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Andrei Tarkovsky

Tarkovsky's contemplative, metaphysical films, more experienced than watched, are perhaps best described in the director's own words: sculptures in time.

In the post-apocalypse, a writer and scientist hire a "stalker" to guide them into The Zone, a mysterious and restricted wasteland with fabled, alien properties. Their journey, captured by Tarkovsky as a succession of incredible images, has, since, been read as political commentary, religious allegory, and Chernobyl prophesized.

Tarkovsky's visionary biography of the 15th-century icon painter is one of cinema's most majestic and solemn experiences. In some way, it will change you.

An adaptation of Stanis?aw Lem's novel of the same name, Tarkovsky's genre-less sci-fi film, which is set mostly aboard a space station hovering off a strange planet, tangles with issues of identity, death and reality in a way that will leave you agape, in the full meaning.

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The Early Report for April 8th, 2010: Part One

April 8th, 2010

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 three weeks, including actual and estimated screen counts, running times and ratings. This week's report covers 23 major new openers in theatres between Friday 4/9/10 and Friday 4/30/10.

Friday, April 9, 2010

After.Life
Logline: A young woman is caught between life and death discovers her funeral director appears to have the gift of transitioning the dead, but might just be intent on burying her alive
Featuring: Josh Charles, Justin Long, Liam Neeson, Christina Ricci, Celia Weston
Director: Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo
Writers: Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo and Paul Vosloo & Jakub Korolczuk
Distributor: Anchor Bay Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens in at the Phipps Plaza 14 in Atlanta, the Aventura 24 in Aventura FL, the Neshaminy 24 in Bensalem PA, the Mall of Georgia 20 in Buford GA, the Media Center 8 in Burbank, the Hollywood 24 in Chamblee GA, the Winnetka 21 in Chatsworth CA, the Cherry Hill 24 in Cherrly Hill NJ, the Pipers Alley 4 in Chicago, the Paradise Park 24 in Davie FL, the Emery Bay 10 in Emeryville CA, the Westgate 20 in Glendale AZ, the Americana 18 in Glendale CA, the Grapevine Mills 30 in Grapevine TX, the Chinese 6 in Hollywood, the Greenway 24, the Gulf Pointe 30, the Marq*e 23 and the Studio 30 in Houston, the Discover Mills 18 in Lawrenceville GA, the Beverly Center 13 and the Rave 18 in Los Angeles, the Mesa Grande 24 and the Superstition Springs 25 in Mesa AZ, the Mesquite 30 in Mesquite TX, the E-Walk 13 and the Village VII in New York City, the Riverview Plaza 17 in Philadelphia, the Deer Valley 30 in Phoenix, the Legacy 24 in Plano TX, the Metreon 15 in San Francisco, the Criterion 6 in Santa Monica, the South Barrington 30 in South Barrington IL, the Sunset Place 24 in South Miami, the Sawgrass 23 in Sunrise FL, the Arizona Mills 24 in Tempe AZ, the Plant 16 in Van Nuys CA, the Cantera 30 in Warrenville IL and the Warrington Crossing 22 in Warrington PA on April 9th
MPAA Rating: R for nudity, disturbing images, language and brief sexuality
Running Time: 97 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Date Night
Logline: A case of mistaken identity hurtles a married couple through a bizarre night of crooked cops, mob leaders and crazy cab drivers
Featuring: Steve Carrel, Tina Fey, James Franco, Mila Kunis, Mark Wahlberg
Director: Shawn Levy
Writer: Shawn Levy
Distributor: Twentieth Century-Fox
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2850 plus playdates on April 9
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual and crude content throughout, language, some violence and a drug reference
Running Time: 88 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Everyone Else
Logline: A young couple's relationship is pushed to the brink while on vacation in the Mediterranean. In German and Italian with subtitles
Featuring: Lars Eidinger, Nicole Marischka, Birgit Minichmayr, Mira Partecke, Hans-Jochen Wagner
Director: Maren Ade
Writer: Maren Ade
Distributor: Cinema Guild
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the IFC Film Center in New York City on April 9
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 119 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Fresh
Logline: Documents the efforts of farmers across America who are forging healthier, sustainable alternatives to the mass marketed high-fat, high-calorie, low-nutritional fast food most Americans eat
Director: Ana Sofia Joanes
Distributor: Specialty Studios
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Quad Cinema in New York City on April 9
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 72 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

