The Early Report for June 5, 2002

A weekly rundown of the upcoming releases.

Week of June 7 to 13, 2002

Atanarjuat (Lot 47): The first film ever made by the Inuit people of Northern Canada, and winner of the 2001 Cannes Film Festival Golden Camera. A mystical drama about two brothers and their lives in the frozen tundra. Opens on two screens in New York On June 7. Expands to select cities on 6/21. Not Rated. 172 Minutes. 1.85:1. Sound: Dolby SR

Bad Company (Buena Vista): Joel Schumacher, the second worst filmmaker in the world, gets to see how the other half lives, directing Chris Rock and Anthony Hopkins in this testosterone fueled action comedy from Jerry Bruckhemier Productions. Opens in 2750 plus theatres on June 7. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violent action, some sensuality and language. 117 minutes. 2.40:1. Sound formats: Dolby SR and SRD, DTS, SDDS

Cherish (Fine Line): Robin Tunney and Tim Blake Nelson star in writer/director Finn Taylor’s self-described “musical/comedy/thriller” which was well received at Sundance earlier this year. Tunney stars as a 1980s music obsessed young woman who is placed under house arrest after a DUI conviction. Opens on six screens in New York and Los Angeles on June 7. Expands 6/14 and 6/21. Rated R for language. 100 minutes. 1.85:1

Divine Secrets Of The Ya Ya Sisterhood (Warner Bros.): Thelma and Louise writer Callie Khouri gets to finally try her hand at directing, with this adaptaion of the wildly popular chick book whichhas spawned nationwide Ya-Ya groups. If you get to pop your directing cherry, it’s best to do it with a cast that includes Ellen Burstyn, Ashley Judd, Maggie Smith, Shirley Knight, Fionnula Flanagan, Jacqueline McKenzie, Sandra Bullock, Ron Eldard and James Garner. Opens on 2300 plus screens on June 7. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, language, and brief sensuality. 116 minutes. 2.40:1. Sound formats: Dolby SR and SRD, SDDS, DTS

Ivan’s XTC (Artistic License): Bernard Rose’s digital DIY modern day adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s Death of Ivan Ilyich. Danny Huston, son of John Huston, stars as the titular Hollywood agent who must undergo the most important transition of his life totally alone. Opens at New York’s Village East and Los Angeles’ Fairfax theatres on June 7. Not Rated. 90 minutes. 1.85:1. Sound Format: Dolby SR

Mama Africa (Wellspring Media): Documentary which tells several stories of modern Africa, by women, about women. Opens in New York on June 7. Not Rated. 95 minutes. 1.85:1. Sound format: Dolby SR

30 Years To Life (Keystone): Tracy Morgan stars in writer/director Melissa Middleton’s dramatic romcom about a group of African-American friends on the verge of turning 30. Limited release on June 7. Not Rated. 100 minutes. 1.85:1. Mono sound

Expanding this week

Secret Society (First Run): New York City’s Quad Cinemas on June 7. Not Rated. 98 minutes. 1.85:1. Sound format: Dolby SR

The Next Big Thing (Castle Hill): Opens in Los Angeles on June 7. Rated R. 116 minutes. 1.85:1. Sound format: Dolby SR

Late Marriage (Magnolia): Expands to select markets on June 5. Not Rated. 100 minutes. 1.85:1. Sound format: Dolby SR

Week of June 14 to 20, 2002

The Bourne Identity (Universal): Kung-Fu Matt Damon and Franka Potente kick some ass in Doug Liman’s long delayed adaptation of Robert Ludlum’s first Jason Bourne novel. Opens on 2000 plus screens on June 14. Rated PG-13 for violence and some language. 113 minutes. Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1. Sound formats: Dolby SR and SRD, SDDS, DTS

Cinema Paradiso: The New Version (Miramax): The original director’s cut of Giuseppe Tornatore’s 1990 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner, with 51 minutes of footage new to American audiences. Opens in New York and Los Angeles on June 14. Rated R for some sexuality. 173 minutes. 1.85:1. Mono Sound

The Dangerous Lives Of Altar Boys (THINKfilm): Jodie Foster produced and costars in this surreal mix of drama, comedy and animation (by Todd McFarlane), which features Kieran Culkin and Jena Malone as students of a catholic school who survive their time through their love of a sacrilegious comic book. PeterCare makes his feature directing debut. Opens in New York and Los Angeles on June 14. Rated R for language, sexual content and youth substance use. 105 minutes. 1.85:1. Sound format: Dobly SR, SRD and SRD-EX

