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Alfred Hitchcock

This is perhaps an obvious choice, however, most people tend to overlook the Master of Suspense’s early work as well as the relevancy of his last film as a key element in the continuing transition and development of the genre he defined.

One of Hitchcock's early triumphs, this predecessor to the mistaken identity man on the run scenario Hitchcock turned to time and again, stars Robert Donat as the innocent wrongly accused of murder and pursued by both the police and enemy spies. This is the first example of Hitchcock’s mastery over the suspense tale, giving us a glimpse of the greatness to come.

Considered to be one of Alfred Hitchcock's greatest works, this story of two men who meet by chance on a train and frivolously discuss swapping murders is a prime example of a common Hitchcock theme of the man who suddenly finds himself within a nightmare world over which he has no control. You can easily see how this film lays the ground work for the more popular “North by Northwest”.

Alfred Hitchcock's final film is a light-hearted thriller involving phony psychics, kidnappers and organized religion, all of which cross paths in the search for a missing heir and a fortune in jewels. Here, Hitchcock has brilliantly developed his signature form to include the now common, and often overused, device of plot twist, after plot twist, after plot twist. Widescreen!

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The Early Report for November 3, 2009: Part One

November 3rd, 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 40 known new movies opening in theatres between Friday 11/6/09 and Friday 11/27/09, plus dozens more titles expanding their runs during this timeframe.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani
Logline: A good-hearted, good natured and good-for-nothing guy mistakenly kidnaps a shy, beautiful girl who wants to keep away from problems. In Hindi with subtitles
Featuring: Darshan Jariwala, Katrina Kaif, Ranbir Kapoor, Salman Khan, Upen Patel
Director: Rajkumar Santoshi
Writers: Rajkumar Santoshi and R.D. Tailing
Distributor: Tips Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on November 6
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 130 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

The Box
Logline: A couple in financial trouble is given a box that could end their troubles
Featuring: Cameron Diaz, Frank Langella, James Marsden, Holmes Osborne, James Rebhorn
Director: Richard Kelly
Writer: Richard Kelly, based on the story "Button, Button" by Richard Matheson
Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations on November 6
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, some violence and disturbing images
Running Time: 116 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Collapse
Logline: Documents the efforts of a former police officer turned investigative reporter as he uncovers what he deems to be the immenent collapse of industrial civilization
Director: Chris Smith
Distributor: Bluemark Productions
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Angelika Film Center in New York City on November 6
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 82 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

Disney's A Christmas Carol
Logline: A miserly man learns the true value of Christmas after being visited by three ghosts
Featuring: Jim Carrey, Colin Firth, Bob Hoskins, Gary Oldman, Robin Wright Penn
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Writer: Robert Zemeckis, based on the story by Charles Dickens
Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: 3000 plus theatres, including 2000 plus Digital 3D locations, on November 6
MPAA Rating: PG for scary sequences and images
Running Time: 96 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Endgame
Logline: Members of the white-led Afrikaaner government of South Africa negotiate with their fiercest enemies from the African National Congress over the future of the country in the waning days of Apartheid
Featuring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, William Hurt, Derek Jacobi, Johnny Lee Miller, Mark Strong
Director: Pete Travis
Writer: Paula Milne
Distributor: Monterey Media
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Apple Valley 15 in Apple Valley MN, the Asheville 10 in Asheville NC, the Royal Palm 20 in Bradenton FL, the Chapel Hill 15 in Colorado Springs, the Wynnsong 15 in Durham NC, the Oakwood Mall 12 in Eau Clair WI, the Fort Smith 15 in Fort Smith AR, the Hippodrome Cinema in Gainesville FL, the Greenville 12 in Greenville NC, the Hickory 14 in Hickory NC, the Kennewick 12 in Kennewick WA, the Minot 9 in Minot ND, the Wynnsong 15 in Moundsview MN, the Broadway 16 in Myrtle Beach SC, the Quad Cinema in New York City, the Panama City 10 in Panama City FL, the Horizon 10 in Traverse City MI, the Wilmington 16 in Wilmington NC and the Wynnsong 12 in Winston-Salem NC on November 6
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence/disturbing images and some strong language
Running Time: 109 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Fourth Kind
Logline: A therapist tries to help a group of people in a remote Alaskan town which has seen more than its fair share of unexplained disappearances over the previous forty years
Featuring: Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas, Will Patton
Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi
Writers: Olatunde Osunsanmi, story by Olatunde Osunsanmi & Terry Lee Robbins
Distributor: Universal Studios
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2650 plus locations on November 6
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violent and disturbing images, some terror, thematic elements and brief sexuality
Running Time: Not yet set
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

