The Early Report for January 23, 2005: Part One

The Early Report This first section of The Early Report will give detailed coverage of all films scheduled to be released in the upcoming four weeks, including screen counts, running times and ratings.

Friday, January 28, 2005

Aliens of the Deep

Logline: A filmmaker teams up with NASA scientists to explore the Mid-Ocean Ridge, a submerged chain of mountains that band the Earth and are home to some of the planet’s most unique life forms

Director: James Cameron

Distributor: Buena Vista

Opening Week Release Pattern: 100 IMAX and other large format screens on January 28

MPAA Rating: G

Running Time: 48 minutes

Aspect Ratio: IMAX 3D (1.33:1)

Sound Format: IMAX Digital Stereo

Alone in the Dark

Logline: A private investigator specializing in unexplainable supernatural phenomena delves into the dark corners of the world, searching for truth in the occult remnants of ancient civilizations

Featuring: Stephen Dorff, Tara Reid, Will Sanderson, Christian Slater

Director: Uwe Boll

Writers: Elan Mastai, Michael Roesch and Peter Scheerer, based on the Atari video game

Distributor: Lions Gate Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2150 plus locations on January 28

MPAA Rating: R for violence and language

Running Time: 96 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Fascination

Logline: A fatal love affair between a young man and an older woman

Featuring: Jaime Bello, Jacqueline Bisset, Adam Garcia, James Naughton, Stuart Wilson

Director: Klaus Menzel

Writer: Klaus Menzel, based on a screenplay by Daryl Haney and John Jacobs

Distributor: MGM

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on January 28

MPAA Rating: R for strong sexuality, and for language

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Fear X

Logline: When his wife is killed in a seemingly random incident, a man prompted by mysterious visions, journeys to discover the true circumstances surrounding her murder

Featuring: Stephen McIntyre, John Turturro, Deborah Kara Unger, William Allen Young

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn

Writers: Nicolas Winding Refn and Hubert Selby Jr.

Distributor: Silver Nitrate Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Cinema Village in New York City, and in Los Angeles, on January 21

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense thematic material

Running Time: 91 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Hide and Seek

Logline: A widowed father desperately tries to break through to his nine year old daughter when she creates a creepy, maniacal imaginary friend with a terrifying vendetta

Featuring: Robert DeNiro, Dakota Fanning, Famke Janssen

Director: John Polson

Writers: Ari Schlossberg

Distributor: Fox

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2750 plus locations release on January 28

MPAA Rating: R for frightening sequences and violence

Running Time: 101 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Lost Embrace

Logline: A retarded Jewish man enjoys a series of incredible travels. In Lithuanian, Spanish and Yiddish with English subtitles

Featuring: Adriana Aizemberg, Sergio Boris, Jorge D’Elía, Daniel Hendler, Rosita Londner

Director: Daniel Burman

Writers: Marcelo Birmajer and Daniel Burman

Distributor: New Yorker Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Quad Cinema in New York City on January 28

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 99 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land: U.S. Media and the Islaeli-Palestinian Conflict

Logline: Examines the difference between American and international news media coverage concerning the Middle East conflict

Directors: Bathsheba Ratzkoff and Sut Jhally

Distributor: Arab Film Distribution

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinema Village in New York City on January 28

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 80 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Raging Bull

Logline: 25th anniversary rerelease of Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece

Featuring: Robert DeNiro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, Frank Vincent

Director: Martin Scorsese

Writers: Paul Schrader and Mardik Martin, based on the book by Jake LaMotta with Joseph Carter and Peter Savage

Distributor: MGM/UA

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City on January 28

MPAA Rating: R

Running Time: 129 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

Expanding today

The Assassination of Richard Nixon: Opens at the Holiday 6 in Fort Wayne IN, the Lark Theatre in Larkspur CA and the Screening Room in Newburyport MA

Bad Education: Opens at Landmark’s Crossroad Cinemas in Boulder CO, Landmark’s Uptown Theatre in Minneapolis and Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

Born Into Brothels: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA and Laemmle’s Music Hall Theatre in Los Angeles

