The Early Report for October 21, 2002

A weekly rundown of the upcoming releases.

Week of October 25 to 31, 2002

All Or Nothing

Logline: The life of one working class British family over the course of one long weekend

Featuing: Timothy Spall, Leslie Manville

Director: Mike Leigh

Writer: Mike Leigh

Distributor: United Artists

Opening Week Release Pattern: 5 locations: Landmark’s Westside Pavilion Cinemas, Laemmle’s Sunset 5 and Pasadena Playhouse 7 (Los Angeles); Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and Angelika Film Center (New York City) on October 25

MPAA Rating: R for pervasive language and some sexuality

Running Time: 129 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

All The Queen’s Men

Logline: An American operative during World War II who must lead a group of British Special Service agents to infiltrate the all female Berlin factory that builds the Enigma code machines

Featuring: Matt LeBlanc, Eddie Izzard

Director: Stefan Ruzowitsky

Writer: David Schnieder

Distributor: Strand

Opening Week Release Pattern: 18 locations: Loews Copley (Boston); Loews Esquire (Chicago); Angelika Film Center (Houston); AMC Marina Pacifica, Arclight Cinemas, Edwards Irvine University, Laemmle’s Fallbrook and UA Pasadena (Los Angeles Metro); AMC Empire 25, City Cinemas Village East, Clearview’s Claridge Montclair NJ and Lesser’s Kew Garden Queens (New York Metro); AMC Plymouth Meeting and AMC Woodhaven (Philadelphia); UA Galaxy (San Francisco); Towne (San Jose); Loews Meridian (Seattle) on October 25

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 105 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Bank

Logline: “pi” meets “Anti-Trust” down under, as a young mathematician who has designed a computer program to predict the fluctuations of the stock market sparks the interest of the slimy CEO of a banking firm who wants to use the software tohelp the bank and himself make money.

Featuring: avid Wenham, Anthony LaPaglia

Director: Robert Connolly

Writer: Robert Connolly

Distributor: Cinema Guild

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to The Quad Cinema in New York City on October 25

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 99 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1

Sound Format: Stereo

By Hook Or By Crook

Logline: A handsome, gender-bending, small-town butch with a nagging messiah-complex heads to the big city to sink herself into a “life of crime,” who finds herself quickly distracted by a deliriously expressive, wise-acre adoptee on a misguided search for her birthmother

Featuring: Silas Howard, Harry Dodge

Directors: Silas Howard, Harry Dodge

Writers: Silas Howard, Harry Dodge

Distributor: Steakhaus

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2 locations: Coolidge Corner Movie Theater (Boston); The Screening Room (New York Metro) on October 25

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1

Sound Format: Stereo

Frida

Logline: The life of the famed Mexican painter and activist

Featuring: Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, Antonio Banderas, Ashley Judd Geoffrey Rush, Edward Norton

Director: Julie Taymor

Writers: Clancy Sigal, Diane Lake, Gregory Nava

Distributor: Miramax

Opening Week Release Pattern: 4 locations: Laemmle’s Royal (Los Angeles); Loews Lincoln Square, Crown New York Twin, Angelika Film Center (New York Metro) on October 25

MPAA Rating: R for sexuality/nudity and language

Running Time: 123 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Ghost Ship

Logline: A group of salvagers in the Bering Sea find a passenger ship deserted 50 years ago and the ghosts who aren’t quite ready to be liberated

Featuring: Gabriel Byrne, Isiaiah Washington, Ron Eldard, Julianna Marguiles

Director: Steve Beck

Writers: Mark Hanlon, John Pogue

Distributor: Warner Brothers

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2600 plus locations on October 25

MPAA Rating: R for strong violence and gore, language and sexuality

Running Time: 91 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Jackass: The Movie

Logline: Johnny Knoxville and his goon squad ratch the stupidity up a notch for the big screen

Featuring: Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Jason “Wee Man” Acuna

Director: Jeff Tremaine

Writer: None credited

Distributor: Paramount

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 locations on October 25

MPAA Rating: R for dangerous, sometimes extremely crude stunts, language and nudity

Running Time: 85 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Looking Through Lillian

Logline: When her jaded middle-aged millionaire lover leaves town for the week, an X-rated Holly Golightly goes out on the town by her best friend, meeting and bringing home a mysterious young writer who becomes the third part of an obsessive love triangle

Featuring: Jade Henham, Robert Glen Keith, Sam Bottoms

Director: Jake Torem

Writers: Jake Torem, Jade Henham

Distributor: Mad Sun Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Laemmle’s Fairfax 3 in Los Angeles on October 25

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 98 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Stereo

Paid In Full

Logline: In Harlem in the mid 1980s, a dry cleaner worker desires the flashy cars, clothes and money of his friend, a successful playa on the streets

Featuring: Wood Harris, Mekhi Phifer, Cam’ron

Director: Charles Stone III

Writers: Matthew Cirulnick, Thulani Davis

Distributor: Dimension

Opening Week Release Pattern: 250-300 locations 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 Digital