French Gigolo
Logline: A married construction worker leads a double life as a male prostitute serving rich ladies. In French with subtitles
Featuring: Josiane Balasko, Nathalie Baye, Eric Caravaca, Isabelle Carré, Catherine Hiegel
Director: Josiane Balasko
Writers: Josiane Balasko and Frank Lee Joseph, based on the novel "Cliente" by Balasko
Distributor: IFC FIlms
Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on November 6
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 104 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

The Men Who Stare at Goats
Logline: A reporter in Iraq might just have the story of a lifetime when he meets a guy who claims to be a former member of the U.S. Army's First Earth Battalion, a unit that employs paranormal powers in their missions
Featuring: Jeff Bridges, George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey
Director: Grant Heslov
Writer: Peter Straughan, inspired by the book by Jon Ronson
Distributor: Overture Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on November 6
MPAA Rating: R for language, some drug content and brief nudity
Running Time: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby DIgital, DTS, SDDS

Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire
Logline: A teenage girl in Harlem deals with abusive parents, motherhood and a school system that is failing her
Featuring: Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Gabourey Sidibe
Director: Lee Daniels
Writer: Geoffrey Fletcher, based on the novel "Push" by Sapphire
Distributor: Lionsgate
Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on November 6
MPAA Rating: R for child abuse including sexual assault, and pervasive language
Running Time: 109 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Splinterheads
Logline: A twentysomething slacker runs away to join a traveling carnival after he falls in love with one of the carneys
Featuring: Christopher McDonald, Thomas Middleditch, Rachael Taylor, Lea Thompson, Dean Winters
Director: Brant Sersen
Writer: Brant Sersen
Distributor: Atlantic Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Union Square 14 in New York City on November 6
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 94 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

That Evening Sun
Logline: An aging Tennessee farmer returns to his homestead and must confront a family betrayal, the reappearance of an old enemy, and the loss of his farm
Featuring: Dixie Carter, Barry Corbin, Walton Goggins, Hal Holbrook, Ray McKinnon, Carrie Preston, Mia Wasikowska
Director: Scott Teems
Writer: Scott Teems, based on the short story "I Hate to See That Evening Sun Go Down" by William Gay
Distributor: Freestyle Releasing
Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on November 6
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language, some violence, sexual content and thematic elements
Running Time: 110 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital
CREDIT ABUSE!: There are eleven producers, co-producers, line producers, associate producers and executive producers listed for this film, including one person receiving credit as line producer and co-producer

Expanding today
Adventures of Power: Opens at the DeVargas Mall 6 in Santa Fe
Antichrist: Opens at Landmark's Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta, Landmark's Mayan Theatre in Denver, Landmark's Lagoon Cinemas in Minneapolis and Landmark's Ken Cinema in San Diego
Araya: Opens at Landmark's Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles
Art & Copy: Opens at the Roxie Theatre in San Francisco
The Baader Meinhof Complex: Opens at the State Theatre in State College PA
The Burning Plain: Opens at the Fountain Theatre in Mesilla NM and the Crest Theatre in Sacramento
Coco Before Chanel: Opens at the Fireweed 7 in Anchorage, the Cine in Athens GA, the Charles 5 in Baltimore, the Pilot Butte 6 in Bend OR, the Boulder 16 in Boulder CO, the Delray 18 in Delray Beach FL, Landmark's Main Art Theatre in Detroit, the Gainesville 14 in Gainesville FL, the Kahala 8 in Honolulu, the Beach Blvd. 12 in Jacksonville, the Downtown West 8 in Knoxville, the Suncoast 16 in Las Vegas, Landmark's Oriental 3 in Milwaukee, the Nickelodeon 5 in North Falmouth MA, the Quail Springs 24 in Oklahoma City, the Riverside 12 in Reno, the Westhamption Twin in Richmond VA, the Broadway Centre 6 in Salt Lake City, the Fiesta 16 in San Antonio, Landmark's Plaza Frontenac Cinemas in St. Louis and the Miracle 5 in Tallahassee
Earth Days: Opens at Landmark's Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta
Five Minutes of Heaven: Opens at Landmark's Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis
The Horse Boy: Opens at Landmark's Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, the Music Box Theatre in Chicago and Landmark's Varsity Theatre in Seattle
Rashomon: Opens at the Bijou Movie Theatre in Iowa City
(Untitled): Opens at the Arbor Cinemas at Great Hills in Austin, Landmark's Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, Landmark's Magnolia Theatre in Dallas, the Osio Cinemas in Monterey, Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas in San Diego, Landmark's Embarcadero Center Cinemas in San Francisco, the Fiesta 5 in Santa Barbara, the Nickelodeon Cinemas in Santa Cruz, the Rialto Cinemas Lakeside in Santa Rosa, Landmark's Seven Gables Theatre in Seattle and Landmark's E Street Cinemas in Washington DC
Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman: Opens at Landmark's Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, Landamrk's E Street Cinemas in Washington DC and in San Francisco
The Way We Get By: Opens at the UICA Theatre in Grand Rapids MI

