III No. 12
publication of the National Association of Theatre Owners
in In Focus
Comedy-thriller about seven high school seniors
who stage a Princeton Testing Center break-in
to learn the answers to their upcoming SAT
exams. Directed by Brian Robbins (“Ready
to Rumble,” “Hardball”)
from a screenplay by Jon Zack (“Out
Cold”) and Marc Hyman (“Osmosis
Jones”). With Scarlett Johansson (“Lost
in Translation,” “Girl with a
Pearl Earring”), Erika Christensen
(“Swimfan”), Chris Evans (“Not
Another Teen Movie”), Darius Miles
(“Van Wilder”) and Leonardo Nam.
PG-13: Language; sexual content; some drug
references. Jan. 16. Paramount.
Drama about a group of five artist friends
who leave their comfortable college lives
to become struggling artists in New York
City. Daniel Kay makes his feature directorial
debut from his own screenplay. With Morena
Baccarin (“Rodger Dodger”), Brad
Beyer (“The General’s Daughter”),
Forbes March (TV’s “Mutant X”),
Jordan Gelber (“Changing Lanes”),
Wesley Ramsay (“Latter Days”),
Neal Jones (“In America”), Jarrod
Bunch (“The Best Man”) and Kevin
Daniels (“Hollywood Homicide”).
87 min. Jan. 16. Small Planet.
Saint Laurent: His Life and Times
French-language documentary about the rise
of the French fashion designer Yves Saint
Laurent, who finally closed his custom dressmaking
business after 40 years of operation in 2001.
Featuring vintage interviews with the designer,
as well as with his lover and business partner
Pierre Berge. Directed by David Teboul. 77
min. Jan. 7. Empire.
Yves Saint Laurent:
5 Avenue Marceau, 75116 Paris
documentary that tracks a Saint Laurent summer
collection from its conception to the runway.
85 min. Directed by David Teboul. Jan. 7.
Action thriller, set against the world of
motorcycle racing, about a longtime biker
who, framed by a notorious gang, finds himself
fleeing both gangsters and the FBI. Music
video director Joseph Kahn (Moby’s “We
Are All Made of Stars,” the Backstreet
Boys’ “Larger Than Life,” Eminem’s “Without
Me”) makes his feature directorial
debut from a screenplay by Matt Johnson and
J.P. Donahue. With Ice Cube (“Friday
After Next”), Martin Henderson (“The
Ring”), Dane Cook (“Simon Sez,” “Stuck
on You”), Jay Hernandez (“The
Rookie”), Jaime Pressly (“Not
Another Teen Movie”) and Matt Schulze
(“The Transporter”). Scope. 81
min. PG-13: Violence; sexuality; language;
drug references. Jan. 16. Warner Bros.
Hip-hop drama about a group of streetdancers
who find their dreams (of opening their own
dance and recording studio) threatened by
the challenge of a second streetdancing team.
Longtime hip-hop manager Chris Stokes makes
his feature directorial debut from his own
screenplay. With Raz B, Lil’ Fizz,
J-Boog, Omarion, Steve Harvey (“The
Fighting Temptations,” “Love
Don’t Cost a Thing”), Jennifer
Freeman (“The Visit”), Meagan
Good (“Deliver Us From Eva”),
Marques Houston (“Good Burger”),
Malcolm David Kelley (“Antwone Fisher”),
Michael Taliferro (“Half Past Dead”),
Dreux Frederic, Omar Grandberry and Jarell
Houston. Jan. 30. Sony.
French-language children’s drama about an 8-year-old who,
after continually being left alone by her mother, goes on a clandestine
weeklong hiking trip with her elderly neighbor, an entomologist
who specializes in butterflies. Written and directed by Philippe
Muyl. With Michel Serrault (“The Girl From Paris”),
Françoise Michaud (“Femme Fatale”), Idwig Stephane
(“Pauline and Paulette”), Jerry Lucas (“Amélie”),
Claire Bouanich, Nade Dieu and Hélène Hily. Also
known as “Le Papillon.” 80 min. Dec. 19. First Run.
Drama, set in Australia, about two unlikely
characters – a thirtysomething geologist
and a Japanese businessman – who fall
in love after they are stranded for a night
in the outback. Directed by Sue Brooks from
a screenplay by Alison Tilson. With Toni
Collette (“The Hours”), Gotaro
Tsunashima, Matthew Dyktynski (“Mr.
Nice Guy”), Lynette Curran (“Praise”),
Yumiko Tanaka, Kate Atkinson (“The
Hard Word”) and John Howard (“Young
Einstein”). 107 min. R: Some sexuality;
language. Dec. 5. IDP.
British comedy about a pub owner and retired boxer who finds a
mutant 7-foot-tall mantis shrimp, then trains the mammoth crustacean
to box humans. Mark Locke makes his feature directorial debut from
his own screenplay. With Kevin McNally (“Pirates of the Caribbean:
The Curse of the Black Pearl”), Bob Mason (“The Emperor’s
New Clothes”), Madhav Sharma (“East is East”),
Perry Fitzpatrick and Louise Mardenborough. Flat. 90 min. Dec.
12. Small Planet.
about real-life prostitute and serial killer
Aileen Wuornos, who was executed in 2002 for
murdering six Florida men. Written and directed
by Patty Jenkins. With Charlize Theron (“The
Italian Job”), Christina Ricci (“Anything
Else”), Bruce Dern (“Masked & Anonymous”),
Lee Tergesen (“Shaft”), Scott Wilson
(“Pearl Harbor,” “The Last
Samurai”) and Annie Corley (“Seabiscuit,” “21
Grams”). 110 min. R: Strong violence;
sexual content; pervasive language. Dec. 26