The Early Report for September 24, 2002

A weekly rundown of the upcoming releases.

Crazy As Hell (Artistic License)
ER‘s Eriq LaSalle makes his feature directorial debut in this drama about a psychiatrist (fellow ER alumni Michael Beach) whose unique treatment philosophies are being documented by a film crew, only to find himself reevaluating his life when a stranger claiming to be Satan (LaSalle) enters the mental ward.
Opening Week Release Pattern: The AMC Empire 25, UA Union Square 14 and the Magic Johnson Theatres in New York City, and Laemmle’s Fairfax in Los Angeles on September 27
MPAA Rating: R for some strong sexual content, violent images and language
Running Time: 113 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Sound Formats: Dolby Digital

Just A Kiss (Paramount Classics)
Our second actor makes his feature directorial debut of the week. This time, Fisher Stevens steps behind the camera to tell thestory of a successful commercial director (played by Ron Eldard) who finds his life start to unravel just as he finally thinks he has it under control. Supporting players include Marisa Tomei, Kyra Sedgwick, Marley Shelton and Taye Diggs
Opening Week Release Pattern: 4 screens in New York City and Los Angeles on September 27
MPAA Rating: R for strong sexual images and language
Running Time: 89 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound Formats: Stereo

The Man From Elysian Fields (IDP)
Despite a cast that includes James Coburn, Andy Garcia, Angelica Huston, Julianna Marguiles and Mick Jagger, this film has been sitting on the shelf for nearly two years. For the record, Garcia plays a slightly successful novelist who turns to employment as an escort when his bills overpower his earning ability. Has shown to strong reactions, both positive and negative, at Sundance and Toronto.
Opening Week Release Pattern: 6 screens Los Angeles on September 27, plus 2 screens in New York onOctober 2
MPAA Rating: R for language and sexual content
Running Time: 106 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound Formats: Stereo

Moonlight Mile (Buena Vista)
After the death of his fiancée, a young man (Jake Gyllenhaal) finds himself unable to move on this his life and depending more and more on the parents (Dustin Hoffman and Susan Sarandon) of the deceased. Written and directed by Brad Silberling, who previously directed Casper and City of Angels
Opening Week Release Pattern: 21 screens in major markets on September 27
MPAA Rating: PG13 for some sensuality and brief strong language
Running Time: Unknown as of this writing
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound Formats: Dolby Digital

Skins (First Look Pictures)
Chris Eyre, whose Smoke Signals became a minor hit several years ago, returns to the screen with another tale of pride within the Native American community, as a drunken former football star (Graham Greene) and a police officer (Eric Schweig) form a unique friendship in the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, which lies in the shadows of Mount Rushmore.
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive openings in Berkeley, Denver, New York City, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington DC onSeptember 27
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language and violence
Running Time: 84 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound Formats: Dolby Stereo

Sweet Home Alabama (Buena Vista)
After accepting a proposal of marriage from the most eligible bachelor in New York City (Patrick Dempsey), a socialite (Reese Witherspoon) goes back to her long repressed “white trash” beginnings down South, to tell her family the good news… and obtain a divorce from the high school sweetheart (Josh Lucas) she ran away from years before.
Opening Week Release Pattern: 3000 plus print release on September 27
MPAA Rating: PG13 for language and sexual references
Running Time: 109 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Sound Formats: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Tuxedo (Dreamworks)
Jackie Chan plays a cab driver who is hired to be the chauffer of a mysterious man, only to discover after the man is kidnapped that he was a spy. Determined to solve the crime, Jackie dons his boss’s gadget-laden tuxedo. Jennifer Love Hewitt plays a nerdy government official who must work with the neophyte crime fighter.
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus print release on September 27
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for action violence, sexual content and language
Running Time: 93 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound Formats: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding this week

Children of the Century: Opens in Los Angeles

Eight Women: Expands to select markets

Harvard Man: Opens at the Gainesville 14 in Gainesville FL, the Restaurant Row in Honolulu and the Channelside Cinemas in Tampa

