The Early Report for June 19, 2002

A weekly rundown of the upcoming releases.

Bobby G Can’t Swim (Gabriel Films): John Luke Montias wrote, directed and stars in this 1999 feature about a small time dealer in New York’s Hell Kitchen who devises a plan to get himself and his girlfriend out of the city and start a new life for themselves. The film won Montias the Best New Director award at the 1999 AFI Film Festival, and is only now receiving a small theatrical release. Opens at the Quad Cinema in New York on June 21. Rated R for language and drug content, some sexuality and violence. 91 minutes

Dahmer (Peninsula Films): An indie portrait into the mind of a serial killer, with Jeremy Renner as the infamous Jeffrey Dahmer. Oscar nominee Bruce Davison is featured in writer/director David Jacobsen’s film. Opens at the Angelika Film Center in New York and the Laemmle Sunset 5 in Los Angeles on June 21. Rated R for aberrant violence, sexuality, language and some drug use. 100 minutes (approximate)

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 1325 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 3191 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 this sci-fi action adventure based on a story by science fiction writer Phillip K. Dick. Opens on 3001 screens on June 21. Rated PG-13 for violence, brief language, some sexuality and drug content. 144 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 21. Not Rated. 91 minutes. 1.85:1. Sound format: Dobly SR

Skin of Man, Heart of Beast (Leisure Time): A French drama from 1999 about a man who returns to his hometown after a 15-year absence eliciting a suspicious welcome from friends and family. In French with English subtitles. Opens at the Quad Cinema in New York on June 21. Not Rated. 103 minutes

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 10 screens 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

The War Photographer (First Run): 2002 Oscar nominated documentary about the work of James Nachtwey, who has captured some of the most famous war images from the last 25 years. The movie follows two years of his photojournalism work during wars in Indonesia, Palestine and Kosovo. Frei used special mini-cameras attached to Nachtwey’s photo cameras to give the viewer a look into how the photographer finds “the perfect shot”. Opens at Film Forum in New York on June 19. Not Rated. 96 minutes.

Zig Zag (Silver Nitrate): Despite a cast that includes Wesley Snipes, John Leguizamo and Oliver Platt, this drama from Dark City scribe and first time director David Goyer is getting a quick runoff in New York before its video premiere two weeks later. Opens at the Cinema Village in New York on June 21. Rated R strong language and sexual content, elements of drugs and violence

Expanding this week

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

Cherish (Fine Line): Expands to top 10 markets

The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (THINKfilm): Expands to top 35 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 asuccessful 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. 105 minutes. 1.85:1

Harvard Man (Cowboy): Adrian Grenier toplines a cast featuring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Joey Lauren Adams, Rebecca Gayheart and Eric Stoltz about a promising college basketball star who puts his future in jeopardy when he gets involved with a gangster’s daughter. Opens in New York City on June 28. Rated R for drug use, language and some strong sexuality. 105 minutes. 1.85:1

Hey Arnold! The Movie (Paramount): First big screen adventure of Nickelodeon’s animated Arnoldtraditionally 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.

In Praise of Love (Manhattan Pictures): Legendary French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard examines several stories of love. In French with English subtitles. Opens in limited release on June 28. Not rated. 97 minutes. 1.85:1. Sound format: Dolby SR

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 on eight screens 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

Lan Yu (Strand): Liu Ye and Jun Hu star in director Stanley Kwan’s gay romantic drama. In Cantonese with English subtitles. Opens in San Francisco on July 3 with an expansion into New York City on July 26. Not Rated. 86 minutes. 1.85:1

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’sshoes in this remake of the 1930s classic romantic comedy about a young man from New England whosuddenly 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. Opens on six screens in major markets on June 28. Rated R for language and a scene of sexuality. 118 minutes. 1.85:1. Sound formats: Dolby SR and SRD

Read My Lips (Magnolia): Vincent Cassel and Emmanuelle Devos (who beat Amelie‘s Audrey Tatou for a Cesar Award for this role) star in Jacques Audiard?s romantic crime drama about a deaf girl and a crook who provide a tangible need in each other’s lives. Opens in New York City on July 5. Not Rated. 115 minutes. 1.85:1

A Song For Martin (First Look): Writer/director Bille August escapes from the maddening crowd of big budget filmmaking for this Swedish love story about two people who finally meet in mid-life and fall passionately in love, and are determined to hold on to their newfound happiness no matter what. Opens in New York City on June 28. Rated PG-13 for sexuality, thematic elements 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. Roy Anderrson writes and directs this dramatic comedy inspired by poet Caesar Vallego, concerning modern life, religion and humanity. 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: 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

