The Early Report for November 25, 2002

A weekly rundown of the upcoming releases.

Opening This Wednesday

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: 2350 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

Extreme Ops

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

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: 1775 plus locations on November 27

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence/peril, language and some nudity

Running Time: 93 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

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. 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: 2500 plus locations on November 27

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexuality/nudity, brief language and thematic elements

Running Time: 98 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Factoids: Originally planned as a director effort for James Cameron, who remains on as a producer, with Daniel Day-Lewis mentioned as the likeliest star. Clooney and Soderbergh so enjoyed working with each other on “Out Of Sight” that they became partners with the Warner Brothers-based Section Eight Productions

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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: 1600 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: 3150 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

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: The Paris and Landmark’s Sunshine Cinemas in New York City, and Laemmle’s Sunset 5, Laemmle’s Monica and, Landmark’s Westside Pavilion in Los Angeles on November 29

MPAA Rating: PG for emotional thematic material

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Expanding this week

Alias Betty: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Houston and Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle

Ararat: 10 additional locations on November 27: Landmark’s Maple Art Theater in Bloomfield Hills MI, Loews’ Harvard Square in Boston, Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema in Chicago, the Magnolia West Village in Dallas, Edwards’ Fresno Stadium in Fresno CA, the Angelika in Houston, Landmark’s Lagoon Cinema in Minneapolis MN and Ritz 5 Theaters in Philadelphia, Landmark’s Embarcadero Cinema in San Francisco and Landmark’s Metro Cinemas in Seattle, plus two locations in Washington DC, Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema and the Loews Georgetown 14, on November 29

Bloody Sunday: 6 additional locations: the Bookshelf in Guelph BC, the Globe in Winnipeg, the Fluer in Des Moines IA, Landmark’s La Jolla Village Cinemas in La Jolla CA, the Academy in Northampton MA and the Burns Court in Sarasota FL

The Crime of Father Amaro: Opens at the Copley Place Cinemas in Boston, the Ritz At The Bourse in Philadelphia and the Ritz 16 in Voorhees, NJ on November 27, and the Shirlington in Arlington VA, Landmark’s Bethesda Row in Bethesda MD, the Rancho Del Ray 16 in Chula Vista CA, Landmark’s Mayan in Denver, the Cinema Arts Center in Huntington NY, the Kew Gardens in Kew Gardens NY, the Malverne Twin in Malverne NY, the York Square Cinemas in New Haven CT, the Garden Cinema in Norwalk CT, the Fox 10 in Portland OR, the Montgomery Cinemas in Rocky Hill NJ, Landmark’s Main Art Theater in Royal Oak MI, Landmark’s Hillcrest in San Diego, the Dupont Circle in Washington DC and Winter Park Village 20 in Winter Park FL in November 29

Daughter from Danang: Opens at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley and Landmark’s Opera Plaza Cinema in San Francisco

Far From Heaven: Expands into select markets

Food Of Love: Opens at Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema in Chicago

The Happiness of the Katakuris: Opens at Landmark’s Dobie in Austin

Heaven: Opens at Landmark’s Downer Theatre in Milwaukee

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

The Man From Elysian Fields: Opens at Oriental Theatre in Milwaukee, Landmark’s Canal Place in New Orleans and at Landmark’s Tivoli in St. Louis

Naqoyqatsi: Opens at Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego

Personal Velocity: Opens at Landmark’s Regent in Westwood CA

Rabbit-Proof Fence: Opens at Landmark’s Westside Pavilion in West Los Angeles

Real Women Have Curves: Opens at Landmark’s Hi-Pointe Theatre in St. Louis

Roger Dodger: Opens at Landmark’s Tivoli in St Louis

Standing In The Shadows of Motown: Opens at Madstone’s Briarwood Mall in Ann Arbor MI, United Artists’ Tara Cinema 4 in Atlanta, the Charles in Baltimore, the Drexel 3 in Bexley OH, the Esquire in Cincinnati, the Cedar Lee 6 in ClevelandHeights, the Angelika Film Center in Houston, Metropolitan’s Plaza Del Oro in Santa Barbara, the Roxy Stadium 14 Cinemas in Santa Rosa CA, Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St Louis and Harkins’ Valley Art in Tempe on November 27, and at Landmark’s Uptown in Minneapolis, MN, Regal’s Fox Tower 10 in Portland OR and Landmark’s Westside Pavilion in West Los Angeles on November 29

