The Early Report for February 22, 2004

The Early Report is a weekly digest concerning the upcoming four weeks of movie releases, including theatre specific information and links to official web sites when possible, plus the latest MPAA ratings. The Early Report is updated throughout the week when the latest information becomes available.

The latest MPAA ratings

A.K.A. (Sundance Channel Home Entertainment: R for sexuality, nudity, language and drug use

The Alamo (Buena Vista): PG-13 for sustained intense battle sequences

Bookies (International West Pictures): R for language and drug use

Cruel Intentions 3 (Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment): R for strong sexual content and language

Dog Days (Kino International): R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some disturbing behavior/violence

Ju-On: The Grudge (Lions Gate): R for some disturbing images

Last Chance (Showtime Networks): R for some language and sexual content

The Nest (Lions Gate): R for strong violence and language.

Pocahontas: Special Edition (Buena Vista Home Entertainment): G

The Punisher (Lions Gate): R for pervasive brutal violence, language and brief nudity

Shelter Island (Showtime Networks): R for sexual content/nudity, violence and language

St. John’s Wort (Asylum Home Entertainment): R for some violence and disturbing images

Stardust (MTI Home Video PG Rated PG for language and mild violence.

Taking Lives (Warner Brothers): R for strong violence including disturbing images, language and some sexuality

Touch Of Pink (Sony Pictures Classics): R for sexual content and brief language

What’s New Scooby-Doo?: Volume 2 (Warner Home Video): G

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

The Passion of the Christ

Logline: Explores the final hours of hours in the life of Jesus Christ. In Latin and Aramaic with English subtitles

Featuring: Monica Bellucci, James Caviezel, Hristo Jivkov, Maia Morgenstern, Hristo Naumov Shopov

Director: Mel Gibson

Writers: Benedict Fitzgerald and Mel Gibson, based on the Gospel of John passages of The Bible

Distributor: Newmarket Films

Estimated Opening Week Release Pattern: 2950 plus locations release on February 25

MPAA Rating: R for sequences of graphic violence

Running Time: 127 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Friday, February 27, 2004

Alila

Logline: A day in the lives of a dozen people who inhabit an apartment complex located in a rundown neighborhood of Tel Aviv. In Hebrew with English subtitles

Featuring: Yael Abecassis, Ronit Elkabetz, Uri Klauzner, Hanna Laslo, Amos Lavie

Director: Amos Gitai

Writers: Amos Gitai and Marie-José Sanselme, based on the novel “Returning Lost Loves” by Yehoshua Knaz

Distributor: Kino International

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinema Village in New York City on February 27

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 123 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Club Dread

Logline: The team that brought you “Super Troopers” is back, surrounded by limber, wanton women on a Jimmy Buffet-wannabe’s booze-soaked island resort. However, a machete-wielding killer is loose on the island, turning this tropical bacchanal into Club Dread

Featuring: Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Bill Paxton, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske

Director: Jay Chandrasekhar

Writers: Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske

Distributor: Fox Searchlight

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1750 plus locations release on February 27

MPAA Rating: R for violence/gore, sexual content, language, and drug use.

Running Time: 104 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Confessions of a Burning Man

Logline: Documentary about the annual gathering in the Nevada desert which attracts 30,000 participants each year

Directors: Paul Barnett and Unsu Lee

Distributor: Windline Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Angelika Film Center in New York City on February 27

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 83 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights

Logline: A naive American girl vacationing in Havana with her family falls in love with a Cuban boy on the eve of Castro’s revolution.

Featuring: Romola Garai, Jonathan Jackson, Diego Luna, Mya, Sela Ward

Director: Guy Ferland

Writers: Screenplay by Boaz Yakin and Victoria Arch, based on a story by Kate Gunzinger and Peter Sagal

Distributor: Lions Gate/Miramax

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2250 plus locations release on February 27

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sensuality

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Goodbye Lenin

Logline: When his hard-line communist mother awakens from an eight month coma, an East German man goes to absurd extremes to hide the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany from her. In German with English subtitles

Featuring: Daniel Brühl, Chulpan Khamatova, Burghart Klaußner, Kathrin Sass, Maria Simon

Director: Wolfgang Becker

Writers: Wolfgang Becker, Hendrik Handloegten, Bernd Lichtenberg, Achim von Borries

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

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

MPAA Rating: R for brief language and sensuality

Running Time: 121 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Maestro

Logline: Documentary about the underground dance music culture

Director: Josell Ramos

Distributor: Artrution Productions

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Quad Cinemas in New York City on February 27

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 89 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Twisted

