A weekly rundown of the upcoming releases.
Opens August 7, 2002
The Good Girl (Fox Searchlight): Miguel Arteta and Mike White, who teamed on the indie hit Chuck and Buck have reunited for this comedy which was a big hit at Sundance this year. A young married woman’s mundane life takes a turn for the worse when she strikes up a passionate and illicit affair with an odd-ball discount store stock boy, who thinks he’s Holden Caulfield. Jennifer Aniston attempts to stake out a post-Freinds career, with the help of the two newest cool kids of cinema, Zooey Deschanel and Jake Gyllenhaal, and indie demi-gods Tim Blake Nelson and John C. Reilly. Opens in limited release on August 7. Rated R for sexuality, some language and drug content. 93 minutes. 1.85:1. Sound formats: Dolby SR and SRD
Spy Kids 2: The Island Of Lost Dreams (Miramax): The Spy Kids, Carmen and Juni Cortez, are on their newest mission, to a distant island where they take on a mysterious man and his imaginative creatures. Opens on 2,300 plus screens on August 7. Rated PG. 90 minutes. 1.85:1. Sound formats: Dolby SR and SRD, SDDS, DTS
Week of August 9 to 15, 2002
Biggie and Tupac (Lions Gate): Celebrated British Documentarian Nick Broomfield, who has previously focused his camera on Kurt Cobian and Courtney Love, turns his eye towards the unsolved murders of two of rap music’s biggest stars, Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur. Opens in New York City, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Baltimore and Philadelphia on August 9. Rated R for language. 107 minutes. 1.85:1
Bloodwork (Warner Brothers): Clint Eastwood does his actor/producer/director thing again, this time playing a former FBI profiler who has recently undergone a heart transplant comes out of retirement to track down the serial killer who recently began killing victims with the former agent’s blood type. Opening on 2400 plus screens on August 9. Rated R for violence and language. 111 minutes. 2.40:1. Sound formats: Dolby SR and SRD, SDDS, DTS
The Chateau (IFC Films): Two estranged American brothers inherit a French chateau, only to wind up in a battle with the French servants who run it. The brothers plan to sell the estate for a fortune, but the staff is under the impression they inherited the estate not the Yanks. One of the plethora of swiftly shot films on digital video. In English and French with English subtitles. Opens in limited release on August 9. Rated R for strong language. 92 minutes. 1.85:1
Secret Ballot (Sony Picture Classics): On election day in an extremely remote area in Iran, a soldier is assigned to work with a female pollster as they seek out voters. In Persian with English subtitles. Opens in New York City and Los Angeles on August 9. Rated G. 123 minutes.
24 Hour PartyPeople (MGM/UA): British filmmaker Michael Winterbottom’s look at the Manchester music scene, through the eyes of Tony Wilson, the real life local TV news reporter who, after witnessing a life-changing concert by an unknown band called the Sex Pistols, makes a series of personal decisions that lead to the creation of the legendary Factory Records label, which changed the music industry forever. Opens on one screen in New York City on August 9. Rated R for strong language, drug use and sexuality. 117 minutes. 1.85:1. Sound formats: Dolby SR and SRD
XXX (Sony/Columbia/Revolution): Vin Diesel stakes his claim as the action hero of the new generation, starring as Xander “XXX” Cage, a notorious underground thrill seeker who has been untouchable by the law. Once caught, he is forced by an NSA Agent played by Samuel L. Jackson to cooperate with the government to infiltrate an underground Russian crime ring and avoid going to prison. Opens on 2500 plus screens on August 9. Rated PG13 for violence, non-stop action sequences, sensuality, drugcontent and language. Running time unknown at this writing. 2.40:1. Sound formats: Dolby SR and SRD, SDDS, DTS
Expanding this week
The Kid Stays In The Picture (Focus Features): Expands to select markets
Week of August 16 to 22, 2002
