The Early Report for April 25, 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 release date changes and MPAA ratings. The Early Report is updated throughout the week when the latest information becomes available.

Most Recent Release Date Changes

Country Of My Skull (Sony Classics): The latest from director John Boorman, starring Samuel L. Jackson as a Washington Post reporter who travels to South Africa after the fall of Apartheid, will open in New York City and Los Angeles on September 17

Sky Captain and The World Of Tomorrow and What’s It All About, Alfie? (both Paramount): With “Sky Captain” moving from its intended June 25th opening to “Alfie”‘s intended September 19 release date, the latter is now looking for a new date

Stander (Newmarket Films): Thomas Jane’s next, originally set for release on June 11, will now open in New York City and Los Angeles on August 6

Most Recent MPAA Ratings

Bachelorman (Echelon Entertainment Group): R for sexual content and language

Bonanza Under Attack (SNP Inc.): PG for western violence and some language

Cloned (SNP Inc.): PG-13 for some violence

Conduct Zero (ADV Films): R for language, some sexual content and violence

A Day Without a Mexican (Televisa Cine): R for language and brief sexuality

Deep Blue (Miramax Films): G

Dirty States Of America (Image Entertainment): R for pervasive language, some sexual and drug content

The Eliminator (MTI Home Video): R for violence

Fathers And Sons (Mockingbird Pictures): R for language and some sexual content

Half-Caste (Screen Media Ventures): R for language and violence/gore

Judas (Paramount Home Entertainment): PG-13 for some violent images

Knight Club (Gator Home Entertainment): R for language, drug use, some sexuality and violence

The Lost Angel (Lost Angel Distribution): R for violence, sexuality/nudity and language

Shrek 2 (Dreamworks): PG for some crude humor, a brief substance reference and some suggestive content

Sleepover (MGM/UA): PG for thematic elements involving teen dating, some sensuality and language

Spider-Man 2 (Columbia Pictures): PG-13 for stylized action violence

Tomb Of The Werewolf (SNP Inc.): R for sexuality/nudity and some violence

Vanity Fair (Focus Features): PG-13 for some sensuality/partial nudity and a brief violent image

The Wild Card (Ardustry Home Entertainment): R for language and violence

Most recent title changes

Benji Returns: Rags To Riches (Mulberry Square Productions): Despite already having been shown in several markets, the film is now known as Benji: Off The Leash!

Unchain My Heart (Universal): The Ray Charles bio-pic, starring Jamie Foxx as the singer, will now simply be known as Ray

Friday, April 30, 2004

Booby Jones: Stroke of Genius

Logline: The life of the Depression-era pro golfer

Featuring: James Caviezel, Claire Forlani, Malcolm McDowell, Jeremy Northam

Director: Rowdy Harrington

Writers: Rowdy Harrington, Bill Pryor

Distributor: Film Foundry

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1250 plus locations release on April 30

MPAA Rating: PG for language

Running Time: 120 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Bulgarian Lovers

Logline: A middle-aged Spanish man who falls in love with a straight Bulgarian hunk with a mysterious income source. In English and in Bulgarian and Spanish with English subtitles

Featuring: Dritan Biba, Fernando Guillén Cuervo, Pepón Nieto, Roger Pera

Director: Eloy de la Iglesia

Writers: Fernando Guillén Cuervo, Antonio Hens and Eloy de la Iglesia, based on the novel by Eduardo Mendicutti

Distributor: TLA Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on April 30

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 101 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Envy

Logline: Two best friends, Nick and Tim, find their relationship threatened when one of Nick’s unlikely inventions takes off and makes him a millionaire

Featuring: Jack Black, Amy Poehler, Ben Stiller, Christopher Walken, Rachel Weisz

Director: Barry Levinson

Writer: Steve Adams

Distributor: DreamWorks

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2350 plus locations release release on April 30

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for language and sexual/crude humor

Running Time: 99 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Godsend

Logline: After the death of their eight year old son, a couple receives help from the wife’s former teacher, a man on the forefront of genetics research, in creating a clone of the late child

Featuring: Robert DeNiro, Greg Kinnear, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos

Director: Nick Hamm

Writer: Mark Bomback

Distributor: Lions Gate

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus locations release on April 30

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence, including frightening images, a scene of sexuality and some thematic material

Running Time: 102 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Laws of Attraction

Logline: Two New York divorce lawyers find love with each other. Hilarity ensues.