Letters to God
Logline: A young boy fighting cancer writes letters to God, touching lives in his neighborhood
Featuring: Maree Cheatham, Jeffrey Johnson, Robyn Lively, Baliee Madison
Directors: David Nixon and Patrick Doughtie
Writers: Patrick Doughtie and Art D'Alessandro and Sandra Thrift and Cullen Douglas, story by Patrick Doughtie
Distributor: Vivendi Entertainment
Opening Week Release Pattern: 1000 plus playdates on April 9
MPAA Rating: PG for thematic material
Running Time: 110 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Square
Logline: A man's life begins to unravel when his mistress brings him a bag of cash
Featuring: Joel Edgerton, Anthony Hayes, David Roberts, Claire van der Boom
Director: Nash Edgerton
Writers: Joel Edgerton and Matthew Dunbar, story by Joel Edgerton
Distributor: Apparition
Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on April 9
MPAA Rating: R for violence and language
Running Time: 116 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

When You're Strange
Logline: Documents the history of the iconic 1960s rock band The Doors
Director: Tom DiCillo
Distributor: Abramorama Entertainment
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Cinefest Film Theater in Atlanta, the Davis Theatre in Chicago, the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, Laemmle's Town Center 5 in Encino CA, the Sundance Cinemas in Madison WI, the Angelika Film Center in New York City, Laemmle's Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, the Puff Theater in Phildelphia, the Kabuki 8 in San Francisco, the Nickelodeon 4 in Santa Cruz CA, the Somerville Theatre in Somerville MA, the Ritz Center 16 in Voorhees NJ and Laemmle's Sunset 5 in West Hollywood
MPAA Rating: R for some sexual content including references, nudity, drug material and language
Running Time: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

Who Do You Love
Logline: A young man in the South starts a record company to promote blues music
Featuring: Jon Abrahams, Chi McBride, Keb' Mo', Alessandro Nivola, Robert Randolph
Director: Jerry Zaks
Writers: Peter Martin Wortmann & Robert Conte
Distributor: International Film Circuit
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the 1st and 62nd Street Cinemas, the ImageNation Cinema and the Village East Cinemas in New York City on April 9
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 92 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Expanding today
Ca$h: Opens at the Tinseltown 17 in Austin, the Bloomfield 8 in Bloomfield CT, the Bridgeport 12 in Bridgeport CT, the Burlington 20 in Burlington NJ, the Fresh Pond Cinemas in Cambridge MA, the Galaxy Theatre in Cary NC, the Covina 30 in Covina CA, the North DeKalb 16 in Decatur GA, the Barn Plaza 14 in Doylestown PA, the Movies 8 in Edison NJ, the Laguna 16 in Elk Grove CA, the Bay 10 in Emeryville CA, the Loehmanns Twin in Falls Church VA, the Bombay Cinema in Flushing NY, the Fremont 7 in Fremont CA, the Rio 18 in Gaithersburg MD, the Virginia Center 20 in Glen Allen VA, the Bollywood 6 and the Studio 30 in Houston, the MacArthur 16 in Irving TX, the Totem Lake Cinemas in Kirkland WA, the NAZ 8 in Lakewood CA, the Laurel 6 in Laurel MD, the Commerce Center 18 and the New Brunswick 18 in New Brunswick NJ, the Empire 25 and the Village VII in New York City, the Golf Glen 5 in Niles IL, the Peachtree Corners 8 in Norcross GA, the Columbia Park 12 in North Bergen NJ, the Town Center 8 in Novi MI, the Parsippany 12 in Parsippany NJ, the Richardson 3 in Richardson TX, the Towne 3 in San Jose, the South Barrington 30 in South Barrington IL, the Hadley 16 in South Plainfield NJ, the St. Methuen 20 in St. Methuen MA, the Countryside 20 in Sterling VA, the First Colony 24 in Sugarland TX, the Britton 8 in Tampa, the Valley Art Cinemas in Tempe AZ and the Cantera 30 in Warrenville IL