Brother to Brother: Opens at Landmark’s E-Street Theatre in Washington DC

Callas Forever: Opens at the Flicks in Boise ID

The Chorus: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta, Landmark’s Chez Artiste Theatre in Denver, Landmark’s Maple Art Theatre in Detroit, Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas in San Diego and Landmark’s Embarcadeo Center Cinemas in San Francisco

The Green Butchers: Opens at the Starz Film Center in Denver and Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst: Opens at the Cinema 21 in Portland OR, Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego and Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle

Head On: Opens at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood, Laemmle`s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena and Laemmle`s Royal Theatre in West Los Angeles

In the Realm of the Unreal: Opens at the Plaza Del Oro in Santa Barbara

A Love Song for Bobby Long: Expands into the top ten markets (20 locations total)

Million Dollar Baby: Expands to 1750 plus locations

Notre Musique: Opens at Landmark’s Act I and II Cinemas in Berkeley, the Music Box Theatre in Chicago and Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco

Sideways: Expands to 1250 plus locations

Straight-Jacket: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta and the Old Hyde Park Theatre in Tampa

Tarnation: Opens at the Minor THeatre in Arcata CA, the Nickelodeon Theatre in Columbia SC and the Orpheum Theatre in Madison WI

Therese: Opens at the Downtown 16 in Pleasant Hill CA

Travellers and Magicians: Opens at Landmark’s Nuart Theatre in Los Angeles and the Quad Cinema in New York City

The Woodsman: Opens at the the Cedar Lee Theatres in Cleveland

What the Bleep Do We Know?: Opens at the Edinburg 20 in Edinburg TX, the ElPaso 16 in El Paso TX, the Fort Smith 14 in Fort Smith AR, the Polk Theatre in Lakeland FL, the Capri Theatre in Montgomery AL, the Park Place 16 in Morrisville NC, the Opera House Theatre in Sheperdstown WV, the Sunset Place 24 in South Miami, the Trinity Theatre in Weaverville CA and the Century City 6 in Wichita Falls TX (10 additional theatres)

William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice: Opens at the Shirlington 7 Theatres in Arlington VA, the Garden Hills Cinemas in Atlanta, the Bethesda 10 in Bethesda MD, the Shadowood Square 16 in Boca Raton FL, the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, the Delray 18 Theatres in Delray Beach FL, Landmark’s Chez Artiste in Denver, the Cinema Arts Theatres 6 in Fairfax VA, Landmark’s La Jolla Village Cinemas in La Jolla CA, the South Beach 18 in Miami, the Ritz 5 in Philadelphia, the Angelika Film Center in Plano TX, the Ritz 16 in Voorhees NJ and the Avalon Theatre in Washington DC (14 additional locations)

The Woodsman: Opens at the Charles Theatre in Baltimore, the Bantam Cinema in Bantam CT, the Flicks in Boise ID, the Cedar Lee Theatres in Cleveland, the Pocono Cinema in East Stroudsburg PA, the Palace 20 in Harahan LA and the Midtown Cinema in Harrisburg PA

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Assisted Living

Logline: Documents a day in the life of a janitor at a nursing home who spends his days smoking pot and interacting with the residents for his own entertainment

Director: Elliot Greenebaum

Distributor: Cowboy Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Angelika Film Center in New York City on February 2

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 78 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Daybreak

Logline: Three years after her divorce, a bitter woman wants to be taken into a psychiatric clinic because of the divorce. In Swedish with English subtitles

Featuring: Leif Andrée, Pernilla August, Jakob Eklund, Ann Petrén, Marie Richardsson

Director: Björn Runge

Writer: Björn Runge

Distributor: Newmarket Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on February 2

MPAA Rating: R for language including sexual references

Running Time: 108 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Friday, February 04, 2005

Boogeyman

Logline: A man traumatized by the memories of terrible events he experienced in his childhood bedroom is forced to return home several years later to face his fears

Featuring: Skye McCole Bartusiak, Emily Deschanel, Lucy Lawless, Barry Watson

Director: Stephen T. Kay

Writers: Eric Kripke and Juliet Snowden & Stiles White, from a story by Kripke

Distributor: Screen Gems

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations release on February 4

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of horror and terror/violence and some partial nudity

Running Time: 86 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Harry and Max

Logline: Two brothers, one a former boy band idol, the other an aspiring one, go on a camping adventure.