Tully: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinema and Landmark’s Waltham Embassy in Boston, Landmark’s Inwood in Dallas, United Artists’ Hulen 10 in Ft. Worth and Landmark’s River Oaks Theatre in Houston

Week of December 6 to 12, 2002

Adaptation

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

Featuring: Nicolas 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: Landmark’s Sunshine Cinemas in New York and in major markets 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: 850 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: 1000 plus locations on December 6

MPAA Rating: R for violence

Running Time: 107 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1

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

Expanding this week

Alias Betty: Opens at the Hippodrome in Gainesville FL, the Restaurant Row in Honolulu, the Capawock Theater on Martha’s Vineyard MA, the Magic Theater in Nevada City, the Upstate Films in Rhinebeck NY and the Burns Court in Sarasota FL on December 6, plus the Movies in Portland ME on December 11

The Crime of Father Amaro Opens at the 62nd & Western in Chicago, the Tower Theatre in Sacramento. the Del Mar in Santa Cruz CA and Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema in Washington DC

Das Experiment: Opens at Landmark’s Dobie in Austin

Food Of Love: Opens at Landmark’s Main Art Theatre in Bloomfield Hills MI and the Ken Cinema in San Diego

The Happiness of the Katakuris: Opens at Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema in Chicago

His Secret Life: Opens at Landmark’s Greenway Theatre in Houston

Personal Velocity: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinema and Landmark’s Waltham Embassy in Boston, Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema in Chicago, Landmark’s Hillcrest in San Diego, Embarcadero Center Cinema in San Francisco and Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema in Washington DC

Satin Rouge: Opens at Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

Standing In The Shadows Of Motown: Opens at Landmark’s Downer Theatre in Milwaukee

The Trials of Henry Kissinger: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinema in Boston and Landmark’s Varisty inSeattle

War Photographer: Opens at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley and Landmark’s Opera Plaza Cinema in San Francisco

The Way Home: Opens at the Shirlington in Arlington VA, the Varsity in Honolulu, the La Jolla Village in San Diego, the Plaza De Oro in Santa Barbara, Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco, the Uptown in Seattle, the Carlton in Toronto, the Tinseltown in Vancouver and the Dupont in Washington, DC

Week of December 13 to 19, 2002

25th Hour

Logline: Monty Brogan has one final day to clear up his affairs before he is sent off to prison for seven years, trying to reconnect with the father he never really knew and enjoy one last taste of freedom with his

friends.Featuring: Edward Norton, Brian Cox, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Pepper, Rosario Dawson

Director: Spike Lee

Writer: David Benoiff

Distributor: Touchstone

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles exclusives on December 19

MPAA Rating: R for strong language and some violence

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

About Schmidt

Logline: A recently retired man tries to discover the meaning of his own life after his wife dies and his daughter plans on marrying a loser

Featuring: Jack Nicholson, Kathy Bates, Hope Davis, Dermot Mulroney

Director: Alexander Payne

Writers: Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor

Distributor: New Line

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City, Los Angeles and Omaha on December 13

MPAA Rating: R for some language and brief language

Running Time: 124 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Antwone Fisher

Logline: With the help of his naval psychiatrist, an angry young sailor learns to settle his disputes ways outside of his fists. Based on a true story

Featuring: Derek Luke, Joy Bryant, Salli Richardson, Denzel Washington

Director: Denzel Washington

Writers: Antwone Fisher

Distributor: Fox Searchlight

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on December 19

MPAA Rating: R for some language and brief language

Running Time: 124 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Drumline

Logline: A band director recruits a Harlem street drummer to play at a Southern university.