Notorious C.H.O.: Opens at the Royal Park in Gainesville FL, the Green Hills 16 in Nashville, the Enzian Theatre in Orlando, the Tower Theater in Salt Lake City, the Fiesta in San Antonio and the Miracle Theatre in Tallahassee

Ram Dass: Fierce Grace: Opens at Landmark’s Dobie Theatre in Austin

Satin Rouge: Opens at the Rialto in Ridgefield Park NJ

Secretary: Expands to select markets

Spirited Away: Expands to 50 playdates

Week of October 4 to 10, 2002

Bloody Sunday (Paramount Classics)
A docu-drama based upon the true story of a clash between Irish Civil Rights Marchers and British forces, which became known as “Bloody Sunday”. Winner of the Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City on October 4
MPAA Rating: R for violence and language
Running Time: 107 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound Formats: Dolby Digital

Heaven (Miramax)
Tom Twyker, the director of Run Lola Run, directs a screenplay co-written by the late master filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski, about a woman (Cate Blanchett) who is mistakenly arrested for the murder of her husband. The only person who will listen to her pleas is a young officer (Giovanni Ribisi) who has fallen for her.
Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on October 4
MPAA Rating: R for a scene of sexuality
Running Time: 100 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie (Artisan)
Based on the wholesome Saturday morning series
Opening Week Release Pattern: 1250 print release on October 4
MPAA Rating: G
Running Time: 85 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound Format: Stereo

Red Dragon (Universal)
The second film to be made from Thomas Harris’ novel which introduced the world to Dr. Hannibal Lector. A prequel to The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal, Lector this time is a minor character. The main focus this time around is on former FBI Agent Will Graham, played by Edward Norton, who returns to The Company when a series of grisly murders performed by a menace dubbed The Tooth Fairy baffles other investigators. The exemplary cast includes Ralph Fiennes, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Harvey Keitel, Mary Louise Parker and Emily Watson.
Opening Week Release Pattern: 3500 plus print release on October 4
MPAA Rating: R for violence, grisly images, language, some nudity and sexuality
Running Time: 124 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Welcome To Collinwood (Warner Brothers)
Five would-be Cleveland thieves band together for the biggest score of their careers. When their heist goes horribly awry, they find themselves gaining more than they ever thought possible. Executive producer George Clooney is part of the ensemble cast, along with Jennifer Esposito, Luis Guzman, Michael Jeter, William H. Macy and Sam Rockwell.
Opening Week Release Pattern: Limited release on October 4
MPAA Rating: R for language
Running Time: 86 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding this week

Alias Betty: Opens in Los Angeles

Eight Women: Expands to select markets

His Secret Life: Opens in Los Angeles

Invincible: Expands to the top ten markets

The Man From Elysian Fields: Opens at Landmark’s Albany Twin in Albany CA, the Paseo Camarillo in Camarillo CA, Landmark’s Guild in Menlo Park, Landmark’s Embarcadero Center in San Francisco, the Camera 7 in San Jose and the Fallbrook 7 in West Hills CA

Moonlight Mile: Expands to 1500 plus playdates nationwide

Notorious C.H.O.: Opens at the Royal Park in Gainesville FL, the Green Hills 16 in Nashville, the Enzian Theatre in Orlando, the Tower Theater in Salt Lake City, the Fiesta in San Antonio and the Miracle Theatre in Tallahassee

Ram Dass: Fierce Grace: Opens at Landmark’s Dobie Theatre in Austin

Satin Rouge: Opens at the Madstone in Albuquerque, the Madstone in Denver and the Raven in Healdsburg

CASecretary: Expands to select markets

Snipes: Expands to Atlanta and Detroit

The Trials of Henry Kissinger: Opens at the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington, NY, the Ritz in Philadelphia and the Ritz in Voorhees, NJ

Week of October 11 to 17, 2002

Andrei Rublev (Kino)
Hopeful that the upcoming Steven Soderbergh remake of Solaris will spur viewer interest in the career of the original film’s director, Kino Films will re-release several Andrei Tarkovsky films. The first re-release is his 1966 war drama, which charts the life of the great icon painter Andrei Rublev through a turbulent period of 15th Century Russian history. Considered by many to be Tarkovsky’s greatest achievement, although this author is partial to his minimalist Stalker. This print, which will premiere at this year’s New York Film Festival, is being billed as “the most complete version ever exhibited in America” with an additional 20 minutes of footage never before seen in America.
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to New York City’s Film Forum on October 11
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 206 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound Formats: Mono sound