Featuring: Pierce Brosnan, Nora Dunn, Frances Fisher, Julianne Moore, Parker Posey

Director: Peter Howitt

Writers: Aline Brosh McKenna, Robert Harling, Peter Howitt, Karey Kirkpatrick and Douglas McFerran, based on a story by David T. Friendly

Distributor: New Line

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations release on April 30

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content and language

Running Time: 87 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Mean Girls

Logline: The new girl in school finds herself becoming her new school’s POublic Enemy #1 when she starts to date the ex-boyfriend of the school’s most popular girl

Featuring: Lacey Chabert, Lindsey Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Tim Meadows, Amy Poehler

Director: Mark S. Waters

Writer: Tina Fey, based on the book “Queen Bees and Wannabes” by Rosalind Wiseman

Distributor: Paramount

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2750 plus locations release on April 30

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content, language and some teen partying

Running Time: 97 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Mickey

Logline: When his father moves him to Las Vegas and assumes a new identity to hide from the IRS, a thirteen year old boy has a crisis of conscience when he is illegally signed up for Little League baseball and takes his team to the World Series

Featuring: Harry Connick Jr., Mark Joy, Shawn Salinas, Mike Starr

Director: Hugh Wilson

Writer: John Grisham

Distributor: Slugger Pictures (self-distributed by Mr. Grisham and Mr. Wilson)

Opening Week Release Pattern: 18 locations in Tennessee, Texas and Virginia on April 30

MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Monty Python’s Life of Brian

Logline: A reluctant would-be messiah who to prominence as a result of a series of absurd circumstances which parallel the life of Christ

Featuring: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin

Director: Terry Jones

Writers: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin

Distributor: Rainbow Media

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

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 94 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

The Saddest Music in the World

Logline: During the Great Depression, a beer baroness organizes a contest to find the saddest music in the world, offering a $25,000 first place prize

Featuring: Maria de Medeiros, Mark McKinney, Ross McMillan, Isabella Rossellini

Director: Guy Maddin

Writers: Kazuo Ishiguro, Guy Maddin and George Toles

Distributor: IFC Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on April 30

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 99 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Since Otar Left

Logline: Three generation of women who live in Tbilisi must turn to each other when a friend of the eldest woman’s son calls one day with disturbing news. In Georgian and French with English subtitles

Featuring: Dinara Drukarova, Esther Gorintin, Temur Kalandadze, Nino Khomasuridze

Director: Julie Bertuccelli

Writers: Julie Bertucelli, Roger Bohbot and Bernard Renucci

Distributor: Zeitgeist Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and Quad Cinemas in New York City on April 30

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 102 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Expanding today

The Agronomist: Opens at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, the Shadowood Cinemas in Boca Raton, the Boynton 8 in Boynton Beach FL, the Copley Place Cinemas and Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Boston, the BAM Rose Cinemas in Brooklyn, the Del Ray 18 in Del Ray Beach FL, the Cinema Arts Center in Huntington NY, the Sunrise 11 in Ft. Lauderdale, the CineArts Sequoia in Marin County, the Aventura 24 Theatres and the South Beach 18 Theatres in Miami, the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville NY, Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco, Laemmle’s Monica 4 in Santa Monica and the Embassy Cinemas in Waltham MA

AKA: Opens at the Facets Multimedia Theatre in Chicago and Landmark’s E-Street Theatres in Washington DC

The Twilight Samurai: Opens at Laemmle’s Town Center Theatres in Encino, the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington NY, the University Town Center Theatre in Irvine, Landmark’s Westside Pavilion Theatres in Los Angeles, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 Theatres in Pasadena and the Avon Theatre in Stamford CT

Friday, May 7, 2004

American Reunion

Logline: A group of high school friends from Ojai, California, reunite on the eve of their twenty year high school reunion

Featuring: Dwier Brown, Marlene Forte, Corey Glover, Rainer Judd, Jennifer Rubin, Billy Wirth

Directors: Mark J. Poggi and Leif Tilden

Writer: Kimberly Shane O’Hara, based on a story by Eric M. Klein and Kimberly Shane O’Hara

Distributor: Filmmates

Opening Week Release Pattern: Limited release on May 7

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 94 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Carandiru

