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Elia Kazan

Known for his creative direction and controversial story choices, Kazan was not only a great proponent of “method acting” and one of the founders of the Actors' Studio, but he used the style to its greatest effect, working with actors to capture unforgettable moments that bore his unique signature.

Under Kazan's potent direction Andy Griffith gives a stunning portrayal of a Southern itinerant singer catapulted to fame, with dehumanizing effects, in this early look at the power and corruptibility of television celebrity.

Gregory Peck is a humble and idealistic magazine writer who researches an article on anti-Semitism and learns first-hand about prejudice when he poses as a Jew. The film is unique in its ability to be quietly strong and subtly powerful while remaining constantly engaging.

Winner of eight Academy Awards, this powerful and brilliantly performed saga focuses on the dreams, despair and corruption of New York City longshoremen, Marlon Brando as he struggles over the choices of right and wrong and what that means to his brother, corrupt union officials, his priest, and his girlfriend.

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The Early Report for March 1, 2009: Part One

March 1st, 2009

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 55 known new movies opening in theatres between Wednesday 3/4/09 and Monday 3/30/09, plus dozens more titles expanding their runs during this timeframe.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

12
Logline: 12 jurors must decide the fate of a Chechen teenager charged with murdering his stepfather. In Chechen and Russian with subtitles
Featuring: Sergey Garmash, Sergei Gazarov, Sergei Makovetsky, Nikita Mikhalkov, Aleksei Petrenko, Yuriy Stoyanov
Director: Nikita Mikhalkov
Writers: Nikita Mikhalkov and Vladimir Moiseyenko and Aleksandr Novototsky
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on March 4
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violent images, disturbing content, thematic material, brief sexual and drug references, and smoking
Running Time: 159 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Friday, March 6, 2009

Dhoondte Reh Jaaoge
Logline: Two actors struggle to make in the Bollywood film industry. In Hindi with subtitles
Featuring: Soha Ali Khan, Zayed Khan, Kunal Khemu, Johnny Lever, Paresh Rawal, Sonu Sood
Director: Umesh Shukla
Writer: Umesh Shukla
Distributor: UTV Communications
Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on March 6
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 130 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Everlasting Moments
Logline: The lives of a woman and those in her village change when she wins a camera in the lottery. In Finnish and Swedish with subtitles
Featuring: Jesper Christensen, Maria Heiskanen, Emil Jensen, Ghita Nørby, Mikael Persbrandt
Director: Jan Troell
Writer: Niklas Rådström, story by Jan Troell and Agneta Ulfsäter-Troell
Distributor: IFC Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Landmark's Sunshine Cinemas in New York City on March 6
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 131 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Explicit Ills
Logline: Four Philadelphia neighbors deal with love, drugs and poverty
Featuring: Paul Dano, Rosario Dawson, Naomie Harris, Lou Taylor Pucci, Tariq Trotter
Director: Mark Webber
Writer: Mark Webber
Distributor: Peach Arch Entertainment
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Angelika Film Center in New York City on March 6
MPAA Rating: R for language and some drug use
Running Time: 87 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Fados
Logline: Documents the world of fado, a vibrant strand of contemporary world music sometimes referred to as the Portuguese blues. In Portuguese with subtitles
Director: Carlos Saura
Distributor: New Yorker Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas in New York City on March 6
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 88 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Frontier of Dawn
Logline: A photographer begins an affair with an actress. In French with subtitles
Featuring: Louis Garrel, Olivier Massart, Clémentine Poidatz, Laura Smet
Director: Philippe Garrel
Writers: Marc Cholodenko and Arlette Langmann
Distributor: IFC Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the BAM Cinematheque in Brooklyn on March 6
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 106 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

The Horsemen
Logline: A recently widowed detective discovers a shocking connection between himself and the suspects in a serial killing spree linked to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Featuring: Clifton Collins Jr., Dennis Quaid, Chelcie Ross, Peter Stormare, Ziyi Zhang
Director: Jonas Åkerlund
Writer: David Callaham
Distributor: Lionsgate
Opening Week Release Pattern: 75 theatres in select markets on March 6
MPAA Rating: R for grisly and disturbing content, some sexual images and language
Running Time: 110 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

New York City Serenade
Logline: Two down on their luck childhood friends struggle to figure out their lives
Featuring: Chris Klein, Freddie Prinze Jr, Sebastian Roche, Wallace Shawn, Jamie-Lynn Sigler
Director: Frank Whaley
Writer: Frank Whaley
Distributor: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinema Village in New York City on March 6
MPAA Rating: R for language, brief sexuality and drug use
Running Time: 103 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

