The Early Report for November 12, 2002

A weekly rundown of the upcoming releases.

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: Fice screens in 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

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, from the novel by Eça de Queirós

Distributor: IDP

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens November 15 at 36 locations including Landmark’s Inwood in Dallas, Laemmle’s Town and Country in Encino, the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood, Landmark’s Greenway in Houston, the Rancho Niguel in LagunaNiguel CA, Landmark’s Westisde Pavilion and Pacific’s Grove Stadium 14 in Los Angeles, the Paseo in Pasadena, Laemmle’s Monica in Santa Monica, the Plant 16 in Van Nuys and Laemmle’s Fallbrook in West Hills CA

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

Running Time: 120 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

A Dream In Hanoi

Logline: A documenary about two theater companies (one American, the other Vietnamese) who come together to stage the first performances in Vietnam of Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Narrator: F. Murray Abraham

Director: Tom Weidlinger

Distributor: Moira Productions

Opening Week Release Pattern: Landmark’s Shattuck Theatre in Berkeley, the Camera Cinemas in San Jose and Landmark’s Opera Plaza in San Francisco on November 15

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 91 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Stereo

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

himFeaturing: Morris Chestnut, Ja Rule, Steven Seagal

Director: Don Michael Paul

Writer: Don Michael Paul

Distributor: Screen Gems

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1750 locations on November 15

MPAA Rating: PG-13 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, the lateRichard Harris, Alan Rickman, Jason Isaacs

Director: Chris Columbus

Writer: Steve Kloves, based on the novel by J.K. Rowling

Distributor: Warner Brothers

Opening Week Release Pattern: 7500 plus prints in 3600 locations, including 25 digital runs, on November

15MPAA Rating: PG for scary moments, some creature violence and mild language

Running Time: 160 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital EX, DTS, SDDS

Interview With The Assassin

Logline: An out-of-work TV reporter/cameraman stumbles upon the story of the century when his mysterious old ex-Marine neighbor tells him on camera that he was the second gunman on the legendary “grassy knoll” in

DallasFeaturing: Raymond J. Berry, Dylan Haggarty

Director: Neil Burger

Writer: Neil Burger

Distributor: Magnolia

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

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 88 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby SR

Revolution #9

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

mediaFeaturing: 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: Locations in New York City and Los Angeles, plus Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkelely, Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema in Bethesda MD, Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinema in Boston, Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego and Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco 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

Expanding this week

All Or Nothing: Additional expansion including Landmark’s Plaza Frontenac Cinema in St. Louis

Bloody Sunday: 22 additional locations: the Highridge and the Rio in Albuquerque, the Isis in Aspen CO, the Flicks in Boise ID, the Manor in Charlotte NC, the Globe in Calgary, the Twin Peaks in Colorado Springs, the Ragtag in Columbia MO (starting November 20), the Bijou in Eugene OR, the Mahaiwe in Great Barrington MA, the Restaurant Row in Honolulu, the Castleton Square in Indianapolis, the Westwood Plaza in Johnstown PA, the Kentucky in Lexington, the Market Square in Little Rock, the Exchange Street in Portland ME (starting November 20), the New Art in Provincetown MA, Landmark’s Hillcrest in San Diego, the DeVargas in Santa Fe, Landmark’s Plaza Frontenac Cinema in St. Louis, the Franklin in Toledo, the Kimball in Williamburg VA amd the Images in Williamstown MA

Daughter From Danang: Opens at Landmark’s Nuart Theatre in Los Angeles

Far From Heaven: Expands into additional major markets including Landmark’s Albany Twin in Albany CA, Landmark’s Kendall Square and Embassy Cinemas in Boston, Landmark’s Century Centre and Renaissance Place Cinemas in Chicago, Landmark’s Mayan Theatre in Denver, Landmark’s Guild Cinema in Menlo Park, CA, Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas in San Diego and Landmark’s Clay Theatre in San Francisco

The Grey Zone: Opens at Landmark’s River Oaks Theatre in Houston

His Secret Life: Opens at Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema in Chicago

Just A Kiss: 2 additional locations: the Wheeler in Aspen CO (starting November 20) and the Palace in Windsor ON (starting November 17)

