The Early Report for October 6, 2002

A weekly rundown of the upcoming releases.

Opening Wednesday, October 9

How To Draw A Bunny (Self distributed)
Documentary based on the life and death of Ray Johnson, an enigmatic, whimsical latter-day Dadaist, collagist extraordinaire, and the father of mail art, who amused and astounded his who’s-who-in-the-art-world list of friends. Talking heads include artists Christo, Chuck Close, Richard Feigen, Roy Lichtenstein, Judith Malina and James Rosenquist, as well as the detective who investigated Johnson’s 1995 death
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to New York City’s Film Forum on October 9
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Sound Formats: Mono sound

Week of October 11 to 17, 2002

Andrei Rublev (Kino)
Hopeful that the upcoming Steven Soderbergh remake of Solaris will spur viewer interst in the career of the original film’s director, Kino Films will rerelease several Andrei Tarkovsky films. The first rerelease 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 inAmerica.
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

Ash Wednesday (IFC Films)
Before you get all pissy that there is no way Edward Burns and Elijah Wood could ever be mistaken for brothers, let me point something out. Like Burns, I am slightly over six feet tall and 34 years old. I have a brother who is more than ten years younger than myself and is a good six inches shorter. I still love the genetic mutation. With that out of the way, this is Burn’s latest acting/writing/directing effort, in which he and the Hobbit plays Irish-American brothers in the early 1980s who find themselves entangled in a conflict with the Italian mob. Rosario Dawson and Oliver Platt co-star.
Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City’s Sutton Place and Laemmle’s Fairfax in Los Angeles on October 11
MPAA Rating: Rated R for pervasive language and some violence
Running Time: 98 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound Formats: Dolby Digital

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 with expendable “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 theshelf for nearly a year.
Opening Week Release Pattern: 200 plus locations 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: Eight screens total in 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 locations 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: Four screens total in 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

A Cuban Legend: The Story Of Salvador Gonzalez (Self distributed)
Bette Wanderman’s documentary takes us inside the world of artist Salvador Gonzalez, a charismatic visionary who has single-handedly transformed a Havana alley into a world-renowned outdoor art and performance space. Salvador’s enormous, colorful outdoor murals and surrealist sculptures reach six stories up and encompass the doorways, windows, and walls of two full blocks of Central Havana known as Callejon de Hamel (Hamel’s Alley), now the center of a musical and artistic renaissance of Yoruba culture, a fusion of African mysticism and pagan ritual. In English and Spanish with English subtitles
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to New York City’s Cinema Village on October 11
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 79 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound Format: Mono

Family Fundamentals (Deep Focus)
Documentarian Arthur Dong, whose previous works include Coming Out Under Fire and 1997 Sundance Award Winning Licensed To Kill, takes another look at the relationships between gay America and bigoted America by examining three Christian families who had children who “became” gay
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Quad Cinema in New York City, the Music Hall in Los Angeles, Landmark’s Opera Plaza in San Francisco and Landmark’s Shattuck Cinema in Berkeley on October 11
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 75 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Sound Formats: Mono

Handcart (Media Partners)
Part of the LDS Cinema movement happening in Utah, Handcart follows the tragedy of the pioneers who crossed the plains by Handcart in 1856. Most of the Handcart companies were successful, but because one left west from Iowa to Utah too late in the year, they hit the early Wyoming winter, thus causing about a forth of them to die due to starvation and the cold. A fictional love story that takes place during a factual event, the director told me this is “as important in Mormon History as the Holocaust would be for the Jews.”
Opening Week Release Pattern: 20 screens in Utah on October 11
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 115 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
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 locations release on October 11
MPAA Rating: R forviolence, 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: 200 plus print release in top twenty markets 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 is slowly 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: Five screens total in New York City, Los Angeles and Toronto 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: 1500 locations national release onOctober 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

Stealing the Fire (Empire)
John S. Friedman, who previously documented the life and times of Klaus Barbie, returns with this new documentary that traces the history of the Iraqi nuclear weapons program from its unlikely roots in the Nazi Germany atomic research efforts through the shadowy world of the nuclear weapons black market. In English and German with English subtitles.
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to New York City’s Cinema Village on October 16
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: Unknown as of this writing
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound Formats: Mono