Phoebe in Wonderland
Logline: Confounded by her clashes with the seemingly rule-obsessed world, a little girl seeks enlightenment from her unconventional drama teacher
Featuring: Patricia Clarkson, Elle Fanning, Felicity Huffman, Bill Pullman, Campbell Scott
Director: Daniel Barnz
Writers: Daniel Barnz
Distributor: THINKFilm
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Angelika Film Center and the Village East Cinemas in New York City, Landmark's E Street Cinemas in Washington DC and in Los Angeles on March 6
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic material and brief strong language
Running Time: 96 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

Sherman's Way
Logline: An eccentric Olympic has-been who prefers leisure to work finds himself on a road trip with a rigid pre-law Yale student with no time for wasting time
Featuring: Lacey Chabert, Enrico Colantoni, James LeGros, Donna Murphy, Michael Shulman
Director: Craig M. Saavedra
Writer: Tom Nance
Distributor: Starry Night Entertainment
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Village East Cinemas in New York City on March 6
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 96 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

Shuttle
Logline: Two young women returning from a weekend vacation find themselves terrorized by a shuttle bus driver
Featuring: Tony Curran, Cullen Douglas, Cameron Goodman, Payton List, Dave Power
Director: Edward Anderson
Writer: Edward Anderson
Distributor: Truly Indie
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Laemmle's Sunset 5 in West Hollywood on March 6
MPAA Rating: R for strong violence, terror, language and brief nudity
Running Time: 106 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

13B
Logline: A family who has moved into a new apartment discover a television series that eerily mirrors their own lives. In Hindi and Tamil with subtitles
Featuring: Neetu Chandra, Poonam Dhillon, Sachin Khedekar, R. Madhavan, Murali Sharma
Director: Vikram K. Kumar
Writer: Vikram K. Kumar
Distributor: Big Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on March 6
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 142 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Tokyo!
Logline: A cinematic triptych of three Tokyo-set stories. In French and Japanese with subtitles
Featuring: Yu Aoi, Jean-François Balmer, Ayako Fujitani, Ryo Kase, Teruyuki Kagawa, Denis Lavant
Directors: Joon-ho Bong and Leos Carax and Michel Gondry
Writers: Joon-ho Bong and Leos Carax and Michel Gondry
Distributor: Liberation Entertainment
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Landmark's Sunshine Cinemas in New York City on March 6
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 110 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Venus & Vegas
Logline: Three petty crooks juggle their personal relationships while weaving their way through a botched burglary
Featuring: Donald Faison, Eddie Guerra, Jaime Pressly, Roseyln Sanchez, Molly Sims, Eddie Kaye Thomas
Director: Demian Lichtenstein
Writer: Eddie Guerra
Distributor: 41Inc.
Opening Week Release Pattern: 200 plus locations on March 6
MPAA Rating: R for language and sexual content
Running Time: 95 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

Watchmen
Logline: When one of his former compatriots is murdered, a masked vigilante begins his own investigation, discovering a far more terrifying plot to destroy the world
Featuring: Malin Ackerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Carla Gugino, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Patrick Wilson
Director: Zack Snyder
Writers: David Hayter and Alex Tse, based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: 3650 plus locations on March 6
MPAA Rating: R for strong graphic violence, sexuality, nudity and language
Running Time: 156 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today
Absurdistan: Opens at Landmark's Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA and Landmark's Ritz at the Bourse Cinemas in Philadelphia
An American Affair: Opens at Laemmle's Sunset 5 in West Hollywood
Azur & Asmar: Opens at Landmark's Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco
Ballerina: Opens at Landmark's E Street Cinemas in Washington DC
Che: The Roadshow Engagement: Opens at Landmark's Harbor East Cinemas in Baltimore and Landmark's Keystone Art Cinemas in Indianapolis
Cherry Blossoms: Opens at Landmark's Midtown Art Cinema in Atlanta and Landmark's Gateway Cinemas in Columbus OH
Examined Life: Opens at the Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center in New Orleans and the Kabuki 8 in San Francisco
Harvard Beats Yale 29-29: Opens at Landmark's Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles
Let the Right One In: Opens at the Flicks Theatre in Boise
The Room: Opens at the Village East Cinemas in New York City
12: Opens at Laemmele's Town Center 5 in Encino, Laemmle's Playhouse 7 in Pasadena and Laemmle's Royal Theatre in West Los Angeles
Wendy and Lucy: Opens at the CCA Cinematheque in Santa Fe
The Wild Child: Opens at Landmark's Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley and in San Francisco