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Four Seasons Lodge
Logline: Documents the final season for a community of Holocaust survivors who come together each summer to celebrate their lives
Director: Andrew Jacobs
Distributor: First Run Features
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on November 11
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 97 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

Friday, November 13, 2009

Dare
Logline: When a pompous actor tells a good girl high school actress she hasn't lived, she embarks on a bold journey that takes her to unexpected places
Featuring: Sandra Bernhard, Alan Cumming, Zack Gilford, Emmy Rossum, Ashley Springer
Director: Adam Salky
Writers: David Brind
Distributor: Image Entertainment
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Village East Cinemas in New York City and Laemmle's Sunset 5 in West Hollywood on November 13
MPAA Rating: R for sexual content, language and alcohol use - all involving teens
Running Time: 100 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Defamation
Logline: Documents the efforts of a controversial author to discover the realities of anti-Semitism today. In English and in Hebrew with subtitles
Director: Yoav Shamir
Distributor: First Run Features
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Cinema Village in New York City and the Roxie Film Center in San Francisco on November 20
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 91 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)
Sound Format: Dolby SR

The Good Soldier
Logline: Documents the journeys of five combat veterans from different generations of American wars as they sign up, go into battle, and eventually change their minds about what it means to be a good soldier
Directors: Lexy Lovell and Michael Uys
Distributor: Artistic License
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Village East Cinemas in New York City on November 13
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 80 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

The Messenger
Logline: An American soldier struggles with an ethical dilemma when he becomes involved with a widow of a fallen officer
Featuring: Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Jena Malone, Samantha Morton
Director: Oren Moverman
Writers: Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman
Distributor: Oscilloscope Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinemas in Bethesda MD, the Angelika Film Center and the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, and Landmark's E Street Cinemas in Washington DC on November 13
MPAA Rating: R for language and some sexual content/nudity
Running Time: 105 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Oh My God?
Logline: Documentary that asks people from all walks of life "What is God?"
Director: Peter Rodger
Distributor: OMG Movie Inc.
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Landmark's Sunshine Cinemas in New York City and Landmark's Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 93 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Pirate Radio
Logline: A group of rogue disk jockeys operate a radio station in the middle of the North Sea just off the coast of England
Featuring: Kenneth Branagh,, Nick Frost, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rhys Ifans, Bill Nighy
Director: Richard Curtis
Writer: Richard Curtis
Distributor: Focus Features
Opening Week Release Pattern: 1750 plus locations on November 13
MPAA Rating: R for language, and some sexual content including brief nudity
Running Time: 115 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Ten9Eight
Logline: Documents the stories of several inner city teens from Harlem to Compton and all points in between, as they compete in an annual business plan competition run by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
Director: Mary Mazzio
Distributor: 50 Eggs Films/ BET Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Phipps Plaza 14 in Atlanta, the Boston Common 19 in Boston, the River East 21 and the Ford City 14 in Chicago, the Magic Johnson 9 in Harlem, the Mainstreet 6 and the Ward Parkway 14 in Kansas City MO, the Capital Centre 12 in Largo MD, the Stonecrest 16 in Lithonia GA, the Magic Johnson 15 in Los Angeles, the Mall of the Americas 14 in Miami, the Lincoln Square 13 in New York City, the Broadway 4 in Santa Monica, the Sunset Place 24 in South Miami and the Georgetown 14 in Washington DC on November 13
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 85 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