Below (Dimension Films)
What happens when one of cinema’s freshest new voices (Darren Aronofsky) teams with one of the stalest directors still allowed to work (David Twohy)? You get an underwater Pitch Black, complete withexpendable “name” actors like Bruce Greenwood, Matt Davis, Olivia Williams and Scott Foley. After the mysterious death of its captain, a submarine’s next in command is determined to steer his disheartened crew back to safety, until bizarre and frightening things begin to happen. The remaining crew must solve the mystery before it’s too late to surface ever again. Now you know why it’s been sitting on the shelf for nearly a year.
Opening Week Release Pattern: 1500 plus print national release on October 11
MPAA Rating: R for language and violence
Running Time: 104 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound Formats: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Bowling For Columbine (MGM/UA)
Michael Moore is back in top form, as he investigates America’s gun culture. Moore asks people from President George W. Bush, Dick Clark and Charlton Heston to Marilyn Manson and Matt Stone one burning question: Why are there so many more gun-related deaths in USA than any other Western country? This is the first documentary in 46 years to be selected for inclusion into the main competition in Cannes.
Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on October 11
MPAA Rating: R for some violent images and language
Running Time: 120 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound Formats: Dolby SR

Brown Sugar (Fox Searchlight)
Taye Diggs reteams with his The Wood director Rick Famuyiwa in what is being called an African-American When Harry Met Sally, which follows a romance between an executive (Diggs) at a hip-hop label and a magazine editor (Sanaa Lathan) who have known each other since childhood.
Opening Week Release Pattern: 1000 plus print national release on October 11
MPAA Rating: PG13 for sexual content and language
Running Time: 108 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound Formats: Dolby Digital

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 commercials, 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
Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on October 11
MPAA Rating: R for language
Running Time: 104 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound Formats: Dolby SR

Knockaround Guys (New Line)
To tell you how long ago this film was made: Bill Clinton was still President. Originally scheduled to open in the Spring of 2001, this is what happens when you let the writers of Rounders direct. Vin Diesel, Seth Green, Barry Pepper and Andrew Davoi plays the children of famous gangsters, who try to set up their syndicate, with disastrous results. Dennis Hopper and John Malkovich co-star.
Opening Week Release Pattern: 1500 plus print national release on October 11
MPAA Rating: R for violence, language and some drug use
Running Time: 91 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Sound Formats: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Pokemon 4Ever (Miramax)
And yes, there is going to be a fifth movie next year.
Opening Week Release Pattern: 1750 plus print national release on October 11
MPAA Rating: G
Running Time: 75 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Formats: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Punch Drunk-Love (Sony/Columbia)
It’s hard for me to say this, but it seems to be true… the long awaited teaming of Adam Sandler and director Paul Thomas Anderson finally arrives. Sandler plays the owner of a phone-sex business that isslowly failing, who becomes obsessed with collecting pudding coupons that offer frequent flyer miles, eventually earning enough to fly around the world. When he learns that a woman he can not stop thinking about has left for vacation in Hawaii, he uses the coupons for a trip to find her.
Opening Week Release Pattern: 10 print major market release on October 11
MPAA Rating: R for strong language including a scene of sexual dialogue
Running Time: 97 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Sound Formats: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Rules Of Attraction (Lions Gate)
After striking out with an adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho, Lions Gate prays it will have better success with this Ellis adaptation. This time, instead of one yet to break out lead (Christian Bale), we get a plethora of pray theynever break outs (Jessica Biel, Clifton Collins, Jr., Kip Pardue, Ian Somerhalder, Shannyn Sossamon, James Van Der Beek) and a bunch of once weres (Faye Dunaway, Ron Jeremy, Swoosie Kurtz, Fred Savage, Eric Stoltz) all converging on an affluent New England liberal arts college. Hijinks ensue.
Opening Week Release Pattern: 1250 print national release on October 11
MPAA Rating: R for strong sexual content, drug use, language and violent images
Running Time: 110 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound Formats: Dolby Digital, SDDS