Friday, March 13, 2009

Brothers at War
Logline: Documents a filmmaker's attempt to film his two brothers as they fight in the Middle East
Director: Jake Rademacher
Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Shirlington 7 in Arlington VA, the River East 15 in Chicago, the Columbus 15 in Columbus GA, the Fayetteville 12 in Fayetteville NC, the Jacksonville 16 in Jacksonville NC, the Raliegh 15 in Raleigh NC and Landmark's E Street Cinemas in Washington DC on March 13
MPAA Rating: R for language and a brief war image
Running Time: 110 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Cake Eaters
Logline: Two families are brought together by the return of one family's son, a reunion that conjures up old ghosts and issues that must be addressed
Featuring: Elizabeth Ashley, Jayce Bartok, Bruce Dern, Aaron Stanford, Kristen Stewart
Director: Mary Stuart Masterson
Writer: Jayce Bartok
Distributor: 57th & Irving Productions
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinema Village in New York City on March 13
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 95 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Carmen & Geoffrey
Logline: Documents the lives of two of modern dance's giants, Carmen De Lavallade and Geoffrey Holder
Directors: Linda Atkinson and Nick Doob
Distributor: First Run Features
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Quad Cinema in New York City on March 13
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 80 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

The Edge of Love
Logline: Two feisty, free-spirited women are connected by the brilliant, charismatic poet who loves them both
Featuring: Keira Knightley, sienna Miller, Cillian Murphy, Matthew Rhys
Director: John Maybury
Writer: Sharman Macdonald
Distributor: Image Entertainment
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Landmark's Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles and in additional locations in select markets on March 13
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 110 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital
CREDIT ABUSE: There are FOURTEEN producers, co-producers, associate producers, line producers and executive producers listed for this film

Hope & Redemption: The Lena Baker Story
Logline: In the South near the end of World War II, an African-American woman finds herself on trial for the murder of her Caucasian boss
Featuring: Tichina Arnold, Peter Coyote, Michael Rooker, Beverly Todd
Director: Ralph Wilcox
Writer: Ralph Wilcox
Distributor: B.D. Fox Independent
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Movies 14 in Atlanta on March 13
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 100 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

The Last House on the Left
Logline: Three ruthless criminals take refuge in a secluded house in the woods, unaware the owners are the parents of a girl they just attacked and left for dead
Featuring: Garret Dillahunt, Tony Goldwyn, Martha MacIssac, Sara Paxton, Monica Potter
Director: Dennis Iliadis
Writers: Adam Alleca and Carl Ellsworth, based on the 1972 film written by Wes Craven
Distributor: Rogue Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: 3000 plus locations on March 13
MPAA Rating: R for sadistic brutal violence including a rape and disturbing images, language, nudity and some drug use
Running Time: Not yet set
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Miss March
Logline: A young man awakens from a four-year coma to hear that his once virginal high-school sweetheart has since become a centerfold in one of the world's most famous men's magazines
Featuring: Raquel Alessi, Zach Cregger, Trevor Moore, Craig Robinson, Molly Stanton
Director: Zach Cregger and Trevor Moore
Writers: Zach Cregger & Trevor Moore
Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: 1500 plus locations on March 13
MPAA Rating: R for strong crude and sexual content, nudity, pervasive language and some drug use
Running Time: 89 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

The Perfect Sleep
Logline: A tortured man returns to the city he swore he would never return to, in order to save the woman he has always loved yet can never have
Featuring: Tony Amendola, Patrick Bauchau, Peter J. Lucas, Anton Pardoe, Roselyn Sanchez
Director: Jeremy Alter
Writers: Anton Pardoe
Distributor: Cinema Epoch
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Laemmle's Sunset 5 in West Hollywood on March 13
MPAA Rating: R for violence, some language and brief drug use
Running Time: 99 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

Race to Witch Mountain
Logline: A Vegas cab driver is hired by two teens to take them to a secret place in the middle of the desert
Featuring: Carla Gugino, Ciaran Hinds, Dwayne Johnson, Alexander Ludwig, Cheech Marin, Gary Marshall, AnnaSophia Robb
Director: Andy Fickman
Writers: Matt Lopez and Mark Bomback and Andy Fickman
Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: 3500 plus locations on March 13
MPAA Rating: PG for sequences of action and violence, frightening and dangerous situations, and some thematic elements
Running Time: Not yet set
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Severed Ways
Logline: On the coast of North America in AD 1007, two Norsemen are stranded when their expedition is attacked and they are left for dead
Featuring: Noelle Bailey, David Perry, Tony Stone, Fiore Tedesco
Director: Tony Stone
Writer: Tony Stone
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Angelika Film Center in New York City on March 20
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 107 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

Spinning into Butter
Logline: A dean of students is thrust into a hate-crime investigation
Featuring: Beau Bridges, Sarah Jessica Parker, James Rebhorn, Miranda Richarson, Mykelti Williamson
Director: Mark Brokaw
Writer: Rebecca Gilman, based on her play
Distributor: Screen Media Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Landmark's Sunshine Cinemas in New York City on March 13
MPAA Rating: R for language
Running Time: 86 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

Tokyo Sonata
Logline: An ordinary Japanese family slowly disintegrates after its patriarch loses his job at a prominent company. In Japanese with subtitles
Featuring: Haruka Igawa, Teruyuki Kagawa, Inowaki Kai, Kyôko Koizumi, Yû Koyanagi
Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Writers: Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Max Mannix and Sachiko Tanaka
Distributor: Regent Releasing
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the IFC Film Center in New York City on March 13
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements and brief strong language
Running Time: 119 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby SR