Logline: A newly-appointed police detective is on the trail of a serial killer whose victims appear to be men with whom she has had a sexual encounter

Featuring: Andy Garcia, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashley Judd

Director: Philip Kaufman

Writers: Philip Kaufman, Sarah Thorp

Distributor: Paramount

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2750 plus locations release on February 27

MPAA Rating: R for violence, language and sexuality

Running Time: 97 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

What Boys Like

Logline: On the way to their best friend’s wedding, three groomsmen make a bet: to try and hook up with the maids of honor

Featuring: Charisma Carpenter, Duane Martin, Alex Nesic, Michael Trucco, Christopher Wiehl

Director: Lawrence Gay

Writer: Lawrence Gay

Distributor: Innovation

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Magic Johnson Theatre in Los Angeles, the Stadium 16 in Long Bach and the AMC Block 30 in Orange on February 27

MPAA Rating: R for strong and crude sexual content, and for language

Running Time: 88 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Expanding today

Aileen: The Life and Death of a Serial Killer: Opens at Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

The Battle of Algiers: Opens at the Garden Hills in Atlanta and Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Boston

Eyes Without A Face: Opens at the AFI Silver Theatre in Washington DC

Greendale: Opens at Landmark’s Dobie Cinemas in Austin, the Univeristy Town Center 6 in Irvine and Landmark’s NuArt Theatre in Los Angeles

Kitchen Stories: Opens at the West Newton Cinema 6 in West Newton, MA

The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra: Opens at Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago and Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

My Architect: Opens at the Raven Cinema in Healdsburg, Landmark’s River Oaks Theatre in Houston, the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville and the Cinemas Palme D’Or in Palm Desert

Robot Stories: Opens at the Brattle Theatre in Boston

Tokyo Godfathers: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Boston

Friday, March 5, 2004

James’ Journey

Logline: A devout wide-eyed Christian, attempting a pilgrimage from his African village to the Holy Land, is jailed by the immigration authorities upon his arrival in Tel Aviv, only to become part of his migrant labor pool. In English, and in Hebrew nd Zulu with English subtitles

Featuring: Salim Daw, Arie Elias, Siyabonga Melongisi Shibe

Director: Ra’anan Alexandrowicz

Writers: Sami Duenias and Ra’anan Alexandrowicz

Distributor: Zeitgeist Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on March 5

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 87 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Hidalgo

Logline: The true story of Frank T. Hopkins, one of the greatest long-distance endurance horse riders

Featuring: Malcolm McDowell, Viggo Mortensen, Omar Sharif

Director: Joe Johnston

Writer: John Fusco

Distributor: Touchstone Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations release on March 5

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for adventure violence and some mild innuendo

Running Time: 136 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Reckoning

Logline: In 14th Century England, a fugitive priest falls in with a troupe of travelling actors, who try to help solve a crime recently commited in one small town by reinacting the murder

Featuring: Paul Bettany, Ewen Bremner, Vincent Cassel, Brian Cox, Willem Dafoe

Director: Paul McGuigan

Writer: Mark Mills, based on the novel Morality Play by Barry Unsworth

Distributor: Paramount Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on March 5

MPAA Rating: R for some sexuality and violent images

Running Time: 112 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Starsky and Hutch

Logline: The big screen adaptation of the popular 1970’s police drama, where two mismatched undercover police officers are teamed to take down a ruthless drug dealer

Featuring: Snoop Dogg, Chris Penn, Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Fred Williamson, Owen Wilson

Director: Todd Phillips

Writers: Scot Armstrong, Todd Phillips

Distributor: Warner Brothers

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3000 plus locations release on March 5

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for drug content, sexual situations, partial nudity, language and some violence

Running Time: 97 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today

The Battle of Algiers: Opens at the Ritz 5 in Philadelphia

Greendale: Opens at the Madstone Theatre in Albuquerque, the Tamarac Theatre in Denver and Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

Kitchen Stories: Opens at Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

Japanese Story: Opens at the Century Downtown 14 in Albuqerque and the Loft Cinemas in Tuscon

The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Arts Cinemas in Atlanta and Landmark’s Inwood Theatre in Dallas

My Architect: Opens at the South Keystone Arts Cinemas in Indianapolis and the Bijou at the Crossroads in San Antonio