The Adventures Of Pluto Nash (Warner Bros.): The long delayed Eddie Murphy sci-fi comedy may finally see the light of a projector after all. 85 years from now, the moon has been colonized, and a businessman finds himself in hot water when he refuses to sell his nightclub to the local mob, who are helping the mysterious Rex Crater mastermind a plan to take over the moon. Opens on 2500 plus screens on August 16. Rated PG13 for violence, sexual humor and language. 96 minutes. 1.85:1. Sound formats: Dolby SR and SRD, SDDS, DTS
Beauty And The Beast (Cowboy): Another rerelease of Jean Cocteau’s definitive version of the fabled classic tale, which has captivated film audiences worldwide for fifty five years with its poetic beauty and visual effects. In black and white, and in French with English subtitles. Opens at the Film Forum in New York on August 9. Not rated. 93 minutes. 1.85:1
Blue Crush (Universal): The Surf Girls Of Maui go nutzoid, as they try to prove to the men of the beach they can handle themselves in the Rip Masters surf competition. Michelle Rodriguez leads the way with Kate Bosworth and Matthew Davis. Opens on 1800 plus screens on August 16. Rated PG13 for sexual content, teen partying, language and a fight. 103 minutes. 1.85:1. Sound formats: Dolby SR and SRD, SDDS, DTS
The Isle (Empire Pictures): On a remote lake somewhere in South Korea, men go for fishing vacations on anchored rafts. Running the small business and providing food and bait is the no-nonsense, semi-feral woman, who also charges for extra favors when the males get bored with fishing. One raft renter is a young fugitive from the law to whom the woman takes a silent fancy and gradually the two enter into a violently possessive relationship. In Korean with English subtitles. Open in New York City on August 16. Not rated. 89 minutes. 1.85:1. Sound format: Dolby SR.
The Last Kiss (Thinkfilm) Italian comedy about a couple who, after happily living together forthree years, gets a shakeup when the young woman discovers she is pregnant. The news also impacts her mother, who after 29 years of marriage, suddenly realizes she will be a grandmother and laments that her youth seems to have slipped away. Opens in New York and Los Angeles on August 16. Rated R for language, sexuality and some drug use. 115 minutes. 1.85:1
Mostly Martha (Paramount Classics): The head chef for an upscale restaurant finds her kitchen, and her world, fall apart when the owner brings in a flamboyant, fun-loving Italian sous chef (Sergio Castellitto) to help her deal with the pressure. In German with English subtitles. Opens in New York City on August 16. Expand to the top ten markets on August 23. Additional expansions on August 30 and September 13. Rated PG for thematic material and mild language. 107 minutes. 1.85:1. Sound formats: Dolby SR and SRD
One Hour Photo (Fox Searchlight): Robin Williams takes another turn to the dark side as Sy, a lonely photo lab technician who slowly beings to obsess about a young suburban family. Open in New York City on August 21. Select expansion on August 23, September 6 and September 13. Rated R for sexual content and language) – 96 minutes. Flat. SR, SRD, DTS
Possession (Focus Features): Acclaimed filmmaker Neil LaBute tries his hand at British sublime comedy. Gwyneth Paltrow and Aaron Eckhart star as two researchers in London studying the lives of married poets from years long past, who discover a collection of love letters from the husband to wife. They follow a trail of clues across England to the Continent, echoing the journey of the impassioned couple a century earlier. Opens in select markets on August 16. Expands on August 30. Rated PG-13 for sexuality and some thematic elements. 102 minutes. 2.40:1. Sound formats: Dolby SR and SRD
Satin Rouge (Zeitgeist): A widowed Tunisian seamstress takes an unlikely journey of self-discovery when she becomes drawn to an exotic nightclub, striking up a friendship with one of the dancers, eventually taking the stage herself. In Arabic with English subtitles. Opens in New York City on August 16. Not rated.100 minutes. 1.85:1. Sound formats: Dolby SR and SRD
Expanding this week
The Business Of Fancy Dancing (Outrider): Opens in Seattle. Not rated. 103 minutes. 1.85:1. Dolby SR.
The Kid Stays In The Picture (Focus Features): Expands to select markets.