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: 200 locations release on October 11
MPAA Rating: R for language and somesexuality/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 magicalstream. 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 locations 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 locations 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 (including 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: 1500 plus locations 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

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 2003 release.
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

Bloody Sunday: Expands into major markets

Eight Women: Expands to select markets

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 in Cambridge, 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 150 plus playdates

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

Welcome To Collinwood: First expansion into select markets

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 locations 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 City 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: 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 waskicked 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 English subtitles
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 locations 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 Tim Blake 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 ReleasePattern: 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

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 video tape. 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 locations 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, travels through 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 recentlycommitted suicide. When he arrives, the scientist believes that most of the crew has gone mad, until he’s visited by the ghost 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

Take Care Of My Cat [Goyangileul Butaghae] (Kino)
Low budget Korean coming of age drama about four teen girls who use their cell phone text messaging to talk about their lives between each other. In Korean with English subtitles
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to New York City’s Quad Cinema on October 18
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 112 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound Format:Stereo

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

Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie: Adds additional screens in the Northeast US

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 in Houston, 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

Pipe Dreams: Opens in Los Angeles
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: Second expansion into select markets

Week of October 25 to 31, 2002

All Or Nothing (United Artists)
Mike Leigh’s latest look at the British working class, with his frequent stars Timothy Spall and Lesley Manville as a cabbie and supermarket checker whose relationship has gone sour. An unforeseen tragedy will bring them and their young adult children back together and help them rediscover the meaning of love
Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on October 25
MPAA Rating: R for pervasive language and some sexuality
Running Time: 128 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

All The Queen’s Men (Strand)
British comedy starring Matt LeBlanc as an American operative during World War II who must lead a group of British Special Service agents to infiltrate the Berlin factory that builds the Enigma code machines… the all female factory that builds the machines,that is. Natch. Eddie Izzard costars.
Opening Week Release Pattern: Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle on October 25
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 105 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

By Hook Or By Crook (Steakhaus)
A buddy film that chronicles three weeks in the life of a handsome, gender-bending, small-town butch with a nagging messiah-complex. Emotionally defeated since the death of her father, Shy heads to the big city to sink herself into a “life of crime.” Valentine, a deliriously expressive, wiseacre adoptee on a misguided search for her birthmother, quickly distracts her. The two freaky drifters join forces and learn the true meaning of “poise under pressure” in this visually stunning and wonderfully acted anti-authoritarian tale of friendship, trust and redemption.
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to New York City’s The Screening Room on October 25
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 95 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Sound Format: Stereo

Frida (Miramax)
Salma Hayek knows that no sex symbol has a long lasting career without getting serious. With the support of friends such as Alfred Molina, Antonio Banderas, Ashley Judd and Geoffrey Rush (along with boyfriend Edward Norton), Hayek was able to talk the Brothers Weinstein into financing the $12M biopic ($1M for every producer) about the famed Mexican painter. Broadway directing goddess Julie Taymor calls the shots.
Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on October 25
MPAA Rating: R for sexuality/nudity and language
Running Time: 120 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Sound Format: DTS, SDDS

Ghost Ship (Warner Brothers)
There’s something about bad ghost stories that drives director Steve Beck. After the intolerably cruelty of last year’s 13 Ghosts, Beck takes a pleasure cruise on the Bering Sea, following a group of salvagers who find a passenger ship deserted 50 years ago and the ghosts who aren’t quite ready to be liberated. Gabriel Byrne, Ron Eldard and Julianna Marguiles star.
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations release on October 25
MPAA Rating: Not yet rated by the MPAA
Running Time: Not listed as of this writing
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Jackass: The Movie (Paramount)
Johnny Knoxville and his goon squad ratch the stupidity up a notch for the big screen.
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus locations release on October 25
MPAA Rating: R for dangerous, sometimes extremely crude stunts, language and nudity
Running Time: 80 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Paid In Full (Miramax)
Based on the true like story of three drug dealers in Harlem during the mid 1980s. Wood Harris plays Ace, a dry cleaner worker who desires the flashy cars, clothes and money of his friend Mitch (Mekhi Phifer), a successful playa on the streets.
Opening Week Release Pattern: 200 plus locations release on October 25
MPAA Rating: R for violence, pervasive language, some strong sexuality and drug content
Running Time: 93 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