The Emperor’s New Clothes (Paramount Classics): Ian Holm plays both Napoleon Bonaparte and his double, Eugene Lenormand, in this adaptation of Simon Keys’ 1991 novel The Death of Napoleon, which hypothesizes that Napoleon did not die during his exile on the island of St. Helena. High Fidelity‘s Iben Hjejle costars in this dramedy from director Alan Taylor. Opens in limited release on June 14. Rated PG for brief language. 107 minutes. 1.85:1. Sound formats: Dolby SR and SRD

Gangster #1 (IFC): Malcolm McDowell, David Thewlis and A Beautiful Mind‘s Paul Bettany star in Paul McGuigan’s English crime drama. Opens in New York City on June 14. Rated R for strong brutal violence, pervasive language and brief drug use. 103 minutes. 1.85:1. Sound formats: Dolby SR and SRD

Harvard Man (Cowboy): Adrian Grenier plays a Harvard basketball player (in a role originally written for Leonardo DiCaprio a decade ago) who throws his natural talents away on drugs and alcohol. Sarah Michelle Gellar, Joey Lauren Adams and Eric Stoltz costar in writer/director James Toback’s drama. Opens in New York City on June 14. Rated R for drug use, language and some strong sexuality. 105 minutes. Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1. Sound formats: Dolby SR and SRD

Scooby-Doo (Warner Brothers): Matthew Lillard, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze, Jr.and Linda Cardellini star in the big screen adaptation of the popular cartoon. Opens on 2500 plus screens on June 14. Rated PG for some rude humor, language and some scary action. 87 minutes. 1.85:1. Sound formats: Dolby SR and SRD, SDDS, DTS

Windtalkers (MGM): Nicolas Cage, Adam Beach and Christian Slater lead John Woo World War II drama about the Navajo code talkers. Opens on 2000 plus screens on June 14. Rated R for pervasive graphic war violence and for language. 133 minutes. 2.40:1. Sound formats: Dolby SR and SRD, SDDS, DTS

Expanding this week

Bartleby (Outrider Pictures): Comedy. Select markets. Expand 5/31 & 6/7. Comedy. Rated PG-13. 82 minutes. 1.85:1. Sound format: Dolby SR

Cherish (Fine Line): Expands to top ten markets

Week of June 21 to 27, 2002

Juwanna Mann (Warner Bros.): Miguel A. Nunez, Jr. stars as Jamal Jeffries, an NBA star who is banned for life from the league, who reinvests himself as Juwanna Mann so he can play in the WNBA. Also features Tommy Davidson, Vivica A. Fox, Ginuwine, Lil’ Kim and Kevin Pollak. Opens on 2000 plus screens on June 21. Rated PG-13 for language and sex-related material. 91 minutes. 1.85:1. Sound formats: Dolby SR and SRD, SDDS, DTS

Lilo And Stitch (Buena Vista): Disney animators Chris Sanders and Dean Deblois makes their directing debuts with their self-penned story of Lilo, a little girl in Hawaii who adopts what she thinks is a dog but is actually an alien from another galaxy. Opens on 2500 plus screens on June 21. Rated PG for mild sci-fi action. 85 minutes. 1.85:1. Sound formats: Dolby SR and SRD, SDDS, DTS

Minority Report (20th Century Fox): Tom Cruise and director Steven Spielberg team up for the first time for thissci-fi action adventure based on a story by science fiction writer Phillip K. Dick. Opens on 3000 plus screens on June 21. Rated PG-13 for violence, brief language, some sexuality and drug content. 140 minutes. 2.40:1. Sound formats: SR and SRD, DTS

Mr. Smith Gets A Hustler (Outrider Pictures): Larry Feldman and Larry Pine (not from The Three Stooges) star in this indie drama concerning a man who has lost everything and a hustler with nothing to lose. Directed by Ian McCrudden. Opens in New York City on June 14. Not Rated. 91 minutes. 1.85:1. Sound format: Dobly SR

Sunshine State (Sony Pictures Classics): John Sayles turns his focus on a group of “natives” of a small Florida island who fight back when a group of developers try to convert their homes to golf courses, hotels and strip malls. Sayles has assembled a top-notch cast including Angela Bassett, Eddie Falco, Miguel Ferrer and Timothy Hutton. Opens in New York and Los Angeles on June 21. Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, a sexual reference and thematic elements. 141 minutes. 1.85:1. Sound format: SDDS