Logline: Inside a rough penitentary in São Paulo, Brazil, a doctor doing social work discovers hundreds of convicts living under degrading conditions. In Portuguese with English subtitles

Featuring: Ivan de Almeida, Milhem Cortaz, Milton Gonçalves, Rodrigo Santoro, Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos

Director: Hector Babenco

Writers: Hector Babenco, Fernando Bonassi and Victor Navas, based on the book “Estação Carandiru” by Dráuzio Varella

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on May 7

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

Running Time: 146 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

A Foreign Affair

Logline: Two brothers, in need of household help after their Ma passes away, join a romance tour to Russia, to find and bring home a traditionally minded wife

Featuring: David Arquette, Allyce Beasley, Emily Mortimer, Tim Blake Nelson, Larry Pine, Lois Smith

Director: Helmut Schleppi

Writer: Geert Heetebrij

Distributor: Innovation Film Group

Opening Week Release Pattern: Limited release in Los Angeles, Phoenix and Grand Rapids on May 7

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some sexual references

Running Time: 94 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

Godzilla

Logline: American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast. In Japanese with English subtitles

Featuring: Akihiko Hirata, Momoko Kochi, Takashi Shimura, Akira Takarada

Director: Ishirô Honda

Writer: Ishirô Honda and Takeo Murata, from a story by Shigeru Kayama

Distributor: Rialto Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City and the Castro Theatre in San Francisco on May 7

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 98 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Mono Sound

Note: This 50th anniversary re-release is the first time ever the uncut Japanese release has been shown in American theatres

The Mudge Boy

Logline: After the death of his mother, the relationship between a fourteen year old boy and his father is further strained when the boy finds comfort with his pet chicken

Featuring: Tom Guiry, Emile Hirsch, Richard Jenkins, Pablo Schreiber

Director: Michael Burke

Writer: Michael Burke

Distributor: Strand Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Limited release on May 7

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

Running Time: 94 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

New York Minute

Logline: Hilarity enues when two sisters begrudgingly journey together from their Long Island home to New York City, where a mix-up involving the day planner of the meticulously prepared overachiever lands her and her punk-rock sister in the middle of a shady black market transaction, while being pursued by an overzealous truant officer AND accused of kidnapping a Senator’s dog

Featuring: Eugene Levy, Ashley Olsen, Mary Kate Olsen

Director: Dennie Gordon

Writer: Emily Fox

Distributor: Warner Brothers

Opening Week Release Pattern: Wide release on May 7

MPAA Rating: PG for mild sensuality and thematic elements

Running Time: 86 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Rosenstrasse

Logline: A handful of unorganised Aryan women in 1943 hold a spontaneous week long vigil outside the Jewish Community Center in Rosenstrasse, in the heart of Berlin, where their Jewish husbands were detained by the Nazis pending transportation to the extermination camps. In German with English subtitles

Featuring: Martin Feifel, Katja Riemann, Maria Schrader, Jürgen Vogel

Director: Margarethe von Trotta

Writers: Pamela Katz and Margarethe von Trotta

Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on May 7

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic material, some violence and brief drug content

Running Time: 136 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Seeing Other People

Logline: Two months before their wedding day, a couple allow themselves to have one last fling with other people

Featuring: Matthew Davis, Lauren Graham, Jay Mohr, Julianne Nicholson, Andy Richter, Helen Slater

Director: Wallace Wolodarsky

Writers: Maya Forbes, Wallace Wolodarsky

Distributor: Lantern Lane Entertainment

Opening Week Release Pattern: Limited release in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas on May 7

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

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Still, We Believe: The Boston Red Sox Movie

Logline: Documents the 2003 Red Sox season, from the perspective of nine Sox fans in Boston

Directors: Paul Doyle, Jr.