Quai des Orfèvres

Logline: Rerelease of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s 1947 French crime drama. In French with English

subtitlesFeaturing: Suzy Delair, Bernard Blier

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot

Writers: Henri-Georges Clouzot, Jean Ferry

Distributor: Rialto

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to New York City’s Film Forum on October 25

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 102 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1

Sound Format: Mono Sound

Roger Dodger

Logline: A womanizing Manhattan ad executive finds the tables turned on him by a trio of beauties, when he takes his visiting nephew out for a night on the town

Featuring: Campbell Scott, Isabella Rossellini, Jennifer Beals, Elizabeth Berkley

Director: Dylan Kidd

Writer: Dylan Kidd

Distributor: Artisan

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3 locations: Laemmle’s Sunset 5 (Los Angeles); Loews Lincoln Square, Landmark’s Sunshine Cinema (New York) on October 25

MPAA Rating: R for sexual content and language

Running Time: 104 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Time Changer

Logline: A professional author in the 1890s rethinks his thesis on morality and Jesus after a Jules Verne/H.G. Wells-like trip to the modern day

Featuring: Gavin McLeod, Jennifer O’Neil, Hal Linden, Paul Rodriguez

Director: Rich Christiano

Writer: Rich Christiano

Distributor: Innovation Film Group

Opening Week Release Pattern: 100 locations 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

Logline: Upon returning to Paris from a vacation to Martinique, a recently divorced woman finds her husband has been murdered, their bank account emptied, and a trio of his 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

Featuring: Thandie Newton, Mark Wahlberg, Tim Robbins

Director: Jonathan Demme

Writers: Jonathan Demme, Steve Schmidt, Peter Joshua, Jessica Bendinger

Distributor: Universal

Opening Week Release Pattern: 750 locations 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

Waking Up In Reno

Logline: Two married couples 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

Featuring: Patrick Swayze, Charlize Theron, Billy Bob Thornton, Natasha Richardson

Director: Jordan Brady

Writers: Brent Briscoe, Mark Fauser

Distributor: Miramax

Opening Week Release Pattern: 175 locations 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

The Business of Fancydancing: Opens in two locations (Regent Showcase, Playhouse 7) in Los Angeles

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

Punch-Drunk Love: Expands to 350 locations

Real Women Have Curves: Expands to 115 locations

Shanghai Ghetto: Opens in Los Angeles (Music Hall, Fallbrook) and Ridgefield, New Jersey (Rialto)

Skins: Opens at the Fiesta in San Antonio

Week of November 1 to 7, 2002

Besotted

Logline: A sorceress uses magical powers to manipulate the lives of her characters who reside in a picturesque New England fishing community

Featuring: Holly Angell Hardmann, Jim Chiros

Director: Holly Angell Hardmann

Writer: Holly Angell Hardmann

Distributor: Artistic License

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

Logline: A professional boxer has to help a U.S. government agent recover a missing jet

Featuring: Eddie Murphy, Owen Wilson, Famke Jannsen, Malcolm McDowell

Director: Betty Thomas

Writers: Marianne Sellek Wibberley, Cormac Wibberley

Distributor: Sony

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations 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

Logline: Eight New Yorkers look for… well, love and money, in the big city

Featuring: Steve Buscemi, Rosario Dawson, Adrian Grenier, Jill Hennessy, Michael Imperioli, Carol Kane

Director: Peter Mattei

Writer: Peter Mattei

Distributor: ThinkFILM

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

Logline: After enjoying a successful reign as Santa Claus, Scott Calvin discovers not only that 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

Featuring: Tim Allen, Elizabeth Mitchell, Wendy Crewson, Michael Dorn, Kevin Pollak, Judge Reinhold

Director: Michael Lembeck

Writers: Leonardo Benvenuti, Ken Daurio, Ed Decter, Cinco Paul, Steve Rudnick, John J. Strauss

Distributor: Buena Vista

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2750 plus locations on November 1

MPAA Rating: G

Running Time: 105 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Tully

Logline: The happy-go-lucky, spoiled son of a rancher in Nebraska, who can get women with the snap of his fingers, tries to get involved with an intern at a veterinary clinic who consistently shoots down his advances

Featuring: Anson Mount, Julianne Nicholson, John Diehl

Director: Hillary Birmingham

Writers: Hillary Birmingham, Matt Drake

Distributor: Telltale Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Music Hall in Beverly Hills on November 1

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 102 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

The Weight Of Water

Logline: A photojournalist and her husband 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

Featuring: Elizabeth Hurley, Catherine McCormack, Sean Penn and Sarah Polley

Director: Kathryn Bigelow

Writers: Alice Arlen, Christopher Kyle

Distributor: Lions Gate

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

Expanding this week

Punch-Drunk Love: Expands to 1000 locations

Roger Dodger: Expands to select markets

Week of November 8 to 14, 2002

The Crime of Father Amaro

Logline: A recently ordained a priest is sent to a small parish church to assist the aging Father and begin a new life of unseen challenges. In Spanish with English subtitles

