The Early Report for January 29, 2003

A weekly rundown of the upcoming releases.

Wednesday, January 29, 2003

Chaos

Logline: The lives of a bourgeois French couple constantly racing through the day to keep up with all of their obligations is altered when they witness the brutal beating of a prostitute by a group of men just outside of their

carFeaturing: Rachida Brakni, Catherine Frot, Vincent Lindon

Director: Coline Serreau

Writer: Coline Serreau

Distributor: New Yorker Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on January 29

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 109 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Thursday, January 30, 2003

Expanding this day

Amen: Opens at the Paramount Centre in Peekskill NY

Friday, January 31, 2003

Biker Boyz

Logline: A young man forms his own motorcycle crew, looking for respect from his peers and adoration from the girl heloves

Featuring: Lisa Bonet, Laurence Fishburne, Orlando Jones, Derek Luke, Kid Rock

Director: Reggie Rock-Bythewood

Writers: Craig Fernandez and Reggie Rock-Bythewood, based on an article by Michael Gougis

Distributor: Dreamworks

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1600 plus locations release on January 31

MPAA Rating: PG13 for violence, sexual content and language

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Final Destination 2

Logline: A group of friends is saved from a horrific freeway pileup when the driver has a gut feeling, only to end up dying one by one in gruesome ways

Featuring: A.J. Cook, Michael Landes, Ali Larter, Tony Todd

Director: David Ellis

Writers: Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber, based on a story by Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber and Jeffrey Reddick, based on characters created by Jeffrey Reddick

Distributor: New Line

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2750 plus location release on January 31

MPAA Rating: R for strong violent/gruesome accidents, language, drug content and some nudity

Running Time: 105 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Guru

Logline: A heralded dance teacher from India working as a waiter in a New York restaurant is mistaken for a spiritual leader by a wacky adult film star, and becomes an overnight sensation

Featuring: Heather Graham, Jim Mistry, Marisa Tomei

Director: Daisy von Scherler Mayer, based on an idea by Shekar Kapur

Writer: Tracey Jackson

Distributor: Universal

Opening Week Release Pattern: 60 plus locations release on January 31

MPAA Rating: R for strong sexual content including dialogue, and for language

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Lost In La Mancha

Logline: A behind the scenes look at the making, and un-making, of Terry Gilliam’s 2000 production of the story of Don Quixote.

Featuring: Terry Gilliam, Jean Rochefort, Johnny Depp. Narrated by Jeff Bridges

Directors: Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe

Distributor: IFC Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Landmark’s Sunshine Theatre and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas in New York, Landmark’s Nuart and Edwards University Irvine in Los Angeles, Landmark’s Bridge in San Francisco, Landmark’s Shattuck in Berkeley, the San Rafael Film Center in San Rafael and the Camera 3 in San Jose, on January 31

MPAA Rating: R for language

Running Time: 89 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1

Sound Format: Mono

The Recruit

Logline: A young trainee at a secret CIA training facility suspects his instructor of being a double

agentFeaturing: Colin Farrell, Bridget Moynahan, Al Pacino

Director: Roger Donaldson

Writer: Mitch Glazer, Roger Towne and Kurt Wimmer

Distributor: Buena Vista

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2250 plus locations release on January 31

MPAA Rating: PG13 for violence, sexuality and language

Running Time: 105 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding this day

Alias Betty: Opens at the Regal Winter Park in Orlando and the Regal Channelside in Tampa

Amen: Opens at the Laemmle Music Hall, Laemmle Monica 4, Laemmle Playhouse, Laemmle Sunset 5, Laemmle Town Centre and Edwards University 6 in Los Angeles

Blind Spot: Hitler’s Secretary: Opens at Laemmle’s Music Hall in Los Angeles

Charly: Opens at Edwards Boise 21 in Boise ID and the Carmike 12 in Kennewick WA

Quai des Orfèvres: Opens at Landmark’s Ken Theatre in San Diego

Suddenly Naked: Opens at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in Los Angeles

Friday, February 7, 2003

Band Of Outsiders

Logline: Jean-Luc Godard’s 1964 crime drama, from which Quentin Tarantino got the name of his production company, gets a re-release with a brand new 35mm print