Merci Pour Le Chocolat: Expands to five screens in Los Angeles
Week of August 23 to 29, 2002
Amy’s Orgasm (Magic Lamp Releasing): Indie writer/director Julie Davis also goes in front of the camera for the first time, to play Amy Mandell, a bestselling self-help author whose advice about love and relationships has proved influential and made her a popular voice for women. However, despite her stated philosophy that women should be able to be happy without male support, she really wants to be with a man. To her horror, she finds herself attracted to an abrasive, sexist radio talk-show host while she publicizes her latest book. Opens at New York’s Angelica Film Center on August 23. Expands to Los Angeles on August 30. Not Rated. 87 minutes. 1.85:1. Sound format: Dolby SR
How I Killed My Father (New Yorker): A successful gerontologist living in the wealthy Parisian suburb of Versailles finds his world overthrown by the unexpected arrival of his long estranged father. In French with English subtitles. Opens in New York City on August 23. Expands to Los Angeles on September 13. Not rated. 100 minutes. 1.66:1. Sound format: Dolby SR
In Praise Of Love (Manhattan): Jean-Luc Godard’s seventieth film in fifty years features the usual play on reality he has become famous for. This time, his cameras are focused on Edgar, a filmmaker who is planing a new production. Edgar meets Elle and is sure that she will be perfect for the lead role but there is something strangely familiar about her. In flashback, we learn that Edgar and the girl met two years earlier when Edgar visited the house of an elderly couple who survived the Nazi occupation, wishing to sell their story to Hollywood. Elle is the old couple’s granddaughter and helping her relatives to make money from their suffering. In French with English subtitles. Opens in New York City on August 23. Expands to Los Angeles on September 6. Not Rated. 97 minutes. 1.66:1. Sound format: Dolby SR
Lawless Heart (First Look): Shocked by the death of a friend, three men decide to put their lives in perspective in this indie romantic comedy/drama. Opens in New York and Los Angeles on August 23. Rated R for strong sexuality/nudity and language. 86 minutes. 1.85:1. Sound format: Dolby SR
Little Secrets (IDP): A plucky pre-teen sets up a booth in her backyard every Wednesday, which attracts the guilty young souls of the neighborhood. General wackiness ensues when the normally trustworthy secret keeper suddenly finds it difficult to keep all of her neighbors’ secrets to herself. Opens in limited release on August 23. Rated PG for thematic elements. 95 minutes. 1.85:1. Sound format: Dolby SR.
Serving Sara (Paramount): A glib, jaded ex-lawyer becomes a process server who falls in love with a woman who he serves divorce papers to, in this comedy starring Matthew Perry and Elizabeth Hurley. Opens on 1,500 plus screens on August 23. Rated PG13 for crude humor, sexual content and language. 100 minutes. 1.85:1. Sound formats: Dolby SR and SRD, DTS
Simone (New Line): A contemporary satire of Hollywood, Simone is the story of a disillusioned director, played by Al Pacino, who creates the first totally believable synthetic actress. However, swept up by her success, including a major singing career, the producer cannot bear to admit his fraud to the world or to himself. Opens on 1800 plus screens on August 23. Rated PG13 for some sensuality. 117 minutes. 2.40:1. Sound formats: Dolby SR and SRD, DTS, SDDS
Expanding this week
Lan Yu: Opens in Los Angeles
Merci Pour Le Chocolat: Opens at the Music Box in Chicago
Possession: Expands into major markets
Week of August 30 to September 5, 2002
Comedian (Miramax): Shortly after the end of his eponymous sitcom, Jerry Seinfeld got married, had a daughter and took a year-long comedy tour. Director Christian Charles, who has worked with Seinfeld on his American Express commmercials, took a crew on the road to document the behind the scenes happenings of the tour. Colin Quinn, Chris Rock and Garry Shandling appear at themselves. Seinfeld’s post-sitcom on-stage routine was already documented in the HBO special, Jerry Seinfeld: I’m Telling You for the Last Time. Opens at New York City’s Landmark Sunshine Cinemas on August 30. Rated R for language. 104 minutes. 1.85:1.
fear dot com (Warner Brothers): Stephen Dorff, Natascha McElhone, Stephen Rea and Jeffrey Combs head the all-minor star cast in William Malone’s thriller about a police detective and a health examiner who suspect a series of gruesome murders may be attributed to the victims’ shared visits to a web site called Fear.com. Opens on 2,200 plus screens on August 30. Rated R for violence including grisly images of torture, nudity and language. 98 minutes. 2.40:1. Sound formats: Dolby SR and SRD, SDDS, DTS.