Distributor: THINKfilm

Opening Week Release Pattern: 15 locations in Boston on May 7

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 110 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Superstar In A House Dress

Logline: Documents the life of Jackie Curtis, the poet/playwright/actress/director who, as part of Andy Warhol’s Factory, continually pushed the envelope and helped make the world safe for transvestites who changed their minds as often as their wigs

Featuring: Joe Dallesandro, Harvey Fierstein, Joe Franklin, Paul Morrissey, Sylvia Miles, Michael Musto, Holly Woodlawn. Narrated by Lily Tomlin

Director: Craig Highberger

Distributor: Highberger Media

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

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Mono Sound

Super Size Me

Logline: One man makes himself a guinea pig for his own twisted experiment: what would happen if someone ate nothing but McDonalds foos for thirty straight days

Featuring: Morgan Spurlock

Director: Morgan Spurlock

Distributor: Sameul Goldwyn Pictures

Estimated Opening Week Release Pattern: Top ten major markets on May 7

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 98 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Valentin

Logline: A ten year old boy in 1969 Argentina seems to be the only one who can solve the problems of his family

Featuring: Julieta Cardinali, Carmen Maura, Jean Pierre Noher

Director: Alejandro Agresti

Writer: Alejandro Agresti

Distributor: Miramax

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York and Los Angeles on May 7

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some thematic elements and language

Running Time: 86 Minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Van Helsing

Logline: A famous monster hunter goes after Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, and the Wolfman.

Featuring: Kate Beckinsale, Hugh Jackman, Will Kemp, Richard Roxburgh

Director: Stephen Sommers

Writers: Stephen Sommers

Distributor: Universal

Opening Week Release Pattern: Wide release on May 7

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for nonstop creature action violence and frightening images, and sensuality

Running Time: 130 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Wasabi Tuna

Logline: A group of friends who take Halloween way too seriously kidnap Anna Nicole Smith’s beloved pet Sugar-Pie, and it’s up to a bunch of drag queens dressed as Anna to bring Sugar-Pie back

Featuring: Alexis Arquette, Jason London, Tim Meadows, Antonio Sabato Jr., Anna Nicole Smith, Alanna Ubach

Director: Lee Friedlander

Writers: Celia Fox

Distributor: Celia Fox Entertainment

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in Los Angeles on May 7

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Expanding today

The Agronomist: Opens at Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago, the Rancho Niguel 8 in Laguna Niguel CA, the Mahasset Triplex in Manhasset NY, the Clearview Claridge Cinemas in Montclair NJ, the Palme D’Or Cinemas in Palm Springs, the Rtiz Theatre in Philadelphia, Landmark’s Metro Cinemas in Seattle, the Strathmore Arts Cinemas in Strathmore NY and Landmark’s E-Street Theatre in Washington DC

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

Klezmer on Fish Street: Opens at Laemmle’s Music Hall Theatre in Beverly Hills

Love Object: Opens at Laemmle’s Fairfax Theatre in Los Angeles and Laemmle’s One Colorado Theatre in Pasadena

The Saddest Music in the World: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Boston, the Beverly Center 13 in Los Angeles, the Laemmle Playhouse 7 Theatres in Pasadena and the South Coast Village Theatre in Santa Ana

Since Otar Left…: Opens at the Kew Garden Cinemas in Queens

La Vie Promise: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas

Yves St. Laurent – His Life and Times: Opens at Laemmle’s Music Hall Theatre in Beverly Hills

Friday, May 14, 2004

Breakin’ All The Rules

Logline: After being unceremoniously dumped by his fiancée, a man becomes a major literary success when he writes a how to book on breaking up

Featuring: Morris Chestnut, Jennifer Esposito, Jamie Foxx, Gabrielle Union

Director: Daniel Taplitz

Writer: Daniel Taplitz

Distributor: Screen Gems

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1200 plus locations release on May 14

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual material/humor and language

Running Time: 82 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Coffee and Cigarettes

Logline: Twelve short films about life, love, work, health, Earth and everything in between, all which have coffee and cigarettes in common

Featuring: Roberto Benigni, Cate Blanchett, Steve Buscemi, Steve Coogan, GZA, Alfred Molina, Bill Murray, Iggy Pop, RZA, Tom Waits, Jack White, Meg White, Steven Wright

Director: Jim Jarmusch

Writer: Jim Jarmusch

Distributor: MGM

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

MPAA Rating: R for language

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

Love Me If You Dare

Logline: A pair of Parisian lovers play a game of Truth or Dare

Featuring: Guillaume Canet, Marion Cotillard, Joséphine Lebas-Joly, Thibault Verhaeghe, Gérard Watkins