Waiting for Dublin
Logline: An American pilot falls for an Irish woman after being shot down during World War II
Featuring: Frank Kelly, Andrew Keegan, Hugh O'Conor, Britta Smith, Jade Yourell
Director: Roger Tucker
Writer: Chuck Conaway
Distributor: Cinema Libre Studios
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Harvard Square 5 in Cambridge MA, the Pipers Alley 4 in Chicago and the 62nd & Broadway Cinema in New York City on March 13
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 83 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Z
Logline: Following the murder of a prominent leftist, an investigator tries to uncover the truth while government officials attempt to cover up their roles. In French with subtitles
Featuring: Charles Denner, Yves Montand, Irene Papas, Jacques Perrin, Jean-Louis Trintignant
Director: Costa-Gavras
Writer: Jorge Semprún, based on the novel by Vasilis Vasilikos
Distributor: Rialto Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on March 13
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 127 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.66:1)
Sound Format: Mono Sound

Expanding today
Absurdistan: Opens at Landmark's Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis
Amarcord: Opens at Landmark's E Street Cinemas in Washington DC
An American Affair: Opens at Landmark's Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA
Beauty in Trouble: Opens at Landmark's Varsity Theatre in Seattle
Crips and Bloods: Made in America: Opens at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland OR and the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle
The Objective: Opens at Laemmle's Sunset 5 in West Hollywood
Pray the Devil Back to Hell: Opens at Landmark's Gateway Cinemas in Columbus OH
The Secrets: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas and the Angelika Film Center in Houston
Sherman's Way: Opens at Laemmle's Monica 4 in Santa Monica
Shuttle: Opens at Landmark's Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA and Landmark's Varsity Theatre in Seattle
Tokyo!: Opens at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago
Wendy and Lucy: Opens at the Rose Theatre in Port Townsend WA

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Valentino: The Last Emperor
Logline: Documents the life of the fashion designer Valentino Garavani. In English and in French and Italian with subtitles
Director: Matt Tymauer
Distributor: Truly Indie
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on March 18
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 96 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

Friday, March 20, 2009

Duplicity
Logline: A pair of corporate spies who share a steamy past hook up to pull off the ultimate con job on their respective bosses
Featuring: Paul Giamatti, Thomas McCarthy, Clive Owen, Julia Roberts, Tom Wilkinson
Director: Tony Gilroy
Writer: Tony Gilroy
Distributor: Universal Studios
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2650 plus locations on March 20
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for language and some sexual content
Running Time: Not rated by the MPAA
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Great Buck Howard
Logline: A famed magician on the downside of his career takes on an eager assistant
Featuring: Colin Hanks, Tom Hanks, John Malkovich
Director: Sean McGinly
Writer: Sean McGinly
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, Laemmle's Town Center 5 in Encino CA, Laemmle's Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, the Rafael Film Center in San Rafael CA and Laemmle's Susnet 5 in West Hollywood on March 20
MPAA Rating: PG for some language including suggestive remarks, and a drug reference
Running Time: 87 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Hunger
Logline: An Irish political prisoner goes on a hunger strike
Featuring: Liam Cunningham, Michael Fassbender, Stuart Graham
Director: Steve McQueen
Writers: Steve McQueen and Enda Walsh
Distributor: IFC Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the IFC Film Center in New York City on March 20
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 96 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

I Love You, Man
Logline: A man is pressured by his fiancee and his family to find a male friend to be the best man at his upcoming wedding
Featuring: Rashida Jones, Paul Rudd, Andy Samberg, Jason Segel, J.K. Simmons
Director: John Hamburg
Writers: John Hamburg and Larry Levin, story by Hamburg
Distributor: DreamWorks Pictures/Paramount Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2750 plus locations on March 20
MPAA Rating: R for pervasive language including crude and sexual references
Running Time: 105 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Kissan
Logline: A family of farmers struggle with ever-worsening conditions. In Hindi and Punjabi with subtitles
Featuring: Nauheed Cyrusi, Arbaaz Khan, Sohail Khan, Diya Mirza, Jackie Shroff
Director: Puneet Sira
Writers: Vekeana Dhillon and Sohail Khan
Distributor: UTV Communications
Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on March 20
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 135 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Knowing
Logline: A professor discovers a cryptic message in a young girl's drawing from fifty years earlier which hints at an upcoming global destruction
Featuring: Rose Byrne, Nicolas Cage, Chandler Canterbury
Director: Alex Proyas
Writers: Ryne Pearson and Richard Kelly and Juliet Snowden & Stiles White and Stuart Hazeldine and Alex Proyas
Distributor: Summit Entertainment
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2750 plus locations on March 20
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for disaster sequences, disturbing images and brief strong language
Running Time: Not yet set
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Mancora
Logline: After the suicide of his father, a young man finds solace in the arms of his stepsister, much to the chagrin of her husband. In Spanish with subtitles
Featuring: Jason Day, Liz Gallardo, Phellipe Haagensen, Enrique Murciano, Elsa Pataky
Director: Ricardo de Montreuil
Writers: Angel Ibarguren and Juan Luis Nugent
Distributor: Maya Entertainment
Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on March 20
MPAA Rating: 100 minutes
Running Time: R for some strong sexual content, drug use, language and violence
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