Mad Love (Sony Pictures Classics): In 1496, a fleet sets sail for Flanders. Its mission: to carry Princess Joan to the court at Brussels where she is to be wed to the monarch later to be known as Philip the Handsome. Sparks fly at their first meeting. One look is enough to touch off mutual attraction and uncontrollable desire. They forget their political obligations and abandon themselves to their emotions. However, destiny has other plans in store for them. Romantic drama in Spanish with English subtitles. Opens in New York and Los Angeles on August 30. Rated R for sexuality and nudity. 123 minutes. 1.85:1. Sound formats: Donly SR and SRD.
Love And A Bullet (Screen Gems): A tough-as-nails gangster kid turned elite hit man reflects on the dark path he’s chosen but cannot escape. Torn between his sense of duty and his newfound sense of humanity, he finds that the only way out is a perilous showdown with men who are every bit as cold-blooded as he is. Opens in regional release on August 30. Rated R for strong violence, language, and for sexuality and drug use. 86 minutes. 1.85:1. Sound formats: Dolby SR and SRD, DTS, SDDS
Slap Her She’s French (Premiere Marketing & Distribution): Coyote Ugly‘s Piper Perabo stars as a French exchange student who drives her host family’s daughter, a popular high school student, batty as she finds her status as queen of the campus jeopardized by the scheming, seemingly innocent girl from overseas. Opens on 1,500 plus screens on August 30. Rated PG13 for sex-related humor, drug content and language. 92 minutes (approximate). Flat. SR, SRD.
Expanding this week
Possession: Expands to 600 runs.
Satin Rouge: Opens in Los Angeles
Recent release date changes:
All Or Nothing (MGM/UA): Scheduled for Fall 2002 TBD
Amy’s Orgasm (Magic Lamp Releasing): Scheduled for August 23, 2002 New York City, August 30, 2002 Los Angeles
Aurora Island (Premiere Group): Scheduled for February 21, 2003
Assassination Tango (MGM): Formerly 4Q 2002. Now 1Q 2003 TBD
Beyond Borders (Paramount): Scheduled for 2003 TBD
Bowling For Columbine (MGM/UA): Scheduled for Fall 2002 TBD
Bulletproof Monk (MGM): Formerly Fall 2002. Now 2003 TBD
Casa De Los Babys (IFC): Scheduled for August 2003 TBD
Children On Their Birthdays (Artisan): Formerly August 23, 2002 Limited. Now October 18, 2002 Limited
City Of Ghosts (MGM/UA): Formerly 4Q 2002. Now 1Q 2003 TBD
Dark Blue (MGM): Formerly September 27, 2002 Wide. Now 1Q2003 TBD
Down With Love (Fox): Scheduled for April 11, 2003 Wide
Drumline (Fox): Formerly November 27, 2002 Wide. Now January 10, 2003 Wide
Evelyn (MGM/UA): Scheduled for Fall 2002 TBD
A Few Good Years (MGM): Scheduled for December 25, 2002 New York City and Los Angeles
How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days (Paramount): Scheduled for 2003 TBD
The Hunted (Paramount): Scheduled for 2003 TBD
The Intended (IFC): Scheduled for May 2003 TBD
Just Married (Fox): Scheduled for March 21, 2003 Wide
The League Of Extraordinary Gentleman (Fox): Scheduled for June 6, 2003 Wide
Love And A Bullet (Screen Gems): Formerly August 23, 2002 Limited. Now August 30, 2002 Regional
Molly Gunn (MGM): Scheduled for 2003 TBD
Nicholas Nickleby (MGM/UA): Scheduled for December 25, 2002 New York City and Los
AngelesNoqoyqatsi (Miramax): Formerly October 18, 2002 New York City and Los Angeles. Now October 2, 2002 New York City and Los Angeles, October 25, 2002 Expansion
Out Of Time (MGM): Scheduled for 2003 TBD
Papi Chulo (Fox): Scheduled for May 23, 2003 Wide
Personal Velocity (MGM): Scheduled for Fall 2002 TBD
The Safety Of Objects (IFC): Scheduled for March 2003 TBD
Sex Is Comedy (IFC): Scheduled for June 2003 TBD
Solaris (Fox): Formerly December 13, 2002 Wide. Now November 27, 2002 Wide
Tales Not Told (Premiere Group): Scheduled for January 10, 2003
Timeline (Paramount): Scheduled for 2003 TBD
The Tuxedo (DreamWorks): Formerly October 11, 2002 Wide. Now September 27, 2002 Wide
XX/YY (IFC): Scheduled for February 2003 TBD