Safe Conduct (Empire)
Acclaimed French filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier’s latest examines the French film industry during WW II, through the eyes of an assistant director with a wife and child to support and a philandering screenwriter, and their varying strategies of resistance and accommodation to the Occupation. In French with English subtitles.
Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on October 11
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 97 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Sound Formats: Stereo

Swept Away (Sony/Screen Gems)
The much maligned teaming of Madonna and Guy Ritchie is given the chance to redeem itself at the box office. A remake of Lina Wertmüller’s popular 1975 film, in which a spoiled rich woman and a communist sailor fall for each other after they become stranded on a remote desert island.
Opening Week Release Pattern: Limited release on October 11
MPAA Rating: R for language and some sexuality/nudity
Running Time: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound Formats: Dolby Digital, SDDS

Tuck Everlasting (Buena Vista)
A teenage girl on the cusp of maturity wanders in the woods near her home meeting and falling in love with Jesse Tuck, a boy unlike any she’s ever met before. He and his family are kind and generous and they immediately take her in as one of their own. However, the Tucks hold a dangerous secret: they are all immortal and destined to stay forever young – the result of a drink from a magical stream. Gilmore Girls‘ Alexis Bledel stars alongside Oscar winners Sissy Spacek, William Hurt and Ben Kingsley. Based on the novel by Natalie Babbitt.
Opening Week Release Pattern: 1250 plus print release on October 11
MPAA Rating: PG for some violence
Running Time: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Transporter (Fox)
English star Jason Statham teams French filmmaker Luc Besson, hoping for a better film than Kiss of the Dragon. Statham plays a former U.S.Special Forces soldier-turned expatriate mercenary, who finds himself in a mess of trouble when he breaks his one personal code… never ask questions.
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2300 plus print release on October 11
MPAA Rating: PG13 for violent sequences and some sensuality
Running Time: 97 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

White Oleander (Warner Bros.)
The first major Oscar-bait chick flick of the fall, chock full of top talent (inclusing Patrick Fugit, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robin Wright Penn, Noah Wyle and Renee Zellweger) and based on an Oprah approved novel. A young teenager journeys through a series of foster homes after her mother goes to prison for committing a crime of passion.
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus print national release on October 11
MPAA Rating: PG13 for mature thematic elements concerning dysfunctional relationships, drug content, language, sexuality and violence
Running Time: 110 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Who’s Your Daddy? (Premiere Group)
Colleen Camp, Kadeem Hardison, Ali Landry and William Atherton (you’d know who they were if you saw their photos) star in debut filmmaker Andy Fickman’s teen comedy about a teenager who gets to live his dream life when he learns that his biological parents have left him one of the biggest adult magazine empires in the world. The first film from the new and soon to fold Premiere Marketing & Distribution Group LLC
Opening Week Release Pattern: 1500 plus print release on October 11
MPAA Rating: R for strong sexual content, crude humor and language
Running Time: 105 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Young Americans (Indican>
Yet another low budget indie movie about how hard it is to make a low budget indie movie, featuring Leslie Bibb and Eion Bailey. Originally shown as the the 2000 SXSW Festival, this film is being included on the list as some sources list it being released in ten markets on this day, while others show a March 2003release.
Opening Week Release Pattern: Undetermined ten market release on October 11
MPAA Rating: The IMDb shows an R rating, but the MPAA database does not show any rating for a film with this title
Running Time: 87 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound Format: Dolby SR

Expanding this week

Harvard Man: Opens at the Goodrich Randall 16 in Batavia IL, the Coligny Theatre in Hilton Head SC and the Goodrich Eastside 10 in Lafayette IN

The Man From Elysian Fields: Opens at the Bethel Triplex in Bethel CT, the Cinema Arts Center in Huntington NY, the Kew Gardens in Queens NY, the Malverne Twin in Malverne NY, the Intracoastal and South Beach in Miami, the Metro 4 in Santa Barbara, the Nickelodeon in Santa Cruz and the Sunrise Cinemas in Sunrise FL