Featuring: Tom Gilroy, Bryce Johnson, Michelle Phillips, Rain Phoenix, Cole Williams

Director: Christopher Munch

Writer: Christopher Munch

Distributor: TLA Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on February 4

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 75 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Nobody Knows

Logline: Four siblings are forced to rely on one another after they are abandoned by their mother. In Japanese with English subtitles

Featuring: Hanae Kan, Hiei Kimura, Ayu Kitaura, Momoko Shimizu, Yûya Yagira, You

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda

Writer: Hirokazu Koreeda

Distributor: IFC Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive engagements and the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and Landmark’s Sunshine Cinemas in New York City on February 4

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic elements and some sexual references

Running Time: 141 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby SR

The Nomi Song

Logline: Documents the life and times of the 1980s music icon. In English and in German with English subtitles

Director: Andrew Horn

Distributor: IFC Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinema Village Theatre in New York City and Landmark’s Nuart Theatre in Los Angeles on February 4

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 98 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Rory O’Shea Was Here

Logline: Two physically challenged young men team together to enjoy life on their own terms

Featuring: Brenda Frickerm, Romola Garai, James McAvoy, Gerard McSorley, Steven Robertson

Director: Damien O’Donnell

Writer: Jeffrey Caine

Distributor: Focus Features

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on February 4

MPAA Rating: R for language

Running Time: 104 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

Santo Domingo Blues

Logline: Documents the life of Dominican Bachata guitarist Luis Vargas

Director: Alex Wolfe

Distributor: Mambo Media/Films Transit

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinema Village Theatre in New York City on February 4

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 73 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Swimming Upstream

Logline: Fact-based drama based on the life of Australian swimmer Tony Fingleton

Featuring: Judy Davis, Tim Draxl, Geoffrey Rush, Jesse Spencer

Director: Russell Mulcahy

Writer: Anthony Fingleton, based on the book by Anthony Fingleton and Diane Fingleton

Distributor: MGM/UA

Opening Week Release Pattern: Limited release on February 4

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic material and a scene of sensuality

Running Time: 114 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Wedding Date

Logline: Single-girl anxiety causes a thirtysomething woman to hire a male escort to pose as her boyfriend at her sister’s wedding, in an attempt to dupe her ex-fiancé who dumped her a couple years prior

Featuring: Jack Davenport, Debra Messing, Dermot Mulroney, Jeremy Sheffield, Holland Taylor

Director: Clare Kilner

Writer: Dana Fox

Distributor: Universal

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations release on February 4

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content including dialogue

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Expanding today

The Assassination of Richard Nixon: Opens at the Academy of Art Theatre in Nerthampton MA

Assisted Living: Opens at Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

Bear Cub: Opens at Landmark’s Main Art Theatre in Detroit

Born Into Brothels: Opens at Landmark’s Act I & II Theatre in Berkeley, Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego and Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco

Brother to Brother: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA

Days of Being Wild: Opens at the Upstate Film Theatre in Rhinebeck NY and Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

The Green Butchers: Opens at Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema in Chicago

Head On: Opens at the Ritz 5 Movies in Philadelphia

In the Realms of the Unreal: Opens at the Charles Theatre in Baltimore, Landmark’s Bethesda Row Theatres in Bethesda MD, the Cinema Arts Center in Fairfax VA, the Triplex in Great Barrington MA and Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

Lost Embrace: Opens at Landmark’s Westside Pavilion Cinemas in West Los Angeles

Notre Musique: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas and the Angelika Film Center in Houston

P.S.: Opens at the Rialto Theatre in Bozeman MT

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

Tarnation: Opens at the Cedar Lee Theatre in Cleveland, the New Neon Theatre in Dayton OH and the Plaza Del Oro Cinemas in Santa Barbara

Therese: Opens at the Midway 7 in Alexandria MN, the Belltower 20 in Fort Myers FL, the Gaslight 3 in Helena MT, the Star Cinema in Prairie Du Chien WI, the Royal Palm Beach 18 in Royal Palm Beach FL, the Main Street Theatre in Sauk Centre MN and the Carmike 6 in Steubenville OH