Director: Yann Samuell

Writers: Jacky Cukier, Yann Samuell

Distributor: Paramount Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Landmark’s Sunshine Cinemas in New York City, and Landmark’s NuWilshire Theatre and Laemmle’s Sunset 5 Theatres in Los Angeles, on May 14

MPAA Rating: R for language and some sexuality

Running Time: 93 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

A Slipping-Down Life”

Logline: The peculiar courtship of an awkward young woman and a charismatic singer/songwriter, and the profound effect that their unlikely relationship has on each other’s lives and futures

Featuring: Veronica Cartwright, Clea DuVall, Irma P. Hall, Guy Pearce, Lili Taylor

Director: Toni Kalen

Writer: Toni Kalem, based on the novel by Anne Tyler

Distributor: Lions Gate

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

MPAA Rating: R for language including sexual references

Running Time: 111 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

Troy

Logline: Helen of Troy sets off a war between Troy and Greece when Paris takes her from her husband.

Featuring: Eric Bana, Sean Bean, Orlando Bloom, Diane Kruger, Peter O’Toole, Brad Pitt

Director: Wolfgang Petersen

Writers: David Benoit, based on the “Iliad” by Homer

Distributor: Warner Brothers

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

MPAA Rating: R for graphic violence and some sexuality/nudity

Running Time: 165 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today

The Agronomist: Opens at the Winter Park Village Theatre in Orlando, Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego and the Nickelodeon Cinemas in Santa Cruz

AKA: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema in Atlanta

The Saddest Music in the World: Opens at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, the Cinema 21 Theatre in Portland and Landmark’s E Street Theatres in Washington DC

Since Otar Left…: Opens at Laemmle’s Music Hall Theatre in Beverly Hills, the Detroit Film Theatre in Detroit, Laemmle’s Town Center Theatre in Encino, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 Theatre in Pasadena and Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinemas and Landmark’s E-Street Cinemas in Washington DC

The Twilight Samurai: Opens at Landmark’s Shattuck Theatre in Berkeley, Landmark’s Century Center Cinemas and the Renaissance Place Cinemas in Chicago, Landmark’s Clay Theatre in San Francisco, the Camera 3 Cinemas in San Jose and the Rafael Film Center in San Rafael CA

La Vie Promise: Opens at the Cinemas Palme D’Or in Palm Desert

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine

Logline: Documents the visit of two former Cambodian political prisoners to the notorious Tuol Sleng prison, code-named S21, now a genocide museum where former Khmer Rouge are employed as guides. In Khmer with English subtitles

Director: Rithy Panh

Distributor: First Run Features

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on May 19

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 105 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Mono Sound

Friday, May 21, 2004

Control Room

Logline: An Arab-American filmmaker looks at both sides of the cultural clash between Western and Arab worlds, through the prism of satellite television’s impact on how viewers receive information worldwide. In English and in Arabic with English subtitles

Director: Jehane Noujaim

Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on May 21

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 83 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Mono Sound

Shrek 2

Logline: The ogre and his new bride return from their honeymoon, only to learn their wedding has foiled her father’s plans for her future, and his own

Featuring the voices of: Julie Andrews, Antonio Banderas, John Cleese, Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers

Directors: Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury and Conrad Vernon

Writers: J. David Stem, Joe Stillman and David N. Weiss, based on characters created by William Steig

Distributor: DreamWorks

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3250 plus locations release on May 21

MPAA Rating: PG for some crude humor, a brief substance reference and some suggestive content

Running Time: 93 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Stateside

Logline: An angry rich kid finds himself in the Marine Corps, where he is trained by a hard-biting Drill Instructor

Featuring: Ed Begley Jr., Agnes Bruckner, Rachael Leigh Cook, Carrie Fisher, Val Kilmer, Joe Mantegna, Jonathan Tucker, Diane Venora

Director: Reverge Anselmo

Writers: Reverge Anselmo

Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn

Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on May 21

MPAA Rating: R for language, some sexuality/nudity and underage drinking

Running Time: 96 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Strayed

Logline: A widowed schoolteacher flees Nazi-occupied Paris with her children

Featuring: Emmanuelle Béart, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, Clémence Meyer, Gaspard Ulliel

Director: André Téchiné

Writers: Gilles Taurand and André Téchiné, based on the novel by Gilles Perrault

Distributor: Wellspring

Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on May 21

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Expanding today

S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine: Opens at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago

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