Friday, April 16, 2010


The Back-Up Plan
Logline: A New York woman who has stopped believing in love finds the man of her dreams on the same day she discovers she has concieved twins through artificial insemenation
Featuring: Anthony Anderson, Jennifer Lopez, Alex O'Loughlin, Eric Christian Olsen, Michaela Watkins
Director: Alan Poul
Writer: Kate Angelo
Distributor: CBS Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2250 plus playdates on April 16
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content, including references, some crude material and language
Running Time: 98 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Cartel
Logline: Documents the efforts of parents, teachers, administrators and students to fight corruption in school boards nationwide
Director: Bob Bowdon
Distributor: Moving Picture Institute
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Quad Cinema in New York City and Laemmle's Sunset 5 in West Hollywood on April 16
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 105 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

Death at a Funeral
Logline: A funeral ceremony turns into a debacle of exposed family secrets and misplaced bodies
Featuring: Loretta Devine, Peter Dinklage, Danny Glover, Regina Hall, Martin Lawrence, James Marsden, Tracy Morgan, Chris Rock, Zoë Saldana, Columbus Short, Luke Wilson
Director: Neil LaBute
Writers: Dean Craig, based on the screenplay for the 2007 film written by Dean Craig
Distributor: Screen Gems
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus playdates on April 16
MPAA Rating: Not yet rated
Running Time: 92 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Exit Through the Gift Shop
Logline: A French baker decides to make a documentary about the elusive street artist Banksy, only to find the cameras turned on himself
Narrator: Rhys Ifans
Director: Banksy
Distributor: Producers Distribution Agency
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Landmark's Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood, the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and Landmark's Sunshine Cinemas in New York City, Landmark's Aquarius Theatre in Palo Alto, Landmark's Embarcadero Center Cinemas in San Francisco and the Landmark 12 in West Los Angeles on April 16
MPAA Rating: R for some language
Running Time: 87 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

Kick-Ass
Logline: An unnoticed high school student and comic book fan decides to become a super-hero, even though he has no powers, training or meaningful reason to do so
Featuring: Nicolas Cage, Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloë Grace Moretz, Mark Strong
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Writers: Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn, based on the comic book series created by Mike Millar
Distributor: Lionsgate
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2850 plus locations on April 16
MPAA Rating: R for strong brutal violence throughout, pervasive language, sexual content, nudity and some drug use - some involving children
Running Time: 117 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

No One Knows About Persian Cats
Logline: Two Iranian musicians try to obtain visas in order to play a gig in London. In Persian with subtitles
Featuring: Hamed Behdad, Ashkan Koshanejad, Negar Shaghaghi
Director: Bahman Ghobadi
Writers: Bahman Ghobadi & Hossein Mortezaeiyan &Roxana Saberi
Distributor: IFC Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on April 16
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 106 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

The Secret in Their Eyes
Logline: A man wants to solve a murder committed many years ago. In Spanish with subtitles
Featuring: Ricardo Darín, Guillermo Francella, Javier Godino, Pablo Rago, Soledad Villamil
Director: Juan José Campanella
Writers: Juan José Campanella
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Opening Week Release Pattern: Los Angeles and New York City on April 16
MPAA Rating: R for a rape scene, violent images, some graphic nudity and language
Running Time: 127 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Expanding today
When You're Strange: Opens at the Robinson Film Center in Shreveport LA
Who Do You Love: Opens at Laemmle's Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, Laemmle's Monica 4 in Santa Monica and Laemmle's Sunset 5 in West Hollywood