The Third Man: Opens at the Cinema 21 in Portland OR

Untold Scandal: Opens at the Grand Illusion Theatre in Seattle

William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice: Opens at the Landmark’s River Oaks Theatre in Houston, the Mariemont 3 in Mariemont OH and Landmark’s Edina Cinemas in Minneapolis

The Woodsman: Opens at the Broadway Centre Cinemas in Salt Lake City

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

Logline: Documents the life of a San Francisco bohemian and his relationship with a flock of wild red-and-green parrots

Director: Judy Irving

Distributor: Shadow Distribution

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinemas in San Francisco on February 9

MPAA Rating: G

Running Time: 83 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Friday, February 11, 2005

Bride and Prejudice

Logline: A smart and headstrong Indian woman creates headaches for her traditionally minded mother when she announces she will only marry for love

Featuring: Naveen Andrews, Daniel Gillies, Martin Henderson, Aishwarya Rai, Namrate Shirodkar, Indira Varma

Director: Gurinder Chadha

Writers: Paul Mateda Berges and Gurinder Chadha, based on the novel “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen

Distributor: Miramax

Opening Week Release Pattern:

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some sexual references

Running Time: 111 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Hitch

Logline: A professional matchmaker’s program is threatened by a female journalist who enrolls as a student and plans on publishing an exposé on his fradulent methods

Featuring: Kevin James, Eva Mendes, Michael Rapaport, Will Smith

Director: Andy Tennant

Writer: Kevin Bisch

Distributor: Columbia

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations release on February 11

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for language and some strong sexual references

Running Time: 115 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Inside Deep Throat

Logline: Documentary which examines the cultural impact made by the infamous 1970s porno film

Directors: Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato

Distributor: Universal Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on February 11

MPAA Rating: NC-17 for explicit sexual content

Running Time: 92 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Mail Order Wife

Logline: A documentarian funds a NYC doorman’s Asian mail order bride in exchange for the right to film the experience

Featuring: Andrew Gurland, Adrian Martinez, Deborah Teng, Eugenia Yuan

Directors: Huck Botko and Andrew Gurland

Writers: Huck Botko and Andrew Gurland

Distributor: First Independent Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on February 11

MPAA Rating: R for language and some disturbing sexual material

Running Time: 89 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby SR

Masculine/Feminine

Logline: A young man, recently released from the French Army, becomes more isolated from his friends and peers as his girlfriend builds herself a career as a pop singer. In French with English subtitles

Featuring: Michel Debord, Chantal Goya, Marlène Jobert, Jean-Pierre Léaud

Director: Jean-Luc Godard

Writer: Jean-Luc Godard, based on the stories “La Femme de Paul” and “Le Signe” by Guy de Maupassant

Distributor: Rialto Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Film Forum in New York City and Landmark’s NuArt Theatre in Los Angeles on February 11

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 103 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Mono Sound

National Lampoon’s Blackball

Logline: A rebellious young British bowls player teams with another older and more traditional player to take on the Australian bowls team

Featuring: james Cromwell, Paul Kaye, Imelda Staunton, Vince Vaughn

Director: Mel Smith

Writer: Tim Firth

Distributor: First Look Media

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens in Chicago, Indianapolis, Lansing MI, Little Rock and Tucson on February 11

MPAA Rating: R for language

Running Time: 96 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior

Logline: One dark night, a former native of a rural Thai village has his men steal the head of the town’s Ong Bak (Buddha statue) to win favor with a ruthless crime boss. The locals regard the theft as a catastrophe, and seek
a champion to retrieve their lost treasure. In English and in Thai with English subtitles

Featuring: Tony Jaa, Suchao Pongwilai, Perttary Wongkamlao, Pumwaree Yodkamol

Director: Prachya Pinkaew

Writers: Prachya Pinkaew and Panna Rittikrai

Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on February 11

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

Running Time: 107 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Pooh’s Heffalump Movie

Logline: The Hundred Acre Woods gang goes in search of the little-known but much-feared Heffalump

