Phat Girlz”)
and Lauro Chartrand (“Annapolis”).
Flat. June 16. Paramount.
Spanish-language comedy, set in Madrid, about a
Jewish girl who introduces her Palestinian boyfriend
to her family. Written and directed by Dominic
Harari & Terese de Pelegri. With Guillermo
Toledo, Marián Aguilera, Norma Aleandro,
María Botto and Fernando Ramallo. 89 min.
June 9. Magnolia.
Drama about a conservative Republican senator who
wants to bring his son, a closeted homosexual,
into his re-election campaign. Directed by Zak
Tucker from a screenplay by Lecia Rosenthal and
Ryan Shiraki. With Matt Newton (“Van Wilder”),
Michael Lerner (“When Do We Eat?”),
Karen Allen (“In the Bedroom”), Ian
Reed Kesler and Jack Noseworthy (“Phat Girlz”).
98 min. June 16 limited. Regent.
Comedy-drama about an adult homosexual who raises
the suspicions of neighborhood moms when he befriends
children at a local park. Actor Peter Paige (TV’s “Queer
as Folk”) makes his feature directorial debut
from his own screenplay. With Paige, Kathy Najimy
(“Rat Race”), Lisa Edelstein (“Daddy
Day Care”), Melanie Lynskey (“Shattered
Glass”), Anthony Clark (“The Rock”),
Robert Blanche (“Thumbsucker”), Jim
Ortlieb (“Dirty”) and Gabrielle Union
(“The Honeymooners”). 91 min. R: Some
language. June 23. TLA.
The Man of Steel returns to Earth following a 6-year absence to discover that
Lois Lane is now a mother, and the forces of evil have grown more powerful than
ever. Directed by Bryan Singer (“X-Men,” “X2”) from a
screenplay by Michael Dougherty (“X2”) and Dan Harris (“X2,” “Imaginary
Heroes”). With Brandon Routh (TV’s “One Life to Live”)
as Clark Kent, Kate Bosworth (“Bee Season”) as Lois Lane, Sam Huntington
(“Sleepover,” “Freshman Orientation”) as Jimmy Olsen,
Frank Langella (“Good Night, and Good Luck”) as Perry White, James
Marsden (“The Notebook,” “X-Men: The Last Stand”) as
Richard White, Eva Marie Saint (“Because of Winn-Dixie”) as Martha
Kent, Kevin Spacey (“Beyond the Sea”) as Lex Luthor, and Marlon Brando
(“The Score”) as Jor-El. Also with Parker Posey (“Blade: Trinity”),
Peta Wilson (“The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”) and Kal Penn
(“A Lot Like Love”). Scope. PG-13: Some intense action violence.
June 30. Warner Bros.
Drama about a woman who overcompensates for her
own lonely childhood by stifling her son with
a nearly all-consuming love. Actor Kevin Bacon
(“Beauty Shop,” “Where the
Truth Lies”) makes his feature directorial
debut from a screenplay by Hannah Shakespeare.
With Kyra Sedgewick (“The Woodsman”),
Campbell Scott (“The Exorcism of Emily
Rose”), Marisa Tomei (“Alfie”),
Blair Brown (“Dogville”), Jessica
Stone (“Failure to Launch”) and Oliver
Platt (“Casanova”). Flat. 87 min.
June 2. Thinkfilm.
Mostly Unfabulous Life of Ethan Green
Comedy about a homosexual man who, as his ex-boyfriend
tries to sell his home out from under him,
falls for a recently uncloseted ex-ballplayer.
Based on the comic strip of the same name by
Eric Omer. Second-unit director George Bomber
(“Men in Black II,” “Dodgeball”)
makes his first-unit directorial debut from
a screenplay by David Vernon. With Daniel Letterle
(“Camp”), Ramon De Ocampo (“XXX:
State of the Union”), David Monahan (“Something
New”) and Scott Atkinson (“Windtalkers”).
88 min. June 9. Regent.
Remake of the 1976 horror classic about an American
diplomat who comes to believe his son is the
Antichrist. Directed by John Moore (“Behind
Enemy Lines,” “Flight of the Phoenix”)
from a screenplay by Dan McDermott. With Liev
Schreiber (“The Manchurian Candidate”),
Julia Stiles (“The Bourne Supremacy”),
David Thewlis (“Basic Instinct 2: Risk
Addiction”), Mia Farrow (“Reckless”),
Pete Postlethwaite (“The Constant Gardener”)
and Michael Gambon (“Harry Potter and the
Goblet of Fire”). Flat. June 6. Fox.
Drama about a college gymnast whose life is altered
following a gas-station encounter with a philosopher
who ultimately convinces him that happiness
is more important than victory. Based on the
best-selling, semi-autobiographical book “Way
of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book that Changes
Lives” by Dan Millman (“The Life
You Were Born To Live”). Directed by
Victor Salva (“Jeepers Creepers,” “Jeepers
Creepers 2”) from a screenplay by Kevin
Bernhardt. With Scott Mechlowicz (“Mean
Creek”), Nick Nolte (“The Beautiful
Country,” “Clean”), Amy Smart
(“Just Friends”), Agnes Bruckner
Paul Wesley (“Roll Bounce”) and
Beatrice Rosen (“Chasing Liberty”).
Flat. PG-13: Sensuality; sex references; accident
scenes. June 2. Lionsgate.
Comedy set backstage of the long-running radio
program, which is leaving the air because its host
theatre has been scheduled for demolition. Directed
by Robert Altman (“Gosford Park,” “The
Company”) from a screenplay by real-life “Prairie
Home Companion” writer/host Garrison Keillor.
With Keillor, Lindsay Lohan (“Herbie: Fully
Loaded,” “Just My Luck”), Meryl
Streep (“Prime,” “The Devil Wears
Prada”), Lily Tomlin (“I Heart Huckabees”),
Kevin Kline (“The Pink Panther”), Maya
Rudolph (“50 First Dates”), Woody Harrelson
(“North Country”), L.Q. Jones (“The
Mask of Zorro”), Virginia Madsen (“Firewall”)
and John C. Reilly (“Dark Water”).
105 min. PG-13: Risqué humor. Scope. June
Comedy about an adult who re-enrolls at her old high school after 30 years of
hard living as a drop-out. A feature version of the 1999 Comedy Central TV series.
Paul Dinello, who directed episodes of the series, makes his feature directorial
debut. Stephen Colbert (TV’s “The Colbert Report”), Amy Sedaris
(TV’s “Exit 57”) and Dinello (TV’s “Exit 57”),
who all scripted episodes of the series, contribute the movie’s screenplay.
Actors reprising their TV roles include Sedaris (“Stay”), Colbert
(“Bewitched”), Dinello (“Plump Fiction”), Deborah Rush
(“American Wedding”) and Maria Thayer (“Storytelling”).
Newcomers to the franchise include Sarah Jessica Parker (“Failure to Launch”),
Philip Seymour Hoffman (“Capote,” “Mission: Impossible 3”),
Matthew Broderick (“The Producers: The Movie Musical”), Allison Janney
(“The Chumscrubber”), Justin Theroux (“The Baxter”),
Jonah Bobo (“Zathura”) and Ian Holm (“Lord of War”).
Flat. 90 min. June 28 in New York and Los Angeles. Thinkfilm.