Robot Stories: Opens at the Facets Cinematheque in Chicago

Touching The Void: Opens in 46 additional theatres: the Diamond Center 9 in Anchorage, the Michigan Theatre in Ann Arbor, the Shadowwood 16 in Boca Raton, the Flicks Theatre in Boise, the Madstone Cary Theatre in Cary NC, the Varisty Twin in Chapel Hill, the Manor Theatre in Charlotte, the Esquire in Cincinnati, the Cedar Lee in Cleveland Heights, the Twin Peaks Cinemas in Colorado Springs, the Drexel 3 in Columbus OH, the Avalon Cinema in Corvallis OR, the Delray 18 in Delray Beach FL, the Fleur in Des Moines, Landmark’s Maple Arts Theatre in Detroit, the Carolina Theatre in Durham, the Bijou Arts Cinema in Eugene OR, the Gateway Theatre in Ft. Lauderdale, the Gainesville Cinema 14 in Gainesville FL, the Cinema City 4 in Hartford, the Castelton Square in Indianapolis, the Tivoli at Manor Square in Kansas City, the Downtown West Cinema 18 in Knoxville, the Kentucky Theatre in Lexington, the Baxter Avenue 8 in Louisville, the Westgate Cinemas in Madison WI, the South Beach 18 in Miami Beach, Landmark’s Oriental Theatre in Milwaukee, the Green Hills 16 in Nashville, the York Square Cinemas in New Haven, Landmark’s Canal Place in New Orleans, the Naro in Norfolk, the Nickelodeon Cinema 5 in North Falmouth MA, the Academy of Music in Northampton MA, the Winter Park Village 20 in Orlando, the Squirrel Hill in Pittsburgh, the Rose Twin in Port Townsend WA, the Nickelodeon in Portland ME, the Avon Cinema in Providence, the Colony Twin in Raleigh, the Century Riverside in Reno, the Huebner Oaks 24 in San Antonio, the Hollywood 20 in Sarasota, the Channelside Cinemas in Tampa, the Catalina in Tucson and the Railroad Square in Waterville ME

Friday, March 12, 2004

Agent Cody Banks 2

Logline: Young Agent Banks is sent to England, where he must pose as a prep school student to find the whereabouts of a stolen top secret mind-control device

Featuring: Anthony Anderson, Frankie Muniz, Daniel Roebuck, Hannah Spearritt

Director: Kevin Allen

Writer: Don Rhymer, based on characters created by Jeffrey Jurgensen, Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz, Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski

Distributor: MGM/UA

Opening Week Release Pattern: Wide release on March 12

MPAA Rating: PG for action violence and some crude humor

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Broken Wings

Logline: An Israeli family struggles to deal with the death of the patriarch, several months later. in Hebrew with English subtitles

Featuring: Orly Silbersatz Banai, Nitai Gaviratz, Daniel Magon, Eliana Magon, Maya Maron

Director: Nir Bergman

Writer: Nir Bergman

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive release on March 12

MPAA Rating: R for some language, brief nudity and drug use

Running Time: 87 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dobly

The Girl Next Door

Logline: A straight-arrow high-school senior falls in love with the perfect ‘girl-next-door’, only to discover she is a former porn star

Featuring: Elisha Cuthbert, Emile Hirsch

Director: Luke Greenfield

Writers: Stuart Blumberg, Luke Greenfield, Chris McKenna

Distributor: Fox

Opening Week Release Pattern: Wide release on March 12

MPAA Rating: R for strong sexual content, language and some drug/alcohol use

Running Time: 109 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Nascar Imax

Logline: 3D film set against America’s most popular spectator sport

Featuring: Narration by Keifer Sutherland

Director: Simon Wincer

Distributor: Warner Brothers

Opening Week Release Pattern: 56 locations in IMAX and other Large Format theatres on March 12

MPAA Rating: G

Running Time: 40 minutes

Aspect Ratio: IMAX (1.33:1)

Sound Format: IMAX Digital Sound

Secret Window

Logline: A famous writer is menaced by a psychotic stranger who claims all his stories have been stolen by the writer

Featuring: Maria Bello, Johnny Depp, Charles S. Dutton, Timothy Hutton, John Turturro

Director: David Koepp

Writer: David Koepp, based on the novella “Secret Window, Secret Garden” by Stephen King

Distributor: Sony

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations on March 12

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

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Spartan

Logline: A government agent, assigned to rescue the kidnapped daughter of the president, discovers the kidnapping is only a small portion of a much larger plot within the White House.