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Oceans
Logline: Documents the vanishing wonders of our sub-aquatic world
Directors: Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud
Distributor: DisneyNature
Opening Week Release Pattern: 1250 plus playdates on April 22
MPAA Rating: G
Running Time: 100 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Friday, April 23, 2010

Behind the Burly Q
Logline: Documents the history of burlesque entertainment in America
Director: Leslie Zemeckis
Distributor: First Run Features
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Quad Cinema in New York City on April 23
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 98 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

In My Sleep
Logline: A parasomniac tries to piece his previous night together after he wakes up one morning with blood on his hands, a knife at his side, and a good friend stabbed to death
Featuring: Lacey Chabert, Tim Draxl, Kelly Overton, Abigail Spencer, Philip Winchester
Director: Allen Wolf
Writer: Allen Wolf
Distributor: Morning Star Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Laemmle's Sunset 5 in West Hollywood on April 23
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content, violence and bloody images
Running Time: 104 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Losers
Logline: After being betrayed and left for dead, members of a CIA black ops team root out those who targeted them for assassination
Featuring: Idris Elba, Chris Evans, Oscar Jaenada, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jason Patric, Zoë Saldana, Columbus SHort
Director: Sylvian White
Writers: Peter Berg and James Vanderbilt, based on the comic book series created by Andy Diggle
Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: 3150 plus playdates on April 23
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence, a scene of sensuality and language
Running Time: 98 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Please Give
Logline: In New York City, a husband and wife butt heads with the granddaughters of the elderly woman who lives in apartment the couple owns
Featuring: Rebecca Hall, Catherine Keener, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt
Director: Nicole Holofcener
Writer: Nicole Holofcener
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Opening Week Release Pattern: Los Angeles and New York City on April 23
MPAA Rating: R for language, some sexual content and nudity
Running Time: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Expanding today
The Cartel: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Houston
When You're Strange: Opens at Laemmle's Monica 4 in Santa Monica

Friday, April 30, 2010

Furry Vengeance
Logline: A real estate developer's new housing subdivision faces a unique group of protesters: local woodland creatures who don't want their homes disturbed
Featuring: Brendan Fraser, Ken Jeong, Angela Kinsey, Matt Prokop, Brooke Shiels
Director: Roger Kumble
Writers: Michael Carnes & Josh Gilbert
Distributor: Summit Entertainment
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus playdates on April 30
MPAA Rating: PG for some rude humor, mild language and brief smoking
Running Time: 92 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Good Heart
Logline: Determined to drink himself to death, the curmudgeonly owner of a gritty New York dive bar befriends a homeless young man to take over his establishment
Featuring: Brian Box, Paul Dano, Islid LeBesco
Director: Dagur Kári
Writer: Dagur Kári
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Angelika Film Center in New York City on April 30
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 95 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

A Nightmare on Elm Street
Logline: A group of teenagers are haunted by nightmares about a boogeyman
Featuring: Katie Cassidy, Thomas Dekker, Kyle Gallner, Jackie Earle Haley, Rooney Mara
Director: Samuel Bayer
Writers: Wesley Strick and Eric Heisserer, story by Wesley Strick, based on characters created by Wes Craven
Distributor: New Line Cinema
Opening Week Release Pattern: 3500 plus playdates on April 30
MPAA Rating: R for strong bloody horror violence, disturbing images, terror and language
Running Time: 102 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today
The Cartel: Opens at Landmark's Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, Landmark's Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago, Landmark's Chez Artiste Theatre in Denver, Landmark's Lagoon Cinemas in Minneapolis, Landmark's Ritz Theatre in Philadelphia, Landmark's Opera Plaza Cinemas in San Francisco, Landmark's Plaza Frontenac Cinemas in St. Louis and Landmark's E Street Cinemas in Washington DC
In My Sleep: Opens at the Quad Cinema in New York City
Who Do You Love: Opens at Landmark's Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago


For Release Dates Changes and Estimated Screen Counts for films scheduled for release between mid-April 2010 and 2013, please visit the second section of The Early Report

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