The Early Report for January 25, 2009: Part One

This first section of The Early Report features the most detailed listings on the Internet of all films scheduled to be released in the upcoming four weeks, including actual and estimated screen counts, running times and ratings. This week’s report covers 39 known new movies opening in theatres between Wednesday 1/28/09 and Friday 2/20/09, plus dozens more titles expanding their runs during this timeframe.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Blessed is the Match

Logline: Documents the life of Hannah Senesh, a World War II-era poet and diarist who became a paratrooper, resistance fighter and modern-day Joan of Arc.

Director: Roberta Grossman

Distributor: Balcony Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Landmark’s Sunshine Cinemas in New York City on January 28

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 86 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Friday, January 30, 2009

The Class

Logline: A teacher prepares for a new year at a high school in a tough neighborhood. In French with subtitles

Featuring: Francois Begaudeau

Director: Laurent Cantet

Writers: Francois Begaudeau & Robin Campillo & Laurent Cantet, based on the novel “Entre les murs” by Francois Begaudeau

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino, the Angelika Film Center in New York City, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, the Landmark 12 in West Los Angeles and in additional theatres in Los Angeles and New York City on January 30

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for language

Running Time: 128 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Incendiary

Logline: An adulterous woman’s life is torn apart when her husband and infant son are killed in a suicide bombing at a soccer match

Featuring: Nicholas Gleaves, Sidney Johnston, Matthew Macfayden, Ewan McGregor, Michelle Williams

Director: Sharon Maguire

Writer: Sharon Maguire, based on the novel by Chris Cleave

Distributor: Capitol Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Beverly Center 13 in Los Angeles on January 30

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 96 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

The Invisible Chronicles

Logline: A college student tells his psychiatrist an incredible tale concerning a school project he is working on

Featuring: Trevor Duke, Kyle Leatherberry, Bryan Lillis, Danny Max, Oskar Rodriguez

Director: David DeCoteau

Writer: Moses Rutegar, based on the novel “The Invisible Man” by H.G. Welles

Distributor: Regent Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Los Angeles exclusive on January 30

MPAA Rating: R for sexual content, and some violence including a rape

Running Time: 86 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Luck By Chance

Logline: A struggling actor comes from Delhi to Bombay and enters the Hindi film industry

Featuring: Farhan Akhtar, Alyy Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Shilpa Shetty, Saurabh Shukla

Director: Zoya Akhtar

Writers: Farhan Akhtar & Zoya Akhtar

Distributor: Films International

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on January 30

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 156 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Medicine For Melancholy

Logline: Two twentysomething African-Americans get to know each other after a night of passion, as they walk through their rapidly gentrifying San Francisco neighborhood

Featuring: Melissa Bisagni, Wyatt Cenec, Tracey Higgins

Director: Barry Jenkins

Writer: Barry Jenkins

Distributor: IFC Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the IFC Film Center in New York City on January 30

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 88 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

New In Town

Logline: A Miami businesswoman adjusts to her new life in a tiny Minnesota town

Featuring: Harry Connick Jr., Frances Conroy, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Rashida Jones, J.K. Simmons, Renee Zellweger

Director: Jonas Elmer

Writers: Kenneth Rance and C. Jay Cox

Distributor: Lionsgate

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2250 plus locations on January 30

MPAA Rating: PG for language and some suggestive material

Running Time: 96 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

One Day You’ll Understand

Logline: A man endeavors to collect memories of his grandparents who died in a concentration camp during the Holocaust. In French with subtitles

Featuring: Dominique Blanc, Emmanuelle Devos, Daniel Duval, Hippolyte Girardot, Jeanne Moreau

Director: Amos Gitai

Writers: Dan Franck and Amos Gitai & Marie-Jose Sanselme

Distributor: Kino International

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Burns Court Cinema in Tallahassee FL on January 30

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Sam’s Town

Logline: A woman and her friends visit the scene of a murder mystery

Featuring: Salvatore Antonio, Stephen Bishop, Sandrine Holt, William Gregory Lee, Fay Masterson