Featuring the voices of: Jimmy Bennett, Brenda Blethyn, Jim Cummings, John Fiedler, Ken Sansom, David Ogden Stiers

Director: Frank Nissen

Writers: Brian Hohlfeld and Evan Spiliotopoulos, based on characters created by A.A. Milne

Distributor: Buena Vista Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations on February 11

MPAA Rating: G

Running Time: 68 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today

The Assassination of Richard Nixon: Opens at the Tropic Cinema in Key West and the Wilma Twin in Missoula MT

Assisted Living: Opens at Kentucky Theatre in Lexington KY, the Baxter Avenue Cinemas and Showcase Cinemas Stonybrook in Louisville KY and the Criterion Cinemas in New Haven CT

Beautiful Boxer: Opens at Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle

Born Into Brothels: Opens at Landmark’s Century Center 7 Cinemas in Chicago and Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle

Days of Being Wild: Opens at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville NY

Fear and Trembling: Opens at Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta, Landmark’s Lagoon Cinema in Minneapolis and Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

Head On: Opens at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco

In the Realms of the Unreal: Opens at Landmark’s Dobie Theatre in Austin, Landmark’s Inwood Theatre in Dallas, the Real Art Ways in Hartford CT and the Bijou at the Crossroads Cinemas in San Antonio

Nobody Knows: Opens at the South Coast Village Cinemas in Orange CA, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena and Laemmle’s Royal Theatre in West Los Angeles

Notre Musique: Opens at the Loft Cinema in Tucson

Sex is Comedy: Opens at the Flicks Theatre in Boise

Sky Blue: Opens at Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego

Tarnation: Opens at Columbus 15 in Columus GA and the Cable Car Cinemas in Providence RI

Therese: Opens at the Quarry 5 in Cold Spring MN

Travelers and Musicians: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, the Music Box Theater in Chicago, the Starz Film Center in Denver and Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill: Opens at Landmark’s Act 1 & 2 Theater in Berkeley, the Osio Cinema 6 in Monterey, the Angelika Film Center in New York City, Landmark’s Aquarius Theater in Palo Alto CA, the Camera 12 Cinemas in San Jose and the Nickelodeon Theaters in Santa Cruz CA

The Woodsman: Opens at the Rialto Theatre in Bozeman MT and the Music Hall Theatre in Portsmouth NH

You I Love: Opens at Laemmle Sunset 5 in West Hollywood

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Expanding today

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill: Opens at the Rafael Theater in San Rafael CA

Friday, February 18, 2005

Because of Winn-Dixie

Logline: A lonely young girl adopts an orphaned dog named for the supermarket where she found him, who helps her makes friends in the small Florida town

Featuring: Jeff Daniels, Elle Fanning, Dave Matthews, AnnaSophia Robb, Eva Marie Saint, Cicely Tyson

Director: Wayne Wang

Writer: Joan Singleton, based on the novel by Kate DiCamillo

Distributor: Fox

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1500 plus locations release on February 18

MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements and brief mild language

Running Time: 106 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Constantine

Logline: A renegade occultist, who has literally been to hell and back, teams with a skeptical policewoman to solve the mysterious suicide of her twin sister

Featuring: Shia LaBeouf, Djimon Hounsou, Keanu Reeves, Gavin Rossdale, Rachel Weisz

Director: Francis Lawrence

Writers: Mark Bombeck, Kevin Brodbin and Frank Cappello, based on the comic book “Hellblazer”

Distributor: Warner Brothers

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3250 plus locations release on February 18

MPAA Rating: R for violence and demonic images

Running Time: 121 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Downfall

Logline: The final stenographer for Adolf Hitler tells of the Nazi dictator’s final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII. In German with English subtitles

Featuring: Heino Ferch, Bruno Ganz, Corinna Harfouch, Juliane Köhler, Alexandra Maria Lara, Ulrich Matthes

Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel

Writer: Bernd Eichinger, based on the books “Inside Hitler’s Bunker” by Joachim Fest and “Bis zur letzten Stunde” by Traudl Junge and Melissa Müller

Distributor: Newmarket Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on February 18

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 150 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Imaginary Heroes

