III No. 8
publication of the National Association of Theatre Owners
in In Focus
Horror thriller about a group of five college friends
who, while on a weekend mountain getaway, confront
a terrifying being infected with a highly contagious
flesh-eating disease. Eli Roth makes his feature
directorial debut from a screenplay by Roth and
Randy Pearlstein. With Jordan Ladd (“Boys
Life 3”), Rider Strong (“My Giant”),
James DeBello (“Swimfan”), Cerina Vincent
(“Not Another Teen Movie”), Joey Kern
(“XX/XY,” “Grind”) and
Joe Adams. Scope. 94 min. R: Strong violence and
gore; sexuality; language; brief drug use. Sept.
12. Lions Gate.
City of No Limits
Spanish-language drama, set in Paris and Madrid,
about a young man who sets out to find the source
of the mysterious fear that grips his dying father.
Directed by Antonio Hernández from a screenplay
by Hernández & Enrique Brasó.
With Leonardo Sbaraglia (“Intacto”),
Fernando Fernán Gómez (“Butterfly”),
Geraldine Chaplin (“Talk to Her”),
Ana Fernández (“Talk to Her”),
Adriana Ozores and Leticia Brédice (“Nine
Queens”). Also known as “En la Ciudad
Sin Limites.” Scope. 129 min. Sept. 12. Venevision.
Roberts: Former Child Star
Comedy about a 35-year-old former child star who, feeling he was robbed of his
childhood, hires a foster family to re-create his youth. Directed by Sam Weisman
(“What’s the Worst That Could Happen?”) from a screenplay by
the “Joe Dirt” team of David Spade (“Lost & Found”)
and Fred Wolf (“Black Sheep,” “Dirty Work”). With Spade
(“Joe Dirt”), Mary McCormack (“Full Frontal”), Craig
Bierko (“The Thirteenth Floor”), Jon Lovitz (“Rat Race”),
Rachel Dratch (“Down With Love”), Alyssa Milano (“Hugo Pool”),
Ian Gomez (“Chasing Papi”), Dustin “Screech” Diamond,
Lief Garrett and Scott Terra (“Daredevil”). Actors appearing as themselves
include Willie Aames, Barry Williams, Danny Bonaduce, Corey Feldman, Rob Reiner
and Emmanuel Lewis. Flat. 92 min. PG-13: Crude and sex-related humor; language;
drug references. Sept. 5. Paramount.
Comedy about a hip-hop music producer who returns
to his Alabama hometown for his aunt’s
funeral – and discovers he has to start
a gospel choir to receive his inheritance. Directed
by Jonathan Lynn (“Trial and Error,” “The
Whole Nine Yards”) from a screenplay by
Elizabeth Hunter and Saladin K. Patterson. With
Cuba Gooding Jr. (“Boat Trip”), Beyoncé Knowles
(“Austin Powers in Goldmember”),
LaTanya Richardson (“U.S. Marshals”),
Mike Epps (“Friday After Next”) and
Wanda Williams. Scope. 120 min. PG-13: Some sexual
references. Sept. 19. Paramount.
Thriller, set in London, about an American hypotherapist
who uses his ability to receive flashes from inside
patients’ minds to help a detective catch
a ritualistic killer. Based on the novel “Doctor
Sleep” by Madison Smartt Bell (“Master
of the Crossroads”). Directed by Nick Willing
from a screenplay by Willing and William Brookfield
(“Rough Magic”). With Goran Visnjic
(“The Deep End”), Shirley Henderson
(“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”),
Paddy Considine (“24 Hour Party People”),
Miranda Otto (“Lord of the Rings: The Two
Towers”) and Corin Redgrave (“Enigma”).
Sept. 12. First Look.
Period comedy built around the idea that it was
actually an Elvis Presley impersonator who died
in 1977, and the real Elvis lived to take up residence
in the Shady Rest Convalescence Home in Mud Creek,
Texas. Based on the short story by Joe R. Lansdale.