Director: Andrew C. Erin

Writer: Andrew C. Erin

Distributor: Cinema Epoch

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Laemmle’s Grande 4 in Los Angeles and Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood on January 30

MPAA Rating: R for violence and language

Running Time: 86 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Serbis

Logline: A fractured Filipino family copes with each other as they operate an adult movie theatre. In Tagalog with subtitles

Featuring: Dan Alvaro, Julio Diaz, Jaclyn Jose, Kristofer King, Coco Martin, Gina Pareno

Director: Brillante Mendoza

Writers: Armando Lao and Boots Agbayani Pastor

Distributor: Regent Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in New York City and Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood on January 30

MPAA Rating: R for sexual content, nudity and language

Running Time: 94 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

Sound Format: Dolby SR

Taken

Logline: A former government operative comes out of retirement to rescue his estranged daughter from a slave trade operation

Featuring: Katie Cassidy, Maggie Grace, Liam Neeson

Director: Pierre Morel

Writers: Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen

Distributor: Twentieth Century-Fox

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2650 plus locations on January 30

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, disturbing thematic material, sexual content, some drug references and language

Running Time: 91 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Uninvited

Logline: A young girl discovers her father’s new girlfriend may be a killer

Featuring: Elizabeth Banks, Emily Browning, Ariel Kebbel, David Straithairn

Directors: Charles Guard and Thomas Guard

Writers: Craig Rosenberg and Doug Miro & Carlo Bernard, based on the screenplay for the South Korean film “Changhwa, Hongryon” by Ji-woon Kim

Distributor: DreamWorks Pictures/Paramount Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2850 plus locations on Janaury 30

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violent and disturbing images, thematic material, sexual content, language and teen drinking

Running Time: 87 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today

Che: Part One: Opens in Minneapolis

Che: Part Two: Opens at Landmark’s Dobie Theatre in Austin and in Minneapolis

Che: The Roadshow Engagement: Opens at Landmark’s Harbor East Cinemas in Baltimore and Landmark’s Gateway Cinemas in Columbus

Ciao: Opens at Landmark’s Ritz at the Bourse Cinemas in Philadelphia and Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

Donkey Punch: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA

Eden: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta and Landmark’s Gateway Theatre in Columbus OH

Fuel: Opens at the Valley River 15 in Eugene OR

Good: Opens at Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco

I’ve Loved You So Long: Opens at Landmark’s Keystone Art Theatre in Indianapolis

Let the Right One In: Opens at the International Film Series Theatre in Boulder CO, the Bijou Theatre in Chattanooga, the YES Cinemas in Columbus IN, the Mindframe 6 in Dubuque IA, the Downtown West 8 in Knoxville, the Studio on the Square Cinemas in Memphis, the Fountain Theatre in Mesilla NM, the Miami Beach Cinematheque in Miami Beach and the River Park Square 20 in Spokane

Of Time and the City: Opens at Landmark’s Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles

Otto; or, Up with Dead People: Opens at the Starz Film Center in Denver

The Pool: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Houston

Pray the Devil Back to Hell: Opens at

The Secret of the Grain: Opens at Laemmle’s Royal Theatre in West Los Angeles

The Village Barbershop: Opens at Point Cinemas in Madison WI

Waltz with Bashir: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta, Landmark’s Mayan Theatre in Denver, Landmark’s Renaissance Place Cinemas in Highland Park IL, Landmark’s Keystone Art Theatre in Indianapolis, Landmark’s Uptown Theatre in Minneapolis, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, Landmark’s Guild 45th Theatre in Seattle and in additional locations in select markets

Wendy and Lucy: Opens at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinemas in San Francisco, the Camera 12 in San Jose, Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis and Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

Were the World Mine: Opens at Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seatlle and Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

The Wild Child: Opens at Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego

Yonkers Joe: Opens at Landmark’s Ritz at the Bourse Cinemas in Philadelphia and the Gaslamp 15 in San Diego

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Memorial Day

Logline: Over a wild Memorial Day weekend, a group of teenager partiers film themselves in ever more compromising positions