Featuring: Nick Cannon, Orlando Jones, Zoey Saldana

Director: Charles Stone III

Writers: Shawn Scheppes, Tina Gordon Chism, Gina Prince-Bythewood

Distributor: Fox

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1500 plus locations release on December 13

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for innuendo and language

Running Time: 119 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Evelyn

Logline: A father fights a long court battle to overturn an Irish custody law that stops him from seeing his children after his wife runs away. Based on a true story.

Featuring: Pierce Brosnan, Alan Bates, Julianna Margulies

Director: Bruce Beresford

Writer: Paul Pender

Distributor: United Artists

Opening Week Release Pattern: Limited release on December 13

MPAA Rating: PG for thematic material and language

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Guys

Logline: After the tragedies on September 11th, a journalist agrees to help a NYFD captain write eulogies for eight of the men he lost in the collapse of the World Trade Cetner towers.

Featuring: Sigourney Weaver, Anthony LaPaglia

Director: Jim Simpson

Writers: Anne Nelson and Jim Simpson, based on the one act play by Anne Nelson

Distributor: Focus

Opening Week Release Pattern: One week Oscar qualifying run in New York City and Los Angeles on December

13MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: Noy yet set

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby

The Hot Chick

Logline: The most popular girl in school awakens one morning to find she has switched bodies with a 30 year old man.

Featuring: Rob Schneider, Anna Faris, Andrew Keegan, Rachel McAdams

Director: Tom Brady

Writers: Tom Brady and Rob Schnieder

Distributor: Buena Vista

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1500 plus locations release on December 13

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for crude sexual humor, language and drug references

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Intacto

Logline: A Nazi concentration camp survivor who lives in the basement of a casino on a Spanish island becomes a broker of “good luck.”

Featuring: Eusebio Poncela, Monica Lopez, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Max von Sydow

Director: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo

Writers: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo,Andrés M. Koppel

Distributor: Lions Gate

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on December 13

MPAA Rating: R for language, some violence and brief nudity

Running Time: 108 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Stereo

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Logline: The middle section of the trilogy about a group of vertically challenged Middle Earthers who must destroy a sacred ring before it destroys the world

Featuring: Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Liv Tyler, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood

Director: Peter Jackson

Writers: Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Stephen Sinclair, Frances Walsh, based on the novel by JRR

TolkienDistributor: New Line

Opening Week Release Pattern: 5000 prints at 2500 plus locations release on December 13

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for epic battle sequences and scary images

Running Time: 179 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Maid In Manhattan

Logline: A presidental hopeful falls in love with a mysterious woman he meets at a Manhattan hotel, unaware that she is a maid.

Featuring: Jennifer Lopez, Ralph Fiennes, Natasha Richardson

Director: Wayne Wang

Writers: Kevin Wade, based on a story by John Hughes

Distributor: Sony

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1800 plus locations release on December 13

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some language/sexual references

Running Time: 106 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Factoid: Previously known as “The Chambermaid,” “Uptown Girl” and “Untitled John Hughes.”

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: Exclusive to New York City’s Lincoln Plaza Cinemas on December 13

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 96 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby SR

Star Trek: Nemesis

Logline: The crew of the Enterprise goes on one final adventure… unless the grosses are really

good…Featuring: Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Jonathan Frakes, Tom Hardy, Gates McFadden, Ron Perlman, Marina Sirtis

Director: Stuart Baird

Writers: John Logan, based on a story by Rick Berman, John Logan and Brent Spiner, based on the series created by Gene Roddenberry

Distributor: Paramount

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus locations release on December 13

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sci-fi action violence and peril and a scene of sexual content