Featuring: Claude Brasseur, Anna Karina, Sami Frey

Director: Jean-Luc Godard

Writer: Jean-Luc Godard, based on the novel by Dolores Hitchens

Distributor: Rialto

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Two Boots Pioneer in New York City on February 7

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1

Sound Format: Mono

Deliver Us From Eva

Logline: Three men related by marriage hire a playboy to date their meddlesome sister-in-law

Eva.Featuring: LL Cool J, Gabrielle Union

Director: Gary Hardwick

Writers: B.E. Brauner, Gary Hardwick and James Iver Mattson, based on a story by B.E. Brauner and James Iver Mattson

Distributor: Focus

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1200 plus locations release on February 7

MPAA Rating: R for sex-related dialogue

Running Time: 105 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

How To Lose A Guy In Ten Days

Logline: An aspiring junior editor uses her experience to get rid of Mr. Perfect for an article, only to fall in love with him before the article is done

Featuring: Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, Michael Michele

Director: Donald Petrie

Writers: Kristen Buckley, Brian Regan and Burr Steers, based on the book by Michele Alexander and Jeannie Long

Distributor: Paramount

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus locations release on February 7

MPAA Rating: PG13 for some sex-related material

Running Time: 118 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

The Lawless

Heart
Logline: Shocked by the death of a friend, three men decide to take their lives in hand. But under the influence of three beguiling women, how far will they go?

Featuring: Ellie Haddington, Tom Hollander, Bill Nighy, Sukie Smith

Directors: Tom Hunsinger, Neil Hunter

Writers: Tom Hunsinger, Neil Hunter

Distributor: First Look

Opening Week Release Pattern: Limited release on February 7

MPAA Rating: R for strong sexuality/nudity and language

Running Time: 86 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

May

Logline: A young woman who works as an assistant at the veterinarian’s office is unable to find a close friend, so she sets out to make her own Frankenstein buddy

Featuring: Angela Bettis, James Duval, Anna Faris, Jeremy Sisto

Director: Lucky McKee

Writer: Lucky McKee

Distributor: Lions Gate

Opening Week Release Pattern: 200 plus locations release on February 7

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

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: DTS

Shanghai Knights

Logline: Chon Wang and Ray finds themselves in London helping to track Jack The Ripper

Featuring: Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson

Director: David Dobkin

Writers: Alfred Gough and Miles Millar

Distributor: Buena Vista

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations release on February 7

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for action violence and sexual content

Running Time: 114 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding this day

Alias Betty: Opens at the Savoy in Montpelier VT

Charly: Opens at the Regal Newport Road 8 in Spokane WA

Chicago: Expands to 2000 plus play dates

Lost In La Mancha: Opens at the Cinema Arts Center in Huntingdon NY and the Nickelodeon in Santa Cruz CA

P.S. Your Cat Is Dead: Opens at the Regal Shadowwood in Boca Raton FL and the Regal South Beach in Miami

The Quiet American: Expands to fifty play dates

Wednesday, February 12, 2003

Stone Reader

Logline: This literary documentary/mystery tale begins in 1972 when The New York Times Book Review calls Dow Mossman’s ‘The Stones of Summer’ a book of “torrential imagination… burning with generational fire.” Twenty-five years later, avid reader Mark Moskowitz is bowled over by the complex novel of youth and rebellion and goes online to discover what else Mossman has published, but the trail turns cold: “A few years ago, when I searched for his books or for readers of ‘The Stones of Summer,’ or even copies to give friends, there were none. Nor was there any trace of the writer, the publisher or anyone who had heard of the book, let alone read it. Did Mossman just stop writing or was there something more? Was he even alive?”

Featuring: Mark Moskowitz

Director: Mark Moskowitz

Distributor: Jet Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on February 12

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 127 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Stereo

Friday, February 14, 2003

All The Real Girls

Logline: In a small Southern American town, a young man known for having sexual relations with every girl in town falls in love with his best friend’s virginal younger sister.