2012
Logline: A group of survivors struggle with the cataclysmic end of the world
Featuring: John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Danny Glover, Woody Harrelson, Amanda Peet
Director: Roland Emmerich
Writers: Roland Emmerich & Harald Kloser
Distributor: Columbia Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: 4150 plus locations on November 13
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense disaster sequences and some language
Running Time: 158 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Uncertainty
Logline: A young couple, in love and facing a life-changing decision, find one seemingly ordinary July 4th cleaved in two by the flip of a coin on the Brooklyn Bridge
Featuring: Lynn Collins, Manoel Felciano, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Nelson Landrieu, Assumpta Serna
Directors: Scott McGehee and David Siegel
Writers: Scott McGehee & David Siegel
Distributor: IFC Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on November 13
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 101 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe
Logline: Documents the life of the radical 1960s lawyer, famous for fighting for civil rights alongside Martin Luther King Jr. and representing the Chicago Seven
Director: Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler
Distributor: Arthouse Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Cinema Village in New York City and in Boston on November 13
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 85 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

Women in Trouble
Logline: A day in the lives of eight women in Los Angeles
Featuring: Simon Baker, Connie Britton, Josh Brolin, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Sarah Clarke, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Carla Gugino, Adrienne Palicki, Marley Shelton,
Director: Sebastian Gutierrez
Writer: Sebastian Gutierrez
Distributor: Screen Media Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on November 13
MPAA Rating: R for sexual content including strong dialogue, and for language
Running Time: 92 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

Expanding today
Antichrist: Opens at Landmark's Main Art Theatre in Detroit
Coco Before Chanel: Opens at the Flicks 4 in Boise, the Manor Twin in Charlotte, the Gateway 3 in Columbus OH, the Coconut Point 16 in Estero FL, the Fiesta Square 16 in Fayetteville, Landmark's Keystone Art Theatre in Indianapolis, the Elmwood Palace 20 in Harahan LA, the Tivoli at Manor Square 3 in Kansas City MO, the Studio 30 in Olathe KS, the Oakview 24 in Omaha, the Westgate Mall 8 in Spartanburg SC, the River Park Square 20 in Spokane, the Burns Court Cinema in Sarasota, the City Center 13 in Vancouver WA and the Indian River 24 in Vero Beach
Collapse: Opens at Laemmle's Sunset 5 in West Hollywood
Crude: Opens at the Charles Theatre in Baltimore, the Cinema 21 in Portland OR and in Minneapolis
Five Minutes of Heaven: Opens at Landmark's Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta
The Horse Boy: Opens at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas in San Diego
Paris: Opens at the Museum of Modern Art Theatre in Fort Worth and the Putnam Screening Room in Keene NH
Rashomon: Opens at Landmark's E Street Cinemas in Washington DC
Splinterheads: Opens at the Arbor Cinemas at Great Hills in Austin and the Fox Tower 10 in Portland OR

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The War on Kids
Logline: Documents the many ways the American public school system has failed children and the country's future by robbing students of their freedoms due largely to irrational fears
Director: Cevin Soling
Distributor: Spectacle Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Quad Cinema in New York City on November 18
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 95 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

Friday, November 20, 2009

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
Logline:
Featuring: Fairuza Balk, Nicolas Cage, Jennifer Coolidge, Brad Dourif, Val Kilmer, Eva Mendes, Michael Shannon, Xzibit
Director: Werner Herzog
Writer: William Finkelstein, based on the screenplay for the 1990 film "Bad Lieutenant" written by Victor Argo & Paul Calderon & Abel Ferrera & Zoë Lund
Distributor: First Look Studios
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco and Washington DC on November 20
MPAA Rating: Not yet rated
Running Time: 121 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS
CREDIT ABUSE!: There are FIFTEEN producers, co-producers and executive producers listed for this film