The Man From Elysian Fields: Opens at the Green Hills 16 in Nashville

Real Women Have Curves: Opens at Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema in Bethesda MD, Landmark’s Chez Artiste in Denver and Landmark’s Maple Art Theatre in Detroit

Roger Dodger: Opens at Landmark’s Downer Theatre in Milwaukee and Landmark’s Canal Place in New

OrleansTully: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinema in Boston

Week of November 22 to 28, 2002

Adam Sandler’s Eight Crazy Nights

Logline: Davey, a 33-year old party animal, finds himself in trouble with the law after his wild ways go too far. In keeping with the holiday spirit, the judge gives Davey one last chance at redemption-spend the holiday performing community service as the assistant referee for the youth basketball league or go to jail

Featuring the voices of: Adam Sandler, Tyra Banks, Jon Lovitz, Kevin Nealon, Rob Schneider

Director: Seth Kearsley

Writers: Brooks Arthur and Allen Covert, from a story by Adam Sandler

Distributor: Sony

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus locations on November 27

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for frequent crude and sexual humor, drinking and brief drug references

Running Time: 71 minutes, plus two minute short “A Day With The Meatball”

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Die Another Day

Logline: This time around, British Secret Agent James Bond is up against a North Korean General who has created a facial mutation device that allows him to take on various identities

Featuring: Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry, Rick Yune, John Cleese, Dame Judi Dench, Michael Madsen,

MadonnaDirector: Lee Tamahori

Writers: Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, featuring some characters originally created by Ian

FlemingDistributor: United Artists

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3000 plus locations on November 22

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for action violence and sexuality

Running Time: Not set as of this writing

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDD

Friday After Next

Logline: Craig and Day Day finally get their own crib, and work as security guards at a mall. When their place is ripped off on Christmas Day, they try to figure out whodunnit

Featuring: Ice Cube, Mike Epps, John Witherspoon

Director: Marcus Raboy

Writer: Ice Cube

Distributor: New Line

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1500 plus locations on November 22

MPAA Rating: R for language, sexual content and drug use

Running Time: 83 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Emperor’s Club

Logline: The life of a dedicated and inspiring professor who has devoted his life to teaching at an elite boys’ prep school is changed by the arrival of a new student, the headstrong son of a powerful senator

Featuring: Kevin Kline, Emile Hirsch, Embeth Davidtz, Patrick Dempsey, Rob Morrow, Edward

HerrmannDirector: Michael Hoffman

Writer: Neil Tolkin, based on the short story “The Palace Thief” by Ethan Canin

Distributor: Universal

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1500 plus locations on November 22

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some sexual content

Running Time: 109 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Extreme Ops

Logline: A group of daredevil thrillseekers making a television commercial find themselves having to fight for theirlives when a group of Serbian war criminals take over the supposedly abanonded mountaintop hotel they are using as a base

Featuring: Rufus Sewell, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, Devon Sawa

Director: Christian Duguay

Writer: Michael Zaidan, based on a story by Timothy Scott Bogart and Mark Mullin

Distributor: Paramount

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus locations on November 22

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated by the MPAA

Running Time: Not set as of this writing

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Personal Velocity

Logline: Rebecca Miller successfully makes a name for herself away from her father Arthur and husband Daniel Day-Lewis, with her Sundance winning drama about three women who attempt to reclaim their lives

Featuring: Fairuza Balk, Parker Posey, Kyra Sedgwick, Tim Guinee, Wallace Shawn

Director: Rebecca Miller

Writer: Rebecca Miller

Distributor: MGM

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on November 22

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

Running Time: 86 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Power and Terror: Noam Chomsky In Our Times

Logline: Documents the life of America’s most famous dissident in the months following the September 11th attacks

Featuring: Noam Chomsky

Director: John Junkerman

Distributor: First Run Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to New York CIty’s Film Fourm on November 22

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 74 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Mono

The Quiet American

Logline: An idealistic American aid worker arrives in 1952 Saigon, befriending a correspondent for the London Times. Along with the writer’s young Vietnamese mistress, the three become swept up in a love triangle that leads to unexpected circumstances

Featuring: Brendan Fraser, Michael Caine

Director: Philip Noyce

Writers: Christopher Hampton and Robert Schenkkan, from the novel by Graham Greene