Featuring: Patricia Clarkson, Zooey Deschanel, Paul Schnieder

Director: David Gordon Green

Writer: David Gordon Green

Distributor: Sony Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York and Los Angeles on February 14

MPAA Rating: R for language and some sexuality

Running Time: 108 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Chi-wa-seon

Logline: The story of Jang Seung-up, the renowned nineteenth-century painter whose revolutionary work and persona forever changed the face of Korean art

Featuring: Choi Min-shik, Yoo Ho-jung, Ahn Sung-ki

Director: Im Kwon-taek

Writers: Kim Yong-oak and Im Kwon Taek, based on the story by Min Byung-sam

Distributor: Kino

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to New York City’s Lincoln Center Theatre on February 14

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 117 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Daredevil

Logline: Blind lawyer by day, vigilante superhero by night, Matt Murdock is Daredevil, the Man without

FearFeaturing: Ben Affleck, Michael Clarke Duncan, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Garner, John Favreau, Joe Pantoliano

Director: Mark Steven Johnson

Writer: Mark Steven Johnson

Distributor: 20th Century Fox

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3250 plus locations release on February 14

MPAA Rating: PG13 for action violence and some sensuality

Running Time: 96 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Gerry

Logline: Two young men who call each other Gerry find themselves lost while walking a wilderness trail. They talk about life and stuff trying to find their way out.

Featuring: Casey Affleck, Matt Damon

Director: Gus Van Sant

Writers: Cast Affleck, Matt Damon, Gus Van Sant

Distributor: ThinkFILM

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on February 14

MPAA Rating: R for language

Running Time: 103 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

Logline: A college art student falls in love with a married doctor. In French with English

subtitlesFeaturing: Samuel Le Bihan , Audrey Tautou

Director: Laetitia Colombani

Writer: Laetitia Colombani

Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York and Los Angeles on February 14

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 92 Minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

The Jungle Book 2

Logline: A boy raised in the wilderness by wild animals returns to the jungle after finding life in the real world to be intolerable

Featuring the voices of: John Goodman, Haley Joel Osment, Tony Jay

Director: Steven Trenbirth

Writers: Carl Crocker and Karl Geurs, based on the books by Rudyard Kipling

Distributor: Buena Vista

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2600 plus locations release on February 14

MPAA Rating: G

Running Time: 72 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Lockdown

Logline: A young man, getting his life together by returning to college, finds himself and two of his friends wrongly accused of murder

Featuring: D’Aundre Bonds, Gabriel Casseus, Richard T. Jones, Master P

Director: John Luessenhop

Writer: Preston A. Whitemore II

Distributor: Palm Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 100 play dates in Atlanta, Baltimore, Baton Rouge, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbia, Dallas, Detroit, Ft. Lauderdale, Greensboro, Houston, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Tallahassee and Washington DC, on February 14

MPAA Rating: R for brutal violence including sexual assaults, a strong scene of sexuality, pervasive language and graphic drug use

Running Time: 106 Minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Ordinary Sinner

Logline: A love triangle plays out against the struggle to uproot the foundations of bigotry and violence in a small New England town

Featuring: Elizabeth Banks, Brendan P. Hines, A. Martinez

Director: John Henry Davis

Writers: William Mahone

Distributor: Jour De Fete

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to New York City’s Quad Cinemas on February 14

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 91 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Stereo

Expanding this day

Alias Betty: Opens at the Ritz in Philadelphia

Charly: Opens at the Edwards Simi Valley Plaza 10 in Simi Valley CA

Lost In La Mancha: Opens at Landmark’s Bethesda Row in Bethesda MD, Landmark’s Kendall Square in Cambridge MA, Landmark’s Century Theatre in Chicago, Landmark’s Main Art Theatre in Detroit, the Ritz in Philadelphia, the Crest inSacramento, Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle, the Ritz in Voorhees NJ and the Loews Inner Circle in Washington

DCThe Quiet American: Expands to 150 play dates

Wednesday, February 19, 2003

Amandla: A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony

Logline: Documentary that showcases the songs sung by South African protesters against Apartheid

Featuring: Abdullah Ibrahim, Sibongile Khumalo, Vusi Mahlasela, Miriam Makeba, Nelson Mandela, Hugh