Satin Rouge: Opens at the Angelika in Dallas, the Cinema Arts Center in Huntington NY and Landmark’s Ken Theatre in San Diego

Skins: Opens at the High Ridge in Albuquerque, Landmark’s Dobie Theatre in Austin, Landmark’s Kendall Square inCambridge, the Maple Art in Detroit, the University Town Center in Irvine, the La Jolla Village Square, Landmark’s Samuel Goldwyn Westside Pavilion in Los Angeles, Landmark’s Uptown in Minneapolis, the De Vargas Center in Santa Fe, the Camelview in Scottsdale, the Tivoli in St Louis and the Catalina in Tucson

Spirited Away: Exapnds to 100 plus playdates

The Trials of Henry Kissinger: Opens at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck, NY and Visions in Washington, DC

Week of October 18 to 24, 2002

Abandon (Paramount)
Oscar winning screenwriter Stephen Gaghan gets to play director in this psychological thriller starring Katie Holmes and Benjamin Bratt. Holmes plays a senior at one of America’s most prestigious universities, under enormous pressure to complete her thesis and earn a top job at one of the world’s most competitive consulting firms. She finds herself still unable to cope with the sudden and unexplained disappearance of her boyfriend Embry two years before, and becomes involved with the detective investigating the case.
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2250 plus print national release on October 18
MPAA Rating: PG13 for drug and alcohol content, sexuality, some violence and language
Running Time: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Auto Focus (Sony Pictures Classics)
Paul Schrader, whose work as a writer and/or director include Taxi Driver, American Gigolo and Affliction, takes a look behind the curtain at the life of Bob Crane, the star of the popular TV series Hogan’s Heroes, who died under mysterious circumstances, a murder still unsolved to this day. Greg Kinnear aims for the fences as Crane, the charming television star who led a secret life as a sex addict. Willem Dafoe and Rita Wilson costar.
Opening Week Release Pattern: New York and Los Angeles on October 18
MPAA Rating: R for strong sexuality, nudity, language, some drug use and violence
Running Time: 105 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound Format: Dolby SR

Children On Their Birthdays (Artisan)
In the summer of 1947, a young teenage girl moves to a small town in Alabama with her mute mother. When two young teenage boys fall deeply in love with her, they find themselves on a collision course with one another that could not only destroy their friendship, but take their town with them. Based on the short story by Truman Capote.
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens in limited release on October 18
MPAA Rating: PG for mild thematic elements and brief language
Running Time: 102 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound Format: Dolby SR

Derrida (Zeitgeist)
Documentary about the Algerian-born French philosopher Jacques Derrida, who was kicked out of school at age 10 as part of an anti-Semitic purge and eventually became known as the father of Deconstruction. In French with Englishsubtitles
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to New York City’s Film Forum on October 23
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 85 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Sound Format: Stereo

Fidel (First Run)
Cuban director Estela Bravo was given near unlimited access by Castro in this obviously pro-Castro documentary. Viewers get to see Castro swimming with his bodyguards, visiting his childhood home and school, meeting with Elian Gonzalez, and celebrating his birthday with the Buena Vista Social Club. Additionally, there are comments from former schoolmates, teachers and comrades during his overthrow of the Bautista government, plus American entertainers such as Harry Belafonte and Alice Walker, as well as long time Castro friend, author Gabriel Garcia Marquez. In English and Spanish with English subtitles
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to New York City’s Film Forum on October 18
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 91 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Sound Format: Stereo