The New Twenty
Logline: Five best friends in their late 20's discover new truths about themselves and the friendships they thought would last forever
Featuring: Nicole Bilderback, Colin Fickes, Andrew Wei Lin, Bill Sage, Terry Serpico
Director: Chris Mason Johnson
Writers: John Cameron and Ishmael Chawla and Chris Mason Johnson
Distributor: Wolfe Releasing
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Quad Cinema in New York City on March 20
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 92 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

Sex Positive
Logline: Documents the life of Richard Berkowitz, a revolutionary gay S&M sex worker turned AIDS activist in the 1980s, whose incomparable contribution to the invention of safe sex has has never been aptly credited
Director: Daryl Wein
Distributor: Regent Releasing
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Regent Showcase Theatre in Hollywood and the Quad Cinema in New York City on March 20
MPAA Rating: R for strong sexual content including graphic dialogue and images, and for language
Running Time: 75 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

Shall We Kiss
Logline: A chance encounter between an art restorer and a designer turns to love on the streets of Paris. In French with subtitles
Featuring: Stefano Accorsi, Frédérique Bel, Michaël Cohen, Julie Gayet, Virginie Ledoyen, Emmanuel Mouret
Director: Emmanuel Mouret
Writer: Emmanuel Mouret
Distributor: Music Box Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Angelika Film Center in New York City on March 20
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 96 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Sin Nombre
Logline: A Honduran teenager reunites with her father for an opportunity for her to potentially realize her dream of a life in the U.S. In Spanish with subtitles
Featuring: Kristyan Ferrer, Edgar Flores, Paulina Gaitan, Diana Garcia, Tenoch Huerta Mejia
Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga
Writer: Cary Joji Fukunaga
Distributor: Focus Features
Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on March 20
MPAA Rating: R for violence, language and some sexual content
Running Time: 96 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Skills Like This
Logline: A twentysomething man realizes he will never become a writer, and turns to a life of crime
Featuring: Jennifer Batter, Spencer Berger, Kerry Knuppe, Brian D. Phelan, Gabriel Tigerman
Director: Monty Miranda
Writers: Spencer Berger and Gabriel Tigerman, story by Berger
Distributor: Shadow Distribution
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Angelika Film Center in New York City on March 20
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 88 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

Super Capers
Logline: A good guy with no powers joins a superhero team with no clue against a bad guy with no shame
Featuring: Samuel Lloyd, Ryan McPartlin, Michael Rooker, Adam West, Justin Whalen
Director: Ray Griggs
Writer: Ray Griggs
Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Interstate Park 18 in Akron OH, the Movies 12 in Ames IA, the Shiloh Crossing 12 in Avon IN, the Village Park 17 in Carmel IN, the Chesterfield 14 in Chesterfield MO, the Easton Towne Center 30 and the Lennox 24 in Columbus OH, the Council Bluffs 16 in Council Bluffs IA, the Creve Coeur 12 in Creve Coeur MO, the Hillside 14 in Delafield WI, the Southridge 12 in Des Moines, the Dublin Village 18 in Dublin OH, the Cobblestone Square 20 in Elyria OH, the Gahanna 16 in Ghanna OH, the Grand Rapids 18 and the South 16 in Grand Rapids MI, the Rivertown Cinemas in Grandville MI, the Greenwood 14 in Greenwood IN, the St. Louis Mills 18 in Hazelwood MO, the Chinese 6 in Hollywood, the Independence Commons 20 in Independence MO, the Castleton Square 14, the Clearwater Crossing 12, the Galaxy 14, the Glendale Mall 12, the Showplace 16 and the Washington Square 12 in Indianapolis, the Wynnsong 16 in Johnston IA, the Barrywoods 24 in Kansas City MO, the Tinseltown 14 in Kenosha WI, the Boulder Station 11, the Rancho Santa Fe 16, the Red Rock 16, the South Pointe 16, the Suncoast 16, the Sunset Station 13 and the Texas Station 18 in Las Vegas, the Town Center 20 in Leawood KS, the Live Oak 18 in Liveoak TX, the Macedonia 15 in Macedonia OH, the Menomonee Falls 18 in Menomonee Falls WI, the Great Lakes 16 in Mentor OH, the Middleburg Town Square 12 in Middleburg Heights OH, the Carousel 16 in Muskegon MI, the Ridge 16 in New Berlin WI, the Empire 25 in New York City, the Hamilton 16 in Noblesville IN, the South Shore 16 in Oak Creek WI, the O'Fallon 15 in O'Fallon IL, the Studio 30 in Olathe KS, the Grand 20, the Great Escape 16, the Oak View 24 and the Village Pointe Cinema 16 in Omaha, the Palazzo 16 in Overland Park KS, the Pickering 16 in Pickering OH, the Copper Creek 9 in Pleasant Hill IA, the Crossroads 15 in Portage MI, the Richmond Town Square 20 in Richmond Heights OH, the Alamo Quarry 14, the Cielo Vista 18, the Huebner Oaks 24, the Mayan Palace 14, the Palladium 19 and the Silverado 16 in San Antonio, the Broadway 4 in Santa Monica, the Westglen 18 in Shawnee KS, the St. Charles 18 in St. Charles MO, the Des Peres 14 and the Ronnie's 20 in St. Louis, the Mid Rivers Mall 14 in St. Peters MO, the Strongsville 14 in Strongville OH, the Valley View 24 in Valley View OH, the Crocker Park 16 in Westlake OH, the Willoughby Commons 16 in Willoughby OHthe Majestic 16 in Waukesha WI, the Mayfair Mall 16 in Wauwatosa WI on March 20
MPAA Rating: PG for mild language, some rude humor and brief smoking
Running Time: 98 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