Featuring: Harold Kennedy German, Robert Humphrey, Neil Knox, Nick Konow, Maria McConville, Tess Nix

Director: Josh Fox

Writer: Josh Fox

Distributor: Artists Public Domain/International WOW Company

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the IFC Film Center in New York City on February 4

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 93 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

The Objective

Logline: A group of Special Ops Reservists on a mission in the harsh and hostile terrain of Afghanistan find themselves lost in a Middle Eastern “Bermuda Triangle” of ancient evil

Featuring: Matthew R. Anderson, Jonas Ball, Jon Huertas, Sam Hunter, Michael C. Williams

Director: Daniel Myrick

Writers: Daniel Myrick & Mark A. Patton and Wesley Clark, story by Daniel Myrick & Mark A. Patton

Distributor: IFC Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the IFC Film Center in New York City on February 4

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 104 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Friday, February 6, 2009

Absurdistan

Logline: When a small mountain village faces a water shortage, the women of the village make a simple vow to their lazy husbands: “no water, no sex.” In Russian with subtitles

Featuring: Ani Amiridze, Nino Chkheidze, Ivane Ivantbelidze, Kristyna Malerova, Maximilian Mauff

Director: Veit Helmer

Writers: Gordan Mihic & Zaza Buadze & Ahmet Golbol & Veit Helmer

Distributor: First Run Features

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Landmark’s Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles on February 6

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 87 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Chocolate

Logline: A young girl learns martial arts from watching kung fu movies in order to exact revenge on those who bankrupted her mother. In English and in Japanese and Thai with subtitles

Featuring: Hiroshi Abe, Taphon Phopwandee, Ammara Siripong, Pongpat Wachirabunjong, Yanin Wismitanant

Director: Prachya Pinkaew

Writers: Chukiat Sakveerakul & Nepalee Sakweerakul

Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar in Austin, the International Film Series in Boulder, Landmark’s Inwood Theatre in Dallas, Landmark’s Esquire Theatre in Denver, Landmark’s Sunshine Cinemas in New York City and Landmark’s Egyptian Theatre in Seattle on February 6

MPAA Rating: R for violence throughout, and brief sexuality/nudity

Running Time: 92 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital EX

Coraline

Logline: A young girl discovers a hidden door in her house that takes her to a better mirror version of her life, with one drastic difference

Featuring the voices of: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Ian McShane

Director: Henry Selick

Writer: Henry Selick, based on the story by Neil Gaiman

Distributor: Focus Features

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations, including 1250 plus 3D theatres, on February 6

MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements, scary images, some language and suggestive humor

Running Time: 100 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Fanboys

Logline: A group of friends decide to drive cross-country and break into George Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch, to watch “Episode One” before one of them dies

Featuring: Jay Baruchel, Kristen Bell, Dan Fogler, Sam Huntington, Christopher Marquette

Director: Kyle Newman

Writers: Ernest Cline and Adam F. Goldberg, story by Ernest Cline and Dan Pulick

Distributor: The Weinstein Company

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, the Chinese 6 in Hollywood, the 34th Street Cinemas in New York City and in additional locations in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle (40 locations total) on February 6

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for pervasive crude and sexual material, language and drug content

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Free Style

Logline: An amatuer motocross racer has the opportunity to become a professional racer

Featuring: Corbin Bleu, Sandra Echeverria, Penelope Ann Miller, Madison Pettis

Director: William Dear

Writers: Jeffrey Nicholson & Joshua Leibner

Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on February 6

MPAA Rating: PG for language, some sensuality and thematic material

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

CREDIT ABUSE: There are 12 producers, co-producers and executive producers listed for this film

He’s Just Not That Into You

Logline: The lives and loves of a group of twenty and thirtysomethings in Baltimore

Featuring: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Connelly, Bradley Cooper, Gennifer Goodwin, Scarlett Johansson, Kris Kristofferson, Justin Long

Directors: Ken Kwapis

Writers: Abby Kohn & Marc Silverstein, based on the book by Greg Behrendt & Liz Tuccillo