Quai des Orfèvres (Rialto)
Re-release of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s 1947 French crime drama. In French with English subtitles.
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to New York City on October 25
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 102 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Sound Format: Mono

Roger Dodger (Artisan)
Yet another low budget look at being single in Manhattan, featuring Campbell Scott, Isabella Rossellini, Elizabeth Berkley and Jennifer Beals.
Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on October 25
MPAA Rating: R for sexual content and language
Running Time: 104minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Time Changer (Innovation Film Group)
Gavin McLeod from “The Love Boat” and Jennifer O’Neil star in this Christian-themed fantasy, about a professional author in the 1890s who rethinks his thesis on morality and Jesus after a Jules Verne/H.G. Wells-like trip to the modern day
Opening Week Release Pattern: 100 screens in regional markets on October 25
MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements
Running Time: 99 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound Format: Stereo

The Truth About Charlie (Universal)
Jonathan Demme’s remake of the classic feature Charade, starring Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant, with Mark Wahlberg and Thandie Newton standing in. While vacationing in Martinique and contemplating the end of her marriage to Charlie, Regina Lambert meets the charming Joshua Peters (Wahlberg). Upon returning to Paris, she finds her husband has beenmurdered, their bank account emptied, and a trio of her husband’s friends following her every step. The only person she can rely on is the mysterious stranger from her vacation, who has also appeared in Paris unexpectedly.
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations release on October 25
MPAA Rating: PG13 for some violence and sexual content/nudity
Running Time: 108 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Waking Up In Reno (Miramax)
Two married couples (Patrick Swayze and Charlize Theron, Billy Bob Thornton and Natasha Richardson) take a vacation together to a Monster Truck Show in Reno, Nevada, where those funny things that happen in movies when two couples get together happen. A shelf sitter for almost two years
Opening Week Release Pattern: Release of as-yet-undetermined number of prints on October 25
MPAA Rating: R for language and some sexual content
Running Time: 91 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Expanding this week

Comedian: Expands to the top twenty markets

The Grey Zone: Expands to select cities

Harvard Man: Opens at the Angelika in Houston

The Man From Elysian Fields: Opens at the Shirlington 7 in Arlington VA, Landmark’s Maple Art in Bloomfield Hills MI, the Catalina in Tucson and the Dupont Cirlce in Washington DC

Nagoyquatsi: Expands to select markets

Skins: Opens at the Fiesta in San Antonio

Week of November 1 to 7, 2002

Besotted (Artistic License)
A sorceress uses magical powers to manipulate the lives of her characters who reside in a picturesque New England fishing community
Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on November 1
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 92 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound Format: Stereo

I Spy (Sony): Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson topline this movie version of the 1960s spy comedy series that featured Bill Cosby and Robert Culp
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations release on November 1
MPAA Rating: PG13 for action violence, some sexual content and language
Running Time: 102 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

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 November 1
MPAA Rating: R for a disturbing violent image, strong sexual content and language
Running Time: 86 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

The Santa Clause 2 (Buena Vista)
Tim Allen returns as Scott Calvin, who became the new Santa Claus in the original film. Eight years later, his world is thrown for a loop when he discovers not only has his son Charlie landed on this year’s “naughty” list, but if Scott doesn’t marry by Christmas Eve he’ll stop being Santa forever
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2800 plus locations release on November 1
MPAA Rating: G
Running Time: 98 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Weight Of Water (Lions Gate)
Kathryn Bigelow’s long delayed drama, shot in September 1999, features Elizabeth Hurley, Catherine McCormack, Sean Penn and Sarah Polley. A photojournalist (McCormack) and her husband (Penn) sail to a New Hampshire island, accompanied by her brother-in-law, and his girlfriend, to investigate the murders of two Scandinavian immigrants there in 1873
Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on November 1
MPAA Rating: R for violence, sexuality/nudity and brief language
Running Time: 114 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

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