The Importance Of Being Earnerst (Miramax): Expands to 250 theaters

Week of July 12 to 18, 2002

All About Lily Chou Chou (Cowboy): Japanese filmmaker Shunji Iwai’s romantic thriller has been called “an epic story” of teenage life in the age of the Internet. The lives of a group of Japanese teenagers are explored in an intimate, powerful way. A young boy takes refuge from school bullies and parental scrutiny when he enters chatrooms devoted to Lily Chou-Chou, a songstress whose melancholic lyrics and visuals sooth his real life experiences: teenage prostitution, raunchy sex and unexpected death. In Japanese with English subtitles. Opens in New York City on July 12. Not Rated. 146 minutes. 1.85:1

Choice Of Weapons (Outrider Pictures): Documentary featuring a successful fencing academy in Harlem. Opens in New York City on July 12. Not Rated. 80 minutes. 1.85:1

Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course (MGM): Aussie adventurer Steve Irwin has avoided the death-roll and nabbed another feisty croc, hoping to save it from poachers. What Steve doesn’t know is that the crocodile has innocently swallowed a top secret U.S. satellite beacon, and the poachers are actually American special agents sent to retrieve it. An adventure comedy set to open on 2000 plus screens on July 12. Rated PG for action violence/peril and mild language. Running time not known at this writing. 2.40:1. Sound formats: Dolby SR and SRD, DTS, SDDS

Halloween: Resurrection (Dimension): In 1998, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) did what she finally had to do and killed her homicidal brother, the infamous Michael Myers. But a few years later, Laurie is found butchered like a hog in her Californian home. The news spreads to their home town, Haddonfield, that the psychotic Myers isn’t dead while a group of teens decide to do a live webcast from the Myers’ house on Halloween night, a la The Blair Witch Project. And one by one, they start to disappear. Is Michael Myers really dead or has he come back to slaughter the innocent again? Opens on 2000plus screens on July 12. Rated R for strong violence, language, some sexuality and brief drug use. 85 minutes. 2.40:1. Sound formats: Dolby SR and SRD, DTS, SDDS

Last Dance (First Run): Behind the scenes documentary of a stormy collaboration between the iconoclastic dance company, Pilobolus, and legendary author-illustrator Maurice Sendak. Over months ofimprov work in the studio, they transform a haunting holocaust legacy into a compelling, disturbing dance-theater piece. Opens in New York City on July 12. Not Rated. 84 minutes. 1.85:1

Metropolis (Kino): Newly restored reissue of Fritz Lang’s 1927 classic. Opens at Film Forum in New York City on July 12. Not Rated. 147 minutes

My Wife Is An Actress (Sony Pictures Classics): French actor Yvan Atal makes his writing anddirecting debut in this screwball romantic comedy which he created for his wife, Charlotte Gainsbourg. A successful sports writer (Atal) is married to a popular movie star (Gainsbourg), with whom he’s madly in love. The problem is that everyone else in Paris seems to be in love with her too. Her latest film role, opposite John (Terence Stamp), a suave international star, is enough to send Yvan over the edge, devising all kinds of schemes to test his wife?s fidelity. In French with English subtitles. Opens in New York and Los Angeles on July 12. Rated R for language and nudity/sexuality. 93 minutes. 1.85:1

Never Again (Focus): Jill Clayburgh and Jeffrey Tambor star in writer/director Eric Schaeffer’s latest comedy, about two older adults who find love. Opens in New York and Los Angeles on July 12, with additional select markets on July 19. Rated R for strong sexual content including graphic dialogue, and forlanguage. 97 minutes. 1.85:1

Road To Perdition (DreamWorks): Sam Mendes’s follow-up to American Beauty features Tom Hanks as Michael O’Sullivan, a hitman known as The Angel of Death, who with his elder son sets out to avenge the massacre of his wife (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and family. The star cast includes Jude Law, Al Molina, Stanley Tucci and Paul Newman. Opens on 2500 plus screens on July 12. Rated R for violence and language. 119 minutes. 2.40:1. Sound formats: Dolby SR and SRD, DTS, SDDS.

Reign Of Fire (Buena Vista): A new breed of dragon is discovered in the London underground. Within a year, most of humanity has been wiped out, and only a band of fighters lead by Quinn Abercromby (Christian Bale) and Denton Van Zan (Matthew McConaughey) will dare to take back our planet, in this action adventure from X Files director Rob Bowman. Opens in 2000 plus screens on July 12.. Rated PG-13 for intense action violence. Running time not known at this writing. 2.40:1. Sound formats: Dolby SR and SRD, DTS, SDDS

Expanding this week

Dahmer: Expands to Chicago and San Francisco

Me Without You (IDP): Opens in Los Angeles

Lovely And Amazing (Lions Gate): Limited expansion

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