The Blind Side
Logline: A homeless, oversized and under-educated African-American teenager is taken in by a well-to-do white family
Featuring: Quinton Aaron, Kathy Bates, Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Tim McGraw
Director: John Lee Hancock
Writer: John Lee Hancock, based on the book "The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game" by Michael Lewis
Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2850 plus locations on November 20
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for one scene involving brief violence, drug and sexual references
Running Time: Not yet set
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Broken Embraces
Logline: A filmmaker blinded during a brutal car accident years ago entertains his secretary's son with tales of a long-lost love. In Spanish with subtitles
Featuring: Penélope Cruz, José Luis Gómez, Lluís Homar, Rubén Ochandiano, Blanca Portillo
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Writer: Pedro Almodóvar
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on November 20
MPAA Rating: R for sexual content, language and some drug material
Running Time: 127 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Defamation
Logline: An Israeli director travels the world to find out what anti-Semitism means in the modern world. In English and in Hebrew with subtitles
Director: Yoav Shamir
Distributor: First Run Features
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Laemmle's Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills, Laemmle's Town Center 5 in Encino CA, the Cinema Village in New York City and the Roxie Film Center in San Francisco on November 20
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 91 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

Mammoth
Logline: While on a trip to Thailand, a successful American businessman tries to radically change his life. In English and in Tagalog and Thai with subtitles
Featuring: Gael García Bernal, Marife Necesito, Sophie Nyweide, Michelle Williams
Director: Lukas Moodysson
Writer: Lukas Moodysson
Distributor: IFC Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on November 20
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 125 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Planet 51
Logline: An American astronaut lands on a planet thinking he's the first person to step foot on it, to find this planet is inhabited by little green people who are happily living in a white picket fence world and fear it will be overrun by alien invaders
Featuring the voices of: Jessica Biel, John Cleese, Dwayne Johnson, Justin Long, Gary Oldman, Seann William Scott
Directors: Jorge Blanco and Javier Abad and Marcos Martinez
Writer: Joe Stillman
Distributor: TriStar Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: 3000 plus locations on November 20
MPAA Rating: PG for mild sci-fi action and some suggestive humor
Running Time: Not yet set
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Red Cliff
Logline: A power hungry Prime Minister seeks permission from the Han dynasty Emperor to organize a southward-bound mission designed to crush the two troublesome warlords who stand in his way. In Mandarin with subtitles
Featuring: Chen Chang, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Fengyi Zhang, Wei Zhao
Director: John Woo
Writers: John Woo & Chan Khan & Kuo Cheng & Sheng Heyu, based on the novel "Romance of the Three Kingdoms" by Guanzhong Luo
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Landmark's Sunshine Cinemas in New York City on November 20
MPAA Rating: R for sequences of epic warfare
Running Time: 148 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Logline: A young woman is torn between her love of a vampire and her friendship with a werewolf
Featuring: Peter Facinelli, Dakota Fanning, Ashley Greene, Taylor Lautner, Kellan Lutz, Robert Pattinson, Nikki Reed, Michael Sheen, Kristen Stewart
Director: Chris Weitz
Writer: Melissa Rosenberg, based on the novel by Stephanie Meyer
Distributor: Summit Entertainment
Opening Week Release Pattern: 3500 plus locations on November 20
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some violence and action
Running Time: 130 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Until the Light Takes Us
Logline: Documents the history, ideology and aesthetic of Norwegian black metal
Directors: Aaron Aites and Audrey Ewell
Distributor: Variance Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinema Village in New York City on November 20
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 93 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

Expanding today
Antichrist: Opens at the Alamo South Lamar Theatre in Austin and the Cinemas Palme D'Or in Palm Desert CA
Coco Before Chanel: Opens at the Ragtag Cinema in Columbia MO, the Mindrame Theatre in Debuque IA and the Movie Cinema in Springfield MO
Crude: Opens at the Real Art Ways Cinema in Hartford
The Horse Boy: Opens at Landmark's Midtown Art Cinemas in Atlanta and the Screen Theatre in Santa Fe
Rashomon: Opens at Landmark's Ritz at the Bourse Cinemas in Philadelphia and the Castro Theatre in San Francisco
William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe: Opens at Landmark's Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles and in Berkeley, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington DC

