III No. 11
publication of the National Association of Theatre Owners
in In Focus
Romantic comedy about a successful sixtysomething
man who, following a heart attack, dumps
his beautiful, thirtyish girlfriend to pursue
her mother. Written and directed by Nancy
Meyers (“The Parent Trap,” “What
Women Want”). With Jack Nicholson (“Anger
Management”), Diane Keaton (“Town & Country”),
Amanda Peet (“Identity”), Keanu
Reeves (the “Matrix” series”),
Frances McDormand (“Laurel Canyon”),
Jon Favreau (“Daredevil”), Kadee
Strickland (“Anything Else”)
and Paul Michael Glaser (“Phobia”).
Dec. 12. Sony.
Comedy about what happens when a conjoined
twin decides to pursue an acting career in
Hollywood while still attached to his brother.
Written and directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly
(“Osmosis Jones,” “Shallow
Hal”). With Matt Damon (“Gerry”),
Greg Kinnear (“Auto Focus”),
Eva Mendes (“Once Upon a Time in Mexico,” “Out
of Time”), Wen Yann Shih, Jessica Cauffiel
(“Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde”)
and Terence Bernie Hines (“Identity”).
Scope. Dec. 12. Fox.
Drama, shot for “large format” cinemas,
about a young girl who finds her life transformed
after she befriends a wild Arabian horse.
A prequel to 1979’s “The Black
Stallion” based on the 1989 novel by
Walter Farley (“The Black Stallion”) & Steven
Farley. Directed by Simon Wincer (“The
Phantom,” “Crocodile Dundee in
Los Angeles”) from a screenplay by
Jeanne Rosenberg (“T-Rex: Back to the
Cretaceous,” “China: The Panda
Adventure”). With Biana Tamimi, Patrick
Elyas, Gérard Rudolf and Richard Romanus
(“Cops and Robbersons”). 50 min.
Rated G. Dec. 25. Buena Vista.
Thriller, set in France, about an aging Frenchman
who finds his tranquil life transformed
when government authorities look into charges
that he may have been responsible for the
murder of 14 Jews during World War II.
Based on the novel by Brian Moore (“Black
Robe”). Directed by Norman Jewison
(“Bogus,” “The Hurricane”)
from a screenplay by Ronald Harwood (“The
Pianist,” “Taking Sides”).
With Michael Caine (“Secondhand Lions”),
Tilda Swinton (“Adaptation,” “Teknolust”),
Jeremy Northam (“Possession,” “The
Singing Detective”), Alan Bates (“Evelyn”),
Charlotte Rampling (“Swimming Pool”),
John Neville (“Spider”) and
Noam Jenkins (“John Q”). Flat.
Dec. 12 in New York and Los Angeles. Sony
Drama about a young woman who, after fleeing
her small New England hometown to pursue
a career in Florida, finds herself lured
into the world of truck-stop prostitution
by a middle-aged couple. Written and directed
by Dean Bell. With Emily Grace, Judith Ivey
(“Mystery, Alaska”), Bill Raymond
(“Autumn in New York”), Michael
Maronna (“40 Days and 40 Nights”),
Jane Lincoln Taylor and Justin Parkinson.
Flat. 96 min. Nov. 14 limited. Castle Hill.
Episodic French- and Spanish-language drama about the fate of a
slain fighting bull’s corpse, as its components are delivered
to various people across Spain, France and Belgium. Written and
directed by Delphine Gleize. With Chiara Mastroianni (“Time
Regained”), Ángela Molina (“Live Flesh”),
Lio (“Nobody Loves Me”), Lucia Sanchez, Esther Gorintin
(“Tracks”) and Marilyne Even (“Les Destinées”).
133 min. Nov. 7 in Los Angeles. Wellspring.
Comedy about a New Jersey mobster
dispatched to Russia,
he finds himself enlisted by a beautiful
woman in the robbery of a Moscow bank. Co-directed
by Robert Capelli Jr. and Jeffrey Wolf from
a screenplay by Capelli, Doug Bollinger and
Sergey Konenkov. With Capelli (“Under
Hellgate Bridge”), Danny Aiello (“Prince
of Central Park”), Ivana Milicevic (“Down
With Love”), Slava Schoot (“Rollerball”)
and Artie Lange (“Old School”).
Flat. 90 min. Nov. 7. Small Planet.
Without a Face
Re-release of the 1959 French-language chiller about a crazed doctor
who, in his frantic search to find the perfect skin to graft onto
his daughter’s recently disfigured face, sends his assistant
out at night to kidnap potential donors. Based on the novel by
Jean Redon. Directed by Georges Franju from a screenplay by Pierre
Boileau & Thomas Narcejac (“Diabolique”). With
Pierre Brasseur, Edith Scob (“The Man on the Train”),
Alida Valli (“A Month by the Lake”), François
Guérin, Alexandre Rignault and Beatrice Altariba. Also known
as “Les Yeux sans Visage.” 95 min. Nov. 21 limited.