Distributor: New Line Cinema

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3000 plus locations on February 6

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content and brief strong language

Running Time: 129 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Pink Panther 2

Logline: When legendary treasures from around the world are stolen, the Paris Chief Inspector is forced to assign a bumbling detective to a team of international detectives assigned with catching the thief

Featuring: Aishwayra Ray Bachchan, Andy Garcia, Steve Martin, Alfred Molina, Emily Mortimer, Jean Reno

Director: Harold Zwart

Writers: Scott Neustatdter & Michael H. Weber and Steve Martin, story by Scott Neustatdter & Michael H. Weber, based on characters created by Maurice Richlin and Blake Edwards

Distributor: Columbia Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3500 plus locations on February 6

MPAA Rating: PG for some suggestive humor, brief mild language and action

Running Time: 92 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Push

Logline: A young man and a teenage girl take on a clandestine agency in a race against time that will determine the future of civilization

Featuring: Camilla Belle, Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, Djimon Hounsou

Director: Paul McGuigan

Writer: David Bourla

Distributor: Summit Entertainment

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations on February 6

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, brief strong language, smoking and a scene of teen drinking

Running Time: 111 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

CREDIT ABUSE: There are SIXTEEN producers, co-producers, line producers, executive producers and co-executive producers listed for this film

The 2008 Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films

Logline: The five Oscar-nominated Animated Short Subjects for 2008 are shown together, with bonus showings of additional short films

Distributor: Shorts International/Magnolia Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood and in additional locations in select markets on February 6

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The 2008 Oscar Nominated Live-Action Short Films

Logline: The five Oscar-nominated Live Action Short Subjects for 2008 are shown together

Distributor: Shorts International/Magnolia Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood and in additional locations in select markets on February 6

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 120 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Expanding today

Blessed is the Match: Opens at Laemmle’s Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills, Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino and the University Town Center 6 in Irvine CA

Che: The Roadshow Engagement: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta, Landmark’s Chez Artiste Theatre in Denver, Landmark’s Keystone Art Theatre in Indianapolis and Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas in San Diego

The Class: Opens at the Albany Twin in Albany CA, Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago, Landmark’s Renaissance Place Cinemas in Highland Park IL, Landmark’s Aquarius Theatre in Palo Alto CA and in additional locations in select markets

Crips and Bloods: Made in America: Opens at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood

Donkey Punch: Opens at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, Landmark’s Ritz at the Bourse Cinemas in Philadelphia, Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego and Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco

Fuel: Opens at the Village VII in New York City

The Guatemalan Handshake: Opens at the Downtown Independent Theatre in Los Angeles

Let the Right One In: Opens at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, the Esquire Theatre in Cincinnati and the Modern Art Museum Theatre in Fort Worth

The Secret of the Grain: Opens at Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

Special: Opens at the Flint Institute of the Arts in Flint MI

Timecrimes: Opens at the Guild Theatre in Albuquerque, the Bijou Theatre in Chattanooga and the Red Vic Movie Theatre in San Francisco

Waltz with Bashir: Opens at Landmark’s Maple Art Theatre in Detroit and in additional locations in select markets

Wendy and Lucy: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta, the Charles Theatre in Baltimore, Landmark’s Chez Artiste Theatre in Denver, Landmark’s Edina Cinemas in Minneapolis, the Nickelodeon 4 in Santa Cruz and in Minneapolis

The Wild Child: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA

Friday, February 13, 2009

Amarcord

Logline: A year in the life of a small coastal town, as recalled by a superstar filmmaker. In Greek and Italian with subtitles

Featuring: Armando Brancia, Ciccio Ingrassia, Pupella Maggio, Magali Noel, Nando Orfei, Luigi Rossi, Bruno Zanin

Director: Federico Fellini

Writers: Federico Fellini and Tonino Guerra, story by Guerra

Distributor: Janus Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Landmark’s Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles on February 13

MPAA Rating: R

Running Time: 123 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Mono Sound

Billu Barber

Logline: A small town barber finds his life in upheavel after a superstar he claims to know arrives in his small town to shoot a movie. In Hindi with subtitles