Distributor: Miramax

Opening Week Release Pattern: Two week Oscar qualifying run in New York and Los Angeles on November 22

MPAA Rating: R for images of violence and some language

Running Time: 101 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Smokers Only

Logline: A male prostitute meets a suicidal woman at an ATM, and they embark on a torrid love affair. In Spanish with English subtitles

Featuring: Cecilia Bengolea, Leonardo Brezicki

Director: Verónica Chen

Writer: Verónica Chen

Distributor: Strand

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on November 22

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 87 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1

Sound Format: Stereo

Solaris

Logline: Aboard a space station orbiting a distant watery planet, a psychologist discovers that the commander of an expedition to the planet has died mysteriously. As he investigates the causes of death, mysterious things start to happen aboard the station that make him question his mission and life as a whole.

Featuring: George Clooney

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Writer: Steven Soderbergh, based on the novel by Stanislaw Lem

Distributor: Fox

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1750 plus locations on November 27

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated by the MPAA

Running Time: Not set as of this writing

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Talk To Her

Logline: The intense friendship between a struggling writer and a male nurse who is caring for the writer’s coma-stricken bullfighter girlfriend. Drama in Spanish with English subtitles

Featuring: Javier Camara, Rosario Flores, Dario Grandinetti, Leonor Watling, Geraldine Chaplin

Director: Pedro Almodóvar

Writer: Pedro Almodóvar

Distributor: Sony Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: Landmark’s Sunshine Cinemas in New York City and in Los Angeles on November

22MPAA Rating: R for nudity, sexual content and some language

Running Time: 116 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

They

Logline: A successful young grad student with a promising career in psychology is forced to face her childhood fears after a troubling encounter with an old friend.

Featuring: Marc Blucas, Dagmara Dominczyk, Ethan Embry, Laura Regan

Director: Robert Harmon

Writer: Brendan William Hood

Distributor: Dimension

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1000 plus locations on November 27

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for terror/violence, sexual content and language

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Treasure Planet

Logline: Take a classic novel, set it in outer space, add a pinch of Martin Short and mix in some songs by the leader of the Goo Goo Dolls. Dinsey hopes this is the recipe to bring their animation division back to the top of the cartoon world.

Featuring the voices of: Roscoe Lee Brown, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Hyde Pierce, Martin Short, Emma Thompson

Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker

Writers: Ken Harsha, Barry Johnson, Kaan Kalyon, Mark Kennedy, Sam Levine, Donnie Long, Frank Nissen and Terry Rossio, based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson

Distributor: Buena Vista

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations on November 27

MPAA Rating: PG for adventure action and peril

Running Time: 96 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding this week

Ararat: Expands into the top ten markets on November 27

Bloody Sunday: 5 additional locations: the Bookshelf in Guelph BC, the Globe in Winnipeg, the Fluer in Des Moines IA, the Academy in Northampton MA and the Burns Court in Sarasota FL

The Crime of Father Amaro: 18 additional locations including Landmark’s Dobie in Austin, Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinema in Boston, Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago, the Gurnee Cinema in Gurnee IL, Landmark’s Hillcrest in San Diego, Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema in San Francisco, Landmark’s Harvard Exit in Seattle, the South Barrington 30 in South Barrington IL, the Cantera 30 in Warrenville, IL and the West Newton Cinemas in West Newton MA

Far From Heaven: Expands into select markets

His Secret Life: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinema in Boston, the Main Art Theatre in Detroit and the Village Square Cinemas in Las Vegas

Interview With The Assassin: Expands into select markets

Just A Kiss: 2 additional locations: the Rainbow Galleria in London ON (starting November 24) and the Baxter in Louisville KY

The Man From Elysian Fields: Opens at Landmark’s Canal Place in New Orleans and at Landmark’s Tivoli in St. Louis (starting November 27)

Sex With Strangers: Opens at Landmark’s Dobie in Austin

Standing In The Shadows of Motown: Expands into select markets on November 27

Week of November 29 to December 5, 2002

Rabbit-Proof Fence

Logline: Fact based drama based on three young Aboriginal girls in 1931 who, after being taken from their homes to be trained as domestic help for wealthy Australian families, follow the 1500 mile long fence in the Outback meant to keep the rabbit population in control back to their tribe.