Running Time: 117 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding this week

Alias Betty: Opens at the Guild in Albuquerque, the NC Manor in Charlotte, the Music Box in Chicago, the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, the Village Square in Las Vegas and the Plan B in Santa Fe

Children of the Century: Opens at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, Landmark’s La Jolla Village Cinemas in La Jolla CA and Landmark’s Opera Plaza Cinema in San Francisco

The Crime of Father Amaro Opens at Landmark’s Uptown in Minneapolis MN and Landmark’s Plaza Frontenac in St. Louis

Das Experiment: Opens at Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

Daughter from Danang: Opens at Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego

Lawrence Of Arabia: Opens at the Landmark’s Main Art Theatre in Bloomfield Hills MI

Personal Velocity: Opens at Landmark’s Maple Art Theatre in Bloomfield Hills MI, Landmark’s Chez Artiste in Denver, Landmark’s Greenway Theatre in Houston

Skins: Opens at Landmark’s Cecchi Gori Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills

Standing In The Shadows Of Motown: Opens at United Artists’ Highridge in Albuquerque, Malco’s Studio on the Square 5 in Memphis, the Rialto Cineima in Raleigh NC and Regal’s Fiesta 16 in San Antonio

Tully: Opens at Madstone’s Briarwood in Ann Arbor, MI and Landmark’s Maple Art Theatre in Bloomfield Hills, MI

The Way Home: Opening at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, the Camera 3 in San Jose, the Rafael Film Center in San Rafael CA and the Lakeside in Santa Rosa CA

Week of December 20 to 26, 2002

Catch Me If You Can (Dreamworks)

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations on December 25

Gangs of New York (Miramax)

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1500 plus locations on December 20

The Lion King (Buena Vista)

Opening Week Release Pattern: 100 locations at IMAX and other large format theatres on December 25

Narc (Paramount)

Opening Week Release Pattern: Limited release on December 20

Nicholas Nickelby (United Artists)

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Landmark’s Regent in Los Angeles on December 25

Pinocchio (Miramax)

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus locations on December 25

Two Week Notice (Warner Brothers)

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus locations on December 20

The Wild Thornberry’s Movie (Paramount)

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1500 plus locations on December 20

Expanding this week

Alias Betty: Opens at the Cedar Lee in Cleveland, the Movies at Birkdale in Huntersville, the Belcourt Theater in Nashville and the Catamount Theater in St. Johnsbury, VT

Rabbit-Proof Fence: Opens at Landmark’s Maple Art Theatre in Bloomfield Hills MI, Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinema in Boston, Landmark’s Inwood in Dallas, Landmark’s Esquire in Denver and Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema in Washington DC on December 25

Standing In The Shadow Of Motown: Opens at the East Fed Manor Twin in Charlotte NC, the Grande 16 in Greensboro NC, the Enzian in Maitland FL, Regal’s Green Hills Commons 16 in Nashville, the Broadway Centre Theatres in Salt Lake City, the Burns Court in Sarasota FL and Regal’s Channelside in Tampa FL on December 27

Talk To Her: Opens at Landmark’s Cecchi Gori Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills, Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinema in Boston, Landmark’s Inwood in Dallas, Landmark’s Mayan in Denver, Landmark’s River Oaks Theatre in Houston, Landmark’s Aquarius Theatre in Palo Alto and Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinema in San Diego and Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema in Washington DC on December 25

Week of December 27, 2002 to January 2, 2003

Chicago (Miramax)

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York, Los Angeles and Chicago on December 27

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (Miramax)

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on December 27

The Hours (Paramount)

Opening Week Release Pattern: Limited release on December 27

Love Liza (Sony Classics)

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on December 30

Max (Lions Gate)

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on December 27

MPAA Rating: R for language

The Pianist (Focus)

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York and Los Angeles on December 27

Sonny (IDP)

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York and Los Angeles on December 27

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