We Pedal Uphill
Logline: Thirteen short stories of people who, after the events of 9/11, either stood bravely against the tide of fear or found themselves helplessly swept up in it
Featuring: Jenny Bacon, Kate Blumberg, David Drake, Alvin Epstein, Charles Parnell
Director: Roland Tec
Writers: Roland Tec
Distributor: Cinevolve Studios
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinema Village in New York City on March 20
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 111 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

Expanding today
Ballerina: Opens at Laemmle's Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills
Brothers at War: Opens at the Interstate Park 18 in Akron OH
Let the Right One In: Opens at the Savoy Theatre in Montpelier VT
The Perfect Sleep: Opens at the Quad Cinema in New York City
Shuttle: Opens at Landmark's Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago, Landmark's Chez Artiste Theatre in Denver and Landmark's Lagoon Cinemas in Minneapolis
Spinning Into Butter: Opens at Laemmle's Sunset 5 in West Hollywood
Tokyo!: Opens at Landmark's Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, Landmark's Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco, the Camera 12 in San Jose and Landmark's Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles
Tokyo Sonata: Opens at Landmark's Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco and Laemmle's Sunset 5 in West Hollywood
Wendy and Lucy: Opens at the Dundee Theatre in Omaha

Friday, March 27, 2009

Aa Dekhen Zara
Logline: A photographer has nothing going for him, until he inherits a camera from his grandfather. In Hindi with subtitles
Featuring: Bipasha Basu, Sophie Choudhary, Rahul Dev, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Bobby Vats
Director: Jehangir Surti
Writers: Sheershak Anand and Shantanu Ray Chhibber
Distributor: Eros Entertainment
Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on March 27
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 138 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Adventureland
Logline: A recent college grad takes a nowhere job at his local amusement park, only to find it's the perfect course to get him prepared for the real world
Featuring: Jesse Eisenberg, Bill Hader, Ryan Reynolds, Martin Starr, Kristen Stewart, Kristen Wiig
Director: Greg Mottola
Writer: Greg Mottola
Distributor: Miramax Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: 1000 plus locations on March 27
MPAA Rating: R for langage, drug use and sexual references
Running Time: 105 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

American Swing
Logline: Documents the rise and fall of 1970s New York City nightclub Plato's Retreat
Directors: Jon Hart and Matthew Kaufman
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern:
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 81 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