Formula 51 (Sony/Screen Gems)
An American chemist heads to England to set up his last big deal, the introduction of a new designer drug to the European underworld. Naturally, his score goes south when he gets stuck in Liverpool and becomes involved in a bizarre web of double-dealing and double-crosses. A kilt-wearing Samuel L. Jackson stars with Robert Carlyle.
Opening Week Release Pattern: 1500 plus print national release on October 18
MPAA Rating: R for strong violence, language, and sexuality
Running Time: 91 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Grey Zone (Lions Gate)
Writer/director TimBlake Nelson has accomplished something never thought possible… he’s made David Arquette look like a good actor. Arquette stars alongside Daniel Benzali, Steve Buscemi and Harvey Keitel in this based on a true story about a group of concentration camp prisoners who were forced to work in the crematoriums at Auschwitz in order to keep themselves alive.
Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on October 18
MPAA Rating: R for holocaust violence, nudity and language
Running Time: 108 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Hansel And Gretel (Innovation Film Group)
Lynn Redgrave, Delta Burke, Howie Mandel and Dakota Fanning star in this live action retelling of the Brothers Grimm tale.
Opening Week Release Pattern: Los Angeles on October 18
MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements and some crude humor
Running Time: 89 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound Format: Dolby SR

Love In The Time of Money (THINKFilm)
It took 12 producers, including Robert Redford, to bring you this eight character work about a group of New Yorkers looking for… well, love and money. Steve Buscemi, Rosario Dawson and Carol Kane lead the cast
Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on October 18
MPAA Rating: R for a disturbing violent image, strong sexual content and language
Running Time: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

Nagoyqatsi (Miramax)
From the Hopi word for “War as a way of life”, director Godfrey Reggio complete his amazing documentary series. Following his Koyaanisqatsi (Life out of Balance) and Powaqqatsi (Life in Transformation), Reggio views the world’s shift from organized by the principles of nature to one dominated by technology. Reggio’s singular vision of society in flux should not be missed.
Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on October 18
MPAA Rating: PG for violent and disturbing images, and brief nudity
Running Time: 89 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Real Women Have Curves (Newmarket)
The surprise hit at Sundance, about three older Latinas in Los Angeles, starring America Ferrera, Lupe Ontiveros and Ingrid Oliu.
Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on October 18
MPAA Rating: PG13 for sexual content and some language
Running Time: 90minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Ring (DreamWorks)
Remake of the hit Japanese film. Naomi Watts plays a journalist who investigates the death of her niece, who died of fright seven days after watching a disturbing videotape. Director Gore Verbinski moves away from the fluff of Mouse Hunt and The Mexican in hopes of having a long lasting career
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus print national release on October 18
MPAA Rating: PG13 for thematic elements, disturbing images, language and some drug references
Running Time: 115 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS. SDDS

Russian Ark (Wellspring): Inventive, well received drama about a 19th century French aristocrat, notorious for his scathing memoirs about life in Russia, travelsthrough the Russian State Hermitage Museum and encounters historical figures from the last 200 years. The film was shot in one continuous shot using a digital camera after three months of rehearsal. In Russian with English subtitles
Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and New York on October 18
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 96 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

Solaris (Kino)
The second Andrei Tarkovsky re-release in anticipation of Steven Soderbergh’s remake of this movie. On a space station above the mysterious planet known as Solaris, a scientist is sent out to replace one who recently committed suicide. When he arrives, the scientist believes that most of the crew has gone mad, until he’s visited by theghost of his former lover, who committed suicide a long time ago. The scientist discovers the secret of the planet Solaris, something no one expected. In Russian with English subtitles
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to New York City’s Film Forum on October 18
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 165minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Sound Format: Mono

Expanding this week

Bowling For Columbine: Expands to select markets

Harvard Man: Opens at the Goodrich Willow Knolls 14 in Peoria and the Goodrich Savoy 16 in Savoy IL

The Man From Elysian Fields: Opens at the Tara Cinemas in Atlanta, the Harvard Square in Cambridge, Landmark’s Century Center Cinemas in Chicago, Landmark’s Chez Artiste in Denver, Hartford’s Cinema City 4, Landmark’s Greenway inHouston, the Ritz 5 in Philadelphia, the Fox 10 in Portland OR, Landmark’s Hillcrest in San Diego, the Rialto Cinemas Lakeside in Santa Rosa, the Meridian and Landmark’s Varsity in Seattle and the Ritz 16 in Voorhees NJ

Punch-Drunk Love: Expands to select markets

Signs: Opens at Landmark’s Century Center Cinemas in Chicago and the Fox Tower in Portland OR

Welcome To Collinwood: Expands to select markets

Share