Featuring: Lara Dutta, Irrfan Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Om Puri, Rajpal Yadav

Director: Priyadarshan

Writer: Sreenivasan

Distributor: Eros Entertainment

Opening Week Release Pattern: 100 plus locations in select markets on February 13

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 144 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Confessions of a Shopaholic

Logline: A young woman lands a job as a financial journalist in New York City where she indulges her shopping addictions

Featuring: Joan Cusack, Hugh Dancy, Isla Fisher, John Goodman, John Lithgow, Kristen Scott Thomas

Director: P.J. Hogan

Writers: Tim Firth and Tracey Jackson and Kayla Alpert, based on the novels by Sophie Kinsella

Distributor: Touchstone Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2650 plus locations on February 13

MPAA Rating: PG for some mild language and thematic elements

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dlby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Dev D

Logline: Through a haze of sex and drugs, three twentysomethings try to find their places in the world. In Hindi with subtitles

Featuring: Dibyendu Bhattacharya, Abhay Deol, Mahi Gill, Kalki Koechlin, Asim Sharma

Director: Anurag Kashyap

Writer: Anurag Kashyap, based on the book “Devdas” by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay

Distributor: UTV Communications

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on February 13

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 140 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Friday the 13th

Logline: A young man searching for his missing sister tracks her potential whereabouts to a camp on a lake which was once terrorized by a machete-wielding psycho

Featuring: Derek Mears, Jared Padalecki, Danielle Panabaker, Amanda Righetti, Travis Van Winkle, Aaron Yoo

Director: Marcus Nispel

Writers: Damian Shannon & Mark Swift, story by Damian Shannon & Mark Swift and Mark Wheaton, based on the 1980 film written by Victor Miller

Distributor: New Line Cinema

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3500 plus locations on February 13

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

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Gomorrah

Logline: An inside look at Italy’s modern-day crime families. In Italian with subtitles

Featuring: Salvatore Abruzzese, Vincenzo Altamura, Vincenzo Fabricino, Salvatore Ruocco, Simone Sacchettino

Director: Matteo Garrone

Writers: Maurizio Braucci & Ugo Chiti & Gianni Di Gregorio & Matteo Garrone & Massimo Gaudioso & Roberto Saviano, based on the book by Roberto Saviano

Distributor: IFC Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, Laemmle’s Royal Theatre in West Los Angeles and in additional locations in major markets on February 13

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 137 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The International

Logline: An Interpol agent and a Manhattan D.A. attempt to uncover a myriad of illegal activites by one of the world’s most powerful banks

Featuring: Brian F. O’Byrne, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Clive Owen, Naomi Watts

Director: Tom Twyker

Writers: Eric Singer

Distributor: Columbia Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus locations on February 13

MPAA Rating: R for some sequences of violence and language

Running Time: 118 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Two Lovers

Logline: A young man struggles deciding between the two women in his life

Featuring: Elias Koteas, Gwyneth Paltrow, Joaquin Phoenix, Isabella Rosselinni, Vinessa Shaw

Director: James Gray

Writers: James Gray and Richard Menello

Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino, Landmark’s Sunshine Cinemas in New York City, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, the South Coast Village 3 in Santa Ana CA, Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood and the Landmark 12 in West Los Angeles on February 13

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

Running Time: 109 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Under the Sea 3D

Logline: An underwater look at the diverse coastal regions of Southern Australia, New Guinea and the Indo-Pacific areas and the impact of global warming on the oceans

Director: Howard Hall

Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 75 plus IMAX 3D locations on February 13

MPAA Rating: G

Running Time: 40 minutes

Aspect Ratio: IMAX (1.43:1)

Sound Format: IMAX Digital Stereo

Expanding today

Absurdistan: Opens at Landmark’s Gateway Cinemas in Columbus OH

Ciao: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta

Donkey Punch: Opens at Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle and Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

Fuel: Opens at the Broadway 4 in Santa Monica and Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood

