III No. 2
publication of the National Association of Theatre Owners
in In Focus
comedy about a teen CIA agent assigned to spy
on an evil scientist by dating the villain’s
daughter. Directed by Harald Zwart (“One
Night at McCool’s”) from a screenplay
by Ashley Miller & Zack Stentz (TV’s “Andromeda”)
and Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski (“Screwed”).
With Frankie Muniz (“Deuces Wild”),
Hilary Duff (“Human Nature”), Angie
Harmon (“Lawn Dogs”), Andrew Francis
(“Knockaround Guys”), Chang Tseng
(“Turn It Up,” “A Guy Thing”),
Connor Widdows (“Freddy Got Fingered”)
and Darrell Hammond. March 21. MGM.
set in West London, about an 18-year-old Anglo-Indian
girl who struggles to choose between her traditional,
upright family and her life-long dream of becoming
a soccer star. Directed by Gurinder Chadha (“Bhaji
on the Beach,” “What’s Cooking?”)
from a screenplay by Chadha, Paul Mayeda Berges
(“What’s Cooking?”) and Guljit
Bindra. With Parminder K. Nagra, Keira Knightley
(“Star Wars: The Phantom Menace”),
Jonathan Rhys-Meyers (“Titus,” “Prozac
Nation”), Anupam Kher (“Jodi No.
1”), Archie Panjabi (“East is East”),
Shaznay Lewis and Frank Harper. Flat. 112 min.
PG-13: Language; sexual content. March 12. Fox
about a lonely man whose online romance with
a female prisoner wreaks havoc on his life when
she breaks out of stir to be with him. Directed
by Adam Shankman (“The Wedding Planner,” “A
Walk to Remember”) from a screenplay by
Jason Filardi. With Steve Martin (“Novocaine”),
Queen Latifah (“Chicago”), Eugene
Levy (“Like Mike”), Betty White (“The
Story of Us”), Joan Plowright (“Tea
with Mussolini”), Jean Smart (“Sweet
Home Alabama”), Missi Pyle (“Josie
and the Pussycats”) and Kimberly J. Brown
(“Tumbleweeds”). Also known as “JailBabe.com” and “In
the Houze.” PG-13: Language; sexual humor;
drug material. March 7. Buena Vista.
fiction thriller about a group of “terranauts” who,
after a catastrophe threatens to stop the earth’s
rotation, are dispatched to the planet’s
core in order to set off a humanity-saving nuclear
detonation. Directed by Jon Amiel (“The
Man Who Knew Too Little,” “Entrapment”)
from a screenplay by Cooper Layne and John Rogers
(“American Outlaws”). With Hilary
Swank (“Insomnia”), Aaron Eckhart
(“Possession”), DJ Qualls (“The
New Guy”), Bruce Greenwood (“Swept
Away”), Tchéky Karyo (“Kiss
of the Dragon”), Stanley Tucci (“Maid
in Manhattan”), Alfre Woodard (“K-Pax”),
Delroy Lindo (“The One”), Richard
Jenkins (“Stealing Harvard”) and
Allejandro Abellan (“The Santa Clause 2”).
Scope. 105 min. March 28. Paramount.
fiction horror thriller about four childhood
friends who, following a deep-woods encounter
with a mysterious stranger, find themselves fighting
an invading extraterrestrial force that can control
humans like puppets. Based on the novel by Stephen
King (“Hearts in Atlantis”). Directed
by Lawrence Kasdan (“French Kiss,” “Mumford”)
from a screenplay by Kasdan and William Goldman
(“Hearts in Atlantis,” “The
General’s Daughter”). With Jason
Lee (“Stealing Harvard,” “A
Guy Thing”), Thomas Jane (“The Sweetest
Thing”), Timothy Olyphant (“Rock
Star,” “The Safety of Objects”),
Damian Lewis (TV’s “Band of Brothers”),
Morgan Freeman (“The Sum of All Fears”),
Tom Sizemore (“Big Trouble”) and
Donnie Wahlberg (“The Sixth Sense”).
March 28. Warner Bros.
based on a true story, about a Jewish woman from
Detroit who becomes a boxing manager, guides
several major careers and eventually becomes
the commissioner of the International Female
Boxing Association. Actor Charles Dutton (“Random
Hearts”) makes his feature directorial
debut from a screenplay by Cheryl Edwards (“Save
the Last Dance”). With Dutton, Meg Ryan
(“Kate & Leopold”), Omar Epps
(“Big Trouble”), Tony Shalhoub (“Men
in Black 2”), Kerry Washington (“Bad
Company”), Tim Daly (“The Object
of My Affection”) and Joe Cortese. Scope.
106 min. PG-13: Crude language; violence; brief
sensuality; some drug material. March 14. Paramount.
about a hit man who follows his target to Argentina,
only to become caught up in the country’s
culture of tango dancing. Written and directed
by Robert Duvall (“The Apostle”).
With Duvall (“John Q,” “Gods
and Generals”), Kathy Baker (“The
Glass House”), Rubén Blades (“All
the Pretty Horses”), Julio Oscar Mechoso
(“Pumpkin”), James Keane (“Pleasantville”)
and Luciano Pedraza. R: Language; some violence.
March 28. MGM.
about two very heterosexual men who accidentally
book a gay Caribbean cruise. Screenwriter Mort
Nathan (“Kingpin”) makes his feature
directorial debut from a screenplay by Nathan
and William Bigelow. With Cuba Gooding Jr.
(“Snow Dogs”), Horatio Sanz (“The
New Guy”), Roselyn Sanchez (“Rush
Hour 2”), Vivica A. Fox (“Juwanna
Mann”) and Roger Moore (“Spiceworld”).
Flat. 95 min. R: Strong sexual content; language;
some drug material. March 7. Artisan.
set in an American Army base in 1989 Germany
just before the fall of the Berlin Wall, about
a scheming army clerk who uses his crafty wiles
to develop a prosperous black market trade – until
a new ironhanded sergeant appears and wants
to “clean up” the operations. Based
on the novel by Robert O’Connor. Directed
by Gregor Jordan from a screenplay by Jordan,
Eric Weiss and Nora MacCoby. With Joaquin Phoenix
(“Signs”), Anna Paquin (“25th
Hour”), Ed Harris (“The Hours”),
Scott Glenn (“The Shipping News”),
Gabriel Mann (“Abandon,” “The
Life of David Gale”) and Dean Stockwell
(“CQ”). Also known as “Army
Go Home.” Scope. 98 min. March 28 in
New York and Los Angeles. Miramax.
set in Portland, Ore., about the evolution
of an all-girl garage rock band dubbed the “Paper
Dolls.” Written and directed by Kurt
Voss (“Sugar Town”). With Zoë Poledouris,
Kinnie Starr, Melody Moore, Inger Lorre (“Bad
Influence”), Coyote Shivers (“Empire
Records”) and Sierra Feldner-Shaw. Flat.
88 min. R: Strong sexuality; language; some
drug/alcohol use. March 14. Indican.