The Early Report for March 2, 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. The Early Report is updated throughout the week when the latest information becomes available.

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 and 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: 3063 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: 3185 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 Beahc 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: 2750 plus locations release on March 12

MPAA Rating: PG for action violence and some crude humor

Running Time: 101 minutes

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: New York City and Los Angeles 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: Dolby Stereo

Games People Play

Logline: Reality movie in which a group of people vie for a cash prize of $10,000 by performing risqué stunts and offering up scintillating confessionals on camera

Featuring: Joshua Coleman, Dani Marco, David Maynard, Sarah Smith, Elisha Wilson

Director: James Ronald Whitney

Distributor: Artistic License

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Chelsea Cinemas in New York City on March 12

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 97 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

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: 2800 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

Bon Voyage

Logline: In a Bordeaux hotel during the Nazi occupation of France, a freedom fighter must choose between a famous actress, an impassioned coed, and the policies of a country. In French with English subtitles

Featuring: Isabelle Adjani, Yvan Attal, Peter Coyote, Gérard Depardieu, Grégori Derangère, Virginie Ledoyen

Director: Jean-Paul Rappeneau

Writers: Gilles Marchand, Jean-Paul Rappeneau, Julien Rappeneau and Jérôme Tonnerre, based on the book by Patrick Modiano

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Paris Theatre in New York City on March 19

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some violence

Running Time: 114 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

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: 98 minutes

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: Opens at the Copley Place. Landmark’s Harvard Square Theatre and the Waltham Embassy in Boston, the Edwards South Coast Plaza, Laemmle Pasadena Playhouse, Laemmle Sunset 5 and Landmark’s NuWilshire Theatre in Los Angeles, and the Loews 1st and 62nd Street Theatre, Loews Lincoln Square Theatre and Loews Village 7 in New York City, 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

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

Expanding today

Games People Play: Opens at the Laemmle Sunset 5 in Los Angeles

Friday, March 26, 2004

Dogville

Logline: A tiny, close-knit town in the Colorado mountains becomes suspicious of a beautiful stranger who arrives in their town, on the run from gangsters

Featuring: Lauren Bacall, Paul Bettany, James Caan, Patricia Clarkson, Ben Gazarra, Philip Baker Hall, Nicole Kidman, Chloë Sevigny

Director: Lars Von Trier

Writers: Lars Von Trier

Distributor: Lions Gate

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on March 26

MPAA Rating: R for violence and sexual content

Running Time: 178 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Jersey Girl

Logline: A smooth, Manhattan music publicist finds his life turned upside down when he loses his job after his wife dies, leaving him a single father living back at home

Featuring: Ben Affleck, Jason Biggs, George Carlin, Jennifer Lopez, Liv Tyler

Director: Kevin Smith

Writer: Kevin Smith

Distributor: Miramax

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1600 plus locations release on March 26

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for language and sexual content, including frank dialogue

Running Time: 103 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Ladykillers

Logline: A group of thieves let a room from a sweet little old lady as a front to rob a riverboat casino

Featuring: Tom Hanks, Ryan Hurst, Stephen Root, Marlon Wayans, J.K. Simmons, George Wallace

Director: Joel and Ethan Coen

Writers: Ethan and Joel Cohen

Distributor: Buena Vista

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2250 plus locations release on March 26

MPAA Rating: 104 minutes

Running Time: R for language including sexual references

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Mayor of Sunset Strip

Logline: Documentary about Rodney Bingenheimer, the influential DJ from KROQ-FM in Los Angeles, who promoted many of the biggest pop, punk and new wave acts of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s when these artists were nobodies

Featuring: Rodney Bingenheimer, Sonny Bono, David Bowie, Cher, Alice Cooper, Deborah Harry, Mick Jagger, Joan Jett, Davy Jones, Courtney Love, Paul McCartney, Joey Ramone, Keanu Reeves, Paul Reubens, David Lee Roth, Nancy Sinatra, Phil Spector, Gwen Stefani, Pete Townshend, Brian Wilson, Neil Young

Director: George Hickenlooper

Distributor: First Look Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Four locations in Los Angeles on March 26

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 94 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby SR

Ned Kelly

Logline: The life of Australia’s notorious and still beloved outlaw.

Featuring: Orlando Bloom, Heath Ledger, Geoffrey Rush, Naomi Watts

Director: Gregor Jordan

Writers: based on the novel “Our Sunshine” by Robert Drewe

Distributor: Focus Features

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on March 26

MPAA Rating: R for violence and brief nudity

Running Time: 110 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Never Die Alone

Logline: After witnessing the murder of a drug kingpin, a journalist investigates the events that led to the killing

Featuring: David Arquette, DMX, Michael Ealy, Jennifer Sky

Director: Ernest Dickerson

Writer: Jim Gibson, from the novel by Donald Goines

Distributor: Fox Searchlight

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1750 plus locations release on March 26

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

Running Time: 88 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Scooby Doo 2

Logline: The Mystery Inc. gang go on another adventure. Hilarity ensues

Featuring: Linda Cardellini, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Seth Green, Matthew Lillard, Freddie Prinze Jr., Alicia Silverstone

Director: Raja Gosnell

Writer: James Gunn, from characters created by Joseph Barbera and William Hanna

Distributor: Warner Brothers

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2750 plus locations release on March 26

MPAA Rating: PG for some scary action, rude humor and language

Running Time: 87 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

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 26

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

Running Time: 101 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Shaolin Soccer

Logline: A Shaolin expert believes he can chance the ways of the world, if he can only introduce his discipline to the masses. He teams up with a group of childhood friends to enter a worldwide soccer tournament to further his beliefs

Featuring: Stephen Chow, Mna Tat Ng, Vicki Zhao

Director: Stephen Chow

Writers: Stephen Chow, Kan-Cheung Tsang

Distributor: Miramax

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco on March 26

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for action violence and thematic elements

Running Time: 112 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today

Bon Voyage: Opens in Los Angeles

Games People Play: Opens at the Ritz Theatre in Philadelphia

Intermission: Opens at Landamrk’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago, the Century Evanston 12 in Evanston IL, the Sequioa Twin in Mill Valley CA, the Palo Alto Square in Palo Alto, the Fox Tower 10 in Portland, Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinema in San Diego, the Camera 3 in San Jose, Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle and the DuPont Theatre in Washington DC (9 additional theatres)

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