MasekelaDirector: Lee Hirsch

Distributor: Artisan Entertainment

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to New York City’s Film Forum on February 19

MPAA Rating: PG13 for some images of violence, and for momentary language

Running Time: 108 Minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Friday, February 21

Dark Blue

Logline: Two LAPD officers, one the rookie nephew of a high ranking official, the other a highly decorated but morally ambiguous sergeant, find more than they bargained for when they are assigned to assist an investigation of a robbery gone bad.
Featuring: Brendan Gleeson, Ving Rhames, Kurt Russell

Director: Ron Shelton
Writer: David Ayer, based on a story by James Ellroy

Distributor: United Artists/MGM

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1250 plus locations release on February 21

MPAA Rating: R for violence, language and brief sexuality

Running Time: 117 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Erotic Tales

Logline: An omnibus of three highly-charged short films, including one featuring a then-little known Mira Sorvino, the Oscar-nominated “The Dutch Master”

Featuring: Victor Argo, Bianca Koedam, Mira Sorvino

Directors: Amos Kollek, Susan Seidelman, Jos Stelling

Writers: Amos Kollek, Jonathan Brett and Susan Seidelman, Jos Stelling

Distributor:Unknown as of this writing
Release Pattern: Exclusive to New York City’s Quad Cinema on February 21

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 86 Minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Stereo

Gods and Generals

Logline: Prequel to 1994’s “Gettysburg,” set before and during the early days of the Civil War, telling the stories of the battles of 1st Manassas (the Battle of Bull Run), Antietam, Fredericksburg, and

ChancellorsvilleFeaturing: Bruce Boxleitner, Jeff Daniels, Robert Duvall, C. Thomas Howell, Mira

SorvinoDirector: Ron Maxwell

Writer: Ron Maxwell

Distributor: Warner Brothers

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1400 plus locations release on February 21

MPAA Rating: PG13 for sustained battle sequences

Running Time: 212 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Life of David Gale

Logline: A leading professor and advocate against the death penalty finds himself accused of rape and murder, and sentenced to death row himself

Featuring: Laura Linney, Kevin Spacey, Kate Winslet

Director: Alan Parker

Writer: Charles Randolph

Distributor: Universal Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1500 plus locations release on February 21

MPAA Rating: R for violent images, nudity, language and sexuality

Running Time: 131 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Navigators

Logline: A group of railway maintenance men are confronted with the downsizing of the industry

Featuring: Tom Craig, Joe Duttine, Stee Huison

Director: Ken Loach

Writer: Rob Dawber

Distributor: First Look

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on Febraury 21

MPAA Rating: R for language and some sexuality

Running Time: 92 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Old School

Logline: Three guys in their thirties try to relive the glory days of college by creating an “unofficial fraternity” near a college campus

Featuring: Elisa Cuthbert, Andy Dick, Will Ferrell, Craig Kilborn, Vince Vaughan, Luke Wilson

Director: Todd Phillips

Writers: Scott Armstrong, Todd Phillips

Distributor: Dreamworks

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations on February 21

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

Running Time: 91 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Open Hearts

Logline: When her fiancée is hit and paralyzed by a car, a Copenhagen woman find new love in his married doctor

Featuring: Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Mads Mikkelsen, Sonja Richter, Paprika Steen

Director: Susanne Bier

Writers: Susanne Bier, Anders Thomas Jensen

Distributor: Newmarket

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on Febraury 21

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 113 Minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1

Sound Format: Dolby SR

Expanding this day

Alias Betty: Opens at the Union Theatre in Milwaukee

Charly: Opens at the Regal Westgate 5 in Beaverton OR, Regal Movies in Hillsboro OR, Regal Lloyd Mall 8 in Portlad OR, Regal South Hill Cinema 6 in Puyallup WA, Regal Bella Bottega 11 in Redmond WA, Regal Lancaster Quad in Salem OR, Regal East Valley 13 Cinema in Renton WA and Regal Cascade 16 in Vancouver WA

Lost In La Mancha: Opens at the Charles in Baltimore, the Angelika Film Center in Houston, Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego and Landmark’s Tivoli in St. Louis

Thank you to Jon Reeves and Edward Douglas for their assistance.

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