Logline: The Travis family, with its disengaged from the world father, pot-smoking mother and dazed older son, begins to tear apart when long-buried secrets are uncovered

Featuring: Jeff Daniels, Emile Hirsch, Kip Pardue, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Williams

Director: Dan Harris

Writer: Dan Harris

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on February 18

MPAA Rating: R for violence

Running Time: 117 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

Naked Fame

Logline: Documents the attempt of gay porn star Colton Ford to leave adult films behind and succeed in the music industry

Director: Christopher Long

Distributor: Regent Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Gateway Theatre in Fort Lauderdale and Laemmle’s Fairfax Theatre in Los Angeles on February 18

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 84 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33 :1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Schultze Gets The Blues

Logline: A newly unemployed accordion player finds his taste of music changes unexpectedly when the local music club celebrates its 50th anniversary. In English and in German with English subtitles

Featuring: Horst Krause, Karl Fred Müller, Hannelore Schubert, Ursula Schucht, Harald Warmbrunn

Director: Michael Schorr

Writer: Michael Schorr

Distributor: Paramount Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on February 18

MPAA Rating: PG for mild language

Running Time: 110 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Son of the Mask

Logline: Hilarty ensues when a cartoonist’s new son is born with the Mask’s spectacular powers

Featuring: Alan Cumming, Bob Hoskins, Traylor Howard, Jamie Kennedy, Traylor Howard

Director: Lawrence Guterman

Writers: Tom Gammill, Lance Khazei, Rob McKittrick, Max Pross

Distributor: New Line

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3250 plus locations release on February 18

MPAA Rating: PG for action, crude and suggestive humor and language

Running Time: 86 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital EX, DTS, SDDS

Turtles Can Fly

Logline: Near the Iraqi-Turkish border on the eve of the American invasion, refugee children gauge and await their fate. In Kurdish with English subtitles

Featuring: Soran Ebrahim, Avaz Latif

Director: Bahman Ghobadi

Writer: Bahman Ghobadi

Distributor: IFC Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York exclusive on February 18

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Expanding today

Assisted Living: Opens at the Stadium Cinemas 8 in Danville KY, the Frankfort Square 6 in Frankfort KY, the Kentucky Cinema in Lexington KY, the Tenth Frame Stadium 8 Cinemas in Mt. Sterling KY and the Somerset Stadium 8 Cinemas in Somerset KY

Beautiful Boxer: Opens at the Gateway Theatre in Fort Lauderdale and Laemmle’s Fairfax Cinemas in Los Angeles

Born Into Brothels: Opens at the Starz Film Center in Denver and Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

Brother to Brother: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas and the Angelika Film Center in Houston

Days of Being Wild: Opens at Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle

Head On: Opens at the Camera 12 Cinemas in San Jose

In the Realms of the Unreal: Opens at the Shadowood Cinemas in Boca Raton, the South Beach 18 in Miami, the Crest Theatre in Sacramento and the Nickelodeon Theatre in Santa Cruz

Nobody Knows: Opens at Landmark’s Act 1 & 2 Theatres in Berkeley, Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington NY, the Kew Gardens Cinemas in Kew Gardens NY and Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco

Notre Musique: Opens at the Guild Theatre in Albuquerque and the Real Art Ways Cinemas in Hartford CT

Sky Blue: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta, Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago and the Angelika Film Center in New York City

Untold Scandal: Opens at the Balboa Theatre in San Francisco and the Palm Theatre in San Luis Obispo

Travelers and Musicians: Opens at Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego and Landmark’s Tivoli Theater in St. Louis

Watermarks: Opens at the Coolidge Corner Moviehouse in Boston

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill: Opens at the Upstate Films in Rhinebeck NY, the Palm Theatre in San Luis Obispo CA, the Screen Theatre in Santa Fe, the Rialto Lakeside Cinemas in Santa Rosa CA and the Railroad Square Cinema in Waterville ME

The Woodsman: Opens at the Newburyport Screening Room in Newburyport MA

For MPAA Ratings, Release Dates Changes and Estimated Screen Counts for films scheduled for release between February 2005 and May 2007, please visit the second section of The Early Report.

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