Featuring: Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, Laura Monaghan, Kenneth Branagh

Director: Phillip Noyce

Writer: Christine Olsen, based on the novel Follow the rabbit-proof fence by Doris Pilkington

Distributor: Miramax

Opening Week Release Pattern: Landmark’s Sunshine Cinemas in New York City and in Los Angeles on November

29MPAA Rating: PG for emotional thematic material

Running Time: 93 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Week of December 6 to 12, 2002

Adaptation

Logline: A screenwriter has trouble adapting a novel to the big screen

Featuring: Nicholas Cage, Chris Cooper, Brian Cox, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Meryl Streep

Director: Spike Jonze

Writers: Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman, based on the novel The Orchid Thief by Susan

OrleanDistributor: Sony

Opening Week Release Pattern: Limited release on December 6

MPAA Rating: R for language, sexuality, some drug use and violent images

Running Time: 106 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Stereo, SDDS

Analyze That

Logline: The continuing adventures of a guilt-ridden mobster and his neurotic therapist

Featuring: Billy Crystal, Robert DeNiro, Lisa Kudrow, Joe Viterelli

Director: Harold Ramis

Writers: Harold Ramis, Peter Steinfeld, Peter Tolan

Distributor: Warners

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations on December 6

MPAA Rating: R for language and some sexual content

Running Time: 100 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Blackboards

Logline: In a ravaged, brutally beautiful mountain landscape along the Iran-Iraq border, a group of teachers, with blackboards strapped to their backs, roam the countryside in search of pupils. After an attack by an army helicopter, two of the teachers separate from the group. One travels the dirt roads with a gang of illiterate boys who smuggle stolen goods across the border, while the other joins up with a group of old men who, after years of being refugees, struggle to get back across the border to their bombed village of Halabcheh. Virtually none of the Kurds express an interest in learning to read or write but the teachers¹ blackboards are pressed into service in a variety of other ways: camouflage, a stretcher, a splint for a broken leg, and shelter and protection from the frequent bursts of gunfire from border troops. Still, the teachers persevere in their effort to educate anyone who is willing to learn. In a world filled with hardship and ignorance, the two teachers offer hope, kindness, and the blessing of knowledge

Featuring: Bahman Ghobadi, Said Mohamadi

Director: Samira Makhmalbaf

Writers: Samira Makhmalbaf, Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Distributor: Leisure Times Features

Opening Week Release Pattern: The Quad and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas on December 6

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 85 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Stereo

Empire

Logline: A South Bronx drug lord gets screwed by an unscrupulous Wall Street investment banker while trying to legitimize his business holdings.

Featuring: Ruben Blades, Fat Joe, John Leguizamo, Denise Richards, Peter Sarsgaard

Director: Franc. Reyes

Writer: Franc. Reyes

Distributor: Universal

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1000 plus locations on December 6

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

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Equilibrium

Logline: In a totalitarian future society where feelings are banned, one man accidentally stumbles upon what it truly is like to be human, and fights to change society

Featuring: Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Taye Diggs, William Fitchner, Angus MacFayden, Emily Watson

Director: Kurt Wimmer

Writer: Kurt Wimmer

Distributor: Dimension

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations on December 6

MPAA Rating: R for violence

Running Time: 107 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

My Kingdom

Logline: “King Lear” set in modern England. The head of the Liverpool criminal underworld slowly goes mad after the senseless murder of his wife, leaving his three daughters to pick up the pieces.

Featuring: Richard Harris, Lynn Redgrave

Director: Don Boyd

Writer: Don Boyd

Distributor: First Look Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: One week Oscar qualifying run in Los Angeles on December 6

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 177 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby SR

Russian Ark

Logline: Shot in one take using a digital camera, after three months of rehearsals, a contemporary filmmaker wandering around St. Petersberg finds himself travelling through 200 plus years of Russian history as he walks through the Hermitage.

Featuring: Anna Aleksakhina, Vladimir Baranov, Sergei Dontsov, Mariya Kuznetsova, Leonid Mozgovoy

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov

Writers: Boris Khaimsky, Anatoli Nikiforov, Svetlana Proskurina, Aleksandr Sokurov

Distributor: Wellspring

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on December 6

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 96 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby SR

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