Expanding this week

Cinema Paradiso: The New Version (Miramax): Expands to top 10 markets

Cherish (Fine Line): Expands to select markets

Week of June 28 to July 4, 2002

The First $20 Million Is Always The Hardest (20th Century Fox): Adam Garcia, Rosario Dawson and Enrico Colantoni star in Mick Jackson’s adaptation of Po Bronson’s 1997 semi-fictional novel about a successful Silicon Valley marketing executive decides to chuck his high-powered lifestyle, perfect girlfriend, fancy apartment and Jaguar when he realizes that he wants to produce something useful: the first$99 computer. Opens in New York and Los Angeles on June 28. Rated PG for language and sexual content. Running time unknown at this writing. 1.85:1

Hey Arnold! The Movie (Paramount): First big screen adventure of Nickelodeon’s animated Arnold traditionally animated cartoon. Opens on 2000 plus screens on June 28. Rated PG for some thematic elements. 78 minutes. 1.85:1. Sound formats: Dolby SR and SRD, DTS

Like Mike (20th Century Fox): Young rapper Lil Bow Wow makes his screen debut as an orphan who becomes an NBA star after finding an old pair of Nikes with “MJ” written on the tongue. Opens on 2000 plus screens on July 3. Rated PG for brief mild language. 100 minutes. 1.85:1. Sound formats: Dolby SR and SRD, DTS

Lovely And Amazing (Lions Gate): Brenda Blethyn, Jake Gyllenhaal, Catherine Keener and Dermot Mulroney star in Nicole Holofcener’s latest, following the lives of three sisters who have nothing in common. Opens in New York and Los Angeles on June 28, expands July 12. Rated R for language and nudity. 92 minutes. 1.85:1. Sound formats: Dolby SR and SRD

Me Without You (IDP): Michelle Williams puts her Dawson’s Creek character behind to play Holly, who makes a new friend in Marina (Anna Friel) during a long, hot summer in seventies London in this coming of age drama. Opens in New York City on June 28. Not yet rated. Running time unknown at this writing. 1.85:1. Sound format: Dolby SR

Men In Black II (Columbia): The sequel to 1997’s top film. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones continue to fight the scum of the universe. Opens on 3300 plus screens on July 3. Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence and some provocative humor. 82 minutes. 1.85:1. Sound formats: Dolby SR and SRD, SDDS, DTS

Mr. Deeds (Columbia): Cast: Adam Sandler attempts to fill Gary Cooper’s shoes in this remake of the 1930s classic romantic comedy about a young man from New England who suddenly inherits a large fortune, who humble small town background is often at constant odds with the big bad city. Opens in 2500 plus screens on June 28. Rated PG-13 for language including sexual references, and some rear nudity. 91 minutes. 1.85:1. Sound formats: Dolby SR and SRD, SDDS, DTS

Notorious C.H.O. (Wellspring Media): Comedian Margaret Cho’s second concert film. Opens in Los Angeles on June 28, expands to New York and San Francisco on July 3. Not Rated. 95 minutes. 1.85:1. Sound format: Dolby SR

The Powerpuff Girls (Warner Bros.): The origin of the Powerpuff Girls is retold and expanded upon in their first big screen adventure. Opens on 2000 plus screens on July 3. Rated PG. Running time unknown at this writing. 1.85:1. Sound formats: Dolby SR and SRD, SDDS, DTS

Pumpkin (MGM): Christina Ricci toplines this story of a vain sorority girl who falls in love with a handicapped student in this teen romantic comedy. Limited release on June 28. Rated R for language and a scene of sexuality. 118 minutes. 1.85:1. Sound formats: Dolby SR and SRD

A Song For Martin (First Look): Writer/director Bille August returns to his native Sweden for this love story about two people who finally meet in mid-life and fall passionately in love, and are determined to hold on to their newfoundhappiness no matter what. Opens in New York City on June 28. Rated PG-13 for sexuality, thematicelements and some language. 119 minutes. 1.85:1. Sound format: Dolby SR

Songs From The Second Floor (New Yorker): Our second Swedish-language release of the week. RoyAnderrson writes and directs this dramatic comedy inspired by poet Caesar Vallego, concerning an extended family with many secrets to hide from one another. Opens in New York City on June 28. Not rated. 98 minutes 1.85:1. Sound format: Dolby SR

Expanding this week

Cinema Paradiso: The New Version (Miramax): Expands to top 20 markets

The Cockettes (Strand Releasing): Documentary about an avant-garde 1970s transsexual punk band expands from San Francisco opening on May 10 to New York City. Not Rated. 100 minutes. 1.85:1. Sound format: Dolby SR

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