Featuring: Val Kilmer, Derek Luke, William H. Macy

Director: David Mamet

Writers: David Mamet

Distributor: Warner Brothers

Opening Week Release Pattern: 850 plus locations release on March 12

MPAA Rating: R for violence and language

Running Time: 107 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Wilbur Wants To Kill Himself

Logline: A young man tires of spending his life trying to prevent the suicide of his brother

Featuring: Shirley Henderson, Lisa McKinlay, Adrian Rawlins, Jamie Sives

Director: Lone Scherfig

Writers: Anders Thomas Jensen and Lone Scherfig

Distributor: THINKfilm

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on March 12

MPAA Rating: R for language and some disturbing images

Running Time: 111 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

Expanding today

The Fog of War: Opens at the Manor Twin in Charlotte and the Miracle Five in Tallahasse

Greendale: Opens at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, Landmark;s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago, the Orpheum Theatre in Madison WI, the Tower Theatre in Sacramento and Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco

Japanese Story: Opens at the Putnam Screening Rooms in Keene NH, the Music Hall in Portsmouth NH and the Broadway Center Cinemas in Salt Lake City

Kitchen Stories: Opens at the Charles Theatre in Baltimore, the Village Square 18 in Las Vegas, the Nickelodeon Cinema 5 in North Falmouth MA, the Fox Tower 10 in Portland and Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle

The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra: Opens at an additional 27 locations: the Charles Theatre in Baltimore, the Mariemont in Cincinatti, the Cedar Lee in Cleveland, the Drexel in Columbus OH, the Neon Movies in Dayton, Landmark’s Mayan Theatre in Denver, Landmark’s Main Art Theatre in Detroit, the Hulen Theatre in Fort Worth, the Castelton Theatre and Key Cinema in Indianapolis, the Tivoli Theatre in Kansas City, the Downtown West in Knoxville, the Village Square in Las Vegas, the Baxter in Louisville, Landmark’s Oriental Theatre in Milwaukee, Landmark’s Lagoon Cinemas in Minneapolis, the Green Hills in Nashville, the Valley Art in Phoenix, the Oaks in Pittsburgh, the Avon Cinema in Providence, the Crest in Sacramento, the Fiesta in San Antonio, Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego, the Hollywood in Sarasota, Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis, the Channelside in Tampa and a theatre to be determined in Houston

My Architect: Opens at the Guild Theatre in Albuquerque, Landmark’s Midtown Arts Cinemas in Atlanta, the Key Cinemas in Columbus IN, Landmark’s Maple Arts Theatre in Detroit, the Winter Park 20 in Orlando, the Avon Theatre in Providence, the Crest Theatre in Sacramento, the Cinematheque in Santa Fe and the Burnscourt Theatre in Sarasota

Touching The Void: Opens at the Minor 3 in Arcata CA, the New Neon Movies in Dayton, the Wilma Four in Missoula MT and the Bijou in Worcester MA

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Divan

Logline: To reclaim an ancestral couch upon which esteemed rabbis slept, a woman travels from her Hasidic community in Brooklyn to her roots in Hungary. In English and in Hungarian and Yiddish with English subtitles

Director: Pearl Gluck

Distributor: Zeitgeist Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on March 17

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 77 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Mono Sound

Friday, March 19, 2004

Dawn of the Dead

Logline: A group of people take shelter in a shopping mall to protect themselves when an unexplained outbreak causes the dead to rise from their graves

Featuring: Mekhi Phifer, Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Jake Weber

Director: Zack Snyder

Writer: James Gunn, based on the 1978 film by George A. Romero

Distributor: Universal

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations release on March 19

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

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Logline: A battling couple has their bad memories erased by a mad scientist, and find themselves falling in love again.

Featuring: Jim Carrey, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Wilkinson, Kate Winslet, Elijah Wood

Director: Michel Condry

Writer: Charlie Kaufman, from a story by Pierre Bismuth, Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman

Distributor: Focus Features

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1200 plus locations release on March 19

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

Running Time: 108 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Intermission

Logline: A small-time thief, planning one last heist to end his career, finds his designs altered when former flames and desirous fury upset his brilliant scam

Featuring: Colin Farrell, Shirley Henderson, Kelly MacDonald, Colm Meaney, Cillian Murphy

Director: John Crowley

Writer: Mark O’Rowe

Distributor: IFC Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Major market release on March 19

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

Running Time: 103 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Shade

Logline: A group of card sharks team together to sting a major player

Featuring: Gabriel Byrne, Jamie Foxx, Melanie Griffith, Hal Holbrook, Thandie Newton, Sylvester Stallone

Director: Damian Nieman

Writer: Damian Nieman

Distributor: RKO Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 75 locations in ten markets on March 19

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

Running Time: 101 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Taking Lives

Logline: A top FBI profiler is asked to join a Canadian hunt for a serial killer who steals the identities of his victims

Featuring: Ethan Hawke, Angelina Jolie, Keifer Sutherland

Director: D.J. Caruso

Writers: John Bokenkamp, based on the novel by Michael Pye

Distributor: Warner Brothers

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2250 plus locations release on March 19

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

Running Time: 100 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

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