Featuring: Gael García Bernal, Sancho Gracia

Director: Carlos Carrera

Writer: Vicente Leñero

Distributor: IDP

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on November 8

MPAA Rating: R for sexuality, language and some disturbing images

Running Time: 120 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

8 Mile

Logline: The authorized un-biography of the famed rap star

Featuring: Eminem, Kim Basinger, Brittany Murphy, Mekhi Phifer

Director: Curtis Hanson

Writer: Scott Silver

Distributor: Universal

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 locations on November 8

MPAA Rating: R for strong language, sexuality, some violence and drug use

Running Time: 111 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Etoiles: Dancers of the Paris Opera

Logline: A behind the scenes look at the intense competition surrounding the Paris Opera Ballet

Director: Nils Tavernier

Distributor: First Run

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to New York City’s Cinema Village Thearte on November 8

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 100 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby SR

Far From Heaven

Logline: A privileged suburban Connecticut family in the 1950s is turned upside down when the husband comes out the closet, and wife finds solace in the arms of a black man

Featuring: Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, Dennis Haysbert, Patricia Clarkson

Director: Todd Haynes

Writers: Todd Haynes

Distributor: Focus Features

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on November 8

MPAA Rating: PG13 for mature thematic elements, sexual content, brief violence and language

Running Time: 107 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Femme Fatale

Logline: A woman, trying to reestablish her life though her past as a con-woman, finds that past coming back to haunt her when she encounters an unscrupulous photojournalist

Featuring: Antonio Bandares, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos

Director: Brian DePalma

Writer: Brian DePalma

Distributor: Warner Brothers

Opening Week Release Pattern: 800 locations on November 6

MPAA Rating: R for strong sexuality, violence and language

Running Time: 114 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Phantom Of Liberty

Logline: Rerelease of Luis Buñuel’s 1974 infamously fragmented feature. In French with English subtitles

Featuring: Michael Lonsdale, Jean Rochefort, Monica Vitti, Marie-France Pisier

Director: Luis Buñuel

Writers: Luis Buñuel, Jean-Claude Carrière

Distributor: Rialto

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on November 8

MPAA Rating: Not Rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 104 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Mono Sound

The Rising Place

Logline: The close friendship of two young women, each of a different race, and their struggle to find purpose in their lives during this time of social injustice and world war

Featuring: Liam Aiken, Billy Campbell, Frances Fisher, Jennifer Holliday

Director: Tom Rice

Writer: Tom Rice

Distributor: Flatland

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on November 8

MPAA Rating: PG13 for elements of violence

Running Time: 93 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Week of November 15 to 21, 2002

Ararat

Logline: A film crew struggles to tell the harrowing true story of the 1915-1917 holocausts of over a million and a half Armenians by the then-ruling Ottoman Empire

Featuring: Eric Bogosian, Bruce Greenwood, Elias Koteas, Christopher Plummer

Director: Atom Egoyan

Writer: Atom Egoyan

Distributor: Miramax

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on November 15

MPAA Rating: R for violence, sexuality/nudity and language

Running Time: 115 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Half Past Dead

Logline: A criminal mastermind plans to infiltrate a high-tech super-prison to persuade a man on death row to tell him where $200 million in gold is hidden, unaware the FBI has an agent planted undercover to try to stop him

Featuring: Morris Chestnut, Ja Rule, Steven Seagal

Director: Don Michael Paul

Distributor: Screen Gems

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1750 locations on November 15

MPAA Rating: PG13 for pervasive action violence, language and some sexual content

Running Time: Not set at as of this writing

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, SDDS

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Logline: Many forces try to stop young Master Potter from going back to Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry for a second year.

Featuring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Kenneth Branagh, John Cleese, Robbie Coltrane, Richard Harris, Alan Rickman, Jason Isaacs

Director: Chris Columbus

Writer: Steve Kloves

Distributor: Warner Brothers

Opening Week Release Pattern: 7000 plus prints in 3300 locations on November 15

MPAA Rating: PG for scary moments, some creature violence and mild language

Running Time: 160 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Revolution #9

Logline: A young New Yorker imagines himself the victim of an overwhelming sensory attack by corporate media

Featuring: Michael Risley, Adrienne Shelly, Spalding Gray, Callie Thorne

Director: Tim McCann

Writer: Tim McCann

Distributor: Exile

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to New York City’s Quad Cinema on November 15

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Stereo

Standing In The Shadows Of Motown

Logline: A documentary that celebrates the unsung session players who performed with some of the greatest artists of modern music

Director: Paul Justman

Distributor: Artisan

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on November 15

MPAA Rating: PG for language and thematic elements

Running Time: 108 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Stereo

The Way Home

Logline: Left with his mute grandmother for the summer by his parents and out of fresh batteries for his video game, a young boy learns the simpler ways of country living. In Korean with English subtitles

Featuring: Kim Eul-Bun, Yu Seung-Ho

Director: Lee Jeong-Hyang

Writer: Lee Jeong-Hyang

Distributor: Paramount Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on November 15

MPAA Rating: PG for mild thematic elements and language

Running Time: 80 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Stereo

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