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Fantastic Mr. Fox
Logline: A crafty and charming fox uses his wits to outfox three dimwit farmers concerning their chicken coops
Featuring the voices of: George Clooney, Michael Gambon, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Wally Wolodarsky
Director: Wes Anderson
Writers: Wes Anderson & Noah Baumbach, based on the book by Roald Dahl
Distributor: Twentieth Century-Fox
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2750 plus locations on November 25
MPAA Rating: PG for action, smoking and slang humor
Running Time: 87 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Me and Orson Welles
Logline: A teenager is cast in the Mercury Theatre production of "Julius Caesar" directed by a young Orson Welles in 1937
Featuring: Ben Chaplin, Claire Danes, Zac Efron, Zoe Kazan, Eddie Marsan, Christian McKay
Director: Richard Linklater
Writers: Holly Gent and Vincent Palmo Jr., based on the novel by Robert Kaplow
Distributor: Freestyle Releasing
Opening Week Release Pattern: Los Angeles and New York City on November 25
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some sexual references and smoking
Running Time: 114 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Ninja Assassin
Logline: A young ninja turns his back on orphanage that raised him, leading to a confrontation with a fellow ninja from the clan
Featuring: Naomie Harris, Ben Miles, Rain, Rick Yune
Director: James McTeigue
Writers: Matthew Sand and J. Michael Straczynski, story by Matthew Sand
Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: 3000 plus locations on November 25
MPAA Rating: R for strong bloody stylized violence throughout, and language
Running Time: 99 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Old Dogs
Logline: Two friends and business partners find their lives turned upside down when strange circumstances lead to them being placed in the care of 7-year-old twins
Featuring: Seth Green, Justin Long, Kelly Preston, John Travolta, Robin Williams
Director: Walt Becker
Writers: David Diamond & David Weissman
Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: 3250 plus locations on November 25
MPAA Rating: PG for some mild rude humor
Running Time: Not yet set
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Princess and the Frog
Logline: A young princess in New Orleans has an incredible adventure after she is inadvertently turned into a frog
Featuring: Bruno Campos, Keith David, Jenifer Lewis, Ritchie Montgomery, Anika Noni Rose
Directors: Ron Clements and John Musker
Writers: Ron Clements & Rob Edwards & Greg Erb & John Musker & Jason Oremland, story supervised by Don Hall
Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Walt Disney Studios Theatre in Burbank and the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City on November 25
MPAA Rating: G
Running Time: Not yet set
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Road
Logline: A man tries to protect his family after civilization falls apart
Featuring: Robert Duvall, Viggo Mortensen, Guy Pearce, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Charlize Theron
Director: John Hillcoat
Writer: Joe Penhall, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy
Distributor: Dimension Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: 800 plus locations on November 25
MPAA Rating: R for some violence, disturbing images and language
Running Time: 119 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today
The Horse Boy: Opens at Landmark's Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis
Red Cliff: Opens at Landmark's Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta, Landmark's Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, Landmark's Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, Landmark's Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago, Landmark's Mayan Theatre in Denver, Laemmle's Town Center 5 in Encino CA, the Kahala 8 in Honolulu, Landmark's Uptown Theatre in Minneapolis, Landmark's Aquarius Twin in Palo Alto CA, Laemmle's Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, Landmark's Ritz 5 in Philadelphia, Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas in San Diego, Landmark's Embarcadero Center Cinemas in San Francisco, the Rafael Film Center in San Rafael CA, the Nickelodeon Theatre in Santa Cruz, Landmark's Harvard Exit Theatre in Seattle, Landmark's E Street Cinemas in Washington DC and Laemmle's Sunset 5 in West Hollywood

Friday, November 27, 2009

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
Logline: After her much older husband forces a move to a suburban retirement community, Pippa Lee engages in a period of reflection and finds herself heading toward a quiet nervous breakdown
Featuring: Alan Arking, Maria Bello, Mike Binder, Blake Lively, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Robin Wright Penn
Director: Rebecca Miller
Writer: Rebecca Miller, based on her novel
Distributor: Screen Media Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Laemmle's Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills, the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood, the Angelika Film Center in New York City and Laemmle's Playhouse 7 in Pasadena on November 27
MPAA Rating: R for sexual content, brief nudity, some drug material and language
Running Time: 93 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Expanding today
Crude: Opens at the Plaza Theatre in Atlanta and the Bijou at the Crossroads Cinemas in San Antonio
Hannah Free: Opens at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago
The Messenger: Opens at Landmark's Maple Art Theatre in Detroit and in additional locations in select markets
Oh My God?: Opens at Landmark's Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta, Landmark's Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, Landmark's Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, Landmark's Lagoon Cinemas in Minneapolis, Landmark's Ritz Cinemas in Philadelphia Landmark's Ken Cinema in San Diego, Landmark's Varsity Theatre in Seattle and in Denver and San Francisco
Red Cliff: Opens at the Screen Theatre in Santa Fe


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