Written and directed by Don Coscarelli (“Phantasm
II”). With Bruce Campbell (“Serving
Sara”), Ossie Davis (“Doctor Dolittle”),
Reggie Bannister (“Wishmaster”), Bob
Ivy, Ella Joyce (“Set it Off”) and
Larry Pennell (“Jackpot”). 92 min.
R: Language; some sexual content; brief violent
images. Sept. 19 limited; wider Sept. 26; wider
Oct. 3. Vitagraph.
English- and Spanish-language drama about six
American women who travel to Latin America to
satisfy the local residency requirements that
would allow them to adopt children there. Written
and directed by John Sayles (“Limbo,” “Sunshine
State”). With Marcia Gay Harden (“Pollock”),
Daryl Hannah (“A Walk to Remember,” “Northfork”),
Mary Steenburgen (“Sunshine State”),
Lili Taylor (“High Fidelity”), Maggie
Gyllenhaal (“Adaptation”), Rita Moreno
(“Piñero”), Susan Lynch (“From
Hell”), Pedro Armendáriz Jr. (“Herod’s
Law,” “Once Upon a Time in Mexico”)
and Vanessa Martinez (“Limbo”). Sept.
19 in New York and Los Angeles. IFC.
Drama about a couple who move their family away
from the city to reside in a spacious country farmhouse,
only to find that the previous owner has returned
from prison and desperately wants the abode back.
Directed by Mike Figgis (“Miss Julie,” “Timecode”)
from a screenplay by Richard Jefferies. With Dennis
Quaid (“Far From Heaven”), Sharon Stone
(“Simpatico”), Stephen Dorff (“feardotcom”),
Juliette Lewis (“Old School”) and Christopher
Plummer (“Nicholas Nickleby”). Also
known as “The Devil’s Throat.” Flat.
Sept. 19. Buena Vista.
Drama, set in New York City, about a district
attorney who investigates an apparent suicide,
one of many recently plaguing the Chelsea district’s
homosexual community. Directed by Thom Fitzgerald
(“Beefcake”) from a screenplay
by Fitzgerald, Steven Hillyer and Tim Marback.
With Parker Posey (“A Mighty Wind”),
Olympia Dukakis (“Better Living”),
Don McKellar (“Waydowntown”), Sarah
Polley (“No Such Thing,” “My
Life Without Me”), Jane Leeves (“Music
of the Heart”) and Brent Carver (“Ararat”).
Flat. 112 min. R: Sexual content; language;
some drug use. Sept. 19. Thinkfilm.
Drama about a light-skinned black college professor
who has passed himself off as Jewish all his
life, and who endures charges of racism when
he asks about two chronically absent students: “Do
they exist or are they spooks?” Based on
the novel by Philip Roth (“Goodbye, Columbus,” “Portnoy’s
Complaint”). Directed by Robert Benton
(“Nobody’s Fool,” “Twilight”)
from a screenplay by Nicholas Meyer (“Star
Trek VI,” “Sommersby”). With
Anthony Hopkins (“Red Dragon”), Nicole
Kidman (“The Hours”), Ed Harris (“The
Hours,” “Buffalo Soldiers,” “Masked & Anonymous”),
Gary Sinise (“Impostor”), Jacinda
Barrett (“Urban Legends: Final Cut”),
Ron Canada (“In Too Deep”), Harry
J. Lennix (“Matrix Reloaded”) and
Kerry Washington (“Bad Company,” “The
United States of Leland”). R: Language;
sexuality/nudity. Sept. 26 in New York and Los
Comedy-drama, set in Tokyo, about two married
Americans – an aging TV star in town for
a whiskey commercial shoot and a recent Yale
grad – who meet and forge a romantic friendship
when they find themselves residing at the same
hotel. Written and directed by Sofia Coppola
(“The Virgin Suicides”). With Bill
Murray (“The Royal Tenenbaums”),
Scarlett Johansson (“Eight Legged Freaks”),
Anna Faris (“May”) and Giovanni Ribisi
(“Basic,” “Masked & Anonymous).
Sept. 19 limited. Focus.