Let the Right One In: Opens at the Fleur Cinema in Des Moines and the Rialto Lakeside 5 in Santa Rosa CA

Waltz with Bashir: Opens at Landmark’s Keystone Art Theatre in Indianapolis

One Day You’ll Understand: Opens at the Rialto Cinemas Elmwood in Berkeley and Landmark’s Opera Plaza Cinemas in San Francisco

Wendy and Lucy: Opens at Landmark’s Main Art Theatre in Detroit

Were the World Mine: Opens at Landmark’s Lagoon Cinema in Minneapolis

The Wild Child: Opens at Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

Friday, February 20, 2009

Eleven Minutes

Logline: Documents the life of Jay McCarroll after he won the first season competition of “Project Runway”

Directors: Michael Selditch and Robert Tate

Distributor: Regent Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in New York City, Landmark’s Opera Plaza Cinemas in San Francisco, the Valley Art Theatre in Tempe and Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood on February 20

MPAA Rating: R for language

Running Time: 103 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Fired Up!

Logline: Two high school friends pretend to be cheerleaders so they can be the only two guys at cheerleader camp

Featuring: Nicholas D’Agosto, John Michael Higgins, AnnaLynne McCord, Eric Christian Olsen, Sarah Roemer, Molly Sims

Director: Will Gluck

Writer: Freedom Jones

Distributor: Screen Gems

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1750 plus locations on February 20

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for crude and sexual content throughout, partial nudity, language and some teen partying

Running Time: 94 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Must Read After My Death

Logline: Documents the recorded history of a family of free thinkers in Hartford CT in the 1960s who kept extensive audio and written notes about their psychotherapy

Director: Morgan Dews

Distributor: Gigantic Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Quad Cinema in New York City on February 20

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 73 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Three Monkeys

Logline: A family is dislocated when small failings blow up into extravagant lies. In Turkish with subtitles

Featuring: Hatice Aslan, Gurkan Aydin, Ercan Kesal, Cafer Kose, Ahmet Rifat Sungar

Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Writers: Ebru Ceylan & Nuri Bilge Ceylan & Ercan Kesal

Distributor: New Yorker Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Seattle exclusive on February 20

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 109 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail

Logline: A mischievous grandma lands in jail, where she meets a variety of mixed-up characters

Featuring: Viola Davis, Vanessa Ferlito, Derek Luke, Tyler Perry, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Sophia Vergara

Director: Tyler Perry

Writer: Tyler Perry

Distributor: Lionsgate

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2150 plus locations on February 20

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

Running Time:

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Youth in Revolt

Logline: A sixteen year old boy finds himself getting deeper in trouble with his parents and the law as he tries to lose his virginity

Featuring: Steve Buscemi, Michael Cera, Portia Doubleday, Ray Liotta, Justin Long, Jean Smart, Fred Willard

Director: Miguel Arteta

Writers: Gustin Nash, based on the novel by C.D. Payne

Distributor: The Weinstein Company

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on February 20

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Expanding today

Absurdistan: Opens at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley and Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco

Ballast: Opens at the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle

Beauty in Trouble: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta

The Class: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Plano TX, Laemmle’s Monica 4 in Santa Monica and in additional locations in select markets

Crips and Bloods: Made in America: Opens at the Red Vic Movie Theatre in San Francisco

Eleven Minutes: Opens at Landmark’s Opera Plaza Cinemas in San Francisco

Made in U.S.A.: Opens at the Museum of Fine Arts Theatre in Boston

Medicine for Melancholy: Opens at the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle

One Day You’ll Understand: Opens at the Browning Cinema in Notre Dame IN

The Village Barbershop: Opens at the Facets Cinematheque in Chicago and the Hollywood Theatre in Portland OR

Wendy and Lucy: Opens at Landmark’s Gateway Cinemas in Columbus OH and the Angelika Film Center in Houston

The Wild Child: Opens at Landmark’s Ritz at the Bourse Cinemas in Philadelphia

For Release Dates Changes and Estimated Screen Counts for films scheduled for release between late-February 2009 and 2012, please visit the second section of The Early Report

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