The Cross
Logline: Documents one man's 38 year journey to carry a twelve-foot wooden cross across the world
Director: Arthur Blessitt
Distributor: Gener8Xion Entertainment
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Olde Town 14 in Arvada CO, the Chinese 16 in Aurora CO, the Gateway Pavilions 18 in Avondale AZ, the Hollywood 20 in Bartlett TN, the Summit 16 in Birmingham, the Town Center 8 in Burbank, the Fashion Center 20 in Chandler AZ, the Covina 30 in Covina CA, the Grand 24 in Dallas, the Greenwood Plaza 12 in Englewood CO, the Thoroughbred 20 in Franklin TN, the Stonebriar 24 in Frisco TX, the Fullerton 20 in Fullerton CA, the Westgate 20 in Glendale AZ, the Grapeville Mills 30 in Grapevine TX, the Streets of Indian Lake 16 in Hendersonville TN, the Highlands Ranch 24 in Highlands Ranch CO, the Northgate 14 in Hixson TN, the Dole Cannery 18 in Honolulu, the Gulf Pointe 30, the Studio 30 and the Willowbrook 24 in Houston, the Derrbrook 24 in Humble TX, the Independence Commons 20 in Independence MO, the Barrywoods 24 in Kansas City MO, the Katy Mills 20 in Katy TX, the Colorado Mills 16 in Lakewood CO, the Live Oak 18 in Live Oak TX, the Magic Johnson 15 in Los Angeles, the Majestic 20 and the Stage 13 in Memphis, the Mesa Grand 24 and the Superstition Springs 25 in Mesa AZ, the Mesquite 30 in Mesquite TX, the Wynnsong 16 in Mobile AL, the Quail Springs Mall 24 in Oklahoma City, the Studio 30 in Olathe KS, the Ontario Mills 30 in Ontario CA, the Block 30 in Orange CA, the Palazzo 16 in Overland Park KS, the Arrowhead 18 in Peoria AZ, the Deer Valley 30 in Phoenix, the Rancho Mirage 16 in Rancho Mirage CA, the Cielo Vista 18, the Huebner Oaks 24, the Palladium Cinemas and the Silverado 16 in San Antonio, the First Colony 24 in Sugarland TX, the Movie Experience 10 in Temecula, the Silverado 19 in Tomball TX, the Southroads 20 and the Starworld 20 in Tulsa OK, the Hollywood 16 in Tuscaloosa and the Promenade 24 in Westminster CO on March 27
MPAA Rating: PG for thematic material, some violent images, and mild language including drug references
Running Time: Not yet set
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Streo

The Educations of Charlie Banks
Logline: A college student who thought he left his old life behind him must contend with the bully who terrorized him in high school
Featuring: Eva Amurri, Jesse Eisenberg, Chris Marquette, Jason Ritter, Sebastian Stan
Director: Fred Durst
Writer: Peter Elkoff
Distributor: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on March 27
MPAA Rating: R for pervasive language, some violence, sexual content, and drug and alcohol use
Running Time: 100 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Goodbye Solo
Logline: A tough southern good ol' boy forms an unlikely friendship with a Sengalese cab driver
Featuring: Diana Franco Galindo, Mamadou Lam, Souleymane Sy Savane, Red West, Lane 'Roc' Williams
Director: Ramin Bahrani
Writers: Ramin Bahrani and Bahareh Azimi
Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Landmark's Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago and the Angelika Film Center in New York City on March 27
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 91 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

The Haunting in Connecticut
Logline: A family discovers the home they've just moved into is haunted by the spirits of those who died there before
Featuring: Amanda Crew, Martin Donovan, Kyle Gallner, Elias Koteas, Virginia Madsen
Director: Peter Cornwell
Writers: Adam Simon & Tim Metcalfe
Distributor: Lionsgate
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2250 plus locations on March 27
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some intense sequences of terror and disturbing images
Running Time: 92 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby DIgital, DTS, SDDS

Monsters vs. Aliens
Logline: A monster hunter is recruited to fight aliens who disrupt cable-TV service
Featuring the voices of: Will Arnett, Stephen Colbert, Hugh Laurie, Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, Keifer Sutherland, Rainn Wilson, Reese Witherspoon
Directors: Rob Letterman and Conrad Vernon
Writers: Maya Forbes & Wallace Wolodarsky and Rob Letterman and Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger, story by Rob Letterman & Conrad Vernon
Distributor: DreamWorks Picutres/Paramount Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: 4000 plus locations, including 1350 plus Digital 3D and IMAX 3D theatres, on March 27
MPAA Rating: PG for sci-fi action, some crude humor and mild language
Running Time: 94 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Turning Green
Logline: An American teen deals with living in the Irish countryside in the late 1970s
Featuring: Donal Gallery, Timothy Hutton, Colm Meaney, Killian Morgan, Allesandro Nivola
Directors: Michael Aimette and John G. Hofmann
Writers: Michael Aimette & John G. Hofmann
Distributor: 41Inc.
Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on March 27
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 85 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

12 Rounds
Logline: A New Orleans police detective must save the life of his fiancée by solving a series of puzzles and tasks set up by a criminal mastermind he once sent to prison
Featuring: John Cena, Travis Davis, Steve Harris, Ashley Scott, Brian White
Director: Renny Harlin
Writer: Daniel Kunka
Distributor: Twentieth Century-Fox
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2350 plus locations on March 27
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action
Running Time: 108 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today
Absurdistan: Opens at Landmark's E Street Cinemas in Washington DC
Amarcord: Opens at Landmark's Lagoon Cinemas in Minneapolis
Ballerina: Opens at Landmark's Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, the Starz Film Center in Denver and Landmark's Opera Plaza Cinemas in San Francisco
Brothers at War: Opens at the Cedar Lee Cinemas in Cleveland, the Fairfield Commons 20 in Dayton OH, the Hickory Pointe 12 in Decatur IL, the Towne Center 24 in Hampton VA, the Hollywood 14 in Killeen TX, the Osio Cinemas in Monterey, the Kiln Creek 20 in Newport News VA, the Oceanside 16 in Oceanside CA, the Bijou at the Crossroad Cinemas in San Antonio and in Augusta GA, Nashville, Norfolk VA, Savannah, Shreveport and Tacoma
Spinning Into Butter: Opens at Landmark's Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA
Three Monkeys: Opens at Landmark's Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles
Tokyo!: Opens at Landmark's E Street Cinemas in Washington DC
Tokyo Sonata: Opens at the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle
Valentino: The Last Emperor: Opens at Landmark's Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago

Monday, March 30, 2009

The One Lamb
Logline: A young man struggling with his battle against cancer befriends a cranky retired pastor
Featuring: Bryan Forrest, Anna Holmes, Alyson Lowe, John W. Price
Director: Bryan Forrest
Writer: Bryan Forrest
Distributor: Universal City United Methodist Church
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Park Central 6 in Abilene TX, the Wuynnsong 16 in Albany GA, the Allentown 16 in Allentown PA, the Apple Valley 15 in Apple Valley MN, the Asheville 10 in Asheville NC, the Athens 12 in Athens GA, the Wynnsong 16 in Auburn AL, the Lakeview Square 10 in Battle Creek MI, the Sugar Creek 10 in Bella Vista AR, the Wynnsong 10 in Billings MT, the Summit 16 in Birmingham, the Bismark 8 in Bismark ND, the Palace 10 in Bloomington IL, the Wynnsong 16 in Bradenton FL, the Riverstone 15 in Canton GA, the Wynnsong 12 in Cedar Rapids IA, the Beverly 18 in Champaign IL, the Ayrsley Grand 14 in Charlotte, the Frontier 9 in Cheyenne WY, the Pine Ridge 10 in Chubbuck ID, the Chapel Hill 15 in Colorado Springs, the Columbus 15 in Columbus GA, the Crossroads 16 in Conyers GA, the Corvallis 12 in Corvallis OR, the Decatur 8 in Decatur AL, the Wynnsong 12 in Delmont OH, the Southridge 12 and the Wynnsong 16 in Des Moines, the Dover 14 in Dover DE, the Wynnsong 15 in Durham NC, the Oakwood 12 in Eau Claire WI, the Edinburg 20 in Edinbrg TX, the Carmike 16 in El Paso, the Market Fair 15 in Fayetteville NC, the Summit 16 in Fernandina FL, the Findlay 12 in Findlay OH, The Regency Square 12 in Florence AL, the Fort Collins 10 in Fort Collins CO, the Birchwood 10 in Fort Gratiot MI, the Fort Smith 14 in Fort Smith AR, the Fort Wayne 20 in Fort Wayne IN, the Thoroughbred 20 in Franklin TN, the Grand Fork 10 in Grand Fork ND, the Grand Junction 7 in Grand Junction CO, the Greensboro 18 in Greensboro NC, the Greensburg 15 in Greensburg OH, the Greenville 12 in Greenville NC, the Hickory 14 in Hickory NC, the Northgate 14 in Hixson TN, the Century City 10 in Hot Springs AR, the Huntsville 20 in Huntsville AL, the Jacksonville 16 in Jacksonville NC, the Johnson City 14 in Johnson City TN, the Kennewick 12 in Kennewich WA, the Wynnsong 16 in Knoxville TN, the Lafayette 10 in Lafayette LA, the Lagrance 10 in Lagrance GA, the Longview 10 in Longview TX, the Seth Childs 12 in Manhattan KS, the Cinema 6 in Manikato MN, the Foothills 12 in Maryville TN, the Minot 9 in Minot ND, the Missoula 10 in Missoula MT, the Wynnsong 16 in Mobile, the Mall 12 in Morgantown WV, the Park Place 16 in Morrisville NC, the Wynnsong 15 in Mouondsview MN, the Nacogdoches 6 in Nacogdoches TX, the Newnan 10 in Newnan GA, the Oakdale 20 in Oakdale MN, the Panama City 8 in Panama City FL, the Carmike 10 in Pittsburgh, the Wynnsong 12 in Provo UT, the Raleigh 15 in Raleigh NC, the Carmike 10 in Richmond VA, the Roanoke 10 in Roanoke VA, the Fashion Square 10 in Saginaw MI, the Ohio Valley Mills 11 in St. Clairsville OH, the Carmike 12 in Salt Lake City, the Plaza 8 in Sandusky OH, the Wynnsong 11 in Savannah GA, the Snellville 12 in Snellville GA, the Statesboro 12 in Statesboro GA, the Stillwater 10 in Stillwater OK, the Grand 9 in Traverse City MI, the Tyler 14 in Tyler TX, the Wilmington 16 in Wilmington NC, the Wynnsong 12 in Winston-Salem on March 30
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Stereo


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